I've given my husband a few T-shirts and fortunately he liked them all. At first I was clueless about Mens Wear Shopping but keeping in mind some guidelines made me feel confident in choosing what clothes to buy for him.
- Size - Become aware of the sizes of his favorite shirts and pants. If you're going to buy denim jeans, it's a plus to know his waistline but do consider the fact that different stores offer different sizes for a size 33 pants. Also consider if your boyfriend or husband tends to favor a looser or tighter fit.
- Brand - Take note of his favorite brands. Chances are that he will appreciate the familiarity of styles and fabrics more. Also, if your guy is brand-conscious don't forget to take some extra cash with you.
- Color - What colors are dominant in his wardrobe? That should give you a hint. Does he prefer dark or light colors? Is blue his more favored hue than orange? My husband never wears pink so I know he'll never forgive me if ever I buy him a pink polo shirt.
- Opinions - They say that guys think alike - well almost. Ask opinions and suggestions from your dad, your brother, a guy friend, or even the salesman at the store before purchasing an item. Sure you can ask for a replacement or a refund, but you'll be doomed if that store has a no return, no exchange policy.
- Style - Is your guy more of a boy-next-door, a budding painter, or a frustrated rocker? You should know well his style and personality. You'll get the perfect gift if you know him from head to foot.
- Occasion - If you're buying him a piece of clothing for a specific special occasion, go straight to specialized shops for tux, neckties, etc. then consider all of the tips above.
Don't wait for him to raise an eyebrow on you for an outfit you gave which he doesn't approve of. Practice buying clothes for him now and you'll be rewarded with hugs and kisses instead.
Are you once a little girl who dreamed of becoming the next Coco Chanel? Well nowadays, you can easily put up your own fashion business with the help of modern resources regardless of the cut-throat competition in the fashion industry. You might not end up being a world famous designer but you can at least fulfill your passion in your town. I'll be discussing some tips on how you can start a clothing line, and hopefully succeed in the end.
Tip #1: Branding. Choose a name which represents you now and what you envisioned to be in the future. Choose a common name and you'll confuse your customers, choose an overly unique name and be totally forgotten. Also, come up with an award-winning logo and a well thought of tagline.
Tip #2: Make a business plan. Organize your thoughts, as well as your designs. Decide whether you'll have your clothing line in brick and mortar, online, or both. If you're still in the concept making stage, better write down all your ideas, including your vision-mission. Also include your first collection sketches.
Tip #3: Take advantage of the awesome technology available today. There are numerous fashion design softwares that you can buy online or download for free to better improve your designing skills. You can also interact & share insights with budding fashion designers and entrepreneurs online through social media sites and forums. There are also reliable inventory softwares and a file sync software* to synchronize your files and design creations, helping your business to operate smoothly. Take new inspirations from millions of clothes and apparel you can browse in Google. I also suggest that you purchase a domain for your business and make it known online.
Tip #4: Know your target market. Are you designing clothes for teens or for moms-to-be? What particular clothing are you going to design - tees, gowns, sportswear? What "class" of people are you going to cater to? These questions must have clear answers.
Tip #5: Do not forget the business legalities. Of course you can't start a business without it being registered. You'll have to deal with taxes, permits, licenses and bookkeeping.
Tip #6: If you're going to put up a store, location is one important aspect. As much as possible, the location of your business should be crowded with people. Your shop must be inviting, well-lighted and ventilated. Don't forget that your store concept must be tied up with your products.
Tip #7: Think of out-of-the-box marketing strategies. Flyers and banners are so last decade. You must be able to think creatively on how to sell your stuff, and think of a way on how to make people come back for more.
You might want to make a Fan Page in Facebook for your business and update your fans and loyal buyers on promos and news.
Tip #8: Find connections. Your close friends will probably be your first and loyal customers. Ask them to help you promote your business to their networks and friends.
Tip #9: Obtain funds for your capital. Try to apply for a business loan, save up moolah from your own salary, or borrow capital from your family or friends. This is easier said than done, so better be patient and driven.
Tip #10: Find reliable suppliers for your resources. You should know where to get your raw materials before starting your business. Lack in supply means lack in items to sell, which results to lower income. Communication lines must be open, and your agreements must be written in paper, and signed.
This Gold-lined quail egg by Stephanie Simek is crafted from a real Japanese speckled quail egg. The designer turns unusual natural objects into unique pieces of jewelry, just like this quail egg pendant.
The quail egg necklace pendant is coated in resin for extra strength and has a layer of 23k gold leaf inside which makes it "glow". Although it looks fragile in appearance, it won't crack. Thanks for the strong resin coating.
Pendant is an actual quail egg approx. 25mm (1") wide and will vary slightly in colour and size. It comes with a 14-karat fine gold chain 45cm (18") long. Available at oyemodern.com for US $186.00
The Newest Addition to the Havaianas Family
Havaianas, the popular brand of chic rubber slippers, now takes on a new inspiration creating the perfect match for your favorite flip-flops - the Havaianas Bags.
Havaianas flip flops DNA has been integrated into each Havaianas bag: the same rainbow colors as the flip-flops’ palette, the rice pattern on the soles, the durability of the rubber elements that provide sturdy bases, the Greek pattern on the straps, and the round rubber buttons used to keep the flip-flops’ soles and straps together can also be found detailing the bags.
These bags are both fashionable and functional. Here's the full bag collection available in the Philippines. You can buy your Havaianas bags at All Flip Flops stores.
Havaianas Mega LO - a fashionable handbag that adds a punch of color to any outfit (also available in light green)
Photo Credits: kikaycorner.net, havaianasphilippines.com
A fashionista friend recommended me this book called The Little Black Book of Style. She mentioned that it's like a "style bible" to her, consulting on it for fashion Do's and Don'ts. It's like having your personal style guru.
The author is Nina Garcia, a fashion icon & Project Runway judge. Her book is all about style basics and how to come up with a style of your own - setting you apart from everyone else. I strongly think that developing your own unique sense of style is a top priority other than buying the latest apparel from a signature brand or flaunting a very expensive cashmere sweater.
Most of the time I search books from a pdf search engine and download them. I wouldn't want to spend a cent in a book that's not worthy enough to be included on my shelf. But I think this Little Black Book of Style is worth my every penny.