Style For Women

 

How can you get the hairstylist to give you a good haircut?

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You visit a new hairstylist, strongly recommended by your best friend. You are welcomed into the salon and escorted upto the styling chair where you are met by the artist who you are hoping will be able to give you that special cut that will make you look different, feel good and always makes you look fabulous. After 2 hours of washing, cutting and blowing you walk out of the salon, feeling more or less happy. The next morning … reality strikes ! Your hair has again developed a mind of its own and is doing its own thing, which is very different from what it did yesterday. This cycle has to stop ! What can you do? Here are the guidelines: 1. Before surrendering yourself right into the stylist’s hands and hoping for the best, book a consultation, time before the hairstylist actually cuts your hair. The consultation is for the hairstylist to understand your needs better and for you to understand whether what the hairstylist is suggesting really will work for your lifestyle and personal style. 2. Share your daily routine to explain your lifestyle. Inform the stylist, whether you are a working professional, a busy mother or both. How…

How to look sharp, smart and professional at work

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Looking ‘professional’ is the desired image of every working individual. But what does it really mean and how can you look ‘professional‘? While many people are able to describe a professional appearance as the overall image that looks smart, sharp and clean, most find it hard to elaborate further on how exactly this can be achieved. In fact, by looking sharp,  smart and clean you will also project the key characteristics of a professional image which are ‘confidence, appropriateness and credibility’. Below, we break it down for you on how you can enhance your image to look confident, appropriate and credible.   1. Confidence: Confidence in clothing mainly comes from knowing that what you wear is the best for your body type. Are you sure that the lengths and cuts you wear are highlighting and camouflaging in the right places ? Understanding which styles work best for your body type is not just about your body shape but also about your body proportions. Creating a balance in proportions (upper body = lower body ) will help create a balanced look. This balance then conveys the symmetry that people find attractive.  So if you have ever wondered why a certain dress makes…

How to look authoritative and stylish at work like these style icons

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Claire Underwood (House of Cards) and  Jessica Pearson (Suits) Two style icons with a powerful, authoritative look.  The two women display very distinct clothing styles. Here we deconstruct their style to help you create your unique image at work. Claire Underwood Personal style characteristics: Powerful, Masculine inspired, Classic, Minimalist Claire’s personal style is a great example of how to do more  with less. Her hair style is the key feature of her personal style statement.   Her wardrobe consists of well fitted dresses with barely any decorative detail, creating a clean silhouette. She combines classic shirts with tapered leg trousers or pencil skirts and cuts a very sharp, no fuss, professional image.   Accessories: A classic handbag and black pumps complete the look with rest of the accessories kept to the minimum. Jessica Pearson Personal style characteristics: Powerful yet feminine, Accessorized, Style details Jessica’s style is different from Claire’s as she supports more feminine styles of clothing. Unlike Claire who prefers to wear boatneck and simple angular necklines, Jessica’s necklines are differentiated with a twist in the design. To add femininity to her look instead of wearing classic skirt suits, her skirts and jackets can be a combination of colours. We…

3 hairstyles for professional women

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As a working woman, you do not have much time in the morning to think about doing different hair styles everyday. However, if you are looking to polish up your work look, styling your hair differently can help you add variety and break the monotony of wearing the same style everyday. Here are 3 hair updos that do not require too much time. Practice them a few times and you will be ready to create a different look to suit your professional image. 1. The Gibson Tuck 2. Easier than it looks updo by thesmallthings blog. (Click the image for the tutorial).   3. French twist and pin updo like Heidi’s, by Hair Romance.   For more wonderful hair style ideas that are easy do, here is an ebook that we recommend. Our image consultant’s tip: Use bobby pins to secure any stray hair or fly aways. The correct way of using bobby pins is to face the grooved side down and the straight side up. The grooves are designed to hold hair in place. Have a great hair day everyday.

Wardrobe staple: the versatile shirt dress

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Shirt dresses first became popular in 1950s, with Dior’s post world war II New Look.  The shirt dress had a defined silhouette that included full skirts and cinched-in waists, notched collars and elbow length sleeves with cuffs. Creating an impression of a lengthened shirt that can be loose or tied in at the waist with a belt, the simplistic shirt dress style constitutes a staple wardrobe basic. We look at how this versatile fashion basic can be worn in many variations. 1. Distinctive features – collars, cuffs and pockets define the shirt dress. A neutral shade dress paired with a tan belt and some accessories that add the shine to lift the combination. Wear this in the day for casual meetings or to run errands. The soft fabric creates a drape that is comfortable and easy. 2. Known as shirtwaister, the shirt dress with a separate bodice and skirt was made popular by Doris Day and still remain a popular choice for pretty and feminine looks . Seen on Eva Mendes, a feminine version with a flowing skirt and a belt to create shape. The polka dots add dimension to the pretty look. Change the mood with bolder prints, patterns and lengths….

Dress code etiquette for professionals

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Excerpts from Etiquette 101 by Conde nast traveller to highlight dress code etiquette in countries around the world. We share here dress code etiquette for professional dressing around Asia. the article was written in 2009, but  these dress codes still hold true. ‘ASIA You’ll need a myriad of outfit options for a transcontinental Asian trek. Miniskirts and monochrome black are safe bets from Jakarta to Japan, but women in India and Pakistan cover their legs and sport vibrant, rich hues. In fact, very few styles would work in every country: Flip-flops, for instance, are trendy in Singapore, verboten in China, and, in Indonesia, acceptable only for shower wear. Here’s how to prep before you pack. CHINA At a meeting: Twenty years ago, “Chinese fashion” meant dark Mao pantsuit uniforms; today, work clothes are still homogenous suits and ties, even on the hottest summer days. Businesswomen go without makeup and jewelry, and everyone shies away from conspicuous consumption to show they’re focused on the business at hand. INDIA At a meeting: Hillary Clinton, you’re in luck—pantsuits are okay anywhere on the Indian Subcontinent; choose cotton or linen in summer, and accessorize with a colored scarf or dangly earrings to keep up with vividly…

Style difference: Understanding style in two fashion capitals

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While both French and Milanese women are known for their sense of fashion, there is a distinct difference in their looks. We would like to share this little write up we found in a Conde Nast Traveller dress code etiquette series: ‘A TALE OF TWO CITIES Can anyone really not call Paris and Milan the fashion capitals of the world? After all, one is home to Chanel and Dior, the other to Prada and Armani. But how can you tell your Milanese hipster from your Parisian sylph? We asked Scott Schuman, the mastermind behind the popular fashion blog The Sartorialist, for some clues (his book,The Sartorialist, was released in August) Milan Hair should be up. “The Milanese girl wears whatever’s on trend in a sexy, overt way. She doesn’t do anything vintage or sporty.” Must be a colorful print. “The overall effect is resilient and formal. She’s not one to mess around.” “Milanese girls’ style is set: all Italian, all big brands, all off the runway. She loves D&G. Prada’s too intellectual, Marni’s too quirky.” Skin should be tanned. “Shoes must be high to show off her legs.” Paris Hair must be mussed. “Unlike the Milanese girl, she’s not brand obsessed:…

How to wear your t-shirt like a celebrity

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T-shirts are a wardrobe essential. Every woman should have some in neutral colours. They are easy to match and throw on every time you need to run your daily chores. We all know how to pair them jeans and shorts so well that its what we do without thinking too much. T-shirts however can be your wardrobe staple that can help you define your personal image if they are good quality and styled well. Here are 5 different ways you can wear your t-shirt like a celebrity: 1. Glam it up like Alexa Chung, tucked into a sequin skirt that is long or short, which ever suits your body type.   2. A graphic tee styled with a printed full skirt  worn like Poppy Delevingne. Roll up your sleeves, get a stylish modern twists and braids updo , put on your sexy heels and you are ready wear this look from morning to evening.   3.  Tuck it in like Olivia Wilde. There is no other way to wear a loose long t-shirt more stylishly than tucking it in casually rocker style. Show off the curves, without having a t-shirt clinging to you.     5. Pair up a fun graphic tee with…