I Chose to Stay Where I Was Living for About Five Years

‎I was in the Air Force for 30 years. And I always wondered where I would end up living full time when I finally retired. The last place that I was stationed was in New Mexico, and I really fell in love with the area. So, when I got out, I chose to look for apartments in Albuquerque NM while I made up my mind about whether to stay there for the rest of my life or not. I suppose I could have started thinking about that long before my last day of military service, but I had a lot of things on my plate during that last year.

My parents were getting up there in years, and they were located one state away from where I was stationed. I was really happy that I was not outside of the country at the time my dad had a heart attack. I was able to drive home on the weekends to help him and mom out. He didn’t have a major heart attack, but the point is that he did have one, and I felt it was my duty to help out when I could. I even told my parents to leave all their tough chores for the weekends so that I could show up and help them out. They really appreciated that.

I fully intended to move home, but that didn’t happen because both of my parents moved away. It broke my heart. I went home, cleared out their home, and never went back after that. I really did not want to move back there full time. So, I sold the house. This is how I ended up staying in the same station where I had been stationed. I really like it here. It is not too hold or cold. There is a lot to see and do here, and it is affordable, too.

Different styles of polo shirts and how they are made

Polo shirts aren’t just for the golf course or tennis court any more. You see them everywhere – under sport coats at nice restaurants, as well as on the people behind the counter at your favorite fast food joint. Also known as golf shirts, most have some form of left-chest embroidery, be it in the Lacoste alligator or in the form of a company logo.
Definition of a polo shirt

Is there a difference between the definitions of polo shirt and golf shirt? People today refer to anything with a placket as a golf shirt. Traditionally, a golf shirt is a short sleeved knit shirt with a right-hand pocket, four-button placket, hemmed sleeves and tailored collar. Shirts with fashion knit collars and cuffs and two- and three-button plackets are technically polo shirts. A quick glance through any manufacturer’s catalog will tell you that this latter style is the preference today.
Knit material close up
Knit material close up
Fabric and knit styles

Whether you call them golf shirts or polo shirts, they both are available in several types of knits: pique mesh, interlock, jersey, plaited jersey, plaited cotton and calendered jersey. The last three are imported fabrics. The main difference between various knits is the stitch construction. Other more marginal differences occur in weight and elasticity.

As you would expect, 100% cotton shirts are more expensive than 50/50 cotton-polyester shirts. Cotton is becoming more popular with buyers because it is fashionable and shrinkage is not the concern it once was.

Cotton left a bad taste in people’s mouths years ago, because of the shrinkage. At that time, manufacturers would stretch the fabric before cutting. The shirt would look great and wear great until you washed it. Cotton is a natural fiber and it always goes back to what it was when Mother Nature made it.

Acceptable shrinkage for 100% cotton shirts should only be about 5%. But to be safe (because there is no way to know unless you wash the shirt), buy cotton shirts with a generous cut. And, if you’re really concerned about shrinkage, especially with pique knit fabric, look for compacted pique mesh. This fiber is compacted so the shrinkage will be less than 5%. Perhaps, the best advantage to 100% cotton knit shirts is their comfort in hot weather or for sports. Cotton breathes and its high absorbency contributes to a cooling effect. If comfort in hot weather or during sports is of major concern to your customer, recommend a 100% pique mesh. The cotton, combined with the pique’s open weave, will provide the most comfort.

Most manufacturers use combed cotton, as opposed to carded cotton, because it has been cleaned one step beyond that of carded cotton to yield a cleaner, softer yarn. Pima cotton, the most expensive, is a combed cotton with a long staple fiber that can be spun into a finer yarn.

Even as manufacturers add more 100% cotton styles to their lines, the 50/50 cotton/poly blend still remains the mainstay of the market. The polyester offers several advantages; it stabilizes the shrinkage factor, takes a dye better so colors stay brighter longer.

Shirts with a higher polyester percentage are becoming more popular lately. Historically, these shirts were considered less expensive and thus are purchased frequently for promotional giveaways. Newer “technical” fabric blends have changed this way of thinking, by utilizing polyester to make a fabric more breathable and durable. Custom embroidered polo shirts made with a polyester blend are perfect for use as uniforms by businesses interested in the synthetic’s moisture wicking and soil resistant properties.

Just as you can purchase polo shirt knits in different fiber contents, you can purchase them in different weights. Generally, a heavyweight fabric means the fabric is knit more tightly, and so there is more yarn per square inch. The weight of a knit is measured in yields or number of yards per pound of fabric. For example, on fabric that is 32 inches wide, a yield of 1.45 to 1.65 would be considered a heavyweight.

The construction of the shirt is undoubtedly every bit as important as the fabric content and knit type. Some construction differences signal a better-made garment and others are just for variety. Generally, the more stitching on a shirt, the more expensive it will be. But that extra stitching doesn’t always mean better quality. Often top stitching is added for decoration; it adds reinforcement, but it’s like anything else – the more stitches you put in it, the stronger will be. If it’s not there, though, that doesn’t mean it’ll fall apart.
Polo shirt placket
Polo shirt placket

There are three different types of plackets: Solly, set-in and set-on. The Solly placket is named after Allen Solly, its inventor. Of the three, it is the least expensive to manufacture because it uses little extra fabric and stitches. It is known as a hidden placket because you only see one seam-at the bottom.

A set-in placket is similar to a Solly placket, except it has more stitching on the button-hole side. This gives a more rectangular, finished appearance. The set-on placket is the most expensive construction because it involves more stitching and fabric. The placket is sewn of fabric separate from the shirt and then sewn on the shirt. A “full-finished” placket means more stitching is used to secure the inside of the placket to hide the placket’s interfacing.
Polo shirt collar
Polo shirt collar

There are two types of collars associated with polo shirts; tailored collars and knit collars. A tailored collar is made of the same fabric as the shirt with interfacing in the collar and neckline for stability. A knit collar can be of single or double lock-stitch construction. A double-lock collar will have a tendency to curl up along the edges, but a single-lock will lay flat. The single lock is also a heavier knit.
Polo shirt sleeve
Polo shirt sleeve

Most polo shirts have set-in sleeves, but some are available with raglan sleeves. Which you choose is strictly a matter of preference. Some folks prefer the raglan because it offers more movement through the shoulders. At the end of the sleeve you’ll find a hem, welt cuff or rib cuff. The hem is the least expensive construction. The welt and rib cuffs are rib knits. The difference between the two is in the number of stitches and elasticity, with the welt cuff being less elastic.
Quality Points

Construction variations aside, let’s talk quality. Manufacturers talk mostly about shoulder seam tape, sizing and dyeing when referring to quality.

Taped shoulder seams: If a shoulder seam is taped, you’ll see a white, knitted strip of fabric sewn into the inside of the seam. This tape stabilizes the natural crosswise stretch of the shirt so the shirt will retain its shape at this stress point.

Dyeing: Unfortunately, there is no way to know if a shirt has been dyed correctly until it is washed. You should always check to be sure the color of cuffs and collars match the shirt. If the collars and cuffs are from different dye lots, the colors may not be acceptable.

Sizing: Because sizing can differ slightly between manufacturers, it’s best to try on a shirt before purchasing. Manufacturers looking to save a few dollars may do so by cutting sizes smaller to save fabric. You may hear terms like single-needle stitching and reinforced box. Single needle stitching at the shoulder is actually a lapped seam that is recognizable by the top stitching. This is done to present a finished look as well as for reinforcement. The reinforced box is extra stitching at the bottom of the placket.

Look for things like interfacing in the placket and cross-stitched buttons, two points that add stability and longevity. Pricing depends on many factors: fabric, weight, amount of stitching and the like. A 100% cotton heavyweight knit with a tailored collar and set-on placket will be fairly expensive. Striped shirts will always be more expensive because the manufacturer has to invest more money in the dyeing and finishing of the yarn so colors won’t bleed, and because more time is spent in cutting and sewing to make sure stripes match front to back.

What all this should tell you is that there is a type of polo shirt for almost everyone. If you’re looking for uniform shirts for restaurant staff, try a plaited jersey. If you’re looking to wear one to the beach, go with a 100% cotton shirt with extended tail. By knowing the differences polo shirts have in fabrics and how they are made, you should have a better understanding in picking the shirt that’s perfect for you.

Fred Perry Polo Shirts – Tell The Real From The Fake

Fred Perry Polo Shirts – Are They Real or Are They Counterfeit

If you’re looking for bargain Fred Perry clothes, pay attention to the following advice on distinguishing genuine products from fakes. Although following this advice cannot guarantee that you’ll receive the genuine article (the only way of making this happen would be to purchase directly from an authorised, reputable merchant), ignoring it will greatly increase the chance of you getting lumbered with a counterfeit.
The Start

The Fred Perry brand is regarded as being one of the most historic and iconic fashion and sportswear brands in British History. It was founded by the English Wimbledon champion of the same name. Fred Perry clothing has always been incredibly popular throughout the range’s whole time in existence, initially starting with nothing more than a basic, white polo shirt.

Throughout the last few decades the Fred Perry clothing range has embraced, stimulated and in some cases created and led the way in a number of clothing fads. It was the very first brand to make the crossover between street fashion and sportswear when its polo shirts were adopted by the ‘Mod’ subculture.

These days, they’ve expanded their range of offerings, for instance Fred Perry Footwear and accessories, and now have also teamed up with various other brands, designers and celebrities for collaborative work. Celebrated European designer Raf Simons has created developed unique collections with them for several seasons now, and they also have a number of seasons lined up for a collaboration with singer Amy Winehouse.

With the level of fame that Fred Perry has reached, inevitably they would sooner or later be the target of clothing counterfeiters. Unfortunately, when a brand of clothing increases in popularity, it also gains the attention of career-criminal conmen and counterfeiters looking to make a cheap buck off of un-expecting shoppers. The most faked item that you should be aware of is the Fred Perry Polo Shirt, as counterfeiters find this one the cheapest to reproduce and sell and it is also the most popular genuine item from Fred Perry.

While it is generally quite easy to spot which polo shirts are fake and which real, sometimes the counterfeiters will utilize methods for making the replica look a little more like the original, and this can lead to confusion amongst the buyers.

If you’re looking for bargain Fred Perry clothes, pay attention to the following advice on distinguishing genuine products from fakes. Although following this advice cannot guarantee that you’ll receive the genuine article (the only way of making this happen would be to purchase directly from an authorised, reputable merchant), ignoring it will greatly increase the chance of you getting lumbered with a counterfeit.
1) The Wreath Logo

The Fred Perry Wreath is an extremely recognisable brand logo. Due to how fairly simple the logo is, the criminal gangs find it quite easy to replicate. Luckily, few of them replicate it perfectly so there are still a few points to look out for. First of all, look at exactly where the logo is located. Authentic logos will be found just above one’s heart, certainly much higher or lower. Additionally, it is only ever sewn or embroidered on to the polo shirt, never printed.
2) The Buttons

Buttons for a Fred Perry Polo Shirt, with couple of distinctive exceptions, will always be the same colour as the primary colour of the rest of the top. For example, if the polo shirt is mostly red but with a white collar and cuffs, the colour of the buttons will always be red. There are one or two exceptions to this, though. One of the collaborations Fred Perry did with renowned Belgian designer Raf Simons used buttons of opposing colour. In addition there are a few limited edition styles coming from Japan that have differently coloured buttons. However, nearly all Fred Perry Polos will have the same colour.

Furthermore, every button will need the text ‘Fred Perry’ visibly embossed into it.
3) The Tag

The content label at the back of the inside of the garment is an area that is often overlooked by the counterfeit gangs, even though it can contain many clues hinting towards the authenticity of the product. This tag area is generally hard to miss and is printed with the word ‘Fred Perry’ in a very significant, crystal clear sans-serif typeface, complimented with the garments size and the typical Fred Perry wreath logo. Fake items are usually generally designed in some sort of wiry, spaced out typeface alongside with a really bad attempt of a wreath logo.

There is an urban myth that says that shirts with a Green tag are always fake, however this is not always the case. If the shirt that you are looking at was made in the past couple of years, the tag will probably be black or blue; but not green. However, if the shirt was made in the 90s there is a very good chance it will be green. A Fred Perry polo shirt with a green tag will either be old and/or fake, but it will never be new and genuine.
4) The Merchant and Store

Take a look at the merchant or store that has the shirt for sale. If you’re not able to physically see the merchant (like if you’re buying from eBay or Craigslist) then look at other elements such as the photographs and the writing. Check the grammar of any text, and be sure to call any provided telephone numbers to see if they are real.

Examine the merchant if you can. Does he or she (and their store) look like the sort of ambassador a a prestigious brand like Fred Perry would choose to represent them? Is the store tidy or are the garments just piled up everywhere? Where is the store located? Is it in a respectable shopping district of town, or is the ‘store’ the trunk of a car marked in a Wal-Mart parking lot?

Pay particular attention to the selling price. Even though costs will fluctuate a little bit between stockists, it’s not usually by a large amount. The only time you’ll find new items price drastically lower than usual would be during a sale or clearance event. It will not be regular pricing. If the vendor is offering a deal like ‘Buy One Get One Free’ on his Fred Perry Stock, it’s probably fake stock.
5) If In Doubt, Stay Out

This tip cannot be stressed enough. Should you have any doubts or ‘bad feelings’ as to the authenticity of the items, simply don’t buy them. This way, if the item does turn out fake then you will not have been ripped-off and you will not have contributed to the success of a criminal enterprise.

If everything seems to be right about an item, yet you still don’t feel completely confident, you should phone Fred Perry. They can help you in verifying the authenticity of the merchandise by looking at different areas of the garment as well as pairing the garment with the product’s unique serial number. Should they give it the green light, you will then be able to purchase in confidence.

The very best tool you have to guard yourself against fake products is your brain. If something appears too good to be true, it almost certainly is. When you are lured by something which appears to be cheaper than it ought to be, ask yourself if it makes any sense that this particular item is so low-priced. To ensure your safety, when you are looking at getting a Fred Perry Polo shirt the most effective strategy would be to look for a reputable, authorised retailer of Fred Perry clothing. There is normally a minimum of one in every sizable town and city and there are many trading on the internet. You can get a definitive list by contacting Fred Perry.

Fred Perry clothing has been amazingly popular during its whole life, starting out with the first, simple polo shirt. Fred Perry Polo Shirts are incredibly popular around the world, both with consumers and, regrettably, counterfeiters. Equipped with the information in this article, you’ll be able to identify the majority of fake Fred Perry polo shirts and thus help yourself avoid being a victim of the criminals.

10 Forgotten Far Out Fashion Trends of the 1970s

1. Matching Pajamas for the Whole Family
Pajamas for everyone the whole family
Pajamas for everyone the whole family

Whether you grew up in the 1970s or simply love the styles from the decade, these 10 forgotten, far out fashion trends will leave you feeling nostalgic!
Deck of cards pajamas from the 70s
Deck of cards pajamas from the 70s

Nothing says family togetherness more than matching pajamas for mom, dad, and the kids. Why did this ever have to go out of style? Whether it was a loud paisley print or deck-of cards design, these pajamas let you know where you belonged. This fashion statement was popular into the early 80s.
2. Green Everything
Green tunic and pants, checkered dress, and sleeveless disco bodysuit
Green tunic and pants, checkered dress, and sleeveless disco bodysuit
Green winter nightgowns, pant set, and onesie
Green winter nightgowns, pant set, and onesie

In the 1970s, green clothes were everywhere: in 9 to 5 styles, jumpers for girls, disco wear, and even cozy pajamas. If you love the color green this was definitely the decade for you. Mint green and apple green were the most popular shades. They were often mixed with shades of yellow for an eye-catching combination.
3. His and Her Matching Outfits
His and hers matching polos and pants, forgotten 70s fashion trends
His and hers matching polos and pants, forgotten 70s fashion trends
His and her matching tops in western styles
His and her matching tops in western styles

The 70s could also be called the decade of love, judging by these coordinating polo, flannel, and blouse his and her tops. Everyone could tell who your boyfriend or girlfriend was when you wore these matching styles! This fashion statement was most popular with married couples.
4. Funky Stripes

If you wanted to look like you stepped out of an early ATARI video game advertisement, these bold stripes and colors were the name of the game. The look was popular on winter sweaters, polos, and jogging suits.
5. Patchwork Shoulders

Although the 70s were known for breaking the decorum of conservative fashion, it was also the decade of Holly Hobbie dolls and the Little House on the Prairie TV show. These two influences brought quilt and patchwork-inspired accents to fashion. A subtle way to be in style was with these shirts with floral shoulder patches.

Girls quilted robe and red plaid tunic pajamas
Girls quilted robe and red plaid tunic pajamas
6. Puffy Pajamas

Cozy quilt-inspired styles also made their way into girls’ pajamas with larger-than necessary features.

Thick waffling and oversized tunics made mom sure that you looked much bigger than your actual size. Although it was surely comfortable sleepwear, it was not well-designed.

The quilted sleeper robe was also a popular style with adult women for a short time.
7. Floor Length Jumper Dresses
Floor-length jumper dresses for girls in red, green, and blue
Floor-length jumper dresses for girls in red, green, and blue

The 1970s was a decade that still maintained some inspiration from Victorian grandmothers, with these floor-length, feminine dresses, complete with conservative blouses. These dresses were available in sizes for toddlers to adult women. Accompanying accents were often collar bows, lace, and embroidery.

His and her onesies in red and blue
His and her onesies in red and blue
8. Adult Onesies

No fashion makes a man or woman feel more secure and pampered than the adult onesie. And the 70s was THE decade for the adult onesie.

Some of these styles also came complete with attached footies. Also called union suits or long underwear, they kept many a man and woman warm all winter long. Worn to bed, under ski wear, or in manual labor jobs under heavy overalls, these onesies were both useful and comfortable.

Not surprisingly, they also made these to match for couples!

9. Culottes Paired with Boots
Culottes and boots, teen 70s fashion
Culottes and boots, teen 70s fashion

Pairing boots with culottes was a style especially popular in teens/junior clothing, and they were worn together generally in the autumn or winter, after summer sandals were traded for boots. This style could be worn for play, school, or the office, depending upon the fabric, boot material, and top you paired for the look. The only complaint about this style was the constant rubbing of the boot top and culotte bottom against the bare leg.
10. Vest Suits
Far-out 70s adult vest suits
Far-out 70s adult vest suits
Red and white polka dot vest suits for girls
Red and white polka dot vest suits for girls

Chances are the only people you see wearing vest suits these days are senior citizens, because many of them simply kept these suits from the 70s in their closets all these years.

While they aren’t in style now, this fashion trend was on-point back in the day, and were common for men, women, and kids. Common looks included polka-dots, stripes, and bright colors.

It was so popular that the look can be found in catalogs from the very beginning of the decade to the very end. This is one look that should stay in the 70s, however!

Fat Women’s Fashion (christmas) Overweight Fat Girls Fashion Faults & Tips 4 Short Plump Women

Fashion for Fat PeopleThis Christmas – What is it about Christmas that has women automatically think about the way they look or worry over their weight? Has it anything to do with festive season adverts like “Big” Turkey, “Plump” Goose, “Fleshy” Duck or “Fat” juicy Chicken. I know, not nice words to hear for them who are overweight but they sell poultry and you have to accept this, unless this Christmas you choose to pass by the freezer section in your supermarket.

You could however do something about your weight if this is the problem. Getting in shape and losing weight will have you see the meaning of – Big – Plump – Fleshy and Fat in a different light, and more in the way of “I’m tasty please eat me”.

Have you been thinking about dieting to lose weight before Christmas, or just generally considering joining a weight loss program in spite of the season, if so, there’s no better time to start shedding those pounds now.
It’s not nice being fat and frumpy, and for some it’s majorly upsetting – having to put up with people who don’t understand how you feel and call you nasty names like fatty, blubber butt and their goes Bessie Bunter. Another reason is not being able to wear the latest fashion and look good. If your obesity is not caused by illness then let’s look at some sensible ideas in regards to fashion sense so “YOU” will look good in the latest trends in designer clothes.

Christmas Fashion for Fat People

If you believe you won’t reach your desired size by Christmas through dieting then work with your plump or stout body. Have you ever heard of the saying “pleasantly plump” so why not that be you this year.

Black is a magical colour

Just because black may not be the in colour doesn’t mean sway from the idea of wearing it. Let’s say the new trendy colour that’s in fashion is orange then you work with that colour to get the latest stylish look. Adding accessories to compliment an outfit in this shade then voila, you’re in fashion. Shoes, costume jewellery, scarves, shawls, chokers, gloves, hat or other hair accessories like combs, hair slides, bobbles and scrunches are all fabulous ideas for a fat woman to wear in the shade of orange to bring her black outfit (Trousers, blouse, dress, suit, evening gown) more up to date.

Every fat woman is curvy. Curves become more noticeable wearing the wrong clothes. Work with your curves, and not against them as this will make it difficult to get your desired look.

The vast majority of overweight women assume they can never be fashionable due fatness. How far from the truth this is. Any fat, plump, stout, portly, podgy or tubby woman/young girl can be fashionable-it’s a matter of knowing what chic clothes to wear to slim your appearance, instead of garments that does nothing for your shape and shows every ripple of belly flab around your waist and bum. .

Sadly, not many fat women understand this concept and tend to wear skimpy clothes which make them look hideous. If I’m to be honest dressing this way can make a fat woman look ugly, and I mean this in the nicest possible way. Fat women are beautiful; some obese women have real pretty faces, better than a lot of skinny girls out there. Nevertheless to be body beautiful you have to dress right to achieve this.

Christmas Fashion for Fat People

The way to avoid being ridiculed for poor fashion sense is by dressing in clothes that suit your shape and size. For instance: Wear a dress/frock that sits below the knee or just above the ankle. Don’t wear garments that cut off at the widest part of the calf. It will make you look stumpy.

High-waist tops are always in style as with the same with leggings. If you’re wearing a dress/ skirt and think it too short and showing too much leg, then wear leggings underneath. Mid-calf leggings are attractive for summer wear; nonetheless big women may want to try this if they are not comfortable with the length of their dress. A black and white print dress, some black leggings with a pair of strappy sandals is a good dressy look. A chunky red or silver bangle will add the finishing touches to the outfit. A big mistake fat women make is trying to look smaller, which is right and expected from them who worry over their shape and size, however it’s best to work with your already size because, it’s less time consuming, less expensive and will still have you looking trendy and fabulous.

Undergarments are important for giving good shape, a well-fitted bra will help you feel and look your best. When you have the feel good factor you will always carry off whatever garment it is you’re wearing.

If possible don’t wear flowing capricious fabrics. Various colors, materials, layers and patterns can make you look heavier and stocky. Colors most fitting are dark grey, deep silver, wine, plum, jade, russet, midnight blue, cocoa and cranberry.

Lengthy straight skirts/dresses elongate the body which in return will have you appear slimmer
Tight is not right. Tight garments shows every bulge even the ones you didn’t know were there. Material sort to wear should be one that skims the contour of your body and not clingy.

Horizontal stripes are out and vertical in for short stout stumpy women.

Dresses or tops with empire waist for the longer look.

Keep shoe color the same as your stylish trendy outfit

Stilettos lengthen the look of legs.

Low necked dresses and long jewelry chains/necklaces help lengthen the look of the neck

Avoid chokers or pole polo neck sweaters this will give you the hunched up look

Christmas Fashion for Fat People

Fat girls need to remember they don’t need to create fashion to look great and trendy; its attitude that does this. Stay confident and positive about yourself and you will achieve or see your desired look, clothed or naked. Most common mistakes fat women make usually includes wearing jackets and belts in the wrong scope. Blouses and dressy tops of various color with big banded wide patent belts cut the body in two parts and therefore attract attention.

Elongate legs by wearing straight pants that cover your shoes.

Don’t clutter the waist with fabric.

Monochromatic garments are ideal for the pleasantly plump woman

Warning oversize t-shirts and baggy tops don’t hide flab instead they make the body look more shapeless. Baggy doesn’t hide saggy

Avoid thick heavy cloth as it adds extra weight to your figure.

Matching stilettos with long straight pants partly covering the shoe is the solution to looking taller and slimmer in any situation

Voluminous tops like loose fitting camisoles, peasant tops, tunics and smock tops goes nice with pants or leggings.

No matter what size you are, and want to look slim, then style, color and design of your clothes is important

Choose good quality fabric that hangs elegantly rather than cling.

Wear V neck, deep round neck and square neck before turtle neck.

Ideal length for short plump ladies to get a slim look is above or just on the knees, while tall women should wear longer hemlines.

Tapered trousers are chic but can make the hips look big and legs short and stumpy. Wear boot cut style trousers to render leg length.

High heels make feet, ankles look thinner.

Don’t wear smaller size garments
Wide legged jeans or pants are a good choice for the long slim look. Wear with boots, open sandals or pointed heels (winkle pickers).

Don’t wear large robe like dresses, they didn’t work for Mama Cass or Demis Roussos and won’t work for you.

Teeny Boppers Go Crazy With Harajuku Fashion

Harajuku fashion gets its name because the styles originated from this place though the epicenter in Japan is in Tokyo. Youth dress up in creative outfits, color their hair and wear different accessories to look outlandish or even bizarre! It has since become a fashion trend for youth in Japan to collect in places where they can display their freedom of expression. They do not have to worry about social pressure and even encourage qualified designers to come up with special fashion designs that have their outlets in different parts of the world.

The Harajuku fashion revolves around the teens and has no distinctive style. It is the attitude and the overall look that they try to achieve which encourages top designers to come up with different costumes and styles. Teenagers all over the world are supporting this fashion though it is fuelled to the maximum in Japan. The styles that are covered under the umbrella of high fashion are divided in different distinctions and sub-categories. One of the popular styles that have been in existence for a while is the elegant gothic Lolita look. The local music scene has also been instrumental in spurring the youth to sport the punk style. The youth may ape their favorite sport star and wear costumes that represent the anime character of something gothic. This type of revolution that the teen fashion industry is experiencing has encouraged good revenues.

If you wish to be up dated on the latest styles and costumes that hit the fashion scene regularly, read the kawaii blogs written by youngsters who can write in detail about the latest fashions. You can pick up ideas on how to mix and match a traditional kimono with a pair of jeans or purchase garments with eccentric patterns. Most of the glitter and embellishments are handmade and are listed under the cute fashion lists in the kawaii blogs. Look for accessories, heavy jewelry and exclusive designer labels that are available when you shop at the street fashion stores. Some of the well known brands apart from the Lolita culture are Cosplay, Kogal and Ganguro and you can browse through the different segments to check out the styles of your interest.

Read about Nile Perch, which is a brand that is located in Tokyo, when you click on the website icoSnap. This brand started selling polo shirts and today it has grown into a Fairy Kei shop. You can walk along the streets and admire the window displays. Learn how to reach the hotspots where the teenagers gather and strut around in their creative costumes and colored hair. They wear colorful accessories and enjoy hanging out and being seen with their friends.

If you are planning a trip to Japan and wish to purchase some cute clothes, cosmetics or jewelry take a trip to Harajuku where there are many street shops that sell clothing, handbags, pink curly clips and outfits that you can purchase for yourself or your friends. You can also sit in a cute café and watch the people parading on the streets in the height of fashion.

Via Uomo: Menswear For The Contemporary Man

Value craftsmanship, elegance and comfort portray the European-style shirts of the VIA UOMO brand dressing fashion-forward men since 2010. Men welcome the stability of the shirts as well as their rareness and how comfortable they are to wear. VIA UOMO are the best luxury shirts for men because they are prepared from the finest quality and are as comfortable as they are fashionable. Acknowledged for the fact that every shirt has its own uniqueness wearing a VIA UOMO shirt is quite a fashion statement.

The shirts are made using trendy color hues and distinctive stitching with original design details that set the brand spaced out from more traditional brands of men’s shirts. The shirts are designed and produced in Europe with the finest European fabrics such as blends of soft cotton and cotton sateen fabrics. VIA UOMO shirts are not for the budget conscientious guy but for gentlemen that truly realize value and quality in a shirt.

Men value the sporty and very classy summer line of shirts. Togged up in a VIA UOMO shirt gives men the power of elegance in a very manly way.
There are several styles to select from including long sleeve, short sleeve and polo. The polo variety is a mixture of color, whites and blacks. The Summer Collection of shirts is in pastels, stripes and plaids. These shirts are designed to be versatile because they are elegant enough to wear on the town yet stylishly comfortable on the beach. Every shirt is made with the same concentration to detail, is perfection personified and has the feel of crisp Italian fashion.

VIA UOMO Summer Collection:
• Avellino
• Saluo Short Sleeve
• UP Long Sleeve
• UP Short Sleeve
• Como Short Sleeve
• Perrona
• Parroni
• Lanciano
• Arielli

VIA UOMO Polo Collection:
• Bussero
• Burago
• Torlino
• Lurano
• Trofarello
• Perreno
• Arluno
• Cassina
• Varedo
• Vinovo

Every man attracted to wearing comfortable yet stylish European-style shirts will really be pleased about having VIA UOMO shirts. The quality fabrics and attention to detail make these shirts stand out from the traditional department store shirts where every man looks the same. Men notorious for caring about their look will love the look and feel of these distinctive and fashionable shirts. The fabrics are of the finest European quality, which cannot be found in average shirts. These shirts are truly for the more discriminating of men.

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The advent, implementation and use of shirt have really been a revolution and in this regard polo shirt deserves special mention. Like jeans, polos have become a staple in the American wardrobe. There are so many to choose from today. Lacoste polos are perfection. Only the world’s strongest and most flexible cottons are chosen and used in these shirts. The polos go through rigorous testing, and each has their own dying tank. Boss Polo is famous for its simplicity of design and can be worn for both formal and informal purpose. Ralph Lauren polo-without mentioning it the polo list is incomplete. Banana Republic is great for basics at affordable prices. These polos are made with soft pima cotton in a classic pique knit. This polo is fitted, has one-button and comes in many colors. Lacoste Long Sleeve Pique Polo is along sleeve version of the perfect polo. This is another shirt that will be great worn with a blazer.

Embroidered Polo Shirts are a fashion statement these days. These are definitely in contention for the fashionable. Available in a variety of styles and colors, these are no longer worn by polo players only but by all those who prefer a sporty, casual look. These are made of cotton, thus are very comfortable. Fashionable Polo shirts are also known as tennis shirts or golf shirts. These are t-shaped with two or three buttons in front and a collar. But now there are the embroidered polos, polos with stripes, and other designs as well. These features have added style to this shirt, besides improving its appearance. Now these embroidered shirts have become a part of office wear as well. In fact, most companies have a catalog as well from which to choose the design of the logo that you want on your embroidered polo shirts. Embroidered polo shirts are in fashion, and these are so comfortable that they will continue to find a space in the wardrobes of men, women, and children alike.

The term polo shirt soon became identified with the tennis shirt design and they are a real fashion statement among the wide range of polo shirt products. A tennis shirt is without doubt very fashionable in sports. Whatever it is with the changing trends and seasons the tennis shirt or polo shirt will continue to evolve and remain a part of our attire for many years to come.

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Get the Best and Most Fashionable Polo Ralph Lauren Sunglasses Online and Make a Fashion Statement

One should get the correct Polo Ralph Lauren frames. These are very attractive and have the RL logo with an Ultra Violet protection up to 100% accuracy. However there are also fake models available in the market. Therefore, one should visit the online sites offering this eye wear to get a genuine one. One is able to get proper discounts and the correct prices from these stores.

These frames are made with special care that comprises of a special material used for making the Polo Ralph Lauren sunglasses. The lenses and technology that are being used to produce this eye wear make the product really unique and dynamic. One can choose a Polo Ralph Lauren shade as per the personality or the style one is looking for. Colors like black, dark and light tortoise adds to the style. With the help of these shopping sites which are online, you can find all the various kinds of models or designs that the brand has to offer.

Benefits of shopping online

One gets all the benefits of the frames from online shopping. The guarantee, the authenticity of the product, exchange or return policy and also a customer service is available to help you while choosing or after you have purchased the product. The main attraction is that you are able to see how the Polo Ralph Lauren frames suit the face through a virtual technology of these online shopping sites.

Different kinds of variety obtained

One gets a variety of choices while buying or choosing this brand online. Be it a metal frame or a plastic frame, both is displayed online. This helps you to understand your needs and interests and finally take the decision. However, both the frames are long lasting.

While buying these frames online, you get a chance to get a model to match the taste or the fashion statement which you desire. Apart from the plastic or the metal frames, this eye wear also comes without frames or known as rimless. There are various kinds of materials and colors to choose from. This facility gives you the chance to explore these frames online and then make your choice as per your requirement.

Polo Ralph Lauren sunglasses come in one or more categories. One can choose as per the personality. There are big frames and also small frames. These give a very strong style statement. Purchasing Polo Ralph Lauren frames and Polo Ralph Lauren eye wear makes you standout amidst a crowd!

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Ackermans returns to centre stage with new winter fashion showcase

Iconic SA value retailer, Ackermans, hosted its media event at The Bay Hotel in Cape Town on 21 April. In a beautiful showcase of its latest fashion ranges and homeware products, Ackermans put on a display of value retail at its best.
Ackermans returns to centre stage with new winter fashion showcase
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Ackermans returns to centre stage with new winter fashion showcase
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Ackermans returns to centre stage with new winter fashion showcase
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Speaking at the event, Ackermans MD, Sean Cardinaal says that the growth of Ackermans has been strongly influenced by the media’s support and positive showcase of the company’s products.

“It’s been four years since my first media day at Ackermans and since then the company has grown incredibly quickly. We now have over 900,000 cardholders, over a million rewards members and we are fast approaching the opening of our 500th store. We understand the valuable role that media plays in talking to our customers and we really appreciate them giving up their time to see our latest fashion offering and find out what’s new in “our world”. Ackermans is about bringing value retail to life and we are especially proud of our latest ladieswear range which embodies quality fashion-relevant items at great prices.”

The retailer also introduced Samantha Jones, the Group Global Design Executive for Pepkor, to the guests. She is part of the consultancy stable for Women’s, Men’s and Children’s apparel. Jones plays a critical role in bringing international trends and looks to Ackermans, and her knowledge and expansive experience are what helps Ackermans ensure that globalised fashion trends are translated into garments that are suitable for the South African market.

“In the last few decades South Africa has become the fashion industry’s dream. The market has successfully positioned itself as a country that has enthusiastically embraced international trends, while keeping its local essence and flavour infused into everything that it makes.

The media event also featured the pioneering initiative, Style Squad, a team of 20 of the most stylish kid bloggers – ten boys and ten girls – who are selected annually, to go out into the market and interpret their favourite fashion-looks every month. This year, two winners have been selected to have their “fashion style” translated into a real fashion range for children’s wear – all showcased on the ramp and available in stores in November.70

Armed with a tablet, data, unlimited imagination and creative flair, the Style Squad have become style and fashion celebrities in the world of Ackermans, and all promise to be the next big thing in the South African fashion industry.

Ackermans celebrates Mandela’s legacy

In honour of Mandela Day, which is celebrated globally on 18 July, Ackermans’ staff in various departments used their 67 minutes in service to the community to make cushions, mats, puppets and build puppet stages for Ackermans’ Ububele Story Schools initiative.
Ackermans celebrates Mandela’s legacy
Ackermans Ububele Story Schools is an Early Childhood Development project developed by Ackermans in partnership with Wordworks and the Nal’ibali for the reading-for-enjoyment campaign.

The programme has assisted both parents and teachers in 13 local crèches and schools, with literacy and numeracy skills, enabling them to help their children develop early language skills and learn while at school and at play.

Speaking at Ackermans’ head offices in Cape Town, MD, Sean Cardinaal says, “Mandela’s values of service, commitment and dedication to improving the lives of others, are key to unlocking the potential of South Africa and its people. In the last 99 years we have built a large, loyal customer base and enjoyed great support from the local communities within which we operate.

“Our customers’ loyalty has played a large part in Ackermans becoming a household name in South Africa. Mandela’s commitment for the children of South Africa is well-known and we are honoured to be playing our part in ensuring that our country’s children are empowered to have brighter and better futures through Ububele. The initiative is a proud milestone in our story and the perfect opportunity for us to thank and acknowledge South Africans’ contribution to our success.”

The retailer has also made donations of stationery and classroom upgrades to help make these schools fun, engaging and interactive learning environments – through schoolwork and play.