Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Food, we need it to survive. Food, we love it because it tastes great and other times not so much. The one thing that we all can agree on is how much food costs these days. Prices for so many products have gone up as the packages have become smaller. This is what you they call a double whammy. Paying more for something and getting less of it.
This is why coupons are more important than ever, especially food coupons. The grocery store coupons which you can find in various grocery chains is a good way to reduce your food bill. You will have to cut them out of the flyer but it will you save money.
Not only can you find coupons in the grocery store but you can find them everywhere. The weekend newspaper will have them. Various magazines will also have coupons. The companies of these products will offer you coupons to try their products and hopefully keep you as a customer. You also may receive coupons in the mail for different products as well.
Another way to find coupons for food is the internet. You can go online using whatever device you have and look for internet coupons for the products you use. The amount of places that you can search for is endless. Too many sites to mention here. You probably know some of them already.
It doesn’t matter what the product is, there probably a coupon for it. If you are a fan of cereal they have coupons for that. Peanut butter, cheese, cleaners, bleach, paper towels, tomato sauce, bread, pasta and so on.
Coupon use has become so main stream that there is even a show on those who go shopping with hundreds of coupons and almost end up paying nothing. Yes that is extreme but it does show how popular coupons have become.
People from all walks of life use coupons. They can be poor, rich, or anything in between, they all use coupons. In Canada alone the percentage of people using coupons have increased greatly. Income is no barrier in the usage of coupons. Everyone loves to save money.
For those with large families’ coupons can make the difference between eating just pasta or having some kind of protein to eat along with the pasta. To them finding food coupons is extremely important.
The time used to find food coupons is well worth the effort. Finding a coupon for something that you like to eat does get you excited. If you are going food shopping for your family, why not take the coupons with you? While you are at the grocery store don’t forget to check the flyers, there may be something that you can use.
At checkout time when you are paying the clerk and the amount is less than you thought, you can say a job well done.
How Women’s Clothing Has Evolved Through Time
Women’s clothing has evolved through the years. Nowadays, if you take just one single glimpse away from the magazines and fashion shows, you will find that things have already changed. How trends are determined is still unclear, but if you travel back in time to study how women used to dress, you will realise that some designers derive inspiration from fashion in the past. In order to gain a better understanding about how women dress, and how modern designers come up with their ideas, you might want to learn about the history of women’s clothing.
Right from the moment that God banished Adam and Eve, He gave them garments to cover themselves with. These garments eventually evolved into what we now properly refer to as tunics, and throughout the biblical years, men and women basically dressed the same way; in garments that extended down to their knees.
It was not until the fifteenth century, that it took a different turn. During those years, women were seen wearing long gowns with sleeves, and these were worn over a chemise that covered their skin. It was also during this period that the corset was introduced. Women back then had to have very slim waists and so they wore corsets under their gowns to hold their figures.
During the 1700s, still donning gowns, women from this era wore petticoats that were worn to open the skirts like a flower in bloom.
If you could travel back in time, you will find yourself browsing through the early years and then slowing down towards the 1900s, where women’s fashion will suddenly become more familiar. Many of the styles of the clothes in these years, are still seen in the clothes today. In this era, women encountered lingerie dresses, which are basically day dresses made of cotton or linen. These are heavily laced and preferred by women during warm weather. Tailored clothing also made an entrance during these times, and they basically looked like men’s shirts with high collars and were used during work, as a uniform. The term ‘haute couture’ also made its debut in these years, as well as form-fitting high gowns with high waists, long tunic-like jackets, straight-line corsets, and ankle-length skirts. Gone are the petticoats and tight-fitting corsets, women of these years appreciated straight silhouettes with very minimal bust, waist, and hips.
Fashion was incredibly modernised by the year 1920s. After WWI fashion, especially in the US and Europe, became less conservative and slightly more boyish. The skirts had pleats, were shorter, and as the corset was slowly disappearing from the scene, women preferred the more flattening style.
The year 1950 was the year of the poodle skirts. As this was the decade of swing, these skirts became really popular. Another skirt type that became rather popular, were the pencil-type skirts. These skirts were narrow and quite sexy, and women of those years just loved them.
In the 1960s women’s clothing became even more diverse and it was during these years when fashion trends gained momentum. In the early 1960s, pastels, geometric shapes, and big buttons became really popular.
The 1980s fashion was the most diverse. Women of these times could dress as a Valley girl, which is basically the preppy look of flared skirts and leg warmers, or they may have supported the ‘New Wave’ fashion, that consisted of leggings and jackets, that also appeared to look like pirate clothing.
In recent years, fashion can no longer be considered ‘new’, but rather, inspirations of past fashion trends. We have seen the 20s, the 50s, as well the 80s, being resurrected in the fashion world and while they all look quite different, you will see that they are mostly just a finer or more modernised version of the old trend. They are new. They are fresh and up to date, but are really more or less the same.
Women’s Clothing - Today’s Fashions
Today’s women’s clothing are a line of ultimate representation of a woman’s body confidence that will make her all the more stylish and glamorous. Find about the lessons of women’s clothing and the cardinal rules of dressing up in relation to your body shape as you read on.
1. The Summer style
The heat is on! Pull on your khakis and that plain shirt. - oooh, don’t even try to. Plain tees are too boring to beat the heat. Get load and do it through colors. Summer is all about kooky pattern mixes, wild and exotic colors. Try on some batiks or embroidered fabric tops, uniquely patterned skirts or clothes that are rich in colored pretty ruffles. If you want to still stick with your jeans, pair it up with off-the-shoulder tunic as a cover up.
2. The Simple but elegant style
Dressing up sexy does not always mean micro mini skirts and super tight tube tops. Try on some sassy classic look. Make it loose, not tight. Full-skirted, not gripping. Flatter the looseness of a longer, full-skirted dress that will go with your height and don’t be afraid to stand out. Skinny and tall women will look good on belted dresses with stiff pleats that are so forties look.
3. Cheer up style
Who says only the kids can dress sweet and funky? Deduct 8 to 10 years your real age with colorful, swooshy dress that will make you feel dancing the Mary Poppins’ way. It’s okay to dress sweet and funky as long as you know where to wear it and the right accessories to go with it.
4. One of a kind find
The perfect way to make a fashion statement is to try on women’s clothing that are hot and would seem uniquely yours. Floral and metal studs are classic embellishment combos to the unusual fabric.
5. Shape up!
Covering up isn’t flattering. And broad expanses of fabric emphasize body shape and size. Bare backs, knee-length or shorter skirt, v-neck tops and three-quarter sleeve t-shirts will help you show off some shape. The most flattering with women’s clothes are straight leg or boot cut jeans that will sit on your hips, your waist or just below your hip bone. And remember, that full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look a bit more round.
6. Red alert!!!
In every women’s clothing diary of style, Red is a classic color that has never bored anyone. It embodies power, bold confidence and certified trickery for figure-flattering because of its deeper-hued incarnation. Also, it has an amazing power to absorb light and conceal darkness.
7. Wear Black when you’re in doubt.
True enough, black makes everyone look slimmer. It is the safest color to be in. Take note of this, black will never fade in the language of fashion, especially in with women’s clothing.
8. Look great in a shift
Shift dresses has a slimming effect because they are constructed with darts at the bust line and seams that enhances curve and waist-shape. Most shift dresses are either knee length or shorter. But both lengths give the same universal slimming effect.
There you have it. I hope I do gave you some useful tips and lessons on women’s clothing. So, dress and feel good at any size!
Splashes of bold colour, low-cut tops, denim with everything… Stephen Doig rounds up the big menswear looks for the coming year
The notion of “trends” in menswear seems, at times, like a curiously redundant one.
Pouting Zoolander posturing aside, men’s style happily sits on more even terrain than women’s, with less focus on “out with the old, in with the new” and more on solid investment pieces to build on season after season.
Men shop less frequently than women, but when we do, studies show that we’re prepared to spend more. Which means we’re less likely to replace our wardrobe because several designers are embracing tropical prints this season, darling. But what should be on the sartorially attuned chap’s radar for spring?
Here we outline the five subtle additions that will make their presence felt in your wardrobe, we promise.
Five key men’s style trends for 2015
1. Colour theory
While we’re loath to suggest you “inject” your wardrobe with a “pop of colour” (because we don’t do that sort of fashion advice), it’s an undeniable fact that there’s a strong undercurrent of searing bright shades throughout menswear for spring. Crayola block colours aren’t just accents this season, but are emblazoned over coats and jackets at Burberry Prorsum (above), Dior Homme and Raf Simons. If you’re bored of slurry and “greige” shades, go for it in take-no-prisoners tangerine. At least you’ll get noticed while waiting to get served at the bar.
2. Low point
Harry Styles has a lot to answer for. The singing hormone with the whippet hips has long sported a signature ’slashed to the naval’ shirt, no doubt in sartorial allegiance to the rock gods of old. And men’s fashion has taken up the gauntlet and ran with it for spring. We’re not saying it’s right, but it is there; at Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten and Versace, all slithery satin shirts slipping over abs and pecs in peek-a-boo style. Only works if you’re Italian, lithe and luxuriating on the Amalfi coast.
If there’s a man that appreciates the rustic appeal of the cowboy, it’s Tom Ford; one of his houses is a Santa Fe ranch and it’s an image of masculinity he mined during his time at Gucci and in his film, A Single Man. For spring 2015 he offers sleek denim jackets and shirts, worn with jeans. Prada follow suit with Seventies-inspired denim coats, jackets and jeans and in its catwalk shows Burberry Prorsum debuted jackets and tailored blazers in the workwear fabric. How to do it without looking like a reject from The Outsiders? Keep it neat, sharp and dark in hue.
4. Brideshead revamped
As you might expect, this is a trend that mainly resides around the hallowed halls of Savile Row and Jermyn Street; some of London’s most established houses have mined the iconography of Sebastian Flyte and the 1930s chap. Crisp white, tailored jackets were worn with shorts and knee high socks at Dunhill, crisp white tuxedo suiting at Gieves & Hawkes and horizontal striped double breasted jackets at Turnbull & Asser that called to mind regatta style and punting on the Cam as you recite poetry to your unrequited love.
5. Prints charming
From broad painterly splashes to subtle, nuanced detailing, prints are everywhere in menswear for spring. As Miranda Priestley might say “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking” - and we’d be inclined to agree, but this spring the gist is on designs that are a little bit more creative. From block-colour swirls over suiting at Alexander McQueen to rich, intricate mosaic tile prints at Hardy Amies, there’s nary a jumper or pair of trousers next season that won’t come unadorned. Particular favourites include the lavish rococo curls and spirals at Dolce & Gabbana, a very visual statement of “go big or go home”.
Spring Men’s Fashion: Top Tips
I wouldn’t say that I’m one of those miserable people, who seem so put out by the winter season but I sure am glad when we see the back of it! Don’t get me wrong, the winter isn’t entirely unbearable however it can be a bit boring when you’re trying to look as stylish as possible.
Winter style is good but when you’re limited to knitwear and coats so thick you risk looking like the kid out of Home Alone; it can get a bit mundane. With the spring however, although the weather isn’t 100% warm, the ability to ditch the countless layers and where something other than brown can be quite refreshing to say the least.
Whether you’re into your fashion like me, whether you try to keep up with the latest trends as much as possible or you just go with the flow; the coming spring season brings with it an endless number of style opportunities. You don’t have to be completely outlandish in your style choices but this spring there is no reason why you cannot look like a well-groomed gentleman that knows exactly what he’s doing.
Ready to get a bit braver with your wardrobe choices; here are the top tips to keep in mind this season…
Runway - The 2015 Spring/Summer runway shows have been inspired by the 70’s. I’m talking lots of denim, bright ombre colours and some very brave print’s. These look great on the runway and have really got people talking but complete looks might not work so well for the average Joe. Whether one of the trends appeal to you or all of them do, try not to dive straight in, take it a step at a time and mix and match. In an attempt to look exactly like a runway show you could end up attracting attention for all the wrong reasons.
Shape - There are a lot of great items that both high street and men’s designer labels will have available but you have to remember that not every item will work for every man. Again tying in with the above point, don’t overdo anything just because you’ve seen it on the runway. Perhaps consider trying one thing at a time and see how you feel; particularly if it’s a new material and fit that you’re not used to. From skinny denim jeans to tight tees and tailored short jackets; not every style suits every man so practice and get used to what your body type best.
Invest - I love high street brands but whatever the season I always try to ensure that I invest in at least one designer pair of shoes. It seems a bit much but what helps a man’s style stand above the rest is the quality of his footwear. From quality footwear for the office to a pair of stylish trainers or brogue’s that I know I’ll use all summer; whatever the season and whatever my personal style choices; investing in the right quality footwear can help me stay a step above the rest.
With spring around the corner, you don’t have to be a style guru to know that now is the time to really bring your wardrobe to life. From embracing the latest trends, to sticking to what suits you best, to always ensuring that you always have lasting quality in your choices; fashion is always unpredictable but by staying one step ahead, you can ensure that whatever season arrives, you’re style always leads the way.