Fashion Advice for Women

Fashion knows no age or boundaries. Although, women often tend to fret and fume over the birthday candles that keep adding on the cakes every year. Most of the latest fashion trends are not specifically aimed at women over 50. But, there is a little girl hidden in every woman. A girl who wants to feel liberated; a girl who wants to feel she is beautiful, no matter how old she gets. Plus-size clothing does not really offer to complete this dream. Large, oversized clothing does not bring out the beauty in a woman. And women often tend to feel that fashion is surely not meant for them. They then tend to spend their lives amidst piles of clothing that does not flatter them in any way and brings down the confidence level. However, all that’s going to change. We are here to tell you that there is a way to maintain fashion at 50; and here’s what you need to do. Go through the article and find out various styles of dressing yourself with vogue.
Fabulous Styles for Women Over 50
A good sense of style helps a woman ooze confidence no matter what the age. As years pass, women tend to overlook this factor thinking they belong to the ‘older bracket’. Fashion clothing can be really rocking if planned in the right way. Take a look at our fashion and singing divas such as Madonna and Tina Turner. They surely know how to have fun at any age! Beauty is eternal and here, you are about to read exclusive fashion advice for women over 50.

You have to be comfortable in your own skin. That is when you will feel comfortable and exude confidence in whatever you wear. The departmental stores will surely have amazing fashionable and trendy clothing, but designed for the teenyboppers! You must surely avoid following fashion ideas blindly, but work towards creating a look that is unique and most importantly… you! Pay closer attention to the colors, patterns, designs, and styles you like to wear. Don’t shy away from them just because you’re not in your 20s or 30s anymore. Be comfortable in your own skin and you’ll see the difference in your dressing style automatically.

Always choose fits that flatter your body type. Avoid choosing outfits that are too tight or too loose. An overly tight-fitting garment certainly does not give anyone the elegant look. At 50, you need to choose clothing that looks sophisticated and enhances the shape of your body. Go in for silhouettes that have clean lines and overlapping patterns without all the fuss and frills. You can keep it simple, and still make the best of it. Keep in mind as to where you’re going to wear certain outfits. According to that, you can choose your style properly. Dressing up or toning it down will depend on where exactly you’re wearing those clothes at.

Avoid wearing short and skimpy stuff and plunging necklines. Skirts that are way too short may tend to look over-the-top. If you are the kind who simply loves to wear attractive kinds of women’s clothing then you can go in for a long, fitting skirt with a side slit. It will surely add to the oomph factor and draw attention for all the right reasons.

Exposing arms or legs can be a tricky problem for women. When skin tends to sag, sleeveless or halter necks may not really flatter completely. If you are not really fond of long sleeves, you can opt for tunics that have sleeves made of sheer material. This will reveal your arms without bringing attention to problem areas!

You can try to go for either bold or classic designs; this depends on whether you want to take risks or play it safe. You can safely choose specific prints and even stripes. Urban fashion includes trench coats for the winter, turtlenecks, A-line skirts, waist-length jackets, shirts, eternal blue jeans, gowns with classy shrugs, etc. Big prints will only tend to make a woman appear larger in size.

Makeup is something that should be on the minimal side. However, there are many ways you can glam yourself up with makeup tricks that give an added glow to your skin. Accessories can also play an important part for shaping the way you look. For example, choose handbags in such a way that they aren’t too contrast with your outfit. Also, a dull, boring oversized bag does not flatter a woman’s personality.

Fashion trends change with time, but women need to bend some rules to choose clothes that flatter and give a boost to one’s confidence. But before we end this article, I’d like to mention that even though we spoke about the clothes for women over 50, there are certain clothing options you should avoid. This includes leather clothing, low-waist jeans, trousers in pleats, mini skirts, fluorescent colors, baggy clothes, fringes, textured clothing (crocodile or snake skin), etc. The basic thing to remember is, go with your gut feeling and prove everyone that life can begin at 50!

Everyday Fashion

“A heavy bag may cause the shoulder and upper back to bend forward, possibly increasing stress to the neck and lower back. If carrying a heavy bag regularly is unavoidable, switch shoulders periodically, to more evenly distribute the stress.”
― Dr. David Geier, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Sports Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Being trendy and wearing the ‘in’ thing in this fashion-conscious world has almost become a necessity. But do you know, some fashion trends may be harmful for your body. Fashionable clothes and accessories might make you look smarter, trendier, and can even make you feel better, but some of these can be unhealthy, inflict pain, and can even seriously affect certain parts of your body. Let us find out some of these fashion items which are used everyday, but are very harmful for the body.
Skinny jeans

Skinny jeans have become mainstream fashion, and every girl wants to wear one to look peppy. But doctors recommend against wearing these pants, as they can cause nerve compression. The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve which runs down the thigh, and aids physical sensations like touch and pain, is compressed due to skinny jeans, and causes pain and numbness.
Tight and Lacy Undergarments

Sleeping with tight undergarments, especially brassieres, may hamper your sleep. According to a study conducted by the Department of Environmental Health at Nara Women’s University, the pressure of the bras suppresses the production of melatonin, which adversely affects your sleep, and can make you ill. Synthetic and lacy panties can cause irritation, which may lead to infection. If these undergarments are worn under skinny jeans then the chances of yeast infection increase.

Though considered professional, neckties can actually increase the risk of glaucoma which is one of the most common eye disease in the world, and may even cause blindness if left untreated.
Compression Undergarments

Compression undergarments which are usually worn to contain and compress a bulging tummy are actually not good for health. “Tight garments on the lower abdominal region and the upper thigh can cause a condition called meralgia paresthetica, irritation of the nerves in the front and outer thigh,” says Orly Avitzur, MD, neurologist and medical adviser to Consumer Reports, who practices in Carmel, N.Y.
High Heels or Stilettoes

High heels have always been a powerful style statement for women around the world. Wearing high heels no doubt makes them look sexier, but high heels can also cause a lot of harm to a woman’s feet. When you wear high heels or stilettos, it increases the pressure on your forefoot, and stretches the Achilles tendon. Prolonged use of these types of shoes results in pain, and may even cause bone deformity.
Knee-High Boots

Knee-high boots harm the feet in the similar way as high-heels or stilettos. The rest of the boot which extends to the knees or above the knee may cause nerve damage. The tight, non-stretchable material of the boots harms the nerves of the legs, causing a tingling and burning sensation; and it may also affect blood circulation.
Flip-flops, Ballet Flats and Flat Boots

We all think flip-flops, ballet flats or flat boots are among the most comfortable footwear, and are better than high heels. But do you know, these flat shoes can cause plantar fasciitis, tendon problems, and ankle sprain. All these shoes lack support which causes imbalance, and may lead to foot pain.
Artificial Eyelashes

Artificial eyelashes make your eyes more attractive, and this is the reason some women love to wear them all the time. Overuse of artificial lashes may not be good for your natural eyelashes. The glue used to make the artificial lashes stick to your eyelids, may cause damage to the natural lashes. This may result in the breakage of the lashes which may cause thinning of the lashes.
Dark Sunglasses

No doubt sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful radiation of the Sun, but the extremely dark shades void of any UV protection, are actually harmful for the eyes. Dark shades dilate the pupils, and if they are not UV protected, the UV rays directly enter the eyes, and may cause severe damage. So, if your sunglasses are dark, make sure they are UV protected.
Metal Jewelry

The compound in the jewelry may cause severe allergic reaction in many people. Nickel is considered to be a major culprit behind skin reactions. So, people sensitive to a particular metal should take extra care while buying one.
Tight Finger Ring

Rings are very commonly worn by people. But tight rings may result in poor circulation of blood in the fingers. This may lead to numbness and discomfort. Remove the rings after every 2 to 3 hours, and let your fingers breathe.
Tight Headgear or Headbands

Tight headgear may compress your head which may lead to headache. Pulling hair back in a tight headband may cause strain on the scalp, which may lead to pain and hair breakage.
Contact Lenses

Non-prescribed contact lenses which people wear just to look cool can damage your eyes. Inquire about the lens material and its safety before buying a pair.

Piercings are a fairly common fashion statement, but they are not very good for our body. Among the external piercings, navel piercing poses the greatest risk of infection. Internal piercings such as tongue and genital piercing are also very prone to infection. In rare cases when the infection is not treated in time, it may spread to the brain and cause brain abscess. It may even cause endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart).
So, these were some of the fashion articles which can be harmful for your health. I know many of you out there love to wear the in-things when it comes to fashion, but achieving ‘the’ look at the cost of your health is not a good option. So, if you love wearing these fashionable stuff and cannot avoid them, then at least avoid wearing them for a prolonged period of time. Instead find other alternatives that will still make you look amazing, without causing harm to your health.

Famous French Fashion Designers

Paris is often labeled as the unofficial capital of the fashion world. Fashion designers, models, stylists, and in general, all fashion enthusiasts, flock to France to see and experience the latest designs in the world of fashion. The contribution of France, and in particular, French designers, towards the fashion industry has been phenomenal. Here we showcase some of the legendary French names in the world of fashion designing.

Alexandre, Laurent, and Raphael Elisha

Brand – The Kooples
Products – Ready-to-wear premium

The three brothers started a line of clothing for both men and women, with the concept of dressing the pair instead of picking one over the other. Their chic and offbeat idea draws inspiration from rock, vintage, and the British.

Alice Lemoîne

Brand – Le Moine Tricote
Products – Couture and ready-to-wear

She is a 28, studied fashion design at ESMOD (École Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode), and has her own knitwear brand that become famous across the globe. Adopting her cultural heritage in her work, Lemoîne has built a bridge between the ancestral knitting techniques with the modern fashion world.

André Courrèges

Brand – Maison de Couture
Products – Ready-to-wear

Under his company, Courrèges first launched his signature designs of a little white dress and trouser suit. In 1964, the ‘Space Age’ collection was launched where geometric shapes and designs were given center stage. Later in his career, Courrèges also dabbled in launching a new perfume.

Bouchra Jarrar

Brand – Bouchra Jarrar
Products – Haute couture and ready-to-wear

She has assisted Nicolas Ghesquière and Christian Lacroix, after which she started her own creation where she combined practical wares that looked edgy and elegant. Jarrar uses minimalist palette of colors, but has an excellent reputation of cutting and tailoring of clothes.

Christian Dior

Brand – Christian Dior
Products – Haute couture and ready-to-wear

Considered one of the best fashion designers of France, Christian Dior was inclined towards art right from his childhood. He started his career in fashion, working as an assistant designer to Robert Piquet. Post World War II, Dior rose to global fame with his new revolutionary design which was appropriately named the New Look. Dior dominated the fashion world until his death in 1957. He is credited for launching and commercializing French fashion on the world stage.

Christian Lacroix

Brand – Christian Lacroix
Products – Haute couture and ready-to-wear

Lacroix is known for entering and reviving the Haute Couture industry at a time when other streams of fashion were threatening to overpower its supremacy. Lacroix, best known for his exotic range of designer clothing and his modern creation of the puffball skirt, is quite a favorite among Hollywood celebrities including the likes of Christina Aguilera and Nicole Kidman.

Christian Louboutin

Brand – Christian Louboutin
Products – Shoes, purses, wallets

World famous for his signature shiny, red-lacquered soles in the footwear, Louboutin was the one who brought stilettos back in style around the 1990s. The reason behind this was to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can”.

Coco Chanel

Brand – Chanel
Products – Haute couture

Coco Chanel’s tryst with fashion began as a seamstress during her childhood. She later moved on to selling ladies’ hats, after which she launched her own line of clothing and the famous perfume ‘Chanel No. 5’, which is popular even today. Chanel’s claim to fame, among other things, is the novel cardigan jacket that she presented to the world. The legendary little black dress, which later became a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe, also happens to be one of Chanel’s signature designs.

Hubert de Givenchy

Brand – Givenchy
Products – Haute couture and ready-to-wear

After establishing Givenchy in 1952, Hubert de Givenchy debuted featured long skirts and tailored blouses. Following this, his next collection included elegant evening gowns, feminine hats, and tailored suits. However great of a success, in 1981, the label was split where Veuve Clicquot took over the perfume line and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) took over the fashion department. Currently, LVMH OWNS Parfums Givenchy too.

Isabel Marant

Brand – Isabel Marant
Products – Clothing, jewelry, and accessories

Even though Marant had launched her brand in 1990 under the name ‘Twen’, she changed the name to ‘Isabel Marant’ in 1994. The original clothing line consisted of jerseys and knitwear, today, the brand is known for its footwear as well. By 2000, Marant also included ‘Etoile’ to her brand that provides affordable and casual wares worldwide.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Brand – Creative director of Hermès (2003 to 2010), Jean Paul Gaultier
Products – Haute couture and ready-to-wear

Do you remember Madonna’s infamous conical bras in her 1990s Blond Ambition tour? If you remember that, then knowing Gaultier is not difficult. Gaultier has always drawn influence from edgy street and punk styles, which has helped him create quite a name for himself.

Louis Vuitton

Brand – Louis Vuitton
Products – Luxury goods

An iconic name in the fashion industry, Louis Vuitton was hired by Napoleon’s wife to be personal box-maker and packer. Giving him a royal and elite clientele, Vuitton would offer his services to whomever required them. The label was founded in 1854, today, Michael Burke is the chairman and CEO of the company, whereas Kim Jones is the lead designer of menswear and Cesar Rubio is the creative director.

Maxime Simoëns

Brand – Maxime Simoëns
Products – Couture and ready-to-wear

Drawing inspiration from art, music, and films, Simoëns has translated his ideas into his collections where every piece has a story to tell. Impressed with his work, in 2013, LVMH backed his fashion house financially, securing Simoëns’ reach to the global fashion market.

Ophélie Klère and François Alary

Brand – Dévastée
Products – Ready-to-wear

Fashion designers by profession and a couple in real life, Klère and Alary are taking the fashion industry by storm. Their 2013 Fall/Winter collection had ‘vibrant’ black and white wares that proved that you don’t need an array of colors to showcase your true talent. Their label, Dévastée, portrays a cool urban vibe that is becoming quite popular not just in France, but also worldwide.

Paloma Picasso

Brand – Paloma Picasso
Products – Jewelry and perfumes

Palona Picasso started her career in 1968 as a costume designer in Paris. By 1971, she started working for Zolotas, a Greek jewelry company; this was after Yves Saint Laurent had approached her to design accessories for one of his collections at the time. By 1980, Picasso was designing jewelry for Tiffany and Co.; and later on, launching her own brand.

Pierre Cardin

Brand – Pierre Cardin
Products – Avant-garde, haute couture, and ready-to-wear

Another well-known name, Pierre Cardin shot to fame mainly due to his innovative and space-age designs. Pierre had an affinity for geometry and it reflected in many of his designs. Pierre Cardin came into the limelight when he launched his new creation, The Bubble Dress. He is also credited for being the first fashion designer to launch a unisex range of clothing, as well as the concept of street fashion.

Thierry Hermès

Brand – Hermès
Products – Leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery, luxury goods, and ready-to-wear

Hermès, a household name in France, is fondly referred to as the ‘grand-daddy’ of all French fashion and luxury labels. It was started by Thierry Hermès way back in 1837 and was initially into the business of manufacturing horse saddles and harnesses. Over the years, Hermès has grown substantially, establishing its stronghold in a wide range of businesses such as designer boutiques, world fashion, home decor, fashion jewelry, handbags, shoes as well as internationally known fragrances. Hermès is credited with having introduced the revolutionary concept of the zipper to France, which in due course of time, became a rage all over the country. Today, this brand boasts of an elite and celebrity clientèle which includes the likes of Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and Elle Macpherson among others.

Yves Saint Laurent

Brand – Yves Saint Laurent
Products – Haute couture and ready-to-wear

Born and brought up in Algeria, Yves Saint Laurent moved to France during his late teens to pursue art and fashion. Initially, he began working under the legendary Christian Dior and later progressed to becoming the art director of the firm, following Dior’s untimely death. Saint Laurent eventually launched his own line of fashion clothing and is credited with innovative creations including the smoking suit, see-through blouses and the iconic jumpsuit which had a die-hard loyalist in musician Elvis Presley. Yves Saint Laurent continued to rise up the ladder of success and eventually became known as one of the best fashion designers the world has ever seen.

Fast Fashion and its Disadvantages

Going back to the history, fast fashion emerged at the inception of the twenty-first century with the policy of fresh fashion, rapid production, low cost and instant delivery. The term is used to describe cheap and affordable clothes coming into market as fast as possible to match up with the trend. It combines two major operating characteristics of quick response and enhanced design systems. It is the change closely associated with seasons establishing value. It involves adopting new styles and focusing on imagination. Fast fashion is opposed to ethical fashion which is an approach to the design, manufacturing source, giving maximum benefit to the consumers and causing minimal harm to environment. Although fast fashion seems cool and stylish when looked at from a distance, it has some disadvantages as well. Some of them are mentioned below, take a look.

Disadvantages of Fast Fashion
It is unsustainable. It has short product life cycle.
The focus largely lies on imitation of original products which misleads the customer. Those who are aware of this replication or who have lack of fashion consciousness wouldn’t suffer, but those interested in purchasing original brands are deceived by these fast fashion trends.
The retailers make closest copies of the original which involves reputation risk and using lowest cost labor amounts to labor exploitation making it an ethical issue.
There is also scarcity experienced of qualified personnel in manufacturing garments.
There is a tough competition due to low-cost producers. These retailers use more style, take less time in producing the garment and have rapid delivery.
Another negative aspect of fast fashion is, it stands against costume designing. Both are closely related to each other but costume designing has got hardly any recognition as compared to (fast) fashion designing.
Leading Brands

There is a great competition between fast fashion companies. They have to keep updating the products of their company in order to survive in the market. Following is the one brand name that has dominated the market for infinite years:

Zara’s Business Model
When we talk about Fast Fashion brands, Zara’s business model appears first in the list. In fact, it is the leading retailer in response to quick trends. Before Zara it was Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz with a bright red H&M logo, leading the international market of cheap and general clothing. On 29th March, Spanish retail group, Inditex, best known for its Zara stores in Europe took over and led the market thereafter. The CEO did not want to invest much on advertising, rather, believed in having Zara stores in the most luxurious areas. Zara owned all the supply channels and the biggest disadvantage of that was, it became very difficult for Zara to expand to far location.f Zara’s model particularly, was quick to respond to the shifts in consumer’s tastes. Zara’s fashion designs stay in the market for not more than four weeks. This makes the visitors to have repeated visits to the store.

Zara had the scope to expand in Europe, however difference in clothing style and culture restricted its expansion in other parts of the world. In the eastern countries Zara didn’t obtain a very stabilized financial market and customers rarely visited the store. Geographically there is a lot of internal variation in the markets that are located in the parts other than Europe.

Apart from fast fashion there are other short-term fashion trends like fashion fads which last for considerably shorter period than fast fashion. It suddenly becomes popular and also disappears quickly. The moderate fashion trends last for a considerable amount of time where people get time to approach it. It has greater possibility of being cyclical i.e., it can disappear but can also return. Having such negative features and a number of disadvantages, how can fast fashion have a bright future? It appears, retailers make money and the trend disappears. The concept of financial growth appears as their main aim and the strategy is decided around this basic principle. It always remains a temporary style trend.