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Types Of Clutch Purses

Large clutch purses are usually made of very sturdy and strong fabrics like patent leather, denim, canvas etc. They might have a handle to hold them or a flap on top to keep everything inside in place. One can clutch these by the handle or just by the flap with their hand. Some of them come with zippered pockets on the inside, but depends on how large the purse is. If the purse isn’t too big, there is usually not any additional pocket inside.

Smaller clutch purses have more choice in fabrics in general. They can be made of satin, patent leather, polyester, chiffon, even cotton. They are mostly embellished with rhinestones, beads and sequins or crystals of some kind. The closure on small clutch purses is a very important part of the whole piece, because they are usually made very artistically and are decorated with rhinestones and beads. The hardware on the purse usually matches all the way, the metal on the outside, to the closure, the chain strap and the rhinestones are usually all the same color.

Over the years, these purses are being used more and more by girls and women equally. They have become a very important part of the bridal ensemble. They make great gifts for bridesmaids also, and can match to their wedding day dresses so they could use it for the big day! Clutch purses are also a very popular accessory for prom parties and cocktail evenings. They also make great holiday gifts and Valentine’s Day gifts for women. They are easy gifts because they aren’t too personal and can easily be bought for someone you may not know very closely.

Style Cardigans Differently

Solid colored sweaters are the easiest to style as they can be paired with any other color or pattern. Try a muted grey worn over a multi-colored printed tank top and white shorts for a summery look. Accessorize with espadrilles and a casual leather clutch purse to finish it off! If you want a brighter palette, try a teal or mustard knit over a fitted black top, short denim skirt and funky wedges. Carry a tote and some funky crystal earrings for some extra bling. Or try a bright red cardy over a black and white striped dress and yellow heels for an unexpected extra pop of color!

Mixing prints and textures may be intimidating but the great thing about cardigans is if you feel intimidated or insecure about it, you can always take it off. Try pairing a teal lace dress with a fitted bodice under a loose black and white tribal shrug. A southwestern print short sleeved knit worn over a navy blue top with a small floral print looks great with jeans and boots. Add a textured and spiked envelope clutch to complete this eccentric yet stylish outfit.

For more formal events, try tucking a fitted navy blue cardy into a knee length plum skirt tied with a maroon belt. Finish with a collar necklace, heels and a sparkling clutch purse. A floral dress and black flats under a soft shrug also works well for less casual events. You could also try a soft neutral over a white top and white pants for a cool spring outfit. Finish with a soft leather handbag or clutch in maroon red for an exciting twist.

Combine and Wear Spots and Stripes in the One Outfit

When designers put these two together, the bottom half is predominantly the spotted skirt. Spots are more slimming than stripes and that is why designers do this. In a Westfield Trend Report catalogue I noticed a model wearing a spotted skirt teamed with a white blazer and a striped top. A white blazer was chosen because her skirt had more white than black in it as the spots were small and in an irregular pattern. Her simple top had an equal amount of black & white narrow stripes. The secret is in only seeing a small amount of the stripes so that the combinations are in unequal proportions. With no matching colour in-between, spots and stripes together can look clownish. To keep it modern, add some colour in your accessories. Coloured shoes or coloured bangles work well. To look super-stylish, I would add either matching coloured shoes and bangle and black & white earrings or black & white earrings and bracelet and coloured shoes of your choice. Do not add a necklace as you will lose the effect of the black and white top.

If your spotted skirt has more black than white in it and you have darkish hair, wear black as the middle colour. I once had a black cardigan which has a small amount of black and white stripes at the round neckline. This had the same effect over a dominant black skirt with small white spots as the white blazer and striped top mentioned above.

In the same catalogue was a model wearing a skirt with a diamond pattern which from a distance looked like spots. These graduated the concentration of colour from a more white background at the hem to a more black background near her waist. The skirt had a medium-width black waistband which matched the dominant black colour at her waist. A black belt would do the same job. Her striped top graduated from wider to smaller equal coloured stripes at the neckline. The pleated neckline broke up the stripes into an interesting pattern. She was accessorised with a block colour black & white handbag. This is a harder look to find and pull off. The easiest way to do it is to buy that total outfit or create a picture as your guide.

Choose Women’s Jackets and Coats

Women’s jackets and coats are very useful items of clothing; they are versatile and are definitely an incredible fashion statement. There are many fashionable coats on the market which can be described as both stylish and trendy. So where can you find these attractive pieces?

Of course, you need to know what size you want, but you also have to decide on the brand. Online shops offer very attractive deals and prices. While a savvy shopper can browse online and therefore come across the best deals, first-timers should always visit a retail store to check which size fits them best. Or, if they want, they can order online immediately, but should do so only from stores that offer a 100% refund.

Branded goods are always better (according to most people), but they are definitely more expensive than ones which are not branded. Does this mean that non-branded ones are of a poorer quality? Well, no, many non-branded products outlive the branded products, and you can ask any fashion enthusiast about this. People who love to follow the latest fashion trends but do not have a large budget can always opt for unbranded items. There are many women’s jackets and coats in this category, which can be found in online shops. While similar to designer products they are sold at much lower prices. You may be surprised to find coats that are only about $50.

Usually, winter coats for women have large buttons and lapels. Sometimes the sleeves are roomier too. You should choose a great winter coat without limiting yourself to colors like black and brown. Rich colors such as purple, red, blue, beige and yellow look lovely. You could also go for a lightweight coat. This type of coat is very versatile and comes in different styles and lengths.

Comfort is as important as style. Unless you are comfortable, you won’t be able to carry off a jacket with real panache. Often we end up buying coats that look attractive, but after wearing them for a while they feel tight or they are too warm, so it is very important to buy one in which you will feel comfortable immediately.

Original Trench Coats By Aquascutum and Burberry

During 1879 Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabrics to be applied to trench coat designs and productions. In 1901 Thomas Burberry submitted his designs to the United Kingdom War Office. Which was then used for militant wear and in the Second World War he revamped the design to a shorter length and making the coat more practical to enable the soldiers with more mobility. When re-designing the trench coat, Thomas Burberry had to ensure that he applied the features demanded by the regulations of the Greatcoat,leisure wear and the features of the military waterproof cape. The British Army but only those with the ranking of Officers and Warrant Officers Class 1 wore these. The trench coats had shoulder straps for epaulettes, large pockets to store their maps and flaps and vents for odor prevention. Burberry like Aquascutum then also designed trench coats for public use and it was suggested that Thomas Burberry was then socially referred to as Burberry due to King Edward VII demanding, “Bring me my Burberry”.

On the 29th of August 1917, New York Times reported that there was a growing demand for British trench coats in Plattsburg. It also described the change in design, with the trench coat then featuring a waist structure that flared out to 84 Inches to provide the soldiers with more legroom when climbing in and out of the trenches. These were also reported to be rainproof and had a sheepskin lining which was removable at ones desire.

By the 1939-1940’s the trench coats were designed with ten buttons giving that smart militant appeal and were double breasted. These were produced in tan, khaki, beige and black. Both designs had the belts, shoulder straps and the cut off straps in the sleeves.

After the Second World War veterans took their coats back home and to campus with them for leisure use, which encouraged the popularity of trench coat use within the civilian society. From then on the trench coat to this day both companies have similar characteristics from the iconic trench coat made in the First World War. They both have the raglan sleeves, the shoulder straps, waist belts, double-breasted feature, D-rings (which back then was rumored to be used to hold grenades) and the greatcoat flap feature. The only differences are the waterproof cotton fabrication that John Emary had patented and Burberry use Thomas Burberry’s gabardines invention in their products.