Archive for August, 2010

Women’s Autumn / Fall 2010 Clothing Trends

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

60s ladylike

60s ladylike

The silhouettes of the 1950s and 1960s make a strong return, with shapes that accentuate curves and foster femininity. The aesthetic is decidedly Mad Men, the look is versatile and fun. A hip-hugging sheath dress with a below-the-knee hem is the ultimate in hourglass dressing, while the full circle skirt and dress remain at the core of the trend. Click to read about the ’60s dress trend.

70s sophisticated

Sophisticated ’70s

By day it’s all about high waists, wide legs, soft blouses and ’70s accessories. By night, all that shimmers is gold. Flowing, draping dresses in high-shine fabrics or metallic hues are perfect for evening ’70s glamour. Be bold and don’t hold back, this look is about balancing softness with boldness. Click to read more about the sophisticated ’70s trend and how you can wear it.

winter military

Military fashion

We’ll forgive you if your first thought is “military, again?”. Yes, military remains a trend for Autumn / Fall 2010 but not as you’ve previously come to know it. Following on from Spring 2010 the women’s military trend, like the men’s (below), turns away from the pomp and ceremony of military inspired clothing we’ve become accustomed to, and takes its cues from 20th Century military uniforms. From army green to shearling lined boots, it’s now a trend that’s far more subtle but no less appealing. Read more about the women’s military fashion trend by clicking the link.

fall lingerie

Lingerie as outerwear

It’s not necessarily about wearing your smalls in the street in the cold of Winter, but wearing underwear as outerwear is never-the-less a trend for Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010. A mixture of sexuality and femininity, the trend encompasses everything from exposed bras and stay ups right through to delicate laces. Given it’s for the colder months there’s also a strong undercurrent of layering lingerie inspired pieces into outerwear. Read up on the lingerie as outerwear trend by following the link.

autumn leather

Leather clothing

We’re in two minds about including leather clothing in a list of trends. Yes, it is on trend but it’s hard to categorise. You see, it works in with so many other trends and isn’t a style unto itself. You’ll wear it with military and you’ll buy hot pants made out of it. Nor is there anything new in wearing leather itself. But include it we must, you see the leather trend is extending into pretty much every other trend for the season. You name it, it’ll be an option for your wardrobe in the colder months. Leather shorts, leather dresses, leather leggings… and more. Click to read about the leather fashion trend.

buttoned up collar

Buttoned-up collars

Refined sophistication underlies this burgeoning trend; so store those sloppy boyfriend shirts and revealing open collars. Whether it’s a sheer blouse, a crisp business shirt, or an elegant shirt dress, the only way to wear it in 2010 and 2011 is to button it up. All the way up. Click to read about the buttoned-up shirt collar trend.

winter 2010 cutaway

Cut out clothing

Normally a clothing style exclusive to Spring / Summer, the cut out / cutaway made a big impact on the Autumn / Fall catwalks. And it did so for more than clothing, but accessories as well. Seen in a variety of styles, with the cut out pieces worked directly on top of skin or ‘filled in’ with sheer fabrics, the cutaway detailing can be worked from the subtle to the sexy. Designed for the milder days, you can read up on the cut out clothing trend by following the link.

winter socks

Knee high socks

Given that thigh high boots are on trend (see below) and that they can’t be worn every day (unless you’ve amassed a big collection) there has to be an alternative with similar appeal. Hence for Autumn / Fall 2010 you’ll find yourself rummaging through your sock draw and donning a pair of knee high socks. Or over the knee socks. Or thigh high socks. From the sporty to the sparkly, to layerings of socks over tights; a great pair of socks can add that extra, and much needed, eye catching detail to an outfit. Click to read more about the knee high socks trend and how to wear it.

white tights

White tights

When the warm weather turns to Autumn, and Autumn turns to Winter, we often reach for our black tights as a legwear staple. How about trying white for a fresh, bright change? Whether you wear them vintage-style with a minidress and bold colours, or all light hues like a fairytale snow queen, there are various looks you can create. Click to read more about the white tights and leggings trend and how to wear it.

camel coat

Women’s camel coat

Despite having been popular on the catwalks, the camel coat didn’t make a strong appearance on the streets until late Winter 2010. We blame that fact on the fierce weather that blighted so many seasons. Better in Autumn and in late Winter (with Spring on the horizon), the camel coat is the alternative to the classic trench in 2010. See street style inspiration pictures by reading up on the women’s camel coat trend.

winter velvet

Velvet clothing

Velvet is loved by many, despised by some; but we think the Autumn / Fall 2010 revival of velvet presents some great new options for your wardrobe. How to wear it? We look at four major styles, from the grungette girl to the classically elegant starlet, the vintage-inspired whimsical coquette to the masculine-as-feminine velvet clad Dandy… Quality is key, colours are rich, and it can work for everything from pants to dresses, handbags to hats. Click to read more about the velvet trend and how to wear it.

neo double-breasted jackets

Neo double breasted jackets

The neo double breast takes simplicity to a new level; often just with two-buttons, architecturally cut to be striking and often straying from traditional fabrics. The neo double breast is a perfect trendlet for creating simple yet sophisticated impact in a jacket. Click to read about the neo double breast trendlet.

sheer fall 2010

Sheer clothing

Cut out and sheer? No, we haven’t got our seasons mixed up. Yes, sheer pieces are in for the cold months. Yes, we agree that sounds a little strange. But no, it doesn’t look strange. Anything but. Mixed with fine laces, the sheer trend in 2010 mixes elegance with sex appeal – and isn’t that the current, overarching theme to all fashion trends? Come this Autumn / Fall have the confidence to mix your sheer clothing with other trends and key looks (see the bottom of this article for more) and you’ll be onto a winner. Just be conscious of the fact that sheer pieces are revealing, and that means extra care. Read more on the sheer clothing trend by following that link.

winter cape


Having made a strong impression in Autumn / Fall 2009, capes return for this year’s colder months. Seen on the catwalks of Halston and Preen, amongst others, capes in their various forms will be amongst the most elegant of fashion trends. And yet it doesn’t have to be. Capable of being mixed up and styled in a plethora of ways, this is a style that will suit both high fashion and those days when you just want to throw something on. Click ‘capes and cloaks‘ to read more about the trend.

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Men’s 2010 Autumn / Fall Fashion Trends

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

winter military fashion

Men’s military fashion

Military remains in fashion for both men and women in Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010. But just as this trend has changed for women, so too has it evolved for men. And in exactly the same way. Taking more inspiration from early 20th Century military conflicts, the look takes in both army and air force motifs, with nautical trailing a distant third (that’s relegated more to a preppy trend). Read up on the men’s military clothing trend including details on key looks, pieces and compatible trends.

winter suits

2010 suits trends

Men’s suits, a trend? Admittedly they’ve never really been out of style, but there have been times where they haven’t been cool. But as young gents take to the streets wearing the suit stylings of their grandfathers, including everything from three piece suits to bow ties, it’s time to brush up on the styles and cuts of suits that are in for Fall 2010. Click to read more on men’s suits for 2010.

mad men

Sack suits

Men’s suits are no longer just about the skinny-boy cut, and while our men’s suit article (above) offers up advice a modern, slim shilouette there are different schools of thought on men’s suiting for Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010. Largely led by Ralph Lauren, but also spotted amongst other collections is the sack suit. A relaxed cut with classic details, you can find out more by following the previous link.

velvet suits and jackets

Men’s velvet

It’s not so much a trend as a Fall 2010 essential; which, when done right, can inject the right amount of sex appeal into your wardrobe. If a full blazer or suit isn’t for you, there’s always the option of indulging in a subtle interpretation, like some velvet lapels. Quality and cut are key. Click to read more on men’s velvet for 2010 and how to wear it.

men's brooch

Men’s brooches

By now you should see the overall trend for menswear in Autumn / Fall 2010 emerging: refinement. And what way to embellish that refinement than with the right detailing, specifically men’s brooches. What’s best is just how versatile a men’s brooch can be as an accessory: wearable on everything from suits to jackets, the range of styles available means you can make them work with any look be it something dandy or something dark. Read more on men’s brooches, including a number of street style updates.

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Beauty & Fashion Tips – Beauty Terms

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Acetic Acid: Sometimes used as a caustic or astringent.

Acne: An inflammatory skin disease that effects the tiny pores thats cover the face, arms, back and chest as well as the oil glands attached to them.

Acrylic: It has moisture barrier as well as waterproofing, water repelling properties.

Age Spots: darkly pigmented (colored) area on the skin that occurs with age.

Alkaline: Any non-acid substance with a pH greater than 7.

Allergen – Allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction.

Allantoin: A botanical extract said to heal and soothe. Used in creams and topical preparations for the skin.

Almond Oil: Vegetable oil derived from almonds with softening properties. Used in cosmetics.

Aloe Vera: an emollient resin with hydrating/softening properties.

Alpha Hydroxy: An active substance with exfoliating and emollient properties.

Althea: Botanical root believed to have emollient and soothing capabilities for skin.

Astringent: Toner helpful in controlling surface oils and in lowering the pH after cleansing.

Azulene: An anti-inflammatory and soothing agent, derived from German chamomile.

Beeswax: One of the oldest ingredients in cosmetic preparations, traditionally used as an emulsifier.

Benzoyl Peroxide: An antibacterial ingredient commonly used in acne treatments.

Bergamot: This is an antiseptic and bacterial growth-inhibitor known for its toning, antiseptic and deodorizing qualities.

Beta carotene: Orange colored plant pigments, used in the manufacture of vitamin A.

Beta hydroxy: An exfoliating agent with a smaller molecule size than the alpha hydroxy.

Beta-glucan: A new ingredient derived from yeast, reported to enhance the skin natural defense mechanisms.

Bioflavonoid: Plant derivative with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Usually derived from citrus fruit rinds.

Biotin: Part of vitamin B complex. Involved in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Blackheads: A term used to describe the skin’s pores clogged by natural oils and impurities.

Botanical: Refers to products derived from plants.

Botox: Trade name for botulinum toxin. Used in tiny amounts, it can temporarily paralyze a muscle and reduce or eliminate wrinkles or frown lines without harm.

Bronzers: A synthetic preparation that causes the skin to darken or appeared tanned.

Buffer: A pH balanced cleansing solution that improves the look and feel of the skin leaving it shiny and more supple.

Burdock: A root extract with antibacterial properties. May also reduce inflammations such as rashes, redness, acne, eczema.

Butcher’s Broom: Botanical extract used to improve circulation and reduce facial redness. Also believed to have anti-cellulite effects.

Calendula: An emollient believed to have healing, soothing and antiseptic properties. Used to treat dry skin.

Callus: An excessive build up of the hard tough layers of skin. Can be removed at-home or by an esthetician.

Candela Wax: Binds oils and waxes to give body to a formulation. Often used in lipsticks.

Capillary: The smallest type of blood vessel in the body. Spider veins, for instance, are actually small capillaries commonly found on the face or legs.

Cellulite: Deposits of fat and other material trapped in pockets beneath the skin.

Ceramides: A natural substance within the skin that reduces natural water loss of the skin by forming a protective barrier. Can also be produced synthetically and added to skin care products.

Chakras: Energy centers throughout the body responsible for the condition of your mind, body and spirit.

Chamomile: A clinically proven plant-derived anti-inflammatory. Offers benefits such as soothing skin. Also calms eczema and allergic reactions.

Citric Acid: The same as vitamin C. Used commonly in hair and skincare products. Has astringent and antioxidant properties and also can be used as a preservative.

Citronella Oil: Antiseptic widely used in soaps and deodorizers. Also has insect-repelling properties.

Clarifying: Usually associated with a toner or other solution used after cleansing to maintain proper skin pH.

Collagen: A natural substance within body tissues. It can be injected into the skin to plump up particular areas.

Cortex: The middle layer of the hair shaft.

Creatine: A protein derivative in muscle tissue. Sometimes found in body-building supplements.

Cucumber Juice: It has moisture-binding, soothing and tightening properties.

Depilate: To remove hair on the skin’s surface.

Dermabrasion: A procedure in which the skin is sanded to improve its texture. Microdermabrasion uses a type of sand to abrade the skin, usually done by an esthetician or a cosmetic doctor. Cosmetic physicians can perform a deeper type of dermabrasio using small burrs or wires to remove the outer layers of the skin.

Dermal: Related to skin.

Dermatitis: Inflamation of the skin.

Dermis: The underlayers of the skin.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): A self-tanning agent used in cosmetics.

Dong Quai: Traditional Chinese herb used to treat menopausal symptoms and menstrual irregularity.

Eau de Parfum: The most concentrated fragrance, usually more costly than eau de toilette because of its concentration.

Eau de Toilette: A less-concentrated fragrance.

Echinacea: An oral homeopathic substance thought to boost the immune system. Frequently taken for cold or flu symptoms. Has anti-itching and soothing properties when used in skin-care products.

Eczema: A skin condition that causes areas of the skin to become red, itchy and scaly. The cause is unknown and it can affect any part of the body. The condition may be short-lived (acute) or long term (chronic), and is usually treated with topical anti-inflammatory medications available OTC or by prescription.

Elastin: A surface protective agent used in cosmetics to alleviate the effects of dry skin.

Electrolysis: Use of electricity to dissolve hair roots.

Emollient: A substance that softens and soothes the skin.

Emulsifier: A thickening agent added to products to change their physical composition. For example, it can turn a lotion into a cream.

Epidermabrasion: Skin peel in which the outermost layers of the skin are sloughed off.

Epidermis: The outer layers of the skin.

Epilate: Remove hair from below the skin’s surface.

Essence: Fragrant oil extracted from plant or herb.

Esthetician: A specialist in the area of beauty.

Eucalyptus: A mild astringent with antiseptic properties.

Evening Primrose: Used as an astringent and helpful for reducing skin irritation. Also beneficial for dehydrated skin.

Exfoliate: To scale off layers of skin.

Follicle: Part of the skin which the root of hair comes from.

Fruit Acid: The same as glycolic acid (reduces build up of excess dead skin cells). Geranium: A mild astringent with antiseptic properties; promotes healing.

Ginseng: Considered to be a tonic. Believed to be nourishing due to its vitamin and hormone content. It is taken orally and is also felt to have energy boosting capabilities.

Glycerin: Used in moisturizers due to its water binding capabilities.

Glycolic Acid: Reduces build up of excess dead skin cells.

Glycolic Peel: Used to help peel or exfoliate the skin, making it appear more youthful.

Golden Seal: Herb used as a mild antiseptic.

Grape Seed Oil: It has moisturizing and nourishing properties due to its high linoleic acid content.

Humectant: A substance that attracts moisture.

Hyaluronic Acid: An acid that occurs naturally in the skin, helps retain the skin’s natural moisture.

Hydrate: To add moisture to the skin.

Hydroquinone: A bleaching agent used in skin preparations.

Hyperpigmentation: Darkening of the skin, commonly produced by ultraviolet radiation, which provokes melanocytes in the skin.

Hypodermis: Below the surface of the skin.

Immunostimulant: An agent that stimulates either innate or acquired immunity.

Immunosuppressant: An agent that acts to suppress the body’s natural immune response.

Instant Conditioner: A conditioner with light to intense conditioning properties that restores a healthy look and protects against further damage.

Irritant: A substance that consistently and predictably produces an adverse response (such as reddening, swelling, itching, burning, or blistering) in virtually all of the population. Irritants are not to be confused with allergens.

Jasmine: Essential oil extracted from plants and used in perfumes.

Jojoba: A tonic, emollient and moisturizer. Treats dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks.

Juniper: A fragrance considered a mild skin stimulant.

Karite: A natural emollient, protects and nourishes skin.

Keloid: A thick scar.

Keratin: A surface protective agent with film-forming and moisturizing action.

Kojic Acid: Skin-lightening agent.

Lactic Acid: A component of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor.

Lanolin: An emollient with moisturizing properties and an emulsifier with high water absorbing capabilities.

Licorice: Treats acne, also calms allergic skin.

Macrobiotics: The study of prolonging life with diet or other ingested substances.

Malic Acid: A glycolic acid derived from apples.

Mallow: An anti-inflammatory substance that helps prevent age lines and reduce eye swelling.

Matt: A non-shiny surface that absorbs light.

Melanin: The black pigment found in hair or skin.

Melanoma: A type of skin cancer characterized by a black or dark brown pigmented tumor.

Moisturizer: An emollient cream used to hydrate skin.

Naturopathy: A type of therapy that depends on natural forces rather than surgery or medicine to treat disease.

Non-comedogenic: Also called non-occlusive. Refers to products that do not cause skin breakouts because they do not plug the pores of the skin.

PABA: Para-aminobenzoic acid. Found in the vitamin B complex. Used as an ingredient in some sunscreen products.

Palette: A grouping of colors by family of tones or specific function.

Panthenol: Also known as vitamin B5, acts as a penetrating moisturizer.

Paraffin: A beeswax substitute derived from petroleum.

Petrolatum: Used in creams, it softens and soothes skin. Forms a film to prevent moisture loss.

pH: Percentage of hydrogen. Used to measure acidity in cosmetic preparations

Photoaging: Skin damage incurred through sun exposure.

Photosensitivity: A condition in which the application or ingestion of certain chemicals or foods can cause skin problems, such as rash, hyperpigmentation and swelling, when the skin is exposed to sunlight.

Phytocosmetic: Cosmetics which are made from plants.

Pore: Small opening of the sweat glands of the skin.

Psoriasis: A chronic disease of the skin consisting of itchy, dry, red patches, usually affecting the scalp or arms and legs. It may be treated with OTC or prescription medications.

Resin: Substance formed from the secretions of plants.

Resorcinol: In mild solutions, used as an antiseptic and as a soothing preparation for itchy skin.

Retin-A: Derived from vitamin A, it is used in the treatment of acne.

Retinol: A vitamin A acid. The main ingredient in Retin-A and Renova. These products are used to treat fine wrinkles and acne.

Rosacea: A skin condition characterized by inflammed, red, oily, acne-prone areas.

Rose Hips: Extract of various species of wild roses, rich in vitamin C.

Rosemary: A general effect attributed to this herb is the promotion of wound healing. Has stimulating, rejuvenating and antiseptic properties.

Royal Gelly: Stimulates the renewal of healthier skin.

Sage: A general effect attributed to this herb is the promotion of wound healing. Has stimulating, rejuvenating and antiseptic properties.

Salicylic Acid: An antiseptic that helps dissolve the top layers of the skin.

Selenium: An oral, plant-derived preparation used for its antifungal properties.

Shea Butter: An excellent emollient for use in creams, lotions. Alleviates dry skin.

Shiatsu: A Japanese method of massage that uses acupressure.

SPF: Sun Protection Factor. A higher SPF means more protection from the sun.

Sun Screen: Any substance applied to the skin which screens or protects it from the sun.

Sunblock: A physical sunscreen or a barrier against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Available in creams or ointments.

Superoxide Dismutase: A naturally occurring enzyme that can protect the skin from free radicals, which can cause skin damage.

Surfactants: Active agent which allows oil to mix with water.

Tartaric Acid: A type of glycolic acid (fruit acid) derived from apples. Use to treat the skin to improve its texture and tone.

Tea Tree Oil: A natural preservative with antiseptic and germicidal properties used in soaps, shampoos, and skin-care products.

Thyme: Botanical properties are antiseptic, tonic, antibacterial and deodorizing. Often used in toothpaste, mouthwashes, perfumes and soap.

Titanium Dioxide: A non-chemical, common agent used in sunscreen products that works by physically blocking the sun. It may be used alone or in combination with other agents.

Tocopherol: Vitamin E, used as an antioxidant in cosmetics.

Toner: Product used after cleansing to help return skin to its natural pH. Removes any remaining trace of dirt or debris.

Tretinoin: A derivative of vitamin A

Undertone: In make-up terms, refers to cool or warm tones of the skin.

UVA: Ultraviolet light, type A. These are rays of light from the sun which are not visible but can cause damage to the skin.

UVB: Ultraviolet light, type B. These are rays of light from the sun which are not visible but can cause damage to the skin.

Varicose Veins: Swollen and dilated veins, usually visible on the legs.

Vitamin A: A fat soluble vitamin. A lack of vitamin A can cause skin to become dry and hardened.

Vitamin C: A water soluble vitamin. A preservative and antioxidant used in cosmetic creams.

Vitamin D: A fat soluble vitamin. Necessary for bone and tooth structure. Formed in the skin on exposure to sunlight.

Vitamin E: An antioxidant often used in deodorants and hair grooming aids.

Wheat Germ Oil: Promotes renewal of normal new skin cells. Used in cosmetics because of its large vitamin E content.

Zinc Oxide: Used to protect, soothe and heal the skin. Also provides good sun protection.

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