Stepping in Style With Crocodile Shoes

Stepping in Style With Crocodile Shoes

Gentlemen, do you want to put a little pep into the step? Then a designer men’s crocodile shoe is exactly what you are looking for. A shoe crafted to surround your feet in comfortable handsome crocodile leather will polish any classic look.

Most pairs of crocodile shoes are handcrafted and hand stitched, assuring that your personal uniqueness is retained. Just like your fingerprint, no two pairs of crocodile shoes are likely to be alike.  The interiors are made of the softest leathers, giving you the feeling of walking on clouds.

Crocodile skin shoes are available in many styles and are manufactured in different ways, but if you want a high end shoe, I suggest handmade shoes fashioned only with the best exotic crocodile leather. Yes, you can purchase an imitation, but be aware that you are not guaranteed the sleek and comfortable fit of a genuine crocodile leather shoe. And exotic crocodile skin shoes are the way to go if you want comfort and class.

There’s a wide collection of genuine Mezlan crocodile shoes of a quality above the standards for the industry. Their exotic skin shoes are imported and have the reputation of being one of the top of the line. Their shoes are carefully designed to provide a flawless design, unbelievable support as well as amazing comfort. Although they can be a bit expensive, it is well worth it.

Crocodile shoes are no longer just for American pimps with lime green suits and walking canes. Today, fashionistas the world around know that crocodile skin shoes are a stylish symbol of wealth and success.  Business tycoons and media moguls can be seen strutting the red carpet wearing the latest from Mezlan, Ralph Lauren, and Belvedere.

Heads turn when genuine crocodile skin shoes enter the room.  Their presence whispers of the uncommon, the successful, the unique.  Unlike a pair of basketball sneakers or common dress shoes, it’s almost as if you have to earn the right to wear crocodile shoes.

However, crocodile skin shoes are not crafted to be worn by the weak hearted or the common man.  Only the extraordinary deserve a pair of the extraordinary.  If style is an underpinning of who you are, then I suggest researching a pair of crocodile shoes.  If luxury is synonymous with life in your dictionary, you’ll feel at home wearing them.  And if you can shake hands with presidents without flinching, do it while wearing genuine crocodile leather.

Source by Mike Schmitt
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Fashion From The Couch Great Movies About Clothes

Fashion From The Couch Great Movies About Clothes

Fashion in movies is a really easy and fun way to get some inspiration for dressing up and some of the outfits will take your breath away. Here are some of my favourite fashion moments on film, if you have not seen them then put them on your list of must-sees:

Old School Classics

Gangster chic at its best in the classic Bonnie and Clyde where Faye Dunaway shows us how to wear a bob, a beret and a scarf while on the run.

Mia Farrow is superbly presented in The Great Gatsby as is Robert Redford, it’s like a fantasy land of beautiful clothes, beautiful people and beautiful homes. A classic well worth seeing.

I recently watched Out Of Africa with my Mum, what a great movie! Meryl Streep is, of course, wonderful, but her outfits are also divine from her hunting outfit in Denmark to arriving in Kenya in her travelling suit, her wedding outfit (not a dress) and wearing a beautiful scarf and shirt at home on her coffee plantation.

Defining style growing up

Grease I was young enough that I did not realize that “Sandy” was supposedly to be a bit of a nerd pre her makeover … I thought she looked great. But when she came out in that slinky black outfit with her hair all done I could understand how “Danny” could not resist, but looking back now I am not sure I really want to emulate either outfit, but still heaps of fun and probably my most memorable “reveal”.

Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna spawned an entire look with this movie and while I went for the lace and mesh, I never went so far as the lace fingerless gloves, but I did get a perm.

The Shopping Sequence
Even if you loathe shopping I do not think any women can resist the shopping sequences in both Pretty woman They are both the fairytale shopping trip you wish you could have, everything looks fun, fabulous (but maybe a little now) and you can afford whatever you want … dream on.


Marie Antoinette Sophia Coppola’s latest offering starring Kirsten Dunst is a sumptuous feast of dresses, wigs and cupcakes that if you are feeling at all girly this is the one for you.

Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala of Naboo in Star Wars The Phantom Menace has to be one of my all-time favourites in terms of costumes, they were stunning to behold and a little bit of Victoriana, Japanese and a whole lot of other influences all melded together beautifully.

If you love colour then the Chinese film Hero is one of the most visually beautiful movies ever …. and the clothing and outfits worn by the woman are stunning.

Fashion Industry

Then, of course, there are the movies about the industry such as The Devil Wears Prada and Pret a porter (which I have never seen).

These are only just a few of my favourites let me know if there are any of your favourites that I missed.

Source by Sharlene Camp
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The Fashion Conscious Male – A Modern Idea

The Fashion Conscious Male – A Modern Idea

This phrase that has been coined by the media to describe men who wear designer clothing and take take an interest in their appearance and it is being seen as a modern day phenomena but you don’t have to go back very far in the history of male fashion to see that a lot of men have been taking pride in their appearance since the dawn of time. The male appearance has always been of great importance throughout the course of history, styles have spanned from aggressively masculine to dandyish. Men have over time embraced wearing wigs and lipstick and have worn garters to keep their socks up so is the fashion conscious male really a modern day phenomena?

Men’s designer clothing over the last 100 years or so has focused on the shape of the suit only changing dramatically from the 1960’s and 1970’s onwards into the more relaxed and close fitting styles that we associate with modern men’s apparel. But if we delve further into history it becomes clear that men have displayed the same vanity as women in their appearance, wearing heavily embroidered cloaks and brightly coloured stockings can hardly be described as modest.

A glance at the portraits of kings such as Henry VIII through to photographs of Oscar Wilde in his dapper suit clearly show that men have been interested in their appearance and the notion that male vanity is a contemporary development becomes laughable. In fact Wilde’s only full length novel The Picture of Dorian Grey explores the notion of retaining the ideal appearance at any cost.

Popular modern designer companies often move from being sportswear suppliers to clothing suppliers like Lyle and Scott who first came to the forefront of men’s fashion for their well made golf apparel and gained prominence with the televised coverage of the sport in the 1960’s. After a small amount of re-branding the company really took off with the younger generation of men treating them simply as a fashion house rather than a sports shop. Other designers have followed suit creating modern and innovative men’s fashion for the 21st century man.

Source by Alex P Jones
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Fashion in the 1950’s

Fashion in the 1950’s

The 1950’s spawned a wide variety of original and distinctive styles, presented with a classic new age twist. For America, recently recovering from catastrophic tragedies related to the second World War, the 1950’s brought restored hope; a chance for a new way of life whose destiny would be decided by them alone. This metamorphosis of America was heavily represented by fashion.

Women especially dramatically altered the way they dressed and presented themselves; during the evolution of an increasingly liberated society, women began to favor casual, relaxed clothing over traditional dress rules and associated formality of previous decades. Some of the most admired new trends for women in the 1950’s included button-up sweaters with simple necklines, fitted blouses, and full knee-length skirts. However, the most prevalent fashion for women during this time was dresses. Most dresses were worn casually, and were accentuated with circle skirts, halter straps, or small collars. Evening wear dresses seemed soft yet daring, coming in many pastel hues and accompanied with bold ruffles, tulle trim, and dazzling velvet bows. The fitted evening wear of this period, which was usually sleeveless or strapless, was also emphasized with sheer silk.

Growing increasingly popular, the full skirts of the 1950’s needed some sort of support in order to maximize their look. To address this problem, Nylon petticoats were created exclusively to be worn in conjunction with full skirts to create fullness. Nylon was a favorable material because of its high quality and easy care wash. This fullness it created transformed the skirt who gave nothing more than a gentle swish, into a glamorous royal-like flutter. Another significant fashion of this period is the swing coat, developed in the last 1940’s by Jacques Fath. The silhouette of the swing coat was “designed perfectly to cover full skirts, and also ideal for the post war high pregnancy rate”. Another trend in the 1950’s was the “trapeze dress: a swinging dress almost triangular in shape and designed to be worn with low shoes and bouffant hairstyles.” The trapeze dress was later modified into a shorter baby doll tent style dress, which was popular in the next decade. Perhaps one of the most classic fashion garments from the 1950’s was Christian Dior’s H-line of 1954, which consisted of a slender tunic-style suit with a slim skirt. His other popular fashions during this period were his A and Y lines. Dior has long been a dominant force in the fashion world, especially in the 1950’s. His creative and usually voluminous garments gave women a more feminine touch. Another designer, Hubert Givenchy created a Parisian style dress in 1957 which he called the Sack. The Sack began the trend of straighter-waist dresses. Initially, it developed into the “fitted darted sheath dress and later into the loose straight short shift dress.”

Coco Chanel was another major fashion designer in the 1950’s. In contrast to popular full and flouncy skirts, Chanel began creating the boxy, now classic Chanel suit jackets and skirts in trimmed and textured tweed. The materials Chanel chose were always richly textured, which contributed to the finished product’s high prices. Chanel’s silhouette of her suits was completely straight, divinely lined with silk. Her look was classic, refined, and adorned with details. Chanel also accessorized many of her designs with strings of pearls and collarless jackets, both of which were considered fashionable in the 1950’s. One of the most classic trends from the 1950’s is the empire line, which was introduced in the late 1950’s. This style was applied to dresses and shirts mostly, and was adored by teenagers who looked innocently childlike, hence the coined phrase “baby doll style”. During the 1950’s, all teenagers were expected to dress like their elders. The empire line was also a striking contrast from what most mothers wore at the time, which contributed to its high approval among teenagers in America.

Until the 1950’s, the term “teenagers” was not commonly used, and certainly not a targeted market group. But with a new range of influences, including film, television, rock music, and magazines, teenagers began to be respected and acknowledged in the community. Often nicknamed the “Space Age”, the 1950’s was an important time in history for science and development as well. So many aspects of life changed during this period, perhaps partially attributed to the recent end of World War II. America had emerged from war with prosperity and a new identity. A new consumer-based society was “forging ahead, helped by such new developments as the credit card system” (Baker, 6). These innovative conditions however produced a similar effect on the fashion industry: while so many things in the lives of Americans were changing, they stayed clear from the radical, intense fashions while preferring the normalcy of standard trends. For once, being normal felt good. Another huge change in the 1950’s was the increased ownership of television sets. Popular television programs such as I Love Lucy connected Americans on both sides of the Atlantic, bringing a sense of unity in the country. Segregation was ended in 1954, which brought together black and white students for the first time though racial tensions were still high, and also birthed the existence of civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. Constant fears of communism reaching the states held many Americans tight with fear. More changes brought forth in the 1950’s include the discovery of DNA, the launching of the first space satellite, an increase of women in the work field, and of course, rock and roll. All of these economic, social, and political changes in the world affected the American citizens, and therefore the fashion industry.

Regardless of the world’s issues, the top fashions that drove the industry were more influenced by those who were idolized by the consumers: celebrities. Some of the most popular celebrities in the 1950’s include Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Ricky Nelson, and of course, Elvis Presley. Marilyn Monroe’s sexy yet simple style was a widely imitated across America, by women of all shapes and sizes. Elvis Presley was another huge influence in the 1950’s; not only was he adored by millions of girls, but he was also an inspiration for men. In a time where men only wore traditional attire, Elvis tore down all barriers which confined men to navy suits and ties. Elvis typically wore clothes that were more popular among the African American population. His wild pegged pants and zoot suits concerned the conservative community of America, who hardly approved of such a “gender bending, race-integrating star” (SOURCE). Elvis’ bright and baggy clothes, makeup, and so called obscene dancing all acted as evidence of his single handed destruction of the morals of America’s youth. Not all men followed the examples Elvis set however. In fact, more men in this time period dressed conventionally than not.

Most men in the 1950’s maintained clothes with casual and modest colors, including dark blue, dark brown, and charcoal. The occasional daring young man would wear pastel pink to stand out; a trend that was just gaining momentum in the 1950’s. Cardigan sweaters were popular among athletes, and older men. Additionally popular were fitted vests, plaid flannels, and collared jackets. There was flexibility in men’s casual wear, and was a common sight to see shirt tails sticking out. Basic fedora-style hats were also a staple item in the 1950’s for men.

Hats were also fashionable accessory for women in the 1950’s, for the reason that they were believed to add a final touch of glamour to any woman’s outfit. The pillbox hat, first introduced by Balenciaga and later modeled by Jackie Kennedy, became one of the trendiest accessories of the decade. Several glorious hat styles existed in the 1950’s. Some hats were covered in flower petals, while others were adorned with swirls of georgette. Gloves were also worn often by women, especially those of elite social status. Some were made of cotton, which was much more affordable than leather or nylon. Though gloves came in many colors and styles, clean gloves whose color was white or cream were the most favored. Fur trimmings and adorned collars were also extremely fashionable. Brooches too, were considered a glamorous accessory.

The 1950’s was a decade in which fashion changed dramatically from previous generations. Multiple influences from political debates, to economic issues, to new age celebrities and mass media all influenced the distinct styles and trends which identify the 1950’s. Recovering from the casualties of World War II brought a lasting change to America, which was reflected in the fashions of this decade. The American women craved glamorous simplicity in their new lives, and as a new and liberated society evolved, the women of America began to liberate themselves by choosing which fashions they felt depicted them best. Not only were the 1950’s important in history, but they also greatly transformed the face of fashion in America.

Source by Sara Buttar
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Girls Swimwear – What Are The Hottest Styles For This Summer Season?

Girls Swimwear – What Are The Hottest Styles For This Summer Season?

Frills, florals and all things girly are gracing department store shelves for the upcoming season of sun and surf when it comes to girls swimwear.

Swimwear trends are forever changing, but when it comes to selecting the perfect swimsuit, the trend is consistent, stick with styles that extenuate your body shape. With so many options in girls swimwear designs and styles it can be daunting, but with this simple guide, the perfect bikini will no longer be a pipe dream.

First and foremost, know your size and where possible opt for a brand which sells girls swimwear in separates, not many women are fortunately enough to be a perfect size ten or twelve, top and bottom.

You might think this is a no brainer, but on your next beach outing, take a gander at all the love-handle spillage or the sagging bums. It’s not a pretty sight, but it’s even true of lovely, fit girls. Do not let your desire to be a size 10 ruin how you actually fill out your suit and if you are trim, toned and terrific, embrace it!

Next on the check list, the chest, with hundreds of designs available in this season’s girls swimwear, be sure to understand what works for your body type. If you sport a couple of mosquito bites try a top which enhances your smaller bust, more so embrace it, you lucky girls have a choice of just about every design, create the illusion of size with bold patterns, textures and of course there is always the option of a padded bikini top.

Maybe you have the opposite issue? Girls swimwear suitable for an ample chest would be a sleek, wide-strapped halter top, this will offer support while it provides a lift. It’s also wild liberating not having to worry about the “girls” falling out every time you jump a wave.

Getting into the perfect bikini does means pulling out the pins but be sure to know how to make the most of your silhouette.

For those less fortified ladies with shorter stumps, boy cut designs are no friend of yours. Instead always look for a higher-cut leg, a tie-side bikini bottom is a great option. If your legs go on for days, quite simply, lucky you, the options here depend on if you need to create balance if you have a shorter torso or simple want to extravagate your lengthy pins even further with a higher-cut waisted or leg.

Finally, it may seem a little cliché, but it is most definitely true, you must really love your swimsuit and feel comfortable in it. If it makes you happy, it will less the horror of undressing down to next to nothing when you hit the pool this summer.

Source by Summer Fisher
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Tying the Tie – The Latest Trends

Tying the Tie – The Latest Trends

Men do not just wear ties for work which is why the tie is becoming more and more popular as a fashion item. You can now buy a tie for any occasion and to suit any style but how do you tie one? And which way is the trendiest? Well, read on to find out.

As well as having different types of ties there are also many different ways to tie them. The most popular being a four in hand knot. This is easy to do and is mainly used for the everyday work tie. It is a great way to start learning how to tie a tie because it only requires a few steps so while you are rushing out the door for work or you are teaching your son, this knot is the one.

-Place the tie around your neck ensuring that it is tucked under your collar. The wide end should hang longer than the thin end. Hold both ends in your hands and place the wider end over the narrow end.

-The wide end should go round the back of the narrow end so it is on the side it started on. Put it up through the neck hole that you have created and pull it down so that both ends are both hanging together in front of you.

-Take the wide end and pass it through the knot you have created. Pull to tighten.

Another classy, more traditional knot is the Windsor knot. This looks very good with an expensive French shirt and will show that you take pride in your appearance. This knot is more sturdy than the four in hand knot and will suit a more expensive and longer tie.

-Again place the tie around your neck with the wider end hanging lower. Cross wide end over the narrow end so that it does a full circle.
-Take the wide end and push it up through the neck hole that you have now created.
-Take the wide end and wrap it behind the knot.
-Put the wide end through the neck hole, this time from the top downwards.
-Place the wide end around the front of the knot tidily.
-Again bring the wide end up through the neck hole and tuck through the knot you have created. Pull to tighten.

The Windsor knot gives a much more stylish look and makes an expensive suit stand out. One sure fire way to stand out from the crowd is to have a fashionable tie. You could go for a plain tie (pink is very in style for men at the moment) or you could go for a funky pattern.

There are so many styles of tie you will be spoiled for choice. Even women are getting in on the act. Men’s fashion for women is becoming ever more popular and so now women are privy to their own range of women’s ties! No longer do men have the domination but women are getting in on the action too!

Source by Cinthia Mcdonald
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Trendy Flip Flops

Trendy Flip Flops

Havaianas were first shaped during 1960’s, modelled from Japanese flip-flops (called the Zori) as their inspiration for the preparation. Once, after their flip flip-flops that were sold 40 years ago, at least 2 billion pairs of Havaianas have been produced. Over a couple of years, Havaianas evolved and became a Brazilian affix. From different ethnicities to the trendy and high-ranking people of Rio and Sao Paulo, just about every South American who is into sports, fashion, and anything where activity is involved.

Sao Paulo Alpagratas, the company which formed and elaborated the prominent flip-flops, added a range of styles which amplified their flip-flops and reflected millions of customers, which quickly extended around the globe. These flip flops are now available in different parts the world. The flip-flop has a vast following, from well-known politicians, celebrities, prominent sports items and models to ordinary individuals. Around the globe, Havaianas are top of the list for those looking for classy, persistent and unruffled flip-flops. Given that, the brand name has changed local knowledge of flip-flops. These rational additions are no longer confined to household accessories. They are self-importantly worn everywhere.

The high-value flip-flops are made of a unique rubber formula created by Sao Paulo Alpargatas. This 100% rubber combination makes Havaianas ultra-comfortable and highly well-built. Havaianas are available for men, women and children in the calming colours and the trendiest designs. They also come in distinct styles that live longer than any style.

Since the enterprise of Havaianas in the 1960’s, the product has developed to turn into the premier name in rubber flip-flops. Havaianas are available all through the world in valued establishments and are featured in illustrious publications, celebrated style shows and events.

Source by Lain Akino
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Fashion Styles for Women

Fashion Styles for Women

Many women dream of themselves dressed in a white wedding dress and in other very elegant and catchy outfit. Of course, women need to be approved of, they need to get noticed and fashion is the simplest way for them to be successful. Fashion leaves a first impression about everyone, which means that a nice and neat outfit can solve all your problems in terms of self-confidence and so on.

If you dream of yourself dressed up in a wedding dress, you do not need to have to wait until you get married and consider that this is your only chance to prove that you are pure and innocent. White is a very fashionable color, more and more women opting for it and more and more models wearing it on the catwalk. Whether you opt for a vaporous dress or for a classic one, you can look beautiful and get all men turn their head behind you.

There are a lot of scarves, dresses and skirts with floral prints, a lot of African accessories which are very fashionable, a lot of comfortable fabrics and a lot of elegant ones, everything you have to do being to choose your own style. You can wear silk, you can wear velvet, it is up to you because you have numerous choices either way.

Women represent the beautiful gender for a reason and they deserve this title all the way. A special color or a special fabric can change every woman and allows the others to see her like they never have before.

Source by Anca Ninon
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Fashion Comes Home With Trendy Paints

Fashion Comes Home With Trendy Paints

The first glimpses of fashion trends could have seen in the medieval ages in the form of elaborate hairdos and robes. As time has progressed, fashion has literally entered our homes in the form of trendy paints. These paintings are also called water-based paints and are available in various shades and textures. Most modern families the world over are now switching to these paint jobs.

Trendy colors not only give your home a new feel but bring in character. One may choose a subt aqua blue or a bright Spanish red. If the normal colors are not trendy enough for you there are always textured options. These trend colors are also customizable to delight the artist inside, which means you can give your walls the effect you desire whether it be ripples or a sponge finish. However, in certain cases expert advise maybe necessary.

Most paint manufacturing companies have their catalogs and outlets where you can see samples. In case of confusion, they have their specialists at hand to assist you with all the advice necessary. Alternately water-based paints can be selected from a website and then a painter can both purchase it and complete the job. If hiring a specialist does not fit your budget you always have the option of painting on your own.

Painting walls is a simple but tedious task. A first-time painter is always better off starting with one wall, completing it and then moving to other walls. You may reduce the tediousness by calling over a few friends or teaching your children. This brings us to another advantage of water based paints. They do not require pre-plastering, they are ready to use and with a steady hand can give your home a complete makeover.

Once you have finished painting your walls your home will appear as good as new. Homeowners now also opt for different colored walls. Trendy paints due to their affordable nature allow you to choose various colors for the same room. As the modern trend goes one may color the wall behind the couch differently from the others. These colors though beautiful can look awful if one does not choose the right combination and therefore it is always advisable to be careful.

Do be careful since water-based paintings are meant to last long and getting them off is costly and time-consuming. A trendy paint job done well will render unmatched character to your walls and even welcoming. After all your home is where your heart is.

Source by Wilson Treavor
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Get Your Fashion Fix

Get Your Fashion Fix

I have a question for you. Do you have a closet filled with occasion clothing? You know what I’m talking about. You’ve got a white blouse and pair of gray slacks just for job interviews, a blue wrap dress just for dinner with your parents and of course a black mini and silver top just for girls night out. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you have fallen into the dreaded Stale Style Cycle.

This disorder happens when at least one of the following occurs:

– Someone told you once years ago that you looked cute in a certain outfit so you always grab it first when you’re going out. (If this person was your Mum you may want to throw the outfit out immediately because this is the same woman who tried to get you to wear a pink jumpsuit with bunnies on it when you were 13. Enough said.)

– Every time you go shopping at the local boutique you can never find your size and get ignored by the staff so you leave empty handed. (Just so you know, in some places boutique means “room filled with overpriced clothes that only snobby rich people buy.” ‘re better then you?)

– You hate trying things on in public behind either a very thin piece of fabric or a w wooden door where people can see that you forgot to shave your legs that day, or that week. (I’m with you on this one.)

– You think you can not afford fabulous trendy clothes on your budget. (Wrong. Sorry, I could not think of a funny way to put it.)

Get a thank you note ready because I’m about to give you a fashion fix! All you have to do is go online and visit Chiara Fashion. Their styles are must have’s, their prices are beyond affordable, the site is easy to navigate and you do not have to try to find parking. What more could you ask for?

Well, since you asked, Chiara Fashion also offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. What this means is that if you’re not happy with your purchase you can return it within 14 days with no questions asked for an exchange or full refund for item price. They’ll even provide you with the return postage.

Break the Stale Style Cycle with help from Chiara Fashion – because girls love dresses.

Source by Erin Kelly
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