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Fabric

As with all close old and new, fabric is the first and best indication of quality.  Labels usually indicate content of the how the fabric is made bout you sometimes have to go with how the material feels and drapes.  If the fabric is courses, fuzzy or stiff, chances are the pieces are not a goo quality
Condition
Carefully examine every garment for holes, stains, and signs of wear.  Hold the close up to the light and inspect it for moth holes or tears.
Examine
Examine the seams and closures for fraying or signs of repairs.  Pull at the seams and on the fabric.  If either feels weak.  Its a sign of dry rot.
Also Examine under the arms and the collar, cuffs, wristbands and closures for signs of friction or perspiration stains.   Don't buy if fabric is shinny, faded or discolored. 

Workmanship
When shopping for vintage wear, you are not just looking for the big named designer name.  Until the mid-twentieth century, a lot of clothing where hand made by small boutiques and seamstresses.  They of course didn't use labels back then.   Check if buttons are made of brass, pearls, bone or jet.   If you see any of these, then you are in the presence of serous quality.   Also examine the lining, if it is made of a beautiful fabric like silk, in a beautiful color or design.  If there is no lining at all it is not neccessril and indication that the garment is not high quality. 

Accessories offer an easy way to create a modern, versatile wardrobe.  A  sparkling necklace, a silky scarf or a shinny metal belt buckle can dress an outfit up or down. 


Taking a drab to divine, or change it from board-room professional to first-date sexy.  Best of all, accessories allow you to personalize your classics.  Whether you do something off beat, like pair a conservative suit with bohemian-style earrings, or simply add a scarf in your favorite color, wearing accessories that you truly love is the most important step towards developing you own personal style. 


Covering your eyes and suddenly you are an enigma, which is by sunglasses are so cool.  They allow the wearer to be observe without being observed.  They close the windows to the soul, allowing almost no emotion to show through.  All this and in some cases, their ability to conceal the sins of last nigh have made shades the number one accessory in self respecting screen idol or paparazzi target.

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Before you start your glorious vacation, destination wedding, family reunion, etc., ask around (if you can) and check various websites about local customs and other information that will help you decide what to pack. 


Next check the weather condition at that particular time you are traveling to whatever country you are headed.  Be prepared for whatever weather that may come your way.

Then, make a list of what you will need to take, but also make a list of your day by day of your planned activities, shopping, horse back riding, sunbathing, dinners, dancing, etc. and pick out what you'll wear for each event.

Edit Your choices once you have decided what you would like to wear, lay your outfit out and create an ensemble.  this makes it easier for you to see if you have all you need.


Dress in no constrictive clothing because the idea is to be comfortable and presentable at the same time.  Wear pieces that can be added and removed depending on the temperature and your mood.  Fabric should be wrinkle resistant like blended fabrics made of lycra, wool cottons and knits.


Wear comfortable shoes because feet can swell when you seat for a prolong period of time.  so avoid wearing tight shoes which could constrict blood flow, which of course could make your vacation steps a very painful one
Carry a shawl because a shawl takes very little room in your carry on and you can use it as a blanket and it is easier to remove and put on in a tight situation like planes, trains and automobiles.
Stake up on personal items because air quality on planes are notoriously dry.  To keep yourself looking fresh at all times, stack up on moisturizers, lip balm, gum/breath mints, etc. 

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Accessories by various fashion houses are a good investments.  Also, classics made by designers who made them famous are rare and incredible discoveries.

  • Mary Quant Minis
  • Yves St. Laurent Tuxedos
  • Halston Jersey Dress
  • Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dress
  • Sheath Dresses by Christian Dior
  • Trench Coat by Burberry or Aquascutum

Great Buys When You Find Vintage Items That Are often much more interesting and higher quality than today's pieces.   Look for items that are:

  • Trench Coats
  • Tailored Pieces
  • Cashmere Sweaters
  • Beaded or Embellished
  • Camel Haired Coats
  • Cocktail and Evening Dresses
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Millions of people will be shopping this holiday seasons and there are a few things you'll have to take stock of  before heading out on your adventure in the department store and online wonderland. 


You'll need to take stock of what you already have and what you'll need.   You'll need to determine the amount of money you have or need to spend before heading out and shop 'til your hearts content. 

  • Shop when you are in a good mood
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • shop when the stores are least crowded
  • Give yourself time
  • Under stand the stores perks
  • Familiarize yourself with the stores return policy.
  • Shop alone
  • Buy for your real life
  • Focus on what works for you
  • Buy for the body you have got and not the one you want
  • Buy the best quality that you can afford
  • Buy complete outfits

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 Most people rely on price and a designer label to put their mind at ease about the quality of a garment.  Neither, however, is a risk-free indicator.  The real stoy is in a garment's manufacture.  So instead of looking at who made a garment, look at how it was made to make sure you're getting what you are paying for.
Hems
A good hem is double-stitched and invisible from the outside of the garment.  a generous hem allowance is also a good sign. 
Seams
All seams should lie straight without pulling or puckering and preferably, be generous enough to let out if the need arises.

Stitching
It should be secure and straight.  Look for about eight to 12 stitches per inch.

Buttons

The buttons should match the garment, meet the buttonhole perfectly, be sewn on securely and , on heavier fabric, reinforced with disks.  Buttonholes should be perfectly finished, with no loose threads.

Patterns

Printed and woven patterns should match up on all seams.  I f it's a two piece outfit, patterns should always match up from piece to piece.

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Having a personal shopper often involves an individual or group who often helps an individual, group  or company with a service often provided for a fee.  These personal shoppers search the stores, internet, and other avenues of shopping to find what ever their clients are looking for.


It's a great time saver, but there is no guarantee that you will immediately find a shopper who understands your taste and needs.  That's why it's a good idea to meet with one beforehand.  Be very clear about your likes and dislikes, your budget and your particular needs. 


A good personal shopper has gained extensive experience from dressing women of all shapes, age, and sizes.   Like a good hairdresser, she will consider what you've said, but she'll also put her expertise to work for you by offering up a few ideas of her own.   


The downside of the department shopper is that you are limited to the selections in one store.  You could either employ the services of a number of different shoppers in several stores or hire an independent personal shopper.  While the latter can be quite expensive--$100 per hour or more-personal shoppers also do a lot more legwork by running to stores all over town, including those you've never heard of.


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Before you start your glorious vacation, destination wedding, family reunion, etc., ask around (if you can) and check various websites about local customs and other information that will help you decide what to pack.  Next check the weather condition at that particular time you are traveling to whatever country you are headed.  Be prepared for whatever weather that may come your way.

  • Make a list of what you will need to take, but also make a list of your day by day of your planned activities, shopping, horse back riding, sunbathing, dinners, dancing, etc. and pick out what you'll wear for each event.  Once you have decided what you would like to wear, lay your outfit out and create an ensemble.  this makes it easier for you to see if you have all you need.
  • The idea is to be comfortable and presentable at the same time.  Wear pieces that can be added and removed depending on the temperature and your mood.  Fabric should be wrinkle resistant like blended fabrics made of lycra, wool cottons and knits.
  • Wear comfortable shoes so when your feet swell, after seating  for a prolong period of time, your wont constrict blood flow, which of course could make your vacation steps a very painful one.   Carry a shawl just in case it gets a bite chill and stake up on personal items to keep yourself looking fresh at all times, stack up on moisturizers, lip balm, gum/breath mints, etc. 

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 Dressing with style involve more than just wearing what you like.  By using 6 basic tricks, you can lengthen, slim and direct you attention to exactly where you want it.
Fit
Every thing you wear should fit perfectly.  This may sound obvious, but who hasn't stood in front of a dressing room mirror and convinced themselves that no one else will notice that the skirt, dress, blouse is just a little tight.  Good fit means that the close shows off the body's cures without clinging to them.
Fabric
Fabric that falls smoothly over your curves of your body are the most flatting/  It takes sometime for you to find the right drape, weight and texture.  But when you do, well...If a fabric is too stiff, it may take its own shape and may look too boxy or to thing. 

Color
Ask anyone who has stepped out of the house with a red dress knows, color catches the eye.  We all know that dark colors make us look slimmer, but light colors does the opposite.  By placing brightly colored pieces near or over a part of your body making sure it gets the proper attention it deserves.   


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Having a personal shopper often involves an individual or group who often helps an individual, group or company with a service often provided for a fee. These shoppers search the store and pick out clothes for you and have them waiting when you arrive. It's a great time saver, but there is no guarantee that you will immediately find a shopper who understands your taste and needs. That's why it's a good idea to meet with one beforehand. Be very clear about your likes and dislikes, your budget and your particular needs.