Classic T-shirts, be it retro or contemporary has always been a message board for many youngsters to share their thoughts, aguish, style, or slogan to the world at large. From Brando to Dean, tie-dye to silkscreen, the T-shirt was never just a tee: it has always been a banner for self-expression, with or without actual text. Brought home from Europe by U.S. soldiers after World War I, the “T-shirt” entered Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 1949 and gradually evolved from under- to outerwear, making it ideal for rolling out of bed, off the plane, and around the world. T-shirts are those, which have classic or retro messages, look, designs, feel, slogans etc. The most popular among the classic t-shirts are the retro designs of rock bands, punk designs etc.
Though the music sales are ever coming down, the sales of these funky t-shirts with designs used by rock bands like Mettalica, Pink Floyd sell like hot cakes. They have the feel of a retro period, which create nostalgia and yet very much liked by the people of twentieth century. The eighties and seventies were the hot bed for these punk movements apart from the famous ‘Hare Ram hare Krishna’ cult. The t-shirts with the messages of such movements are a bit hit even today and are sold by many T-shirt companies.
The big classic rock bands of the past- Rolling Stones t-shirts still sell steadily; new designs and old. Lynyrd Skynyrd classic t-shirt merchandise continues to feature the popular steer bones character on all of their clothing, the mega hit Beatles clothing, and merchandise is selling stronger than ever. This shows an apparent liking for all things classy especially T-shirts.
Older music fans also steadily continue to support their favorite classic rock artists of the past. While some people think classic shirts and music merchandise is somewhat juvenile, wearing a band t-shirt or band hooded top help people relive their youth. Music is something that stirs memories of a past time or place. Representing the bands that a person is into through classic rock clothing and band merchandise makes a statement about who a person is and what they represent. They find it to be cool and coordinated with their image of themselves.
Major portions of consumers are teenage classic rock music fans. Teenagers make a statement with the bands that they like and the classic t-shirts that they wear. High school has become a major fashion show. Showing up to school in a new The Who, The Doors, or Allman Brothers shirt makes a statement to the rest of their school. It almost tells everyone what kind of personality he or she has. It lets peers know whom they can be cool with.
The t-shirts will always be in fashion and they seem to be in spite of 20-30 years after the time of these rock bands, and there are many takers as you can see in a school, college, university or any other young people’s hangouts.
The classic dresser has a linear approach to fashion. She is one dimensional, conservative and her wardrobe is sturdy and reliable. When it comes to clothes, the classic dresser invests for the long haul. She goes for the timeless wardrobe and this includes her fashion accessories. She likes tailored clothes in classic durable fabrics such as tweed, wool blends, cashmere, silk and good quality cotton.
Neutral Palette and lots of navy
She is conservative when it comes to colours sticking to neutrals or monochromatic colours i.e. one colour in several shades. She loves navy. She dresses elegantly and so her fashion accessories reflect her fashion personality and are just as tailored and elegant as her clothes. As such she will spend money on handmade accessories like a handmade leather bag, handmade leather purse, handcrafted shoes and sandals etc.
Her jewelry is as timeless as her clothes and would include pearl necklaces, antique jewelry and handcrafted jewelry. Chunky necklaces are not her style as they may be a bit too flamboyant for her style. Instead she will wear pearl necklaces, choker necklaces and handmade necklaces. Statement jewelry for her would be wearable art like art deco designs as opposed to bold coloured necklaces.
Sustainable fashion …smart investment choices
For the classicist, fashion trends come and fashion trends go. She is not perturbed as fashion trends do not dictate the way she dresses. She prefers to spend more on a single quality item of clothing than spend loads on throw away fashion accessories.. So in a sense she supports sustainable fashion by making smart investment choices in her wardrobe. She has peace of mind in knowing that she can rely on her neutral colours and dark suits for years to come.
She is comfortable in designs by Pringle of Scotland, one of the oldest luxury label in the world, and by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren whose fashion exudes grace, elegance and understatement; qualities traditionally associated with fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and more recently Michelle Obama. So the classic dresser is in good company.
There is a difference between fashion trends among adults and among children. For adults, fashion trends are sometimes a short-lived craze over an item such as designer jeans or something of the same sort but for the kids, a fashion trend usually means finding unique children’s clothing that follows a more general trend. Now let us look at some of the recent trends for unique children’s clothing.
Personalized clothes and accessories
What best way to represent unique children’s clothing than personalized items such as clothes and accessories. In the past, monogrammed shirts and sweaters were a big hit but as of today, a bold initial is the trend. Fashion people call it the “letter sweater”, and it has become the ultimate in unique children’s clothing. Some clothing shops manufacture on an order basis while some stock them in variety of initials. For accessories on the other hand, you have winter hats, scarves, and mittens with their initials as well.
You can still go for monogram as well, while considering the item you want it on and its use. Monogramming produces a classic look so it may be more appropriate on a dress shirt or blouse rather than a backpack or some other accessories. You can also have iron-appliqués to have that unique children’s clothing. Just remember not to overdo the initials and monograms on every item your child has, moderation is still the key. Use one trendy and unique children’s clothing at a time.
Lasting trends for outer wear are the “lumberjack” look, which is a two-tone buffalo plaid, the “snowboarder” look which is of nylon jackets with a longer tail in back and the classic “pea coat”.
For warmer climates, it is best to go for shirt-jackets made out of cotton flannel and when winter comes, wool or polyester fleece jacket would do. All these have become part of the unique children’s clothing collection that you might want to have your little one to have in his or her closet. Word of advice: Look for unique children’s clothing in classic combinations of colors like red and black, navy and black, and orange and dark brown, because you can never go wrong in them.
The snowboarding-inspired jackets may cost a bit much but they have properties such as its breathability and water-repellency. These items you can find in outdoors outfitter to prepare for the winter season. The pea coats on the other hand have been a favorite for many years. They may not seem as though they are unique children’s clothing but they come in a dazzling variety of fabrics and colors so you can easily mix and match. You can use wool pea coats when you dress your kids up for fancier occasions as well.
An outfit isn’t complete without the footwear. UGGs has been an all-time favorite because of its distinctive look that comes in a wide array of shades and styles that you can match with even the most unique children’s clothing. They are comfortable, durable and very easy to pull on and off that is why parents love them for the kids. They can survive being handed down a lot of times so you are sure to get your money’s worth. For gender specific footwear, you have “mary janes” for girls and “hiking boots” as a great addition to the boys’ wardrobe.
When you look at baby clothes, there are many styles in their clothing as there are babies in the world. Those who wish to get modern clothing can find those clothes at Wal-mart. Sometimes finding the right outfit can be a bit harder than some may think.
For those looking for that unique outfit, it cannot be found at those local retail stores. Yet those who do want alternative forms of clothing can find them online, make it by hand which means cutting the cloth and sewing all the designs together. Choices behind what kind of design and colors are limitless.
Baby clothes are like the rest of the fashion world. Styles go in, styles go out, styles come back in and back out. This all depends on the population and in the case of parents what parents want or do not want. Oddly enough, parents want the retro clothing styles for their babies.
Retro can mean any kinds of things but refers a lot to pop culture. 1970s and 1980s styles are very popular but there is another movement that is out there, leaning toward the classic or old world clothing. Designs from close to 70 years ago are gaining momentum with parents.
Billowing rompers are made for boys and are selling in scores of specialty shops and websites worldwide. The clientèle is mostly focused on Americans. They also like buying two piece shorts and shirt sets as well as the classic style of coveralls. For girls, the classic style of flowing dresses is the counterpart to the boys’ billowing rompers.
Americans who want these styles must find them on the Internet because they cannot be found in most American stores. They can also be bought through mail orders.
A classic British website called “Baby Classics” offers the styles mentioned as well as much more to their clients. Many of their client is of American origin. The website owners added their prices in dollars along with pounds. The clothing can be and is rather expensive by baby clothing standards. Yet, they found a customer based on the outfits’ cuteness appearance by infants and toddlers wearing them.
These looks may not be for everyone and for every baby but there are unique for the style of today. They also can be very costly. Yet some parents are still jumping at the opportunity to get these designs. Some parents think it is neat dressing their kids up in the old fashion days clothing.
Yet for the cost, these probably will not be showing up in your local retail store anytime soon or on the playground at the park. Do not be surprised if you see the a little girl wearing designs at church or on a special occasion. You may see a baby wearing 1920 clothing.
Young women can basically wear anything and look good in it. But to women beyond 40, it’s a different story. To them, it’s time to cover up and choose dull clothes to hide their true age and let the younger generation have fun with fashion. But that is so 1930s, back in the days when women are only good at home, in school, or in a hospital.
Today, women are becoming more and more empowered, especially when it comes to fashion. What is believed to be inappropriate to matured women in the past is now becoming a fashion statement to them. The old dressing guidelines are now outdated and replaced with the belief that everyone looks good in any style regardless of age-and figure. After all, true style (and beauty) is timeless and ageless.
Here are some timeless pieces that would look great when worn at any age:
This sundress is a perennial classic that continuously pops in and out of style. Ever since the Romans started wearing it decades ago, this outfit has been a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. When cover up is needed, the tunic is the best piece of clothing to turn to. It is easy to wear and will flatter almost all body types. Not only is the tunic pretty, it is also chic and practical.
This piece of clothing is a classic. It has been in almost all generations, proving to be a worthy investment in every woman’s closet. Styles vary-A-line, straight cut, or pleated, any style will look good when paired with the right top. Skirts come in various colors. Choose neutral colors for easy mix and match, printed designs for a cheerful feel, or pattered styles for great work to evening attire. Department stores, boutiques, and wholesale apparel stores are great places to shop for tailored skirts.
Another ageless wardrobe must-have is a jacket. Whether going for a casual lunch or evening party, a stylish jacket will easily fit your style and figure. It can be worn with jeans, skirt, and wholesale dresses. A single breasted jacket is always an excellent choice. It softly hugs the body without overemphasizing your figure. For a timeless, classic look, choose jackets in neutral or pastel colors.
So, who says fashion is only for the younger generation? The trick is to learn what styles fit your age. Get it right and you’ll easily look young, beautiful, fashionable, and fun.
There is always a constant demand for stylish yet practical menswear that is worth the expense. The outlet for high quality contemporary menswear was established at the turn of the century in Brighton. The idea is to incorporate leading folk clothing from high-quality designers. With an aim to establish a unique sense of style and direction for men only the classical designs are selected and housed in the exclusive outlet.
Rather than focusing on the labels of designers inspiration lies behind choosing classic items that are timeless in every wardrobe. The exclusive retail store that houses leading designers in the heart of historic city of Brighton in England is home to some of the best contemporary menswear and folk clothing.
Leading Brands for Contemporary Menswear
As a style icon focusing on high-quality fabric and stitching the label 6876 was established by Kenneth Mackenzie in 1995. Since then the label has been short limited distribution and selects stockiest on the basis of their image and clientele.
The aim is to split the availability between masses with a different brand. Since this brand does not mass produced its outfits they are able to retain high quality for each piece that is shipped out of the manufacturing unit. Since its establishment the leading retail outlet for contemporary menswear and folk clothing has been a selected stockiest of the label 6876.
Inspiration from Punk and Military Wear
The detailing on the outfits is framed well with the technical fabrics and high quality classic tailored cuts. The clothing line is inspired by the initial stages of Punk from the late 70s as well as the Parisian student riots in the late 60s.
Alife NYC falls in the category of folk accessories and this brand for super cool kicks and sneakers have been developed in New York City. The understated design is resplendent with unique crafting and focus on comfort and detailing.
The Australian eyewear brand AM is known for the quality of its lenses. Instructed out of scratch resistant apx nylons which are military grade, each of the eyepieces are individually crafted by hand in Italy and then tested for 45,000 uses.
For high-quality outerwear men can select Berghaus’s range of vintage style classic outerwear. The stylish yet for and serious looking jackets can move from the highest mountain peak and then back into the high street of the city.
Comfort and style come together in retaining a contemporary look with this folk clothing item that helps you stay protected against the elements.
Military clothing has long been part of folk clothing and eventually made its way into contemporary menswear. High fashion takes inspiration from the historical pursuit of the military wear. The quintessential flight jacket is crafted of materials that were utilized for original military jackets. The style and specification is engineered to meet the exact configuration of the original flight jacket and they look like authentic replica of the military wear.
I suggested to Aisha, a recent client, that she invest in a durable leather handbag. Aisha argued that she simply couldn’t afford to spend upwards of $300. The remarkable thing about this was that once we analyzed her recent clothing purchases we realized that she was spending about $300 monthly on clothing! Aisha was actually suffering from sticker shock and had kind of become accustomed to buying quantity instead of quality. The end result was that her closet was essentially bursting at the seams with discount and poorly constructed clothing. In the end, Aisha was in effect spending $3,600 annually (nearly 10% of her $37,000 salary) on a wardrobe that lacked both function and style.
Establishing a budget is a very difficult question to answer from a general perspective because everyone’s financial and clothing situation is different. If you have a job that allows you to work in a casual environment where some of your everyday clothing can be incorporated into you daily work outfits, I would estimate the overall clothing allowance to be somewhere around 7%. For those that work in a more professional office environment where you are expected to dress the part and dressing the part may overall affect your promotion-ability factor; I would estimate around 10% of your salary. Keep in mind, this budget should include the costs of alterations and professional cleaning services. It is also important to note that if you are maintaining a household on this salary, i.e. you have children or a spouse you must allocate a portion of this amount to their clothing allowance as well.
Example 1: Aisha works in a business casual environment. Her salary is $37,000. Her clothing allowance is: $2,590.
Example 2: Elaine works in a professional business environment. Her salary is $85,000. Her clothing allowance is: $8,500.
1. Invest in Investment Pieces: Investment pieces are just that – “investment” pieces! So, don’t be afraid to spend a little more money on the classics which are required to create a functional wardrobe. Discount stores such as Marshalls, Century 21, and DSW could produce some very valuable finds, however it is important that you don’t become distracted and divert from the standard classics when shopping at these stores. For classics, I recommend shopping at a formula store. A formula store is typically a specialty retail store that stocks key basics. Some great formula stores are Gap, Ann Taylor LOFT and The Limited. The great thing about a formula store is that once you find the sizes and styles that suit you best, you can shop there season to season with little difficulty. These are great stores for purchasing a classic a-line skirt, trousers, jeans, button-ups, and tees, tanks and camis of variety.
2. Don’t Be a Label Whore: When it comes to beautiful dresses, handbags, shoes and scarves there are some designers that are simply ahead of the par, however to simply focus all of your efforts into collecting clothing that has a designer label tag regardless of how flattering or well-fitting the item is – is simply not a good option.
3. Do Apply The Cost-Per-Wear Concept: To get back to the example I gave previously of Aisha spending $300 on a leather handbag. The leather handbag is an investment piece which can be carried for months or possibly years to come. If Aisha carried this handbag for just six months her cost per wear would be $50. I discuss the Cost per Wear Concept in more detail in a recent post.
4. Don’t Charge: I know to some people this may seem unthinkable; however I think whenever you shop with credit cards you are always tempted to get caught up in the emotional buzz of said item and go well over your budget. If you’re carrying a lot of debt (particularly from past shopping activities) you really need to think long and hard about plunking 7-10% of your income towards clothing. A simple rule of thumb I often use is “Don’t buy it unless you can afford to buy two.” No, I’m not saying that you should buy two of everything; rather what I am suggesting is that every time you buy something, you take that same dollar amount and apply it towards paying off debt or towards savings. So in effect, that $300 handbag will now cost you $600; $300 to purchase and another $300 in savings or debt payment. The amount of your clothing budget should match or exceed the amount you are saving or applying towards debt repayment.
5. Make It Automatic: Now that you have established your clothing budget, the only sure fire way to stick to it is to make it automatic. Here are two great ideas for actually staying on budget.
Low Tech Option: If your budget allows for $200 to be spent a month on clothing. Place this amount of cash in an envelope. When shopping for clothing only spend what is in the envelope. Once this amount is gone you have exhausted your clothing budget for the month.
High Tech Option: Set up a separate checking account (I suggest an ING Orange account) and have a specific amount deposited into your account periodically; for example $50 a week. When shopping for clothing only use the debit card associated with this checking account. The nice thing about this option is that if you are not someone who shops on a weekly or monthly basis the money continues to grow towards your much anticipated shopping spree.
6. Maximize Your Budget: A pair of Jimmy Choo shoes is no longer $500. It’s $500 minus the $165 you will get for selling them on EBay the following year. EBay and consignment stores are a great source for stretching your clothing allowance. If you don’t have a lot of designer clothing in your closet you can still receive some financial benefit from making a tax-deductible donation to your local goodwill or charity.
Think of golf clothes and a golf sweater, probably with an Argyle pattern, is most likely the first thing to spring to mind. Knitwear is synonymous with golf and as such there are a wide number of options to choose from. A great sweater is a much smarter option than a sporty fleece, it will last for years and styles are unlikely to date. They are also a great fashion item so if your golf outfit needs an instant fix why not update your look with one of this seasons on-trend colours?
Style option 1: Lined sweaters Lined sweaters fall into the practical category – generally they are designed to be worn as outerwear as they have a woven lining to help keep the wind out. If you are looking for a more elegant alternative to a fleece they are a good option as will keep you warm and snug whilst still looking smart. Often these styles have a turtle neck with a zip opening and some will have a Teflon coating to protect against drizzle too.
Style tip: Brighten up a practical lined sweater with a contrast coloured or patterned scarf. Zip neck styles work perfectly with scarves as you tuck them inside for a warm and on trend look.
Style option 2: The classic sweater You can’t beat a great mid weight sweater for versatility. This classic golfing item comes in patterned or plain versions and can be worn season after season. V-necks are more flattering if you have a larger bust and can be teamed with a polo shirt for a smarter look. A crew neck is more practical and warm and it’s a good idea to have a couple of each in your golfing wardrobe to suit all conditions and occasions. Also look out for sleeveless sweaters which are ideal for the summer months.
Patterns: The traditional Argyle pattern – made of diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement – is a golfing classic. Go for a smaller scale pattern if you are looking for a more elegant style or a bolder large scale if you like to make a statement. If the Argyle look is too bold for you then why not try a cable knit? This is a style that has a patterned stitch and adds texture to the surface of the sweater. Often these styles are one colour and are an easy way to add a subtle detail to your outfit. Stripes have a great sporty appeal. Again, horizontal stripes can make you look broader, so go for a softer tonal colourway if you want to avoid this. If you have small shoulders and want to add emphasis here then stripes are the perfect pattern for you. Spots and dots are a great choice for all body shapes and have a fun, feminine appeal, they do tend to be more trend lead though so you won’t find them every season. Style tip: Patterns that run in a vertical direction will elongate your figure, while those running horizontal or across the chest area can broaden it – so be careful that your selection will flatter your shape.
Style option 3: Cardigans Although cardigans are less popular than sweaters, they are still a good choice. Often golfing cardigans are zip through and have a sportier look rather than using buttons. They make a great choice in the spring and summer as you can easily layer up or down depending on the changeable weather.
If you are looking for a season round option go for a wool, lambswool or wool mix style. If you are looking for luxury or a treat then cashmere or a cashmere blend can’t be beaten and can be worn all year round (perfect for chillier summer evenings). Wool has natural stretch and breathability and many performance wool items, often made from Merino wool, will move with your body for the ultimate comfort. They also help to keep you warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s warm thanks to their thermo regulatory properties. For the spring and summer you may prefer a lighter cotton or merino wool fabrication. Many of these styles are now machine washable which is a great practical advancement.
Style tip: If you have a pear shaped figure and want to draw attention away from your hips, then team dark bottoms with an eye-catching or contrast colour sweater.
Technology Like with many sports garments seamless technology has also been incorporated into knitwear. This means that an item is produced in one entire piece rather than consisting of separate parts and then stitched together. The advantage of seamless knits is that of superior comfort. By eliminating often bulky seams at the shoulders and sides you get a much better fit and the natural elasticity of the knitwear is not interfered with.
Still can’t decide? With so much choice around it is often difficult to choose – especially if you are looking for a gift. If you are unsure then opt for a good quality plain style. If you have paler colouring then softer colours tend to be more flattering – darker skin tones can take bolder, brighter shades. This season’s top shades Golf is a sport known for its vibrant colours and bold looks, so don’t feel like you need to be a shrinking violet when making your choices. A classic palette of navy and black can easily be updated with vibrant shades to suit the season. This winter look for deep reds, strong blues, chocolate browns and light greys alongside the golf classics of pale blue and power pink.
Who could have guessed that LDS Clothing would become what it is today?.. and that is one of of the fastest growing fashion trends on the market. However; for those who have been wearing LDS clothing all these years, it really comes as little surprise.
A Truly Classic Look and Style
It’s a classic look that hearkens back to the mid 1800’s, to a time when men dressed like men and women dressed like women. Clothes back then were also far more functional sand comfortable and women didn’t feel like they had to expose themselves to look attractive.
Bonnets Caps and Hats In LDS Clothing Boutiques
Also as clothing accessories, such as bonnets faded from the fashion scene several decades back, designers of LDS clothing stubbornly hung onto to them and other simple yet very becoming LDS clothing accessories. Now they have been rewarded handsomely with new international recognition for their fashion foresight.
Always Stylish Totes , Shoulder Bags and Purses
Flip through any top fashion magazine today and you will see “new” styles in voluminous tote bags and purses that have replaced leather with heavy duty natural fabrics. The truth be told, bags totes and purses just like these were always available at LDS clothing venues and boutiques long before they were in “style”.
LDS Clothing and Fashion Accessories For the Woman On The Go
LDS clothing and fashion accessory designers have always known that what women really wanted from a purse or tote bag was room to carry with them all the things that they would need throughout the day. How can someone fit a sewing or knitting project in small purse or clutch?
The CTR Ring – Just a Little Reminder
To finish off the LDS clothing ensemble there is the always classic CTR ring. This unique piece of jewelry feature the letters CTR which stand for (choose the right) set against a green background. The CTR ring is a great way to accessories any LDS clothing ensemble with a little reminder to always make the right choices while you are out.