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Womens Clothing

Most people think that when you buy a new wardrobe it means throwing out or giving away everything you previously own and starting from scratch. However that is not the case at all. When you update your wardrobe you assess all the womens clothing that you own and take out the items that are not suiting your look. It is important to keep the womens clothing that can be used for a number of different looks and seasons as opposed to a temporary trend. Below are some of the distinct items of womens clothing that are going to be trendy this spring 2010. With the helpful hints and tips you will know exactly how to wear these fashionable items of clothing.

Corsets are considered to be undergarments in most cases but this spring you will see them out in the open. It will be one of the popular types of Womens clothing to wear as the days get warmer. You can wear a corset above jeans, shorts or skirts. If you want a relaxed but less revealing look you can wear a white coloured fitted racer back or t-shirt inside. Corsets also look really trendy with denim jackets and high waist skirts. Corsets are usually available as button downs or with laces. According to what you find comfortable or appealing you can choose either of the two. Red, black, white and light pink are popular colours for buying corsets. Corsets can be worn as casual or glamorous womens clothing.

Body suits were quite popular during the 1990’s and will be making a definite comeback this spring. Body suits are the perfect type of womens clothing for a layered look. They can be worn with dresses, skirts, jeans or shorts. It gives your outfit a skin tight look and is ideal for younger women. Body suits look really appealing when worn with a corset. It is best to stay away from velvet or satin body suits as they might be uncomfortable to wear in the spring. Instead go for a cotton or polyester cotton mixture of fabric which will be easier for your skin to breathe in. If you decide to wear your body suit with a skirt it is best to choose a loose skirt with a lot more flare. Depending on your height you can select a long or short skirt to wear with your body suit. 3/4th and sleeveless body suits are recommended for this spring. They combinations of womens clothing they can be paired with are endless.

Lace is such breathable fabric so it makes sense that it will be in fashion this spring. As the weather gets warmer women get the urge to show more skin and feel cool and ventilated. Lace is being used in all different types of womens clothing. The most popular style of lacy womens clothing is a sleeveless top with the back of the top completely in lace. These are offered in a variety of colours and shades. You can wear lacy tops like these with a matching spaghetti strap inside. spaghetti strap tops with a border of lace at the bottom will also be attractive to wear for spring. Short knee length skirts with a lace border at the bottom also look trendy and hip. You can jazz up any type of womens clothing by adding lace to it yourself. Many women like to wear ripped jeans as casual wear. You can stitch lace patches on your jean for a feminine, unique look.

Now that you have a preview of this spring season’s trends you will be able to shop with a purpose and a goal in mind. Make sure to try on several different types of Womens clothing while shopping for your spring wardrobe. By trying on outfits you will get a better idea of what suits your body frame and what types of womens clothing are best left alone.

Clothing Tips For Women

It’s important to realize that many of the clothes that we wear at home are not appropriate for India, either in terms of the climate or in terms of the culture. As far as the culture is concerned, India is simply not a country where one can safely go around dressed as most of us do in the West, so it’s important to be familiar with the Indian dress code and the reasons behind it. Moreover, many styles of dress that are perfectly acceptable in the West are downright offensive to most Indians. For this reason, you may be better off buying clothes once you arrive. A great excuse to go shopping-and clothes are so much cheaper than back home.

Whether you believe it should or not, how you dress profoundly affects how people respond to you (this is even more the case in India than in most other countries). Women who dress and act modestly are much more highly regarded than those who flout the cultural norms, and they are safer from sexual harassment. Wearing clothing that is indecent by Indian standards is insulting to the culture, and it also gives men the idea that you are available for sexual favors to anyone who wants you-even if your behavior emphatically indicates the opposite.

It’s true that many girls and women-especially in Mumbai and Delhi and other places that see a lot of tourists, as well as on college campuses-have taken to wearing jeans with short tops, etc. However, as a visitor, you are already at a disadvantage due to common preconceptions, so it is much safer to dress a bit more conservatively. And don’t look to Bollywood or fashion magazines for cues on how to dress; they have nothing to do with real life.

While it’s OK to wear Western clothes most places, it’s essential to wear them in a manner that is respectful to the very modest Indian culture. Virtually every Indian, including both men and women (not to mention several foreigners), to whom I mentioned my book (Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook) told me, “I hope you are going to tell the women how to dress!” Most Indians are much too polite to tell you to your face if you are inappropriately dressed, but they certainly notice.

Basic standards of modesty all over India require that you cover your knees, upper arms, shoulders, cleavage and midriff. It’s acceptable for your midriff to be exposed when wearing a sari, but not otherwise. Shorts and short skirts are not acceptable. Underwear should always be worn discretely under your clothes where it belongs, and it should not show at all; moreover, a bra is essential unless you are as flat-chested as an eight-year old. Tops should not show your cleavage or be too tight or revealing. Leave your sheer blouses, shorts, spaghetti-strap dresses, bikinis, tank tops, etc., at home. While sleeveless tops are becoming more common in some of India’s big cities during the hot season, in general they are not acceptable; however, short sleeves are usually OK.

When wearing pants, go for loose, tunic-style tops that cover your crotch and buttocks. At home, many of us like to wear our blouses neatly tucked into jeans or slacks, but here, it’s better to let them hang out. One great advantage of wearing long tops is that they hide the fact that your underwear is visible through thin fabric so you can wear lightweight pants in hot weather.

If you bring a swimsuit, it should be a conservative one, no matter where you plan to wear it; a one-piece is preferable. On the way to or from the beach or pool, or whenever you are interacting with locals, put something modest on over your swimsuit. Bikinis are not acceptable, even in Goa, where many women wear them.

In certain conservative locations and in many places of worship, you will also need to cover your head. Observe what the local women do, and do likewise.

Traditional Indian clothes are more comfortable than Western clothes, especially in the heat. Even in extremely hot weather, having your arms and legs covered with very light cotton actually keeps you cooler than shorts and halter tops can. And most Indians love it when you wear Indian dress because it shows your appreciation of their culture. Wearing traditional clothing also serves as a great ice-breaker; many people will comment on it, and you will find that the comments are generally very appreciative.

If you’d like to try Indian clothes, you’ll probably want to start with one of the two basic varieties of ladies’ pantsuits: the salwar-kameez (a.k.a. Punjabi suit), which consists of a long tunic top (kameez) over baggy pants (salwar) which are banded at the bottom, or the churidhar-kameez, which has the kameez over skinny straight pants (churidhar) that are worn bunched around the calf and ankle. Incidentally, churidhars are mainly worn by young women and teens, and not so much by older women in most places. A scarf draped across the front completes the outfit; the scarf (chunni or dupatta) is an essential part of the ensemble, without which you may be regarded as an immoral woman, especially in small towns and villages.

In many parts of South India, as well as a few other places, ankle-length skirts (lehngas) worn with an overblouse and a large scarf are common. However, do pay attention to which styles of dress are worn by women of your own age to avoid unwittingly parading around in something considered childish or inappropriate. Long dresses are not traditional; the ankle-length dresses you see for sale everywhere are really nightgowns. While it’s OK wear one, say, to the corner market for some milk, or while having morning chai with friends on the veranda, it’s not acceptable to wear one all day.

The sari, which is arguably the most beautiful style of dress in the world, is the most common form of women’s clothing; it’s worn almost everywhere in India, although it’s wrapped in different ways according to local custom. Saris are comfortable and easy to wear once you get used to them. It’s fun to learn to wrap one, and any Indian woman will be happy to show you how to do it.

Incidentally, those long, plain cotton ‘skirts’ that you see for sale are actually sari petticoats. They may look like long skirts, but they are undergarments that are worn under saris. If you wear one as a skirt, people will stare at you mercilessly. Only an extremely poor woman who had nothing else would ever wear one as a skirt.

A conservative Western-style dress or business suit (i.e., below knee length and not too tight or low-cut) is appropriate for doing business in India. If you prefer a pantsuit, it should cover your buttocks and crotch.

For social meetings with business associates, you can wear conservative dresses, or nice pantsuits, either Indian or Western style. Long pants and modest tops are the norm for sports activities; shorts are not acceptable except in some exclusive health clubs (but you would normally change there rather than wearing the shorts en route). See what the Indian women you are working with wear for casual attire and follow their example-as long as it is reasonably modest, of course. Evening attire may be extremely fancy, depending on the occasion; saris can be worn for many celebrations.

Even if you are a budget traveler, you’ll need at least one nice outfit to dress up in if the occasion calls for it. Whenever you go somewhere that requires getting dressed up, ask your friends what is appropriate. If you are invited to a wedding or other fancy event, ask an Indian friend or acquaintance to take you shopping for clothes. You might also be able to borrow something for the occasion. Incidentally, Indians are generally much too polite to tell guests that they are dressed inappropriately even when asked directly, so you have to figure out in advance what is the right thing to wear.

If you are invited to a temple for an important celebration, do dress nicely; at the least, you should wear something clean, modest and pressed. If you choose to wear a sari, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive one-even a simple cotton one will often do. Happily, you can get a beautiful sari for much less than you would pay for a new pair of jeans at home.

The important thing to remember is that your clothing should be respectful of the culture, no matter where you are. Obviously, you can be a bit more relaxed in some places, such as five-star hotels, but don’t overdo it. Those you meet will appreciate your cultural sensitivity if you dress according to local standards.

J.D. Viharini is the author of Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook, a book that shows you how to experience the best of India by offering up a wealth of practical tips and cultural essentials that no visitor or expat should be without.

Ms. Viharini was born in the US, but has lived and traveled extensively in India. She has learned that traveling smart and functioning in harmony with the local culture is the key to enjoying life in India. She has traveled around India first class, sardine class, and everything in between. Ever eager to know more about India and its people, she has made friends with people belonging to all the major religions, interacting with people belonging to many levels of society. She holds an MS in Vedic Studies.

“Being an Indian myself, I can tell you that this book is an authentic account about India. India is a vast country and it is difficult for even Indians to gain such depth of knowledge about the country as this author has achieved. I have read other accounts about India by Westerners and was always disappointed by the superficial nature of those books and observations. However, this book was a surprise. It was thoroughly enjoyable…a must for anyone to carry and read if they are visiting India even for a brief time. This book is about the real contemporary India and about real Indians. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in India. I commend and thank the author for an unbiased view of my country that I so love.” – Satyanarayana Pamarty, Chennai

Discovering Big and Tall Men s Clothing

In the past there was always a certain amount of social stigma associated with shopping for big and tall men’s clothing. A lot of men tended to avoid these stores because there was a feeling they were viewed in a negative light.

Well, things are different now, fortunately, and that stigma is mostly non-existent. There is more overlap in size categories, what used to be in the ‘regular’ or ‘normal’ category is now in the ‘big and tall’ category. So these days it’s very common to see these sizes in regular stores, also the fashion industry and designers are working more and more in this size category. We’ll share some very helpful dressing tips that will keep you looking sharp in big and tall clothing.

The main thing to keep in mind when choosing big and tall clothing is to avoid horizontal stripes. For very tall, skinny men horizontal stripes can work well, but those people with larger frames might find vertical stripes or even no stripes at all would be better suited. Horizontal stripes create an illusion of making you seem wider than you are. Vertical stripes can lengthen your torso but if you have a bigger belly, they can curve around the sides and give you a look not unlike that of a pregnant woman. Choose solid colors or different patterns for best effects. Solid colored tops are generally the most flattering, regardless of size or of shape.

Prepare for shopping by wearing pants that are loose-fitting and shoes that aren’t a hassle to take on and off. You’ll find it makes everything easier and with less hassle. You know, dealing with all the buttons, snaps, and other things over and over is no fun. So take a hint and wear things you can easily slip on/off. Besides, who wants to spend all day in dressing rooms? You’ll find this helpful when you’re in stores that won’t let you take unlimited items into a dressing room. Also, remember that feet and legs sometimes swell during the day,especially if you are standing for very long periods, so take this size change into account,especially with shoes!

The option of having items tailor made can be ideal for getting the perfect fit and the style you like. This can give you the freedom to create more formal pieces that suit your style and fit you perfectly. Tailor made clothing can actually be cost-effective over the long term as mass-produced clothing for retail stores can sometimes be lower quality. Clothing from retail stores can tend to wear out very quickly, while tailor made clothing will endure for longer, meaning you’re buying clothes less often.

It’s really not terribly hard finding big and tall men’s clothing. And now, big and tall men’s clothing a lot of times is what was once considered a normal size. Stores want business, so they’re maintaining an inventory of vanity size clothes so people will want to go there and shop. So you see – it’s now very easy to find the size you need and want.