Tips For Dressing Fashionably With A Skirt

Many women enjoy wearing skirts, since they tend to be pretty and feminine; however, the wrong skirt can actually look dowdy. No doubt you want to show off your feminine side, but you want to do it in a fashionable way. The following are some great tips that will help you dress fashionably with a skirt. Follow these skirt fashion tips and you will get a great look every time you wear a skirt.

Tip #1 – A-line Skirts Flatter All – No matter what your shape or size, a-line skirts are a great choice for a flattering look. They come in a variety of different colors, and can be worn casually or for more dressy occasions as well. Pair it with a cotton tee for a more casual look, or a chic short jacket to dress it up a bit.

Tip #2 – Nix Knee Length Skirts – Another important tip for looking both beautiful and fashionable while wearing a skirt is to avoid wearing a skirt that is knee length. The only way you can get away with this look is if you are very thin. For a better look, try wearing a skirt that is just above the knee or a few inches below the knee. Wearing a skirt that ends just above the knee will lengthen your legs.

Tip #3 – Add a Wide Belt – While small, slim belts may not look great unless you have a super thin waist, wide belts are a great choice with skirts. Wide belts are the rage right now, and they look great with almost any skirt. Use the belt to add more color to your outfit, and be sure that you do not wear it too tightly.

Tip #4 – Make Sure Long Skirts Have Slits – If you want to wear a longer skirt, you need to make sure that it has a slit in the front, back, or side of the skirt. First of all, this is practical, since the slit will help you walk easier. Slits also help to elongate your legs, giving you a taller, leaner appearance. These types of skirts look great with romantic tops and even plain cotton tees as well.

Tip #5 – Pick the Right Shoes – If you want to look fashionable when you are wearing a skirt, one think you need to do is pick out the right shoes. You can totally kill a great skirt look if you wear the wrong shoes. The longer the skirt is, the higher your heels should be. Wearing flats with a long skirt can make you look dumpy.

Keep these simple tips in mind when you are choosing your skirts and what to wear with them. When you wear them the right way, skirts are feminine, beautiful and fashionable choices for almost any occasion.

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How to Dress Fashionably When Pregnant

You can carry through your pregnancy and remain sharp because there are fashion designers who today specialize in making pregnant women smart and appealing. All you need to do is take a walk and visit designer stores that specialize in pregnancy fashion and you will realize how much the fashion world has to offer for pregnant women. Whether you are looking for particular designer brands of styles, you are simple lost for choice.

The first trimester of pregnancy may not offer too many challenges as far as fashion is concerned because for most of it you could actually make good use of your previous wardrobe before you begin bulging all over the abdomen. Apparently you can still wear your favorite jeans and shirts although you may want to go for those that are little loser as time progresses. Maximize the first trimester by being in your best clothes because some of them may not fit you for along time to come after the arrival of your bundle of joy.

The good thing about pregnancy is that it comes in stages that may be almost predictable because the simple rule of the thumb is that your belly grows just as your baby is growing. You can therefore organize your wardrobe systematically by buying those trendy maternity dresses for each and every stage of your bulge. You will also realize that there are materials that may not be too elastic and cannot be worn at certain stages.

If you are a fashionista you can actually maintain much of your style throughout the pregnancy and when you add a little creativity here and there, you have no business looking like something under construction. Your clothes and accessories can be comfortable and well fitting at every stage of your pregnancy and if you are careful it may be only a few trends that will pass you by during the 9 months of your pregnancy.

Check also for nice fitting maternity bras and other fashion accessories including shoes that have been designed with people like you in mind.

With a little creativity you can actually dress fashionably as you wait for you baby to arrive. Even though this may require you look at your whole wardrobe from your shoes, dress, accessories as well as hair styles and make up. When you look at the bigger picture the little effort you will go through is worth it because you want to remain the same person you were and since pregnancy is only temporary it is only good that you stay true to yourself through the 9 months that you sacrifice to carry a baby in your womb.

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Update – 2011 Wedding Dress Fashion Trends

I recently published an article on the top Wedding Dress Trends for this season. Just as fashion is constantly evolving, wedding dress designers are also keeping pace with the industry by creating stunning gowns that will appeal to today’s modern bride. Since that time I found a video that presented by The Knot that modifies the styles that I previously reported on.

The video features the top 10 wedding dress fashion trends for 2011. Notable salon owners such as Mark Ingram of Bridal Atelier and Mara Urshel of Kleinfeld’s weigh in on today’s most popular styles. As Mark describes it “…the gowns are intricately designed and crafted beautifully, even the simple ones…you have to respect that and admire what the designers do.” Here is a summary of the top styles we are sure to see Brides wearing everywhere this year:

10. Cascades of Ruffles – layers and tiers of soft fabrics and pleating create modern, romantic gowns.

9. Tea Length Dresses – these dresses are all about high style and are longer in length this year.

8. Gold Color – a regal color that will flatter many shades of skin. Choose a pale Gold for lighter skin tones and go bold with a deep shade for the darkest skin tones. Although Gold generally conjurs up thoughts of nobility, it is not necessary to have a formal wedding to wear a gown in this lovely color.

7. Black Trim – this dramatic color is being used in fresh ways as an accent on gowns. Some designers are layering lace over a portion of the Black sash/trim to add a bit of drama and soften this intense color.

6. Vintage Beading – chunky beading creates a luxurious and extravagant quality and feel to gowns. The beading tends to be clustered together to create a very dramatic effect.

5. Shimmer – these gowns glow and sparkle without a lot of heavy beading. They can be worn day to night in all types of settings and lighting.

4. Sheer Necklines – think “illusion” with a new way to do strapless. This style is especially great for Brides who can’t picture themselves wearing a strapless gown.

3. Corset Bodices – the corset style has always epitomized the ultimate in sexiness. The boning is visible in this year’s designs giving a fresh feel to this dramatic style.

2. Frothy Skirts – these gowns have hit ther peak in popularity this year. The Bride will appear as though she is floating down the aile in styles that are light, airy and comfortable to wear for hours on end.

1. Nude Color – this soft hue is considered the “new” white. Not too bold in color, the varying shades are glamorous, sexy and romantic.

While seasoned designers such as Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier continue to stunning wedding dresses, there also a group of very talented designers with a fresh view on fashion that are emerging as leaders in the industry. Their creativity and execution of design is reflected in their gowns with bolder choices that, up till now, were not available to Brides. Recognizing that today’s women are smart, well-educated and have a unique sense of style, the industry is rising up to meet their desires for beautiful and affordable wedding dresses.

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Mini Dress Fashion Statement Takes Front and Centre

If it’s spring then it must be mini dress season, and 2009 is no exception to this rule. Regardless of how warm, cold, rainy, or sunny the weather might be, celebrities and stars are embracing the newest mini dress looks both on the red carpet and in everyday life.

The recent Costume Institute Gala held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was a dress lover’s paradise, with tons of the world’s best known stars showing up in a huge array of mini dress fashions. From the simple classics to the ultra modern, there was no shortage (no pun intended) of “above the knee” dresses populating the red carpet arrivals.

Actress Anne Hathaway harkened back to the 1960?s with her combination of retro hair and a mini dress of lush purple taffeta. The skirt was balloon-like rather than straight, a fashion statement that few people could have pulled off so successfully. Although the dress was certainly not the kind to suit everyone’s taste, Hathaway looked lovely anyway.

On the other end of the spectrum was Madonna. The so-called “material girl” wore a dress that quite frankly looked like a shrunken pair of pantaloons left over from the Elizabethan age. The colour was not quite turquoise but not quite green, instead falling somewhere in between in a shade best described by the word “blah”. All in all the outfit just didn’t work on any level, but there is a bright side: Madonna’s fashion disaster offers a great lesson to others who want to participate in the mini dress trend without making major fashion mistakes.

If you want to wear a mini dress then you absolutely should “go for it”, as long as you have a good sense of what works and what doesn’t work on your own body. Unless you have a huge amount of confidence and a picture-perfect figure it’s best to stay away from the modern/strange looks and instead opt for the modern/classic looks. Choose a mini dress that’s about mid-thigh in length or slightly shorter, but never so short that your bum hangs out the back or you can’t sit comfortably and modestly. If you?re looking for a splash of colour consider a mini dress with a fun and trendy print to it, like polka dots (big or small), distinctive floral, or an all over bold colour like red, royal blue, emerald green, or the like.

Of course, most of us simply want a mini dress that’s comfortable, stylish, and practical for everyday living, so don’t be afraid to shop around for more casual mini dress styles. Jersey knits, cottons, linens, and rayon are all great fabric choices when you’re looking for a mini dress to wear at work, while shopping, or just for casual comfort and style.

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Dress Fashionably in the Jungle – What TO Wear on Your Mexican Jungle Tour – Part Two

Any day trip you make in the Yucatan, Mexico, home of the ancient Mayan, whether it be tripping around Chichen Itza, hiking through the Tulum jungle or ATVing along ancient Mayan sacbe’s, it is cool to be fashionable and not packing the kitchen sink.

Being a local in the jungles and beaches of the ancient Mayan world all my life and knowing a lot of adventure guides I have written a fashion article on dressing fashionably in the jungle! This is PART TWO and is called “How To Prepare and What TO Wear”.

My name is Landis Grace and welcome to the jungles and adventures of the ancient Mayans.

PART TWO:

So, from PART ONE you now have a nice beachbag or backpack that matches your swimsuit and it is fairly light and easily portable and it has everything you will need for your day trip. Now we can talk about your clothing and towel options.

The following rule is very important to keep in mind to fully enjoy any tour you take -

A day trip is not to be spent lining up in washrooms or dressing room getting changed and unchanged into your swimsuit. It is also a time to not be lugging around huge wet beach towels or convincing your boyfriend to carry yours either.

The following is a list of points to heed. There are some variations, but basically it is the same theme.

1) DO wear your swimsuit underneath your clothing. If you feel better wearing a one piece bathing suit, then I recommend to find a bathing suit that looks like it is a one piece, but it actually two pieces. That way if you have to go to the bathroom it won’t be so difficult and secondly, you will have the option of leaving top on/bottoms off or vice versa if you get wet or hot.

Note though, if you have a personal hygiene issue with wearing your swimsuit, here is the trick – wear a small minipad in your swimsuit and just before you go swimming, remove it and put it in some toilet paper and a baggie for your beachbag until you get it to a garbage.

2) DO bring a pair of underwear with a matching bra (preferably without underwire because of the bulk), that is sexy and has colors that match your whole outfit in case you don’t dry completely before getting on the bus. Put them in a larger ziploc bag and use the bag for the wet swimsuit if you decide to want to get changed after all. And – if you want to be really prepared for anything – make that bra and underwear a second swimsuit!

3) DO wear a comfortable blouse or dress on top of the swimsuit. My favorite is a throw-over dress because it is so easy to wear. You can buy one in Mexico – they are everywhere. They come in different styles and colors and are relatively inexpensive. Pick one that matches your swimsuit, beachbag and sandals. Obviously don’t get a super long one – not good for climbing ruins and jungle walking. If anyone sees underneath, you will have your swimsuit on, or you can wear some fitness pants, see below.

4) DO wear shorts and a button up shirt if you don’t want to wear a dress. Make sure they are light, and won’t stick to your body when you get damp from walking or leftover swimming. I recommend the button up for two reasons – you won’t get all tangled lifting it over your head and also, it gives you another option for ventilation if it gets hot – you can unbutton it and leave it open, because you have your swimsuit underneath!

I also recommend light shorts. Fitness pants can be good for two reasons – there is no bulky zipper and they dry really fast if they get wet. They cover the top of your leg, so you won’t have to worry about too much showing when you are climbing in and out on the swim ladders at the cenotes. If you are going ziplining, having shorts on by themselves or under the dress is a must, because your dress will be flying! Also fitness shorts don’t have pockets so you won’t be tempted to use them. That way all your important possessions will be safe in your beach bag and not at the bottom of the cenote under your zipline experience. Best to have everything in your beach bag.

5) DO add a pareo. Saris, sarongs, wraps and pareos are all the same thing, but here in Mexico they are called pareos. The pareo will be your towel. They are fairly inexpensive, very light, very absorbant and very versatile. They also make EXCELLENT souvenirs for your friends back home, too, so buy a few more later before you go! Pareos come in so many colors you will be sure to find one to match your swimsuit. Or, if you are reading this in the planning stage, you can find a nice light fabric about four feet long by three feet wide in your local fabric store that rocks and all you have to do is sew a hem on the open ends and you have a pareo. The pareo is so cool because you can use it for all kinds of things before you use it to dry off after swimming – you can drape it around your neck to look cool and also absorb any perspiration you have or sometimes if the sun is hot at Chichen Itza or the Tulum Ruins you can drape the pareo over your head and hold the two corners up, so you have instant shade! If you are getting sun burned, you can wear it like a head scarf to cover your face and shoulders and it is so light, you won’t be like a furnace underneath!

If your dress needs a belt, voila, use your pareo!

If you need longer handles for your beach bag, use your pareo!

If you go out on an ATV and its dusty and you want to cover your mouth, use your pareo!

If you rent bikes in Coba Ruins and you need a bungie cord to tie your stuff in the basket, use your pareo!

If you buy a huge souvenir and it doesn’t fit in your beach bag, make a sling and carry it in your pareo!

You can see what I mean about pareos, right?

If you want to be a super star and travel super light, you can even use your pareo as your dress – they are large enough and there are lots of videos on YouTube demonstrating how to tie them on.

6) DO wear a hat! Like I mentioned a lot of the ruins are in the sun with very little shade, so you will want to have shade on your face for a good part of the time. Wear a medium color hat because you will be sweating and you don’t want one of those unsightly sweat lines for all to see when you take the hat off for swimming. Also – this is a good rule – don’t buy a hat that says something Spanish on it unless you TOTALLY know what it says! I speak Spanish and I am really surprised at what some hats say! Get the kind of hat that has the velcro hasp at the back, because if you decide to get some sun tan you don’t want it squished in your beach bag – just velcro it on one of the handles and carry it around. You might even want to have a safety pin to pin it there just in case.

7) DO wear sunglasses. I recommend the type that have the saddle holding them on your nose instead of two separate nose pads. You are going to be taking your sunglasses on and off all day; for being in and taking photos, for swimming, for being inside dark caves – and those sunglasses with nose pads always get caught in your hair when you have them on your head. I highly recommend getting one of those cool croakies neck cords to wear around your neck, too.

If you follow these rules you will be the most efficient jungle teen on your trip – fashionable and traveling light but totally prepared for everything.

In PART ONE your stylish backback or backpack contains your camera, phone, plastic bag as wallet, plastic bag with a small amount of sunscreen, water bottle, compact mirror, tissue, lipstick, mascara, maybe a hairbrush, elastics and – for the first half of the trip anyways – apples, oranges and cookies.

In PART TWO we added your stylish undies and matching bra or a second two piece swimsuit in a larger plastic bag and a safety pin. You will want to add a small non-transparent baggie to put your mini-pad in until you can throw it out. Your bag is still pretty light and you are not packing the kitchen sink. You will have time to enjoy the trip thoroughly and know you look stylish and like you have it goin’ on.

You are matching and stylish from top to bottom, from hat to sandals.

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Aspects Of Fashion Industry – Choose Your Fashion Merchandising Colleges

Fashion industry attracts many young people nowadays not only because it is a rather new profession, but also it is supposed to realize person’s likes in the field of fashion. Besides, it is quite a high-paid profession today. When a young person decides to connect his or her activity with the fashion industry nothing comes to mind except one its aspect – fashion design. Probably, few people actually know that it’s a separate field of fashion industry. In fact, there is a great number of other professions and specialties in fashion including designing clothing, fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion merchandising, etc. The latter doesn’t get worthy attention, but it is very important. Due to merchandising we have fashionable clothes in the shops and stores.

How can one know whether fashion merchandising is the field for him to start work at? Look through the following traits of a potential fashion merchandiser and if at least one point coincides with your way of life, you have all chances to make the career in the field. Do you like to spend your weekend walking through flea markets for the latest retro fashions? Or maybe your friends want to borrow your fashionable shoes and your defiant accessories? If so, maybe you should take a walk down the fashion runway. Being a student in merchandising, you will get an opportunity to learn more about fabrics and textiles. You are also going to study the cultures and subcultures that shape the way people dress.

No doubt, in order to become a professional merchandiser, a great desire and talent for this specialty is not enough. If a person wants to get into this career and have success in it one needs to get the right education and training at first. A fashion merchandising college will be of great help for you. Once you study at a fashion merchandising college you will get an opportunity to learn all the ins and outs of the fashion industry because there one can get a practical experience and build a strong foundation necessary for further working in this field.

A student has the right to choose whether to obtain a two-year Associate in Art degree or a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in the field of fashion. It depends on the kind of a fashion merchandising college you are going to visit. Besides, you are also welcome to unite this education with classes or even a major or minor in a related specialty, for instance, fashion design or fashion marketing. Students in a fashion merchandising college learn how to manufacture, buy, promote, and sell fashion items, beginning from clothing and jewelry to cosmetics and furniture. They also learn about textiles (fabrics and the fibers used to make them).

One should choose his or her future merchandising college very thoroughly. Depending upon the fashion merchandising college you are going to attend a sort of the necessary courses in your degree course will greatly vary. The most preferable courses include subjects like accounting principles, business law, salesmanship, fashion sketching, merchandising math, merchandising, publicity and promotions, fashion development, trend-spotting, and the history of fashion. You are certain to like those subjects, besides, they will give you the fundamental knowledge of the fashion industry.

Studying at a fashion merchandising college is not like studying at any other educational establishment. Many core courses in fashion merchandising are hands-on and involve a great amount of project work. Professors tend to rely more on their life experiences than on textbooks. If you are going to become a student expect to take a lot of field trips and listen to many guest speakers. You may visit a fashion magazine or large clothing company. You might even swing by a fashion show or two.

Having the profession of a fashion merchandiser is very interesting. It involves much communication with other people. When a person gets the job of a fashion merchandiser he or she is going to spend all days long visiting various fashion shows, buying clothing and designs, speaking with designers, overseeing advertising and marketing campaigns necessary for successful selling of your products, and managing the stores within your business network. You are also expected to find yourself negotiating business agreements with manufacturers and suppliers. Besides, you are going to arrange your own store displays. The scope of your activity depends on the size of the business you have as well as on the level of practical work expected of you.

Beginning the fashion merchandising career you should always improve your skills and knowledge of fashion tendencies in the world, and the most important thing you will have to do is to perfect your ability of picking out the next big thing in fashion before anyone else does. This will guarantee your success. This ability carries the foundation of your new knowledge of past fashions and trends. It includes everything you will obtain by attending a fashion merchandising college, but further you should develop this trend adding your own good taste in clothing.

Summing up, it would be necessary to say that the career of a fashion merchandiser cooperates with many different fields of the fashion industry. That’s why if you are searching for a more interesting kind of activity, something that’s more than just designing clothes or visiting fashion shows, fashion merchandising may be your piece of cake. But be very attentive while choosing an appropriate fashion merchandising college, try to use your wisdom in this uneasy task, because it may define your future profession and even you life. You should do your research before entering the fashion merchandising college, and beforehand check whether the school or program you are going to attend is properly accredited.

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How to Become a Successful Fashion Designer

If you are like me you live and breathe fashion. You are constantly inspired with so many new designs racing through your mind, so many you can’t seem to get them all down quick enough at the pace they arrive. You constantly dream of the day your fashions will be on the fashion runway with the lights beaming brightly overhead, the cameras flashing everywhere and the audience being completely mesmerized by your incredible designs. You can’t stop thinking of the day you will open a magazine or watch the Oscars and see a famous celebrity in one of your breathtaking designs. Your book shelf is stocked with fashion books and magazines, and you absolutely can’t resist visiting textile stores to view all the latest fabrics, decorative beads, rhinestones and trims.

It’s this ever present dream of being a successful fashion designer that has you work day and night on your designs in most cases for many years without pay and working a job to pay the pills which is brutal torture, when all you can think about is living and working in fashion.

Famous fashion designers come from all walks of life there is no one system to follow that will have you become the next famous fashion designer. Some have graduated from elite fashion schools and some have never attended fashion school. Some have undertaken a fashion internship with a fashion house and others have made their own designs in their basement. The only elements all these fashion designers have in common is they had an intense passion for fashion, were able to design fashions highly sought after and connected with someone who gave them the opportunity to break into the fashion industry. It is essential in becoming a successful fashion designer you get you and your designs out there as much as possible, as how will anyone know about your fashions if they can’t see them?

In getting your fashions out there here are a few things you can do:

1. We are not usually good at everything some of us are great at designing clothes but lack the sewing and pattern making skills. It is here you can partner with someone who shares your passion for fashion and has the skills you lack. It is in the bringing together of different skills you can create a real product that can be showcased.
2. In having a fashion line of 14 outfits you can apply to your local fashion week. In the USA: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all have fashion weeks. These fashion weeks attract many editors, journalists and local socialites who will see your fashions and potentially give you the exposure you need to get known.
3. Many city night clubs hold fashion shows, find out what night clubs hold fashion shows and contact them as to how you can be apart of an up and coming show.

4. Locate fashion boutiques that cater to the fashions you design, first make a trip to the stores to look around, if you can see your clothes fitting in well with the store, find out who the owner is and ask if they would be willing to have some of your fashions offered for sale in their store. You will be amazed at how many store owners are willing to work with you. I walked around San Francisco in the Nob Hill district and had my fashions placed after visiting and discussing my product with four boutiques. In having your fashions displayed you will receive valuable insights as to whether or not your designs are in demand and if you need to change your designs to increase sales. It will also give you free exposure to the public. When your fashions do sell you can present this to investors who are more than willing to invest in your line, when you prove the existence of a strong demand for your fashions.

If you are struggling to create your fashions due to the lack of capital, connections or all the skills required, you can visit: [http://www.cluehut.com] where it’s free to create a profile stating what you need and who you are hoping to connect with in achieving your fashion dream. You can also browse and connect with others who like you have created a profile offering opportunities where together you can become a great success in the fashion business.

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The Five Best Places to Look to Keep Up With Trending Fashion

1. Celebrate fashion weeks

Besides the four fashion capitals of the world namely; Paris, Milan, London, and New York, I’m sure there is a local version of fashion week in your place where you can get a huge amount of fashion style inspirations. Quickly check online for the scheduled date of this tremendously exciting affair for fashion aficionados and take a pick among which style inspirations you would get from the various collections of different fashion designers flaunting their work on the runway.

2. Be a mall rat

If fashion weeks seem to be far-fetched, you can always go to your dependable local mall. Malls usually have shops that sell the trends. Which top sells the hottest or which clothing brands are worn by celebrities and models alike. Clothing brands usually get famous celebrities to be fashion style inspirations and you’ll surely find out how you can keep up with the latest fashion trends & tips.

3. Love media!

Print, television, and film are powerful sources of great style inspirations you can check. Posh magazines are still on the list of references where you can see what’s hot and what’s not. Magazines are also beneficial because you can just cut-out your favourite outfit, post it on your wall and explore your closet to have the same look! Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vogue are just some of the many fashion magazines you can rely on. Fashion style inspirations are also found on TV and film where you can just see what style celebrities are wearing.

4. Embrace the online fashion frenzy

You will definitely agree when I say that technology has made everything conveniently operated by the touch of a finger. All you have to do is research, browse, and pin pictures of your fashion style inspirations so you can have them on-standby when you need a glance of the latest fashion trends & tips. You can also subscribe to fashion websites to get a daily dose of fashion freshness or follow fashion designers and posh clothing brands on social media.

5. Go out and scout

Call up your friends and hit the bar, a concert, or a party and play observe. The best fashion style inspirations are sometimes the random people you see around. Chances are if it’s trendy enough, then 90% of the people are wearing it. Spot the fashionistas with your friends and don’t forget to take down notes on the latest fashion trends & tips.

Fashion is always fun but ever-changing so if you are one of those who adore being hip all the time, it’s vital that you know the different fashion style inspirations and latest fashion trends & tips to always be in the loop. Don’t forget to throw in some of your personal style and be the next fashion statement!

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Escalating Fashion and Retail Scene Opens Doors for Job Creation

South Africa is receiving Global recognition from a fashion design perspective, with a fresh new take on garments and the words “Afro-chic fashion” flying around, designers are achieving global recognition within the Fashion industry and in doing so are finding themselves in a position to outsource work to textile workers within South Africa. Where there is a boost in trade, there will be a boost in jobs bringing together designers, retailers and manufacturers in South Africa while boosting the availability of positions within this exciting industry.

Fashion Jobs on SA Job Portals:

A search across major South African Job Portals brought up 1,068 jobs for the keyword “Fashion”. While this seems to be a growing industry, the number of jobs in comparison to other sectors is still low.

CEO of one of South Africa’s leading Jobs portals mentions that while the fashion industry is still amongst one of our smallest job categories, we are noticing a considerable increase in the number of jobs being posted for candidates. Our database currently has just shy of 3,000 active job seekers registered specifically within the Fashion industry and who are currently looking for jobs in this industry specifically. That is double the amount of candidates than there are jobs available at present.

The average salaries for the jobs available for junior positions in Fashion range from Entry/Junior level R45 000 – R11 000, for Mid the range is R12 000 – R25 000and Senior R26 000 – R45 000 and Executive Level R46 000 +. These figures indicate that the Fashion industry is in line with most salary offerings.

A Leading Fashion Recruitment specialist says that the fashion industry has seen phenomenal growth in certain sectors mainly retail as many new international brands are being launched into South Africa; this has provided an increase in job opportunities within the retail sector. We have noticed in 2012 that there has been significant increase in people looking for new careers we believe this is due to the many companies in the industry halting salary increases during the recession as the industry is now starting to recover candidates are now looking for better prospects in terms of career advancement as well better financial remuneration”.

Head of Recruitment for leading brands says that candidates always have to have a minimum requirement: Diploma or Degree in the fashion Industry. Two of the best T degree’s obtained to enter into the market are from Pretoria University called a BSC Clothing or a BA Degree from LISOF”.

Leading South African Job portal went a little deeper into identifying how candidates are searching on the web, using the search terms “Jobs in Retail” and “Jobs in Fashion”

“Jobs in Fashion”

South Africa is ranks 2nd most popular after Pakistan for this search term, followed by India and then the UK.
Receives an average of 3,600 searches for this term per month (less than 1% of global searches for the same term)
Jobs.co.za is ranked amongst the top 3, Google recommends placement targeting for advertisers for most relevant reach in South Africa, together with mobile apps such as Style Studio and other niche sites like Fashion.net.
The search term started to feature in September 2007 on Google Searches in South Africa, peaking in January 2009 & 2010.
The most searches are done from Pretoria, then Cape Town and then Johannesburg, while other cities did not feature due to insignificant search volume from those regions.

“Jobs in Retail”

The search term “Jobs in Retail” is more popular in South African than “Jobs in Fashion”
South Africa is ranks 4th most popular after Pakistan for this search term after the UK, India and Ireland.
Receives an average of 5,400 searches for this term per month (1,20% of global searches for the same term)
Started to feature in July 2007 on Google Searches in South Africa, peaking in August 2009 & 2010, and again in January 2012.
The most searches are done from Durban, followed by Cape Town, then Pretoria and Johannesburg. Other cities do not feature due to insignificant search volume from those regions.

Tips for Recruiters creating job content for the Fashion & Retail industries

For Recruiters creating and advertising job content for the Fashion and Retail industries online, the relevant keywords (based on search volume) that they should place in their advertising copy this includes titles, headings and meta data to trigger searches- to attract relevant job seekers, or when searching CV databases to find relevant candidates include: Jobs in Retail, Jobs in Fashion, jobs fashion, fashion careers.

Tips for Job Seekers

Include all relevant keywords (job in retail, job in fashion, fashion career)
When searching for jobs on the major job sites, remember to use all phrases like jobs in fashion, jobs fashion, fashion careers
Ensure that you have optimised your profile and CV for search terms that fall within the Fashion or Retail industries

Currently the textile and clothing industry employs 200 000 people, with annual sales of R20bn. Accounting for 15% of the nation’s formal employment, it is identified by the government as a key sector for economic growth. With the cultural diversity the South African nation possesses, there is no reason why the Fashion and Retail industries cannot play a bigger role in contributing towards sustainable economic growth for South Africa.

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Lifestyle And Fashion During The Sydney Fashion Week

Sydney Fashion Lifestyle is being pushed by the Sydney Fashion Week designers through their endless creative designs and remarkable fashion tips that almost all Australians love to idolize. Little black dresses have become one of their feature designs. These designs are something, maybe because it shows elegant and classiness, that people still dwell in it. Old style and old creations cannot, also, be disregarded. Those ancient styles have become the inspiration of the fashion trends these days.

The Sydney Fashion Week seems to focus in architecturally and geometrically contoured designs. The clothes, dresses, and other fashion related accessories like stilettos etcetera were shown dramatically and way stylish compared to any other Fashion Week. Sydney Fashion Week has also caught everyone’s attention due to the spunk that they have put in the styles of their fashion. In addition, the hairstyles that they have used in their fashion were inspired by the punk and tall rock and roll hairs of the ’80s.

Now with all the glamour and style, the big intriguing question is, does the creativity and the originality of fashion moving forward or backward? I do believe that a fashion week should be the time to celebrate an all new brilliant creation and showcase new ideas that can be used as one of the fashion tips in the next few years. However, as what I have observed, what happens is that they are proclaiming something that is already there. With the world putting their eyes on Lady Gaga and her experimental metallic wardrobe, fashion designers began making clothes and accessories that are accentuated with such design and presented it as one of the latest trends of the year. If this event keeps on happening, there is a greater chance that fashion will start to find its integrity falling behind. I say keep the fashion creations original and creative!

The reinvention of the classic little black dresses is fantastic. Classic designs have actually established it but this kind of situation just implies that the creativity of designers is losing its touch and it is a little bit saddening that although we have to thank the past fashion designs for today’s clothes, designers should still explore on new creations and the fashion lifestyle should try its best to make everyone see that they have the power to change this cycle from happening.

I am pretty sure everyone is still looking for and waiting for someone who would design something extraordinary and will not conform to the traditional designs and would become a front – liner in setting a new fad for fashion. Don’t get me wrong – I love fashion. But it seems to me that fashion nowadays lack some sort of excitement with their designs.

So what I am looking forward to the next Sydney Fashion Week is that designers would actually make something that will not only make a statement in the fashion industry but also something that will set a new fashion lifestyle for everybody. It should be something that could make people express themselves because the clothes we are wearing defines who we are.

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