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How Jack And Jones Fits You

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As a man, the most important thing about fashion is often just that it feels good and you look good wearing it. There are a lot of ways that you can splash out and show people who you are through what youre wearing, starting with choosing a great brand that you feel defines you. The Jack and Jones brand is one of the most popular mens clothing lines available, and for very good reason. Men feel great when they put on a pair of jeans or a buttoned shirt from this clothing line.

In most cases, all you really need is a good pair of jeans and a t-shirt to get you through the day. Jack and Jones can provide you with some of the best quality jeans out there, and the t-shirts are always comfortable and attractive. Its possible to wear this brand every day after work and get comfortable for weekend activities, too. If you need something to dress your look up a little bit, this fashion house has some great buttoned shirts and slacks that will still leave you feeling comfortable and put together. The sweaters are some of the most masculine available, so you can also easily prepare for the winter months.

Because the Jack and Jones line originated in Denmark, there is a distinct European flavor to every item in the clothing line. While New York puts out some fantastic clothes each season, it is widely accepted that Europe is often on the cutting edge of fashion. This means that you can expect to be seen as fashion-forward when you wear anything from this clothing line, though youll never have to worry that anything you put on is over the top.

The bottom line is that you can trust the Jack and Jones line to make you feel confident while also giving you comfort. Everything is made from the best quality fabrics available, so youll feel soft jeans and sweaters on your skin. Its easy to add anything from the line to your wardrobe, because it will work well with what you already have. Best of all, the classic touches to every garment mean that you can wear them from season to season without feeling as though your clothes are out of style. Seek out this fantastic line of jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, and hoodies to see if they might work for you. Theres a good chance youll love it all.

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Your Sleek Silhouette – The Appeal Of The Girdle

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Retro styling – you must have seen that term before! It is applied to everything from clothing to home furnishings. Retro comes from the Latin meaning ‘backwards’. Here we are discussing retro shapewear.

Much of the following discussion relates to the fifties sleek,chic girdles, but it equally applies to today’s girdles modelled on the original designs.

The war years were years of austerity and women on both sides of the channel dressed for comfort, to help the war effort. Women, eager to attract partners at the end of the war, so fashions reflected this desire. Couture house Christian Dior came up with styling needing a sleek, chic silhouettes. Now girdles, corsets or corselets became essential. Suddenly all women wore girdles, and not just women either – all the shapewear manufacturers targeted not just women but teens as well. A variety of girdles for the young adult were produced. Probably the teen girdle that gained the maximum coverage, in more than one sense, was the panty girdle – a tight-fitting cross between a girdle that held the tummy in and one that protected the wearer from advances, whether unwelcome of otherwise!

The girdle had several functions – to give that sleek chic silhouette to the wearer and to hold up the nylon stockings. Girdles generally had a minimum of two pairs of garter clips. There are two at the front and two garter clips, usually slightly offset from the rear. The garters are offset so that when the girdle wearer sits down they do not have to sit directly on the clips! The open bottom girdles usually have the garter clips on elastic straps, which is useful in keeping the nylon stockings taught as the wearer moves about, sitting and standing. The nylon stockings from the fifties did not have spandex or lycra and were non-stretch; without the elastic of the garter strap the stocking would ‘bag’ as the wearer stood up.

The panty girdle, and particularly the long-leg panty girdle often has the garter tab attached directly to the girdle itself. The long-leg panty girdle legs usually completely overlap and cover the stocking-welt, losing the gap of bare thigh above the stocking top. Men usually find the flash of bare thigh and garter strap exciting; however, a long leg panty girdle, although practical, hides all this and has consequently been described (along with pantyhose) as a “passion killer”.

Girdle materials Modern and retro girdles usually feature spandex or Lycra for elasticity, but the original girdles dating from around the 1930s usually used rubber to give stretch. The introduction of rubber was a major step in corsetry – the ultra-rigid corset had suddenly become more flexible. In parallel with its introduction the terms associated with such items of clothing also metamorphosed: from the original corset, the term roll-on came into vogue, particularly in the USA, then came the step-in and the corselette, often known as the ‘all in one’.

Actually Playtex did briefly market a solid rubber girdle molded from pure latex (with airholes so the body could ‘breather’) – these have become quite the collectors item these days, partly because of rarity value. Pure latex deteriorates over time and the garment then perishes, so few remain in good condition. It is interesting to know whether the common latex allergy affected wearers, but whatever the reason, these girdles are no longer manufactured by Playtex.

Retro shapewear share the same objective as vintage shapewear did, namely to sculpt the shape of the body. Elasticity can help to hold and control figures but for more rigid control a variety of ‘bones’ have been used over the years. The original whalebone corset did actually use whale baleen – which are the cartilage-like “teeth” which whales use to filter plankton. Each baleen is enormous, around ten inches wide and ten to twelve feet long. It proved an ideal material for corset makers because it consisted of parallel fibres that could be relatively easily split into thin strips; these strips could be shaped by heating them over steam and when they cooled they held their shape. As whales decreased supply became critical. Fortunately other alternatives proved suitable – artificial plastics such as celluloid, and at one point even coiled metal springs!

Historic background to the corset The forerunner of the girdle was the corset, and that had its origins further back still in ladies stays. Indeed there is archaelogical evidence going back to 3000BC showing women with waists cinched in tightly by a garment that appears ribbed. It was around the fourteenth century that women started wearing a stiffened linen undergarment garment, laced in at the front or back, and by the fifteenth century these ‘stays’ were relatively common; the probable derivation of the English corset from bodice (‘bodies’) to the French translation of this ‘corps’ which transmuted back to corset. The original corsets were made by stitching together two layers of linen with a paste in the middle of the ‘sandwich’ to provide stiffening. By the 16th century corset makers had turned to using whalebone (actually more correctly called baleen) to offer the stiffening. This provided more rigidity than the earlier paste corsets.

By 1940, in both America and Europe, the corset had given way to the girdle, worn in conjunction with a bra.

After the fifties came the swinging sixties, when women were exhorted to burn their bras and stop wearing such restrictive underwear. But as with all fashion, girdle wearing has now gone full circle. Burlesque artists have made the ‘art of tease’ in which girdles, basques and corsets are on show, into popular entertainment. Now burlesque model Dita von Teese has even designed, modelled and marketed a beautiful selection of fifties inspired girdles and bras. Suddenly fifties is in vogue.

The burlesque art form is now burgeoning and the esteemed Royal Festival Hall held the worlds largest burlesque lesson in January 2009, evidencing how mainstream this art has become. Original fifties girdles, corsets and basques are found in specialist online lingerie boutiques or vintage stores, but to satisfy the demand all sorts of outlets have now sprung up to satisfy the demands of burlesque. These shops and online stores invariably turn to the forties and fifties for styling inspiration for their retro shapewear – and the biggest item that seems to be in demand is the corset. Fashion really has returned to its roots.

Streetwear – A Short Education In Fashion

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Over the years, streetwear has become a global phenomenon
that has consistently seen growth in new markets worldwide. From streetwear United
States brands to up and coming UK
labels, streetwear has risen to iconic status.

While since the early 80s’ it has been the United States that has been at the
forefront of all streetwear fashion; many other countries have attempted to join
the urban clothing ranks.

In 1993 Japanese streetwear brand, A Bathing
Ape was formed and instantly grew a huge following from the U.S. hip hop clothing crowds. While
its own designs were enough to inspire millions it gained the most respect from
utilizing popular designs from SpongeBob Squarepants, Marvel comics characters,
Nintendo, DC Comics, and Hello Kitty a collaborations from popular artists like
UNKLE, Devisu, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, KAWS and Gary Panter.

However, as of late Europe
has emerged as the streetwear clothing powerhouse and the place where the top
brands are being produced. Originally formed in 1889, Carhartt clothing was
produced as a U.S.
based workwear brand. However; in 2006 Carhartt EMEA was introduced and saw a
large focus on marketing to the urban clothing community in Europe
instead of the normal blue collar crowd. As well, brands like DMC clothing,
1210 apparel, King Apparel, and Aerosoul clothing have seen the UK
streetwear scene grow to heights that the country has never seen.

While many streetwear blogs try, their best to
educate you on whatever they feel is the best clothing line at the time, many of
the best streetwear offers are only available at a streetwear shop online so
it is always worth it to shop around.

So if you are looking to find quality urban clothing be sure to look around there are thousands of very
good brands all over the world , there is sure to be one to fit your
personality right?

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Online Fashion Boutiques Keep Pace With Elegant Clothing

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Most people that follow fashion know that the United States is six months behind on the styles that are hitting Europe. Appearances of elegant clothing that have been proven on the streets of London, Paris and Rome often find their way to the shops of New York after they have been widely accepted abroad. For Los Angeles residents another three month delay in the trends that appear on the pages of fashion magazines sets the New York styles even further back.

But the Internet is changing how women shop by allowing them to keep pace with the latest runway designs that are being made popular outside the US. By searching for a European fashion boutique online, shoppers that are concerned about looking their best in every situation can find the current styles that are making a splash in Europe long before the fashions hit the stores in New York or LA.

As many styles that come across the ocean are both functional and fashionable an online fashion boutique that offers clothing styles from another continent are trending with style conscious individuals long before the America retailers decide to stock the latest clothing in their stores. In some instances the form and function of elegant clothing never makes it to America, which is a shame as the styles set on the runways of Milan and Paris provide luxurious materials and textures that many people would wear if they knew the same clothing was available to them locally.

Although there are some people that have resigned them self to the same combination of jeans and tee shirts there are others that continue to dress for their career and for them self. Choosing to wear the finery of fashion forward designs that are found throughout Europe some shoppers are leaving the department stores in search of an online European fashion boutique that can augment their wardrobe with the styles that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Through the Internet the influence of designers and trends that are the height of fashion abroad can become an essential part of the elegant clothing that is worn be women who focus on the details of fashion. Shopping in an online fashion boutique that takes the best of what Europe has to offer and making it available to people throughout the US, the smaller collections of clothing are making a big impact on the outfits that women are wearing to work or being comfortably casual in.

With the Internet delivering the world to the doorstep of anyone that is interested in looking their best, women are finding that they can dress on the cutting edge of design without waiting for the popular styles to slowly make their way across the sea.

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