This week's fashion dilemma will ring a bell for many of you attending any sort of function this summer - just what does casual dress mean? I received this query from one of our readers, alantheirishman.
My girlfriend's work is having a Summer party down by the Thames in
early July. Invite says 'casual' but how casual should I make it? My
definition of casual is jeans, flipflops and a button down shirt.
Day 6 - The final day of Fashion Week is reserved for the boys. As with women's fashion this year many menswear designers made great use of a wide range of colours. While the standard black and grey palette were as dominating as ever, burgundy seemed to be a safe bet for any one waiting to break free. Of course we saw our share of skirts for men worn by very unhappy looking male models but I don't think society on large is ready yet for this barrier crossing. I don't think I'm ready for it and I'm also not ready to help you fellas dress in neons and polka dots. While I truly love seeing men on the street making bold fashion decisions, I will never be the girlfriend that picks out my man's outfits - if I did it would be a boring mess. So boys, here are my highlights from this year's fashion week but please go visit the London Fashion Week homepage to see what great clothing choices you think I mistakenly passed on.
Men are notoriously difficult to buy for, especially when you've
left it this late in the day to shop for them but with these ideas and
their savings even the most difficult man will be happy on Christmas
day. Read on for our choice of the top last minute gifts for the man in your life
As the days grow shorter, the nights get colder, and the leaves
start changing colour, we're all going to be packing away our
summer clothes and bringing out slightly warmer attire. However, it
seems the buzz this Autumn is all about mens underwear, and no,
your eyes are not deceiving you, this is a picture of the very
latest in menswear - tights, or as they have more affectionately
been dubbed, Mantyhose.Not content with the sarong-wearing fashion statement a la David
Beckham, or the 'manbag' courtesy of Mr Pitt, it seems that today's
metrosexual man is now impinging on the most sacred of female
clothing, the pantyhose. So, if like me, you're already thinking
along the lines of Errol Flynn and his band of Merry Men, well I
can't say I blame you. I mean what are they thinking?
Two weeks ago I made some simple suggestions for what gifts the fashion clueless can give to fashion lovers. Well, not to be outdone, Vogue USA has gone ahead and released a gift buying guide thoughtfully entitled 'The Perfectly Extravagant Holiday Gift Guide'. Chances are you haven't even seen it - as I said the guide is available to US audiences only (although you can check it out online for a laugh!) Notably, 'The Perfectly Extravagant Holiday Gift Guide' ignores the fact that, except for China and India and maybe Germany, the whole world is in an economic recession and extravagance is not the order of the season. Still, there are some really, really nice items in the guide so I thought I'd try and find you something similar for much less money!
Fashion's continued adoration of the 60s and 70s ready-to-wear is in full swing for this winter season. Career ladies and stay-at-home mums alike will find outfits of glamour and ease that can be worn on a daily basis. Long skirts and palazzo trousers offer warmth and comfort without compromising on feminine charm. While the single piece jumpsuit continues its Chameleon-like journey through day and nightwear, plaid is back, matched again with camel coats for a touch of scholarly fancy.