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?
Enormous signs that greet us the second we walk through the door, baskets of 'last-minute' trinkets at the tills and a deliberate lack of clocks: we're all familiar with the sly moves that retailers play to persuade consumers to part with their hard-earned cash.
However, there's far more where that came from. Brace yourself for some serious shopping scandals and prepare to completely change the way you shop!
"There is nothing random about how a store is arranged and designed," says Paco Underhill, author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping.
Indeed, retail shopping studies have found that the majority of the population turn right when they walk into a shop, because most people are right-handed and therefore right-oriented. Knowledge is power and stores are quick to take advantage of the facts, highlighting new trends and products to the right of the entrance.
The most expensive items tend to be displayed to the right of the store's entrance where the music is often louder and the lights brighter. While shopping with earplugs and shades isn't completely out of the question, it's probably easier to stick to a pre-prepared shopping list to help you steer clear of temptation.
There was a thing I heard as a child about fashion and time. It was something to the effect that fashion from London takes about 8 years to make it over to America. Having spent many a holiday across the pond, I can tell you there used to be truth in that statement. Yet when I speak to friends in Los Angeles and New York these days, a change in the time line has occurred. There is still a difference but it's more subtle and goes both ways. Sometimes we set the trends and sometimes the new world leads the way. While we spent last year matching brogues and aviator jackets, those items are just now appearing in shop windows in the US. Is timing still everything?