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?
A whopping 90% of parents have a catalogue of creative tales to tell their children should the occasion arise and nearly half (45%) think that these little white lies are a crucial element of modern parenting.
Thanks to these 'necessary' tales of deceit, I grew up thinking that eating vegetables would give me super strength and that if I swallowed apple pips an apple tree would grow in my stomach.
My parents also tried to feed me the tooth fairy lie, although it did nothing to stop me charging up the stairs and hiding under the bed whenever my mum made dental-floss related threats (or chased me round the house with it).
An old favourite, the tooth fairy tale is used by 38% of mums and dads. Some 21% call certain foods more exciting names to get their kids to eat them (my mum opted for the 'disguise' technique, often using food colouring to present my brother and I with red or blue rice) and 16% of parents have even feigned phone calls from teachers to scare children into doing their homework.
This weekend has provided a bumper of bad financial news for families everywhere; first we're told 70 per cent of families are in the red, then we hear that 57 per cent of families can't even afford to live on their current income. As if that's not bad enough, the latest news is that thousands of families will be £4000 worse off next year due to tax credit cuts. That works out at about £333 a month - not exactly small change so can using voucher codes help recoup some of that money?