Staying Fashionable And Stylish As You Grow Older

No matter what age we are there is always a time in our life that we want to look our very best. Granted the older we get the less these times are as we feel less pressure to be at the cutting edge of fashion and style. But, there are still occasions when we like … Continue reading “Staying Fashionable And Stylish As You Grow Older”

No matter what age we are there is always a time in our life that we want to look our very best. Granted the older we get the less these times are as we feel less pressure to be at the cutting edge of fashion and style. But, there are still occasions when we like to put a little style and effort into being ourselves, more to show the world that we can still do it rather than showing the world how it is done. As we will have all seen through our own eyes our parents were the last people on the planet that we would have taken fashion advise from when we were growing up, I am sure that we have all been embarrassed by our parents fashion style when we were growing up, vowing never to make the same mistakes that they made when we grew up. As we ourselves grow older and fashion becomes less about trying to influence the world in what we wear and how we style ourselves but more about dressing in a style and fashion that we are comfortable in, not necessarily with the intention of embarrassing the kids.

Unlike the generation that our parents grew up in our generation is bombarded by advice and influences from such areas of the media as the television and from magazines so we are more aware than ever of what we should be wearing to be seen to be fashionable. The snag with all of this is that if you are aging and appear to be wearing all the latest fashions which maybe designed for a slightly younger generation you can appear to be someone trying to hang on to last throws of their youth in a very desperate manner. As you get older the trick with fashion is to try to blend in some new more fashionable items of clothing in with garment s that people recognize as more from your own generation and style, this way you can appear both stylish and keep your dignity.

A simple way to add a touch of style to any outfit that you choose to wear, whether it be at the cutting edge of fashion or just your own interpretation of fashion is to add accessories to your dress. Many items such as handbags, scarves, belts, hats and sunglasses are seen as luxury items in the fashion world and can be used to add a touch of style and value to any outfit that you are wearing. Of course the same rules apply with accessories as with any fashion item, it should match and compliment the rest of your outfit.

Sunglasses are a sure fire way of adding a touch of style and elegance to any outfit. We have all seen images of Italian ladies and gentlemen looking like style personified taking an evening stroll arm in arm and wearing sunglasses that look a million dollars.

Sunglasses create an aurora that is hard to be beaten by any other fashion accessory, a good set of stylish eyewear [] sunglasses can go a long way to make an ordinary outfit look like an extra special outfit. Good quality designer sunglasses are hard to beat but there are so many cheaper makes on the market that are affordable and offer the same good look as the more costly options available. If you cannot afford a pair of the more expensive brands then do not be afraid to go for a more affordable make, they will still add more than a subtle touch of refinement to your look, which is more than I could ever say about my parents dress sense.

Lady Gaga and Her Own Fashion and Style

Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, she is now known as Lady Gaga across the entire planet. Her claim to fame came not to long ago, when she released her first album Fame in August of 2008. With that album came the chart topping single “Just Dance,” and that one song propelled her into stardom. Her unique stage name came from music producer Rob Fusari. Every day, when Stefani came into the studio, he would play the Queen Song “Radio Ga Ga.” The name Lady Gaga was created purely by accident, when Rob Fusari sent her a text message that was supposed to be titled “Radio Ga Ga,” but the phone automatically corrected it to Lady. Thus the moniker Lady Gaga was born. Germanotta refused to be called by her name from that point on, and goes only by the name Lady Gaga now, and introduces herself as Gaga.

After producing many songs with Rob Fusari, Fusari sent those songs the producer and record executive Vincent Herbert. After hearing the songs, she was quickly signed to his label, Streamline Records. Herbert was credited as the person who discovered Lady Gaga. Since Gaga was also skilled in the art of songwriting, and because she had been an apprentice songwriter during an internship at Famous Music Publishing, she also landed a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She was then hired to write songs for established artists such as the Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, Britney Spears, and New Kids on the Block.

During her stay at Streamline Records, songwriter and singer Akon discovered just how vocally talented Lady Gaga is when she sang some vocals for one of his tracks in the studio. After hearing her vocals, he convinced the CEO of Streamline/Interscope and CEO Jimmy Iovine to have Lady Gaga sign with his own label, Kon Live Distribution. Later on, she also signed on with Cherrytree Records, established by Martin Kierszenbaum, whom she co-wrote four songs with.

When it comes to her fashion, Lady Gaga is sure to surprise every time she walks out the door. She can put together the most outrageous outfits, and yet, they all seem to fit her personality perfectly, and the public has even come to love her wacky and out-there outfits. She can take almost anything and make it into an awe inspiring dress, such as plastic bubble, or even the Muppets. Lady Gaga has said that Donatella Versace is her muse, and other famous designers, such as Alexander McQueen and Armani have all helped her create her infamous looks.

Alexander McQueen’s outfits have been featured numerous times in Lady Gaga’s videos, predominantly in Bad Romance. Since the designer himself had a wildly creative and shocking mind, it was no wonder she sought him out and enlisted his help in creating her looks. Recently, Gaga was also named number three on the Forbes Top 100 List. This was the first time she even made it onto the list, and being ranked that high just goes to show how much star power and influence this singer has over the world.

Between Fashion And Style

Over the years, over-use and abuse of the key word-Style and Fashion have tended to transform their original meanings to suit the errors of the abusers. Also their inter-changeable usages have compounded their meanings.

The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th Edition), defines Fashion as the prevailing (dress) Style during a particular time: and Style as a distinctive manner of (dressing). (Emphasis on dress, dressing for the purpose of this article)

From these meanings, we see that Fashion is an offshoot of Style. Fashion is the prevailing Style of a particular period. People of Style are not necessarily subject to Fashion, but Fashionable people must of necessity conform to the prevailing Style.

Another thing to note is that Fashion revolves, while Style evolves. The evolution of Style has brought about bell-bottoms, jump-ups, high waistbands, etc for men. In the late 60s and early 70s, crazy after Style icon James Brown, men wore bell-buttons trousers and tight-fitting shirts with shoes so high they were variously nicknamed, five foot above sea level, upstairs etc.

In the early 80s, young men copied Michael Jackson’s high waist band, jump-up black trouser (show me your stockings) and a white pair of stocks to contrast. Figure out what man will wear those things today.

Several times, attempts have been made to strike a come back for these old skools, but the truth is that better taste will never let them prevail. This is what I mean by evolution.

On the other hand, check out the history of women’s dress-from the corset to tight-knee, to micro mini, maxi, ball gown and back to all of them again. They are always in a revolution. What goes around comes around.

Generally speaking, men’s wear is more about Style than Fashion, while women’s wear is more about Fashion than Style. Although there are couple of women who are more into Style than Fashion. But then fashion is meant to update the woman dress-wise. To keep her nature forever attractive, whether in glamorous or simple Style. That is why Fashion shows are basically about women’s wear; an attempt to revive the old with the modern modifications and sway the consumer to the currency of a prevailing Style in an endless cycle.

The few men’s wears you may see are only there to carry us along, because at the end of it all, the men pick the top. Fashion designers are hard put as to what to do to men’s wear on the run way. They have played us into fashion-by-language; casual, leisure, and the lounge wears; they have tried to call some sport and outdoors; separated them into summer, winter and spring.

But between you and I, it is all a farce. Men’s wear will and forever be shirts and trousers. Even the jacket is only a modified shirt padded to keep the wearer warm in cold conditions, which also serves to give among others, the effect of comportment and formality.

Now Style in men’s wear is the ability to play the combinations of cloths textures, colors, patterns, fits, and suitability with relevant accoutrements to conform to acceptable dress codes.

And for this, one inalienable factor in creating a good Style is taste. Cultivate a good taste and watch your personal Style (in all facets of life) become an epitome.

It is the man that makes the dress not the other way round.