5 Tips for Wearing White

Written by Diana Pemberton-Sikes

There's something cool and refreshing about white clothing that makes it chic on evenrepparttar hottest days. Since it reflects light and absorbs perspiration, making it less noticeable than other colors,repparttar 141987 wearer looks cool and collected, even whenrepparttar 141988 temperature soars. Small wonder then that white has been a long-time favorite of residents of hot, tropical climates.

Now thatrepparttar 141989 Memorial Day holiday has come and gone inrepparttar 141990 United States and temperatures are beginning to rise all overrepparttar 141991 Northern Hemisphere, it's time to take a quick look at some basic guidelines for wearing white. While some ofrepparttar 141992 old "rules" have begun to relax in recent years, there are still a couple of things to remember when wearing white:

1.Always Wear Flesh-Colored Undergarments

Years ago,repparttar 141993 rule was to wear white under white. Not anymore. Since white bra, panty, and camisole lines tend to show through, your undergarments will be less obtrusive in flesh tones. Look for pieces that closely match your natural skin tone to create a clean, seamless look.

2.Be Careful Where You Put Your White

Since white reflects light and makes anything it's put on look bigger, don't put it all by itself on your largest body part, like your chest, hips, or thighs, because it will only make it look bigger. Instead, opt for white monochromatic (all one color) ensembles, which elongate, put white on a small body part, or use white to accentuate a figure asset.

3.Steer Clear of White Hosiery

Unless you're a nurse, a bride, or under age 5, white hosiery has no place in your wardrobe. Yes, it was popular 20 years ago thanks to Diana,repparttar 141994 late Princess of Wales, because it did for her what it does for everyone: it "chopped her up" visually and made her look shorter. Which is fine if you're a tall princess trying to look shorter than your prince - but not so great if you're short, medium, or plus size, trying to look taller and slimmer.

Couture versus Ready-to-Wear

Written by Diana Pemberton-Sikes

"What'srepparttar difference between couture and ready-to-wear?"

It's a question that's been hitting my inbox a lot of late from women all overrepparttar 141986 world. They may have been reading high fashion magazines like "W" or "Vogue" or are thinking about upgrading their wardrobes, and are wondering what, exactly,repparttar 141987 difference is between these designer categories.

Basically, it boils down to fit - and money.

* COUTOUR (koo TOOR) isrepparttar 141988 French word for "sewing." Couture clothes are those that are fitted and sewn specifically for a client, often requiring several fittings for an exacting fit. The clothes may be specifically designed forrepparttar 141989 client, such as a one-of-a-kind wedding dress or a one-of-a-kind red carpet ensemble, or they may be part of a designer's couture collection, which arerepparttar 141990 piecesrepparttar 141991 designer shows that are available for custom fit.

Typically, couture pieces are made of fine fabrics or feature extensive hand work (like beading or embroidery) that drive uprepparttar 141992 price to thousands or even tens of thousands PER PIECE. Because ofrepparttar 141993 cost, couture clothing, which once had 35,000 regular customers during its heyday after World War II, has an ever-shrinking regular buying base of about 1,200 people worldwide today.

Couture is also known as made-to-measure or bespoke (British).

* HAUTE COUTURE (oht koo TOOR) means "high sewing," and isrepparttar 141994 term reserved exclusively by those European fashion houses that offer made-to-measure apparel in or around Paris and belong torepparttar 141995 Fédération Française de la Couture (which began asrepparttar 141996 Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 1868 by Charles Frederick Worth). Following strict guidelines regarding number of pieces shown per collection and number of collections shown per year, current members include venerable fashion houses like Balenciaga, Chanel, Hermès, and Valentino.

You can learn more aboutrepparttar 141997 Fédération Française de la Couture at:


* READY-TO-WEAR, or prêt-à-porter (prêt a poor TAY) is designer apparel that's made ready-to-wear in standard sizes and sold through boutiques, better department stores, mail order, and online. While consumers can have pieces tailored to fit after purchase, customization is not included inrepparttar 141998 cost of ready-to-wear apparel. Many brand-name designers, like Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera, only show ready-to-wear collections, but still create a handful of couture pieces upon request for influential clients.

So when you read in a fashion magazine or hear on television that designers are showing their ready-to-wear collections, you know that those arerepparttar 141999 pieces that you'll find in their boutiques or in department stores comerepparttar 142000 new fashion season. Couture collections are those shown to high-paying clients who either go torepparttar 142001 fashion house directly to be fitted, or who order fromrepparttar 142002 designer's "look book" and have pieces made up fromrepparttar 142003 measurementsrepparttar 142004 designer has on file fromrepparttar 142005 client's previous fittings.

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