Rising to the Top of the Fashion Industry

For a lot of people, fashion is a passion. Fashion is the thing that excites them most. Fashion is the thing that gets them out of bed in the morning. However, a lot of fashionistas that are cut in this ilk don’t actively pursue a career in the field. But why is this? It’s probably because the industry of fashion is one that is both highly competitive and hard to get into, let alone rise to the top of. But just because something is difficult, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. If rising to the top of the fashion industry is your calling, make sure to read on to find advice to help you along the way.

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  1. Be different


The only way you are going to be able to rise to the top of such a creativity, and cut-throat, industry is by being and offering something different. This could mean you dress differently. It could mean you carry yourself differently to your co-workers at the time. Whatever it is that makes you different,  embrace it. This has to happen whether you’re working in an entry level store job, or working in some sort of management position. But, when it comes to dressing differently, just be careful not to go too overboard. One fashion faux pas could spell disaster for your career in the fashion industry!


  1. Make connections


In the fashion industry, sadly, a lot of the time it’s who you know rather than what you know. Whether you agree with this or not, if you want to rise to the top of the industry then you have to embrace it. And to embrace it you should be trying to forge connections when it comes to all aspects of your fashion lifestyle. You should be making connections through blogging. You should be making connections at work. And you should be making connections by attending networking events. And you should be doing all of this even if you’re shy.


  1. Always look higher


To rise to the top of anything, you have to be constantly looking higher. You have to be constantly seeking avenues to take that will get you closer to the top. You have to always search out higher level jobs than the one you have now. This isn’t necessarily to garner yourself a better paycheck; it’s to get you one step closer to the top. And the type of jobs you should be looking to apply for in regards to fashion are Brand Management or Sourcing, both of which are displayed to be vacant on Jobsatbelk.com. And when you find the vacant position of your dreams, don’t be afraid to apply to fill it. Well, what harm ever came from applying for a job?


  1. Always work on your portfolio


Even when you’re not at work, you should be working. Yes, you should always be working, even in your spare time, to better your fashion portfolio. This could mean fashion blogging. It could mean drawing up new and creative clothing designs. Or it could even mean making clothes yourself through sewing and stitching. No matter what way of displaying your fashion prowess works for you, just make sure you display it. And make sure you keep a record of it in your portfolio.


If fashion is your calling, then don’t be afraid to answer it. And don’t be afraid to be the very best fashionista you can be, either.


Climbing The Fashion Stakes: Turn Your Attention To Your Shoes

When it comes to looking fashionable, we tend to focus on the clothes we wear. But one part of our look we don’t tend to spend much time on is our shoes. However, your shoes can make or break your outfit. You might be wearing the cutest outfit in the world, but if you team it up with poor looking shoes, it can cause you to look unfashionable. Therefore, it’s time to turn your attention to your shoes. In fact, here are some tips when it comes to your footwear so you can climb the fashion stakes.

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Do add some color to your outfit with your shoes


A lot of people wear black pumps every day. After all, we often get hooked on one pair that we wear all the time. But if you want to wow with your outfit, it’s time to skip that boring black pair. After all, it’s unlikely they are adding anything to your outfit. Therefore, to climb the fashion stakes, go for a colorful pair of shoes. After all, with a cute red or blue pair, it will brighten up your whole outfit. And people will turn their attention to your gorgeous footwear. In fact, you are bound to get compliments due to your colorful shoes. Of course, make sure the shoes don’t clash with other colors that are in your outfit. After all, you don’t want to make a fashion faux pas because of your shoe choice!


Do think carefully about the material


You might not think twice about the material when it comes to buying some new footwear. But you might be surprised it can make all the difference when it comes to helping you look on point. After all, if you go for a material which doesn’t look right with the rest of your outfit, you could end up falling down the fashion stakes. Therefore, think carefully about the material. If it’s a canvas style, it will look better when it comes to your casual summer wardrobe. Meanwhile, leather would look great if it’s your work wardrobe. You can get some guidance on different shoe types and what materials they come in by looking online. You might want to avoid materials like suede and rubber. It can be hard to make a fashion statement if you opt for one of these!


Do make sure they fit properly


A lot of people make the error of picking a pair of shoes that don’t fit properly. They try and squeeze into a smaller size when it comes to the shoes. But then it can look quite obvious that the shoes don’t fit properly. After all, they can look tight and bloated if they are the wrong size. In fact, it can draw attention away from your beautiful outfit. Therefore, you need to make sure you opt for a pair which fit your feet like a glove. That way, they will complement your outfit and help you to look fabulous. And getting a pair that fit properly will stop you having to deal with things like bunions and blisters at the end of the day.

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And remember to opt for a designer pair if you can afford it. After all, it will definitely raise eyebrows if you have a pair of Dolce & Gabbana shoes on.


Rocking Your Outfit – Why Confidence Is The Best Item You Can Wear



Outfits are never the be-all and end-all of looking great. They certainly do help, and the fashion world would be pretty dismal without the thought and attention that goes into the beautiful garments we have access to. There’s hardly a replicable feeling than finding threads that suit your physique, your look, and your general attitude down to the bone.

However, it’s easy to forget that wearing the right thing isn’t the only consideration to be made while looking good. Confidence is the glue that holds it all together. Confidence can mean many things, but in this article, we aren’t concerned with arrogance. We’re concerned with self-respect, self-acceptance, and self-love. Those three considerations constitute Confidence with a capital C.

Even a famed supermodel wouldn’t look right in designer wear if they didn’t have the confidence to pull it off. Summer, winter, white or black dresses are different on the surface, but all require that you rock them with that inner mojo that is relatively difficult to categorize, but very easy to feel. You’ll know when you have it. These following confidence tips will allow you to have it.

Stay Up-To-Date

Staying up-to-date is a vital component in staying confident in your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean you need to conform to modern fashions religiously, but it does mean adopting a few little modern chic styles here and there to give yourself a feeling of being current. Even if you theme yourself around an uncommon look, 50’s chic for example, there will be methods you can use to keep yourself looking fresh and well maintained. Modern makeup kits, skin care techniques and even exercise regimes or diets can keep you feeling on top form at all times.


Maintain yourself well. Give a close watch on your figure and make sure you exercise enough to help relieve the stressors of daily life. Give yourself the room to introspect and reflect, meditating if needed to help you reduce self-critical thoughts, and give you the presence necessary to rock your look with attitude. Remember, no matter your age, you can look simply stunning and journey through life with an open and responsive attitude.

Don’t Judge

Judging yourself is a sure fire way to never feel happy in your skin. The only way we can ever feel confident is to look into the mirror and find no enemy. We’re not trying to downplay the genuine psychological impact your insecurities can hold. However, we are advocating you do everything in your power to shift those perceptions. You are much more beautiful than you know, and it’s likely that many people see you with absolute reverence.


Don’t be afraid to be a little ‘out-there’ in your wardrobe and fashion choices. What is normal? Ask one hundred people on the street, and you’ll get one hundred different answers. If you want to try a new style, get an experimental piercing, or dye your hair a whole new color, who has the right to stop you? As long as you adhere to a few simple style techniques like matching colors efficiently and wearing garments in good condition, you have every right to ask others to respect your styling choices.

These tips will help you feel like the confident, able woman you are deep down. Dressing considerations aside, you will no doubt be the belle of the ball wherever you go, at least internally. Most of the time, that’s enough.




Must-Have Summer Holiday Accessories For Every Woman

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Summer is here, which means one thing: a vacation. There is nothing better than getting away to feel the warm sun on your skin and take in the breathtaking scenery. Sadly, summer holidays aren’t always that simple. As you know, a woman can’t just turn up without thinking about her style. After all, it’s important to look the part because looking good is feeling good, too. Thankfully, there are a few accessories that will take care of the problem. And, there is no need to have the fashion sense of Blake Lively or Margot Robbie, either.


Enjoy, ladies!


Straw Hat


There is no doubt that a straw hat looks amazing, so much so that you’d wear one at home if there were an excuse. Well, with the summer sun bearing down on your skin, you have an unimpeachable defense. With a wide brim, a hat like this helps keep the rays off your body and stops you from burning. Obviously, looking like a tomato isn’t the style that most women go for on vacation, but there is another factor. Too much sun can lead to potentially fatal diseases. Because we girls like to feel the burn, a hat is stylish and practical at the same time. What more could anyone want?




Glasses and sunglasses also have an important role to play in your health, but they are more of an indulgence than anything. Yes, it’s nice to keep the sun out of your eyes for the sake of your peepers. However, two weeks a year isn’t going to do a lot of damage. But, forgetting the sunnies will do your street cred a lot of harm. Sunglasses are the perfect way to offset any style because they are flexible. You can opt for the slim line version if you want a sleek or elegant look, or there is the overgrown option. And, there is nothing more fashionable when you mix them with the right colors.


Fabric Handbag


You still need a bag to carry around your belongings, but it has to be suitable for the terrain. The majority of summer holidays take place close to a beach, which means sand. On the face of it, there is nothing to worry about, and then it gets in your bag. The havoc it causes for such a small particle is ridiculous, yet it will happen if the handbag isn’t up to purpose. Luckily, fabric or straw numbers are much more sand resistant, and they merge seamlessly with your holiday vibe.


Thin Shawl


The weather is brilliant during the day, yet the temperature drops off in the evening. If you haven’t changed, there might be a chill in the air which makes you shiver. And, there is no real way to warm up, so you have to grin and bear it until you get back to the hotel. Well, you don’t if you have a lightweight shawl. The extra layer, no matter how thin, will instantly make you warmer. Plus, you’ll be the most summery person in town if it’s brightly colored.


Simply put, no woman can go wrong with these accessories.

Cutting The Cost: Tips For Saving Money On Fashion This Summer

We all want to look our best during the summertime. Indeed, that’s one of the only periods of the year when we can wear revealing clothes and show a bit of skin. However, we also know how much the top brands charge for the latest fashions these days. So, sometimes it’s sensible to think outside of the box when following trends. In this article, you will find some excellent advice that could help you to reduce the cost. Nobody wants to break the bank this summer, even if it means looking like the bell of the ball. With that in mind, you should consider some of the suggestions below. Believe it or not, you can still look beautiful without paying those premium price tags.




Search online for deals and discounts


If you don’t want to pay top prices on the high-street, it’s often easy to find discounts online. You just need to shop around and ensure you leave no stone unturned. Google will help you to save a lot of time and effort. Just look for online dress boutiques running deals at the moment. Sure, you might have to spend a little longer on the task. However, you could save a fortune if you get lucky. There are forums you can use to identify the sites you should consider. So, now is the perfect time to begin your search. You still have a couple of weeks before the summer is in full swing.


Swap clothing with your closest friends


Sometimes you don’t need to spend anything to get the best clothing this summer. Just call some of your closest friends and ask them if they’d like to trade. You probably have some items in your wardrobe they like and vice versa. You would then leave yourself with money cash to spend on enjoying yourself and getting outside while the weather is good. Of course, it would be handy if your friends wore the same size clothing. However, you can always make adjustments if you have any concerns. All you need is a sewing machine or a needle and some cotton.




Buy material and become a fashion designer


If you enjoy making adjustments to clothing, you might think about going a little further. Designing your clothes this summer is a wise move if you don’t want to follow the crowd. You just need some basic equipment and the right materials. Again, you can make savings on those items by purchasing them online. You can also find lots of instructional information that should make your life easier. If you get stuck with anything, just watch some YouTube videos that offer an explanation. Who knows? You might start a hobby that will keep you entertained for life!


With a bit of luck, you now have enough information to reduce your fashion spend this year. Use those tips to ensure you always look stunning this summer. Whatever happens, you should think twice before buying anything from the high-street. If you do that, you stand the best chance of keeping as much money as possible in your accounts. Have an amazing summer ladies!

Keep Your Style Strong On A Beach Vacation

Let’s face it, we all have images in our minds of what we are going to look like on vacation. But the reality is often as far removed from the dream as it possibly can be. By the time we arrive at our destinations and endure sunburn, sand in every crevice, and the vacation diet seeming to add inches per day to your figure, stylish is probably the last thing we feel.

However, with a few simple tweaks on your vacation shopping list, it’s easy to keep yourself looking fine and dandy for the duration of your trip away. Let’s take a close look at everything you need to arrive at your destination in style – and ensure you leave the same way. Read on to find out more!


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Breathable fabrics

First of all, the likelihood is you will be going to warmer climates when you take your vacation this year. Make sure you stock up on plenty of breathable, natural fabrics such as linen, rayon blends, and, of course, cotton. Synthetic materials are going to make you look sweaty, and also have a tendency to pick up a lot more sand and debris from beaches than natural fibers, so ensure that you focus on those breathable materials.

Stock up on sun block

By now, we all know the damage the sun can cause to our skin. But the crazy thing is that there is still way too many people who completely ignore this advice when they go on vacation. Sunburn is common when you go away for a break, either because you are trying to get as brown as possible to match the other bronzed bodies on the beach, or that you just underestimate the power of the sun in other parts of the world. Make sure you invest in enough sunblock for your skin type to ensure that you keep your skin looking fresh and healthy, rather than burnt, wrinkled, and aged.

The importance of shades

Sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from the glare of the sun, but they are also handy tools to keep us looking our best when we can’t be bothered to go through the same old makeup routines – which is often the case when you’re on vacation. Whether you opt for runway sunglasses or a classic pair of aviators is up to you. But a couple of pairs of sunglasses will be your best friend when it comes to keeping your style strong when on vacation.

See your hair stylist

It won’t take long for the sea winds to make a mess of the highest-quality of a haircut, so see your stylist and get some suggestions on how to keep your hair in great shape. You will want to talk about how to eliminate frizz, and possibly going for a loose, natural curl that will look great in all weathers. Headbands and hairbands can come in very handy for lounging on the beach, too. And if you have thin hair, please invest in a good summer hat – your scalp is at risk from burning just as much as your arms, shoulders, and legs.




Clever Tips To Find Your Unique, Personal Style



Finding a personal style that is completely unique to you and you alone is not an overnight process. And even when you think you might have cracked it, there’s a constant refining and changing as the seasons and years go by – it’s something that never ends.

There will, however, be a central foundation of your style that will never go away – it’s what you know will look good on you, and what informs you on what to buy when you are out shopping.

So the big question is – how do you find your style? If you still don’t ‘get’ what clothes should form the basis of your look, read on – we’re going to take you through everything you need to know. Let’s get started with the basics.

The Big Clear Out

Our closets are often full of things we don’t like – whether they are ill-fitting or just make you feel uncomfortable. And the first thing that you have to do in this process is get rid of everything you don’t like, doesn’t fit, or even that you are unsure of. Pack it up in bags, give it away to charity stores or to family/friends, and clean out that closet!



Make a Pinterest Board

Next, what sort of look are you trying to achieve? Take a look around on Google and Instagram at your style icons, and pull pictures of them into a Pinterest Board. Focus on the images and clothes that resonate most with you – whether it’s the looks sported by your favorite celebrity or a fashion icon from years ago. Once you have built up a big board, you should have an idea of the sort of elements that make up your style of choice.

Focus on key pieces

Now you have a half-empty wardrobe and a headful of ideas, it’s time to plug the gaps. Concentrate on the staples, first – make out a list of everything you are missing and fill up the holes. You’ll find that you waste less money and get the foundations of your style much quicker this way. It’s important not to impulse buy, and remain focused, always keeping your lifestyle goals and choices into consideration.



Be unique

Now it’s time to add some flair. If you are comfortable enough to make choices by now, then try adding some flair pieces from a boutique store or an independent: you are much more likely to find something unique from stores like these. But just because you are trying to find your own style, it doesn’t mean you need to go it alone. Talk to your local stores about getting help making your choices, or even try getting a consultation with a personal stylist if your budget allows it. There are plenty of services online that might be able to help, too – so take a look around and see what you can find.


Ultimately, it’s accessories that can form your style more than anything else. Regardless of the look, you want to achieve, accessories such as jewelry, bangles, scarves, and clutch bags can offset and improve any outfit. As long as you feel comfortable, trust your instincts, and are prepared to be authentic, you will find your unique, personal style – good luck!


She Wears It Well

We wake up every day and make decisions about our day, starting with the outfit we plan to wear. Even those who aren’t particularly fashion conscious will be able to make simple decisions about the clothes that they wear for the day ahead and dress appropriately for the occasion. This includes a good outfit for work.

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One thing you need to remember, more than the clothes you pick from the back of the wardrobe, is how you plan to wear it. Fashion isn’t just about the items you choose. It’s the combination of clothes with accessories. It’s the way the clothes fit your body. It’s how you feel when you walk out the door. Your confidence is going to be the biggest item you wear on a daily basis and ensuring that your self-esteem is as intact as the items in the wardrobe is essential to put your best fashion foot forward. Whether you shop on the high street or online with FashionForest, you need to ensure that you are choosing outfits that truly reflect your personality. Being confident with what you wear is the easiest way to fake it ‘til you make it, so even if you don’t feel great about the outfit you’re wearing, everyone will believe you do. So, how do you make sure that you ooze perfection, whatever the occasion you choose?

The Fit. The way your clothes fit, believe it or not, matters. Your skinny jeans won’t look as good on you if they’re baggy. The point of skinny jeans is that they are form-fitting and suit your body shape. Reading guides like this on how to dress for your shape is essential to make sure you are choosing clothes that will suit you. By understanding how to choose flattering clothes, you can feel great when you walk out the door every day.

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The Colour. For some, being on trend isn’t important, but choosing colours that don’t gel with the season can sometimes be a fashion faux pas. Bright colours are very in this summer, but that doesn’t mean you should dress head to toe in canary yellow. Making bold decisions about your outfit can be pulled off – but if you doubt it, wear those bold colours in the form of accessories. Think chunky jewellery and even shoes. Black work suit? Add some hot pink heels to give the overall look a fizz!

The Feel. Clothes should make you feel good about yourself. Part of fashion is indulging in your own creativity and if you don’t feel good about the items you have in the wardrobe, it’s the perfect excuse for a shopping trip! Overhaul if you must, but buy into items you love to wear. Wear things that will fit you properly and make you feel good about yourself. It’s the only way you can pull off those fluted sleeves and cold shoulder, drop-waisted dresses you have seen in the shop windows. Fashion is a creative adventure and a chance to show off who you are. Indulge!


Dressed To Impress In A Professional Arena

Throughout your career, there will be times where dressing to impress will be vital. This could range from interviews to company events and includes a whole host of other situations. Whatever the scenario may be, getting it right is essential.


Looking your best in a professional realm requires a slightly different approach to personal matters. However, some elements are very similar. Focus on these elements below, and you’ll be sure to look and feel perfect time and time again.






We all get judged on our figures both in and outside of work. There’s no need to be a size 0 model, but you should at least feel confident in your skin. Taking the necessary steps to gain a slimmer appearance without the need for a diet will work wonders for your self-esteem. In turn, that will improve the way you are received by others too.


As far as the long-term game is concerned, changing your lifestyle can bring progress. This can include cycling to work, drinking more water, or quitting bad habits. As long as those changes are being made for the right reasons, the results can be brilliant.




Regardless of the exact outfit you opt for, your fashion choices are there to enhance your natural looks. Therefore, it’s imperative that you get your facial features right. Perhaps most importantly, though, you should find a hairstyle that suits your face and the occasion. After all, this one element can shape your face and take the whole look to another level.


Special events might require a professional touch. However, this guide to quick fixes should be more than ample to cover all your daily requirements. If your hair is colored, you might want to complete that process a few days earlier as this will prevent a last-minute disaster.




Subtle Standouts


In the professional arena, there’s a fine line between sexy and inappropriate. In many cases, it’s better to opt for a slightly reserved outfit and let your accessories grab the attention. Italian bracelets are an iconic winner that can be used for daily and special events. Meanwhile, subtle earrings and other jewelry can work wonders too.


It’s equally important to think about this approach when doing your makeup also. A little TLC goes a long way while too much can set the wrong tone during key interactions. Without being boring, it’s often best to play safe by opting for ideas that enhance your natural glow.



Having said that, there’s one item that should stand out: the shoes. This is one of the most obvious standouts in any situation, and the business world is no different. The right choice will be influenced by a whole host of factors, but these ideas should get your creative juices flowing. Build a wardrobe that’s versatile enough to cover all bases, and you’ll be just fine.


Perhaps more importantly, you need to choose the right sizes and shapes of footwear. Ill-fitting shoes can harm your posture as well as your appearance and will do you no favors whatsoever. Conversely, getting it right will give you a solid platform to build upon.


How Important Is Appearance – Really?

Let’s talk about appearance. People put such a focus on appearance. You often get people who are judged by the way they look – and in a way it can tell you a few things about their personality. However, you can never assume you know somebody simply from the way they look. Let’s look at how important appearance really is in this day and age:


First Impressions

The way you look gives people an impression of you. In some cases, the impression they get will say far more about them than it does about you. If somebody judges you harshly for what you choose to wear or having tattoos, that has a lot to do with their mindset and the things they have been brought up around. People should be free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable!


However, sometimes making a first impression is very important. If you’re going for a job that you really want, it only makes sense to dress to impress and make yourself look neat and presentable. Some jobs still discriminate against people with tattoos these days, and that’s a real shame. Providing tattoos on show aren’t ‘inappropriate’ in any way, there isn’t a real reason an employee, even a teacher, can’t have them. Surely we should be teaching children that expressing yourself in any way you like is a good thing? Not that we should all look the same and that individuality is wrong!


This is still up for debate in the eyes of some employers.




Self Esteem

Your self esteem can be greatly affected by your appearance. Some people have small niggles that don’t affect their overall well being – like larger feet or thin eyebrows. These things are just small problems. However, people with issues like bad eyes can feel low on self esteem from time to time. Wearing glasses is enjoyable for some, but not for others. It’s important that everybody is happy and comfortable in their own skin – which is why many opt for lasik surgery. Whatever you decide to do, whether you’re thinking of having surgery on your eyes or another body part, you need to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you don’t like yourself at all, having surgery may not change that very much.


The Way You Feel

The clothes we wear, how we smell, and other factors into the way we appear can greatly affect how we feel. You’ll often find that wearing clothes you love will make you feel happier and more productive. Wearing clothes to lounge in might be fun at the time, but it certainly won’t help you to get more done.


While appearance isn’t the be all and end all; you should definitely focus on how you want to feel when you get ready for the day ahead. Choose clothes that will make you feel confident and productive. Do things because you want to do them, not because all of the celebrities are doing them. You’re going to get judged whatever you do, so you may as well do it your way!