The end of 2020 marks the long-awaited finale to a disastrous year. But it also provides new opportunities: the end of the Trump administration opens up opportunities for movements and rights as restrictive legislation ebbs. But an issue that is perhaps one of the most pertinent is the environment.
The fashion industry is the second-largest consumer of water supply and contributes to 10% of total carbon emissions; and in total 10% of all textiles travel to landfills every year, as reported by BusinessInsider. If this trend persists, we can expect to see retreating glacier ices, alterations in climate-privy environments, and the disappearance of the year-round sea ice in the Arctic, as told by Climate.gov. It means losing Instagrammable igloo hotels and the extinction of more animal species upon those lost just earlier this year. It’s vital that the upcoming year is met with action then.
Here are some tips to help:
1. Try your best to avoid fast-fashion brands – buy second-hand
The appeal of fast-fashion hidden behind big companies like Forever 21 and YesStyle is its inexpensiveness. This is made only by cheap, horrid cuts in human rights like their exploitation of child workers in underdeveloped nations. Instead, look to buy second hand from sellers through Instagram, Depop, and Poshmark, among others. Thrifting is also an option, however, use discretion as increased consumerism can drive prices up making thrift stores inaccessible to low-income families.
2. Buy locally
Buying second-hand is half the battle as domestic shipping in and of itself causes pollution via gas emissions and packaging. Of course, there are circumstances that necessitate it but consider buying from local shops if you can. Buy from local businesses this gradually post-COVID environment as it supports them and you never know when you’ll find your next unique piece.
3. Research, research, research
When buying from companies otherwise, make sure to do your research beforehand. Utilize websites like https://goodonyou.eco/ to review a company’s efforts towards sustainability before investing in their work.
Whether this article is a launchpad or a continuation of your awareness, make sure to continue researching and educating others on fashion sustainability. The effects of global warming on our environment are enduring and persisting and so should we be in trying for a better life.
And just like that, we’re wrapping up the year 2020. As we say goodbye to the fallen autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, and hello to gingerbread cookies and Christmas trees, we’re now entering December knowing that the holiday season might be looking a little different this year.
Gathering in smaller groups may not be the ideal way to spend the holiday season, but there are ways to make up for not being all together eating a meal over the dining room table. While we may take the gift-giving season for granted, this year’s gifts should be especially meaningful in order to spread the love while social distancing.
These last few months have been anything but the ordinary, but one of the upsides to having a Corona-Christmas is that you don’t have to immerse yourself in the holiday chaos! No more shopping in crowded malls for the same old department store deals. This year, we will be shopping in our pj’s from the comfort of our own home.
We’re spreading lots of joy this year, especially online. If you haven’t thought much about what gifts you need to stock up on, no need to worry— Cliche has got you covered. Read on to check out what the Cliche team is buying this holiday season.
Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Wood, I am Cliche’s Beauty and Lifestyle Writer.
“Not to tip my own hat or anything, but over quarantine I would say I became a pretty savvy baker. All thanks to the love and nurturing of a sourdough starter, I was up at the crack of dawn every morning making homemade bread loafs, different flavored bagels and crisp baguettes with my baguette baker. This holiday season, I am determined to learn how to cook (of course, with the proper chic materials).”
The Always Pan from Our Place is all the rave this holiday season. This non stick pan acts as more than just a pretty piece of kitchenware. For just $95, you’re getting the ultimate all-in-one pan that will replace your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, and sauce pan!
Per usual, I’ll be decorating the dinner table this season. Setting the ambiance is important, ok? Elevate your holiday decor by freshening up your wine cabinet with these Crate and Barrel glasses.
I may want to learn how to cook, but hey— I’m still a beauty lover! To add onto the list of reasons why Biossance is one of my favorite skincare brands, they offer a variety of samples for customers to test out. This season I’ll be trying the resurfacing night serum, but I can safely recommend that their rosehip oil is a life saver!
Hi, my name is Pooja Subramanian, I am Cliche’s Music and Entertainment Writer.
“Since this holiday season will be a bit different, I’m really looking forward to a nice relaxing holiday season. I’m hoping to see some fun and beautiful holiday decorations on the houses near me because it’s one of my favorite parts of the season! Also, I’m looking forward to eating good food and watching some classic holiday movies with my family. I hope all of our readers have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!”
This holiday season, I think it would be hysterical to order this custom dog portrait off Etsy. Pets are family, too!
I will be taking all precautions necessary to relax this holiday season. Perhaps with this Amazon paint by numbers kit!
Weighted blankets are really great, not only do they help maintain anxiety, they also help you get a much deeper sleep. I’ll be Amazon priming this one!
My name is Madhura and I am interning as an entertainment writer at Cliche.
“This holiday season, I look forward to enjoying some downtime with both my family and myself. I’m looking forward to cozying up on the couch to watch a good family movie. I am most definitely looking forward to continuing to read and write, mostly for myself. We are a family of foodies, so above all, I am excited to try out new recipes and fill up on indulgent meals.”
David’s Chocolate Earl Grey Tea is for all the tea lovers of course. But it’s also for anyone that wants to cozy up with something fragrant and warm on cold holiday mornings or nights… or really any time of the day. Anytime is indeed tea time!
There’s nothing better than a good old book to settle down with during the holidays. December is always family time, but there’s no harm in sparing a moment for yourself with a satisfying, Christmas-themed book! I highly recommend Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.
My name is Livia Caligor, I am Cliche’s Art & Culture Writer.
“Born and raised in New York, I remember my mom and I would spend the holiday season visiting the beautiful window installations at 5th Avenue department stores, roaming the Columbus Circle holiday market, and building snowmen in Central Park. I’ve realized that what I cherish about these memories are not just the intricate lights and seasonal treats, but the festive family time it fosters. Things will likely be different this year amidst the pandemic, but I look forward to recreating these experiences within my bubble at home. As a college student, especially amidst the pandemic, time at home is rare, so I am excited to devote the holiday season to going home and spending time with my family.”
I am excited to give this Gingerbread House set, which is allergen-friendly, to my family, and spend the holidays building one together.
I would love to gift my friend a vibrant block-print holiday scarf.
I am loving these Dauphinette quirky, one-of-a-kind fruit earrings.
My name is Erin Watson and I am a lifestyle writer at Cliche.
“I’m looking forward to watching Hallmark Christmas movies with my family and eating a ton of badly decorated sugar cookies!”
Cozy up with this Amazon essential. I couldn’t live without mine!
There’s something about a personalized charcuterie board that just sits right with me. I know my mom would love it! Thanks for the idea, Etsy.
A perfect gift for a friend or sibling would be a ring with their birth flower on it. Such a cute idea I saw on Etsy that isn’t your zodiac sign!
My name is Julie Ham and I’m currently a writing intern.
“Admittedly, this holiday season I’m most looking forward to shopping for holiday gifts. I’ve always loved the process of gift-giving: the thinking of the perfect gift based on someone’s characteristics and person, it’s a psychological puzzle that I love solving. And this year, I have more time than ever to find the perfect gift for my friends and families.”
This Morphe palette will allow me to test out my makeup skills! I’m looking forward to seeing some bold colors.
There’s nothing better than sitting by the fire with a good book in hand! I recommend this one from Barns and Noble.
I love Baggu! I never go anywhere without my reusable bags. They’re light and chic, what more can you want?
My name is Quavondo Nguyen, I am Cliches Editor-in-Chief
“To be honest, I’m looking forward to the vaccine. Although I doubt that it will arrive by the holiday season. 2020 has been a year to forget, but luckily I sense an upswing starting with the election. Our country was teetering on a societal collapse.”
To pass time in isolation, I found that these Buffalo puzzle pieces fit well together. Some jigsaw puzzles aren’t cut as well so it leaves you second guessing where the piece goes.
With quarantine, I’ve been working on the house more and find it frustrating when you don’t have the right tools for the job. You can basically fix anything with this Zoopy product in hand!
It goes without saying that the holiday season brings out the best (or worst) in all of us. In a season filled with lots of joy, the holiday festivities are all fun and games until you have to start all the cleaning, wrapping, and preparing your guest bedroom for the in-laws. It doesn’t take much time before the sudden realization that Halloween is over and you’re already behind on your holiday shopping. Soon, your short list of things to do becomes the never ending gift that keeps on going.
While this year’s holiday season may look a little different, the upside to having a Corona-Christmas is that all your seasonal sales are online. What a relief! Say goodbye to standing in long lines at midnight and hello to the future of online sales! This year you can wake up and spread the joy of relaxation by shopping for gifts online all month long.
And since the best deals are starting early this year, read on to check out these 10 stress relieving gifts to treat either yourself or someone else.
A CBD sale? I’m in! This Gift of Glow kit was $169 and is now $135. It includes a bonus candle, a facial serum and infused lotion that will help brighten your skin. For a limited time only, ALTWELL is having a sale buy one get one 50% off on CBD soft gels using the code SOFTGELS at checkout!
Today we want to share with you 9 simple ways to live cheap without looking the part. This topic is quite interesting knowing that Americans spend an average of $101 every day. For the entire country as a whole, that’s about $10.7 trillion every year. With many people still under quarantine or struggling to work, it’s important to make every dollar last.
Here are nine simple ways you can start living cheaply. With these tips, you can save money instead of spending it all away. Learn how to live cheap and save money with these nine easy tips today!
Before doing anything else, take the time to track your spending. Where is all your money going? Gather all your bank statements, paycheck stubs, and bills, and start auditing.
Take the time to break all your expenditures into categories. It’s easier to set specific budgets for each category if you know where you’re spending.
For example, you can separate your spending by:
Now set a hard limit for each category. The first trick to living cheap is to minimize spending. Once you cut frivolous costs, you can put that money into savings instead. Take the time to review your expenses over the next few months. You might find you spend more money in one area than another. If that’s the case, adjust your budget as needed. After reviewing your expenses, you can start living on a budget and saving some cash!
Set Saving Goals
Do you have a major expense coming up soon? Maybe you need a new car or want to save up for your child’s college tuition. Determine how much you need to save overall. Then, set a monthly amount to save for that amount.
Keeping your savings goals in mind can help you stay on track while you live cheaply. Neglecting those long-term goals might make it more difficult for you to save in the present.
A single-family can pay for a long list of subscription services in a single month. Make your own list, possibly including:
Those monthly subscriptions can add up to a huge bill. Which of the subscriptions do you use the most? Which subscriptions can you remove to lower your monthly expenses? If you want to live cheap, turn your “auto-renew” switch off. Every month, determine whether you need those subscriptions. If you need to save money next month, remove a subscription or two. Don’t forget to look at your budget. Which categories do your subscriptions fall under? Which categories do you need to save money on? Cut back on those subscriptions to start saving instead of spending!
Your debts can add up, too. While debt can make any person experience stress, learning how to dig yourself out of debt can help. First, set realistic goals for yourself. Consider making a debt management plan to keep yourself organized and on track. Your plan can help you pay off credit cards, a mortgage, and your student loans.
The average American household has about $137,063 in debt. While you can’t pay off all your debt in a single day, you can start working your way there. Making an effort to pay off your debt little by little can reduce your stress.
First, determine which of your debts is high-interest. Those charges are stealing the most from your account. Make an effort to pay off those larger debts first. Getting out of debt will make living on a budget much easier moving forward.
You can eat away your budget without realizing it. If you want to start living cheaply, you need to consider your food spending. There are many ways you can eat smarter to spend smarter.
First, determine how much money you’re spending on food each month. Is it from a monthly subscription box, a specialty grocery store, or restaurants? Cut back on your most expensive grocery costs.
Next, make a grocery list before you go shopping. Stick to the list to avoid impulse buys and overspending.
Before you go shopping, check online. Many grocery stores offer online specials and coupons. Plan ahead based on the savings that are available. Try to reduce how often you eat out at restaurants or order takeout. Instead, plan a week-long family menu. You can plan meals that use the same ingredients to reduce spending. If you do plan on eating out, look for “kids eat free” nights or happy hour specials so save money!
5. Buy Generic
Most people buy the same brands over the years due to brand trust. For the most part, name brands aren’t much different from generic brands beyond the packaging. Try buying generic the next time you go shopping. You can purchase generic brands for your cleaning supplies, paper products, and staple food needs. Even medicine and makeup are available in generic brands.
The time it right! Before you go shopping, make sure to plan your purchases based on the sales available. You can always check online before you shop. Are you a student, teacher, or vet? There are usually discount prices available for AAA members, too.
Don’t forget to look for coupons! Many grocery stores have their own online coupons available. There are online coupon websites, too. You can view more here to find coupons online to help you live cheap!
7. Do It Yourself (DIY)
You don’t always have to buy something new or hire an expert. Instead, see if you can do it yourself. Head online to find a tutorial video to fix the TV or sew up a shirt to save money.
8. Think Through Travel
Do you want to plan a family trip? Make a budget for it first! Make sure to think about travel, entertainment, and food for the entire trip. Making a budget for your vacation can help you save. You can always try a staycation if you want to live cheap!
9. Barter a Bit
Do you have a skill you can share? Try bartering with a friend or family member. You can “trade” your skillset for one of theirs to help you save money!
Living Cheap Never Looked So Good
Want to live smart and savvy? Try these nine tips for living cheaply. Using these tips, you can live cheap without looking cheap and start saving! Check out Clichemag’s latest posts for more helpful tips and guides!
There are certain things to know and do when picking out jewelry so today we want to share 5 brilliant tips to buying jewelry. Each year, Americans drop around $80 billion on jewelry and that amount is projected to grow in the coming years. From timeless treasure to the newest trends, the demand for jewelry will always be there, and so will the sellers.
However, you’re not alone if you hate the hassle of making a jewelry purchase. If you don’t know how to shop for jewelry, the process can definitely be overwhelming.
Keep reading this article if you want to learn how to buy jewelry the right way. This will guarantee you a quicker, simpler, and more enjoyable shopping experience.
Are you on the hunt for silver or gold? Or do you prefer pearls? What is your everyday look like? A woman with a job at a corporate office and a stay-at-home mom might have two very different tastes.
Having a general idea of the piece you’re searching for will save you heaps of time in the end, so do some research before you start browsing!
If your wallet allows, prestige brands offer some of the most beautiful and sought-after pieces on the market. Most of the time, items from big-name brands are made with real gold, silver, and diamonds.
However, everything from Swarovski to Tiffany totes carries a hefty price tag. If you settle for a no-name piece, you’re really not missing out on anything but tiny engraved letters.
Gemstones and birthstones never go out of style. They make incredible gifts and will last a lifetime! You can buy the real deal, like sapphires or rubies, or you can go with a synthetic gemstone that looks almost indistinguishable. Try to avoid imitation gems, though, since they’re just bits of plastic that are dyed.
Get ahead of the trend and switch out your bulky, not-so-pretty smartwatches for smart jewelry. With smart jewelry, you don’t have to compromise fashion for function.
In fact, smart jewelry performs the same as your other smart devices! They look a lot more appealing and blend in as if you’re not wearing a mini-computer on your body at all.
Shop With a Buddy
A second opinion always goes a long way and this is especially the case when it comes to buying jewelry!
Bringing along someone you can trust is a great way to gauge if an item looks good on you or not. If they’re your friend, they’ll be honest with you about the price tag and let you know if they think you’re making a smart purchase or not.
Now You Know How to Buy Jewelry the Easy Way
Now that you know how to buy jewelry, you can feel confident the next time you step into a jewelry store. You can shop smarter and have no regrets about your purchase when you walk out with your perfect new piece!
Did you like this article? Check out the rest of our posts for all things fashion.
Do you love shopping but hate draining your bank account? Today we’ll share 7 key tips to getting the best savings while shopping. If you want to get more bang for your buck, there are plenty of simple tricks you can use to generate huge savings. Are you ready to become a shopping expert?
The best way to save on shopping is to use a coupon on your order. Although you can find incredible discounts, even coupons as low as 5% off your order can lead to big savings over time. Before you make any purchase, make sure you refer to websites like Yes We Coupon to see if you can find any deals.
2. Sign up for Newsletters
Another one of the easiest ways to save is to add your email to your favorite stores’ newsletter lists. After you sign up, you’ll be notified whenever there are any sales and you may even gain access to exclusive coupons.
3. Browse Other Retailers Before Making a Purchase
If you’re shopping for an item that’s sold at other stores, it’s a good idea to scope out those retailers to see if any of them offer a lower price. This step is especially important for big-ticket items like electronics or luxury clothes.
4. Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Special Sales Events
Sometimes you can find the best savings on shopping by waiting for a big sale event. Stores can offer random events throughout the year that are hard to predict, but you can always depend on special sales during holidays.
5. Try Shopping in a Private Browser
One lesser-known tip on how to save on shopping is opening a private or incognito browser. Although this doesn’t happen all of the time, lots of stores can offer different prices based on your specific location. When you’re in a private browser, retailers won’t be able to change their prices based on your browsing history or location.
Since shipping can cost an arm and a leg, it’s best to avoid these charges at all costs whenever possible. Before you start shopping, try to find coupon codes that can give you free shipping or figure out if there are any price thresholds to earn free shipping. If you’re ever close to a free shipping threshold, it’s better to buy another item instead of paying the same price for less to cover shipping.
7. Tease Retailers by Leaving Items in Your Cart
Retailers don’t want to lose your business, so they’re more willing to offer better deals to close the sale. To us this strategy, create an account that’s linked to your email then leave your items in the cart for a day or two. After some time passes, you might be surprised to find an email with a discount code in your inbox.
These Tips Will Help You Score Major Savings on Shopping
If you follow these 7 tips, you’ll be able to find the best savings on shopping. With extra money in the bank, you’ll have more opportunities in the future to treat yourself. Do you want to become a shopping expert? Explore Clichemag.com to find more helpful tips and guides.
Technology continues to change the way consumers do things. Shopping online for clothes has become easier thanks to the many choices available to men and women today. Furthermore, with many retailers closing physical locations, more and more people are turning to the internet to obtain things they want and need, and apparel is no exception. Why are people so willing to spend their money to buy clothes online without touching the item?
Millennial’s love to shop online. A study in the UK found that 73 percent of individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 purchased clothing online in 2018. With so many clothing boutiques to select from, every person can find a clothing retailer they love regardless of where this retailer is physically located. Clothing choices expand as a result, and humans love having choices.
Online retailers often don’t maintain a brick-and-mortar location. As a result, they can offer lower prices on popular items and the consumer is the one who wins. A man or woman will find he or she can purchase more items by shopping online in many cases. This benefit alone is why many now choose to buy their clothing online as opposed to in a physical store.
Imagine picking out a piece of clothing and having a computer make recommendations for coordinating items? This is being done in a few stores across the globe and the internet makes it easier for consumers to find outfits they love. Simply choose an item at an online retailer and recommendations can be made for coordinating pieces. Many online retailers now offer this service at no additional charge, so be sure to check it out. Only a few select retailers now offer this in store.
Virtual Fitting Rooms
Some retailers offer virtual fitting rooms so a person can try before they buy. Simply enter height, weight, and bust measurements and an avatar will be created. The avatar can then be clothed in different outfits so the buyer can see whether or not he or she would be comfortable in the clothing. This is much easier than going to a store and trying things on in a dressing room.
Certain retailers now allow a consumer to try items before they actually make a purchase. These clothing subscription sites send items based on the customer’s stated preferences, so he or she doesn’t even have to go shopping. The retailer does all of the work, the items are delivered to the buyer’s home, and he or she can wear them a time or two to determine if they work. Those items the buyer does not like can be returned with ease.
The average internet user spends two hours every day using social media. When a person posts an image or video on one of these sites, others can see what he or she is wearing and may wish to try shopping online for clothes. They can actually see someone in the garments and get a better understanding of whether it is something they would like to own. Consumers consider these posts to be more honest than the advertising provided by the brand itself, and this gives them the confidence to make a purchase.
If you have yet to try shopping online for clothes, now is the time to do so. Retailers understand people want convenience and value when they shop and work hard to provide this. Prices are affordable, returns are easy to complete, and shoppers don’t have to deal with crowds. It’s a wonder anyone buys clothes the traditional way when the internet makes doing so effortless.
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After what was for many a long, seemingly endless winter, sunnier days are finally upon us and here to stay. With these higher temperatures also comes another occasion: swimsuit season. For some, the thought of dancing around on a beach clad in an itsy-bitsy bikini with a Mojito in hand is nothing short of heaven; and yet, there are still those of us that, even upon hearing the word “swimsuit”, experience a unique sense of panic (and perhaps a few blushes). But that needn’t be the case. Whatever your body type is — slim, curvy, busty, athletic — there’s absolutely a perfect swimsuit out there for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the most flattering style for your shape.
Here, we’ve taken the stress out of swimsuit shopping with a simple guide to help you buy the best swimsuit for your shape this season. Though we of course believe that any woman can and should try out any look she so desires (#bcbodypositivityisimportant), the right fit is undoubtedly the one key to looking good, no matter your size and shape. Read on to select the perfect ensemble that will take you from pool parties to tropical vacays in these warm months to come.
The ladies of the Hourglass are blessed with beautiful proportions that are meant to be shown off. If you’re one lucky enough to have this covetably contoured shape, your balanced figure works in your favor come swimsuit season, as there are so many different designs suitable for your body. Perhaps the best of all is the cult classic: the triangle string bikini. This barely-there style allows your curves to take center stage, and is not to mention ideal for a bronzing session while sprawled out on a towel with a good book, or an impromptu photoshoot with your friends (whichever suits your fancy). We love this glamorous metallic look by Lisa Marie Fernandez, as well as another popular style this season: crocheted swimwear, for those who adore a bohemian aesthetic. Hourglass shapes also look especially seductive in underwire styles, which also provide additional support and definition up top.
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For Pear shapes, your thighs, hips, and behind are your greatest assets (pun intended? yep.), but also the features that you’ll have to work on balancing out for a more proportionate look. The idea is to celebrate your bodacious bottom half — you put all those squats in for a reason, right? — while also finding a style that will help to elongate you since your lower body tends to dominate your physique. Boy shorts and skirt styles are no-go’s for these reasons, as these designs cut you off at the mid-thigh and will actually make you appear shorter and stockier.
For a longer and leaner silhouette, opt for tops that draw the eye — be it with bare shoulders, cutouts, twists, or ruching — and bottoms cut high on the hips for a leg-lengthening effect. Sports-bra-inspired styles present an alternative option for these ladies, as the straight-cut design assists in creating the illusion of increased width up top that will match well with your lower half. Our picks for this shape include this minimalist, lilac-hued set by LA Hearts, and this wallet-friendly ASOS find perfect for those who’ve recently put a little extra work into their abs.
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Apple girls boast a full bust, but often carry more weight in the mid-section area, which sometimes makes swimsuit shopping a bit more intimidating for these folks. But, the reality is, there’s a wide range of styles conducive for this body type. For one, plunging necklines were made for the Apple shape; not only are you able to play up your plentiful cleavage, but the vertical line created by this style draws the eye up and down, creating the illusion of more length. Surplice necklines are similarly flattering, as they serve to highlight the upper waistline and thus create a curvier silhouette.
Details are especially important to consider when shopping for the Apple shape swimsuit. Styles featuring gathering at the front or side have a slimming effect, as do suits with colorblocked side panels. Don’t be afraid to play with textures and prints, too — especially at the bodice, which helps to draw attention away from the fuller waist area. Strategically-placed ruffles conceal any lumps or bumps, and moreover add a feminine feel. High-waist bottoms are always a safe bet when you feel the need to streamline your silhouette, or if you’re going for a retro look.
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The Inverted Triangle
Ladies with the killer upper body strength, we’re looking right at you. As the name of this body type suggests, Inverted Triangle gals are best known for their beautiful backs and shoulders. These features should be shown off — but the lower half of this physique can sometimes be overshadowed in result. Since a proportionate look is the end goal, swimsuits that attract the eye to the core and below are the most successful fits for this shape. Halter strap styles are especially ideal for balancing out broad shoulders, and self-ties at the hips help to add emphasis to the legs.
We love this sensual bandage bikini design by OYE Swimwear because it still bares the shoulders, but moreover wraps around the body in a fashion that accentuates the natural waist and midsection for an hourglass effect. As a basic rule: everyone should own at least one black swimsuit, the most slimming color of them all. This one-piece style by Suboo is another attractive option, with a chevron-pattern knit fabric and flirtatious side cutouts that add interest.
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image courtesy of shopbop.com
The Rulers are the naturally long, lean girls of the group, with straighter, athletic builds often equipped with a solid core and powerful legs. Given their more “rectangular” shape, these ladies will benefit from a suit that gives their sweet and subtle curves some extra love. Bikinis are perfect for showcasing your toned bellies, but avoid straight-cut styles that will only further emphasize the straightness of the body and instead search for styles with ruffles, cutouts, strappy details, and the like to add dimension. Bikini styles with high-waist bottoms are also helpful for Ruler shapes since they enhance the natural waist, like this chic one by Solid & Striped.
We also can’t forget about a basic one-piece, which was made for athletic ladies who are more likely playing volleyball on the beach than just chilling in the sun. If you’re not so into solid-colored suits, playful patterns and textured fabric elevate these simple pieces so you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality.
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image courtesy of solidandstriped.com
Remember: these guidelines are tips — not hard and fast rules. The truth is, each and every one of us has a unique and beautiful figure that only we know best, one that’s also determined by other factors such as genetics, health conditions, and lifestyle choices. We’re the ones that have to be both happy and comfortable in the style we choose. The one real mantra to bear in mind is this: rock what you got, and play up what’s lacking. And make the shopping experience as fun and positive as possible, of course. We certainly wouldn’t frown up a dressing room fashion show should the need arise.
There is nothing more exciting for me than spotting my first snow flurry of the season. For me, winter holds many warm memories of time spent huddling around a fireplace with my sister, sipping coffee with friends I haven’t seen in a while, and that magical first snow. Unpopular opinion, I know, but winter is absolutely my favorite season. Even if you can’t get on board with the cold, everyone with a fashionista inside of her knows that cold-weather fashion can’t be beat. Layers, coats, scarves, and the boots. Enough said, ya’ll. This year though, it is all about texture. Winter is the time to get creative with fresh fabrics and materials, and I couldn’t be more excited to break out some of the funky pieces that have been staring longingly at me from the back of my closet.
Listen up ladies; pom poms are the new black and I am living for it. This bag, from one of my favorite sustainable brands, Mercado Global, has all of the winter essentials—neutral colors, a leather strap, a textured print, and pom-poms! This fun detail adds some whim to your wardrobe and may even alleviate some of the drear cold that winter weather can bring. The spherical burst of texture is exactly what every gal needs to break up the monotony of an otherwise flat outfit.
Who needs real fur when faux fur is this cute? This blush, gloriously fuzzy coat is an absolute necessity as the snow begins to accumulate. It’s practical, fun, and absolutely makes a statement. Perfect for everyday wear or as a fashionable companion to keep you warm in your LBD at a rooftop cocktail party (first off, just why?), this jacket adds just the right amount of pomp and circumstance for, well…any circumstance.
Velvet pants. Velvet pants, you guys! What a world we live in, am I right? Talk about texture, velvet is and always will be the quintessential winter fabric—and these cropped pants are everything that is good in the universe. Trendy, comfortable, and office appropriate, these hit the jackpot. Pair these with a cozy sweater and your favorite footwear and you’ll be rolling into work feeling like you just rolled out of bed (and who knows, maybe you did).
Most fashion labels aren’t born out of a garage, and if they are, they probably don’t make it out of the garage door; but when Jane Lu has a vision, she stops at nothing to reach it. The CEO of Showpo, an affordable fashion brand that carries everything from trendy shoes to off-the-runway style clothing, Lu is determined, spirited, and passionate. Bored of her life as an analyst, the fashion guru took a trip to Europe and came back inspired. Here, she chats with us about where it all started, gives us some insight into the Winter 2017 collection, and shares some style tips.
Cliché: When did you first discover your love for clothes and fashion? Jane Lu: I’ve actually never cared about fashion! I just like cute clothes that don’t cost the earth, which is how Showpo started.
Showpo started off as a small business in your garage. What inspired you to take the leap from corporate America into the world of fashion, and how did you go from a garage to where you are now? My first real career job was working as an accountant. I then moved on to be an analyst. Both these experiences were very valuable to me at the time, but after a nine-month trip to Europe, I started questioning if the cubicle, 9-5 life was for me.
After the failure of my first business, I knew that starting my own fashion company was something I wanted to keep pursuing. When I started Showpo, we literally worked out of my parents’ garage. We slowly began to work out of a larger office, moved into a warehouse, switched to using a third-party warehouse, hired staff, hired more experienced and senior staff, launched new ranges, and launched extended sizes.
The first office we got was 140 square meters and cost $30,000 a year. I couldn’t even believe that I was moving out of my parents’ garage and into an actual office. It was unreal! We took out a 2-year lease and I got the biggest desk I could find from Officeworks to fill up space.
Soon, the office started filling up with stock and staff and we ran out of space after a year. I literally had stock placed under my desk, in the kitchenette, every service area of the office had merchandise in it, and that just became the official location of that SKU.
Since then, we expanded our office space several times, launched into the US, Manila, and the Philippines as well as hiring over 40+ staff members. If you told me that this would all happen in a few years’ time, I would have never believed it, but I’m very proud of what my team and I have accomplished.
Did you ever see yourself as the CEO of a major fashion label? I never even had an interest in starting a business at all. I was working as an analyst and thought this was my life. It just seemed way too risky and out of my league and I was pretty happy with where life was already taking me. It wasn’t until I spent 9 months in Europe and came back to my job that I knew I couldn’t readjust to cubicle life.
I came back with travel withdrawals and one of my university friends reached out and wanted to start a fashion business with me and another friend. I thought this would be an awesome, fun project so I guess this is where my entrepreneurial journey started. Sadly, that business was a complete and utter failure and I was devastated. I had literally hit rock bottom. All of a sudden, I was unemployed, my business had failed, and I had lost quite a bit of money on it.
This was probably one of the toughest, most FML, times of my life. I never saw myself as a CEO of a fashion label until this moment. Any sane person would’ve given up and gone back to the safe corporate life, but I decided to start another fashion business straight away.
How would you describe your personal style, and does your personal style influence the items you carry? My style depends on what I’m doing throughout day, but generally I’m a fan of color and prints. If I go to the gym in the morning, I’ll usually wear something sporty with runners and a big duffle bag. If I want to buckle down and get a lot of work done, I’ll wear a comfy shirt with some ripped jeans, sneakers, and a shoulder handbag. If I’m catching up with a friend for lunch, I’ll usually wear a summery dress paired with some cute heels and a small clutch.
What is your must-have clothing item? Jeans! They go with so many tops and are so comfy.
Showpo has obviously expanded immensely from Show Pony. Has its growth aligned with your vision for the brand, or did you find it taking a new direction as it grew? It was my dream for Show Pony to grow into something big but I didn’t expect it to come so quickly. It wasn’t until 8 months into Showpo that we had our first big win. Through a Facebook campaign I came up with, we were making up to $22k a month online. The idea came to me one night whilst watching America’s Next Top Model, on the couch with a glass of wine. I thought to myself: why don’t we make a Facebook version of this and get our Facebook followers to enter for a chance to model for us?
Girls would enter the competition, ask their friends to vote for them, some of them even created events and groups, then some of their friends in turn would enter and do the same, and there was a massive ripple effect. We went from 3,000 followers to 20,000 within the space of a month, and it cost nothing. And this was back in 2011, when 20,000 followers was seriously a lot! It gave us so much credibility.
Showpo continues to grow each day and since the very beginning, I’ve had the same vision for the brand which was to provide girls with fun, on-trend fashion at affordable prices. We want to continue to be ‘her go-to place to shop.’
Tell us about the Winter collection. Who designed it, and what is the inspiration for it? Our production team was behind it (talented bunch they are) and their vision was to create cozy and comfy clothes to keep our gals warm during the chilly months without losing their style.
What is your favorite piece from the Winter collection? ALL of the cozy knits! I can’t get enough and they’re so comfy you’ll fall asleep in one!
What’s next for Showpo? We just moved into our massive new office in the heart of Sydney’s business district, so we are very excited of what’s next to come for Showpo. Our vision is to be her go-to place to shop and to have a lot of fun on our way there. Our main focus is building out the right team and focusing on expanding our product range and our geographic footprint.
Stainless steel watches are staples in the fashion industry, but have you ever seen any stainless steel wallets? Probably not. CueSTEWART/STAND, the innovative brand that is redefining how you think about textiles in the fashion industry. Theirvegan stainless steel wallet collection is sophisticated and stylish, and theirDiego Rivera collection is also filled with personality and beauty. Over the years, they’ve been featured in O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, and more, so if you haven’t heard of them yet, now you will. Here, we chat with the designers about why they chose stainless steel to work with, their Diego Rivera collection, and the future of the brand, and let me tell you: the future looks grand.
Cliché: What made you interested in working with stainless steel for your collection? STEWART/STAND: Simply put, we were drawn in by the effect light had on the fabric. We have always been drawn to sustainable and eco-friendly materials; it’s part of our design theory.
We found a stainless steel fabric when we were touring a factory in Italy to produce our first product, a patented cufflink design my brother-in-law drafted for the groomsmen in his wedding. Walking around, we noticed a shimmery, sparkling effect coming from the back of the factory. As the fabric was being woven, hundreds of strands of stainless steel thread were being whipped back and forth on an industrial loom. As light hit each strand, reflections were sent in every direction, creating a mesmerizing light show. The material was being woven for use in architectural applications and for luxury Italian car engines.
We decided the material was so beautiful it should be repurposed for everyday use; we just had to find the right application, something people carry with them every day. We sought out a factory that could make the weave we wanted with the right alloy that was appropriate for handling. The idea of a vegan accessory that was beautiful and strong was so enticing to us. The fabric is as smooth as silk and shimmers in the light. I couldn’t think of anything else I would want in an accessory. Working with a structural textile was so enticing. The material could be molded and hold a form, a blank canvas for endless geometric and natural patterns.
With every bend we made in the fabric, light would be increasingly reflected, creating an incredible effect as light poured over the beveled surface. The idea of playing with light and shadow to obtain a pattern was just thrilling. Back in the USA as we were finalizing our patent application, we were pleasantly surprised that a similar material was on display at an exhibit at The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. This material had been used in space suits to protect astronauts from meteorites while they were spacewalking. The exhibit was named “Extreme Textiles.” The lightweight nature of this material paired with its strength and flexibility lends itself to incredible modern applications, especially in architecture. To be frank, the material still blows my mind to this day. I am inspired by it continuously.
What inspired you to create vegan, cruelty-free products? Do you wish more brands did? Cruelty-free products…to us, this goes further than just the materials that go into a product. We sense a tremendous responsibility to leave this earth a healthier place than we have left it and to treat the craftspeople who make products with respect. Respect for our environment and the people who live in it are what inspire us to create responsible design. Over the years, I have been pleased to see a rise in makers who consider these things and I hope this trend continues. We have worked with the same team of talented tailors for the past 10+ years. The specialized material means hiring a team full time and employing them year round. To retain the well-trained staff, we need to ensure a comfortable work environment, and more. Our material is made from 85% post-consumer recycled stainless steel and each wallet is 100% recyclable. The stainless steel fabric is vegan, of course, and our top-selling styles are vegan. Paul Stewart-Stand is often quoted as saying, “The last thing the world needed was another leather wallet,” which is our main selling point. There is so much room in accessories design for alternative materials that are vegan. We are one of the few options out there and I expect this category to grow. There are so many celebrities who are demanding vegan design and luckily ours is a luxury look which easily fits into evening attire for events, especially with our women’s designs.
What was the inspiration behind the stainless steel collection? What was your design process? We draw most of our inspiration from architecture. These monuments play with shadow and light on a grand scale, one that I can walk around in. They use reflective materials and voids for illumination and to provide interior light. Louis Kahn is our primary source of inspiration, Frank Ghery, and most recently Zaha Hadid has been fun to explore as well. I pull patterns from shadows and geometric formations from these buildings, create texture blocks and use a 20-ton press to impress the texture into each piece of fabric that is used in our wallets. I also pull textures from traditional fashion patterns; men’s herringbone and women’s quilted textiles are a perfect fit for showing off the reflective nature of our steel textile. For construction, I create most design models from paper and then reverse engineer the pattern. It takes a lot of consideration deciding where the steel can be applied to the model since it can permanently crease when bent at an angle that is less than 20 degrees. The greatest challenge was finding materials to pair with the steel. We sought out upholstery textiles for their durability and strength knowing that they would withstand any friction with the stainless steel fabric best. There was a year’s worth of research finding the right thread that could contain the strength of the stainless steel fabric.
Your So Cal Coast collection was inspired by southern California. Which piece from the collection is your favorite? Theclutch wallet in periwinkle blue + yellow from the So-Cal Coast Collection has to be my favorite; which I think is the same for most women. Driving along the coast, you are presented with a vast blue sky. Every day it’s a similar shade of relentless blue. Between the sky and the water’s edge, there is a marine layer that settles over the horizon. As the sun sets, an electric yellow blends with the blue and creates an incredible effect; they are almost stacked one on top of the other, with this silvery haze between the two. The clutch wallet was inspired by that effect that occurs every day. It’s a recognizable moment for anyone who lives in that part of the world. For me, it’s yet another reminder to be kind to this planet. We are both a spectator of this remarkable place as well as its custodian. Coming up next is a handbag made from this same periwinkle blue, with a similar composition. I think it will be the go-to for 2018.
Tell us a little about your collection featuring artwork by Diego Rivera. How did that collaboration begin? Collaboration is key, especially in a company that works with unconventional materials. There is a learning curve to every project we approach. I do my best to create a collaborative atmosphere in the studio. I had a wall taken down in our new office, opening the studio to a high traffic area. The result was fantastic. Making the studio so accessible allowed people to wander over, creating opportunities to brainstorm, obtain feedback, and watch people interact with our design as it developed. STEWART/STAND has worked closely with museums and galleries since our company’s inception. We are very lucky to have a PR Firm that encourages these opportunities. We get excited about collaborations that we dream up in meetings with RAW, and because of the relationships Paul has built through the years, we are lucky to see these projects materialize.
We cropped Diego’s work to feature its details as a graphic pattern to tell a color story as well as feature the work as a whole. Recognizing his focal point in such an unusually large mural, we were able to highlight these elements individually as well. We paired the artwork with cool grey tones to emphasize the industrial aspects of the story he told. The largest item, abeautiful tote bag for women, is the star of the collaboration. At the debut event, the museum lobby was filled with women carrying the tote bag. It’s a beautiful neutral item that is an everyday essential. The men’s wallets feature the same archival ink prints that either envelop the entire exterior with a touch of Diego’s artwork inside, or a subtle exterior application of the DIA logo with an all-over display of a mural that spans across the card pockets and up onto the money welt. Working with the DIA was a fun experience. I think people are surprised how receptive we are to collaboration and how open we are to learning about their needs as a client and partner. Our company is always open to collaboration. I am not shy about continuing to get the word out.
Why did you choose Diego Rivera’s work for your collection? The Diego Rivera project for theDetroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) was so compelling. The piece is a source of tremendous local pride. When we launched the collection at one of their member’s events, people kept coming over telling stories about relatives who worked at Ford’s Rouge Plant. The DIA was looking to feature this signature installation and we were lucky to have this artwork chosen for us. Diego’s art tells the story of each individual who pulled the levers and stoked the fire at the Ford Factory. His depiction is beautiful and the strength of the factory men are as crucial to the end product as the great machines that they are commanding. Diego celebrated the people behind the production of the automobile, industry, agriculture, innovation as well as the history of indigenous people. It’s important not to lose the connection to the past, as the world rapidly accelerates. I think this is a very relevant topic today as people in America are concerned about being replaced in a future of automated factories.
With these types of collaborations, we seek to bring focus to local content. From a technical standpoint, we were able to achieve many of the details in the art, translated into the accessory. Standing inside the DIA’s Rivera Courtyard, we were struck by the innumerable stories depicted by the murals. Having the opportunity to translate several of these stories into an accessory, carried by people every day, is a source of particular pride for our company as well.
Do you have a particular person or consumer in mind while designing new collections? Every product we make is a request by a customer, to the extent that we have never designed a product that does not have a customer in mind. The new collections for women were designed due to a need for larger women’s accessories. For years, women have been asking us to make our wallets larger so they can fit their lipgloss or compact or keys inside. It’s a compliment that our wallets are so aesthetically pleasing that women want to show them off. We took note of what our customers were looking for and reformatted the composition to fit the proportions. We were so pleased with the result and the insiders who have had a sneak peak were as well. It felt like such a great success. Our customers range from young fashionistas to the established style icon. I think this question overlaps with our previous answer about collaboration. You might be able to say that our collections are collaborations with our customers?
What can we look forward to next from STEWART/STAND in the new year? We are rolling out larger women’s accessories in every collection and freshening up the collections with new textures. There are over a dozen new handbags that should be rolling out, each in multiple colorways and a diversity of materials—all still featuring our stainless steel textile, of course. The versatility of our design is something we are pushing to new limits, adding chain straps that can adjust from short/shoulder or satchel length and extending long enough that they can be worn across the body below the hip. We’ve added special features to the interior to keep the chain from roaming around. Our men’s collection will of course expand once again. The demand for well-designed men’s accessories is incredible. The new year is full of exciting new designs for men and women and we are anticipating and prepared for a very busy workflow.