Office Wear – avoid these common fashion fiascos

Fashion for the working women
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Suits are often advised to unleash their sense of style at workplace and not become conveyor belt models of gray and its myriad shades. Sadly, when it does happen the aftermath resembles a post-apocalyptic version of Vogue. But if you are in the process of breaking the cocoon, let these  words not scare you. Follow these simple guidelines and you will never make a fashion fiasco, ever.

  • Too much skin: People will know you hit the gym without you flaunting your legs in super short skirts or back in daring shirts. If you feel like feeling sexy and showing it wait for the evening to play peek-a-boo. Word of caution: Many have been fired either because of sexual harassment complaints or for being sexual predators.
  • Too many accessories: Keep it simple, and minimalistic in design too, lest you look trashy. You want your work to stand out, not your jewellery.
  • The vacation wear: Even if it is Casual Friday, keep away from flip-flops, tube tops, strapless dresses and linen (they crinkle easily) or flowers in hair! And the ULTIMATE office wear fiasco –the ripped/faded jeans and graphic T-shirts.
  • Too bright for comfort: Never sport a fuchsia or tangerine skirt-suit or red pants. Use spurts of colours, like a bright shirt under suits or fun-coloured accessory or bag.
  • Comfy over cute: Bring the two together for footwear, for instance, with comfortable flats. And NEVER are sandals and socks pardonable; not even for men.
  • The Unkempt look: It looks good only in fashion magazines. In a professional environment, even casual should look sharp and fresh. Remember, how you dress reflects on your personality and ultimately your work.
  • Lastly, keep away from heavy make-up and revealing a piercing too many.


How to choose watches for women

While women have an endless list of “I wants”, choosing anything can be stressful and confusing considering the choices available! Watches are no different, but they are probably the smartest and most versatile accessory a woman can have. Watches are useful, despite the advent of  mobiles, have the potential to look different with different attires and are great to show off!
Choosing a watch for woman

Here’s a guide on how to choose a watch for a woman:

The style: Round, square and rectangle are the most popular dial shapes. Know which shape will suit your woman or which she doesn’t have. Round dials are delicate and feminine, square, instead of looking masculine can be perfect for a woman who means business, and rectangle is just chic!

Once done with the dial, we come to the strap. A strap can literally make or break it; it not only dictates style but also comfort. From delicate  string-like straps with crystals, to bracelet-like and bangles or leather, the occasion will help you out with this one! Did we hear you say multiple  occasions? Thankfully, with most watch providers offering a change of straps for this very purpose, you needn’t worry too much.

But just the style of a watch can’t suffice for a woman of substance. You have to check it’s functioning, like being waterproof, showing different time zones (very handy features) or with a compass and date for an outdoorsy gal.
With these tips, and a decent budget, you should be good to go!

How to choose watches for men

Buying anything for men was never easy, and the task gets even more difficult when it comes to buying a watch. Despite all the metropolitan sexuality celebration, it’s still one of the rare pieces of jewelley men allow themselves. So, let’s browse over the factors that’ll help you choose the right watch for the man in your life.

Watches for menKnow what you want: Otherwise, buying a watch will be like looking for a pin in a haystack. Develop a good understanding of the style and look you want, and see if the brands you prefer offer anything close to it within your price range.

Research: With most brands offering e-retail, compare the prices of the watch on different sites, and preferably in different brick-and-mortar outlets across the country. Call authorized watch dealers for prices and taxes, compare with local retailer. Also, check the availability of the watch  you are choosing, since collectables are hard to come by.

Authorised personnel only: Once you’ve decided on a watch brand and model, only buy it from an authorized dealer. Not only will be offer you a genuine piece with all the paperwork, you can rest assured that he will also service it well for you.

Different types of wrist watches

Long before mobiles came along, watches were the ultimate symbol of your status and personality. They were gadgets – style-strutting, time-telling symbols of latest technology – and they were jewellery, complete with intricate designs and studded with every precious stones you desired! So why did they change avatars? For several reasons.

Prime among them being convenience, with the strap, and affordability. The very technology that once made them expensive advanced enough to make them a product of mass-production and thus, cheap.

However, once the mass production started watches began changing form like performers. Manual, Quartz, Digital, Steel bracelet, Leather, Rubber Bracelet, are some of the most common forms this gadget has taken. They also changed the add-on features to better suit the needs of professionals who wore them.

Like with everything, there are favourites among watches too. Read on to find out about the most popular choices, technology wise:
Different types of watches
Stainless Steel Watches: A mark of luxury and success, stainless steel watches have become almost synonymous with high power professionals. Brands like Omega, Rolex, Tag Hauer, have mastered the art of creating sophisticated stainless steel watches combining style with best technology.

Swiss Watches: Also known as pilot watches or simply Pilots, Swiss watches have been the mark of precision and brilliance since 18th century with their perfect size of dials and leather bracelets.

Water-proof or Divers’ Watches: They were the cats among quartz. Offering to keep your beloved watch safe even in rain or underwater was a  novelty man had never thought of back in 1932. Today waterproof watches come with ATMs (atmospheres) telling the user the depth to which his watch is safe in water.

Military Watches: With their butch designs, latest military technology in time tracking and rare illumination technology, military watches are yes for the military but also come in handy for researches roaming forests or filmmakers shooting documentaries.

Sports Watches: Sports watches came along and became popular in the  21st century with popularization of sports events and the rise of sporting merchandise, thanks to marketing and rising obesity. Key features that sports watches focus on are comfort, sturdiness and design.


Sunglasses – frame styles and types

Frames may have initially facilitated a more fuss-free way of wearing reading lenses, but for the past few decades they have become more of a fashion accessory. Thus, the biggest concern that people have while choosing frames is not just their strength and weight, but most importantly will they suit your face cut?

Types of sunglassesThus, it is of great importance to understand the frame shapes that will suit your face. You could try every frame available or just read on.

The first rule to remember is that the shape of your frame should contract your face shape. Second, the frame colour should go with your skin tone – cool or warm. And, third, the size of the frame should be in proportion with your face.

These are the basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, triangle – base-down and base-up, diamond and square.

  • Round faces look good with sharp, narrow frames that lengthen the face. Also, the bridge between the eyes should be clear.
  • Oval faces are a blessing. The face shape, because of its balanced proportions, supports all kinds of frame shapes. But the best are those that are as wide as the broadest part of the face. In short, proportionate!
  • Oblong… long, long, long; so they need width. Choose frames that are have more depth than width; decorative temples add width to the face and low bridge shortens the long nose typical of an oblong face.
  • Triangles, broad at base need fancy, coloured, full of details frames and narrow at the bottom need or cat eye shapes. Those broad at the top should choose rimless frames or half-frames.
  • Cat-eye frames also go well for diamond shaped faces. Such people can also choose rimless and oval frames.

Those with square faces should choose frames that soften their face, like narrow frames that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.

Ray Ban – History of Ray Ban and types of Ray Ban Sunglasses

A fashion must-have, the reason for Ray-Ban’s inception was like any other object’s – need.

In 1920s man was flyer flying higher than ever, but becoming a bird had its cost – the pilots would often suffer from headaches and altitude sickness. In 1929, the American Army approached medical equipment manufacturer Bausch & Lomb to make protective eyewear for its pilots. The company came up with a new kind of glasses in 1936. It had plastic frames and green lenses that would block out the intense blue and white of the skies without compromising visibility. They called it the ‘anti-glare’. Next year, the anti-glare was made snazzier, took a patent and renamed it ‘Ray-Ban Aviator’. Pun intended? Maybe.

Ray ban SunglassesThis was the history and birth of Ray-Ban sunglasses. So all that hoopla about Aviators is real; it is the first pair of sunglasses ever to be made! But with such an immense market for protective eyewear, Ray-Ban did not stop with just Ray-Bans. Over the years it came up with different types of sunglasses, but the initial strides were all made for outdoor activity, including Ray-Ban Shooter (1938), Outdoorsman (1939), which had a protective sweat bar and Wayfarer (1952) which became popular thanks to James Dean. These were the classics. But the real revolution came in 1960s, when within a year the company increased its range of eyewear from 30 at the beginning of the decade to 50 by the end of it, including styles for men, women and children and become the world’s leader in eyewear.

The Ray-Ban Olympian I (1965) and II (1969) were introduced by Peter Fonda, Ray-Ban Balorama emerged in 1968. The 1970s came with Ray-Ban Meteor, cat eye-shaped Ray-Ban Laramie, Ray-Ban Vagabond (reintroduced in 2010) and Ray-Ban Stateside.

The 70s also saw the brand expand into prescription sunglasses and came up with photochromic Ambermatic lens in 1974.

While the list is endless and the company continues to make advancements in technology and style, it did run into some financial problems in the late 90s until Luxottica took it over making it a world leader once again.

Right Sunglasses for your face shape

Right Sunglasses for your face shape

The right kind of sunglasses don’t just protect you from the harmful UV rays or prevent the formation of those innumerable fine lines on your face, but also make you look like your favorite movie star. However, to be a cynosure of all eyes, you need to choose sunglasses which complement your face type. If you end up wearing glasses that are too big or small or are do not suit your face, you may just have to endure the ridicule of all your acquaintances instead of their awe-filled admiration.

Right Types of sunglasses

Here are some pointers that can help you to choose the right kind of sunglasses.

Oval face:

People with an oval face have a wide range of shapes to choose from. You can opt for tape worms or even big sun glasses. However, it is advisable to keep away from very small glasses with lenses.

Round face:

If you have a round face, choose sunglasses that add length to your face. Rectangular frames with rounded edges or thick framed sunglasses will do. Round lenses are best avoided.

Heart face:

If you have a narrow chin and jaw line along with a broad forehead and high cheek bones, then you need to opt for rounder frames as they will help in creating a balanced look.

Square face:

Oval and round frames are good options for those who have a square chine, a strong jaw line and a broad forehead. The strong angular lines of your face will be softened by the curves of your sunglasses.

So, it is certainly essential to choose your sunglasses with care as they can create a great first impression and may be help you to land up that coveted job!