Party dresses range from the simple to the dramatic, from the modest to the stylish. You have dresses and dresses to suit any occasion and any mood. Party dresses for young girls are often adorned with lace and ribbon, or have layers of tulle or organza giving the dress an ethereal look. Contrast collars and short bell sleeves add to the charm.

Sometimes the party dresses resemble the dresses of the 20th century, which was the age of poodle skirts, bell like dresses with colorful sashes at the waist or even the hula-hoops. Strange as it may seem the girls party dresses may take on a schoolgirl hue with the adorable and flattering cardigan coming into view. Soft fabrics with satin trim round the collar and cuffs are wonderful for special occasions.

The ubiquitous skirt with dramatic coloring and floral designs attached to a bodice always manages to attract. For birthday parties, fancy dress parties and Halloween parties, Disney and the movies come to the rescue. Cinderella and Barbie dresses are all time favorites, while the angels deck themselves in the more classic stuff. Animal dresses are fantastic for Halloween parties.

Hand painted dresses look superb on young girls. These dresses have a unique touch and a personality of their own. Easy to design and lovely to wear, there is a stampede for such party outfits. For the adults, gorgeous gathered dresses are perfect for fall parties. Vertical ruffles and the slit at the side accentuate the empire waist, and the v neckline. A stole matching the dress elevates the party mood, as you look stunning. Stretch velvet fabrics make beautiful party dresses. With matching shawls to complete the attire, you are ready to compete with anything and anyone. Magenta Chiffon halter dresses are very trendy and look great on most women.

Full-length dresses with tank style sleeves are knockouts. Color elevates looks and the mood of the party. Red fuchsia dresses with an imaginative handbag, accompanied by velvet or inexpensive matching shoes always look attractive. The inevitable satin black dress with a self-belt and double v-neck halts people in their tracks.

The formal floor length strapless gown in red with a matching wrap has always been a success. It is simple and yet at the same time looks elegant enough for the queen. It comes in different colors and some of them are sequined. However, if you are one of those who would prefer not to be too exposed, the two-piece velvet ensemble with velvet flowing skirt, velvet top and jacket could be good alternatives. Ultra formal long silk dresses in black, ivory, or pale pink are classic and chic. Remember, with a little imagination you can always resurrect your dresses so that they look new each time. Whatever you wear, if you feel good in it, it is going to be a rage.

As far as shoes are concerned high heels are in. if you can put up with the pain, you can have fun. Use sparkly buttons on your dress if you are not using much jewelry. Inexpensive hand dresses leave their stamp wherever you go. The fabric is usually light and extremely comfortable. Cheerful to look at, they make stunning dresses for summer evening parties.

A light chiffon scarf and you can change it into a dinner dress. There are even some creative options where separate pieces of fringed fabric are attached to the dress. When you dance, the material swirls and this sight can be pretty mesmerizing. So dressing for a party is no big deal. With what you have you can create wonders. The only thing you should have is a little imagination and a lot of patience. Rest assured you will be a great success.

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Pregnancy period is definitely one of the most memorable periods in any woman’s life. Face starts to glow and life seems so blissful. This period also requires pregnant women to choose right kind of maternity dresses. As far as choices in this category are concerned don’t even assume that options are restricted. Time has changed and it has changed so drastically as far as maternity dresses are concerned.

Earlier, the choices were restricted to colors like black or blue, lengths like long or short and commonly heard words like evening gown or sundress. But choices are no more restricted. Maternity wear has also evolved a long way. These dresses can be equally comfortable, fashionable and glamorous than normal stuffs. You will come across different options that are in range of simple to bold and modern.

It also implies, pregnant women need not to despair over lack of choices in maternity dress segment. They are not required to change their taste for certain duration. Pregnant women can always shop for maternity dresses keeping in mind their personality and taste while simultaneously glowing in their pregnancy experience. As far as choices are concerned, it could be evening dress style or casual or work style. These dresses are quite comfortable and stylish.

While you are shopping for maternity clothing, remember to buy stuff from maternity section only. The reason is stretchable nature of such clothes that are made keeping in mind growing baby and growing belly. There are several popular styles of maternity dresses including maternity sweater, tunic and maxi. The formal maternity dress is ideally suited for evening occasions. The evergreen black dress will always work in all the evening outings.

Sweater maternity dresses can appear very stylish if worn in combination with maternity tights and boots. If you want to have casual looks then go for tunic dress. These dresses go wonderfully well with leggings and skinny jeans. You can also find number of styles and designs in this segment. Maxi dresses are very comfortable and are available in variety of colors, patterns and designs.The nine-month pregnancy term is in fact the most beautiful period in a woman’s life. The glow that emanates from her makes her look divinely.

While her bulging stomach does not boast of a fine figure, yet it is the very growing bulge that makes her beautiful. Most mothers’-to-be ignore the need to dress up well. They just get into anything that would fit, as if just for the need of wearing clothes.

A pregnant woman’s comfort is very important for the healthy development of her baby in the womb. Something that is light and floral and pastel always keeps the moods light. After all when the mother is happy the baby is happiest. Gone are those days when there were the standard maternity dresses that actually made a mother-to-be look much larger than she actually was during the progressive months of pregnancy.

Nowadays, Designers have ventured into maternity dresses that fit comfortably and yet make the mother-to-be feel beautiful all through her pregnancy. They keep in mind color, texture, temperament of the mother. In fact there are specially designed evening gowns, denims, so she does not have to stick to the same one-piece frock. Well, now a mother-to-be can ward away the morning sickness, blood pressure fluctuations and all other afflictions associated with pregnancy by just going out there and shopping for one of those stunning maternity dresses… designed specially to bring out the beauty of a mother-to-be.

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Swim wear is a must if you are planning on a beach holiday in coming time. Different occasions require different dresses and when it comes to a beach holiday, swim wear is definitely a must have in your wardrobe. Swim wears come in different types and designs. Among the popular types of swim wears, swimsuits take the pride of the place. Designs are plenty and all you need to do is a bit of surfing. Traditional one-piece swimsuits are greatly preferred by women. The thing to be noticed here is body shape. Your body shape will determine whether swimsuit worn by you suits you or not. For example, ladies with apple shape can opt for high neck line swimsuits so that attention is diverted towards waist. Pear shaped females need to go for halter neck swimsuit whereas slimmer figures should ideally prefer swimsuit with cut-out sections.

Bikinis have always been popular amongst women right from its inception time. Available in trendy styles, now a day they are also available in separate bikini tops and bikini briefs. That gives you more scope as far as choosing a bikini as per your body shape is concerned. Types of bikinis include under wired bikini tops, padded bikini tops, bikini crop top, hipster briefs and tie briefs. The latest type of swim wear to hit the market is tankinis that is basically a short, sleeveless top and bikini bottoms.

While buying swim wear, one should focus more on style rather than color. If you want to give appearance of slim waist then go for side elastic detailing. For the same purpose, you can also choose bold prints as they are tricky to the eyes. If your tummy is out of shape then look no further than paneled support swimwear. Another beautiful alternative is beautiful sarong or beach dress. Swim wear should be such that it enhances the body figure and flatters your appearance.

Suitable color in swim wear is quite important for better appearance. People without tan should opt for dark colored swim wear whereas those who are fairly tanned can go for a brightly colored swimsuit. Slim figured people need to choose swimsuits with all-over patterns.

The early swimsuits consisted of bloomers & black stockings. Gradual improvements were being made in the cut of the swimsuit itself. By the end of the 19th century, swimming had become an art, as well as an inter-collegiate and Olympic sport. The beginning of the 20th century marked a new era in swimwear for women. Swimsuits began the trend of becoming lighter and briefer..

For each category of Swimwear, be it the Men’s Line of Swimwear, or Women’s Line of Swimwear, the Kids Swimwear Section and also the Plus size Swimwear Lines are reinventing themselves to keep abreast with the buying power and the changing demands and tastes of the buyers. Whichever of these categories is relevant to you based on your age and sex, and if you are also passionate about sporting the latest accessories while indulging yourself in your favourite sport then you would surely want to keep abreast with what’s new in Swimwear collection range today. After all, the jazzy gadgets do just perk up and add on the whole experience of a swim.

So it is absolutely mandatory and necessary that you update your knowledge on the latest available gadgets, accessories and trends in the Swimwear sections.  Apart from the latest styles in swimming clothes, there also water shoes and designer swimming sunglasses. These are interesting gadgets to add to the range of your modest swimwear collection.

The newest addition to the range of the swimwear is the SPF swimwear. This sun protection swimwear is an absolute must what with the constant threat of skin damages possible due to the harmful rays of the sun. It is just as good to add this sun protection collection to your collection to make sure of that added safety.

When it comes to a fancy dress competition, they only way to win it is by being innovative. But then a fancy dress is not only about a competition; it could be a general party theme. Maybe a party thrown at home, or the theme for the prom night. It is all about having fun and yet bringing out the creative genius in you.

Fancy dress ideas could be taken from history books, hardbound books that talk about the various eras of human civilization (with pictures), it could be on the basis of the main character of your favorite movie or television serial.

Amongst adults the preferred are historic characters, which inmost cases calls for supplicated dressing, unless you are adventurous and would like to do something different.

For parents it is a little more difficult to think of fancy dress ideas, especially when your child really wants to win the competition. Amongst the common ideas are the bunnies and characters from the fairy tales, or even cartoon characters. But to think of something different, probably you could dress them up as an object, or create a totally new character that could make a difference to the present world situation.

For instance, Mr./Miss. Clean surrounding who is dressed up in garbage that he/she has collected by supposedly cleaning the world. But then this kind of innovation is called for when it is an open theme. However, in the case of prescribed theme, then you have to select accordingly.

In the case of adults, again it is the theme that matters. Sometimes people decide on a certain decade to be represented such as the 1960s. The theme could be the movies, music, the 1800s, etc. To add fun to the event, you need not make it a typical contest, but something more fun with a few strange titles, like the authentic looking, the groomed, the unexpected, etc. ~ author Karishma Bajaj.

Come winter and out come the sweaters and coats to keep the body warm. This is our way of insulating the body from the cold outside. The way to effectively battle the cold is to layer and layer. The base layers of winter clothing must be effective. They must be made of material, which allows the sweat to evaporate. The clothing can be in the form of boxers, long or short underwear, and vests.

The next layer is often called the mid thermal layer and is the 2nd line of defense. Zippered Jerseys, mock turtlenecks or T-shirts are good choices. It is important to ensure that these are not too tight or too loose, because tight clothes apart from restricting movement do not insulate the body properly and loose clothes allow the warm air to escape.

The clothing should also allow proper ventilation, which is to allow heat to escape if it gets too hot or seal heat in if it gets too cold. This should be achieved without having to take off any layer. Openings like buttons and zippers achieve this to perfection. Depending on the outside conditions decide whether to use more layers or heavier clothing with not so many layers.  If it is freezing, heavier stuff is better and if variable conditions are going to be encountered, go in for multiple layers that are not so heavy. Gloves and mittens can be used to keep the hands warm. They are available as base layers or super warm stuff that can take care of the cold. Balaclavas cover the neck and head completely leaving only the eyes and nose exposed. Separate caps that offer very good insulation can also be worn. Even shoes with insulation and waterproofing are available to ward off the cold. When one thinks of winter, woolen clothes are the first things that come to your mind.

Wool is a very good insulator, can absorb moisture without becoming really wet and is fairly inexpensive. It can be worn against the skin, but a great disadvantage is that it tends to be very itchy and many people are allergic to it. Pile or Fleece fabrics are good insulators but are not very resistant to cold wind, so they invariably have to be used in combination with other layers. Polypropylene and hydrophobic fabrics prevent the skin from getting wet as they do not absorb the water and also reduce heat loss. Feathers are good insulators but woe betide if they get wet. Down is good only so long as it is dry. It is light and if encased in synthetic fabric can be petty useful. Silk is a good insulator and for those who are allergic to wool, it can act as an efficient base layer. Super thin fibers have stormed the market and have proved to be good alternatives to warm clothing. They offer twice the warmth that down does, but they tend to be heavier. However as outer layers of winter clothing they function as efficiently as parkas and pants. Fur, Mohair, camel hair and angora are also good outer layers.
Winter clothing can be damaged if not taken care of. Moths and pest seem to be attracted by them during spring and summer and they need to be taken care of. Sweaters, coats and parkas that are not being used need to be preserved in plastic zippered bags and mothballs need to be used to control the pests. This ensures that your winter clothing is always fresh every year.

~ Editor K Bajaj. copyright @indianchild.com

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