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Winter Fashion Essentials Every Woman Should Have

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As seasons change, so do clothing requirements. Obviously, you can’t be strutting in your favourite summer tie-dyed slip dress in the snow, unless you want to catch a cold or worse than that. It would also be uncomfortable to be all wrapped up in warm winter jackets and scarves when the sun is hottest in summer. A wardrobe change therefore is absolutely sensible.

To upgrade your current wardrobe, here are 3 clothing must-haves that you should invest in for the upcoming winter season:

1. Jackets and Coats

Winter Fashion Essentials Every Woman Should Have
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With the weather becoming unpredictable and sometimes even going to surprising extreme temperature drops, hoarding on different types of cover-ups to keep you warm is the best way to prepare for the cold season’s challenges, fashion-wise. Because even though you’re going to be wrapped up in layers, let’s be honest, we still want to look chic. The only way to achieve this is to find pieces that serve both purpose and style.

A long coat is a good choice to keep you warm while also making a bold fashion statement. Indeed, what you wear on top of all your other outfits will matter most at wintertime. Hence, why not make the most of it with an interesting long coat? If you’re wearing a neutral-coloured outfit or an all-black ensemble, which is a very common colour choice during winter, try to liven it up with a bright-coloured long coat. If you’re looking at elegant blue prom dress with sleeves, you will still have to choose a long coat to complement your choice so that even when the night gets cold, you can still enjoy the party and look fashionable.

If you want a more sophisticated appeal, wear a blazer. Blazers have a corporate appeal, making the wearer look smart and classy. You can opt to wear these on top of your usual work clothes, particularly the sleeveless dresses.

Of course, a winter wardrobe will never be complete if you don’t get yourself a leather jacket. This piece of outerwear provides an instant upgrade to whatever it is you are wearing. If you’re not into long coats, you can opt for a trusty leather jacket over your prom dress and voila, you’ve just added oomph to your outfit.

Make sure to have at least one puffer jacket for when the temperature is way below zero degrees and you’ve got to protect yourself from getting hypothermia. A swanky puffer jacket will look great with sweaters and boots too.

2. Turtlenecks and Sweaters

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A warm top is a necessity for winter, even when you have prepared to layer your outfits with coats or jackets. If you don’t own one yet, get yourself a snug turtleneck top (or several) since this can be a go-to clothing piece for winter. These tops go with everything, from working as an undershirt for sleeveless dresses to being paired with good jeans.

Sweaters are also winter must-haves, with cashmeres being highly recommended. These are simple warmers that can be worn with all types of bottoms – jeans, trousers, leather pants, and even skirts.  You can also wear this with a collared shirt to add more warmth to your outfit while still looking chic.

3. Jeans

With multiple layers on, skinny jeans are go-to pants for winter. Not only will these keep you warm but they also go well with turtlenecks and sweaters, jackets and coats. Cap the ensemble off with over-the-knee boots or flat heeled booties for a warm but still Instagram-worthy outfit.

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Of course, don’t forget to get at least one pretty blanket wrap scarf. It’s an effortless way to keep yourself comfortable and still be in style.

Vintage Engagement Rings: Styles Through the Eras

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Vintage Engagement Rings: Styles Through the Eras
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Prior to looking at the different styles of vintage engagement rings, it is important to define what exactly is classed as vintage. The term “vintage” can be widely used to describe an old item, yet to be vintage, a jewellery item would be anything from 20 to 99 years old, as any item that is more than 100 years old is classified an antique. Here are the various eras that have produced distinctive diamond ring designs.

  • The Victorian Era (1830-1900) – This era is a very popular choice for the girl who loves fine design, and in general, the Victorian era can be classed as early, middle and late period styles. If you would rather something a little older, you can see antique style engagement rings at very affordable prices from an online antique and vintage jeweller. Victorian rings are generally made from rose gold, with rows, clusters and halos of diamonds, which is one of the reasons why this era is so popular.
  • Edwardian Era (1900-1920) – This period symbolises intricate, lacy designs, with platinum bands, and you can often find very floral patterns from this period. Coloured diamonds began to appear in the Edwardian era, with pinks, yellows and greens often used. The Old Mine, European and Rose Cuts were popular in this short era, and there are some delightful designs that are still impressive to this day.
  • The Art Deco Period (1920-1940) – If you are into bold and glitzy designs, the Art Deco period is for you, with bold geometric shapes and repeated patterns. Rather than flowing curves, the bold straight lines are really evident in Art Deco rings, with, of course, coloured diamonds used extensively. The Step Cut became very popular as it goes hand in hand with the bold style, and due to bad economic times, other stones were often used instead of diamonds, so don’t be surprised to come across amethyst, citrine and garnet when viewing engagement rings of this period.
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  • The Retro Period (1940-1960) – This was the time when the diamond giant DeBeers launched their very successful marketing campaign, which resulted in almost the exclusive use of diamonds in engagement rings. Simpler designs are more popular with the Retro period, and diamonds were generally centrally placed, and with platinum in great demand thanks to the Second World War, rose gold was the metal of choice.
  • The Swinging Sixties – This was a glorious era and ring designs were heavily influenced by the Art Deco period, as flower power gripped the UK. Jaqueline Kennedy sported a coloured diamond engagement ring, which did wonders for the emergence of coloured stones, yet diamonds were still figuring highly in 60s designs.

Whatever the period that you prefer, an online search will help you to locate a reputable antique and vintage jeweller, and they can source any style and are very reasonably priced. Talk to a local dealer today and see what they have on offer.

Tips for Wearing A Purple Dress To A Formal Event

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They say a girl must be supremely confident to wear a purple dress to a formal event, and while that might be the case, choosing such a bold color shouldn’t be an issue, providing you choose the right design and accessorize wisely. If you have decided to go purple for the event, here are a few tips to help you create the right look that is sure to turn heads.

  • Accessories – Yellow and gold are the two best colours to match with a purple dress, and a gold satin belt might work for you, while yellow gold jewellery is a must! A turquoise bag would really complete the look, and with an up hairdo and the right make-up, you are ready for the big night! As purple is a rich and bold colour, you might want to accessorise using neutral colours, and white can also be included in your accessories.
  • Go Designer – You can’t afford to take any chances with such an occasion, and with designers like Sherri Hill and Jovani, you can be sure of real quality. You might be tempted to wear those Peaches Boutique short purple homecoming dresses that can be found on their website, and this would make for an ideal choice. Make sure you order with sufficient time to have a few minor alterations carried out, as is usually the case when buying an evening gown.
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  • Black High Heel Shoes – The best choice with a purple gown, black high heel shoes work perfectly with the boldness of purple, and make sure that the shoes have been worn in prior to the event, otherwise the evening might be spoilt.  If you are going for a full-length gown, then shoe height is critical, so make sure you get that right.
  • Full Dress Rehearsal – Nothing should be left to chance if you are attending a homecoming or prom dance, and with a full dress rehearsal (makeup as well), you get to see the finished look, and in the event you are not happy with something, there’s still time. Spend some time thinking about hairstyles, and this is the perfect occasion for an up-do, which will give you the chance to show off those diamond earrings.

If you plan on tanning, make sure you do that at least 3 days prior to the event, and you might want to consult with your hair stylist a couple of weeks ahead of time, as she may want to experiment a little. Plan each component of your final look, and with a little trial and error, you are sure to come up with perfection.

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Nothing wrong with dressing up and taking a few selfies, which you can send to good friends, asking for an honest opinion. This will give you added self-confidence and that will prove to be invaluable on the night. With a designer dress, you really can’t go wrong.