Style http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7534/all en-US 7 Basic Sewing Tricks That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000023158354.jpg" alt="hands sewing button" title="hands sewing button" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQR6C3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQR6C3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TX6XFCOGHQV62HNZ">little sewing kits</a> you can buy at the grocery store? They're definitely worth the money when you consider how they might save your wardrobe. Back in the day, when a button would fall off a shirt or a hem would tear, it didn't always mean buying a new shirt or pants. Instead, people repaired clothing by hand to wear for years to come. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes?ref=seealso">Make Your Clothes Fit Perfectly With These 10 No Sew Fixes</a>)</p> <p>Here are a few invaluable mending techniques &mdash; and specific clothing fixes &mdash; that don't require a sewing machine.</p> <h2>Running Stitch</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k6657ZhHWgI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6657ZhHWgI&amp;spfreload=10">running stitch</a> (or straight stitch) is the easiest to learn, so it's worth adding to your repertoire. This stitch is basically under and over the fabric throughout the whole line of what you're stitching. You can use it to fasten most any two pieces of fabric together with good results. Under then over, under then over.</p> <h2>Whip Stitch</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v9kGyZDWZcA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I first became familiar with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9kGyZDWZcA&amp;spfreload=10">whip stitch</a> on <em>Grey's Anatomy</em>. Unfortunately, I won't be showing you how to use this skill in the human body, however useful that might be. After pinning together the fabric you plan to stitch, you drive through both and whip around the edge before come up again through the bottom at the same level where you first stitch rests. Continue until you've finished your piece, then tie off.</p> <h2>Tie Off</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AhEUqBSgwjI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Along with stitching, it's key to know how to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhEUqBSgwjI&amp;spfreload=10">tie off&nbsp;sewing projects</a> so they'll stay strong and secure. The maneuver reminds me of <a href="http://www.offroad-ed.com/images/drawings/atv_turn_k_maneuver.jpg">making a K-turn</a>&nbsp;while driving. You'll stitch up through your fabric, then back down right next to where you started &mdash; leaving some loose thread. Then one more stitch through the back that you'll resolve back down through the loop you created to tie off into a knot before cutting free.</p> <h2>Sew a Button</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rQRq--7InTE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Learning how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQRq--7InTE&amp;spfreload=10">sew a button</a> back onto a shirt is easy. First, thread your needle so you have a double thread to work with. Use a couple straight pins to create space for a shank. Stitching from behind your fabric, work through that first button hole and then choose either a straight or cross pattern through the button a few times before winding thread around the base to create that shank. Then, stitch to the back of your fabric again and knot to fasten.</p> <h2>Sew a Hem</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tMqK-fNrCrM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll find hems on most any piece of clothing you own, so it's good to know how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMqK-fNrCrM&amp;spfreload=10">sew hems up</a> when they get loose. First, iron your hem flat back to its original allowance. Then &mdash; moving from left to right &mdash; use a catch stitch to work your way diagonally down the hem to fasten. This technique works well on most thick apparel fabrics, but you can also use a straight stitch if you're more comfortable. For a super easy fix, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com:80url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;amp;field-keywords=iron+on+hemming+tape/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YI7KFVGET6SCUJGL">iron-on hemming tape</a>, which I've use on anything from clothing items to DIY curtains.</p> <h2>Sew a Hole</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0sal9F4RXeY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I get tiny holes in my clothes all the time. To <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sal9F4RXeY&amp;spfreload=10">sew holes shut</a>, start by matching thread to your garment. Then knot the end of your string or fix to your fabric using a few loop stitches. Working from the top of your project, sew the hole shut by moving from one side of the hole to the other. It's actually quite intuitive, you're just closing it back up again. Tie off to finish.</p> <h2>Patch Jeans</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ohDDHxZ-a3w?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You can iron a patch onto jeans to fix tears and holes, but this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohDDHxZ-a3w&amp;spfreload=10">sewn patch alternative</a> allows you to be more creative with fabric choices. Start by measuring your hole and cut your patch so it more than covers the area. Iron the edges of the patch so they're clean, then fix it to the jeans with straight pins. Using color thread that matches the patch, start sewing from a corner with a running stitch technique until you work your way around the entire patch. Knot to finish.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to mending techniques? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-acquire-cheap-formal-wear?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Acquire Cheap Formal Wear</a>)</p> <p>Often, expensive clothing will only be worn a few times &mdash; or worse, only once. (Unless, of course, you're a professional socialite.) Thankfully, we now have designer clothing rental sites like <a href="https://www.renttherunway.com/dress/search?mkwid=s8DLJdyUe_dc&amp;pcrid=59006108581&amp;campaign=PPCBRANDNYC&amp;adgroup=Trademark%7CTrademark&amp;KY=rent%20the%20runway&amp;matchtype=e&amp;source=google&amp;device=c&amp;mcampaign=Branded%7CTrademark%7CNYC%7CExact&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_campaign=Branded%7CTrademark%7CNYC%7CExact&amp;utm_term=rent%20the%20runway&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_content=s8DLJdyUe_dc%7Cpcrid2%7C59006108581%7Cpkw2%7Crent%20the%20runway%7Cpmt2%7Ce&amp;gclid=CKDG296y08MCFRc8gQod6ZIAiw">Rent the Runway</a>, where it's possible to rent that $1,000 Badgley Mischka dress for a mere fraction of retail. Neighborhood consignment stores, or tux and bridal rental shops are also good alternatives. Here are six times when you should always rent, rather than buy.</p> <h2>1. Weddings</h2> <p>Finding true love and standing before family and friends to attest your commitment to each other is one of life's most important celebrations. But the cost of a wedding dress or tuxedo can run up to thousands of dollars &mdash; and you'll only wear it once in your life. Rent instead of buying and put the extra savings toward starting your new life. Members of the wedding party should also consider renting, if possible.</p> <h2>2. Anniversaries</h2> <p>It should always be a priority to look our best for the one we love. What better way is there to keep the spark alive than by being creative and trying new things? A simple way to mix things up is by changing your look. Rent instead of buying to experiment with different looks and surprise your spouse.</p> <h2>3. Proms</h2> <p>Sure, prom dresses can be re-used at other formal events &mdash; but unless you know your social calendar is full of fancy galas, you should avoid permanently investing in expensive attire. Prom is a one-time event; don't splurge on buying an outfit, and put the savings toward making the night even more memorable in other ways.</p> <h2>4. Class Reunions</h2> <p>Most of us dread class reunions. Although they present an opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and friends and catch-up, we know our former classmates can't wait to size us up, so we often feel pressured to look our best. But don't fall prey to this mentality. Class reunions are yet another time when we should rent instead of buying. Instead, consider working on your physical fitness or personal accomplishments if you really want to wow your old friends.</p> <h2>5. Black Tie and Red Carpet Events</h2> <p>Everyone looks their best at black tie and red carpet events. Often, these types of events are well photographed for marketing purposes and receive lots of press coverage. This is definitely a time when you should rent instead of buy, because chances are you will get your moment in the spotlight. And most of us can more easily afford to rent a fabulous designer outfit than buy one. (see also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-that-seem-like-splurges-but-are-actually-savvy-buys?ref=seealso">6 Things That Seem Like Splurges But Are Actually Savvy Buys</a>)</p> <h2>6. Photo Shoots</h2> <p>Glamour photography, corporate photo shoots, and family portraits are all occasions to look your best. If your wardrobe isn't already equipped with clothing well-suited to the task, consider renting an outfit that will highlight your best features. Photos live forever, but dollars wasted on unnecessary clothing purchases don't.</p> <p><em>Have you ever rented an outfit for a special occasion? How'd it go?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-times-you-should-always-rent-clothes-instead-of-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style clothing rental fashion formal attire formal clothes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:00:06 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1304190 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/engagement-diamond-ring-Dollarphotoclub_61801254.jpg" alt="engagement diamond ring" title="engagement diamond ring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to pop the question? You'll need a ring before you get down on bended knee, and when it comes to buying jewelry, it's easy to make costly mistakes (especially if you don't know what you're doing). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands?ref=seealso">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</a>)</p> <p>To ensure that you're getting the best value for your budget, here are 12 engagement ring tricks from leading industry experts. Former diamond cutter and third-generation jeweler Anubh Shah of<a href="http://www.fourmine.com/"> Four Mine</a> jewelry, and Andrea Novella, creative director at<a href="http://www.gemmajadejewelry.com"> Gemma Jade Jewelry</a>, divulge their insider secrets to help you get the most brilliance for your buck.</p> <h2>1. Buy Diamonds Just Shy of Critical Weights</h2> <p>Carat weight and size are important in the ring-buying process &mdash; at least they are to your girlfriend &mdash; and jewelers know it. That's precisely why most diamonds are cut in half and whole increments, as pricing is based on those thresholds.</p> <p>&quot;Instead of shelling out for the full 1.00 carat diamond, try to find something around 0.95 carat,&quot; advises Shah. &quot;Manufacturers do everything they can to cut to critical weights because the pricing is tiered on those values. If a diamond is cut to less, the value is lost and therefore price can be significantly less.&quot;</p> <p>Novella agrees, calling this &quot;the best tip of all.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Diamond prices increase exponentially for each carat,&quot; she says. &quot;So if you want one carat, buy a .97. If you want 2, buy 1.95. It's essentially the same thing but much cheaper.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Buy Diamonds Online</h2> <p>We buy everything else online these days, so it only makes sense that you can find great deals on diamonds at Internet retailers.</p> <p>&quot;Buy diamonds online, even if you want to browse in store,&quot; suggests Anubh. &quot;Prices are significantly less and selection is far larger. You can see upwards of 20% price differences between online and in-store prices. Online jewelers are extremely price competitive and so the markups are actually very low. Jewelers make their margins on the setting, so buying the diamond loose then having it set in a ring locally is also a great idea.&quot;</p> <p>There's another important tip that you don't want to overlook, and it can save you hundreds of dollars.</p> <p>&quot;Also, buy one from a jeweler that's out of state so you save on taxes,&quot; Anubh adds, &quot;which can be an 8%+ difference.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Plan Your Purchase for the Summer</h2> <p>June through August is unofficially known as wedding season, so you probably assume that's the worst time to buy an engagement ring. The exact opposite is true, in fact, because while the actual weddings are taking places during the warmer months, most engagements are established throughout the rest of the year.</p> <p>&quot;Summers are a good time to buy &mdash; summers are slow for most jewelers and wholesalers so they'll be more price flexible to try and push inventory,&quot; says Anubh. &quot;Pricing is volatile around Christmas and can either go drastically up or down. Avoid the volatility and buy during the summer days. Plus it's wedding season so people aren't generally buying as many engagement rings at that time.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Opt for a Non-Traditional Shape</h2> <p>Would your lady prefer a round diamond? Unfortunately for you, she's in the majority, which drives the price up due to demand. To save some coin &mdash; if it won't leave you single, of course &mdash; look into more non-traditional shapes.</p> <p>&quot;Fancy shapes (shapes other than traditional round) are significantly less expensive and more trendy &mdash; why?&quot; asks Anubh. &quot;Because round is the most popular shape so it's most in demand &mdash; simple economics. Also, a diamond cutter's job is to preserve the maximum amount of weight. Rounds lose much more carat weight than other shapes, so they carry a premium.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Consider Alternative Stones</h2> <p>They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But isn't it interesting how there's no famous idiom that equates diamonds to a dude's worst enemy? If you're feeling the pinch on the prospect of buying a diamond, perhaps you can consider alternative stones, like precious gems or even a manmade, eco-friendly diamond-esque stone. (Tough sell, I know, but it's worth a shot.)</p> <p>&quot;Non-conventional brides might want to consider alternative stones to diamonds, or use a diamond setting but another stone for the center stone,&quot; Novella suggest. &quot;Asian cultures highly value imperial green jadeite, for example. It's more rare than diamonds but still more affordable.&quot;</p> <p>(P.S. If your bride is non-conventional, consider yourself an even luckier man.)</p> <h2>6. Go for the Gold</h2> <p>Yellow gold went out of fashion for a while over the past couple decades, but its back with a vengeance now that it has an enviable price tag. And Novella wants you to hone in on it for investment's sake.</p> <p>&quot;Gold provides the best value. Prices have steadily risen over the years so it's a good investment metal, but more affordable than platinum,&quot; she explains.</p> <h2>7. Look for 14k Instead of 18k Gold</h2> <p>While you're concentrating your efforts on gold, you also should know that there's a better value between one karat weight and another. It may seem like 18k gold is the best buy given the higher number, but that's not the case.</p> <p>&quot;Generally, you can consider 18k like a brand name; it's purer than 14k, but adds little to no extra raw value,&quot; says Anubh. &quot;The longevity of 14k is high, and simple 'servicing' (yes, like with a car) can keep it looking brand new. Just polishing out scratches or rhodium plating restores shine as if it were new. Do this once year &mdash; it should only cost about $10 to $20.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Steer Clear of the Brand Name Rings</h2> <p>I didn't have to buy an engagement ring because I married a dude (we're simple like that), so I had no idea that there were brand-name rings. Now that you are enlightened, you should stay far away too.</p> <p>&quot;Avoid brand name rings and branded designs,&quot; Anubh warns. &quot;Any ring can be custom made and any design created as close to the original as possible. There are huge savings when custom making a branded design so I definitely recommend that route if you like something branded outside your budget.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Look for Diamonds in the H/I Color and S1 Clarity Range</h2> <p>Now we're getting into the nitty-gritty of engagement ring buying with a quick lesson on diamond color and clarity.</p> <p>H/I Color is an<a href="http://www.jewelry-secrets.com/Diamonds/Is-H-I-Color-A-Good-Diamond-Color/H-I-Color-Diamonds-Good-Or-Bad.html"> &quot;average color, middle of the road, greatly abundant, and Consistent Color in Nature</a>,&quot; according to Jewelry Secrets. In laymen's terms, the color is a little bit off (a bit of yellow in the mix), but hardly noticeable. The SI Clarity range on the other hand includes three levels &mdash; SI1, SI2, and SI3 &mdash; which equate to flawless to the naked eye, flawed to the naked eye, and &quot;this is probably a diamond, but it's definitely not the best one,&quot; respectively.</p> <p>If you want to spend less, this is where you can make some concessions, says Anubh.</p> <p>&quot;Diamonds in the H/I color and SI clarity range offer the best value,&quot; he explains. &quot;The imperfections are rarely visible to the naked, untrained eye and the color is hardly distracting. Round diamonds mask color much better than fancy shapes.&quot;</p> <p>This is another slippery slope, gentlemen, so proceed with caution.</p> <h2>10. Seek Out GIA-Certified Rings</h2> <p>Did you know that there's, like, a governing body on diamonds? There are a few, actually. But the Gemological Institute of America is the only one you need to know.</p> <p>&quot;Only buy GIA-certified diamonds, if you're truly looking for value for money,&quot; Anubh advises. &quot;GIA is the most consistent grading lab and has the highest grading standards. Other labs are inconsistent and carry noticeable discounts for a reason. Don't be fooled!&quot;</p> <h2>11. Put Away the Plastic and Pay Cash</h2> <p>Given the high cost of engagement rings, your plan probably is to pay for it with credit. That's not the best idea for two reasons &mdash; you can easily rack up interest charges if you let the balance drag on, and you may be missing out on savings. A better bet is to hoard cash until you can afford it outright. You'll sleep better at night knowing that you don't have another huge bill looming over your head, it'll give you enough time to make sure this is definitely the right relationship for you, and you'll keep more money in the bank because of a potential kickback.</p> <p>&quot;Buy your engagement ring via bank wire or check from a wholesaler,&quot; Anubh recommends. &quot;There's almost always a discount because no credit card processing fees are involved.&quot;</p> <p>While we're on the subject of diamond wholesalers, Novella thinks you should seriously consider this route over a local jewelry store.</p> <p>&quot;Buy the diamond wholesale or through a broker, and then have it set with the jeweler,&quot; she says. &quot;You'll save on the markup for the center stone, which is the main part of the cost.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Stick to Your Intended Budget</h2> <p>It's really easy to go over budget when you're blinded by love &mdash; but you need to keep it together, man. Set a max amount that you'll spend and make it your goal to find the perfect ring by coming in <em>under</em> that threshold.</p> <p>&quot;Unless you're blowing out your budget, the odds of getting something significantly better for a small increase in budget are low,&quot; Anubh imparts. &quot;It'll make you feel bad in the long run. Stick to a number and stay under. Everyone is happy when they find an extra dollar in their jeans pocket.&quot;</p> <p><em>Did you save a bundle on an engagement ring or other piece of jewelry? How'd you do it?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">Wedding Dresses for Under $200</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry">10 Awesome Sites to Shop for Affordable, Cool Jewelry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping Style engagement ring jewelry marriage ring wedding Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1289195 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-clothing-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_69139192.jpg" alt="woman clothing shopping" title="woman clothing shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let me let you in on a little secret: I am not a fashionista.</p> <p>In fact, buying clothes used to scare the crap out of me, because I just knew I'd end up with things that I didn't love, didn't work for me, didn't go with anything else I owned, or didn't fit as well at home as they did in the store.</p> <p>For a few years, I didn't shop much at all. I had three babies, and so I had partial wardrobes in several different sizes, and I changed shape so much that shopping seemed like an exercise in futility. After I had my kids, though, I hit a point where I realized I needed to get my wardrobe together. Actually, I just needed a wardrobe &mdash; a set of clothes that I liked, that suited my style and my lifestyle, and that fit a body that ended up a very different shape from where I started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe?ref=seealso">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a>)</p> <p>Enter the Clothes Rules. I dug around and found some ideas that, when I follow them, are slowly helping me create a wardrobe I love and that works for every occasion. Here they are.</p> <h2>1. Determine Your Body Shape</h2> <p>Whether you're a <a href="http://www.menstylefashion.com/guys-do-you-know-your-body-shape/">man</a> or a <a href="http://www.joyofclothes.com/style-advice/shape-guides/body-shapes-overview.php">woman</a>, there are many different shapes your body can take. Since different clothes flatter different shapes, it's important to have an idea of what will work on your body before you shop.</p> <p>If you look at the body types and you're still not sure where you fit, ask someone you love to help you out. This requires a lot of trust, but sometimes you need an extra set of eyes, particularly if you feel like your body doesn't look the way it used to.</p> <h2>2. Find Pictures of What You Like</h2> <p>Once you know what will work for you, find pictures online of clothes you like that fit those qualifications. You can search through Pinterest, look at items from stores you like, or scroll through fashion blogs.</p> <p>At this point, you just want to gather photos of everything you like that might work on your body. Sometimes it takes a while, but you should be able to find 30-50 items (preferably everything from pants to shirts to jeans to more formal wear).</p> <h2>3. Know Your Style</h2> <p>When you have the pictures of clothes you like that should also look good on you, put them all together. Notice whether there are items that seem to go together, or that look like they would work to make an outfit.</p> <p>Note that there's no &quot;good&quot; or &quot;bad&quot; here. If all of your clothes would look good together, it will be easier to <a href="http://thoughtcatalog.com/heather-hailey/2014/03/9-secret-power-shopping-hacks-youve-never-heard-of-but-need/">understand your style</a>. If they're all different, maybe your style is something like &quot;eclectic.&quot;</p> <p>You will also want to make sure your style fits your life, too. If you need business casual clothes for work, make sure to include some pictures of these. You may need to purchase separate pieces for work, if those clothes just don't fit in with the rest of your style.</p> <h2>4. Get Your Measurements</h2> <p>Before you go shopping, make sure you know your measurements. You will want to have numbers for (at least) your chest (bust and under bust, for women), waist, hips, and inseam. When shopping for dress shirts, you may also want to know your neck circumference and arm length. These can be hard to get accurately on your own, so get some help.</p> <p>Take these numbers with you when you shop. They will help you find the right size. Many pants are sized by waist and inseam, and, more and more, stores will list inseam or sleeve length on the tag.</p> <p>If you end up shopping online, accurate measurements are essential. Check the size chart for any garment you buy, and make sure it will fit in all the relevant directions.</p> <h2>5. Find the Stores That Work For You</h2> <p>This may take some trial and error, but most people find that certain brands carry clothes that fit both their personal style and their body. Finding your stores can make shopping a lot easier, because you'll learn what sizes you wear there, so you can buy online or without trying clothes on.</p> <p>One of the best ways to do this is to take a few hours and go to a mall, without an urgent need to buy something. Start going into stores and trying things on, and you will quickly find out which ones are best for you.</p> <h2>6. Wrap Waistbands Around Your Neck</h2> <p>Whether you don't like dressing rooms, can't find an empty one, or just don't have time to try things on, there are a couple of hacks for determining whether a pair of pants will fit. For the first one, make sure the zipper is closed and the button buttoned. Then, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Will-Those-Thriftstore-Pants-Fit-No-Dressing-Room/">wrap the waistband around your neck</a>.</p> <p>In general, if the band doesn't overlap, the pants are too small. If it overlaps an inch or so, they should fit. And if it overlaps more, they will be too big.</p> <p>This works best if you try it with some pants you love before you go to the store. That way, you will know how your current favorite pairs measure up, so you can look for the same thing in anything new that you buy.</p> <h2>7. Measure Hip Size With Your Shoulders</h2> <p>If the waist seems like it will fit, check the hip measurement. Find the widest part of the pants and <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Will-Those-Thriftstore-Pants-Fit-No-Dressing-Room/step2/Hip-Hip-Hooray/">hold that up to the widest part of your shoulder</a>. If your shoulders are wider than the pants, they are likely too small. If the pants are just a bit wider than your shoulders, they will likely work well. And if they are a lot wider than your shoulders, they will probably be too big.</p> <h2>8. Check Your Fabric</h2> <p>The fabric you want for an item of clothing will be determined by what that item is, how you plan to wear it, what your style is, and what you like. There are <a href="http://www.stylelist.com/read/what-are-you-wearing-a-look-into-the-materials-in-your-clothes/">several different common clothing fabrics</a>, and many, many different blends that mix them.</p> <p>Finding what you like often takes trial and error. It may help you to look at the tags on clothes you already own and love, to figure out what you'd like to buy more of in the future. If nothing else, trust your intuition. If you don't like how something feels on the rack or on your body in the store, you probably won't wear it.</p> <h2>9. Use a Tailor</h2> <p>This might seem like it doesn't belong here, because tailoring and shopping don't often go together. However, <a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-to-shop-for-clothes-online-and-get-a-perfect-fit-1501813895">a good tailor can sometimes work miracles with a piece that isn't quite perfect</a>. And for some body shapes, a good tailor is a godsend.</p> <p>An example: I have narrow hips, so it's hard for me to find pants that fit in both waist and hips. If I find a pair I like that fits in the waist, I know that my tailor can usually take in the hips without much hassle. It's an extra expense, but sometimes it's worth it for that perfect fit.</p> <p>It's easier for a tailor to make something smaller than bigger, so keep this in mind when making your purchases. In addition, simple things, like taking in a waist, will be much faster and cheaper than things that require your tailor to completely dismantle a piece of clothing.</p> <p>Shopping for clothes can feel impossible and frustrating, but it doesn't have to. I hope these tips will help you feel confident and find clothes that you love!</p> <p><em>Do you like to shop? How do you avoid the frustration and annoyance that can come with buying clothes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style clothes clothes shopping fashion Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:06:15 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1284844 at http://www.wisebread.com A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/jeans-store-Dollarphotoclub_74108631.jpg" alt="jeans store" title="jeans store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I paid for part of my college education and for the down payment on my house with the money I made buying and selling jeans. In my lifetime, I have bought and sold, conservatively, 11,000 pairs of Levis.</p> <p>When people discover my side business as a denim trader, the first question they always ask is, &quot;How many pairs of jeans do you own?&quot; They are always shocked by my answer.</p> <p>I own three pairs of jeans.</p> <p>A poll by ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, revealed that 25% of <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jeaneology-shopsmart-poll-finds-women-own-7-pairs-of-jeans-only-wear-4-98274009.html">American women own 10 or more pairs of jeans</a>. The average American woman owns seven pairs of jeans. However, most women only <em>wear</em> four pairs out of their jeans collection on a regular basis. So, even if I weren't an expert on vintage denim, I'd still be considered an outlier, a jeans minimalist.</p> <p>If you are a coal miner, then yes, you possibly need more than three pairs of jeans, depending on your laundry schedule. But for most office workers, three pairs of jeans are all that is really needed to look tidy and well dressed.</p> <p>The three pairs of jeans that I own are: the pair I bought this year, the pair I bought last year, and the pair I bought the year before last year. Here are: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/myromanapartment/16189910321/">My Actual Jeans</a>. (Not a Denim Re-enactment!)</p> <p>Let's learn a little more about each pair.</p> <h2>This Year's Jeans</h2> <p>The jeans I bought this year are my dressy jeans. I wear This Year's Jeans to business meetings in creative environments where the dress code is suitably casual. These are also the jeans I wear to dinner or to nighttime events, paired with a nice blouse and dress shoes. These jeans are not play clothes. Just like my suit, these jeans are part of my work wardrobe, so I do everything I can to preserve the pristine quality of these jeans for as long as possible.</p> <p>After a year of office and dinner wear and tear, This Year's Jeans are usually too worn to wear to business meetings, even on Casual Fridays. At this point, This Year's Jeans become Last Year's Jeans.</p> <h2>Last Year's Jeans</h2> <p>Last Year's Jeans are my play clothes. They are the jeans I change into when I come home from work and change out of my dressy jeans. Last Year's Jeans are the pants I wear to school, to brunch with friends, and to run errands.</p> <p>After another year of wearing, Last Year's Jeans become The Year Before Last Year's Jeans.</p> <h2>The Year Before Last Year's Jeans</h2> <p>The Year Before Last Year's Jeans are my grubby jeans. These are the jeans I wear while beekeeping, painting, or cleaning the house. While the fading, tool marks, and repairs on these jeans might make them more charming to fashionistas, I generally don't wear these jeans out of the house. Why? Because even if they are my gardening pants, I need these jeans to hold on for another full year of wear before they are sold to a denim collector on eBay or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">repurposed as a craft supply</a>.</p> <p>By rotating my jeans on this three-year schedule, I ensure that I always have a pair of jeans that are Like New looking for work, but at the same time have a rugged pair of pants that I can hike in. This jeans-buying schedule also means that I can reduce my wardrobe budget, as I only have to purchase one new pair of jeans per year. Additionally, I only have to have enough room in my closet for three pairs of jeans.</p> <h2>How to Buy a Pair of Jeans</h2> <p>Now, the reason that most women own so many pairs of rarely worn jeans is that it's much harder to find <a href="http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2009/03/mom-jeans-and-dreaded-long-butt.html">flattering pants</a> than to buy a flattering skirt. Holding out for perfect fitting jeans does not make you shallow. Even the most anti-fashion guy will spend hours looking for that pair of jeans that make him look thinner and taller. Once you find a pair of jeans that fit, stick with that style. No one will notice if you aren't wearing up-to-date jeans or luxury denim if <a href="http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2012/10/plus-sized-denim.html">your butt looks amazing</a>. If you notice, all three pairs of my jeans are the exact same size and style. By keeping my jeans' style consistent, I save time and money, because I don't have to go on a denim safari every year. Instead, I can buy my jeans online when they go on sale.</p> <p><em>Are you a wardrobe minimalist or maximalist? How many jeans do you own and how many pairs do you actually wear? What's your best wardrobe hack?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clean-jeans-right-without-going-to-the-dry-cleaner">Clean Jeans Right Without Going to the Dry Cleaner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Organization Style denim fashion jeans organization Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:06 +0000 Max Wong 1282527 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Expensive Things That Look Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/10-expensive-things-that-look-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-expensive-things-that-look-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gold-retro-telelphone-Dollarphotoclub_18691706.jpg" alt="gold retro telephone" title="gold retro telephone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The intrepid Wise Bread reader can find a wealth of articles about how to find cheap things that look expensive. But what about the opposite? Want to know what to avoid, or just have a good laugh at how some people throw away their hard-earned money? Then read on for this list of 10 expensive things that look cheap.</p> <h2>1. Kanye West's $120 Plain White T-Shirt</h2> <p>That's not a pack of 10 t-shirts for $120. It's not a t-shirt personally worn and autographed by the singer who places himself on the highest of pedestals. It's just <a href="http://www.okayplayer.com/news/style-kanye-west-apc-120-plain-white-hiphop-t-shirt-sells-out.html">a plain white t-shirt</a> that he launched in collaboration with the high-end brand A.P.C. From a distance, it looks like a cheap white t-shirt. Up close, it looks exactly the same. You will have to go to great lengths to tell people just how much you paid for it, if you can find one. Yes, they sold out almost immediately, proving some people do have way more money than sense.</p> <h2>2. Prada Camouflage Saffiano Tote &mdash; Just $2495!</h2> <p><a href="http://www.purseblog.com/totes/prada-debuts-camouflage-for-fall/">One look at this monstrosity from Prada</a> and you have to wonder what they were thinking. It's made of real leather, but looks like it's made of plastic. If it weren't for the Prada label, you'd have absolutely no idea it was made by a high-end purse maker, and the design is nothing special. What's worse is the camouflage pattern, which brings any sense of formality crashing to the ground. Once again, people with money to burn ensured this thing sold out. They are currently changing <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/301107596353?lpid=82&amp;chn=ps">hands on eBay for $2,600.</a> You'd be better off going to Walmart and getting something for under $20; it might even look a lot better.</p> <h2>3. The $50,000 Diamond-Encrusted Bluetooth Headset</h2> <p>Say what you want about Bluetooth headsets (personally, I think they do a great job of making you look tacky), they are usually fairly inexpensive, and for the most part look discreet. Not so with the <a href="http://www.bornrich.com/diamond-encrusted-bluetooth-headset-from-plantronics-worth-50000.html">Plantronics Discovery 925 Diamond-Encrusted Headset</a>, coming in at $50,000. It looks like one of those berets you get from a dollar store, and yet if you bought one you'd be constantly cradling it to make sure your investment hadn't fallen out of your ear. It's a complete waste of money for even someone obsessed with gold, like Donald Trump (and it looks as tacky as one of his gold toilets).</p> <h2>4. The Breitling Bentley Flying B Watch &mdash; $189,900</h2> <p>The problem with anything diamond-encrusted is that you can get the same effect using cheap glass and crystal, and plenty of people have done just that, spending only a few bucks on watches covered in sparkle. So when Breitling released a watch that looked like a $25 special from Kohl's, but asked for the same amount of money that newlyweds spend on their first home, you'd think it would have tanked. Well, they sold out, too. <a href="http://www.essential-watches.com//watch/Breitling-J2836263-E512-Bentley-Flying-B-Chronograph-White-Gold-Diamond-Bezel-on-White-Gold-Bracelet-with-Silver-Diamond-Dial/52511?gclid=Cj0KEQiAlISlBRDHpIekkMGiiskBEiQAh-0KQI1LtjLLoLvy1h-kBO_XYEUzBooIXG4SpaxMXTSHC_caAj3k8P8HAQ">You can now find used ones for a steal, at just $66,450</a>, but it will look like you spent a whole lot less. Keep the receipt if you want to convince people how much of a connoisseur you really are!</p> <h2>5. The $32,000 Moynat Bicycle and Trunk</h2> <p>Forgive me for being ignorant, but I know several brands of bicycle and I have never heard of Moynat. But perhaps it's only for those in the know, <a href="http://howtospendit.ft.com/gift-guide/7736-moynat-bicycle-and-trunk">because this bike (single gear by the way)</a> will set you back over $32,000. It does come with a nice little trunk, filled with picnic items, but at that price you won't have a lot left over for food. And better still, the whole thing looks like a low-end bike you'd get at Target or Walmart.</p> <h2>6. The Swarovski $1500 Crystal Catflap</h2> <p>Perhaps you think this looks like a great way to spend $1,500, but <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1158909/The-1-000-Swarovski-crystal-encrusted-cat-flap-creates-purrrfect-pet-entrance.html">this catflap</a> looks like a Bedazzler project done by a fifth grader. It's studded with over 1,000 of the finest Swarovski crystals, but thankfully it doesn't ooze the kind of style that you're paying for. The fact that it's close to the floor, letting your cat (who couldn't care less) go in and out on the muddiest of days, is neither here nor there. If you want to show off (your bad spending habits), this is a great place to start.</p> <h2>7. Moonbeam, the $1,499 Rocking Horse</h2> <p>Imagine the look on your kid's face when you tell them you blew the entire Christmas and birthday budget for them for the next five years <a href="http://www.mommycouturedesigns.com/item_2168/Moonbeam-the-Horse&mdash;Childrens-Heirloom-Riding-Rocker.htm">on a rocking horse</a>. And not just any rocking horse, but one that looks like it was painted in a hurry by a kid younger than them. The blurb on the website waxes lyrical about handcrafted quality, and the &quot;non-traditional&quot; painted finish. I'm not one for being super traditional myself, but I do like the tradition of a rocking horse that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.</p> <h2>8. Anthropologie's $98 Toilet Brush</h2> <p>If I was going to spend almost three figures on a toilet brush, I'd want it to be some kind of light saber, with sound effects and the power to melt away the nastiest of bathroom issues. The <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-office/34077701.jsp#/">toilet brush from Anthropologie</a> looks like something you find at the dollar store. It's handmade in Sweden, but if you want to impress your friends when they come over, leave the price tag on it. They may not realize you have a Swedish work of art to clean the bowl.</p> <h2>9. A Gold-Plated iPhone 6 for $7,300</h2> <p>You can buy imitation gold cases for around $20 on eBay. Not many people do though, because they look tacky and gaudy. Thankfully, if you want to prove to the world that you know real style, you can drop <a href="http://www.luxuryelectronics.com/inventory/iphone-6-24kt-diamonds/">$7,300 on a case that is made of 24k gold</a>. The big question here is&hellip; do you then need a case to protect your case? This doesn't seem to be an idea that's been thought through.</p> <h2>10. The $70,000 Pop Art Teddy Bear Piggy Bank</h2> <p>Clearly inspired by the work of Jeff Koons, this <a href="http://modaoperandi.com/asprey-gg14/pop-art-teddy-bear-bank?utm_medium=Linkshare&amp;utm_source=Linkshare&amp;utm_content=QFGLnEolOWg&amp;siteID=QFGLnEolOWg-aYxnpq5rXqx6Zf1q50i1tg">Asprey piggy bank</a> will leave your actual bank account empty. At 16 inches high, and made from sterling silver, it's not small&hellip; but neither is the price tag. However, you may need to have your head examined after purchasing something that looks like it cost $10 from a thrift store.</p> <p><em>Do you know of expensive gifts or products that look really cheap and tacky? Leave your best examples in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-expensive-things-that-look-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-expensive-shoes">The Case for Expensive Shoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-inexpensive-accessories">10 Places to Find Inexpensive Accessories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-purchases-that-look-expensive">10 Budget Purchases That Look Expensive</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style luxury ripoffs vanity waste Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:42 +0000 Paul Michael 1282523 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-closet-clothes-Dollarphotoclub_55445948.jpg" alt="girl closet clothes" title="girl closet clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Be honest &mdash; if your closet were a TV show, would it be Project Runway or Hoarders? If it's time to call in a back up team equipped with shovels and Hefty bags, maybe you just need a little help separating wearable clothes from the unbearable clutter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-kitchen-you-should-throw-out-today?ref=seealso">15 Things in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Out Today</a>)</p> <p>Here's a list of 15 things in your closet that you can throw out today.</p> <h2>1. Clothes With the Tags Still Attached</h2> <p>Let's face it, if you've purchased a piece of clothing but never removed the tags and worn it, there's probably a reason. Cut your losses. Return the item if you can or donate it to your favorite charity.</p> <h2>2. Old Bridesmaid Dresses</h2> <p>Sure, the bride may have promised you'd get years of versatile wear out of that fuschia and black dress, but it's just hasn't worked out that way. Donate it so that some young woman can pull a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005JKOI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005JKOI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=46REAHXQQGY5FUCM">Pretty in Pink</a> and harvest it to create an original prom dress.</p> <h2>3. Mismatched Socks</h2> <p>We may never fully understand how pairs of perfectly good socks lose their mates. Stop wondering and don't try to force a mismatched marriage. Move the loners to your rag drawer; they make great dust rags. Or, explore other creative <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sock-it-to-me-15-uses-for-old-socks">uses for old socks</a>.</p> <h2>4. Free Promotional Clothing</h2> <p>Do you have an upcoming event where a t-shirt advertising a low rate at Bill's Discount Autos is <em>de rigueur</em>? I didn't think so. Consider donating most of your promotional clothing.</p> <h2>5. Sentimental Clothes</h2> <p>It's a natural impulse to keep clothing that means something to us. Your first college sweatshirt, a t-shirt from a marathon you spent months training for, a scarf from your favorite aunt. But if you're not still using any of these items, maybe it's time to store the memories and let the items go.</p> <h2>6. College Tees</h2> <p>It's perfectly acceptable to wear a college t-shirt &mdash; if you actually attended college there, if you're forking over crazy tuition for a kid who attends, or if you're employed there. Otherwise, toss those tees or explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">ways to creatively recycle them</a>. Wearing random college swag might have been hip for about five minutes in the late 80's, but the moment has passed.</p> <h2>7. Anything With Blown Elastic</h2> <p>Socks, bras, and underwear all require elastic to be comfortable and fulfill their important wardrobe functions. Remember that and live by this this mantra: When the elastic blows, the item goes.</p> <h2>8. Clothes Saved From Old Relationships</h2> <p>We've all collected a few clothing pieces from previous relationships. But wearing them regularly is the wardrobe equivalent walking around in a scrapbook. Whether we consciously realize it or not, these items can make us melancholy and keep us literally wrapped up the past.</p> <h2>9. Damaged or Stained Clothes</h2> <p>Damaged clothes present a special challenge for many people. If we love the item, we tell ourselves we'll repair that rip, replace that zipper, or research how to <a href="http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living/stain_removal_chart.aspx">remove a stubborn stain</a>. But we seldom find the time. That's why damaged and stained clothing can languish in the back of our closets for years. Be honest and realistic with yourself. If you can't &mdash; or won't &mdash; repair it, toss it.</p> <h2>10. Clothes That Don't Fit</h2> <p>If it's too tight, too short, too long, or too big, why keep it around? If a piece of clothing can't be tailored, clear it out and make room for something that fits just right.</p> <h2>11. Clothes That Aren't Comfortable</h2> <p>That wool sweater that makes you itch just looking at it, those pointy shoes that turn every step into exquisite torture, those jeans that hug all the wrong places &mdash; scrap 'em all. Life is too short (and our closets are too small) for clothes that aren't comfortable.</p> <h2>12. Clothes With Pilling</h2> <p>It's not always easy to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer">keep clothes looking new</a>. Depending on the fabric and the weave, pilling is just a fact of life. Though there are pill-removing devices, relying on them is often an exercise in futility &mdash; you really shouldn't have to shave you sweater before you wear it. Toss what's pill-prone and shelve your shaver.</p> <h2>13. Unflattering Clothes</h2> <p>I can't wear low-rise jeans; I know it and I accept it. But every time I shop for jeans I'm tempted to buy a pair because finding an alternative is nearly impossible. Facing a high tide of low-rise jeans, I completely understand how folks end up buying a piece of clothing that's just not right for their body type. If something unflattering has wound up in your closet, embrace the fact that you wouldn't &mdash; and shouldn't &mdash; wear it. Pass the item on to someone who can really pull it off.</p> <h2>14. Clothing That's Out of Style</h2> <p>Nineteen eighty-two called, and it wants those parachute pants back. Holding out until items come back in style is a misguided strategy; either the cuts have slightly changed or our waistlines have &quot;evolved.&quot; Delight a hipster and sell these retro fashions for a premium on eBay.</p> <h2>15. Faded Black Clothing</h2> <p>Black can't handle even the slightest fading. If that little black dress, black shirt, or black cotton sweater is obviously going gray, give up the ghost. Chuck it and look for a replacement.</p> <p>Just imagine it: a closet purged of every single thing that isn't flattering and wearable. It's not an urban myth and it's entirely doable with a bit of discipline and diligence. Oh, and once you declutter your messy closet, explore new <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-organize-a-messy-closet">ways to organize it</a>. You just may love the results so much that you finally tackle what's under the bed.</p> <p><em>What's in your closet that you can toss, recycle, or donate today? What have you been holding onto for years?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage">12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-organize-a-messy-closet">14 Ways to Organize a Messy Closet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-kitchen-you-should-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization Style closet clothing clutter fashion old clothes Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1275772 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Make Your Shoes Last Longer http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-trying-shoes-stk325173rkn-small.jpg" alt="man trying shoes" title="man trying shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We spend a lot of our lives in shoes &mdash; and <a href="http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/dressed/2010/06/the-average-woman-spends-almos">about $25 thousand in a lifetime</a> &mdash; so it's in the best interest of our bank accounts to properly care for them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer?ref=seealso">8 Ways to Help Your Clothes Last Longer</a>)</p> <p>With that in mind, take a look at these 10 ways to make your shoes last longer and your clothing budget go farther.</p> <h2>1. Invest in Quality From the Get-go</h2> <p>Like anything else you purchase, focusing on quality when you're buying a new pair of shoes will pay off in the long run. Well-constructed shoes can handle much more wear and tear than a cheap pair, and you won't have to keep replacing them so often. The materials used matter, too. Choose shoes made of natural materials like leather or suede.</p> <h2>2. Protect the Soles</h2> <p>The soles of your shoes are what take the brunt of the daily beating, so it's important to protect them to ensure that your shoes last as long as possible. You can find protectors for all kinds of shoes online, like <a href="http://www.sole-protector.com/">Sole Protectors for sneakers</a> and <a href="http://www.kiixheelprotectors.com/">KiiX for high heels</a>.</p> <h2>3. Don't Use the Washing Machine</h2> <p>For canvas shoes especially, it's easy to toss them in the washer and dryer for a quick cleaning, but that will just wear them out faster. Scrub the shoes by hand instead, and do it immediately so the dirt doesn't start to accumulate to a point of no return.</p> <h2>4. Stuff With Newspaper</h2> <p>There are several benefits to stuffing your shoes with newspaper, like alleviating odor, drying them out if they get wet, preventing dry rot, and preserving their shape.</p> <h2>5. Spray With a Water Repellent</h2> <p>&quot;Always, always, always spray your shoes with water repellent,&quot; pleads Sandra M. Einstein, an<a href="http://emc2organizing.org/"> organizing and coaching consultant</a>. Waterproofing your shoes will protect them from the elements, which is especially important when the winter weather rolls in. In addition, you also want to wash off salt that may get on your shoes to avoid stains.</p> <h2>6. Repair Before You Replace</h2> <p>Think you've broken your shoes? You may just need a restoration. &quot;Is the leather looking dull and you can't find shoe polish in that color?&quot; asks <a href="http://www.venuschronicles.net/">freelance writer and author Carol Gee</a>. &quot;Chances are your local shoe repair person does. I once scraped the toe of my favorite grape-colored pumps while walking up some concrete steps. I took them to shoe repair guy who matched the color, replaced the taps on the heels, and buffed them to look like brand-new.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Store in a Safe Place</h2> <p>Damage to your shoes isn't always done while they're on your feet. Where you're storing them after you take them off can contribute to their deterioration, so it's important to find just the right spot. Women's Health magazine says that <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/shoe-care">keeping your shoes in the wrong places</a> could cause fading, scratching, and other damage. Keep your shoes away from sunlight, and don't just throw them in the closet. &quot;Neatly line them up in pairs on your closet's floor or on a shelf with ample breathing room between pairs,&quot; the mag advises.</p> <h2>8. Use a Shoehorn</h2> <p>Your foot isn't likely to slide effortlessly into a shoe with laces. You usually have to do a little work to get them on, which often results in crunching the heel collar with the bottom of your foot while you work your fingers in. You can avoid this entirely and keep the heel collars in good condition by always using a shoehorn, <a href="http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/fashion-style/make-your-shoes-last-longer-85518">says Joe Rocco</a>, owner of Jim's Shoe Repair in New York City.</p> <h2>9. Buff and Shine Your Dress Shoes</h2> <p>Keep your dress shoes sparkling by spot cleaning them after every wear. After they're clean, apply polish to any scuffs or marks that may have occurred. Once the polish is dry, buff them with a rag or an old T-shirt and. If you're consistent in this practice, your shoes could last decades.</p> <h2>10. Apply a Moisturizer</h2> <p>Seriously &mdash; moisturizing your shoes is totally a thing. It mostly applies to leather shoes, and <a href="http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/condition-shoes-leather-honey-interview/">it helps prevent potential cracking due to damage from the elements</a>. Just like you bought quality shoes, however, you want to get a quality shoe moisturizer. &quot;A quality shoe cream will absorb into the leather, nourish your shoes, and keep them fresh,&quot; says <a href="http://www.foxinflats.com.au/2012/06/shoe-love-last-longer/">Andrea Mitchell, editor of the blog Fox in Flats</a>. &quot;Avoid shoe creams that sit on top of the leather &mdash; they provide a temporary solution only, and will rub off on the hem of your pants. Not cool.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have any tips on how to make shoes last longer? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guys-upgrade-your-style-without-buying-new-clothes">Guys: Upgrade Your Style Without Buying New Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Style footwear shoe life shoe repair shoes Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1264083 at http://www.wisebread.com Wantable: Fashion Surprises in a Box http://www.wisebread.com/wantable-fashion-surprises-in-a-box <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wantable-fashion-surprises-in-a-box" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/177305415.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you like surprises and fashion, then you're in for a treat! <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/44522/1319">Wantable</a> is a company that offers premium makeup and boutique accessories (as well as intimate and fitness apparel) at a discount. The twist is that you don't get to choose the pieces &mdash; they make the selection for you based on your answers to a style quiz.</p> <h2>About Wantable</h2> <p>Since 2012, Wantable has been matching their customers with products chosen specifically for them. When you enter their site, you choose a category (makeup, accessories, intimates, or fitness &mdash; this ones new!) and answer about 30 questions about your style and preferences. Don't worry, the quiz uses a sliding scale so it's super easy! Just pick between Like, Love, or Dislike, and Wantable's crew will send a personalized box of goodies picked just for you. One-time boxes cost $40, or you can subscribe for $36 a month. (Pricing is a little different for the fitness box.)</p> <h2>The Goodies</h2> <p>Wantable's accessory boxes have been good to me, for the most part &mdash; lots of great statement pieces that I can dress up or down, some simpler fare that I can wear when I need just a touch of something extra, and a few truly stunning necklaces and earrings that I've received compliments on from strangers. How did they do this time? Here's a sampling of my loves, likes, and dislikes:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Love:</strong> Classic, Mix 'n Match, Earrings, Necklaces, Hair Accessories</li> <li><strong>Like:</strong> Rock 'n Roll, Boho, Bracelets, Scarves, Silver Tone, Gold Tone, Multi Tone</li> <li><strong>Dislike:</strong> Glam, Rings, Watches, Sunglasses</li> </ul> <p>And they picked out these items for me:</p> <h3>Jessica Necklace</h3> <p><img width="605" height="296" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-jessica.png" alt="" /></p> <p>The Jessica necklace is held together by loops of silver and gunmetal gray chains, with ring components of the same tones. The looped chains around the rings can cause the necklace to tangle in on itself, and the draping chains may twist awkwardly, but a few gentle shakes will ease everything into place.</p> <p>You have to really like this necklace to wear it often &mdash; it takes some adjusting to get the chains to fall as they should. Luckily, I <em>do</em> like this necklace, <em>and</em> I rather enjoy unknotting and untangling things (I find it soothing!). While I'm not quite in love with this necklace yet, I'm happy to make a place for it in my wardrobe.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $14</em></p> <h3>Bree Necklace</h3> <p><img width="605" height="287" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-bree.JPG" /></p> <p>I'm more excited about this necklace called Bree. It's simple enough to go with most anything, but the chunky links give it a fun pop. Close up, the gold finishing looks cloudy and scratched up &mdash; the accessory version of the distressed look, I guess? I'm not a fan of deliberately distressed clothing, but I like the texture it creates in this necklace.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $21</em></p> <h3>Regan Headband</h3> <p><img width="605" height="281" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-regan.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>The Regan headband is embellished with pearls, sequins, and beads &mdash; it sounds like a lot, but the overall effect is nicely understated. It is <em>absolutely</em> something I would buy for myself! Better yet, this headband actually stays on my head, even when I try to dislodge it by swinging my head round and round (don't try this at home). I think it has something to do with the cloth backing; that grip is <em>solid</em>. The headband also fits comfortably, which is rare for my unusually large head. I'm counting this one as a win!</p> <p><em>Retail value: $18</em></p> <h3>Corrinne Earrings</h3> <p><img width="605" height="315" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-corrinne.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>I like these a lot. The Corrinne earrings from designer Emily Maynard feature resin and acrylic beads, and that blue! That blue is beautiful. I already have earrings this color (from Wantable, even!), but not quite in this shape &mdash; so yes, I will be wearing these too. My only complaint is that they feel a little heavy, but goshdarnit, I'll get used to it!</p> <p><em>Retail value: $45</em></p> <h2>Is It Worth It?</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-october.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>The total retail value of the four pieces in this box came out to $98. At $40 per box, this translates to $58 (59%) savings. While I'm not entirely sold on the Jessica necklace, I love the Corrinne earrings and I know I'll get a lot of mileage out of the Bree necklace. The Regan headband I'll keep around for the days when I actually feel like playing around with my hair. All in all, for me, this box was worth it! <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/44522/1319"><strong>Sign up for your very own Wantable box today</strong></a>!</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: I received a free box for an honest review.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wantable-fashion-surprises-in-a-box">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-fashion-trends-on-the-cheap-with-wantable">Get Fashion Trends on the Cheap With Wantable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/try-a-wantable-box-if-you-like-pretty-high-quality-surprises">Try a Wantable Box If You Like Pretty, High-Quality Surprises</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-expensive-shoes">The Case for Expensive Shoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style Wantable Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1245314 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/office-businessman-78812509-small.jpg" alt="office businessman" title="office businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether at work or home, our offices have a way of becoming the catch-all areas of our busy lives. Littered with old projects, out-of-date electronics, and boxes of last year's Girl Scout cookies, it's easy for an office to end up looking less like a professional workspace and more like an oversized hall closet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit">10 Cheap Ways to Make Your Apartment Look Awesome</a>)</p> <p>But if you want to dial in little more style, here are 12 ways to make your office look awesome.</p> <h2>1. Ditch the Corporate Art</h2> <p>Queue the collective eye-roll. Prepackaged corporate art (you know the stuff &mdash; three people rowing a canoe at sunrise with the &quot;teamwork&quot; caption) probably works against the very morale you're trying to build. Awesome offices are authentic offices, not motivational billboards.</p> <h2>2. Add a Few Surprises</h2> <p>Your office should reflect your personality. Mix in some vintage touches, a kitschy accessory, an antique, or something handmade. When well done, blending these accents into your office décor can take your space out of the mundane, add a bit of humor, and communicate who you are and what you love.</p> <h2>3. Tidy Up</h2> <p>It's not the sexiest option, but cleaning and organizing your workspace is the most basic way to improve its aesthetics and &mdash; even better &mdash; it's free. Clear the clutter and then clean primary surfaces like the floors, windows, and your desk. It'll set the stage for more refinements later.</p> <h2>4. Flick Off the Fluorescents</h2> <p>Is there anything worse than overhead fluorescent lighting? It saps our color, exhausts our eyes, and can even reduce our productivity. Shop around for a table lamp or two (even if you use compact fluorescent bulbs, the effect will be softer and more welcoming) and add window treatments that maximize natural light. While you're at it, explore other ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-rules-of-creating-a-powerfully-productive-workspace">create a more productive workspace</a>.</p> <h2>5. Blow Up a Close Up</h2> <p>Need some tasteful but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-or-cheap-wall-art">inexpensive art ideas</a> for your office? Why not photograph the detail of a flower, the emblem of a vintage car, or the subtle pattern of a leaf? If you're not talented behind the lens, search online and download a digital photo with the appropriate <a href="http://search.creativecommons.org/">Creative Commons</a> license. Make it your own by cropping, zooming, or adding custom effects.</p> <h2>6. Add Texture</h2> <p>Texture is the unsung component of good interior design. Even in offices, it can add visual interest and dimension. Accent pillows, upholstery, window treatments, and rugs are all great ways to work rich and varied textures into your workspace.</p> <h2>7. Untangle and Wrangle Cords</h2> <p>Is your computer area turning into a dusty and tangled nest of cables, cords, wires, and plugs? If so, it's time to get organized. Label each with plastic bread bag tags, wrap with Velcro strips, and run cords along the backside of a desk using eye hooks or clips. Or, <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/302229/get-organized-clean-up-your-wires-cables-and-cords">explore other methods</a> to control the web of wires.</p> <h2>8. Live in Color</h2> <p>Aren't we all tired of Office Beige and Daily Grind Gray? There's no rule that dictates your workspace can't be colorful. Mix in vibrant greens, oranges, yellow, or blues &mdash; just be sure to keep colors <a href="http://www.belightsoft.com/products/resources/using-the-color-wheel.php">complementary</a> to avoid overload.</p> <h2>9. Get Dramatic</h2> <p>Displaying art can be a bit tricky; most people don't go big enough. Grounding your space with a single large statement piece can be more attractive than dotting the walls with several smaller prints, photos, or paintings. Go for something grand that fits the scale of your office and reflects your personality and taste. Complement with one or two smaller pieces, but err on the minimalist side.</p> <h2>10. Embrace the Printed Word</h2> <p>There's more than one way to create compelling art. Enlarge and print a favorite poem, quote, or excerpt from a book. Matted and framed, it can become an unexpected and unique art piece. Choose a subject matter that relates to your business; a childcare enterprise might have a page from The Little Prince, or a landscape design service might feature a quote from the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted.</p> <h2>11. Chalk It Up</h2> <p>We've all seen chalkboard spray paint used in kitchens and kids' rooms, but what about your office? A chalkboard is a quick way to take a note while you're on the phone and it's more stylish than a startlingly white whiteboard.</p> <h2>12. Get Shady</h2> <p>Our offices are often furnished with cast-offs from other rooms. But when it comes to letting the light shine in, you need to be a bit more intentional. We spend long hours at our desks, so it helps to choose window treatments that take full advantage of good views, maximize natural light, and minimize glare. Explore honeycomb shades, plantation shutters, sheers, or Roman shades; these options allow you to adjust lighting as-needed and won't weigh your room down like heavy drapery can. If you're handy with a needle and thread, you can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-curtains">make your own custom curtains</a>.</p> <p>Remember, the key to an awesome office isn't a mystery: just avoid clichés, spice it up (elegantly) with your own personality, add a surprise or two, and minimize the clutter. With a few simple steps, you can change not only your workspace, but the quality of work you do in it.</p> <p><em>Do you have an awesome office? What advice do you have for those stuck in drab digs?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50">5 Ways to Totally Change a Room for Under $50</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-one-room-into-two-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Turn One Room Into Two With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-bathroom-look-awesome-for-under-100">How to Make Your Bathroom Look Awesome for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Style cheap design cubicle decor home office interior design Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Kentin Waits 1239949 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shoe-polish-144880382-small.jpg" alt="shoe polish" title="shoe polish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens to me all the time. I've got an important meeting and suddenly my hem falls out or a button falls off in the worst possible place. It's no Super Bowl 2004, but it's still embarrassing and frustrating. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes?ref=seealso">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</a>)</p> <p>But fear not, because we've got some life-saving (or at least, blouse-saving) tips and tricks when you're in a last minute bind before an important meeting or a potential date.</p> <h2>Zippers</h2> <p>Few things are worse than having a zipper go wrong miles from home.</p> <h3>1. Paper Clip It</h3> <p>If you've pulled off a zipper pulling on your jacket, use a paper clip or key ring as a temporary fix. It might not look amazing, but it'll get the job done until you can get a more permanent solution.</p> <h3>2. Glue It</h3> <p>According to <a href="http://shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com/2012/03/fixing-broken-zipper-without-replacing.html">Shannon Makes Stuff</a>, you can fix broken zipper teeth with hot glue and a little patience. These are untested waters for me, but if you have this problem, it's worth a shot!</p> <h3>3. Unstick It With Graphite</h3> <p>If you've ever gotten stuck in a jacket, you know how frustrating it can be. Find a graphite pencil and rub it on the teeth of the zipper. If this doesn't work, grab some lubricant &mdash; windex, bar soap, or lip balm. And most importantly: be patient and slow. The more frustrated you get, the more the zipper becomes a Chinese finger trap and you're stuck in there forever.</p> <h2>Stains</h2> <p>You need to act fast to keep a stain from holding fast if you want to save a favorite piece from losing its place in your wardrobe.</p> <h3>4. Carry a Stain Remover</h3> <p>Yes, it's obvious, but purchase <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037KMI0K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0037KMI0K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SGJQCLVV7AHHXUHP">Tide To Go</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DIWIK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000DIWIK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5OL3UJADGIA6MDZE">Shout Wipe &amp; Go</a> and keep them in your bag, desk drawer, or car. You never know when you might need them, and they're worth having just in case.</p> <h3>5. Sprinkle Baby Powder to Remove Oil</h3> <p>If you've ever had oily spots, baby powder is great for removal of oil, wine, or makeup stains. Sprinkle some on and take a white cloth to remove.</p> <h3>6. Use Baby Wipes on Deodorant Stains</h3> <p>If you have deodorant stains at random times and ALWAYS when you're running late, grab some baby wipes. They'll get the stains off and they won't come back after the spot dries.</p> <h2>Hems</h2> <p>Hems come undone from time to time, but you can fix them on the go quickly and easily.</p> <h3>7. Fix It With Double-Sided Tape</h3> <p>If you're in the office, ask around for some double-sided tape to quickly fix your pants. I've also used packing tape when I was out of options.</p> <h3>8. Try Stitch Witchery</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001DSIHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001DSIHI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4J2B5C6LG7UHCGZD">Stitch Witchery</a> has saved my day more than once. Once you put the tape around and fold up, grab an iron (or flat iron if you don't have an iron around), press the hem and you're good to go! Stitch Witchery is washable and dry cleanable.</p> <h3>9. Safety Pin It</h3> <p>You can also use a few safety pins to put your hem back together. These also work for pretty much every other problem.</p> <h3>10. Sew It Yourself &mdash; It's Easy!</h3> <p>Last option, <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Hand-Sew-a-Hem">sew it yourself</a>.</p> <h2>Buttons</h2> <p>Maybe the best way to replace a button is to keep it from falling off in the first place.</p> <h3>11. Secure With Clear Nail Polish</h3> <p>To prevent buttons from falling off, use clear nail polish to help secure them. This will keep the thread from unraveling.</p> <h3>12. Sew It Back On</h3> <p>If you have a sewing kit handy (or someone in your office does), follow <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-sew-on-a-button/">this guide</a> to sew on a button.</p> <h3>13. Twist Tie It Back On</h3> <p>You can also use a twist tie to temporarily attach a button back on. <a href="http://howto.menshealth.com/fix-popped-button-hurry">Men's Health</a> has a step-by-step guide that shows you how to quickly and effectively put the button back on.</p> <h2>Shoes</h2> <p>Don't let scuff marks on your shoes spoil a great outfit.</p> <h3>14. Polish With Improvisation</h3> <p>If your shoes are scuffed up, but you don't have any polish handy, you can always use bananas or vaseline to remove the scuffs. Use the inside of the banana peel, and then wipe with a paper towel.</p> <h3>15. Remove Odor With Rubbing Alcohol</h3> <p>If your shoes are stinking up the office, grab some rubbing alcohol wipes from the first aid kit and wipe down your feet and in the inside of your shoes. For a more permanent fix, use your washer and dryer, a machine deodorizer, and new insoles.</p> <h2>Static Cling</h2> <p>When the weather gets dry and windy, our clothes get close and clingy!</p> <h3>16. De-Ionize With a Wire Hanger</h3> <p>Static cling can be a nightmare, but luckily someone still makes wire hangers out there somewhere. Just use the wire hanger and rub it on the material causing the cling. If you've thrown away all your wire hangers like your mother always taught you, use hairspray or another metal object, such as a thimble.</p> <h3>17. Deploy Static Prevention Devices During the Wash</h3> <p>To prevent the cling from happening, ball up tinfoil in the washer (but not the dryer!), use fabric softener, or a dryer sheet. They can all reduce static cling.</p> <h3>18. Stick Your Skirt Down With Moisturizer</h3> <p>If static cling is causing your skirt to ride up, dab some moisturizer on your legs and it'll solve it right away.</p> <p><em>What are your solutions to these &mdash; or other &mdash; common clothing problems?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Style clothes clothing clothing fixes fashion quick fixes sewing Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1235390 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier) http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-mirror-shopping-163217849-small.jpg" alt="shopping mirror" title="shopping mirror" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone has days when they feel fat, bloated, and otherwise less-than-beautiful. Sometimes it has nothing to do with the numbers on the scale. On other occasions it's the direct result of a recent holiday cookie binge. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape?ref=seealso">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter every Shape</a>)</p> <p>Fortunately, there quite a number of tricks discovered and perfected by the fashion industry to give your body an instant slim-down without all the dieting, sweating, and weigh-ins. Read on for our round-up of the easiest ways to look trim &mdash; even when you're feeling anything but.</p> <h2>1. Wear Horizontal Stripes</h2> <p>Contrary to popular belief, it's horizontal stripes &mdash; not vertical ones &mdash; that <a href="http://i-perception.perceptionweb.com/journal/I/article/i0405">make a person appear thinner than they are</a>, according to new research by a British psychologist. For the most slimming look, go for white garments with narrow, black horizontal stripes. As for those vertical stripes you thought had a slimming effect, this piece of research found that verticals actually make you look more bloated.</p> <h2>2. Grow Your Hair Out</h2> <p>Long hair elongates the face and neck, creating the illusion of a longer, leaner body.</p> <h2>3. Get Some Sun</h2> <p>There's nothing like a sunkissed glow to make the body appear more slender. For a safer alternative, opt for a spray tan or a contour tan, which uses shadows and coloring to <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/03/can-spray-tanning-give-me-gwyneth-paltrow-abs.html">create faux features like ab muscles</a> and high cheekbones.</p> <h2>4. Wear Body-Hugging Clothing</h2> <p>A major misconception about dressing for a fuller figure is that baggy clothing hides a person's extra weight. On the contrary, loose clothing makes a person look larger, fashion experts say. Rather, it's form-fitting clothing paired with flowy layers like a sweater or scarf that creates a more slimming silhouette.</p> <h2>5. Tease Your Hair</h2> <p>Don't be afraid to channel your inner Diana Ross. Big hair creates the illusion of a narrower (read: more slender) face.</p> <h2>6. Accentuate Your Waist</h2> <p>Use a belt, shirt tuck, or ruching to draw all eyes and attention to the narrowest part of your torso. This timeless trick will keep focus away from any sags or bulges.</p> <h2>7. Wear Heels</h2> <p>The taller you are, the skinnier you appear. So don't be afraid to add a little extra height. If you're clumsy on your feet, opt for a platform or wedge heel rather than the more precarious stiletto. Men, too, can get an extra boost from a pair of boots with a large sole or dress shoes with a small heel.</p> <h2>8. Wear Dark Bootcut Pants</h2> <p>Bootcut pants that are black, navy, or a deep shade of indigo have a slimming effect on the abdomen, pelvis, and rear end. The bootcut style in particular makes the legs look longer and therefore more trim.</p> <h2>9. Embrace Shapewear</h2> <p>Undergarments that smooth, shape, and tuck away folds, rolls, and bloat can be the confidence boost you need to really strut your stuff. Women can achieve a trimmer waistline using products like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CODK4M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CODK4M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KZFOXQ4EAA327KLT">the mid-thigh shaper</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037WYFWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0037WYFWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NZYVNSWPRVWVTSFQ">the open-bust camisole</a> by SPANX. For the boys, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004R9670M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004R9670M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6T4XIIJQGYXTF3JT">the crew neck body shaper</a> by 2(x)ist or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFE9B00/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BFE9B00&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PJ45QXNYLMSCIZCX">the long leg brief girdle</a> by Underworks.</p> <h2>10. Accessorize With a Super-Long Necklace</h2> <p>A long necklace directs the eye away from the often problematic hips and mid-section. It also lengthens the entire frame, giving the illusion of a trimmer body.</p> <h2>11. Choose Your Fabrics Wisely</h2> <p>For a svelte look, spandex, jersey, cashmere, and fine cotton are your go-to fabrics because they help shape the contours of the body. But steer clear from corduroy, crushed velvet, metallic, leather, sequin-adorned materials, and suede. These heavily textured fabrics will add pounds as well as pizzazz to your look.</p> <h2>12. Opt For a V-Neck</h2> <p>All hail the V-neck &mdash; a simple neckline that works effortlessly to slim down the frame by creating the illusion of height. It's the most flattering neckline out there and it does the trick every time.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite shape-shifting and slimming tricks? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Style appearance clothing fashion slimming Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1233185 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-wardrobe-dv1979023-small.jpg" alt="woman wardrobe" title="woman wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in high school, I was all about clothes. I mean, I simply couldn't get enough of different shapes, colors, and textures. Buying new clothes at the mall, finding unique pieces at thrift shops, and eventually directing my efforts online was a complete rush for me. Over time, my wardrobe ballooned to epic proportions. And you know what? There weren't enough days in the year to wear all that stuff. Many &mdash; if not most &mdash; items collected dust in my dresser drawers.</p> <p>Now that I'm older and wiser, I've flipped my perspective to a less is more approach. I've learned to embrace the capsule wardrobe, which is a fancy term for a lean collection of essential pieces that are timeless and mix and match. This concept was first popularized in the 1970s and again in the 1980s. The idea is back again, and making your own minimal closet isn't just following one of the latest trends. Instead, it's a smart way to really use the clothing you own and get the best return on your investment. You'll do fewer loads of laundry, too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead?ref=seealso">You're Washing Your Clothes Too Often &mdash; What To Do Instead</a>)</p> <p>Here are some basics to build your capsule wardrobe. Pair these with a few other seasonal duds, and you'll be dressed in no time.</p> <h2>1. Dark Jeans</h2> <p>Whatever cut you choose, make sure your jeans fit your body well. The wash is what's more important when you're thinking of paring down your closet. Dark indigo or other washes without fading or distressing can be dressed up with a jacket for the workplace or dressed down for an evening out with friends. Of all my clothing, my jeans get the best wear by far.</p> <h2>2. Pencil Skirt</h2> <p>This classic silhouette combined with a bolder neutral, like black or navy, makes the pencil skirt a perfect addition to any minimal wardrobe. You can pair it with a bright blouse and jacket for a job interview or even a t-shirt for a last-minute date downtown. Think fabric when it comes to the season. Tweed and wool are solid choices for the colder months; 100% cotton or stretchier blends are better bets when it's warm. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape?ref=seealso">7 Style Secrets For Women That Flatter Every Shape</a>)</p> <h2>3. Cardigan</h2> <p>The versatile cardigan can be worn buttoned or open. Belted or not. With a skirt or with pants. It's a hardworking piece that will keep you warm and comfortable in the winter chill and the summer air-conditioning. While I always try to keep my colors muted, I do tend to choose brighter shades for cardigans to make things fun.</p> <h2>4. Button-Down</h2> <p>The rule when I was younger was to always have a white button-down shirt around for work or random occasions. Now? I'm not so stuck on the specific color, but having a shirt with some structure is a great idea. You can wear it under a dress, tied over a maxi skirt, tucked into a pencil skirt, underneath a sweater, and in <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/10-Ways-Wear-White-Button-Down-20414010">many more ways</a>.</p> <h2>5. All-Occasion Dress</h2> <p>I like the classic little black dress idea best when choosing a single frock, but if that's not your style, choose another color that plays well with your other items. The idea here is to find a dress in a quality fabric that is suitable for more formal events (weddings, funerals, work dinners) but can go the distance for more casual occasions, too. I tend to choose dresses that hit at or just below the knee because that length is appropriate for all without being dowdy. In a pinch, you can even wear a shirt over the dress so it doubles as a skirt.</p> <h2>6. Jacket</h2> <p>A crisp jacket or blazer is a wonderful addition to your capsule wardrobe, especially if you work in an office. If you're not sure about this classic staple, consider picking one up second hand at a consignment or thrift shop. Fit is especially important here, so be sure to choose a cut that flatters your shape and isn't too tight around the shoulders or bulky around your waist. I also love pairing blazers with jeans for a put-together weekend look when I'm out and about. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing?ref=seealso">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe on the Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>7. Denim Shirt</h2> <p>If a jacket doesn't fit your lifestyle, try a structured denim shirt in its place. I wear mine &mdash; with snap buttons &mdash; most days of the week in one way or another. I like it open over t-shirts or closed with my pencil skirt and a scarf. Unlike with my dark jeans, I choose lighter colors for my denim shirts. That way, you can do the jean-on-jean look (try to mix somewhat compatible tones, though). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women?ref=seealso">20 Simple and Stylish DIY Clothing Projects For Women</a>)</p> <h2>8. Fitted Pants</h2> <p>Over the years, the style for pants has become straighter and tighter. While you're not looking to create a spandex-style look, a skinnier pant can go a long way in your everyday wear. I have a pair of fitted black pants that are stretchy and partner well with longer tunic tops and jackets for work. And they marry wonderfully with plain t-shirts when I'm dressed down. Comfort is crucial, so choose fabric blends that conform to your shape but let you breathe all at the same time.</p> <p><em>Anything missing? What goes into your capsule wardrobe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style basics capsule wardrobe fashion fashion basics minimal wardrobe Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1221880 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sewing-accessories-453017147-small.jpg" alt="sewing accessories" title="sewing accessories" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've already covered <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women">20 Simple and Stylish Clothing Projects for Women</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids">Cute and Frugal Clothing You Can Make for Kids</a>. Though men's clothing projects are much harder to find online, they're well worth seeking out. Any time you can bring new life to the duds you already own, you're saving money.</p> <p>So check out these 13 cool projects for DIY men's clothing and accessories and feel free to add your own in the comments!</p> <h2>1. (Re)Dyed Jeans</h2> <p>Have a pair of faded denim jeans? This <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-redye-your-jeans/">smart tutorial</a> will show you how to refresh them for just $3. Grab a box of RIT dye at your local grocery or drugstore. You can go with traditional navy or blue, but there are a wide variety of colors from which to choose.</p> <h2>2. Cutoffs</h2> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pP49xtThaUo" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you have a comfy old pair of jeans, turn them into cool cutoffs with this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP49xtThaUo">simple tutorial</a>. It's really as easy as cutting the jeans and cuffing them. The author also uses a standard razor to create a naturally distressed look.</p> <h2>3. Pocket T-Shirt</h2> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zivXK2yda68" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>A printout pattern and piece of your favorite fabric jazzes up a plain t-shirt with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zivXK2yda68">new, useful pocket</a>. There's a bit of basic sewing involved, but it's nothing a novice can't handle.</p> <h2>4. Skinny Tie</h2> <p>Need a unique tie for a special occasion? Skip the store and try <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/04/mens-skinny-tie-diy.html">making your own</a>. You'll need a vintage tie to act as your pattern, but once you get going &mdash; you'll want one in every color.</p> <h2>5. Bow Tie</h2> <p>That's right, you can also create your own <a href="http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-your-own-bow-tie&mdash;craft-15098">stylish bow tie</a> for special events or, well, just because. This tutorial requires some basic sewing, but you can use whatever fabric matches your theme. And making the bow tie might be easier than tying one!</p> <h2>6. Leather Belt</h2> <p>Create a custom <a href="http://www.mrlentz.com/2013/10/how-to-make-a-leather-belt/">DIY Leather Belt</a> that will last you years and years. Find an old belt to serve as your pattern, as well as a long strip of leather, some hardware, and a few leather-working tools. You can dye it whatever color you like and then condition using olive oil.</p> <h2>7. Tank</h2> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/woIWuKzWcjE" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>All you need is an old t-shirt, a sharp pair of scissors, and a marker to make this casual <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woIWuKzWcjE">Tank Top</a>. This piece would be great to wear to the beach or at the gym for lifting weights. Plus, it's a good way to reuse an old shirt that might have pit stains!</p> <h2>8. Screen Print</h2> <p>This specific tutorial features a women's shirt, but the same <a href="http://www.collegefashion.net/fashion-tips/diy-fashion-screen-print-tee/">basic screen printing process</a> applies for men's (and kid's) shirts as well. Choose a design you wish to print and draw it onto freezer paper. Iron it onto your shirt on a flat surface. Then paint over the design using fabric paint and remove the freezer paper to let set.</p> <h2>9. Elbow Patches</h2> <p>Again, this <a href="http://www.brit.co/elbow-patch/">DIY Elbow Patch Sweater</a> tutorial features a women's shirt, but it's just as stylish for men. Plus, you can buy leather or fabric elbow patches if you want to skip the stitching for less than $10. Otherwise, you need an old sweater, iron-on adhesive fabric, and an iron.</p> <h2>10. Button Up Shirt</h2> <p>This manly sewing project creates a <a href="http://mellysews.com/2013/05/mens-shirt-pattern-tutorial.html">button-up shirt</a> for a fraction of what it would cost at the store. You can use whatever fabric you might have on hand or choose something specific, but you'll need two yards in all. The pattern is free after you sign up for the blog's email list.</p> <h2>11. Card Holder</h2> <p>These awesome <a href="http://cailamade.com/leather-card-holders-tutorial-made-for-man/">leather card holders</a> come together quickly and require minimal stitching. You can also play with the pattern a bit to get the look you want. A great place to find leather in all textures and colors is on <a href="https://www.etsy.com/craft-supplies?q=leather">Etsy</a>.</p> <h2>12. Paracord Bracelet</h2> <p>I see these <a href="http://stormdrane.blogspot.com/2009/01/woven-paracord-bracelets-one-strand-two.html">Paracord Bracelets</a> everywhere, and I never thought to make my own. Though the images might look tricky, you can click them for a closer view. It's a lot of figure eight weaving, but after a while, you should get the hang.</p> <h2>13. Hoodie</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie/page/all">DIY Hoodie Project</a> surely requires some sewing skills. However, it doesn't look out of the realm of possibility. And the pattern is loose. You can use an old t-shirt &mdash; just make sure to leave a seam allowance.</p> <p><em>Alright you manly DIYers: what projects are you getting into?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money">7 Basic Sewing Tricks That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Style clothing crafts men's clothing menswear sewing Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1215197 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Fashion Trends on the Cheap With Wantable http://www.wisebread.com/get-fashion-trends-on-the-cheap-with-wantable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-fashion-trends-on-the-cheap-with-wantable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/jewelry-shopping-177312158-small_0.jpg" alt="jewelry shopping" title="jewelry shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you love trying out the latest in fashion and beauty &mdash; <em>and</em> getting them at a discount &mdash; then <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/54545/1319">Wantable</a> may be just your thing.</p> <h2>About Wantable</h2> <p>The Milwaukie-based company Wantable matches you with a number of boutique accessories, full-size makeup products, or designer intimates at $40 a box (or $36 a box for a monthly subscription). The contents of the box will be a surprise, but the stylists at Wantable will use a quiz to make sure you love the products you get.</p> <h2>The Goodies</h2> <p>The style quiz is fairly detailed and extremely easy to use. You're presented with a number of style options, and all you need to do is move a slider up to &quot;Love&quot; if you love it, &quot;Dislike&quot; if you don't, or just leave it at &quot;Like&quot; if you don't feel too strongly either way. Here's a quick summary of my selections for the <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/54545/1319">accessories box</a>:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Love:</strong> Classic, Mix 'n Match, Earrings, Necklaces, Hair Accessories</li> <li><strong>Like:</strong> Rock 'n Roll, Boho, Bracelets, Scarves, Gold Tone, Multi Tone</li> <li><strong>Dislike:</strong> Glam, Rings, Watches, Sunglasses</li> </ul> <p>Let's take a look at what I got!</p> <h3>Addy Headband</h3> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-addy.JPG" /></p> <p>I've always liked the idea of headbands. They're pretty much the only kind of hair accessory that has a fighting chance of staying in my hair, especially since I started wearing my hair short a few years ago. But even then, trying to find a one that works with my abnormally large head has been an exercise in frustration and discarded dreams (for a neat and low maintenance 'do). If a headband is tight enough to not slip at the slightest turn of my head, the pressure is likely to cause enough discomfort that I tear it off before the day is out.</p> <p>The wired headband changed <em>everything</em>.</p> <p>I've seen them around but was always too skeptical to carry through with a purchase. Well, joke's on me! They're actually quite wonderful. The one that Wantable sent me is in basic black-and-white stripes &mdash; super easy to match with anything in my closet. But beyond the aesthetics, I love the functionality. The wire molded to my head comfortably, despite its weird shape and size, and once I secured the headband with a twist (you can also knot or loop!), it stayed put no matter how much I flipped, swung, or bounced my head.</p> <p>Plus, it's a really cute look!</p> <p><em>Retail value: $11</em></p> <h3>Sandy Bracelet</h3> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-sandy.JPG" /></p> <p>You know what I have realized since doing these Wantable reviews? I am a sucker for gold tone and pastels, together. I've been getting a lot of this combination lately, and I LOVE it. I use these pieces to dress up a casual outfit or dress down a fancier ensemble, thereby making my wardrobe even more versatile than it was!</p> <p>Speaking of versatile, check out the Sandy bracelet above. It's a simple gold chain intertwined with sections of pink, white, and green cord. You can wrap it around your wrist to wear as a bracelet, or unwind and drape it around your neck &mdash; on its own or as a layered piece. I'm certain this will become another one of my go-to accessories. My only complaint is that the ends of the colored cords jut out slightly, giving the otherwise beautiful bracelet an unfinished look upon close inspection &mdash; plus, it irritates my skin when it lands just so. Still, I count this piece as a win.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $26</em></p> <h3>Aubrey Necklace</h3> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-aubrey.JPG" /></p> <p>Besides gold-and-pastel jewelry, Wantable also likes sending me chunky statement necklaces made with many different materials. This time, they are beads, cords, and stones in shades of blue, plus another component that I haven't seen much of in my Wantable goods: gunmetal chain!</p> <p>Here's another piece that can be dressed up or down, which I like. I also like the details: interwoven cord and chain, stone insets at unexpected angles, the twin clusters of rhinestones attached to the blue gems &mdash; like sparkling pom-poms. However, I did notice that one of the long blue beads was chipped at the center &mdash;not a deal-breaker, just unfortunate for a piece this pretty.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $42</em></p> <h2>Is It Worth It?</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-june.JPG" /></p> <p>I would be very hesitant to spend $79 on these three pieces. I might wish that I could, but with my budget? Ha! No. But if I could get them all at just a smidge over half-price? Yes. Oh yes.</p> <p>The Sandy bracelet-necklace and the Aubrey necklace-necklace are gorgeous pieces (very minor flaws notwithstanding), but it is the Addy headband that underscores (for me, at least) the value of a service like Wantable. Sure, you can shop for accessories yourself and buy only the items you like, but with Wantable, you get to try products that are just outside your comfort zone &mdash; without being <em>too</em> out there. You can take the time to try something different, right in your home. If you regularly spend $40 on accessories anyway, a <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/54545/1319">Wantable box</a> may be just the thing to help you save money and experiment with your style.</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: I received a free box for an honest review.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-fashion-trends-on-the-cheap-with-wantable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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