Style http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7534/all en-US 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Ways to Make Your Shoes Last Longer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-1"> <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/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</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/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-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> 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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wantable-fashion-surprises-in-a-box" class="sharethis-link" title="Wantable: Fashion Surprises in a Box" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-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/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/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-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/10-places-to-find-inexpensive-accessories">10 Places to Find Inexpensive Accessories</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-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/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/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100">9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Awesome for Under $100</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-ways-to-make-old-things-seem-new">18 Ways to Make Old Things Seem New</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-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/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinner)</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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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/defensive-laundry-9-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer">Defensive Laundry: 9 Ways to Help Your Clothes Last Longer</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/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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 Skinner) 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinner)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-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/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/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/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love">How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-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/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/the-case-for-expensive-shoes">The Case for Expensive Shoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men" class="sharethis-link" title="13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-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/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/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/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make 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/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> 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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-fashion-trends-on-the-cheap-with-wantable" class="sharethis-link" title="Get Fashion Trends on the Cheap With Wantable" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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. 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/wantable-fashion-surprises-in-a-box">Wantable: Fashion Surprises in a Box</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/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-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/10-places-to-find-inexpensive-accessories">10 Places to Find Inexpensive Accessories</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Style Wantable Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:00:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1160903 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wardrobe-459881341-small.jpg" alt="wardrobe" title="wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A massive clothes moth infestation triggered my minimalist wardrobe philosophy. The hard lesson I learned from the bugs that destroyed my favorite coat was this: There's no point in having a surplus of anything if I can't protect it. The moths that chewed quarter-sized holes in my cashmere sweaters had probably been munching away for weeks before I noticed their work.</p> <p>The moth infestation required a total closet reboot. To find and annihilate the Moths' Secret Headquarters (a wool coin purse I'd had since childhood), I had to pull every single item of clothing out of my closet and inspect it for damage. Then I washed everything, including the closet itself. It was a loathsome chore that I never want to repeat. (See also: <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-wardrobe-basics-for-women-that-are-worth-investing-in?ref=seealso">5 Wardrobe Basics for Women That Are Worth Investing In</a>)</p> <p>With that in mind, I set some parameters about what items of clothing would be a part of my newly downsized wardrobe. My closet would contain only clothes that:</p> <ol> <li>I love; and</li> <li>I actually wear on a regular basis.</li> </ol> <p>Now, the only clothes in my closet are clothes that I love wearing so much that I can't wait for them to be laundered so I can wear them again. The speedy rotation of clothes through the laundry now allows me to catch problems early. Getting dressed in the morning gives me a little bump of happiness.</p> <p>To achieve this aspirational wardrobe, I made the following key decisions.</p> <h2>I Gave Up Dressing My Fantasy Self</h2> <p>While cleaning out my closet I realized that I had been buying clothes without considering my typical, daily schedule, or the climate. This was an enormous waste of money and storage space.</p> <p>In my fantasy life, I dress like I'm Robin Wright on <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BC5I6Q2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BC5I6Q2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PRXZHE2IWA3ZQWZA">House of Cards.</a> And, although I do need corporate attire for an occasional business meeting, in my actual life I don't need 13 of the 15 little black dresses in my closet, especially since I work most days from the comfort of my cat hair covered sofa.</p> <p>In my fantasy life, I also live someplace cold. I had tons of wool clothes. Because I live in sunny Los Angeles, I decided not to replenish my sweater and coat collection. Although I pine for autumn in New York, in Los Angeles it's basically summer from Valentine's Day to Thanksgiving. More than half my closet space was devoted to clothes I could only wear 60 days out of the year. That was dumb.</p> <p>In my fantasy life, I'm also the same size as I was in college. Contrary to popular belief, I was not inspired to get thin by the too-small clothes in my closet. Instead I was reminded daily that I spent money poorly on clothes that would have been out of date by the time I lost weight, and then not even be flattering on my skinnier body.</p> <p>My actual wardrobe for my actual life now consists mainly of jeans and blouses that are super comfortable, but still appropriate to wear to casual business meetings and dinners.</p> <h2>I Got Rid of Clothes That Didn't Make Me Feel Great</h2> <p>I put off selling an expensive handbag that had been given to me by a previous (bad) boyfriend, because I knew I would never be able to afford to replace it with something comparable. But, every time I used the bag, it triggered bad memories. Was owning a Status Purse worth the bad feelings attached to it? (No). I ended up selling it, and don't miss it now that it's gone. (See also: <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/successful-women-have-these-7-things-in-their-bags-do-you">Successful Women Have These 7 Things in Their Bag</a>)</p> <p>Life is too short to wear uncomfortable clothes. I sold off beautiful shoes that made walking hard, and ditched anything that felt too tight or itchy. I realized that the clothes I wear the most are also the most comfortable.</p> <h2>I Learned Fit Is as Important as Price and Quality</h2> <p>Although the standard advice for buying anything is quality over quantity, buying $200 designer jeans is a huge waste of money if the $40 pair from Target fits perfectly. In addition to saving money on the price, well-fitted clothes give the illusion of quality and luxury. People who project wealth and success wear clothes that fit.</p> <p>I have to have the vast majority of my clothes tailored to fit my body, as I am very hard to fit off the rack. Through mortifying trial and error during my youth, I discovered that buying trendy clothes is my road to fashion and financial ruin. It doesn't matter how cool it looks on the hanger or on the model. If it looks terrible on me, it's not a good deal.</p> <p>Only fashionistas notice or care if I am on-trend, but everyone can see that my clothes aren't flattering.</p> <p>Since 95% of my wardrobe is made up of <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-compact-mindfullness-and-frugality-through-buying-used">used clothing</a>, I am now extra cautious about shopping at thrift stores. I used to use thrift stores and department store clearance racks as a way to experiment on clothes with a lower financial risk. At least this is what I told myself. A truly good deal is based on price-per-wearing. A $10 dress that I wear once is ultimately more expensive than the $50 dress I wear weekly.</p> <h2>I Got Realistic About Wardrobe Projects</h2> <p>I am lucky to be surrounded by women who shop retail as a hobby. As a result, I get a lot of my clothes for free at <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-potluck-parties-that-help-you-share-the-wealth">Girlie Swap Parties</a>. However, just because something is free, doesn't mean I should take it home with me. If something needs to be hemmed, professionally cleaned, or repaired to make it wearable, I really think long and hard before I bring it home. Do I really love something so much that it's worth the time and money it will take to make it perfect?</p> <p><em>What are your best tips for building a great, minimalist wardrobe? Please share your genius in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love">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/5-wardrobe-basics-for-women-that-are-worth-investing-in">5 Wardrobe Basics for Women That Are Worth Investing In</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/wardrobe-makeover-for-moms">10 Steps to Update Your Look on a Budget</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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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> Style clothing minimalism wardrobe Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:00:05 +0000 Max Wong 1168784 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/trying-clothes-177311301-small.jpg" alt="trying on clothes" title="trying on clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm happy to cast off those bulky sweaters and shapeless layers now that summer is just around the corner. In fact, I've been weeding through my closet to find warmer weather clothing this week, and one of my bad habits finally caught up with me. I'm notoriously awful at trying things on before I buy them. So, as you can imagine, there are lots of gently worn (and new) garments in my closet that simply don't flatter my shape. (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> <p>I've resolved to tighten my belt, so to speak, and buy only clothing that I've slipped into before purchase. Beyond that, I've also discovered that choosing outfits to flatter my specific body type not only make me feel good, but they also ensure I'll wear them time and time again. Here are a few universal &quot;rules&quot; to make your next shopping trip a success.</p> <h2>1. Showcase Yourself</h2> <p>If you've got it, flaunt it! We all have features of our bodies we'd like to hide. Avoid cloaking yourself in a potato sack dress and &mdash; instead &mdash; shift that focus to your best asset(s).</p> <p>When you shop for new clothes, try to choose items that <a href="http://www.notdressedaslamb.com/2013/07/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-best-feature.html">celebrate your unique body</a>. For example, if you have great legs, go for a shorter skirt that shows them off. If you work long hours in the gym for strong arms, wear a sleeveless dress. Focus on just one or maybe two of your favorite features at a time to avoid over-sharing, if you know what I mean.</p> <h2>2. Get (the Right) Fit</h2> <p>No matter your body shape or size, basic <a href="http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2013/02/wardrobe-from-scratch-part-3-basic.html">attention to fit</a> can take any outfit from blah to better. Note that sizing is often different depending on designer or brand, so what you wear in one frock you might size up or down in another. Always try items on before buying to assess for fit that flatters. Pay attention specifically to where a shirt hits your shoulder (should hit at your natural shoulder), any areas of pulling or bunching of fabric (either too tight or too big), as well as sleeve length, hems, and waist rises. Basically, if you notice something is too long, too short, or too <em>anything</em> &mdash; you should try another size, consider investing in tailoring, or skip altogether.</p> <h2>3. Pick Up Patterns</h2> <p>What you've heard is true! There are certain patterns that work <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/1024577/the-most-flattering-pattern-for-every-body-type">best for certain body types</a>. Whether you're curvy, pear-shaped, petite, or long and lean, there's a pattern out there for you that will help you look your best. Petites do well with vertical stripes that lengthen, pears can shift the focus from the lower half by concentrating busy patterns on the top, plus-sized women can get away with gorgeous florals, and long and lean gals can go as bold as they desire.</p> <h2>4. Exude Confidence</h2> <p>Another less tangible (and free) style trick? Carry yourself with confidence.</p> <p>Posture is a big part of the equation and can make remarkable difference in your appearance in only seconds. If you're looking to improve your stance &mdash; check out these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-and-keep-amazing-posture-by-doing-these-10-stretches-today">easy stretches</a> that will have you standing up straighter in no time. The cheat sheet: It's all about keeping a neutral spine, an open chest, and your eyes up and looking directly at the world ahead of you.</p> <h2>5. Choose Comfort</h2> <p>It's hard to stand up straight if you're always fussing with your skirt or top. So, be sure to select fabrics and cuts that are both comfortable and appropriate for whatever you're doing. Even the most formal occasions don't need to be out-of-this-world uncomfortable. Look for fabrics that give and cuts that cover, and stay away from anything that might otherwise give way to an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.</p> <h2>6. Accessorize</h2> <p>Accessories can help highlight your favorite features, and a perfect example of this is with belting. If you have a great natural waist, for instance, accentuate it with a skinny belt placed over a flowy dress. On the other hand, beware of those extra wide belts. Though they seem like they might mask a trouble zone, they'll actually call more attention to it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style?ref=seealso">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</a>)</p> <h2>7. Shop Smart</h2> <p>I'm a big clearance rack shopper, but I'll be the first to admit that you can find lots of duds and end up wasting money under the clever guise of savings. If you settle for fit or form, you may find that $5 top sitting stagnant in your closet years down the line. The good news: There are many ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing">cut clothing costs</a>, so don't let the dollar signs cloud your judgement. Follow all the previous style &quot;rules&quot; even with the most enticing markdowns. That way, you won't be stuck with a closet of items that don't flatter your body and feel obligated to wear them regardless.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite flattering style tricks? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">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/10-places-to-find-inexpensive-accessories">10 Places to Find Inexpensive Accessories</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/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</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/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-look-awesome">21 Frugal Ways to Make All Your Outfits Look Awesome</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/love-makeup-or-jewelry-surprise-yourself-with-a-wantable-box">Love Makeup or Jewelry? Surprise Yourself With a Wantable Box.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Style accessories clothing fit fashion how to dress Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:00:25 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1142121 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cute and Frugal DIY Clothes You Can Make for Your Kids http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sewing-100641036-small.jpg" alt="sewing" title="sewing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="172" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We recently covered some inexpensive ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women">update a woman's wardrobe</a>. Now? Well, it's time for the kids to get in on the fun! These projects cover the spectrum of sewing abilities from novice to expert &mdash; and many of them even use clothing you already have sitting in your child's (or your) closet. So, before you head to the donation center, check out these tutorials. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-special-occasion-clothing-for-kids?ref=seealso">How to Save on Special Occasion Clothing for Kids</a>)</p> <h2>1. Legwarmers</h2> <p>When my daughter was born, I spent a mint on baby leggings. Making <a href="http://just-between-friends.com/2012/01/diy-toddler-leggings.html">your own version</a> out of women's knee-high socks is super simple &mdash; I wish I had found this website sooner!</p> <h2>2. Pillowcase Dress</h2> <p>This project would make use of mismatched vintage pillowcases, though many choose to just use fabric for <a href="http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/pillowcase-dress-tutorial.html">this tutorial</a>. It works for a variety of ages, from baby to little kid.</p> <h2>3. Pillowcase Romper</h2> <p>If you want to take this dress a step farther, check out this adorable <a href="http://www.thelittlegiggler.com/2011/05/romper-tutorial.html#.U4M1zdxofwI">pillowcase romper</a>. Requires a bit more sewing skill, but can still be completed in under an hour.</p> <h2>4. Leggings</h2> <p>Those fashionable hand-stamped leggings are expensive. Making them at home &mdash; with <a href="http://www.lilblueboo.com/2011/11/hand-stamped-leggings-a-tutorial.html">these instructions</a> &mdash; costs only a fraction of the price.</p> <h2>5. Stenciled Shirt</h2> <p>For more fabric paint fun, try this <a href="http://www.the36thavenue.com/2013/04/how-to-stencil-clothing.html">stenciled shirt</a>. You can go as creative as your ability allows.</p> <h2>6. Stamped Shirt</h2> <p>This next shirt uses pipe cleaners for a neat <a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2013/01/v-day-diy-arrow-t-shirt.html">arrow stamped design</a>. I wonder what other shapes you could bend!</p> <h2>7. Cardigan Onesie</h2> <p>I can't think of anything cuter than this <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/04/baby-boy-cardigan-onesie-with-interchangeable-bowties.html">DIY cardigan onesie</a> with interchangeable bowties. The project takes some skill, but the tutorial is detailed and easy to follow.</p> <h2>8. Suspenders</h2> <p>If you need to dress your little guy up fast, slip him into these <a href="http://www.the36thavenue.com/2013/02/diy-suspenders.html">quick suspenders</a>. No craftiness necessary, just felt, clips, and a little hot glue.</p> <h2>9. Tutu</h2> <p>For a special occasion or just dressing up, this <a href="http://auratreasury.blogspot.com/2012/12/diy-projects-how-to-make-tutu-skirt.html">basic tutu</a> fits the bill. You can also lengthen your pieces of tulle to make it a dress.</p> <h2>10. Skinny Jeans</h2> <p>Try making these bright blue <a href="http://www.cottonandcurls.com/2012/03/how-to-make-kids-jeans-skinny-bright-blue-jeans-in-particular/">skinny jeans</a> for some fun in your kid's wardrobe. You can use a pair you already own as a pattern.</p> <h2>11. Undies</h2> <p>I can't wait to try making these fun and colorful <a href="http://www.elsiemarley.com/undies-2.html">undies</a> once my daughter is fully potty trained. You use old T-shirts, making it a great way to use up something old to make something new.</p> <h2>12. Revamped Pants</h2> <p>These <a href="http://blueeyedfreckle.blogspot.com/2012/09/reconstructed-boy-pants-diy.html">color &quot;dipped&quot; pants</a> are a smart use for all that second-hand clothing you might have laying around. I also love how they're unisex.</p> <h2>13. Nightgown</h2> <p>The author of this <a href="http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2013/11/13/easiest-pajamas-ever-10-minute-nightgown-up-cycle.html">nightgown tutorial</a> promises it will come together in just 10 minutes. Just morph an adult t-shirt into a nightgown for a little girl.</p> <h2>14. PJs</h2> <p>And let's not forget the boys! You can quickly make <a href="http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2012/9/12/little-man-pajamas-made-from-a-mens-shirt.html">Little Man Pajamas</a> from a men's XXL shirt.</p> <h2>15. Shark Towel</h2> <p>We're all getting ready for those endless summer days spent at the pool. Your kid will love this <a href="http://www.justcraftyenough.com/2012/11/shark-hoodie-towel/">hooded shark towel</a> to dry off and relax in.</p> <h2>16. Shortalls</h2> <p>These <a href="http://prudentbaby.com/2013/09/baby-kid/diy-shortalls/">DIY shortalls</a> could be dressed up or dressed down. Customize them with a splash of patterned fabric.</p> <h2>17. Shorts</h2> <p>For some much-needed play pants &mdash; try these <a href="http://prudentbaby.com/2012/10/baby-kid/how-to-turn-a-t-shirt-into-striped-jersey-shorts/">jersey shorts</a>. They are made from old t-shirts and feature a cool bleached design.</p> <h2>18. Romper</h2> <p>Turn one of those old, neglected sun dresses into a <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/04/turn-a-baby-dress-into-a-bubble-romper.html">bubble romper</a>. Perfect for summer.</p> <h2>19. Sweatpants</h2> <p>Another great upcycle find! Use an old adult sweatshirt to make the legs of these <a href="http://www.petitapetitandfamily.com/2012/10/diy-easy-upcycled-sweatpants.html#.UlbrDdJ6ba8">easy sweatpants</a>. Bonus points if you can find one with pockets like the hoodie in the tutorial!</p> <h2>20. Vest</h2> <p>Turn a plain old jean jacket into a <a href="http://thebluecloset.com/2013/01/turn-her-denim-jacket-into-a-vest-diy/">tribal denim vest</a>! This website has a lot of other genius projects as well.</p> <p><em>Have you put together any fun DIY outfits for kids lately? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids" class="sharethis-link" title="20 Cute and Frugal DIY Clothes You Can Make for Your Kids" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids">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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love">How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love</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/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women">20 Simple and Stylish DIY Clothing Projects for Women</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/5-wardrobe-basics-for-women-that-are-worth-investing-in">5 Wardrobe Basics for Women That Are Worth Investing In</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/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own">Wardrobe Staples Every Man Should Own</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Family Style clothing DIY kid's clothes Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:00:20 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1141769 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Beauty Products You're Using That Actually Do Nothing http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cream-78739718.jpg" alt="facial cream" title="facial cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="183" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all want to stay healthy and look our best. So we troll the beauty aisle, picking up little pots of ointment, bottles of cleanser, and tubes of cream that all promise breathtaking results. In fact, the only thing that's breathtaking is the price tag. Healthy and beauty experts tell us that 90% of these products are simple soap and moisturizer in expensive packaging. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products?ref=seealso">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a>)</p> <p>Save your money and protect yourself from a plethora of unnecessary chemical ingredients by tossing these 14 pointless beauty products to the curb.</p> <h2>1. Foot and Elbow Lotions</h2> <p>Any lotion or moisturizer that claims to be specially formulated for one specific part of the body is a scam. Cosmetic companies would love nothing more than to see you buy a separate product for each appendage. The truth is that a good quality body lotion can be used on any and all body parts, and there is no discernible benefit to targeted lotions.</p> <h2>2. Anti-Aging Creams</h2> <p>There is no such thing as a face-lift in a bottle. The value of an anti-aging cream can be determined by its <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/in-depth/wrinkle-creams/art-20047463">active ingredients</a>. Most are nothing more than moisturizer in a fancy container. It appears to plump and smooth for the moment, but results are temporary.</p> <h2>3. Toner</h2> <p>Many of us have been taught that <a href="http://beauty.about.com/b/2007/02/23/do-you-really-need-toner.htm">toner</a> is an important part of a daily skincare regimen, but this is outdated advice. Toner is nothing more than a cleanser meant to remove soap residue. The good news is, most modern facial soaps leave little to no residue, so you can skip the second-cleaning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel?ref=seealso">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a>)</p> <h2>4. Cellulite Cream</h2> <p>Like anti-aging creams, we want so desperately to believe that <a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/3859.php">anti-cellulite creams</a> can smooth and tone our bodies. Unfortunately they can't. If you look closely, most of these products claim to reduce &quot;the appearance of cellulite.&quot; Big red flag. While the caffeine in most formulas will temporarily firm the skin, the only thing that can really remove those dimples is a healthy diet and some exercise.</p> <h2>5. Lip Exfoliator</h2> <p>Remember what we said earlier about products &quot;specially designed&quot; for a single body part? Rip off. Same goes for the sugar and oil concoctions now being marketed as the short-cut to soft lips. Your lips, like the rest of your body, are capable of exfoliating naturally. If you want to help it along, wash with a cloth and then apply moisturizer.</p> <h2>6. Makeup Remover</h2> <p>Makeup can clog pores, and you should never leave it on your face overnight. However, a $5-$10 bottle of makeup remover is an unnecessary expense. Simply use your regular facial cleanser to remove the bulk of the residue. If you used particularly heavy or waterproof makeup (especially on your eyes), dab a bit of moisturizer on a tissue and rub gently to remove it.</p> <h2>7. Foot Masks</h2> <p>No one likes dry or cracking feet, especially during sandal season, but if you're using foot masks, you're wasting money for no reason (and you probably feel kind of silly). Use a pumice stone to slough away dead skin in a jiffy, and then apply your regular body lotion to heels and toes before you go to bed at night.</p> <h2>8. Pore Strips</h2> <p>Blackheads are what happens when dirt and oil gets trapped in our pores. Since we've got lots of pores, it's easy to get lots of blackheads. It would be great if there were an easy way to just suck them out of our entire face at once, but there isn't. <a href="http://www.practicalskintuition.com/just-the-faqs-do-pore-strips-work/">Pore strips</a> claim to lift away blackheads, but since many linger just under the skin's surface, they rarely do. Instead, they leave the area dry and irritated &mdash; perfect conditions for acne and more blackheads.</p> <h2>9. High SPF Sunscreen</h2> <p>The connection between sun exposure and skin cancer is obvious, so we slather on lots of <a href="http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/beauty-tips-products/useless-beauty-products#slide-10">sunscreen</a> to protect ourselves. If SPF 25 is good, SPF 100 must be better, right? Wrong. There is no proven benefit to any SPF higher than 30. Anything more is just a waste of money and a false sense of security. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work?ref=seealso">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a>)</p> <h2>10. Heat Defense Hair Serum</h2> <p>In a world where hair is brushed, dyed, ironed, and curled on a regular basis, it's no surprise that it occasionally looks fried. Various serums and sprays claim to defend your hair against heat treatments, but most benefits are temporary at best. Some make your hair sticky and even more prone to breakage.</p> <h2>11. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo</h2> <p>Spotted a few flakes on your shoulder? You might want to reach for the anti-dandruff shampoo &mdash; but don't. Most of these soaps actually dry your scalp out, creating even more flakes. The best thing you can do for a dry scalp is brush your hair. Brushing redistributes your body's natural oils and sloughs away flakes.</p> <h2>12. Color-Enhancing Hair Care</h2> <p>You just spent $120 on a new hair color, and you want it to last forever. The stylist will likely try to sell you a &quot;color-enhancing&quot; shampoo or conditioner, but don't take the bait. &quot;These shampoos <a href="http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/beauty-tips-products/do-color-shampoos-work#slide-6">have more additives than others</a>&quot; and &quot;contain a temporary color stain that's more detrimental than beneficial.&quot; The best way to keep your color fresh is reducing shower frequency.</p> <h2>13. Shaving Cream</h2> <p>They feel nice, but most shaving creams are an expensive way to help the razor glide smoothly over your skin. Look for a moisturizing body wash with lots of glycerin, and kill two birds with one stone.</p> <h2>14. Vibrating Mascara</h2> <p>Mascara is hard enough to apply correctly, who on earth would you want the stick to vibrate on purpose? This <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5350743/vibrating-mascara-wand-cant-do-you-or-your-makeup-well">high-cost beauty product</a> is yet another example of stupid idea wrapped up in fancy packaging, accompanied by a flashy commercial. Save your $15 and apply mascara the old fashioned way &mdash; with a steady hand.</p> <p><em>What beauty products have you found to be a waste of money? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing" class="sharethis-link" title="14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">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/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about">10 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About</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-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know">7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know</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/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look">12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look</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/homemade-lotion-recipes">Homemade Lotion Recipes</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/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Style beauty beauty products rip-offs Tue, 27 May 2014 09:00:25 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1140444 at http://www.wisebread.com 21 Frugal Ways to Make All Your Outfits Look Awesome http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-look-awesome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-look-awesome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fashion-452055463.jpg" alt="women posing" title="women posing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking like a million bucks doesn't necessarily have to cost that much. These simple and easy tricks can be integrated to your <strong>#ootd</strong> (outfit of the day) routine to make a vibrant statement with just a few snips and clips, using the wardrobe you already have. It's all about learning to pair the right items together, figuring out unique ways to repurpose and embellish basic pieces and most importantly, accessorizing with the right colors and patterns. All of these fashion statements can be inexpensive and take only a few minutes, if that.</p> <h2>1. Spice Up Your Sandals</h2> <p>Add some flare to your plain old sandals by <a href="http://misskristurner.com/2012/07/24/diy-gladiator-wrap-sandals/">cutting up a sarong</a> and wrapping it around the vamp of your sandals and around your ankles. This simple addition can spice up any plain summer or spring outfit.</p> <p><img width="174" height="125" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image18.jpg?ggnoads " alt="" /> <img width="174" height="125" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image19.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="190" height="125" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image05.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>2. Cut It Out</h2> <p>Take an old maxi skirt that's lost its charm and cut it up to create a high fashion, <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/16114511139211659/">runway inspired skirt</a> by adding your choice of fabrics and ruffles.</p> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image20.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>3. Reconstruct an Old T-shirt</h2> <p>Take an oversized T-shirt and turn it into a trendsetting <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125960120802056886/">crop top dress with cutouts</a> and a twisted keyhole above the waist.</p> <p><img width="144" height="238" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image17.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="144" height="238" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image33.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="195" height="238" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image02.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>4. Embellish</h2> <p>Turn a casual tank top into a stylish spring fest by <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/513551163730557427/">sewing or gluing a strip of daisy embellishments</a> to it.</p> <p><img width="500" height="500" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image35.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>5. Decorate With Clip-Ons</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/257408934924481237/">Transform your shoes</a> with a click of a clip and instantaneously go from a day to night look in seconds.</p> <p><img width="605" height="492" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image32.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>6. Add a Belt Over a Coat or Jacket</h2> <p>Feeling a little chilly but still want to look fabulous over the coat? <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/282530576596989401/">Add a belt over the layers</a> to seal the deal.</p> <p><img width="404" height="605" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image27.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>7. Repurpose a Scarf</h2> <p>Turn your <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/270849365063686346/">scarf into a beautiful headpiece</a> and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn. Add your personal style to it by adding a bow, lace, or other frill on the top or side to complete the look.</p> <p><img width="495" height="454" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image14.png?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>8. Mix Up Prints</h2> <p>Think outside the box and combine two <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/293226625710587737/">opposing prints</a> to create a bold and sassy outfit. Some great groupings include <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/366691594631942897/">florals with stripes</a>, animal prints with lace, and denim with Aztec patterns.</p> <p><img width="321" height="482" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image00.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="279" height="482" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image01.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>9. Pair Denim With Denim</h2> <p>Toss out the typical T-shirt and jeans look and go for <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/514043744938677716/">denim-on-denim</a>. You can create a nice color block effect by mixing lighter shades with darker ones and accessorizing to taste.</p> <p><img width="400" height="400" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image21.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>10. Make a Statement in Printed Hose</h2> <p>Spice up a solid colored outfit by adding a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195554808793400826/">printed pair of pantyhose</a> that becomes the focal point and stands out in any crowd!</p> <p><img width="352" height="605" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image23.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>11. Pick the Right Frames</h2> <p>Add the perfect pair of sunnies to compliment your face by <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/48765608437899331/">choosing the right one for your face</a> shape.</p> <p><img width="605" height="567" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image24.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>12. Add a Floral Headpiece</h2> <p>To <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/262686590739316071/">soften up an outfit</a> and create an ethereal look, consider adding a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/48765608439341423/">floral headpiece</a>.</p> <p><img width="259" height="300" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image29.jpg" /> <img width="200" height="300" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image31.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>13. Tank-Formation</h2> <p>Turn a tank into a feminine <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279152876877156593/">off-the-shoulder top</a> by cutting off the sleeves and tying two knots on one side. No sewing required.</p> <p><img width="342" height="400" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image34.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>14. Add a Rope Belt</h2> <p>Use a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/463659724108470069/">rope</a> or a <a href="http://www.wendyslookbook.com/2011/07/scarf-day-alexander-mcqueen-scarf-shirtdress/">scarf as a belt</a> with any loose top or dress to accentuate your waistline and create the illusion of an hourglass figure.</p> <p><img width="266" height="400" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image26.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="265" height="400" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image22.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>15. High-Waist, High Fashion</h2> <p>High-waist fashion has been all the rage for the last couple of years and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Say &quot;Bye Felicia!&quot; to old mom jeans by reinventing them into <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/508695720382710542">high-waisted shorts</a> you can wear all summer long.</p> <p><img width="190" height="115" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image09.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="171" height="115" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image25.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="214" height="115" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image03.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>16. Wear Knee High Socks With a Dress</h2> <p>Remodel your short dresses in colder climates by adding <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/60939401181566210">knee high socks</a> to your outfit. It's a great way to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/461267186806163304/">keep warm and be in vogue</a> at the same time.</p> <p><img width="278" height="400" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image10.jpg" alt="" /> <img width="267" height="400" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image08.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>17. Stack Your Bling</h2> <p>Bling at its best! One of the easiest ways to take an outfit from drab to fab is to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171770173259647486/">stack your bracelets</a>, watches, and bangles to create a killer arm party.</p> <p><img width="605" height="398" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image06.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>18. Add Buttons</h2> <p>For an extra textured design and spunk, you can <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/478366791640274752">add buttons</a> to almost anything; tops, shoes, jeans, dresses, <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/252834966554143156/">belts</a>, and more.</p> <p><img width="237" height="200" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image04.png?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="283" height="200" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image13.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>19. Add a Pop of Neon</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034085882594/">Adding neon</a> to your outfit is a fun way to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/182677328606042105">draw more attention</a> to the rest of <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/292804413244721344">your ensemble</a>.</p> <p><img width="175" height="270" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image12.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="180" height="270" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image30.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="180" height="270" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image15.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>20. Metalicize Your Shoes</h2> <p>Create a trendy <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/257408934925792991/">metallic toe cap in minutes</a> by adding spray paint to your solid colored heels.</p> <p><img width="429" height="362" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image28.png?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <h2>21. Go for a Colored Blazer</h2> <p>For a more conservative yet chic outfit, go for a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/360499145144608391/">colored blazer</a> rather than the typical black or grey blazer. A <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/391531761325726544">vibrant colored blazer</a> can be the perfect finishing touch to a cocktail dress or act as a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/307933693243271435/">transitional piece</a> to throw on after work to go on a date.</p> <p><img width="167" height="250" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image07.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="225" height="250" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image11.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /> <img width="179" height="250" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/image16.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p><em>How do you make an outfit look awesome? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-look-awesome" class="sharethis-link" title="21 Frugal Ways to Make All Your Outfits Look Awesome" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nayri-leanna-gregor">Nayri Leanna Gregor</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-make-all-your-outfits-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-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/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-2 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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</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-greatest-frugal-fashion-makeover-ever-refresh-your-wardrobe-for-25-or-less">The Greatest Frugal Fashion Makeover Ever: Refresh Your Wardrobe for $25 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Style accessories fashion outfits Tue, 13 May 2014 08:48:14 +0000 Nayri Leanna Gregor 1139096 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Help Your Clothes Last Longer http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laundry-4148922-small.jpg" alt="laundry" title="laundry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've gone shopping for clothes lately, you know that making a few new additions to your wardrobe can involve dropping some serious cash. I mean, who decided that regular button-up oxford shirts are worth $45 each? And on what remote mist-covered island are monks weaving denim that makes jeans worth $155 a pair? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-greatest-frugal-fashion-makeover-ever-refresh-your-wardrobe-for-25-or-less?ref=seealso">Refresh Your Wardrobe for Under $25</a>)</p> <p>As the price of clothing goes up, so does my interest in doing whatever I can to stay out of clothing stores. But regardless of how much you spend on your clothes, making them last longer is just a sound part of good frugal strategy. Thankfully, there are some very effective steps you can take to help keep your duds looking good and wearing well.</p> <h2>1. Buy Quality</h2> <p>First, let me stress that higher quality doesn't always have to mean a higher price tag. To help your clothing last longer, start by learning how to spot better made products. Check the fabric content, the quality of stitching, and look for reinforced seams, and dense weaves. Within the parameters of your budget, begin to consider each piece of clothing you buy as an investment and choose pieces that will last year after year. (see also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-wardrobe-basics-for-women-that-are-worth-investing-in?ref=seealso">Wardrobe Basics Worth Investing In</a>)</p> <h2>2. Rotate</h2> <p>If you're like me, you tend to gravitate toward a few select clothing items and just wear them to death. But this approach can lead to a threadbare wardrobe in no time at all. Rotate shoes, suits, jeans, and other pieces to let them air out, avoid wear and tear, and give them a break from the constant wash and dry cycle.</p> <h2>3. Treat Stains Fast</h2> <p>Stains are a part of life, but the faster you treat them the less likely they are to permanently turn your clothing into abstract art. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037KMI0K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0037KMI0K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Stain pens</a> and wipes are easy to use and convenient to carry in your purse or the glove compartment of your car. If you're treating a stain on-the-go, just make sure to follow the directions carefully and then pre-treat more thoroughly and launder quickly when you get home. Not sure how to treat different types of stains? Check out this <a href="http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf3/stain_removal_basics.pdf">handy stain removal chart</a> from Martha Stewart Living. And for stains on clothing that are specifically grease and oil-based, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">review these stain removal tips</a>.</p> <h2>4. Wash Less Frequently</h2> <p>Some items like socks, underwear, and swimwear should get a thorough washing after each use, but other items don't really need it. Instead of automatically tossing jeans, sweatshirts, and sweaters in the &quot;to-wash&quot; pile after a single wear, spot-treat any stains, let items air-dry, and fold. You can usually get three or four wears between washing.</p> <h2>5. Use Less Detergent</h2> <p>Follow the amount guidelines on most detergent bottles and you'll be sudsing your clothes to within an inch of their lives. Remember, more detergent doesn't equal cleaner clothes. On the contrary, too much soap makes it difficult to get a thorough rinse &mdash; and that makes it much easier for dirt and oils from our skin to stick to fabric. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes?ref=seealso">5 DIY Laundry Detergents</a>)</p> <h2>6. Lighten the Load</h2> <p>As tempting as it is to make laundry day shorter by stuffing the washer to the brim, crammed loads can damage our clothes. First, overstuffed machines don't clean and rinse clothes as effectively. Second, when machines are packed too densely, clothes rub together constantly during the wash and rinse cycles and that wears out fabrics.</p> <h2>7. Avoid Over-Bleaching</h2> <p>Chlorine bleach is caustic and will damage nearly any fabric in the wrong concentration. Make sure to use the right amount of bleach and dilute it properly with water. Typically, bleach stains on clothing result from washing machine bleach dispensers that aren't rinsed out completely, accidental spilling and splashing, and bleach that's added to laundry in the wrong concentration. If you're unsure how to whiten and brighten safely, check out the specifics on <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Bleach-Your-Clothing">how to bleach your clothing</a>.</p> <h2>8. Read and Follow the Care Tags</h2> <p>It's important to read the care instructions on clothing carefully and choose the <a href="http://laundry.about.com/od/laundrybasics/a/watertemperatures.htm">correct water temperature for laundry</a>. Hot water and extreme dryer heat can set untreated stains and cause shrinking and discoloration in some fabrics. When in doubt, hedge your bet by washing in cold water and air drying or drying on a low heat setting &mdash; it's much less likely to damage fabric. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/toxic-laundry-what-s-in-your-dryer-sheets-and-fabric-softener?ref=seealso">What's in Your Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener?</a>)</p> <p>If you need proof of how the wrong laundry cycle can chew up your clothes, take a trip to your local thrift store. Sprinkled throughout the inventory of good used clothing, you'll find the inevitable &quot;oops!&quot; item &mdash; the men's XL wool sweater that looks like it was tailored for a toddler (no doubt the result of an unfortunate machine wash-and-dry mishap). When I see these items, I can't help but cringe a little for the original owner who surely kicked himself as he opened the dryer door.</p> <p>New clothing is like anything else we buy &mdash; it represents an output of our cash and cash is essentially a token of our time and labor. With retail prices creeping up in this category like most others, caring for our clothes is really just for caring for our budgets and bottom-lines. Every good year we can get out of a shirt, a fleece pullover, or a pair of skivvies, is money in the bank.</p> <p><em>Have you had a regrettable laundry moment? What tips and tricks do you use to help your clothes last longer?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Ways to Help Your Clothes Last Longer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/8-ways-to-help-your-clothes-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-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/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer">25+ Secrets to Keep Your Clothes Brighter, Whiter, and Lasting Longer</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead">You&#039;re Washing Your Clothes Too Often! (What to Do Instead)</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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love">How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Style clothing clothing care fabric care laundry Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:24:16 +0000 Kentin Waits 1129221 at http://www.wisebread.com The Only 16 Pieces a Man Needs in His Wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-16-pieces-a-man-needs-in-his-wardrobe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-only-16-pieces-a-man-needs-in-his-wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-4429361-small.jpg" alt="man" title="man" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there's one thing I'm guilty when it comes to not practicing what I preach, it's that I buy way more clothes than I actually need.</p> <p>I like clothes. I like the way they make me look, and I like the way they make me feel. Still, I don't need anywhere near the amount of clothes I have &mdash; which, ironically, makes me the perfect person to tell you which 16 wardrobe items that are absolute necessities (assuming undergarments are already included, of course &mdash; because, duh) opposed to life's little luxuries. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-better-style-the-curated-closet?ref=seealso">Guide to Better Style</a>)</p> <p>Keep in mind, however, that this is coming from a male perspective, so, ladies, please edit this list mentally and replace some of the decidedly masculine items with their feminine counterparts. Or not. Live and let live, I say. Let's get started.</p> <h2>1. All-Purpose Jeans</h2> <p>Jeans are a staple of the modern wardrobe &mdash; but it's important to choose your denim carefully. Your jeans should be comfortable yet affordable. I prefer an urban-slim cut that are appropriate for the office and relaxed enough for the weekend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clean-jeans-right-without-going-to-the-dry-cleaner?ref=seealso">How to Clean Jeans Right</a>)</p> <h2>2. Well-Cut Khakis</h2> <p>Most offices don't require the traditional suit-and-tie getup anymore &mdash; at least not in New York City media, anyway (maybe I've been in this game too long) &mdash; which means that most of us can get away with khakis from Monday to Thursday. Choose a khaki pant that walks the line between body flattering, professional, and comfortable. There are plenty of brands and styles from which to choose, but whatever you do, stay away from pleated khakis; they've never looked good on anyone at anytime.</p> <h2>3. Oxford Button-Down</h2> <p>The great thing about a traditional oxford button-down is that it can be dressed up or dressed down. During the week you can wear it tucked in with or without a tie, and on casual Fridays you can leave it untucked and layer it on top of a T-shirt for a more weekend-warrior kind of look.</p> <h2>4. Crewneck Sweater</h2> <p>A crewneck sweater lets you switch up the Oxford routine so you can keep your look fresh and dapper. Layer it on top of an Oxford for work during the week and a short- or long-sleeve T-shirt outside of the office.</p> <h2>5. Henley Shirt</h2> <p>A Henley shirt is as versatile in fall and winter as it is in the spring and summer. In the colder months you can layer it underneath your Oxford or crewneck sweater. When it gets warmer, you can throw it on top of your favorite tee or wear it all by itself.</p> <h2>6. Hoodie</h2> <p>Who doesn't love a good hoodie? I chose this as a wardrobe staple because sometimes you don't want to wear a bulky jacket that may be too warm, even if it's lightweight. The hoodie can be worn zipped up or completely open, and let's not forget about the actual hood, which lets you hide inside your own clothing when you just want the world to disappear for a few minutes.</p> <h2>7. Lightweight Jacket</h2> <p>Even summer nights can be cool enough that you'll need a lightweight jacket to warm you up. The best bet, in my opinion, is a three-in-one jacket that provides you a full, cozy parka when completely put together and a lightweight jacket when it's just a touch too chilly outside.</p> <h2>8. Heavyweight Coat</h2> <p>The three-in-one parka is a great all-purpose, year-round jacket, but your wardrobe also needs a nicer, heavier coat for when it's devilishly cold outside or for when you have to attend dressy events. My go-to is a traditional navy pea coat, which has never gone out of style and always makes you look very put together. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap?ref=seealso">10 Cheap Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe</a>)</p> <h2>9. Sneakers</h2> <p>Honestly, I suggest having two sets of sneakers on hand &mdash; one for casual wear, and the other for exercise &mdash; but you can get away with only one pair of sneakers if you buy a pair that suits you in and out of the gym. Just be sure to take care of them a bit more if they're serving this dual purpose.</p> <h2>10. Navy Blue Suit</h2> <p>Everybody should have a suit in their wardrobe for interviews, specials occasions, church, and holidays. I suggest a navy blue suit because it's a color that has stood the test of time in terms of menswear (opposed to the powder blue suit, for example, and even grey at times). This also is an area where I suggest you invest. Suits aren't cheap, but some are less expensive than others. I've generally found that the cheaper the suit is, the more often you'll have to replace it &mdash; for whatever reason. Buy a nice, moderately priced suit once, and it'll last you for many years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-update-your-winter-wardrobe-on-the-cheap?ref=seealso">How to Build a Work Wardrobe</a>)</p> <h2>11. Brown Dress Shoes</h2> <p>Brown dress shoes &mdash; I prefer wingtips, but you can make your own call &mdash; are necessary if you're wearing your new suit, but you can also wear them with khakis or jeans to work if you want to dress up an otherwise too-casual outfit.</p> <h2>12. Brown Belt</h2> <p>Because, well, brown shoes. There's no reason an adult man shouldn't have a dress belt to match his dress shoes. Time to get with it, boys.</p> <h2>13. Black Suit</h2> <p>Two suits on this list, and they both serve a specific purpose. Where the navy blue suit is for all occasions, your black suit is specifically reserved for funerals and more somber occasions. You can wear it at other times, of course, but a black suit is a wardrobe staple that you'll be thankful you have when you need it in a pinch.</p> <h2>15. Black Dress Shoes</h2> <p>To match your black suit. Again, you can wear these to dress up jeans or khakis, but I would suggest pairing black shoes sparingly with anything; they just don't look that great if they're not worn with a suit.</p> <h2>14. Black Belt</h2> <p>Because, well, black shoes. We've already been over this, chap.</p> <h2>16. Neck Tie</h2> <p>Yes, you need a tie, even if you're not the kind of person who likes to wear a tie. Personally, I hate ties &mdash; I don't like how restrictive they are around my neck &mdash; but they're necessary. When choosing your tie, even if you're only in the market for a single tie, be conscious that it should coordinate with both of your suits and have the ability to be worn with your Oxford shirt around the office or out to dinner with or without a jacket. It's a difficult task, but it can be done. Keep the color dark and the style classic, and you'll be ready for anything.</p> <p><em>What do you think about this list? Do you think these are the only wardrobe items you need? Are there any others you would add as absolute essentials? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-16-pieces-a-man-needs-in-his-wardrobe" class="sharethis-link" title="The Only 16 Pieces a Man Needs in His Wardrobe " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/the-only-16-pieces-a-man-needs-in-his-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-15"> <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-ways-to-make-your-shoes-last-longer">10 Ways to Make Your Shoes Last Longer</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Style men's clothes men's wardrobe Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:24:23 +0000 Mikey Rox 1128461 at http://www.wisebread.com