Ditch The Designers And Expand Your Wardrobe

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In the past, designer clothes were all the rage. Having items of clothing with the name of your favourite designer on the label was something to aspire to. These items are usually incredibly expensive, though. And, don’t offer much more than added luxury to the table. In a lot of cases, these clothes aren’t even higher quality than their cheaper alternatives. So, arguably, there was never any point in buying them. Today, this is truer than ever. And, to help you out, this post will be going through exactly how and why this change has begun.

The world of manufacturing has changed. With countries offering incredibly cheap manufacturing costs, companies are able to make their clothing for nearly nothing. In the past, companies would sell their clothing to other business, who would sell it for them. But, now, it’s becoming a lot more common for companies to sell their clothing themselves. Without the additional business, less money has to be made on the product for everyone to make a profit. So, the clothing can be cheaper. Companies like H&M and Topman have pioneered this sort of business. And, it’s resulted in some great benefits.

When you go into a store like this, you are guaranteed the same level, of quality across the board. Along with this, their sizing will be very in line. So, if you buy one thing and it fits; something else in the same size should fit, too. Of course, you don’t get a big brand name on the goods. But, at the moment, it’s becoming more popular for brand names to be hidden, anyway. A lot of people prefer to have their clothing do the talking, instead of a label. And, this can now be achieved without having to get the second best option. You can find these sorts of stores in most cities and towns. There are loads of examples. And, some even sell other brands items, too. This gives you a great chance to compare the quality between the two.

Of course, these stores are already cheaper than most. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to pay full price for any of their goods. Instead, you can still make some great savings with them. To start, it helps to be aware of the sales that the store will be running in the near future. This will give you a chance to see exactly which items will be cheapest at any given time. If you’re looking for something; go when it’s on sale. Along with this, you can also look for other discounts. There are loads of sites online with ways to get your own New Look or H&M promo code. These codes are usually designed to save you a good amount of money. And, not a lot of people know how common they are.

Saving money on your clothing and still being able to enjoy it is a great gift. Loads of cheap clothing stores are based on the idea of selling low-quality items, which don’t cost much to make. Unfortunately, with these, you will usually end up having to spend the same amount as you would at a normal store. This is because they will degrade very quickly, forcing you to buy more.

JT Style Files: The Iman Leather Jacket

Hello Beautiful People,

It never really stayed cold for a long period of time. When spring officially arrived, it didn’t seem like a significant change in the weather pattern.  This climate changes has affected the entire country, where places normally experience warm weather are cold and vice versa.

When it comes to style, I can say my winter spring wardrobe changed from day to day. I have to be ready and prepared for a cold snap or a sudden heat wave.

It’s Spring and the temperatures right now are averaging 50s to 60s and an occasional 75 here and there.

What I like to wear to work, to church, or out for the evening is a leather jacket.

HSN is one of my favorite sites for finding awesome clearance and jaw dropping deals.

I found an Iman Leather Motto Zip Jacket  with a detachable faux fur collar attachment. The regular retail price on HSN.com was approximately $219.00. I bought it for only $29.99.

Yes, $29.99!

The leather is soft and quite comfortable. The sleeves have knit insets for extra comfort. Many times leather jackets can be constraining in the sleeves and not flexible when they are only leather. This jacket fits the body like a glove. It can be worn with jeans, a skirt or with a dress; as you see below. I paired the jacket it with a red, black, white and gray floral printed dress that I had bought from Chadwicks several years back. The leather jacket gave the dress a fresh and updated look; and made it work for the winter/spring season.

Iman LeatherJacket

The jacket also looks great unzipped for a more casual modern vibe. For this look, I did not wear the detachable faux-fur collar. However, it if had been a colder day or if I wanted to make it look more upscale, the collar would have worked well.

Iman Jacket Unzipped

This Iman jacket will work well in my wardrobe for a long time. I will be able to wear it so many different ways, from a casual look to a more dressed-up look. Also, the gray color works as a neutral and coordinates with many other pieces in my closet.

JT Style File: Military Inspired Jacket

Hi Beautiful People,

This winter season has been all over the place and mostly mild. I am still believing we will get snow even though it’s going to be in the 60s and 70s the rest of the week until last Thursday.

I decided to wear my military style jacket because it is unique and has personality all its own.  The military style jacket is not a trend but a classic.  I finally was able to find a white ruffled blouse to give my style a feminine feel. I wore my Anne Klein black and white striped pants; but any color of pants would be fabulous. This look is totally kicking back at a London concert listen to my Wham records or getting in front of a microphone singing Little Red Corvette. My hat came from a Chinese Beauty supply store and cost almost nothing; but I get so many compliments on it.

Military style jacket — not a trend a complete classic

I purchased this military jacket about five years ago and it still looks as good the day it came in the mail. The pink Dooney and Bourke bag added color and the was a great deal.

Jewelry
My cross and necklace were gifts.

Fashion is about being unique and having your own style. Your beauty and confidence cannot be put in a box of trends and items that you have to purchase because a celebrity wore it first. Dare to not compare yourself with anyone.  You are in your own league, so run your race.

To see what other women are wearing and how they are accessorizing, check out Visible Monday on Not Dead Yet Style.

First Lady Melania Trump’s Fashion Moments – Inauguration Day

Hello Beautiful People,

Friday was Inauguration Day, and Melania Trump is now the First Lady of the United States. Michelle Obama brought her own signature elegant style of fashion to the White House and now Melania will continue in that tradition of the First Lady being a fashion trend setter.

PUBLIC DOMAIN Former President Barak Obama hands over presidency to Trump at 58th Presidential Inauguration Photo by SSgt Marianique Santos, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Inauguration Ceremony and Parade
The new First Lady wore a stunning sky blue suit designed by iconic American designer Ralph Lauren. I agree, this dress suit does remind me of a modern-day version of the dress Jacqueline Kennedy wore in 1960.

  • Sky Blue looks great on everyone because it makes you look more youthful and energized.
  • The high collar V-shaped jacket elongates the body. The First Lady is 5’11 and she carries it off very well.
  • The gloves are very retro — Jacqueline Kennedy. I like the monochromatic look, a very classic style. The pumps match perfectly.
  •  First Lady Melania Trump has her own style, so the hair up looks great because it puts the focus on the dress suit and makes it shine. Jacqueline Kennedy would have worn a pill box, however, the side swept updo looks very retro with this ensemble. The pressure of trying to be your own person as the First Lady has to be overwhelming. But,to have Ralph Lauren design a dress for you, I know must be so reassuring.

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Inauguration 2017 by SSG Kelvin Ringold, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

You may not be waving to fans on Inauguration Day just yet; but you can incorporate sky blue into your wardrobe whether in a top (blouse), scarf, cardigan, jacket, or dress.

Inaugural Ball Gown

It is sky blue by day and ivory by night. For the Inaugural Ball, the First Lady changed into a stunning gown designed by Hervé Pierre, the former creative director for Carolina Herrera.

  • The ivory dress is simple, but has classic lines and is very elegant.
  •  White or ivory is not an easy color to pull off; but the First Lady looks comfortable in her own skin.
  • The asymmetrical ruffle cascading from the shoulder to the hip and running down the slit really elongates the body. And adding a touch of red with the slim tie gives definition and emphasis.
  • The dress is demure and sexy at the same time with the high slit in front. Need that slit for dancing.
  • Her hair is cascading over her shoulders and that’s fine for her because her dress is off the shoulder so it works.

PUBLIC DOMAIN Hail to the Chief at Liberty Ball by SGT Ashley Marble,identified by DVIDS,  this photo is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

A lot of people are afraid of wearing white, and ivory is a good way to ease in to this color scheme.  Why not try an off white jacket or a pair of white dress pants or jeans with a color and see how it sets you in a class all your own.  Wearing white is daring because few choose to go there.  Step out and wear more white in your wardrobe.

Do you notice that in both looks monochromatic was the winning vote. From head to toe, it elongates the body and does not break up the look.

Disclaimer: This is a fashion post and if I see a beautiful dress, gown, or whatever I will write about it no matter whose wearing it. Fashion is Fashion sense.

JT Style File: Cashmere Poncho

Hello Beautiful People,

A new year means a fresh start and the time to flourish.

I am always looking for quality at an awesome price.

My hubby and I just so happen to be watching a DIY show and a Macy’s commercial came on saying they were having some good deals on cashmere. I would always get a cashmere cardigan or sweater every Christmas, so this sale peaked our interest. Instead of heading to our local Macy’s, we checked out their website instead. I am so thankful we did that. We found the online selection to be so much greater than what we had ever found in person at the store. There were more items to choose from and so many colors choices.

We saw this beautiful black stripe with black and gray background cashmere poncho retailed for $149.00, on sale for $39.00 an with coupon marked down again to $29.00. Talking about a sale of the century. This is 2-pluy 100% cashmere and it is dry clean only.

Cashmere poncho

This poncho can go over a top, a blouse, a turtleneck, or even a dress. It is so lightweight, but oh so cozy.

It was cold when I first wore the poncho so I teamed it with a Alfani blue turtleneck, gray Isaac Mizrahi pants and my Clark ankle boots. I accessorized it with this cool Parisan-themed handbag.

Cashmere poncho

The poncho simply pulls over my head and I can drape how every I want to style it that day. The sleeves are not sewn so the silhouette is very relaxed.

This sale price was such a blessing, especially to find before Christmas. Usually these incredible markdowns are only seen after the New Year’s clearance events started.

A new year reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Here’s to a prosperous, overabundant New Year!

Dresswe 2016 Holiday Sales

Hello Beautiful People,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

There are actually people out right now in lines at their favorite store to get that great deal on their favorite item they have been wanting to get their mom, dad, sibling or best friend. JTwisdom, the hubby and pups are staying in and enjoying the evening putting up the tree while listening to some Christmas holiday jazz.

Well, you don’t have to run that race if you are shopping online for yourself or someone you care about. I have dresses galore for summer so I was eyeing some deals for the fall and winter season. Black Friday Sales 2016 at Dresswe have their whole site up to 90 percent off.  And free shipping on orders over $100.
This dress speaks fall to me. I can see this dress with tights and my Clavin Klein block heel platform heels.

Vogue Color Block Lace Patchwork dress

Vogue Color Block Lace Patchwork dress Image Dresswe

This maxi dress below would transition from work to a night out on the town with the hubby.

Chic Short Sleeve Print Floor-Length Maxi Dress

Chic Short Sleeve Print Floor-Length Maxi Dress Image Dresswe

This is an up close picture of the lace and the red geometric pattern.

Up and close of the pattern

Up and close of the pattern Image:Dresswe

The Dresswe Cyber Monday Dresses Sale 2016 is going to be special and great if you are looking for a dress for that special Christmas party or New years celebration.

This Vintage A Line 3/4 sleeve lace tea length evening party dress is so classy. I could dance all night in it. Put on some Billy Idol and I am there.

Vintage A Line 3/4 Sleeve Lace Tea Length Evening Party Dress

Vintage A Line 3/4 Sleeve Lace Tea Length Evening Party Dress Image: Dresswe

I have to sit down, there are too many beautiful dresses on the screen. This is great for a party; but I could also see myself wearing this to work.

Vintage Bohemian Long Sleeve Expansion Maxi Dress

Vintage Bohemian Long Sleeve Expansion Maxi Dress

This jumpsuit is simply fantastic — modest but sexy at the same time.

Handsome Beading High Neck Sleeveless Floor Length Evening Pants Dress

Handsome Beading High Neck Sleeveless Floor Length Evening Pants Dress

Divalicious!

Vogue Floral Printing Trumpet/Mermaid Court Train Evening Dress

Vogue Floral Printing Trumpet/Mermaid Court Train Evening Dress

Dresswe has so many beautiful dresses and are offering great deals to enjoy the entire weekend, all the way through to CyberMonday.

JTwisdom

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