How to Wear Your Scarf

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Although some of you are looking for vacation fashion in warmer climes (we’ve got you covered – no pun intended), most of us are stuck in the middle of winter right now, so we thought it would be fun to discuss some of the fun ways to accessorize with our favorite winter accessory: the scarf.

Fun knots

One of our very favorite scarf looks is to tie the scarf around our necks in interesting knots. This look is a complex, savvy, and always trendy knot that can really give your look some complexity. Start with a loop around your neck and the two ends falling down you neck. Now twist the loop, then take each loose end and pull it through the loop, one in front and one in back. Ta-da! What a cool look!

Infinity loop

Another great way to tie your scarf around your neck is called the infinity loop. This is a classy knot that will look great with a big coat or with no coat at all. Tie the ends of the scarf, then put the loop around your neck. Now twist the loop and layer it over your neck two or three times. Wow!

Top knot

Your neck isn’t the only place for a scarf! Try tying a lighter, looser scarf into your hair with a top knot – use a contrasting color to your own hair for a real wow factor!

Plus-Size Fashion

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We’re always on the prowl for new, interesting, and good reads on the internet fashion blogs and websites, and we recently stumbled upon an article about plus-size fashion. The thrust of the article is something like, “the industry is trying but plus-size women don’t want to pay for ‘real fashion.'” We struggled before deciding whether or not to write about this topic, but we feel like the article we read was so incendiary that we couldn’t let it slide.

The industry needs to meet the consumer’s demands, not the other way around

One of the most frustrating things we hear about plus-size women is that they’re picky and cheap. Companies say that when they’re faced with requests to carry clothing for curvier women, it doesn’t sell – apparently, they say, their clothes are too expensive and those women are spending their money at cheaper outlets.

We think it’s ridiculous to posit that the problem is with the customer. “Straight-size” women have dozens of options in any store they go to; the plus-size section is always significantly smaller, with less variety. Retailers and designers should be giving plus-size women more options if they aren’t buying the clothes currently available to them. Don’t blame the women – blame the clothes! Either they’re not comfortable enough or there just isn’t enough variety.

Staying critical

Some people seem to think that because progress is made, criticism must stop. For example, when Melissa McCarthy made the cover of Elle (good job, Melissa!), there was a backlash against people who criticized Elle for featuring her in a coat!

Why You Should Stop Wearing Makeup (If You Want to)

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Several of our readers have written to us recently with questions about whether or not they should stop wearing makeup. It’s a tough question that everyone has to deal with for themselves, but at Dress Glad we think you should do whatever makes you feel like your best self. If that means wearing make up, then do it! If it means not wearing make up, more power to you! But we realize it can be totally daunting to abstain from makeup altogether when there’s so much societal pressure to wear it, so we’ve put together a (small) list of the reasons why you should feel perfectly fine with never wearing makeup again.

Think of the resources you’ll save

The two best reasons not to wear makeup? You’ll save two of your most valuable resources: money and time.

Put the money back in your bank

A recent consumer study by the website Mint, which collects data from their budget services, indicates that women who buy makeup spend, on average, more than $3500 on mascara alone! Think of the thousands of dollars you’ll save by transitioning to a natural look that doesn’t require all the expensive products to dress your face up.

Get more sleep

You’ll also save anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour of time every day – that time will add up quickly – think of the extra rest you’ll get, which will do a much better job at eliminating those wrinkles and bags under your eyes than any product could ever do.

The Pressure to Look Good

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At Dress Glad, we talk a lot about the power of clothing. It can help you feel like your best self, help you feel successful, and influence the way others make their first impressions about you. But we don’t talk as much about how the pressure to look good can be damaging, especially to women on whom the pressure to look good is much more prevalent than men. Today, we’ll talk about the pressure to look good.

You should look good – on your own terms

We won’t shy away from it: we think you SHOULD always look good. Looking your best helps you stay positive about life. A study done late last year has implicated that feeling like you look good can help fight depression: it’s true what they say, just getting out of bed and putting clothes on can help you get out of that rut. But the important thing is that you feel like you look good on your own terms.

The external pressure to look good so often is about conforming to other people’s standards of what is acceptable. While we all internalize this pressure to some degree, it’s important that we recognize the unique parts of us that feel good even in the most outlandish of clothes.

Think of drag queens!

If ever you’re feeling like the style you feel comfortable in isn’t good enough, think of drag queens. Their confidence in knowing that clothing is nothing but what you choose to make of it – for better or worse – can inspire you.

The Fur Dilemma

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To fur or not to fur, that is the question

It’s 2016, are we still talking about fur? Well, the short answer is yes. In fact, 2015 was such a huge year for furs that it would seem that the animal rights crowd has lost their battle against luxury fur fashion altogether. While we don’t quite think that’s the case, it is evident that fur is in again and many of our readers feel conflicted about what they should do if they like fur but have a conscience.

Is wearing vintage okay?

We are often asked if wearing vintage furs is an alright solution to the issue of animal rights and cruelty when it comes to wearing fur. Here’s the logic: you care about animals and don’t want to contribute to the decimation of animal populations by buying new and current fur fashions, but you still want to get your fix, so the solution is to buy vintage fur. The animals are already dead and the coats already made, so why not enjoy what’s already been done without contributing to the mass hunting of endangered animals.

Some people think this is a fine solution. The truth is, you’ll have to decide for yourself. We can understand why you’d choose to do this, but if you really care about animal rights, it seems like you’d avoid furs altogether.

Faux fur movement

Another (better?) solution is faux fur. Several high profile designers, including Stella McCartney, are producing their own lines of fashionable faux fur.

Vacation Styles

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Although we’re stuck here for the winter, better or worse, for some of you, winter isn’t even thing. We’ll try not to be too jealous of you lucky birds who get to migrate south for the winter and have no need for our winter style guide – in fact, we’ll even be so kind as to help you out. That’s right, today we’re going to be looking at vacation styles – what to pack when you’re headed to the tropics, what to lounge in the beach in, what to wear out for a night of tropical dancing, and what to look sexy in in countries around the world.

What to pack

It’s hard to know what to pack for vacation – you want to feel sexy when you’re lying on the beach, stylish at dinner, and comfortable when you’re trekking to ancient sites. The truth is, it depends largely on where you’re going – different parts of the world require different utility and therefore different fashion.

For those of you going somewhere warm and breezy like Barcelona, you’ll want lots of light colors and separates. Flats are always a great idea – they’re easy to slip in to and out of, as well as being comfortable for everything from a walk down to the beach or a longer walk through the shops and historical streets.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

Vacation is the perfect time to start accessorizing. Bring your most colorful and fun necklaces, earrings, scarves, and the like – you never know what the occasion will call for!

Winter Fashion

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Fashion never sleeps

It’s tempting, now that we’re in the deep, cold dark depths of winter (we hate you too, February), to let utility take over: who wants to bother with fashion right now, when it’s so difficult to stay warm?

Well, we’re here to tell you that utility and fashion are not mutually exclusive goals – and you’re not off the hook for looking good just because it’s cold outside! We’ve already talked about the importance of dressing like you feel like a million bucks – dressing so that you’re comfortable and confidence can make all the difference in your success, too – so now we’re going to help you do more than just stay warm this winter.

Winter is about coats and accessories

The important part of any winter look is going to be your coat. It’s the outermost layer, the thing that’s going to keep you insulated, of course, but also the thing that everyone else is going to see first. If you do nothing else for yourself this winter, get a beautiful, warm, and stylish coat! There are so many options: peacoats, car coats, denim, leather, biker – your options here are endless. Whatever you choose, make it count: you want a coat that makes a statment regardless of what’s going on underneath it.

The other thing about winter is that it’s a time for accessories. When else do you get to try on a myriad of hats, scarves, and gloves? With all these accessories, mix and match your colors and create a style that makes you feel confident and successful!

How to Determine What Season You Are

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We’ve already talked about how important your clothing color choices are and how paying attention to detail is key to making a good first impression, but how do you combine that information to come up with a style that works for you? The answer is to figure out what color palette works best for you, so you know exactly what clothes to purchase. Over the next few days, we’ll look at three ways to help you determine what your “season” is, and, consequently, what colors look best on you.

Warm or cool? Light or dark?

There are two things you need to know to figure out what season you are: first, determine whether you’re a warm or cool type; second, determine whether you’re a light or dark type. Today, we’ll begin discussing the ways you can test whether you’re a warm or a cool type. When we talk about warm vs. cool, we’re talking about undertone. While overtone is subject to change because of outside factors, undertone is constant because it’s defined by your genetics. There are three ways to determine your undertone, and today we’ll talk about one of them.

Foundation test

The most accurate way to discover your undertone is to dab each of your cheeks with foundation, one with yellow and the other with pink. You’ll want to dab pink on one cheek and yellow on the either, then blend both colors until they form a thin layer on top of your skin. Then, you’ll have to determine which color blends in and looks more natural, and which looks artificial and painted on. If pink blends better, you’re undertone is cool. If yellow blends better, you’re undertone is warm.

Check back tomorrow for the next way to check your undertone!

The Color of Business Clothing

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We’ve already talked about how what you wear always says something about you, but what exactly do different kinds of clothes say about you? Well, the color of what you’re wearing can have a huge impact on peoples’ first impressions of you. This can be especially important in the business world. What kind of message are you trying to send with your clothing?

How do you feel?

There are a few questions you should ask yourself when you’re getting dressed for that meeting, starting with this one: how do I feel? If you feel sad or down, try dressing in a brighter color to lighten your mood. If you’re feeling anxious, try a darker or neutral color to stabilize your mood.

Who’s your audience?

Another thing you should consider: what kinds of people make up your audience? Women tend to respond well to blue-hued colors–blues, reds, purples, while men prefer yellow-hued colors, like orange, red, pinks, and blues. Socio-economic status matters, too: people from lower-income backgrounds prefer yellow-hued colors, while upper-class people prefer blues.

What message do you want to send?

Every color projects a kind of message, so your job is to make sure you’re sending the right one. Research has shown that blue can establish trust and credibility. Blues and greens indicate friendliness. Assertiveness can be projected by wearing red. Green is associated with dependability. Grey or beige indicate neutrality. Bright pink translates to boldness.

On any given day, you might need a combination of these colors to achieve the right outfit. Mix and match your colors to give you the best chances at making the right first impressions no matter what kind of business function you’re attending.

What Do Your Clothes Say About You?

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When you get dressed in the morning, how much time do you take to consider what your clothes will say about you? Do you imagine what kind of impression you’ll be making on your boss in that meeting this afternoon with that worn-out sweater? Do you think about what a potential love partner might think of those scuffed-up dress shoes you’ve been meaning to replace for ages? If you don’t, science suggests maybe you should!

Clothes make a huge first impression

A pair of studies has found that there’s so much subtlety in the way clothing influences other peoples’ impressions of us that changing even one item of dress can completely alter the way those around us perceive us. When we meet people for the first time, they assess us in the first few seconds – and their impressions go much farther than just your clothes.

In the studies, people were exposed to images of a man for three seconds at a time. In each image, he was dressed differently: in one, he wore a made-to measure suit; in another, an off-the-rack suit bought at an upscale retailer. The differences between the suits were minor, and the studies controlled for the color and fabric of the suit, as well as the facial expressions of the model.

People use small details to paint a larger picture

The study found that participants judged the man in the tailored suit more favorably – and those judgments were not about the clothes. When dressed in the tailored suit, the man was said to be more confident and more successful.

So when you’re getting dressed in the morning, pay attention — every detail informs the people around you as to the kind of person you are.