Saturday, June 27, 2009

All About Miniskirts

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All About Miniskirts by Brandon Dove

Long and large belong to the old times. Now, the fad commands our fashion taste to go for anything small, short, or mini. Speaking of the mini, it is the mini skirt that supersedes the long skirt that was usually worn by people, especially women, in colonial times. Along with the banishment of colonial times is the banishment of colonial mentality, hence women are just so natural in flaunting their wonderful legs and skins by wearing miniskirts. Just like any other clothes, miniskirts did not pop out for no reason. To know the facts behind it and its history, read on.

Needless to say, miniskirts are skirts usually worn 8-10 inches above the knees. Most miniskirts are made in cotton, denim, wool and knits. They come in different mini sizes, designs, colors, and styles. The prices usually range from $5-$250 depending on the brand and quality of cloths. The word "mini" was used instead of "short" after a British car model called Mini.

The history of miniskirts began when Andre Courreges created miniskirts in the early 1960s. However, some say that it was Helen Rose who invented miniskirts for the costumes in the movie, Forbidden Planet, which was released in 1956.

In 1966, mini skirts were brought into the fashion spotlight through Mary Quant who designed mini skirts 7 inches above the knees. This design was thought to be a product of young women's search for new thinking of feminine independence. The design was a remarkable success.

In the next decade, miniskirts were not as popular as in the previous decade. The general perspective of women that time left them wanting to be respected for their capabilities rather than their physical allure or beauties. However, in 1990s, miniskirts went back to the spotlight. It was an indication that women could have both- beauty and intelligence.

Nowadays, the top brands of miniskirts are American Eagle, Old Navy, Gap, BabyPhat, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Newport News, and Xhilaration.

Some people think that miniskirts do not make them look fashionable. This can be a wrong notion. There are steps to make miniskirts look so fab for your legs. The first step is to give your legs a boost, that is, enhancing it by waxing, tanning, or paling them if they are not so fab to look at. Second, you should wear the right type of miniskirts according to your body size, mood and age. For slim women, tight miniskirts suit them. For older, miniskirts that allow them to move freely while flowing minis are good for those wanting a romantic feel.

The third is that you should choose the appropriate shoes that match your miniskirts. Face the mirror when you choose your mini with its matching shoes. The advisable shoes include those with high heels, boots with different lengths, wedge shoes, pointed flat shoes and flip flops. The fourth step suggests that you should match your top shirt with the kind of mini skirt you will wear. T-shirts, jacket and blazers look excellent when paired with miniskirts.

Miniskirts are a must-have in a woman's wardrobe. It is a proven fact not by its fame in several decades but by its general design that women in different generations cannot help admire. So, whatever is your size, go and purchase a number of minis in the nearest store now!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Novelty of Classic Rock T-Shirts

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The Novelty of Classic Rock T-Shirts by Kevin Wynn

Since rock music first began, every fan has looked for a way of commemorating their attendance at some of the best concerts in history. T-shirts became one of the first forms of memorabilia to be sold at rock concerts and was quickly followed by many other merchandising ideas such as hats, glasses, charms and pennants.

Many people purchased these things to keep as souvenirs and other purchased them solely for the excitement of having a piece of history in their possession. Today collectors look for many of the vintage classic rock t-shirts such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. These shirts can bring a hefty price if kept in pristine condition. In November of 2007 an auction house sold a collection of vintage and retro classic rock t-shirts. Each shirt brought between $1500 and $4500.

The classic shirts that are being offered online at many of the t-shirt stores are not vintage they are reproductions. Some may even be official t-shirts that are screen printed with the permission of the bands themselves. But the real vintage and retro t-shirts that collectors are in search of are the ones that many of the crew and stage hands were given. These were rare and usually only given to people who helped them out on road trips.

Some were shirts that were never put into print for one reason or another and others were the first of their kind before revisions were made. Many of the first classic rock t-shirts were not screen printed but actually appliqués that had to be steam pressed onto the fabric. This is one reason these shirts are so valuable. The appliqués that were used would begin to bubble up and peel after a number of times in the washer and dryer. To find one that is pristine is a treasure.

When screen printing of t-shirts was used, the shirts became much more common. Screen printing allowed the ink to be absorbed by the fabric so they were less likely to fade and peel away from the fabric. This also allowed the merchandise to be mass produced and much more readily available.

Bands that were just beginning their journey to stardom sold these for advertisement purposes in the beginning. Later they became a symbol of loyalty to the bands that were emblazoned on the front. Today the same classic style of t-shirts can be purchased online with the names of many of the old classic bands on them.

They were such a novelty in the early years of the bands that many still have a soft place in their hearts for these fashion statements. The unique designs of the shirts allowed the wearers to make their own fashion statement while they donned the sometimes questionable apparel. Some of the new t-shirts are even printed to appear as if they are vintage, with a faded look to them. Because of the novelty of these products and their popularity, many can be purchased in local department stores.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rock Star Eric Clapton Wears a Wicked Skull Ring

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Rock Star Eric Clapton Wears a Wicked Skull Ring by Krissy Klien

Think of Eric Clapton and what do you think of? A rock god whose ability to play a guitar has propelled him into super-stardom ... a man who still is still interesting and relevant ... and a man who wears a wicked bad skull ring!

What does the skull represent?

Most would think a drawing or object made depicting a skull represents a negative or gothic image such death. A skull represents what we become after death, bones. That may be the true meaning for some, but there are many other reasons to wear a Silver Skull Ring. A skull can represent protection, strength and power.

Skull Trivia

Silver skull rings have been represented in pop culture. Take the following quiz to test your knowledge of everything skulls.

  1. Which superhero created by Lee Falk had a skull as his trademark and wore a Skull Ring leaving a permanent skullmark on anyone he hit?

  2. In the first level of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, how many golden skulls are hidden in secret?

  3. Which Marvel Comics anti-hero wore a costume with a large, stylized human skulls emblazoned on the front?

  4. Which artist had an album titled "Skull Ring" in 2003?

  5. Name the famous guitarist who has worn a skull ring since the 1970s on the third finger of his right hand.

Possible Reasons Clapton Wears One

Eric Clapton may wear a skull ring to represent his overcoming a tough time. In March 1991, Clapton's four-year old son, Conor fell to his death from a 53rd story apartment. It may be his recognition of coming to terms with his son's death. Clapton ironically won critical acclaim and six Grammy that year for "Tears in Heaven", a song about his grief over the loss of Conor. Perhaps at 64 years old, Clapton is reflecting on his own life and his mortality.

Another possible reason that Clapton wears silver skull rings is to mark an end to his past life of addictions and his beginning as a sober artist. Clapton's has struggled during his life with his addictions. He has changed and wants his old life of drug and alcohol abuse to be dead to him.

Perhaps he wears one because it is a stylish and rebellious thing to wear. It is an anti-establishment statement.


The answers to the Skull Trivia are as follows:

  1. The Phantom had a skull ring.

  2. There are 8 hidden skulls on level one of Tomb Raider; The Last Revelation.

  3. The comic book character is The Punisher.

  4. The artist was Iggy Pop.

  5. Keith Richards has worn a skull ring since the early 1970s.

Skull rings continue to be popular. Icons such as Clapton wearing them further validate their wide appeal. As they are many reasons why people feel a connection to this style, there are the meaning behind this choice. Eric Clapton, acclaimed musician, has always led without trying and connects with his fans on an intimate level. His choice of rings is reflective of a life that has not been easy, but a life that many fans can relate to.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

More 1960s and 1970s Fashion Icons

Hi everyone,

Here's a fantastic collection of lovely ladies from the 1960s. The music is by Roger Webb entitled 'Dazzle'. Featured for their looks and their fashion style are: Barbara Moore, Senta Berger, Jean Shrimpton, Stefanie Powers, Uschi Glas, Marsha Hunt and The Supremes.