Friday, September 23, 2011

Why It's Better to Choose Organic Clothing

Organic cotton yarn.Organic Cotton Yarn - Image via WikipediaBy Lucy Tomkins

Organic clothes are made with fabrics grown and raised by organic standards. "Organic" generally means that no synthetics, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, organisms that are genetically modified and other unnatural materials are fed to the product during the growing process.

Now, it is true that there may be some chemicals used after the material is manufactured, like dyes and preserving agents, but even when a few unnatural elements are used, these are minimal. For the most part, people can avoid exposure to chemicals and other unnatural substances when they wear organic clothing, and, while promoting their own health, they can support sustainable resources.

Clothing for Babies

The manufacture of organic clothing for babies has become a successful industry because babies' skin is delicate and sensitive. Organic fabrics seem to be more healthful for them. Indeed, some babies with extremely sensitive skin have had rashes improve while using organics instead of synthetic clothing and blankets.

Through the years, people have found that natural fibres, and especially cotton, are perfect for tender, baby skin. Now, with the escalating production of organic cotton, bamboo, wool, jute materials and more, people can purchase baby clothes that are even better for baby skin.

Chemicals and other unnatural substances can be especially harmful to babies as they develop. Many of these harmful ingredients can be easily absorbed through the skin, especially the skin of infants. The very reality of their smaller size makes the threat of these toxins greater for their body weight. Then, the toxins build up because the young system is not strong enough for rapid elimination of these substances.

Clothing for Sensitive Skin

Some people grow to adulthood and never outgrow their skin sensitivity. In fact, many adults have chronic skin conditions such as rashes, dry skin, and eczema. They may have had some medical treatment, but it has been unsuccessful.

They resign themselves to live with poor skin, but they find their skin is uncomfortable most of the time and only natural, breathable materials are tolerable. Organic clothes are significantly beneficial to such silent sufferers.

Eco-Friendly Clothing

Even when organic materials are treated in the finishing process with chemicals, these organic material manufacturers are careful to use proper storage and disposal of these substances. They are conscious of eco-friendly alternatives for dyes and fabric preservatives and use them whenever possible. Certainly, clothing labeled organic use fibers that are grown organically and little or no chemicals are added in the fabric finishing processes.

All humans, animals and the earth's environment receive much less exposure to synthetic chemicals because of the manufacture of organic clothes. Therefore, people, pets and the world can live more comfortably just because of this successful and growing organic fabric industry.

Find a wide selection of organic clothes for you and your baby online.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vintage 101 - A Beginners Guide to Buying Vintage

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor - Image by FilipĆ£o 28 via FlickrBy Helen MacGillivray


Let's uncover an appreciation for this avant-garde fashion trend. It may be the elegance attached to these garments or possibly the uniqueness of each piece but if you haven't discovered vintage attire, you're missing out. Before you head out to begin exploring, there are a few things that you should know.


1. Sizing - take note.

Vintage attire fits differently and their sizes take a little getting used to. Marilyn Monroe was said to have worn a size 12 (US) (16 UK) dress but, by today's sizes, that would put her at around a size 6/8. At the same time, women wore real foundation garments back then - garments that were both body mounding and size reducing.
- Don`t fret when you read the sizes. Go by the measurements instead. Most good vintage stores will indicate the measurements of their garments.
- If buying vintage online, it is absolutely imperative that you go by measurements!


Experts go back and forth on whether or not you will be damaging the piece or reducing its resale value by tailoring it; however, if it doesn`t fit properly, you will never wear it. I hereby give you permission to tailor away so that you have the perfect fit. I spoke with a vintage store owner in Calgary and a vintage guru from the east and both strongly recommend that you tailor everything.
- My personal motto about clothing: everything should be tailored! There are few one-size-fits-all.


Vintage shopping isn`t like traditional retail! If something doesn`t fit, you can`t ask for a different size because each piece is unique. I encourage you to take some time to warm up to the idea of trying things on -and I mean lots of things! By the way, don`t shop on a full tummy. Shopping just after you eat is a no-no. Remember to wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable and easy to remove.

4. BUY IT!

These are one-of-a-kind pieces. You will likely never find that same piece again so if you really like it, don`t wait. Buy it!



Flapper girls were all the rage in the Roaring Twenties but, even though we entered into a more modern era, evening fashion wasn't always practical for women. Evening wear was all for show and often times it was over the top! Low waisted dresses were introduced, hats became a must and bras became much more common with the ladies. At the same time, girls chopped their hair into adorable bobs. Style Icons: Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli waist.


The Great Depression forced most women into making their own clothing which, inevitably, resulted in fashion becoming much simpler - still, hats remained a must for ladies' fashion. Style Icons: Betty Davis, Greta Garbo, Mae West.


Dresses often emphasized an hourglass figure. A-line skirts came in style. A military influence crept into female fashion (structure). Women`s fashion saw lots of shoulder pads and the popularity of ladies' pants sky rocketed as women entered into the work force. Style Icons: Judy Garland, Lucille Ball.


Glamour had once again returned and we saw the introduction of the sexy pencil skirt and more full skirts. Ladies' fashion wasn't the only demographic that was in need of style. This is when teenage fashion emerged. Up until this point, young ladies dressed in the same clothes as their mothers. Don't forget the poodle skirts from Grease! Style Icons: Debbie Reynolds, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.


Skirts were officially shortened with the introduction of the mini. At the same time, very skimpy bikinis hit the market. Less is more! Ladies loved their Goo-Goo Boots, PVC dresses and loud prints. Look to our girls from Mad Men to get a glimpse at their fashion. Teenagers became a leading buyer in the market which helped push boundaries in the fashion world. Style Icons: Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy and Jacqueline Kennedy.


From minis to maxis, the 70's took a psychedelic approach to style. Out with bras and structure! The 70's were a whimsical period where we saw one-piece halter suits, platform heels and bell bottomed flares. Style Icons: Bianca Jagger and Farrah Fawcett.

Helen MacGillivray, president and founder of Miss Helen's Image Consulting received professional accreditation from the Sterling Style Academy, an internationally recognized institute in New York City. Miss Helen's provides quality service to clients who are searching to define their own unique style.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Hippie Era - The Music and Clothing Were Like None Other

Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding during a Jimi He...Image via WikipediaBy Jayli Soladay

The Hippie era in the 60's and 70's was characterized by many things. Communes where groups of people banded together to live in one large household or farm, working together were all over the United States (a few small hold-outs are still active today).

Other nations had the same movement going on as well. The anti-Vietnam-war movement was another, with the young people promoting peace, love, open-mindedness and sharing.

The music and clothing were like none other before, sometimes the wilder, the better, but most of it was characterized by individualism, natural fibers and many accessories that were either hand-made or hand embellished to suit the owner.

Tie-dye was popular and showed up in everything from t-shirts to jeans, skirts to shirts, scarves, bandannas and bags. Any clothing that was reworked to fit someone was worked on by the owner, and maybe some friends, rather than a formal tailor shop.

The style was usually loose fitting, flowing and comfortable. Bright colors and flower designs were everywhere, from applique patches and fabric paint on clothing to painted on their vehicles. Peace symbols were just as predominant.

They were rebelling against the staid, 'normal' aspects of society, challenging it to grow and open up to new ideas. Many of the young people became vegetarians as a way of life and to protest the killing of other creatures for food. Hair was worn long in order to be different in yet another way from the generation before.

It was a time of almost an entire nation of young people on the move, looking to 'find themselves', a time of discovery to learn not only who they were, but also who they could be, a time not only of seeing the world around them, but appreciating it and trying to learn ways to preserve it.

Hippie Clothing is Back!

Colorful tie-die shirts were worn over bell bottoms and comfortable sandals took the place of the high heels and stockings that were worn in the '50s. Women and girls began wearing flowers and headdresses in their hair.

Long, loose and flowing, styles expressed the relaxed time of listening to the Beatles, Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez and more. Moreover, the art of the music concert poster had an effect on the new styles that would come about, with colors and shapes that were unique and outrageous at the time.

Hippie clothes are pretty popular today and still provide generations the ability to express their individualism.

Hippie Clothing

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Men's Fashion Trends

Mad Men DinnerMad Men Dinner - Image by zandwacht via FlickrBy Michael D Taylor

One of the great things about men's fashion is that while trends come and go, such as the polyester suit of the 70s and the punk look of the 80s, it always seems to gravitate back towards a clean and masculine look.

2011 has definitely brought a major resurgence of this classic appearance. In both high fashion and catalog spreads, you'll see men dressed in flattering styles and natural fabrics. The grunge look of the 90s is out, and the well-groomed clean cut appearance of an earlier era has made a comeback. Along these lines, here are 3 of my favorite trends in men's fashion coming up for fall of 2011.

Colored denim

We have a tendency to always think of denim as meaning "blue jeans." But colored denim is a great trend for fall, and a nice way to dress up your normal denim look. Now it's accepted that you can wear white jeans, even after Labor Day. Just anchor them with darker pieces, such as gray or brown shoes and belt, and a navy sport jacket.

Gray jeans are a terrific look for fall. You can pair them with other cool tones, such as a blue and white striped shirt, camel suede shoes, and a blue denim jacket for a nice, calming look. Or for something a little bolder, try yellow-gold denim pants. Just remember that this is a bright color, and the rest of your outfit should remain in neutral shades, such as tans or navy blues.

"Mad Men" inspired fashion

Since the television show "Mad Men" became raucously popular, several different clothing companies have introduced tailored and form-fitting lines inspired by the pre-hippie era of the early 1960s.

I am personally looking forward to Banana Republic's "Mad Men" inspired men's line that will be introduced this fall. The reason this particular line works so well is that it offers a bit of an updated twist on classic, retro looks. This is the very key to looking appropriate, not like you are wearing a costume, when emulating vintage fashion.

Key pieces to pulling off the "Mad Men" inspired look are slim cut suits, shawl-collared sweaters, slim cut pin stripe trousers, vests, and waist coats. If you are attending a formal event, a classic black silk bow tie is key, and for everyday wear, a nice silk tie with necktie accessoriesis appropriate.

Casual dressy looks

What do I mean by "causal dressy"? Well, it differs from what you think of as straight-up dressy. For a casual dressy look, start with a casual foundation. This could be a pair of relaxed fit chinos and a polo shirt or silk screened cotton tee shirt. Then, add an element that you would normally only think of as dressy, such as a well fitted sport jacket.

For another casual dressy look, try a pair of dark wash jeans and a button down shirt with the vest from your three piece suit. Or, black denim pants with a plain white tee shirt and a tuxedo jacket. You can also make any casual outfit more dressy with an interesting accessory such as an antique pocket watch or a nice pair of leather oxford shoes. Celebrities who regularly and successfully pull off the casual dressy look are Kanye West, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and Pharell Williams. Just don't ever mix a blazer or sport jacket with shorts when going for the casual dressy look.

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