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New Fashion and Beauty Trends

No matter how much the world changes, our need for beauty and great fashions will never change. Humans need beauty in every shape and form, which is what makes following the latest trends so much fun.

What are the exciting new trends we should be watching for in 2013? Let’s take a look.

Dresses: The Boxy Dress Style

One of the trends we’re seeing this year is a change in the overall female silhouette, as expressed in dress styles. We’re moving beyond the tight, figure-hugging cuts we’ve seen in recent years to choices in prĂȘt a porter dresses that have a larger, looser feel. This look can be seen in designs coming from haute couture houses as well as in street style.

This type of loose, easy to wear style is the kind of design innovation the fashion industry loves. The boxy, ready to wear look moves differently and works well with accessories, like sparkling, chunky jewelry and sleek leggings that show off every angle of her feminine curves. Wow! Look for this trend in the best fashion magazines and fashion photography.

Dresses: The Cinched Look

Another take on the female silhouette is the cinched waist dress style. This cut plays up the waist in a figure flattering way, so it’s a great look on every kind of woman. Fashion designers are all over this cut, so it’s a style that can be seen on the catwalk in New York and in Paris!

Dresses: Dressed up in Velvet

Another highly attractive trend in dresses is the velvet dress. Velvet is a woman’s fabric; it’s elegant, warm and can really be dazzling, especially when it’s accessorized.

A mid-calf length velvet dress with a plunging neckline is a can’t miss look for evening, especially if the neckline reveals a hint of lacy lingerie. Velvet can also be a great vintage fashion, as a dress in this fabric blends beautifully with vintage touches like ankle strap shoes and vintage jewelry. Vintage watches look great with velvet as well.

Dresses: Big Buttons and Plaids

Clothing for women takes another fascinating turn in the trends we’re seeing towards textures and patterns. The mode industry may take a measure of where fashion is headed by studying the way details like large buttons are showing up in sleek dresses.

Plaids are showing up in interesting ways too, in professional looks and casual ensembles. Some shows have highlighted plaids in asymmetrical combinations, with layers of patterns creating an intriguing effect that’s as attractive as it is impressive. Some plaids are even showing up in sports wear, in jackets that offer solids on one side and plaid trim around the neck and edges. No matter where it turns up, plaid remains a wow look for 2013.

Teens Fashion

New looks for teens are turning up for 2013, and the news is all great for the younger set. Today’s fashion conscious girls are combining some of the best clothing choices, like military style jackets in organic materials, with more feminine pieces like ankle length dresses in bold black and white stripes. Pleated skirts and leggings are back, and they look great paired with tees and cotton tanks tops in wild patterns or even in leather.

Jeans of course remain a fashion constant in active wear for teens, and these always-in pants blend beautifully with her favorite choices in tees or dressier tops.

When that teen wants to dress up by modeling a look that has major impact, she may want to embrace the trend toward sweet dress up dresses in ultra hot pink, combined with shoes and clutches in bold black and white. These are can’t miss choices for the teens of today!

Spas & Salons

As trends in clothing evolve, so do the trends we’re seeing in the spa and salon industry. As always, salons serve the feminine instinct towards beauty, and women who want to experiment with some of the newer looks in cosmetics should head to their favorite salon for a makeover. A once a year makeover by a talented make-up artist is a great way to really play with the new beauty trends and see what works.

This year’s runway looks include more natural colors, with foundations in subtle earth or neutral tones, with very natural/neutral lip colors. Make-up in these natural looks, however, is going side by side with more flamboyant choices, like sequined, shiny eyelids and dark, earthy eye shadow. What’s the right beauty choice? The right choice is what truly flatters the woman in question. A fun makeover session may be just the right way to find her perfect look for 2013.

Trends in Hair

Salons are also the place for discovering new trends in hair design, and this year we’re seeing some real changes in styles. The pixie cut is back, and we’re seeing this look worn beautifully by some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. The pixie look is a great wash and wear, easy care style that works well with an oval, round or angular shaped face. Women who go with a pixie cut should experiment with bolder eye shadows and liners, to draw attention to this key beauty asset.

The Evolution of the Spa Treatment

Finally, trends in fashion and culture affect the way we relax and find relief from stress, and the spa industry has responded to these changes with new ways of serving clients. As our world has become more fast-paced, hectic and driven by electronics, spa treatments are gearing ever more towards healing massages, and even using more “earth” geared treatments, like mudpacks. These soothing, treatments bring stressed clients relief by getting them more in touch with the healing power of touch, and of nature.

Fashion Rules That All Baby Boomer Women

Lots of articles in fashion magazines are lists of what to wear or what not to wear when you reach a certain age.

Instead of creating more restrictions in your dressing, this article is about fashion advice I believe you need to ignore this year and probably for years after that.

Times change and today’s Baby Boomer women do not want to be restricted in their thinking about dressing and life. We are not stagnating. We are active, visible and embracing new technology while creating businesses and professions that allow us to grow and mentor women of all ages.

So here are my three pieces of fashion advice that Baby Boomer women need to ignore now and in the future.

Cover Up Your Arms After 40

I read this one often in magazines, newspapers and online. What rubbish! Yet we women buy into this and examine their arms for perceived faults they must hide. To me it is all part of the anti-aging monster that has been created to convince us women that we must stay looking young and perfect forever.

I recently saw a magazine article claiming that 36 is the magic, desirable age for women. Being suspicious, I think it is because they found a lot of photos of models and actresses who are 36.

My advice is to be the age you are and aim to be as healthy as possible. Wear sleeveless or cap-sleeved tops and dresses if they flatter your colouring and shape. If you feel confident in the clothes you wear, people will notice this first. Then they will come and talk to your face not your arms. Go for a variety of sleeve lengths to suit your professional and casual lifestyle. Do not buy baggy sleeves because they are dowdy, especially on shirts and jackets. They cover but they do not flatter any woman.

Fashion is about confidence. So ignore this one with my blessing.

Every Woman needs a White Shirt

This type of article pops up regularly – The 10 essential fashion items every woman needs in her wardrobe. The classic white shirt is always high on the list because you can wear it to the office as well as casually with your jeans.

I have two arguments with this. Yes, a white shirt may be useful in a corporate office but so many of us Baby Boomers do not operate in that setting anymore. A classic white shirt does not fit our business casual environment. My second argument is that clear white suits only those with a cool colouring. The other half of women find that classic white is too stark for their warm colouring.

What are the alternatives? Wear a cool white shirt if it suits you. Look for one with feminine, sensual or dramatic touches or add accessories that create a modern look that is unique to you. White suits women with grey or white hair and is as versatile to accessorise as black. If you have warm colouring, search for a soft, pearl white or cream as these are more flattering for you. Soft whites and cream always look feminine and elegant.

Bottom Line– If you can find a white shirt that is flattering and versatile, buy it because it works for you not because someone said every woman needs one.

Never Wear Elasticised Waists Over 40

I am now gentler about this one than I used to be. Elasticised waists have an image of being worn by women who have let themselves go or who have chosen comfort over looking good.

Not so today as elastic, and the way we use it, has changed. Elastic now is used more on smoother-fitting clothes. You can find it on dress waistlines where you cover the elastic with a belt. Elastic is used in straight skirts, slim dress pants, jeggings and jeans. These all skim your body and create a more modern impression than the elasticised flowing, gathered skirts and baggy pants of yesteryear. Wear them with hip-length or longer tops rather than tucked-in shirts. It will be your modern style that others notice not your elasticised waistband.

There is nothing like a personal secret to make your confidence soar. Accept the compliments and do not reveal your secret.

Last Words

Fashion rules may seem like indisputable expert advice. Relax! To be more self-confident this year, have fun. Rather than adding more stress to your life, bend or ignore old rules to please yourself and fit your current lifestyle.

The Fashion

Woman fashion is not just about wearing woman fashion clothing. It is something that you can associate yourself with. Your urban woman fashion style should go in consistency with fashion trend and your personality. Your body frame, skin tone, comfort level and personal attitude are some factors that determine your fashion statement.

Osteoporosis can change the shape of your body. Your spine gets slightly curved, your shoulders get rounded and your waistline thickens. Osteoporosis causes loss of height as well.

With these changes, it is difficult to wear certain kinds of clothes. You should focus on hiding the obvious changes in your body. The styles and the fitting are of prime importance now.

Just trying out various clothes can be a problem. Jackets, shirts, tops and blouses will pull and stretch awkwardly across the back. Collars don’t stand well. In fact they sometimes fall apart and gape awkwardly. Skirts don’t fall well. They look clumsy and graceless.

Women with osteoporosis should wear loose fitting clothes with straight cuts. Tight fits should be avoided.

Round necks or soft cowl necks are the more flattering ones. Avoid plunging necklines or large square necklines.

Raglan sleeves are recommended. Avoid sleeveless and tight sleeves.

Choose elastic waistbands. These accommodate changes in your figure and help you be comfortable too.

Shawls and scarves can be used effectively to camouflage the rounded shoulders and spine. Use them well. Choose colours that bring out the best in your face.

Shoulder pads can offset drooping shoulders.

Always wear flat-heeled comfortable footwear. You’re very vulnerable to losing your balance and taking a fall with awkward shoes. The smallest of falls can cause a fracture that may never be repaired. Never ever compromise on safe shoes.

Hot Fashion Tips

1. Try on all of your favorite clothes. Take notes on how they fit and flatter you. Then shop for similar colors, fabrics, shapes and lengths.

2. A great fit can make an outfit, just as a poor fit can break it!

3. A well-cut suit is one of the most flattering outfits you can own. Remember: dark tones create a long line.

4. Choose a fingertip length jacket or one that falls mid-hip. Pants should be straight leg or boot cut and the hem should be worn slightly long.

5. Select flat knit, fine rib and jersey tops; Choose pants with flapless pockets, flat fronts with just enough stretch for added comfort.

6. Show off the trimmest parts of your body by combining a tight fitting piece with a loose fitting one.

7. Any color worn head to toe in a clean, unbroken line will produce a dynamically slimming effect.

8. Don’t worry if separates don’t match exactly. Tonal variations are a creative alternative.

9. Taller bodies can take larger prints and more contrast.

10. The darker a print’s background, the slimmer the look.

11. Blouses: a collared shirt always gives a torso a few good inches and frames the face handsomely.

12. A slim v-neck makes the neck appear longer and is usually very flattering.

13. Boatnecks are great for minimizing waists and hips, while maximizing sexy shoulders.

14. If your legs are fuller inside, try a side slit. If your legs are fuller outside, a mid-front or back slit is a better choice.

15. There is never an excuse for panty lines! A thong is a girl’s best friend – they even come with tummy control.

16. Bright colors bring attention to an area – make sure you wear them wisely and only on your most flattering body parts.

17. Dark hosiery is in this fall. While brightly colored turquoise and scarlet hose may look great in the store window, muted hues like teal and wine are much more flattering. Match the shoe and the hose color to tighten the look even more.