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Chubby Women Spring Fashion

there you see your mind filled with a fear of being laughed at. Thanks to your extra flab which doesn’t allow you to wear dresses according to your will.

Thus your intense desire to wear the most fashionable dresses turns into vapor , all because of your flab. Oh! These bulges on your waistline… They suck!

Now forget these problems. Because here are the most flattering dresses exclusively meant for a chubby woman so she can look at her best this spring 2009.

Read out the following lines to know what are those top three dresses along with some tips and tricks to pair them with equally flattering jewelry and footwear. Thus hide your chubbiness this spring in an artistic fashion.

Colorful Belted Trench Dress : No woman’s clothing is more flattering, for a chubby woman, than wearing a trench coat. But there are days when it hardly rains in spring too. So what to wear during those dry days?

Designers have brought a unique blend of trench coats and dresses. So, this spring, buy a belted trench dress to give your spring season a perfect and fashionable start. The inbuilt belts are an added advantage which cover your bulky waist nicely. The wide collars are flattering too as they cover your chest area much genuinely.

You will love to wear these cotton-made trench dresses which come in many colors, mainly suitable for spring only. Also, a belted trench dress will prove an exciting office or party wear this spring.

Buy something which comes in striking pink,dark citron, super lemon or vibrant green. Wear them with ballet flats or heels and sunglasses. Try matching metallic bangles and designer earrings.

Striped Wrap Dress : When you wrap this wrap dress around your body, there is no trace of your chubbiness anywhere. It covers you magnificently from top to bottom.

Gone are the days of mono-colored wrap dress. Now try these extremely fabulous striped wrap dresses this spring 2009. You can buy one with black and white stripes to give you a more classic look, or in order to look more trendy, you can choose stripes of “green and pink “or “yellow and blue” or whatever combination you find more suitable.

You can choose a wrap dress with full sleeves, if your arms happen to carry extra flab. Give your hair a fringe cut and wear big circular metallic earrings. They flatter a chubby face.

As a wrap dress leaves your calves open, try to wear a pair of red knee-high boots. They flatter your legs. If your legs don’t carry extra flab, try glossy slingbacks. Wear a designer wrist watch and use a golden shoulder bag.

Satin Button Down Tunic : Whenever you plan to have a party during the spring phase, a button down tunic, which more or less looks like a dress shirt, made of red satin can get no competitor.

Choose a knee-length button down tunic with big buttons and full sleeves. Adding some big buttons would be extremely flattering.

Nothing could be greater than having this satin tunic with its cuffs and collars white in color. Try a cotton scarf and let your hair hang loose behind the shoulders. Use a fur packer hat with some feathers tucked into its edges.

With a knee-length button down tunic, wearing a black wide-leg trouser is a well justified fashion apparel. It will give your body a controlled look. Use a pair of mid-high heels.

Fashion for Women Over 50

A Mature woman exudes confidence, strength and knowledge. You have a wealth of life experience and best of all you know your body.Let us then look at Fashion for Women over 50.

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No 5 of course” – Marilyn Munroe

Now that’s decadence with a HINT of luxury!

Coco Chanel: was renowned for her immaculate style, two piece suits, quilted handbags, pearls and chic dresses. Karl Lagerfeld stated “. Coco always borrowed from the boys. She took their jackets, and made them into uniforms for women.” The House of Chanel is still as successful today. Why is that? Coco Chanel left a legacy, her designs were classic pieces that stood the test of time.

She was a true style icon of her time. Other iconic women amongst others would be: Audrey Hepburn, we associate her with the ultimate little black dress and elbow length evening gloves. Jackie (Kennedy) Onassis, she adopted the sophisticated style of Chanel, with her suits, slim fitting dresses and pillar box hats.

My point being here is about elegance, dressing well and looking chic. Just because we maybe 50 plus does not mean to say we are ‘over the hill’. Sack cloth and ashes should be reserved for biblical characters.

So ladies, rise up! Let us now go to our closets and be ruthless! Give to charity anything that you have not worn for 2 years. Then, let’s go shopping. Are you ready for this?

But first: A little research.

What are your best features?

We are going to make the best of them all.

What is your lifestyle like? Do you socialize much? Are you going on vacation soon? Is there a special occasion coming up?

Do you have a budget? If so (most of us do) what is it and how are we going to make the best of your budget?

Who do you admire in the fashion industry? Who’s style do you want to emulate? Better still create your own style.

What are the things you would like to change? For Example Hair – color and cut.

A professional stylist can work wonders and take years off you. Go to a stylist such as Vidal Sassoon/ Toni & Guy or a recommended top stylist for advice.

Next; Spa Treatment

As a minimum invest in a regular manicure and pedicure. Treat yourself every so often to a facial or massage. You could ask your family to buy vouchers for you for your birthday or special occasions. Money well spent.

Healthy living.

It is really essential that we all look at our diet and eat healthier. There is an obesity problem worldwide, it is so important that we look after ourselves. It is not just the mortality aspects, but morbidity too. Look at the consequences – diabetes, heart disease, circulatory problems.

A healthy diet, high in anti-oxidants, regular daily amounts of fruit, vegetables and protein. Minimize carbohydrates and fats. Drink more water. Take some exercise, walking even a little everyday doesn’t cost anything and you will certainly feel the benefits to your body and your skin.

Look after your skin, avoid the sun especially on your face or make sure you have a moderate SPF lotion. Moisturise day and night. Our bodies will inevitably change over time, we cannot stop the aging process, but we can make the best of it.

Are you ready to go shopping?

Look at your underwear. Thongs are out! Go for well-fitting knickers, Spanx, or full pants are so sexy and comfortable. It is important that you have the right underwear to give your shape definition, this is essential to make your clothes hang properly. Our breast shape and density changes after childbirth and after menopause, so get measured professionally.. Try on a shirt over the bra before you purchase it. You will see then the overall shape it gives you. Move around a little. Make sure you are not spilling over the top of the bra cup.

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Keep in mind what you want to buy. For example: day wear, holiday wear, evening wear, or essential pieces for your wardrobe?

Don’t be tempted by sale or closeout items if it is not what you went out to shop for. Just because this evening dress was $500 and is it now $90! What a bargain? Not so if it becomes a ‘wardrobe filler’ and is never worn. Believe me we have all made that mistake.

Stores have personal shoppers, so use them to assist you. However, have the confidence to say no, if you are not happy with the style of the clothes chosen.

Don’t be afraid though, to come out of your comfort zone. The tendency is; if you wear ‘baggy’ casual or colorless clothes you will go for the same. Think out of the box. Think chic, think stylish, think flattering. Think of your style icon. What is it you want to achieve?

Full Figured Woman’s Fashion Independence

Some people view a full figured woman as being less competent, less intelligent than a thin woman. But a full figured woman is a valuable person with a lot to give her family, friends, and community. When a woman realizes and accepts that fact, she will be a much happier person.
The essence of a woman is not her looks; it’s an attitude, flair, a presence. The way a woman carries herself says to the world what she thinks of herself. This study is not written about dieting to change your life style. It is to help you find the YOU inside yourself that you may not have discovered yet, and to help you make the most of what you can be. Many full figured women seem to be masters at mediocrity, spending time buying, dressing and looking the way they are expected to. You may feel stuck where you are, but you can change, and making changes is the only way to accomplish what you want. It is my sincere wish that I can help you master the art of ‘Fashion Independence’, and that you will enjoy every moment of the experience of accomplishing it.

Do you know your ‘Clothing Personality’? We all have one, but many of us don’t know how to identify it. That’s what this study is all about. Helping women come to terms with who they are, and making the best of themselves in a ‘fashion sense’. As you read, you will begin to see yourself in one or another of the ‘Personalities’, and hopefully learn to make the most of what your have to work with.

A few years ago a study was made that found the impact we make on each other depends 55% on how we look and behave, 38% on how we speak, and 7% on what we say. So if you expect someone to believe you are successful, creative, approachable or whatever, your image must say this before you even open your mouth! If your image conflicts with your message, you will have a huge chore getting the right message across.

At some point in our life, we all have to look at ourselves and make hard decisions about who we are and what we really look like. That’s the hard part. Facing reality…admitting we have those extra pounds that make us ‘Full Figured’. For some of us, there’s no struggle with the admitting, we just look down and there is this big body we have to deal with every day. And the best way to deal with it is to make the most of what you have! Just because your body isn’t ‘Ideal’ doesn’t mean you can’t look perfect.
Start with an honest look at yourself in a full length mirror. Stand in your bra and panties. It may not be a pretty site, but you can see everything that make you…you. I have to say at this point that you need a good bra to begin with. I know personally there is nothing sexy about support bras, or what I call ‘Industrial Strength Bras’. They are not light and lacy or very fancy, but if you need a support bra, and don’t wear one, no matter how nicely you are dressed, it really takes away from the look of being well dressed. There is nothing sexy about a large busted woman with her breast hanging nearly to her waist! It’s fine to wear lacy undies in the bedroom, because you don’t need support in bed. But being all loose and floppy can ruin the effect of an outfit you spent good money on!

Now, look at your body. Is your neck long, short or average? Are your shoulders square, or sloped or just rounded: are they wide or narrow? Is your bust average in proportion to the rest of your body: or small or large: are your breasts close together or far apart?

How about your midriff? Is it one continuous line from your bust to the top of your legs? And what about your hips-round, or flat? Your legs, are they longer from the knee to the hip; or longer from knee to the ankle? Or are they average?

You need to learn how your body features can help you arrive at the best look for you. The sooner you understand and accept your body type, the happier you will be. Trying to wear boy-cut clothes when your figure is shaped like an hourglass can result in disappointment. You will look your best when you dress to enhance what you are instead of trying to be what you are not. Make the most of your uniqueness!
Part 2 will be ‘Fashion Personalities’.

Spring Fashion Trends for the Plus

Many of you may still be freezing from the cold weather that is still outside. You may not even want to talk about spring right now, but believe it or not, it is only a short time away. This is the time to begin thinking about what you will wear in the spring; especially if you are full-figured woman. As with anything in the fashion world, nothing is ever new. Most trends are just reinvented, repeated or reprocessed from the past. It is time to get excited about the upcoming season and the current trends; some of which you may already have in your closet.

Many people are already in the planning stage when it comes to their wardrobe. Spring is the time when you will take off the layers of clothing you wore in the winter months to show off your body that has been concealed underneath for so long. So I encourage you to start shopping right away. You can incorporate some of these suggestions below to acquire your spring outfits.

1. The Crop top
Yes, that’s what you heard. Crop Tops, honey! Many people think that crop tops are only for women with thin waists. Plus-sized women with a little thickness in their midsections are not exempt. You can rock the crop top as well and even surprise yourself. You better believe that and don’t let anyone tell you differently. You just have to know how to wear it. You don’t have to show your whole midriff, but you can reveal a little belly skin at the upper part of your waistline and be still relaxed and confident. How? You can wear a high-waist bottom such as a shorts, pair of pants or skirt. You seriously won’t go wrong with this. If you don’t feel comfortable this way, then you can add a tank top below the crop top and call it a day.

2. All White Colors
Yes, from your head to your toe in white. The all-white look is taking its correct place in the fashion world and designers like Vera Wang and Roberto Cavalli are adding this to their spring collection. In the recent past, we have seen an overload of bright neon and blocked colored styles; so much so that I think we have forgotten how nice and crisp we can look in a white ensemble. Don’t think about what the fashion trend critiques think. You can look absolutely amazing in white too even if you are a plus-size.

3. Appealing Peplum
Directly from the 1980s comes the peplum look. It has been around for several months, but fits in nicely with the spring season. From peplum tops to peplum skirts, you can look fabulous. It brings out the chicness in you and for a plus-sized woman; it hides those curves that you don’t want seen. You can wear the peplum dress in a solid color or in a colorful animal print. You have varied choices because this piece will always be appealing no matter what.

4. Floral, Ruffles and Stripes
Floral designs are always going to be associated with spring. It gives you a girly feeling and a feminine look. For the plus-size woman, you can wear floral in a pant suit or a blazer. Floral is a definite must-have for spring. Stripes are going to be the in-thing for the entire year of 2013. You can wear stripes in dresses, rompers, tops, skirts and blazers. They help to give the impression of a trimmer you and will give your body its balanced appearance. During the 1980s, it was somewhat fashionable to dress in blocks of color. Well, you can bet that it is back in the fashion rotation. Dressing in blocks of color will preclude anyone from concentrating on just one section of your body. However, your color block outfit should depend on the kind of weather you are dealing with.

Last, but not least, you should anticipate that plus size retailers will overwork ruffles this spring. I personally love ruffled tops and a playful ruffled hemmed dress, so I will be enthusiastic about stealing some new pieces at good prices. These are the trends to expect this spring 2013. With these, you will remain stylish and current.

Fashion Icon Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez, one of the premier fashion industry leaders in Boston, tells all his source of inspiration in an interview with Athena. Hernandez says that the secret of achieving his success in the fashion world is persistence. Everyone aspires to achieve his goal. Hernandez says that one should be firm in his desire to excel and should not rest on his laurel. DH, as he is known by this acronym, is a recipient of Alfred Fiandaca Award of Excellence which he considers his most meaningful award since Fiandaca is a very influential designer who has designed clothes for first ladies of the land, a feat unequalled by any designer in history.

DH is so proud of this recognition by a fashion designer in the early part of his career by way of collection he collaborated with his grandmother, and he was sure that before getting his college education he already knew by heart that he was headed for the right direction that will make him known and highly respected leader in the industry. His grandmother has been influential in his design and considers her as his source of power to make things possible because of her unconditional love.

Aside from his beloved grandmother, fashion figures Thierry Mugler and Issey Miyake have been his greatest inspiration to create designs that are fabulous and classic. His latest collections are a combination of practicality and opulence, so uniquely designed for the professional woman who turns her office suit into comfortable attire yet chic and flexible for travel and after office hours.

These collections truly show the variation of woven fabrics like herringbone, tweed and imported gingham. So how will Hernandez describe a DH woman? According to the Bostonian designer whose DH Studios Inc. received the prestigious 2003 SBA Young Entrepreneur Award of New England, that a DH woman is an epitome of an older, powerful woman who strives to be recognized in society and shows that the world we live in is not only ruled by man but by a woman too, who knows what her purpose and role in the community.

Woman As A Flower

Between Dream and Reality
New ideas emerge that challenge the monopoly of a greedy clothing industry – which, according to reformers, had never understood the female body and viewed it only as an erotic and decorative object – and contribute to fashion and lifestyle reforms.

1900 – 1914
“HOW OFTEN HAS ART INSPIRED FASHION, AND DOES NOT THE NEW ART MOVEMENT – THE VIENNESE SECESSION – HAVE A SOURCE IN FASHION?” (WIENER MODE: 1898)

Woman as a Flower
At the beginning of this century, Woman stood conscious of her dignity wrapped in the opulent armor of her robe, her figure pressed into a grotesque S-bend: breasts pushed outward into a sweeping curve, while an exaggerated, projecting bottom curved in the opposite direction as a counterweight beneath the tightly corseted waist and flat abdomen. This look included hip-hugging skirts which fanned out toward the ground, very long and narrow sleeves, extremely high stand-up collars, trains, well-coifed hair and rolls of pinned-up, wavy hair beneath overly decorated, dramatically draped hats made of chiffon, chine fabrics, silk alpaca, velvet, and lace.

The greatest innovations in the ball gowns of 1848 were long-stemmed, stylized flowers, colourfully embroidered borders and decorations that had an upward movement. An unprecedented passion for decoration characterised this time: corded embroidery, applique, lace inserts, glass beads, sequins, frills, and pleats covered women like a glossy, flickering web.

Another newly formulated inspiration shared by art and fashion surely lay in the erotic images and new ideas of feminine beauty: thick, flowing hair was replete with symbolic meaning for the Secessionists, and fashion too, laid great stock in full-bodied, curly hair tied into a loose knot and pinned at the back of the head. The Viennese artist Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) painted portraits of women that symbolically united art and life through a feminine yearning to stand above everyday concerns in a Madonna-like attitude wrapped in untouchable beauty. Klimt’s images seamlessly merged ladylike dignity and sexual availability.

Around 1900, the entire female body was treated like a decorative or bejeweled objects-erotically stylised, deformed, and estranged from its biological function by a profit-seeking clothing industry. Fashion and femininity were inextricably linked. Already in the 1890s, designers had tried to establish the aesthetic principles of asymmetrical composition in ladies’ fashion. Fashion not only expressed the asymmetries between social classes; it also mediated the inequalities between men and women.

The Essentials in a Woman’s

A woman’s wardrobe is usually her best friend. According to the law of fashion, there are some basic essentials that every true stylish woman needs to have. Whether you are on a tight budget or have some extra money to spare, the following list make up the key ingredients of a workable wardrobe and woman’s fashion essentials. It will ensure that you never have the proverbial panic attack of; I have nothing to wear; and always walk out of the door looking good.

A black evening dress

A black evening dress is an absolute must in every female wardrobe. It is elegant, and suits any formal occasion. Select a black dress that not only suits your body shape but with a hemline and neckline that flatters your figure. Almost all designer labels will have a black dress in their collection. Complemented with stiletto designer shoes, this little dress will do more for you than any other dress.

Hip hugging jeans

No woman has ever gone wrong with a pair of hip hugging jeans that show off the curves to the maximum. A little lycra in the cloth will ensure that the pants fit just right even when out of the dryer. And the best part is, no matter what the jeans are worn with – a simple t-shirt, a pair of sexy lingerie or a silk shirt – they will still flatter your body.

Basic Crisp White Shirt

Everyone needs a white shirt, whether it is buttoned up or layered over a lacy camisole. Once you find that the basic white shirt is no longer as attractive as it once was, use it to wear over your swimsuit or bikini by making it a sexy accessory.

Smart three piece suit

A smart three-piece suit is a necessity in woman’s fashion, especially for the woman climbing the corporate ladder, nailing the promotion or the job interview. Select one that has a jacket, skirt and pants to get the maximum out of your investment. To enhance your figure, ensure that it is classically cut with a good drape and fall and supplement the outfit with designer shoes, stilettos or platforms.

Classic Wool Coat

There is nothing like a classic wool coat to keep you warm on those chilly winter days. Ensure that the coat has some amount of cashmere for luxury combined with a hard finish for a longer wear. Also, a more generic designer wear coat will take you through the changing fashion seasons, the style of which can be enhanced through trendy muffles, hats and accessories.

Statement Blazer

A statement blazer is stylish and adds personality to your wardrobe. It should be versatile enough to look good over a pair of jeans or even on a day out to the office.

Statement Handbag

A simple and elegant handbag will spruce up the most basic of outfits and give it life and color. Combining form and function, you can have both style and personality in a good handbag whether it is a leather tote bag or a designer label handbag.

A large Wrap Scarf

This can be used as a wrap and wound around your neck to complement your coat or jacket as well as to keep the chill away on an early spring evening.

Tan Shoes

Tan designer shoes can be very versatile and worn with any colored bottom, from tan to black. The color tan adds sophistication and elegance like no other color and when worn with a skirt can make your legs look longer and leaner. With plenty of designer shoe stores, one is spoilt for choice today.

Designer sunglasses

Designer sunglasses are stylish and a must have in woman’s fashion requirements. There are many designer labels to choose from like Prada, Escada, Ray Ban, Givency, Gucci among others that offer quality and chic styles.

The Newest Trends in Hair and Fashion

For most of the girls, one of their best assets is their hair. That is also the reason why a lot of them always spend a fortune just to be able to maintain a crowning glory that shines with grace and glamour. Hair is one of the things that make a woman fashionable and it is also the reason why hairstyles are always included in the newest trends virtually every girl knows.

If you are one of the women who always want to look good and feel great, here are the newest hair trends that will surely make you stand out as amongst the most fashionable ladies around.

* Hair color. One of the best ways to go with what’s new is to change the color of your hair. It is also the easiest way to change your image or perhaps if you just want to have that so-called “new look”. There are a lot of new colors that are available today. All you need to do is to find a hue that will suit your skin color and, of course, your personality. Hair salons are offering different colors and amongst the most popular ones are browns, blacks, reds. These types of hues are neutral and can typically be matched with any dress or outfit that men and women typically wear.

There are times that no matter how many accessories you wear, you still look at the mirror and think that your entire outfit is out of style. This is perhaps because of your plain hair, or you just want to update your look. In that case, changing hair color can be a great alternative. If you are a bit hesitant to try a permanent hair color, then you can just give some wigs a try. There are various wigs with different color and style that can definitely suit your personality and the look you want to come up with.

* Hair curls. Are you tired of your plain straight hair? Do you want to look groomed and always in style? If yes, then you should try to give your hair some curls. By doing that, you can able to have that just-got-hone-from-salon look. There are times that straight hair can make you look old and dull. In that case, changing your hair into something wavy will surely make you look a bit younger for your age. It is one of the most popular trends nowadays, most commonly seen with Hollywood actresses who do not have enough time to style their hair due to their busy schedules. This is amongst the reasons why most women prefer perming their locks should they be interested in an instant curly hair that needs no styling. By doing so, you can upgrade your look without all the hassle preparations you have gotten used to.

Makes It Ideal For Fashion

Turquoise is renowned for its blue and green colors and for being on the top rank among all of the opaque stones. It is also the birthstone for the month of December. Today, however, turquoise is available in different wonderful colors. Arizona and Mexico are currently the major producers of this precious stone.

This very attractive semi-precious stone is actually mined in many countries around the world with the clear blue turquoise from Persia believed to be among those of the highest quality and value. Turquoise produced from India’s mines is colored green while those from China come in different hues. Those mined in the southwestern part of the U.S. also come in varying colors and qualities. In the U.S., this semi-precious stone has been a major part of the Native American culture that spanned thousands of years.

Origin of color

There are reasons behind the turquoise’s original blue and green color. They point to how the stone was formed on rocks that contain minerals like copper and aluminum. The blue turquoise means that it was formed with the presence of copper while the green hue means that it has more aluminum. The yellow-green combination, which is a rare mix, means that zinc was present during its formation.

Meanwhile, the black markings you see on the stone are actually the so-called matrix or the rock in which the turquoise formed in. And note that the matrix is not always black. It can also be of different hues such as brown and yellow as the turquoise usually forms in varying types of rock.

The various colors of turquoise available today in jewelry are already a result of color treatments. Chemicals are normally involved in the process to improve or change the color of the stone.

Use in jewelry

Turquoise is popularly used in jewelry these days. Most of them, however, have already undergone some kind of treatment or enhancement. This treatment is actually what makes the turquoise jewelry more affordable to women who prefer a combination of gold, silver and precious stones. Natural turquoise stones are very expensive because of their high quality and if jewelry designers will exclusively use only the natural ones, many women won’t be able to afford them at all.

Turquoise jewelry may come in individual pieces or sets such as a necklace, earrings and a bracelet. In making a fashion statement, using the set or just your preferred piece can make a woman fashionable and appealing.

Buying and caring tips

Turquoise jewelry can make a great gift to a young lady or woman whatever the occasion may be or even without an occasion. Make sure that you buy your turquoise from reputable stores with staff knowledgeable about the vital aspects of the stone. This stone is commonly imitated that it’s sometimes hard to decipher between the genuine and the imitation so be very careful and don’t be shy to ask.

Overwhelmed With Over the Knee Socks Fashion

One great way to test a fashion taste is the use of socks and their coordination with comfort and health. Socks are not just made for you to cope with the trend. They, too, are crafted to protect you from further feet problems. But the loudest fashion innovation is for women to opt for novelty and colorful over the knee socks. Why women have chosen rainbow colored high knee socks is that they usually wear monochromatic hues which are indeed perfect to give the attire a domination of colors.

Rainbow colored over the knee socks are perfect for sports and casual events. Not only that these make an energetic impression but also they tend to adhere to fashion principles of contrast. Styling socks are especially designed for short dresses and skirts. If you are on corporate lady who used to suffer the discomfort of stockings or panty hose, these colorful socks can be the best substitute for them. Fill up your closet with this stylish accessory that will break your ensemble with dynamism.

Fashion gurus have always advised buffs to spice up their skirts with these multi-colored socks. Whether they are plain, sheer or fashionably printed, high-knee socks are stylish and classy for the modern woman. Fashion principles would tell you, though, that your socks must match your attire. The colors of your socks should take in any color presention your ensemble.

When wearing high-knee socks, make sure that they have quality garter on top for you not to worry about getting them fall off your knee when you engage into activities that require much movement. Good over the knee socks are those that retain their post even when you are dancing or walking or even running.

Think about pants. When planning to use these stylish knee high socks, look for the sheer ones. Socks should match the color of your top. Your top in coherence with your socks will tie the entire ensemble and let your socks dominate the look. Stand out in a very positive manner as you choose colors like red and white to go with your jeans.