Archives for September 2012

Prim and Proper in Oxfords

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There is nothing more pleasing to the eyes than a crisp and tailor-fitted button-down oxford shirt. It’s clean, it’s classic, but most of all it’s a versatile piece of clothing.

Office wear to Casual wear

Oxford shirts have always been an office staple for career women. They can be worn tucked in pencil skirts or inside blazers and suits. As its popularity soared, it began to find its place in casual wear thanks to brands such as Ralph Lauren.

Oxford shirts have been so popular due to its versatility. Take your cues from how these women wear theirs.

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Pairing it off

On a lazy day, you can wear Oxfords with flats, shorts, shirts, or jeans. Fold the sleeves up, tuck the shirt in or pull it out, and let your hair down.

For work, tuck it in your slacks or skirt for a more polished look. It goes well with either heels or flats, so it’s pretty safe to say that you’ve picked the right top for any bottom.

Either way, get them in solid colors with as little insignia as possible. Stripes or other patterns take the eyes away from what is simple, elegant, and understated.

So, how do you wear your Oxfords?

Girl’s Day’s Mina, SNSD’s Sooyoung and Other Kpop Stars Wear Hot Summer Pants in Fall

Mina Korean Fashion

Mina Korean Fashion

In Korea, the sultry summer is passing quickly and the winds of fall are taking over. Usually, this is the time for people on the street to be sporting their cardigans, snug pants, and boots. Celebrities however, are reversing the trend by exposing their smooth and shapely legs with sexy hot pants. How to pull the look off?

The 2012 summer season saw the popularity of the white hot pants paired with brightly colored shirts, and now the look is crossing over to liven the fall scene. Put on crisp white hot pants with a bright jacket like Girl’s Day’s Mina (above left) and pair with funky silver sneakers for a youthful look. Another take is to coordinate the color of your shirt with your sneakers, such as a red-and-white striped shirt with red Chuck Taylors to play off the white hot pants. Short leather boots can alternate with sneakers.

Sooyoung Korean Fashion

Sooyoung Korean Fashion

A distinctly vintage feel is the blue denim hot pants paired with the classic white shirt. Play around with the wash of the denim and the cut of the shirt to get the desired look. The key to this style is minimalism—don’t overdo it with the accessories and the loud makeup. SNSD’s Sooyoung (far left) shows off her endless legs with a basic white tee tied at the waist, high waist dark blue denim hot pants and platform heeled white sneakers. Secret’s Jieun (second from the right) adds to the look by putting a dark green plaid shirt over the white tee for a cool vibe. Try a white sheer blouse with distressed faded denim hot pants and nude heels or black leather boots.

Sooyoung Korean Fashion

Sooyoung Korean Fashion

Another popular celebrity look is the black hot pants plus tailored jacket, usually finished with black leather boots. Of the three hot pants combinations, this one though is more fitting for fall. Sooyoung again shows off the look in a shapely taupe marching band-style blazer with gold chain. The fun thing about this look is that there are many structures of jackets to choose from, from slim, to boxy and cropped.

So if your legs can take the cold and bring in the heat, choose from any of these Korean celebrity looks and start flaunting your own hot pants!

(Source: BNT News)

f(x)’s Airport Fashion

f(x) Korean Fashion

f(x) Korean Fashion

The girls of f(x) are famous for the signature funky, colorful style. In between performances and official appearances, the girls are pretty in simple street fashion.

Airport fashion of celebrities is a big trending topic in Korea, with fans closely following what celebrities are wearing when their clothes are not planned by stylists. In Incheon Airport last September 14, the girls of popular idol group f(x) did not disappoint with their individual styles.

Leader Victoria was the picture of chic in an all black ensemble, from a simple thin sweater, black crisp skinny jeans and sexy sky-high leather platform booties with rubber soles. She accessorized with a camel-and-brown satchel.

f(x) Korean Fashion

f(x) Korean Fashion

Amber pulled off an all black look too but on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. She sported her signature androgynous style, wearing a black cap, military style dark jacket with patches and splatter detail over a simple black shirt with snug-fitting dark jeans. Her carry on was a backpack, like the proper idol that she is.

f(x) Korean Fashion

f(x) Korean Fashion

Krystal put on a bit more f(x)-style color with her airport look. She had a red gingham shirt over a white loosely tucked tee with an interesting design (guess what picture is on it!) with stone washed denim skinny jeans. The piece that gets the most attention is probably her matching washed-out skin-tone boots with red soles.

f(x) Korean Fashion

f(x) Korean Fashion

Lead belter Luna was the picture of simple chic in a sheer white blouse paired with denim bottoms and a shiny black satchel. Even her polka-dot shopping bag coordinated with her ensemble.

The girls, sans member Sulli, were on their way to the KPOP Music in China with Super K-Collection to perform with other Kpop acts Infinite, Miss A, and labelmate EXO-M appeared.

(Source: hankyung.com)

How to Overhaul Your Man’s Wardrobe

Whether it is a new pair of jeans and a jacket to replace the one that is three years old, or something as extreme as ditching all of the clothes he owns and starting over, it is likely that there is something in your man’s wardrobe that gets your blood boiling.

There probably isn’t an easy way to tell your man that you find his style a turn off, however he cannot be a true lost cause or else you would not have got together with him in the first place. How can you give your man’s wardrobe and style the boost it needs to pull him out of the time warp in which he finds himself?

Men's Fashion Makeover - Before

Men’s Fashion Makeover – Before

Men's Fashion Makeover - After

Men’s Fashion Makeover – After

Recognize the Problem

If you are going to mention it to him, you need to tell him what the issue is. Just saying “you look awful” isn’t going to be anything like good enough. You need a genuine reason, and something that will appeal to his ego and vanity, at that. Perhaps say he has a great body and could flatter it a bit more with different clothes, or that he looks like an adolescent teenager when you want a hunky man.

Try not to be too condescending, but you do need to get the message across.

Men's Fashion Makeover

Men’s Fashion Makeover – Before

Men's Fashion Makeover - After

Men’s Fashion Makeover – After

Find out What Would Look Great

Whether it be personalised style advice, an online outfit builder or a simple “how do I do this?” type of website, there are many resources available for making your man look irresistible once again.

While finding out what will look great is a key aspect, it is often best to know what fits will be best and what size he needs. We pointed out earlier that the issue may be that his clothes do nothing for him in terms of flattery. In fact, it is the biggest problem of men everywhere that they either refuse to wear the right size, or they do not even know what it is. Once you have done that, you can then look at colors, cut and styles that will make him look great.

Use outfit advice to build your man’s individual style profile, so you know prior to buying fashions whether he will look better in plain yellows and blues, or inspirational patterns that will bring his outfit to life. Knowing this will give both you and him the confidence in his style and lift his look to the next level.

Men's Fashion Makeover

Men’s Fashion Makeover-Before

Men's Fashion Makeover

Men’s Fashion Makeover-After

 Go For The Whole Picture

Do not just focus on getting him a great pair of jeans, a nice t-shirt, or one jacket that he can wear all the time. A wardrobe overhaul is about far more than just the clothes. They obviously come first, however by building outfit ideas and bringing in accessories, different styles and even getting a fresh haircut, your man will feel he has been given a whole new lease of life, sending his confidence through the roof and make you more willing than ever before to show him off in public.

So, take him to the salon for a Gary Barlow style cut, buy him that expensive watch for his birthday, and treat him to a new pair of stylish Ray Ban sunglasses just because you love him, and watch his wardrobe enjoy a whole new lease of life.

Stylepilot is designed exclusively for men to navigate fashion online and to discover which styles and items to purchase. Stylepilot displays a large collection of mens jeans, mens shirts, casual wear and tailoring.

The Thick Eyebrows Look Adored By Korean Female Celebrities

The ‘straight thick eyebrows’ trend among Korean celebrities

SNSD Hyo Yeon's Makeup

SNSD Hyo Yeon’s Makeup

Straight eyebrows seems to be getting popular with Korean female celebrities these days. Long, thick eyebrows gives the impression of innocence, kind, gentle and feminine. When SNSD’s Hyoyeon first started her entertainment career, she used to have curved eyebrows, which she had them straightened subsequently to look more feminine.

Moon Geun Yoon's Makeup | IU's Makeup

Moon Geun Yoon’s Makeup | IU’s Makeup

Another good example of Korean actress with straight thick eyebrows is Moon Geun Young. Her eyebrows are her signature look, which she had them since young and she doesn’t need to do much to draw or fill them, other than just regular trimming and maintenance. Singer IU  also have a preference for straight eyebrows.

Will this suit me?

So how to tell if straight thick eyebrows are for you? Indeed, everyone’s different and this type of eyebrows might not suit all. As a rule of thumb, your eyebrows’ thickness should match the size of your forehead and cheekbone. The higher your forehead or cheekbones are, the more you can pull off the thick look. If your face is wide, your eyebrows should be drawn longer to make your face look slimmer. The size of your eyes also determine the thickness of your brows – large eyes go with thicker brows, smaller eyes thinner brows. Also, try to refrain from going too thick or too dark on the eyebrow heads, otherwise it can make you look stiff and unnatural.

Matching eyebrows and hair color

4Minute Kim Hyun Ah's Makeup | SNSD Yoona's Makeup

4Minute Kim Hyun Ah’s Makeup | SNSD Yoona’s Makeup

Hair dying is common and most people probably change their hair colors at least twice in a year. To look natural, dye your eyebrows in the same tone of your hair color. Take cue from 4minute’s  Kim Hyun Ah, who had her hair and eyebrows dyed in the same blond color. Yoona from SNSD looks gorgeous too after dying her hair and eyebrows in a reddish-brown tone.

The shape of our eyebrows can influence how we look. For example, thin eyebrows can be vintage looking on some people, whereas thick eyebrows might look fierce on others. As Asians tend to have flat features, the right type of eyebrows can help to enhance the rest of the features. It pays to spend some time and money on eyebrow grooming. Besides getting the right shape, eyebrow makeup kits are also essential tools for creating the perfect brows.

Eyebrow Makeup Kit – How to Groom and Draw Your Brows

Eyebrow Makeup Kit

For a neat and clean look, pluck the stray brow hairs off first before deciding on the best shape for your eyebrows. If you are not sure of what shape will suit you or not confident in shaping your eyebrows, consider going to professional eyebrow salon for help. Popular cosmetic shops like Shu Uemura and Benefit also provide eyebrow shaping services to help people create beautiful eyebrows.

The two main tools used for drawing eyebrows are the eyebrow pencil and eyebrow shadow. A penciled brow is less natural-looking and can look harsh if not done properly, whereas using powder to fill in the brows can create more gentle and natural brows, which is easy for beginners to apply. The downside is eyebrow shadow is not as lasting as the pencil.

If you are choosing powder, use a brush with a slanted tip to fill the powder into the eyebrows and then use a pencil to draw the ends of the eyebrows. Finish off by filling in a little gradation underneath the eyebrows using the pencil, which will help make your brows look clean and neat (kind of like a gentle outlining). If you want to soften the ‘harshness’ of your brows, try applying some press powder over it or use an eyebrow comb to even out the color.

(Source: This article was originally posted at Korea.com)

SNSD Flaunts ’80’s Pretty Grunge in “All My Love is For You” MV

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

The lovely girls of SNSD (also known as Girls’ Generation) are back in the Japanese charts with their new music video for All My Love Is For You. This is the second track off their Japanese single due for release September 26th.

All My Love Is For You is a beautiful ballad that showcases each member’s distinct vocals, sure to capture the hearts of their many fans. The girls’ fashion on the video is also certain to capture interest, as they sport a reincarnation of 1980’s fashion.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Anyone who has grown up to Madonna’s Borderline and Like A Virgin days will find these clothes reminiscent of that vibe, but as the Korean fashionistas that they are, the girls of SNSD bring their unique charms to the updated, pretty 80’s grunge look.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Member and visual Yoona sports a dark faded wash denim cut off vest over fish net sleeves, which she pairs with high-waisted, shiny black liquid leggings. Dancing with her in shot above is maknae Seohyun, who wears a simpler, sleeker silhouette with a black sleeveless, open-front shirt with black above-knee cut-offs.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Black Pearl Yuri takes the signature 80’s cutout shirt to new levels, wearing a daring light gray shirt with full front cutouts over a midriff baring black sleeveless shirt. She finishes the look with lettered black and white leggings.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Tiffany is the picture of pretty with her auburn hair held up with a black bow. Her style is ladylike in a white quarter-sleeve collared shirt over a black sweetheart dress with a full short netted skirt. She wears this over short lace leggings.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Sunny plays around with Jessica in most of the shots, her sassy cool look a good contrast to Jessica’s sweet style. Sunny wears a black jacket with mesh sleeves over a short black top, her firm belly exposed and accented with a wide belt with a flat gold buckle. She finishes her look with black hot pants, and in some shots, a black bowler hat.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Jessica rocked polka dots in her sheer-sleeved blouse with a gold-fringed corset top and a full short net skirt. Her interesting play on textures and contrast works well, and is complete with her fish net stockings.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Statuesque Sooyoung looked rocker-sporty in her white denim short-sleeved vest with collar and adorned with buttons. She wore this over a black, short-sleeved top with net details in the upper panel, paired with slim short black cutoffs.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

Lead dancer Hyoyeon layers a sheer net paneled top over printed, midriff shirt, showing off her toned abs. She completes the sassy paneled look with her black slim pants.

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD Korean Fashion

SNSD leader Taeyeon completes the pack, wearing the most interesting printed shirt of the bunch. It is a black loose fitting tee adorned with gold beads and patterns, fit over fishnet sleeves and worn with sheer black cutoffs.

Some of the girls completed the signature look with loose corkscrew curls and the adornment of black bows, an updated, more muted take on the big 80’s blown out hairstyles. All of them  were rocking the chunky heeled black leather boots, paired with either black fishnets, sheer tights or striped high socks.

The overall look is tough and chic, sassy and sweet, and you can easily pull out your favorite pieces from SNSD’s style and incorporate it with your own. Then you too can be pretty in 80’s grunge, the SNSD way.

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Pompous Platform Pumps!

If there’s a footwear equivalent of the little black dress, it’s the ever-trustworthy pumps that every woman must have in her shoe collection. Pumps come with a closed back and a covered cap. But what differentiates platform pumps from every other pumps in the market? Simple, really. The only difference is that platform pumps have a platform at the sole of the shoe that elevates or gives more height to the wearer. They are similar to platform shoes but without the chunkiness of traditional platform shoes or wedges. These beauties are great to wear with almost anything- from mini skirts to shorts to dresses and jeans.

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 Style

There are a variety of platform pumps out there for every outfit that you could think of. For example, there are peep-toe platform pumps where there is a tiny cut-out at the tip of the shoe where beautiful pedicured nails can be revealed. The shoe caps can also be in round, pointy or square shape.

How to Wear

Wearing pompous platform pumps are all about style. You can wear them with almost any outfit, blouse, or bottom. They make legs look especially long when worn with super short shorts and mini skirts. They also make your legs shapelier when worn with leggings, jeggings, or skinny jeans. They add height when you wear them with trousers or straight cut jeans. Lastly, they look elegant when worn with skirts and dresses.

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Precautions

Platform pumps are categorized as high heels, and are higher than the normal pumps. Therefore, a little precaution should be taken when wearing them. Take great care when running or pacing quickly with them on. To prevent sore feet, there are cushions that you can buy and insert into the soles of the shoes. They give your feet ample support and prevent them from sliding down the shoes and hurting your toes. Lastly, choose a pair that fits snuggly on your feet. Your feet should not be sliding up or down during walking. Neither should the shoe get left behind. An ill-fitting pair of heels will make your feet hurt later on. Getting the right fit might be a challenge, but I assure you that it will look and feel just as stunning.

Casual, dressy, or ultra formal- whatever the occasion, platform pumps are surely one of the must-haves that will make your outfit more elegant and giving you the extra boost in height. They are not just great for work wear, but also versatile enough for gala events or night-outs in the clubs.

Lee Minjung Makes Sportswear Look Pretty

Lee Min Jung Korean Fashion

Lee Min Jung Korean Fashion

Actress and model Lee Minjung is blooming in a fan sign event for Kolon Sports

On August 25th, popular celebrity Lee Minjung held a fan signing event for outdoor brand Kolon Sport’s grand opening at Seoul’s Lotte department store. Fans of the actress flocked the store to meet and greet her and to admire the brand’s clothing selections, though only 50 lucky people were invited to the event.

As celebrity endorser of Kolon Sports, Minjung wore a black hooded sports coat with belt, its shiny rumpled finish showing an interesting contrast to her black dress with white buttons and pleated skirt. She finished the look with black knee high socks and her short hair up in an easy ponytail, showing off a posh outdoor vibe. Pictures also show the actress trying on a bright red jacket with fur trimmed hood.

Unedited photos of Minjung flocked online communities, showing the actress smiling brightly and fulfilling complete fan service to attendees. Fans commented on her bright personality and flawless skin.

An online blog posted pictures of the event with the caption, “I saw Lee Min Jung in person at a fan signing event at a department store.” Netizens posted raving comments, “She’s getting more beautiful since she’s been dating [Lee Byunghun],” “She’s a goddess, there’s no one as beautiful as her,” “The photo is not edited and she looks stunning!”

Source: Nate.com

The Little Black Dress

What is the best thing to have in your closet? Fashion authority would always tell you that it’s the little black dress that would complete every closet. Perhaps the most popular LBD came into fashion when Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly in the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

How To Wear The The Little Black Dress

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If you look at her ensemble, it is genuinely effortless at looking chic, sophisticated, and elegant. Well, not all little black dresses give off the same aura, so to say. So here’s how to emulate that classic look that has transcended decades.

Silhouette

A classic black dress is simple and understated. Think of it as a blank canvass on which any color would pop. You may opt for frills such as asymmetric cuts, off-shoulders, and strapless numbers. Lengths may differ, from micro minis to tea length- it’s all up to you. The color is slimming enough and forgiving of curves, so choose one that covers up your flaws and accentuates your assets. There is, however, one style that you could go to for almost any occasion – the shift. The cut hugs your body in strategic places such as the waist, the tush, and the chest. It also provides ample coverage that’s suitable both for work and for play.

Shoes

Little black dresses that are cut in shifts go well with pumps in dark and jewel tones. Stilettos are too thin and make you top heavy, so opt for full coverage of the foot. If you want a little exposure, go for peep-toes.

Bags

Bags can be all out bedazzling with sequins, stones, and glitter. Or they can be in silk of chiffon. Your choice. It’s best to go small, so opt for small purses or clutches. Little details such as ribbons, lace, rhinestones, and such are also welcome. Make sure, however, that it goes well with all your other accessories. Don’t let it clash with them!

Accessories and Jewelry

This is where you can indulge. Remember, little black dresses are blank canvasses so you can go and have a little fun with the accessories and jewelry. Keep in mind, though, that you ought to look like a woman on a night out, not a Christmas tree. If you’re going for chandelier earrings, let go of the necklace. If you’re going for a chunky necklace, pair it with studs. Bracelets or bangles, your choice. Wear it with a watch on the other hand, and it’s sophisticated. Headbands, clips, and brooches add a little touch of personality as well, so if you have the room for these, go for it.

There are tons of looks that you can create using the trusty little black dress. And I’m pretty sure that while planning your look, you’ll have plenty more ideas of what to wear the next time you bring it out. So don’t just put it at the back of your closet and save it for formal dinners. Little black dresses are for all occasions, and you might just find that you’ll want to wear it every chance you get.

How To Wear The The Little Black Dress

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