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Bali,Indonesia

Finding fashionable and stylish clothes, shoes and accessories is a a breeze and at an very inexpensive price. If you are seeking high quality clothing stop at Seminyak, you’ll find an array of boutiques. The Mall at Bali Galeria or Carrefours have many  department stores and boutiques worth browsing.

Stay at Mercure Kuta Bali. Boutique-style next to the Kuta Beach. There is an outdoor infinity pool to relax and meet new people. Enjoy free WiFi is  throughout the hotel. Rooms are clean with comfortable beds and furniture. Distress from shopping with a Balinese massage at Bali Spa. Get ready to snorkel and jet ski at Kuta Beach. Go for a dinner buffet and enjoy many Asian dishes at Alang Alang Restaurant. Relax and sip on a martini at the rooftop pool. Friendly and helpful staff will make you stay enjoyable and offer assistance booking tours and getting around Bali.

Barcelona, Spain

Not as cheap as before but still a great destination for to find good deals on clothes.There are many stores along the street in La Rambla. The clothing options is a mix of street fashion and designer quality clothes. If you are looking for ultra cheap clothes make sure to stop at Bershka. For mall shopping stop at L’Illa or Laroca Village outlet mall.

Stay at Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou. Rooms Rooms are air conditioned, have a private bathroom and offer a modern feel in decor from floor to furniture.Great location with a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Attentive staff will provide help with any matter to make your stay pleasant. This hotel is located is close to many shops and restaurants and is and minutes away from downtown Barcelona.

Florence, Italy

Hard to believe but Florence has affordable places to shop at. Whether you shop at department stores, boutiques or in the market you’ll snag a good deal on quality clothes, shoes, perfumes and bags. A great place to shop in the old city of Florence is Via del Corso. If you are looking for leather goods San Lorenzo market offers a great selection.

Stay at Plus Florence to get your money’s worth. This hostel offers 24-hour front desk to help you learn your way around in Florence. Rooms are clean and comfortable and even have a private bathroom.Don’t think too much about shopping, relax in the pool and enjoy the view of the city. This hotel offers a variety of foods for breakfast buffet at an affordable price.

São Paulo, Brazil

Bargains on shoes and clothes can be found everywhere you look. Get on-trend clothes at half of what you’ve paid in the US. Be ready to shop and save up to 50% stop SP Outlet Mall. Find the best prices at Iguatemi, the longest standing mall. Walk around the streets of Jardins and stop at boutiques to get a good deal.

Stay at Transamerica Executive Congonhas to get the best value. Rooms have comfortable beds and flat TV screen with cable channels. Staff will make your stay welcoming and enjoyable from check-in to check-out. Enjoy great internet reception throughout the hotel. Find affordable and healthy options at the in-house restaurant.

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Fashion Blogging

Fashion blogging is not only a lucrative niche. The past few years has seen a trend in the fashion world where select fashion blogs have started to influence real world fashion trends. More and more people are going into fashion blogging hoping to build up their credibility and authority as effective and knowledgeable resource for fashion online. This credibility can translate to a lot of perks like being invited to exclusive fashion shows together with the mainstream media as well as be granted first access to the next season’s designs. Often some industry players go into fashion blogging as a way to showcase and relevance in order to generate contacts to other industry players they can do business with. Some fashion designers who are just starting out do fashion blogging to generate buzz for their own designs.

It is these diverse reasons for fashion blogging that has generated various designs of a WordPress fashion theme. People who are interested in fashion pretty much have a good taste for design and aesthetics and this taste is translated to the design of a WordPress fashion theme. Everything is well thought of. From the fonts used, the layout, the header, sidebar, footer as well as the colors every aspect of a fashion theme is designed to appeal to fashion insiders as well as followers. Once you pick theme that appeals to you, you can even further enhance this theme because a WordPress theme has powerful customization options so bloggers can create their own distinctive brand for their fashion blog. A fashion theme is a basic WordPress theme with added plugins and functionality that is relevant to fashion topics. The color scheme and layout is designed to appeal to demographics that are very interested in fashion. The theme uses light and elegant colors that are sometimes similar to the color trends in the fashion world. The theme is designed to properly display images, flash content and videos as most fashion blogs are picture and video heavy. The theme has also a lot of added widgets and plugins to add to the functionality of a fashion blog. Widgets like fashion tips, weight loss tips, fashion gossip, trend updates as well as mini dress up games to enhance the site experience of the blog visitors.

Babydoll

A babydoll is a short, sometimes sleeveless, loose-fitting nightgown or negligee intended as nightwear for women. It sometimes has formed cups called a bralette for cleavage with an attached, loose-fitting skirt falling in length usually between the belly button and upper thigh. The garment is often trimmed with lace, ruffles, appliques, marabou, bows, and ribbons, optionally with spaghetti straps. Sometimes it is made of sheer or translucent fabric such as nylon or chiffon or silk.

The creation of the super-short nightgown is attributed to the American lingerie designer Sylvia Pedlar, who produced them in 1942 in response to fabric shortages during World War II. Although her designs became known as “babydolls”, Pedlar disliked the name and did not use it. The name was popularized by the 1956 movie Baby Doll, starring Carroll Baker in the title role as a 19-year-old nymphet. This marked the beginning of the enduring popularity of the style for adults. Baby Doll pajamas in the 1950s through the 1960s consisted of a top and a loose fitting short bloomer bottom with elasticized waist and legs. In the 1970s through the 1990s, the bloomer bottom was replaced by closer fitting briefs with elastic waist and legs. The most recent versions of baby doll pajamas have eliminated the elastic on the legs, the bottoms being either shorts or tap pants.

Babydolls became a prominent part of the “kinderwhore” look during the early-to-mid-1990s, due to the popularity of riot Grrrl and grungeperformers such as Courtney Love and Kat Bjelland. Babydolls are now considered an eroticized item of adult apparel, often classified as a form of lingerie. Adult babydolls are quite different from the infant babydolls; they fully expose the woman’s legs, and some styles emphasize or deliberately expose the breasts as well. The gown is often sold as a set with matching panties, as a typical babydoll is short enough that underwear is visible if worn. Styles of the same general length but not intended to emphasize sex appeal are sometimes called shortie nightgowns.

Babydolls are available in a sufficiently wide variety of styles that many lingerie retailers consider babydolls a distinct department. Modern babydolls often vary considerably from the styles of the 1960s and 1970s. Babydoll negligees from the 1950s to the early 1980s are now collectible vintage items. Some babydolls open in front and resemble a robe or peignoir. Short daywear dresses of a similar style are sometimes called babydoll dresses; the name is sometimes two words, baby doll, and sometimes hyphenated, baby-doll. Some styles are similar to what is worn by some infants; and by dolls designed like infants. The gown or top is short enough that diapers may be easily changed. An alternative origin for the style may be the lace-trimmed shortie bedjackets and bed-capes of the 1930s and 1940s. In the 21st century, babydolls have become popular as bridal lingerie. They are more affordable than a bridal corset and often offer a greater choice of designs and colours.

Baseball Cap

A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a rounded crown and a stiff peak projecting in front. The front of the cap typically contains designs or logos of sports teams. The back of the cap may be “fitted” to the wearer’s head size or it may have a plastic, Velcro, or elastic adjuster so that it can be quickly adjusted to fit different wearers. The baseball cap is a part of the traditional baseball uniform worn by players, with the brim pointing forward to shield the eyes from the sun. Since the 1980s varieties of the cap have become a common fashion accessory, particularly in the United States. Baseball caps are made of many types of material and shaped in various styles for different purposes. Major and minor league baseball players wear classic-style caps made of wool(or, more recently, polyester) with their team’s simple logo and colors; the logo is usually embroidered into the fabric.

Formerly, baseball caps only came in standard hat sizes. Since 1980, they have also been available in a one-size-fits-all form, with an adjustment strap in the back. The style, commonly called snapback, has become increasingly popular as fashion accessories. Advances in textiles have led to the “stretch-fit” hat, which uses Lycra or rubber to allow a hat to have a fitted style while still being “adjustable” within sizes. The front may be soft, or may be stiffened by buckram to display a logo more clearly. Another version of the baseball cap is a plastic mesh cap with a foam front imprinted with a company logo. This style is sometimes called a trucker cap or a “gimme cap” because it is given away for free as a promotional item. Recently, celebrities brought up dad hat which is slightly different from a regular league baseball cap. Dad hats are unstructured caps with low profile, curved brim, and stripe on the back.

We can distinguish 3 major types of baseball caps:

1. Snapback hat – with flat brim, high profile, adjustable.

2. Dad hat – unstructured, low profile, curved brim, adjustable.

3. Fitted hat – flat brim, structured cap, high profile, not adjustable.

Fitted baseball caps, those without an adjuster, are normally sewn in six sections, and may be topped with a matching fabric-covered button(also called a squatchee) on the crown. Metal grommets or fabric eyelets are often sewn or attached near the top of each of the six sections of fabric to provide ventilation. In some cases, the rear sections of the crown are made of net-like mesh material for extra ventilation. The peak is typically stiffened by a sewn-in piece of paperboard or stiff plastic.

T-shirt

A T-shirt is a style of unisex fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body and sleeves. It is normally associated with short sleeves, a round neckline, known as a crew neck, with no collar. T-shirts are generally made of a light, inexpensive fabric, and are easy to clean. Typically made of cotton textile in a stockinette or jersey, knit, it has a distinctively pliable texture compared to shirts made of woven cloth. The majority of modern versions have a body made from a continuously woven tube, on a circular loom, so that the torso has no side seams. The manufacture of T-shirts has become highly automated and may include fabric cutting by laser or water jet.

The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, and in the mid-20th century transitioned from undergarment to general-use casual clothing. A V-neck T-shirt has a V-shaped neckline, as opposed to the round neckline of the more common crew neck shirt (also called a U-neck). V-necks were introduced so that the neckline of the shirt does not stand out when an outer shirt is worn over it, thus reducing or eliminating the visible cloth above the outer shirt of a crew neck shirt. T-shirts were originally worn as undershirts, but are now worn frequently as the only piece of clothing on the top half of the body, other than possibly a brassiere or, rarely, a waistcoat (vest). T-shirts have also become a medium for self-expression and advertising, with any imaginable combination of words, art and photographs on display.

A T-shirt typically extends to the waist. Variants of the T-shirt, such as the V-neck, have been developed. Hip hop fashion calls for tall-T shirts which may extend down to the knees. Long T-shirts are also sometimes worn by women as nightgowns. A 1990s trend in women’s clothing involved tight-fitting cropped T-shirt or crop tops short enough to reveal the midriff. Another less popular trend is wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt of a contrasting color over a long-sleeved T-shirt, which is known as layering. T-shirts that are tight to the body are called fitted, tailored or baby doll T-shirts. The rise of online shopping in the early-to-mid-2000s caused a proliferation of new T-shirt ideas and trends. While several brick-and-mortar chains included these items in their inventories, many of these shirts were pioneered by online start-ups. Innovations included the flip-up T-shirt, which the wearer can lift and stretch over their head to display an interior print, and all-over print clothing. With the rise of social media and video sharing sites also came numerous tutorials on DIY T-shirt projects. These videos typically provided instructions on how to modify an old shirt into a new, more fashionable form.

Blouse

A blouse is a loose-fitting upper garment that was formerly worn by workmen, peasants, artists, women, and children. It is typically gathered at the waist or hips so that it hangs loosely  over the wearer’s body. Today, the word most commonly refers to a girl’s or woman’s dress shirt but can also refer to a man’s shirt if it is a loose-fitting style. Traditionally, the term has been used to refer to a shirt which blouses out or has an unmistakably feminine appearance. The term is also used for some men’s military uniform jackets. Blouse is a loanword to English from French: blouse means dust coat. It possibly was brought back from their travels by French Crusaders. They moved on their armor a so-called pelusisian shirt, a blue-colored gowns to the dust, which had its name from the Egyptian town of Pelusium. The derivation may also be from wool, blouso short wool and blos, blouse deprived, naked taken off. It is first officially noted in 1828, from French blouse, of obscure Occitan route.

Blouses are historically a cask style, mostly mail-like garment, that were rarely part of the fashionable woman’s wardrobe until the 1890s. Before that time, they were occasionally popular for informal wear in styles that echoed peasant or traditional clothing, such as the Garibaldi shirt of the 1860s. Blouses usually consist of light fabrics such as silk or thin cotton fabrics, until the early 1990s are often made of softly falling synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester). Sometimes they are decorated with frills, embroidery or loops. The classic of the ladies’ blouses is the white shirt blouse (following the classic elegant white men’s shirt). Here the combination possibilities are particularly diverse. The open spade or reverse collar is another common type of classic ladies’ blouse.

Blouses are often made of cotton or silk cloth and may or may not include a collar and sleeves. They are generally more tailored than simple knit tops, and may contain feminine details such as ruffles, a tie or a soft bow at the neck, or embroidered decorations. Tailoring provides a closer fit to the wearer’s shape. This is achieved with sewing of features such as princess seams or darting in the waist and/or bust.

Blouses (and many women’s shirts with buttons) usually have buttons reversed from that of men’s shirts (except in the case of male military fatigues). That is, the buttons are normally on the wearer’s left-hand and the buttonholes are on the right. The reasons for this are unclear, and several theories exist without have conclusive evidence. Some suggest this custom was introduced by launderers so they could distinguish between women’s and men’s shirts. One theory purports that the tradition arose in the Middle Ages when one manner of manifesting wealth was by the number of buttons one wore. Another that the original design was based on armour which was designed so that a right-handed opponent would not catch their weapon in the seam and tear through,and that a person could draw a weapon with their right-hand without catching it in a loose seam of their own clothes.

Female servants were in charge of buttoning their mistress’s gowns (since the buttons were usually in the back). They tired of attempting to deal with buttons that were, from their point of view, backwards and, as such they started reversing the placement when making or repairing them. Another possible reason is so that men can easily undo blouses as, from the front, buttons are on the same side as a man’s shirt. One other theory is that women were normally dressed by their maids, while men dressed themselves. As such, women’s blouses were designed so it could be easily buttoned by the maid but that of men were designed so it could be easily buttoned by the person wearing it.

Cardigan

A cardigan is a type of knitted garment that has an open front. Commonly cardigans have buttons: a garment that is tied is instead considered a robe. A more modern version of the garment has no buttons and hangs open by design. By contrast, a pullover does not open in front but must be “pulled over” the head to be worn. It may be machine- or hand-knitted. The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. The name ‘Cardigan’ is an anglicised variation of the Welsh; Ceredigion. It is modelled after the knitted wool waistcoat that British officers supposedly wore during the war. The legend of the event and the fame that Lord Cardigan achieved after the war led to the rise of the garment’s popularity. The term originally referred only to a knitted sleeveless vest, but expanded to other types of garment over time. Coco Chanel is credited with popularizing cardigans for women because “she hated how tight-necked men’s sweaters messed up her hair when she pulled them over her head.” The garment is mostly associated with the college culture of the Roaring Twenties and early 1930s, being also popular throughout the 1950s, the 1970s and the 1990s. Cardigans have also regained popularity during the present decade.

Plain cardigans are often worn over shirts and inside suit jackets as a less formal version of the waistcoat or vest that restrains the necktie when the jacket has been removed. Its versatility means it can be worn in casual or formal settings and in any season, but it is most popular during cool weather. Monochromatic cardigans, in sleeved or vest form, may be viewed as a conservative fashion staple. As an item of formal clothing for any gender, it is worn over a button-down dress shirt. A less formal style is a T-shirt underneath.

Scarf

A scarf, plural scarves, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck for warmth, sun protection, cleanliness, fashion, or religious reasons. They can be made in a variety of different materials such as wool, cashmere, linen or cotton. It is a common type of neckwear. Scarfs can be tied in many ways including the pussy-cat bow, the square knot, the cowboy bib, the ascot knot, the loop, the necktie, and the gypsy kerchief. In cold climates, a thick knitted scarf, often made of wool, is tied around the neck to keep warm. This is usually accompanied by a heavy jacket or coat. In drier, dustier warm climates, or in environments where there are many airborne contaminants, a thin headscarf, kerchief, or bandanna is often worn over the eyes and nose and mouth to keep the hair clean. Over time, this custom has evolved into a fashionable item in many cultures, particularly among women. The cravat, an ancestor of the necktie and bow tie, evolved from scarves of this sort in Croatia. In India, woollen scarfs with Bandhani work are becoming very popular. Bandhani or Bandhej is the name of the tie and dye technique used commonly in Bhuj and Mandvi of the Kutch District of Gujarat State. Scarves that are used to cover the lower part of the face are sometimes called a muffler. Scarves can be colloquially called a neck-wrap.

The 1890s were exciting, prosperous and ground-breaking times in the history of women’s fashion. Women were increasingly involved in the world of business, finance and the stock market. Income earning working women were able to enjoy more time for leisure and sport and this spawned a booming entertainment industry. Sporting activities traditionally the domain of men, such as tennis, bicycling and golf lead to dramatic wardrobe changes. Hats replaced large ungainly bonnets, and scarves became fashionable, often worn over a hat. This was often a look sported by women while engaged in outdoor activities. A scarf ring was one way to secure the scarf in place. Today, Scarf Rings of silver, gold, mother of pearl, horn and many other materials are used by women all over the world to personalise their scarves, to fix or adorn the scarf. Scarf Rings serve both a decorative and practical function.

The craft of knitting garments such as scarves is an important trade in some countries. Hand-knitted scarves are still common as gifts as well. Printed scarves are additionally offered internationally through high fashion design houses. Among the latter are Burberry, Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Cole Haan, Chanel, Etro, Lanvin, Hermès, Nicole Miller, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Prada. There are three basic scarf shapes: square, triangular and rectangular. The main manufacturer of fashion scarves used today is China, with India, Hong Kong and Indonesia close behind. The most common materials used to make fashion scarves are silk, fleece, and pashmina or other cashmere wool.

Skirt

A skirt is the lower part of a dress or gown, covering the person from the waist downwards, or a separate outer garment serving this purpose. The hemline of skirts can vary from micro to floor-length and can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well as the wearer’s personal taste, which can be influenced by such factors as fashion and social context. Most skirts are self-standing garments, but some skirt-looking panels may be part of another garment such as leggings, shorts, and swimsuits.

In the western world, skirts are more commonly worn by women; with some exceptions such as the izaar which is worn by Muslim cultures and the kilt which is a traditional men’s garment in Scotland and Ireland. Many fashion designers, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo and Marc Jacobs have shown men’s skirts. Transgressing social codes Gaultier frequently introduces the skirt into his men′s wear collections as a means of injecting novelty into male attire, most famously the sarong seen on David Beckham. Other cultures traditionally wear skirts.

At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of material (such as pareos), but most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist or hips and fuller below, with the fullness introduced by means of darts, gores, pleats, or panels. Modern skirts are usually made of light to mid-weight fabrics, such as denim, jersey, worsted, or poplin. Skirts of thin or clingy fabrics are often worn with slips to make the material of the skirt drape better and for modesty.

  • A-line skirt, a skirt with a slight flare, roughly in the shape of a capital letter A
  • Bell-shaped skirt, flared noticeably from the waist but then, unlike a church bell, cylindrical for much of its length
  • Circle skirt, a skirt cut in sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist, so the skirt is very full but hangs smoothly from the waist without darts, pleats, or gathers
  • Culottes, a form of divided skirt constructed like a pair of shorts, but hanging like a skirt.
  • Full skirt, a skirt with fullness gathered into the waistband
  • Pleated skirt, a skirt with fullness reduced to fit the waist by means of regular pleats (‘plaits’) or folds, which can be stitched flat to hip-level or free-hanging
  • Short skirt, a skirt with hemline above the knee
  • Straight skirt or Pencil skirt, a tailored skirt hanging straight from the hips and fitted from the waist to the hips by means of darts or a yoke; may have a vent or kick-pleat set in the hem for ease of walking
  • Wrap or wraparound skirt, a skirt that wraps around the waist with an overlap of material

Trucker hat

A trucker hat or mesh cap is a type of baseball cap. It is also sometimes known as a “gimme cap” or a “feed cap” because this style of hat originated during the 1980s as a promotional give-away from U.S. feed or farming supply companies to farmers, truck drivers, or other rural workers.

From the 1930s until the 1970s, truckers were provided with a type of peaked cap known as a Mechanic’s cap. This often bore the logo of the haulage company, and was later adopted by the 1950s greaser subculture. By the early 1980s, this cap had been replaced with the modern five piece mesh trucker hats, which were given away at truck stops by companies like Mountain Dew, Budweiser, Shell oil, or John Deere to advertise their products.

The design of a trucker cap is similar to that of a baseball cap, with a slightly curved bill in front, a cap constructed from six almost triangular gores, and a button on top. Instead of being made of cotton fabric like a typical baseball cap, the front section of a trucker hat above the bill is foam, and the rest is plastic mesh for breathability. The foam front of the hat stands up straight and stiff, which makes the trucker hat taller than most baseball caps. There is an adjustable plastic snap or hook-and-loop closure in the back to ensure that one size fits most. This design was intended to make the cap much cooler in the sun or hot weather for the comfort of the wearer.

The original feed caps bore company logos on the front foam section of the cap, either printed or as a patch sewn on. These companies typically had a rural clientele, such as the local feed store or John Deere tractors. Trucker-style hats can now be found with other pictures, logos, flags, camouflage, or humorous sayings on the front. Trucker hats are still available as promotional items. Some view the hats as a lower class or style than other types of baseball-style cap, but the trucker cap has maintained a loyal following of wearers.