Awesome Jeans

“Honey, do these jeans make me look fat?” The dreaded question. Unfortunately for many husbands and boyfriends out there, one that pops up at the worst time. And for you women asking, please don’t take the uncomfortable silence that inevitably follows to heart. It’s not that you do, necessarily. It’s just that our poor men are ill equipped to deal with our insecurities. After all, either we’re fishing for a compliment or, more likely, we had our own doubts before we asked. This article shares five top stylist shopping tips that’ll help you feel great about your jeans purchase and your partner happy that you’re happy.

1. Never shop when you need them. Don’t grocery shop when you’re hungry. Well, the same goes with jeans. Frantically trying on half a dozen pair, each falling short of that awesome feeling of finding ‘the ones’ is stressful and can lead to a less than great purchase decision. Jeans aren’t an article to settle for — that’s for socks. Take your time. Plan a few hours just to look and try.

2. Plan your shopping outfit. Wear your most flattering jeans when you shop for new ones. How else will you compare? Why bother buy new ones if they don’t look better than the ones you already have? Don’t forget to wear similar shoes that you’ll want to wear with the new ones.

3. Which styles? While every body is different, and nothing beats actually seeing how a pair fit, keep a few general rules in mind. Color: Darker denim is more slimming than lighter washes. A slightly lighter vertical wash on the thigh can also make them look thinner. Stretch: While generally the curvy girl’s friend, avoid if you want to deemphasize a slightly irregular shape. Stiffer denim helps to keep everything in…except if you’ll be doing a lot of sitting in your jeans — that’ll stretch stiff denim out in the butt (making it look saggy). Leg cut: Boot cut or even slightly flare jeans help to balance out curvy shapes. And honestly, stay away from skinny jeans unless you have long legs.

4. Try, try again. So many styles, so little time. While there are tons of styles available, many of them are more fashion conscious than figure flattering. Try on lots of different styles and designs, not to mention sizes. Go to several stores. Keep trying since you aren’t in a rush (see tip 1). Finding a hundred pair that don’t look good is just as important as finding the ones that do. Just don’t buy until you do.

5. Shop with a trusted friend. An extra set of eyes is very helpful especially when you’re comparing many styles. But make sure she/he knows what you’re looking for and that she/he can be trusted with an unbiased opinion. A good friend will probably think you look good in anything. But that isn’t the question. “Which ones look better, these or those?” will be a lot more helpful to you in your quest. Related to this is asking opinions on your current jeans from trusted friends. Find out whether you can ‘really’ trust your own judgement.

There you have it. Five stylist shopping tips to find those awesome jeans.

Mac lover, photobook designer, photoshop geek, photography enthusiast, marketing strategist, investment advisor, spreadsheet junkie, fitness instructor, lifestyle coach and kettlebell convert – not to mention mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and jean obsessed Canadian expat, living in Dubai. In a nutshell, that’s me, fighting the battles between right and left brains, obsessive compulsion and attention deficit.


The Best Clothes Shopping Tips

In reality these days, people are getting better and better when it comes to clothes shopping. Why pay the full amount, when you can use a few little strategies and get the same clothes for 10, 20, and 50 percent or more off the retail price? So what should we do? I am going to give you my secrets to help you become a better shopper and save your money.

Clothes shopping tip one: Go clothes shopping toward the end of the season. I would buy my spring and summer attire, in July or August rather than in March, when the prices are highest. You are going to get most of the wear out of these new clothes the following season, it is OK when you look at the payoff.

Many of us are programmed to walk in to a store, look at a nice pair of pants on the rack priced at $80, and say, “That is the price I have to pay for those pants.” When the truth is, clothing stores are desperate, they have to move all that merchandise, and they will give you discounts, if you know how to take advantage of clothing store policies.

Clothes shopping tip two: Take a full price outfit to the checkout counter and ask if they can hold it for you until it goes on sale, in most cases they do not sell out of your size. Or buy the outfit and wait a few weeks until the clothes goes on sale, then you go to the register and ask for credit. Make sure to keep your receipt. You also have to make sure that the sale is within the stores return/exchange grace period. Make friends with a sales person at your favorite clothing store. This sales person would keep you updated on the current sales. Because it is harder to make a sale these days, most likely she or he would make the effort.

Clothes shopping tip three: Buy your clothes online and you will get a much better discount, the clothing market is overflowing with merchandise that need to be unloaded. This is very good news for you because you can buy almost any designer clothing at a big discount. When you go to a store and purchase something you pay premium pricing because you are also paying for all the stores overhead costs such as rent, employees etc. So go to your favorite store, find the designer clothing you like, take notes on designer name, description and size of the clothing. Then go home and search online for the designer. If the outfit is in the stores for one or two months, you will be able to buy it online for up to 70 percent off. Do not wait to find the best discounts on clothes shopping.


Clothing Shopping Tips for Men From Women

If you know women at all, you should know that they love being beautiful. They spend a lot of time, money and effort to look the most beautiful not only for themselves but also for their men. They really make sure that they look beautiful in the eyes of the one that they love. For single women, they make sure that they look really beautiful to attract men. If men will pay more attention to choose the right clothes for them, it will greatly affect the way women look at them. Here are some tips for men who want to update their looks to attract women.

One of the most common differences between men and women has something to do with shopping. When it comes to shopping, here is what a man usually does. He will go inside one clothing line shop, get the shirt that they think looks decent, try it on for a couple of seconds and pay for it. For women, an ordinary trip to the shopping mall, can take at least 1 to 5 hours. Women will go from one shop to another, raiding all the aisles of the boutiques and getting all the clothes that they find cute. Then they will try on every single item in the dressing rooms and take several minutes to look at how the clothes fit and compliment them. After putting on and taking off the clothes, they still will not pay for it until they have checked the other stores.

Both situations are pretty extreme but we have to admit that women get the better result with the way they shop. Men do not have to follow exactly how women shop for clothes. Just follow some of them and practice moderation. Here are shopping tips that men can learn from women:

1. Do not hesitate to go to different stores. Most stores offer different kinds of styles and designs of clothes so if you just stick to one shop, you will end up wearing the same kind of clothes every day. You can also compare the prices of the clothes from different stores and you will see that some stores have better deals. You will be surprised at how much money they can save if they will take the time to compare prices from different stores.

2. Do not be afraid to go up a notch. If you want to update your look and attract women, you have to make them look at you twice. You can do that by being a little adventurous with style and color. You do not have to wear crazy styles and neon colors to achieve this. A lot of shops have friendly staff that can assist you with all of your questions and concerns. In fact, you can just look at the window display of the shops and see if you can sport those looks. That is the best way to avoid mixing and matching the wrong items.

Just remember, be a little bit of a woman the next time you shop for clothing items and you might just get the attention of the woman that you have been eying.


Back to School Shopping Tips For Parents

images (1)School is right around the corner and both parents and kids are excited about getting everything ready for the new school year. One of the most important things that you need to do is go shopping. Shopping for school supplies can be fun and you don’t have to break the budget if you follow a few simple tips.

Here are some back to school shopping tips that can help you get the best deals for less.

·        Get a complete list of the supplies required by the school. This helps to guarantee you buy only what you need and that you are not wasting money on items your child can’t use.

·        Find out what the dress code is and only buy the clothing that is acceptable. Otherwise, you are going to end up with a bunch of outfits that can only be worn on the weekends and nothing for school.

·        Set a budget and stick to it. Your kids will always find clothing and other items they want but that are not suited or necessary for school. These are better left for another shopping day. Only buy the items that can be used for school on this trip.

·        Shop smart. Compare prices and look at the quality of the product. Paying a low price for a product that doesn’t last through the beginning of the school year is not beneficial. It would be smarter to pay a little more up front and have a product that will last all year.

·        Start with the most important items first and work down to the least important. When shopping for clothing if you don’t have a lot of money to spend start with a few outfits that you can mix and match, then plan for when you can buy more.

Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be stressful and hectic. Use the tips listed above to help you get the most from your shopping trip and save money in the process. The earlier you start preparing the easier the transaction back to school will be.

Lisa Mason is a freelance writer with a specialty in Internet content and SEO articles. She has written thousands of articles, hundreds of ebooks and thousands of website pages and related content. She has also authored her own books and works as a consultant to other writers, Internet marketers and Internet businesses.