Activewear, Fashion Or Fitness?

Activewear, Fashion Or FitnessLooking stylish in and out of the gym is now so effortless due to the abundance of amazing activewear that is available. While being surrounded by so many mirrors and eyes at the gym, we will always want to look our best. If by chance you look into that mirror and see something that you don’t love it makes it that much harder to get through those last few miles. Even if you are seeking some concealment, a well fitting and beautifully designed activewear outfit will make you look sporty and feel ready to break a sweat with confidence.

With the ever growing popularity of yoga in today’s global fashion, yoga clothes are no longer just for yoga class. A beautiful and comfortable pair of yoga pants, hoodies and camisoles can effortlessly transition with you and your day from the studio to the street. Even if you are not a yoga person, you too can find great pieces in today’s very fashionable yoga clothing lines.

For many women, black yoga pants are a staple of their day to day wardrobe. They work great for everything from being out and running errands to being dressed up. Yoga pants come in so many colors that you can use them to create any outfit, from chic to eclectic.

Yoga pants, when paired with running shoes and an activewear top, make the instant gym and errand outfit. Many women love to travel in yoga pants; they are effortlessly comfortable and transition beautifully, they don’t take up much room in luggage, and are so cozy.

Biking is another great outlet for yoga pants, being more contoured to the body you don’t have excess fabric to create wind resistance.

Adding some fun sandals to any pair of yoga pants instantly adds some pizzazz. Yoga pants are truly the perfect backdrop for most outfits. Falling into the background, they allow your fancy shoes, intricate necklaces, or dramatic shirts to claim all of the attention all the while flattering your body from every angle, plus the comfort!

Activewear tops make great layering pieces for the everyday woman. They give great support and are seamless, leaving bra lines as a thing of the past. Layering a cotton shirt over an activewear top can creates a tight tummy appearance. Activewear hoodies are fashionable and functional, from a great run, to catching a movie you always look trendy. Activewear either in a classic black or great fresh colors and patterns, make them a shoe in for matching endless pieces in your wardrobe!

Beautiful activewear pieces not only give us the function and confidence we want and need in the gym, but also double as fashionable everyday closet pieces. Never again will ‘the gym’ and ‘daily wear’ need separate sections in your closet.

History of High Heel Shoes

High heel shoes can have an amazing effect on women and are able to fill them with pleasure and excitement when shopping for them at Prada. The shoe in particular is a matter of contentious and heated discussion. No other shoe has gestured toward sexuality and sophistication as much as the high-heeled shoe. So many women are dreaming of having their closets full of shoes, but in reality they are merely pay attention to the fact that shoes could be one of the oldest inventions of our ancestors.

Heels are not a modern invention. Rather, they enjoy a rich and varied history, for both men as well as women. Controversy exists over when high heels were first invented, but the consensus is that heels were worn by both men and women throughout the world for many centuries.

Most of the lower class in ancient Egypt walked barefoot, but figures on murals dating from 3500 B.C. depict an early version of shoes worn mostly by the higher classes. In ancient Greece and Rome, platform sandals called kothorni, later known as buskins in the Renaissance, were shoes with high wood or cork soles that were popular particularly among actors who would wear shoes of different heights to indicated varying social status or importance of characters.

Around 1500, European nobility developed heels as a separate part of their shoes, primarily as a means to help keep their feet in the stirrups. The wear of heels by men quickly became the fashion norm, primarily in the courts, and this practice spawned the term, “well-heeled” as a reference to those who could afford the costlier shoes.

The modern European fashion of the high heel comes from the Italian “chapiney” or “chopine” style: mounted shoes on a 15 to 42 cm high cylinder. In 1430 chopines were prohibited in Venice, but nothing could stop the trend. The invention of the high heel is attributed to Catherine of Medici in Paris, in the 16th century, who used them due to her short stature, and soon introduced them into fashion amongst the European aristocracy. At the age of 14, Catherine de Medici was engaged to the powerful Duke of Orleans, later the King of France.

In the 17th century, the English Parliament punished as witches all women who used high heels to seduce men into marrying them. In his biography, the famous Giovanni Casanova declared his love for high heels, which raised women’s hoop skirts, thus showing their legs.

In 1791, the “Louis” high heels disappeared with the revolution, and Napoleon banished high heels in an attempt to show equality. Despite the Napoleonic Code against high heels, in 1793 Marie Antoinette went to the scaffold to be executed wearing two-inch heels.

In the 1860s, heels as fashion became popular again, and the invention of the sewing machine allowed greater variety in high heels. In Victorian art and literature, cartoons and allusions to tiny feet and the affliction of large feet (typical of the elderly spinster) were ubiquitous. Victorians thought that the high heel emphasized the instep arch, which was seen as symbolic of a curve of a woman.

While heels enjoyed widespread popularity in the late nineteenth century but the Depression during the 1930s influenced Western shoe fashion as heels became lower and wider.

With the creation of the miniskirt in the early 1960s, stilettos came into fashion and were attached to boots that enhanced the look of bare legs. A stiletto heel is a long, thin heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women. It is named after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s. Stiletto heels may vary in length from 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) to 5 cm (2 inches) or more if a platform sole is used.

Unlike the medieval period of Europe, when extravagance was more sought after that practicality, the fashion today trumps comfort. Women in the 21st century have more shoe choices than ever before. From athletic wear to the 2006 “heelless” high heel, women can choose to wear what they want, even hybrid shoes such as “heeled” tennis shoes and flip flops. While these may be oddities of fashion, they gesture toward an exciting array of fashion choices women have today.

Every woman deserves to wear shoes which match her outfit, look elegant and wrap her delicate feet. Whether they are lace up, platform or clear heel each of the shoes definitely compliments the outfit and makes the women love walking and feeling sexy.

When it comes to high heels they are teasing and flattering, they make women feel special and empowered as well as highly confident regardless of when or how they are worn.

Mini Dress Fashion Statement Takes Front and Centre

If it’s spring then it must be mini dress season, and 2009 is no exception to this rule. Regardless of how warm, cold, rainy, or sunny the weather might be, celebrities and stars are embracing the newest mini dress looks both on the red carpet and in everyday life.

The recent Costume Institute Gala held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was a dress lover’s paradise, with tons of the world’s best known stars showing up in a huge array of mini dress fashions. From the simple classics to the ultra modern, there was no shortage (no pun intended) of “above the knee” dresses populating the red carpet arrivals.

Actress Anne Hathaway harkened back to the 1960?s with her combination of retro hair and a mini dress of lush purple taffeta. The skirt was balloon-like rather than straight, a fashion statement that few people could have pulled off so successfully. Although the dress was certainly not the kind to suit everyone’s taste, Hathaway looked lovely anyway.

On the other end of the spectrum was Madonna. The so-called “material girl” wore a dress that quite frankly looked like a shrunken pair of pantaloons left over from the Elizabethan age. The colour was not quite turquoise but not quite green, instead falling somewhere in between in a shade best described by the word “blah”. All in all the outfit just didn’t work on any level, but there is a bright side: Madonna’s fashion disaster offers a great lesson to others who want to participate in the mini dress trend without making major fashion mistakes.

If you want to wear a mini dress then you absolutely should “go for it”, as long as you have a good sense of what works and what doesn’t work on your own body. Unless you have a huge amount of confidence and a picture-perfect figure it’s best to stay away from the modern/strange looks and instead opt for the modern/classic looks. Choose a mini dress that’s about mid-thigh in length or slightly shorter, but never so short that your bum hangs out the back or you can’t sit comfortably and modestly. If you?re looking for a splash of colour consider a mini dress with a fun and trendy print to it, like polka dots (big or small), distinctive floral, or an all over bold colour like red, royal blue, emerald green, or the like.

Of course, most of us simply want a mini dress that’s comfortable, stylish, and practical for everyday living, so don’t be afraid to shop around for more casual mini dress styles. Jersey knits, cottons, linens, and rayon are all great fabric choices when you’re looking for a mini dress to wear at work, while shopping, or just for casual comfort and style.