September 21, 2014

Staying Stylish, Sassy and On budget

These days, we’re all looking for great deals, even on fashion. Being budget-conscious is a necessity these days, as the economy continues to stay in a very slow, “recovering from recession” mode. No matter what our budget is, however, we shouldn’t have to sacrifice style. Looking stylish is especially important these days, when everyone needs a boost from the harsh news of the economy.

How can we keep ourselves looking fresh when our eyes are so trained on the bottom line? Is it possible? Yes, it is! It all takes being smart about what we buy, doing the research and scoping out the deals.

There are great deals on fashion all over—finding them means committing to the thrill—and the fun—of the hunt.

Research, research, research. That’s the key to finding great deals on fashion. Do you have a certain look in mind you want to achieve? Scope out the look in the pages of Vogue or another great stylebook or website. Then scour the online sites for pieces

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that can recreate the look you love, but at a much lower price.

Check out designer outlet stores—some of these stores offer killer clothes at incredible discounts. What about “vintage” (or used) items? Find a classic you love, and then combine it with some sassy accessories from bargain department stores to dress it up. Combine a crisp white shirt with a designer jacket you get at discount, throw on some colorful bracelets, and you’ve got a killer look that won’t break the bank!

Be sure to visit us here at Raw Artistic Fashion for more tips on the looks you crave. We’re here for you!

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A Major Fashion Secret

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Tired of the same old clothing fashions at the local consignment and thrift shops? Maybe it’s time to dice up your fashion clothing shopping habits. Fortunately, you need not turn your back on these tried and trusted locations! It’s recommended that you not only visit them, but find new locations to visit as well. The idea behind a successful shopping foray isn’t to change price brackets of the clothing that you can afford. Going broke just to display the latest duds that sprang forth from a designer’s consciousness isn’t part of a successful fashion approach!


But as any cutting edge fashionista could tell you – if they were willing to share their secrets – finding the right look for each individual isn’t about being seen in any one particular garment. It’s about cultivating a good look for yourself. And it’s about finding the right pieces to create that look. What’s the secret? It’s already been hinted at above. The secret to locating incredible new looks that compliment your personal style is to shop in a wide variety of places.


That doesn’t necessary mean moving from one store to the next at your local mall. The fact is, different regions of the country, even the same city, offer fashions that are simply not available just a few miles away. Blame the heads of marketing, but be aware of this simple fact. Often, traveling to a range of stores in a variety of nearby towns or boroughs will provide you with a selection to match your individual tastes. Diversity is much more important to a well chosen wardrobe than putting all of one’s reliance on one brand.


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3 Inexpensive Tips to Maximize One’s Appearance

In the land of fashion, even those who aren’t cutting edge can improve their look by regularly practicing some simple habits. If you’re in need of some wardrobe help, implement these basics pronto!


Challenge fashion conventions ~ Clothing, and the fashion sense behind it, is not meant to be a uniform. Successfully handled, it’s supposed to reflect one’s own personality. Have you ever noticed that on some days, you’re as vibrant as fall colors, while on others, your mood is a black as the street? Don’t get dragged into clichés, or your presentation will be limited. Farmers must wear coveralls and checked plaid shirts? Goths must wear all black all the time? Challenge these imposed conventions and let your fashions speak your mind.


Mix it up ~ It’s easy to get into a rut. Whether you’re single and feel that you’ve got no one to impress, or you’re comfortably inside a relationship and feel as if impressing your partner is no longer a priority, you’ve got it wrong. Impressing others with a diversity of fashion is always a good idea. Have a good selection of stuff for athletic events, dinners, fine dining, cocktail parties, work, and even slow Sunday down time.


Trade ~ Part of the genius of having friends is that you have common interests. Whether or not you covet your pal’s favorite fashions, or vice versa, you should try switching up styles between pal’s wardrobes every so often. You’ll both gain a new look at no cost!


None of this will get you into a Vera Wang outfit, but that’s not necessary. Just a bit of applied rigor will aid your appearance substantially.




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Top 4 High Fashion Department Stores

When it comes to high fashion, there are well-known department stores that have access to all the most popular designers. The best feature of high-fashion department stores is the fact there are many designers and labels all under the same roof.

When it comes to locating your favorite department store, just look online at a business directory, such as Canada 411. You can access locations and phone numbers of the store you wish to visit.

The number-one high-fashion department store is Macy’s. Macy’s offers it all: men’s, children’s and women’s clothing; fine makeup; and household goods. They even offer coat/bag checks if you plan to stay awhile and shop till you drop!

Barney’s is known for their cutting-edge fashions. Barney’s customers want the latest and greatest in fashion and will open their pocketbooks to get it. Barney’s biggest store is located in New York City and is best known for their trendy merchandise.

Bloomingdale’s has everything. It can overwhelm even the most experienced shopper with its wide variety of merchandise. If a shopper gets hungry at Bloomingdale’s, they can simply make a trip to the basement and enjoy a frozen yogurt shop.

Nordstrom’s is known for its great customer service and high-end fashions. It also has an inside café to appease a shopper’s hunger. Nordstrom’s is well known for their expansive handbag and shoe departments.

If you enjoy the clothes and merchandise at these high-end fashion department stores, but are worried about them crimping your pocket book, they all offer great sales at various times of the year! The bargains are plentiful at these events.

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Creating Your Individual Style

When it comes to fashion sense, there isn’t much that’s more important than creating your very own look. You want people to recognize your eye for a distinctive flair, and to not only appreciate it, but also to comment on it. It’s only when you receive regular compliments from strangers that you should think you’ve got something going on in the fashion department. Since being noticed is virtually everyone’s goal, it’s important to get going on creating your own personal look.


Getting started isn’t as hard as you might think. It’s all about focusing on what appeals to you personally. Don’t pay attention to talking head media types who don’t think for themselves; combine your street smarts with your favorite colors and patterns, and you’re halfway there. Like that old, worn out fedora on the shelf at your local consignment shop? Put it on, pay for it, and wear it with your brand new jeans. Pair it with a slick, body hugging tee shirt for maximum cross latitude style points.


See, fashion isn’t so much about taking the heads of the fashion world verbatim and following their lead slavishly. It’s about personal expression. Not so sure? Think about it for a minute. A fashion house is led by a single industry icon. That person has risen through the ranks to dominate their area. And they’ve all done it by listening to a single person: themselves. When Gucci has an idea, they don’t run it by a panel to see if it will pass consensus. They merely make it fashionable by producing it and marketing it. And so it should be with your style.




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