In the 20th century, the war and social revolutions brought definite changes to the fashion industry. Men’s jackets, coats, trousers, shirts and waistcoats of today would be recognisable to our forebears, whereas a lot of womenswear would be entirely alien. The suit, as we know it today, came into being In the late 18th century, when Beau Brummel, renowned dandy and friend of royalty, led the trend for matching coats and trousers. Some cultures have a code of etiquette that governs nearly every movement and dialogue, while other cultures are extremely laid back. Asian culture, in particular, tends to be governed by demonstrations of respect, while North American and Latin cultures are a bit more laid back. Before you have a meeting with someone from another culture, it is wise to familiarize yourself with that person’s cultural norms. Sometimes arriving five minutes early is expected while arriving late is a … Read the rest
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Prior to the pandemic, I had a signature wardrobe of black skinny jeans, lug-sole boots, close-fitting sweaters (usually in black or grey), and boxy outerwear (also usually in black or grey). And always silver jewelry, but never much of it. Perhaps it was a result of living in the Bay Area or a desire to reflect my identity as a queer woman after coming out in my mid-twenties; it was definitely, in part, an attempt to add some edge to the blonde wavy hair I couldn’t quite part with. For whatever reason, I shunned the feminine and colorful elements of my wardrobe. But let me tell you what gets old fast when you’re stuck inside for 365 days with the rare … Read the rest
We’re right on the brink of winter, meaning swimwear is probably not on your radar unless you live somewhere beachy, let’s say Miami or—or are a fashion editor with swimwear always on the brain. I fall under the latter category, so I follow roughly a bazillion swimsuit brands on IG, and I just found an emerging swimsuit trend I couldn’t wait till spring to share with you.
We’ve brought you a handful of controversial swim trends, like the barely there swimsuit celebs favored, the rise of thong bikinis, and a look we dubbed the “loincloth” bikini. Fast-forward to late November and I’m still adding to the list of polarizing swimsuit styles. This time we have Victoria’s Secret model and swimwear designer Candice Swanepoel to thank for a new wave of “naked” bikinis and one-piece options.
The model once posted the below photo wearing a style from her The C … Read the rest
The “mod” movement of the 1960s was not just a fashion or a type of music, but a lifestyle. To make the point I was discussing as to how the nascent culture is affecting Africans, Wilson further points out that: “The habitus also provides individuals with a sense of how to act and respond in their daily lives. It ‘orients’ their actions and inclinations without strictly determining them. It gives them a ‘feel for the game’, a sense of what is appropriate in the circumstances and what is not, a practical (le sens pratique). When cultures influence each other, conflict and conformism are inevitable. Cultures are permeable and diffusible; when people come in contact with foreign styles, knowledge, and language they cannot resist thinking differently nor have their values challenged. As odd as it may sound, people often desire otherness (Buckingham et al., 2011). Despite people’s compulsion to habitually conform, … Read the rest
T – Shirts that are made for men should be worn to enhance your body size in order for you to look like a large build man and not a boy. Oily Skin – One great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types. The National Identity of America comes from our founders, not just the people who signed the documents, but everyone who lived here when America was born. The predominantly white Christian populace that tilled the soil, built the homesteads, and fought the Revolutionary War to gain our freedom were the ones who laid the groundwork. The principles of hard work, innovation, democracy, and equal rights were ingrained on everyone from the start. Some of the practices and policies held by early America were wrong, such as slavery and monopolization, but society came to the rescue and remedied those situations. … Read the rest
Before we dive in, let’s just remember that there’s truly no such thing as a perfect outfit. Meaning: Everyone has their own unique personal style, so your perfect outfit would be whatever makes you the most comfortable and confident. That said, there are a few key elements we think make up some of the most up-to-date looks. Essentially, when an ensemble makes us do a double-take or causes that double-tap on IG, it’s because it features a culmination of specific forward components.
To dive into this matter further, we’re showcasing our checklist below to keep in the back of your mind (or save to your phone to reference when styling) that adds up some of the principal details of the perfect spring outfit in our minds. And to showcase the aspects in action, we also rounded up some of the chicest spring looks that fit the bill. So without further … Read the rest
The style which is commonly practiced in clothing and accessories become the fashion. The formal dress type vest is very popular, and with good reason. Worn as part of a suit, or with a jacket and tie, the dress vest will make you stand out from the crowd. And worn informally with a t-short or no shirt, these waistcoats are as popular as ever. If you want to look casual, but stylish and sophisticated at the same time, a formal vest may be just what you need. On 15 May 2004 in Zurich, Switzerland, Joseph (Sepp) Blatter, president of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, made an historic announcement: South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup. Nelson Mandela wept tears of joy: I feel like a young man of 15,â€ he told the audience in Zurich. In South Africa, people of all races erupted in simultaneous, raucous celebration of the … Read the rest
When it comes to toners, I used to be 100% dedicated to them. I would use one every day as part of my nighttime skincare routine. But in recent years, I’ve found the ones that I had been using were drying out my skin, so I switched to applying them only about two to three times a week.
To be honest, I still wasn’t quite sure exactly what toners were supposed to be doing for my skin and if I actually needed to use one. I was just going along with it because I did feel that it helped to clear up any blemishes and provided some exfoliation. Recently, I learned that some toners have added anti-aging benefits, which intrigued me even more. So I decided to ask the experts to break it down for me.
“In the past, toners were harsh astringents. Now, they are ways to cleanse the … Read the rest
Celebrities are the reason that slim jeans have become so popular, women have always worn tight jeans but recently men have started to as well. Regardless of years of separation from Africa and constant pressure to ignore all things African, Africans in the United States and Africa as a whole, have managed to maintain “African Cultural Retentions”. One example of this is the strong community commitment was participation in child-care and socialization in rural areas and in strong urban communities that persisted for years. Even when there was little money, these African communities, like ours here in Mzantsi, were consciously and subconsciously committed to quality child development, cultural propagation and transmission. You need not to be a Japanese girl in order to experience the beneficial effects of traditionally beauty products in Japan. There are many products that include face creams, eye cream, masks, etc. These products project the traditional ways … Read the rest
I don’t paint my nails often, but when I do paint them myself, I normally don’t stray from my tried-and-tested brands and colors. The same goes if I’m getting my nails done at the salon. I never really gave much thought to the nail polishes I was using aside from their shades.
But recently, I got a crash course in nail polish ingredients and learned more about the benefits of vegan and “clean” polishes. I’ve heard of the terms “5-free,” “7-free,” etc. before, but I never really knew what that meant, just that the polishes were free of certain chemicals and ingredients. The craziest thing I learned that I never really thought about before? There are animal products in some nail polishes!
“Vegan nail polish does not use any animal-derived ingredients or pigments, such as carmine (a red pigment that is obtained from cochineal insect shells), guanine (derived from fish … Read the rest