If you aren’t a huge fan of shopping for clothing, it can seem like a major challenge to put together a wardrobe that is both understated and refined at the same time.
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Forget the wedding dress, it’s the bridal lingerie that’s the real fun when it comes to wedding shopping! Everyone will see you in your dress, so of course you want a great one, but it’s what you wear to bed on your wedding night that has to be super special – it’s for your new husband’s eyes only after all!
Brides want to feel and look at their very best not only on their wedding night but throughout their honeymoon too. The style of nightwear chosen is therefore important to consider carefully – you want to feel and look just as glamorous as you did in your wedding dress, if not more so!
Nothing spells class, elegance, and eternal style more than the timeless little black dress (fondly called the LBD). Just throw in the right accessories, shoes, and hairstyle, and you can never go wrong with wearing a LBD in almost any occasion. It is so versatile that you can wear it with a tailored jacket during the day at work and rock it all by itself during your night out with friends. A lot of fashion experts recommend the LBD as a must-have for any woman’s wardrobe basics.
LBD For Everyone
The great thing about LBDs is that anyone can wear them: whether you’re on the thin or heavy side, there’s always a LBD that will perfectly complement your best features.
Here are quick tips on what LBD style suits each body type:
1. Thin – The most flattering style for the thin-figured woman is to wear a LBD that has more texture such as ruffles, statement sleeves, and a cinched waistline to give the illusion of a curvaceous figure. Layered LBDs also suit the thin-framed as the design adds more volume to the body.
2. Tall – Tall-framed women can effortlessly get away with wearing floor-sweeping LBDs that run the length from their necks down to their ankles. A maxi-styled LBD suit tall women as this beautifully highlights the elongated figure and makes them appear slimmer and more slender.
3. Petite – LBDs that do not go below the knee are what suits petite women best. Short LBDs will give you the illusion of longer legs, so choose a dress that end midway toward or just above your knee. For petite women, LBDs with fringes or ruffles add drama to your overall look–however, do not choose added frills that are too heavy and big (such as big ribbons and large sleeves) so as not to overwhelm your small frame.
4. Curvy Hips – If you’ve got it, flaunt it, as they say. Pick a LBD that’s figure-hugging in order to accentuate the curves of your hips. Choose dresses in stretchy and light fabric since these types of fabric are what cling on to the body the most, as opposed to heavy cloth.
5. Wide Waist – If you have a wide waist, you can easily disguise it with a LBD that cinches just below the chest area (more like an empire-cut) or a LBD that has a flowy skirt. Or, you can also opt for those dresses that have drop waist designs—this cut perfectly disguises a thick waist with you still looking elegant and classy.
6. Flabby Arms – Who says you can’t rock a LBD just because you have heavy arms? You can still get away with wearing this timeless dress by adding flimsy and sheer sleeves to your outfit. Add sexy touches to your main dress by choosing a lower neckline perhaps, and drape your sheer fabric over your shoulders and let it flow just below your elbow level for that mysterious, elegant look.
7. Big Bust – You wouldn’t want to wear a dress that makes you look like you are going to tip over. It is always sexy to accentuate a big bust without actually revealing too much. You can do this by wearing turtle-neck LBDs with the upper part ending in stitches or a belt just below the chest area. You can also draw attention away from your full bust and showcase your legs in a short LBD, for instance. Subtle highlighting is always classy.
8. Small Bust – Not too worry if you have a small bust—it is actually those women with smaller bust who gets the better fit for a wide variety of dresses. If you want to put more volume on your bust area, pick LBDs with a busy texture around the chest area such as embellishments, ribbons, brooches, or simple ruffles.
9. Too Thin/Too Heavy Legs – Draw attention away from your legs by wearing a LBD that drops midway down toward your ankle. Accentuate your other assets such as arms and neck by wearing LBD cuts that reveal these parts of your body. Complete your look by wearing killer pumps that will attrack attention away from your legs and toward your shoes.
With the right kind of LBD for your body type, you are well on your way to gracefully and effortlessly wearing the eternally trendy LBDs no matter what occasion you find yourself in. After all, the little black dress has been around since the 1920s–and will surely be around for the next several decades to come.
Janice Johnson is a published book and magazine writer for both online and print media like “kleitas“. She has written articles on a wide range of topics, including fashion shopping, relationships, work ethics, beauty solutions, and mental health.
Cotton and Yarn production was the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution in the UK, but how exactly are knitting yarns made? Read on to learn the processes and techniques used to make the knitting yarns used to produce commercially and home knitted clothing.
What Is A Knitting Yarn?
A knitting yarn is a collection of several strands of fibres which are twisted together to give a thread which is strong enough to ‘knit’ or ‘weave’ into garments. These strands are twisted, bonded or crimped together in order to produce a strong thread which can then be again twisted together to form the finished knitting yarn.
Many knitting yarns are multi-ply, which means more than one woven thread is used in the final knitting yarn, with the threads being twisted together. This can form a variety of effects to the finished yarn depending upon materials used and the plying process used.
Materials Used in Knitting Yarns
There are a huge variety of different fibres which can be used in knitting yarns – everything from natural materials like cotton to man-made plastics which can be combined in one yarn to give exactly the right qualities for production of certain types of garments.
For garments which are to be worn by babies for example, pure organic cotton is used as this has the least potential to interact with sensitive skin, whereas for the production of cold weather clothing wool, silk and other animal hairs like mohair or even natural aerated fibres might be used. The manufacturer of the knitting yarn can choose from a massive variety of fibres, all of which can be combined to give exactly the right characteristics for both production and eventual wearing by the end user.
Knitting and Weaving – Large VS Small Scale
Knitting yarns for small scale knitting (say for home use) may have different properties than those used for large scale loom production. In an industrial environment it’s important that not only there are minimal breakages to the yarn, but also that the yarn doesn’t snag on the loom, leading to damage. Industrial knitting yarn has additional coatings like wax which ensure the easy passage of the yarn through the loom and it’s usual for these industrial yarns to be available on much larger bobbins than normal home knitting yarns. Industrial knitting yarns are specially formulated to make breakages less likely as breakages add to the likelihood of poor quality produced garments.
Home knitting yarns don’t have to cope with the industrial environment so don’t have to be overly waxed or need the same sort of strength as industrial yarn. This means that the yarns are cheaper, available in a larger variety of materials and can produce much more interesting finishes than machine loom knitted garments. Examples of these types of finishes would be any yarn made from short fibres and not bonded – these yarns separate easily yet when hand knitted produce clothing which is extremely soft and warm.
Examples of Home Knitting Yarns
There are many different companies offering knitting yarns for the home knitter, including Sirdar, Rowan and Rico. The different yarns produced by these companies cover a wide variety of styles applicable to different needs of the finished garment, with for example Sirdar Indie yarn being great for chunky sweaters and winter jumpers. The Rico can can range of knitting yarns offer extreme softness with a multi-coloured yarn which is great for knitting really different scarves and gloves, with the yarn being 100% acrylic so produces easy to look after clothing.
Pack Lane Wool is an established craft and knitting shop offering a large range of knitting yarns and equipment for knitting, haberdashery and needle crafts.