Wearing Ball Caps for Fashion: How to Rock This Trend

Ball caps have been around for many years as accessories used in athletic wear, used primarily in sun protection. You may have noticed these hats evolving from simply being worn at baseball games to being a fashion must-have, and if you want to get in on the trend, you can let your personality shine with many different styles. Here are ways you can incorporate strapback or adjustable caps into your own wardrobe so you can be a trendsetter, too.

Find your fit

A ball cap should fit your head comfortably and have a bill that is wide enough to cover your entire forehead without overwhelming your face. Hats come with a wide, square brim or a classic rounded style for you to choose from. When picking vintage or modern ball caps to wear, make sure the bill edges are aligned with the edges of your eyebrows so you can avoid wearing a style that is too large or too small for your face’s frame. If you have a narrow or long face, a rounded brim may be better, whereas broader brims can suit a wider forehead or more heart-shaped face well.

Explore designs

Vintage distressed hats have rips and fraying along the edge of the brim, designed to be trendy (similar to torn or distressed jeans). This is a style you can wear with a classic t-shirt and plain jeans. Hats with rhinestones are excellent worn with button up shirts in bold hues, such as magenta, plum, black, or metallic shades. A classic mesh-style cap is worn best with a raglan or oversize t-shirt to keep in line with its masculine appeal.

Create texture

Classic hats made of cotton or suede offer a traditional appeal, whereas lettered hats pay tribute to ball caps’ original intent. If you really want to think outside the fashion box, consider buying strapback caps in faux leather or velvet designs for a feminine flair that can even be paired with sporty dresses or rompers. Stick to bold solid hues, such as olive green, dark brown, brick red, and even goldenrod so your cap complements your outfit without overwhelming it.

Caps come in a variety of sizes and can be fitted to your head with the adjustable straps in the back. Make sure you choose a cap that fits snugly over your ears without being too tight so you can be comfortable in your fashion choice and look your very best flaunting this fun and quirky style. To find your hat, check out retailers like ByKiy.

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Differences And Distinctions: Get To Know Your Leather

When you hear that something is made from leather, you know that it will be sturdy, durable, and resilient. There are so many different types of leather, however, that you may be unsure which one will be best for you. Talk with clothing and accessory retailers and find the perfect leather merchandise for your needs.

Get to know your leather; some different types of leather include:

Full-grain leather. Full-grain leather refers to leather that has not been sanded or buffed to remove any imperfections or discoloration in the hide. This makes it the most durable kind of leather, since it retains the most of its natural fibers and resilience. Full-grain leather develops an appealing patina over time and with use, so it is often the preferred choice for outerwear and leather accessory items.

Pebbled leather. When you see pebbled leather, it has a slight, even texture added to the surface. This treatment results in tiny bumps that add interest and a softness to the leather’s façade. You will frequently see pebbling used in the making of handbags, coats, and leather accessories from high-end brands.

Patent leather. Patent leather has been tanned and treated, dyed and buffed, to attain a glossy, shiny surface. This is seen often in handbags and shoes.

Distressed leather. When you buy distressed leather products, you will notice inherent markings, discolorations, and signs that the leather has been put through a process. This distressing can make the leather softer and more comfortable for clothing and apparel, such as jackets. It gives the garment the appearance of having been worn and broken-in.

Chamois. Chamois leather is soft-as-butter to the touch, and it makes a stylish material for apparel. This type of leather has been tanned to become soft and pliable, which also makes it porous, so it will absorb water. This type of leather can be susceptible to stains and discoloration, if not taken care of properly and per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Vegan leathers. While not officially leather, there are a lot of animal-friendly options that are being marketed as ‘vegan leathers’. These will vary in terms of quality, texture, and longevity, and you may find that some are water-resistant while others are not. Talk with sales staff or read reviews to determine the best options when you buy vegan leather clothing, accessories, or goods.

Leather is a stylish and reliable material that is used for so many things that you use every day. Talk with retailers to find the best options for your needs, and visit stores to touch leather goods and experience the variances. Use these tips to help narrow down options when shopping for quality leather products!          

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4 Fun Reasons to Use Custom Shirts

Have you thought about ordering custom shirts? These clothing items are unique because you get to choose exactly how you want them to look so that your shirt is your own personal creation. You can start by choosing the style and color and then choosing the types of text, images, or designs you want on them. One of the best things about the custom shirts is that you can use them for all kinds of reasons.

1. Advertise a Business

Business owners can benefit from using custom shirts to advertise their business and any services they provide. You may see people wearing clothes with company logos on them all the time. The business owners can have special shirts created and can hand them out to their clients or employees to wear. Those who receive these items may appreciate the gesture because it is something they are receiving for free. In the meantime, the business owners get to enjoy the perks of having people walking around with their logo and name on them.

2. Represent an Athletic Team

Coaches of athletic teams can order custom shirts for those who participate in different sports, such as soccer, football, and even baseball. It is not uncommon to see children who participate in school sports wearing clothes that have the name of their team as well as a picture of the mascot and the date of a specific sporting event. Coaches can even order the shirts in the exact team colors they want.

3. Display Your Own Quotes and Catch Phrases

If you have certain quotes or catchphrases that you love to say each day, you may want to put them on a shirt. Not only can you start wearing them to show off your creativity and uniqueness, but you may even want to sell them to other people who may be interested in them.

4. Create a Special Birthday Shirt

If someone in your family, such as your child or sibling, is having a birthday party, you may want to have a custom birthday shirt created for them. It could include a picture of them, balloons, their date of birth, or even a picture of their zodiac sign. If the shirt is for a younger person, you may want to have their favorite cartoon character printed on it.

There are tons of ways to use custom shirts. These are a few of the good things you can do with them. The best part about it is that you can customize them to your liking and get them in just about any size you need. Check out companies such as ShirtWorks to get started.

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How to Make a Costume Tutu Without Sewing

If you need a tutu skirt for a costume party or other fun event, consider making your own rather than purchasing one. With some tulle, ribbon, tape, and scissors, plus a few hours of your time, you can make a tutu without having to sew. Here’s how.

Step 1: Preparing the tulle.

Choose tulle fabric in whatever color you please. You’ll need about 30 yards of the fabric. If you can purchase it while it’s still on the fabric spool, that will make things a lot easier.

Cut the tulle into strips that are about 12 inches wide. If the fabric is still on the spool, you can simply remove it from the spool and then make a long cut through each of the folds at the sides. You should get about 90 strips of tulle from your 30 yards of fabric.

Step 2: Tie on the tulle

Thick, colored ribbon made from fabric is best for this project. Look for ribbon that’s about an inch wide and that has a smooth texture. Avoid ribbon with a grippy texture, as it will make it hard to adjust your tutu.

Cut a piece of ribbon that’s long enough to wrap around your waist and tie comfortably. It’s better to go too long than too short. Once your ribbon is cut, start tying pieces of the tulle around it. Tie them tightly so there’s not a lot of bulk around the ribbon. If you want your tutu really full, you can stack two or three pieces of tulle and tie them on as one unit. For a softer look, tie the tulle pieces on one at a time. Keep tying pieces of tulle, lining them up one next to the other.

Step 3: Arrange the tulle properly.

When you’ve finished tying tulle strips around the ribbon, wrap the ribbon around your waist. Then, slide the tulle strips over as needed to ensure they’re evenly distributed and not lingering on the portion of the ribbon that you need to tie. You can use a little super glue or hot glue to hold the last tulle strips in place if they seem to be sliding. Then, tie your tutu ribbon in a bow around your waist and admire your tutu’s beauty.

Your tutu should last through many uses as long as you take care of it! If it needs to be cleaned, hand-wash it in warm water with a little dish soap; don’t put it in the washer. If you need a fancier tutu or don’t want to make one yourself, head to a place such as BB’s Boutique to check out their offerings.

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A Lady’s Guide On What To Bring And How To Dress For Her First Yoga Class

If you’ve signed up to take a yoga class at your local gym, or a nearby yoga studio, then you are probably wondering about what you need to bring and how you should dress. Don’t worry; the following guide will help you determine exactly what to wear, as well as specifically what to avoid wearing. You’ll also read about the two items you need to bring to class.

Yoga Matt

You are going to want to bring your own yoga mat. You should not rely on the studio having extras on hand. They might sell yoga mats, but you will have a better selection if you look online for yourself before your first class. The typical yoga mat is 68 inches in length. If you’re extra tall, then you can look for longer length mats. You can get them in any color you want; there are no color rules in yoga class.

Water Bottle

You should bring a water bottle. Most yoga studios will have water, but some places only sell it. So if you want to save yourself a few bucks, then you should just pack a bottle of water away in your bag. You will be thirsty after the class, so that water is important.

No Street Clothes

Don’t show up in street clothes and try and do yoga. It will be distracting to the rest of the class. Yoga is not just a physical activity, but a place to focus and practice mindfulness. Some woman dressed in jeans is going to throw off the whole peaceful air of the studio.

No Cotton

When it comes to fabrics, avoid cotton. This applies to both tops and pants. You want a synthetic fabric like polyester that will dry quickly. Cotton holds sweat and will get heavy as the class goes on.

No Shorts, Yoga Appropriate Pants Instead

Some clothing that is appropriate for other forms of exercising is not appropriate for yoga class. You can wear shorts while you’re jogging or playing soccer, but you should avoid them for yoga class. You don’t want to be exposed, or fear being exposed, while you’re stretching and contorting your body into the different positions

Instead, look for fitted capris or yoga pants. These will give you the coverage you desire.

Fitted Tank Tops

You should avoid t-shirts because they will fall down while you’re doing certain poses such as downward dog. Plus they can also be a bit baggy. Instead, choose a fitted tank top. These will provide coverage and also allow your arms to move freely.

Sports Bra

If you’re busty, then you should also wear a sports bra. This will help you feel more comfortable when you’re inverted and bent in awkward poses. You might also want to wear one if you like wearing light colored tank tops that get see through when damp.

Check out companies like Good Vibe Dezign to start building your yoga wardrobe.

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Tips For Choosing Denim Items For Your Clothing Boutique

Not everything that is listed as denim is really denim. When looking to add denim items to your clothing boutique, the key is balancing quality and cost. This may mean shunning the expensive high-end designers and opting for quality, but lesser-known brands from the USA. Learning to spot quality denim will ensure you get the best price for the highest quality clothing, which will then provide more value to your customers.

Denim Versus Imposters

There are plenty of denim imposters out there. While these fabrics look like “blue jeans,” they aren’t typically denim. Denim is made of pure cotton fibers that are woven in a specific manner that makes these fibers have a bit of natural stretch and a lot of durability. Although other fibers can be woven in this same manner, they aren’t true denim if they aren’t cotton.

Real Denim Fades

The threads are also known as warp or weft, depending on which part of the weave they are. Denim generally only has the warp threads dyed. This means the interior of most denim items are white, or at least much lighter colored. The dyed warp threads primarily show on the outside of the garment. This dying process is what allows denim to develop its wear patterns that are unique to the wearer. Keep in mind that some denim products are dyed on both the warp and weft, though, so this is not a foolproof way to tell real or quality denim. It is only a good way to tell if a product will develop the faded denim look that many customers crave.

Raw Denim

Raw denim is a major draw for some fashion lovers. This is because this denim has not been washed after the dying process. Fans of raw denim tend to wear their new denim items for many months without washing. This results in a fully unique wear pattern when they do finally wash the denim. Raw denim can often fetch higher prices since it is considered a customizable item. The opposite of raw is the artificially distressed denim available. This denim has been washed and then distressed in areas of normal wear by the manufacturer, so it looks broken in but the pattern is not unique to the wearer. These products appeal to those that don’t want to take their time breaking in a pair of jeans.

Denim Feel

Since denim is a pure cotton product, it should feel soft to the touch. Thicker fibers will result in a stiffer fabric, but it should still feel soft when you brush your fingertips over the surface. Raw denim is not necessarily soft, though, since it is stiffer from the remaining dye in the unwashed fibers. Otherwise, denim that feels overly rough is likely not very high quality, or it may have other man-made fibers mixed in with the cotton. Look for jeans made in America or jeans that have labels with claims of “natural denim” to find true denim jeans for your boutique. 



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Looking Elegant While Staying Comfortable During A Beach Wedding

If you are getting married in the near future, and you have opted to host a beach wedding, you are most likely looking at different fashion options to wear in a sandy environment (such as those offered by Wedding Tropics). There are several styles available in bridal attire that will keep you cool and comfortable without looking too casual. Here are a few ideas for you and your bridal party to consider for your special day.  

Looking Exotic

When picking out wedding dresses to wear in the blazing sun, you will want to opt for a flowing, breathable material. Wearing clothing that is too tight will make a hot day feel miserable as sweat will not be able to be shed as easily. Stick with a dress that accentuates the top and then flows down without too many layers, as they can weigh you down and increase your temperature. Empire waist and A-line styles help keep your body cool without skimping on elegance. Many brides pick out a shorter dress instead of one with a long train that drags in the sand.

While wearing white is traditionally worn on a wedding day, if you wish to stray away from the norm consider wearing a bright color. Teal, orange, and red are popular tropical colors that can be incorporated into your entire wedding theme. Pick a fancy dress in one of these colors and dress it up with a white veil and shoes if you wish to mix a bit of tradition with a unique dress.

Picking Shoes

When you are going to be walking down a sandy aisle, heels are definitely not going to work well. Many brides will walk barefoot when getting married in a beach setting. There are several beaded or shell-adorned foot jewelry pieces to pick from to give your feet decor while walking without shoes. If you are getting married when the sun will be directly shining on the sand, making it very hot to the touch, you may want to wear a dressy pair of flip-flops or sandals instead.

Using Accessories

To help guests feel the festive atmosphere of a tropical wedding, incorporate bright colors into your apparel and decorations. Add a burst of color to your dress with a tropical-colored sash to match your bridesmaid’s dresses. Have the entire bridal party wear leis or an exotic flower in their hair or on their lapel. Consider wearing jewelry made completely out of shells and carry a bouquet of tropical flowers with shells intertwined between the blooms.

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Planning For A 3-Day Canoe Trip: A Checklist

If you’ve never been on a multi-day canoe trip, you might not know what to bring with you. Well, this checklist is going to help you out. You don’t want to show up under prepared and end up having a miserable experience. Likewise, you don’t want to overload yourself and bring a bunch of stuff that’s not necessary.

Things You Don’t Need To Bring

  • Life Jackets and Oars

If you are renting a canoe from an outfitter, instead of bringing your own to the river, then you won’t need to bring oars. The rental place will supply the correct oars. They will also provide life jackets. Sometimes there will be an extra fee for life jackets. The only caveat is if you already own new, comfortable life jackets. In this case, feel free to bring them because they might be better than the ones the rental place offers.

  • Elaborate Cooking Equipment

Some people go overboard with camping cooking. It’s one thing if you’re driving to a campsite, but if you need to pack your gear in a canoe, then you should forgo elaborate pots, pans and stoves.

Things You Will Need To Bring

  • Pop-Up Tent

You will need to sleep somewhere. A small pop up tent is perfect because it is easy to set up. The tricky part of pop up tents is folding them back together. You should make sure you know how to fold up the tent before you take your trip. Here is a good illustrated guide that will explain the process.

  • Camp Shoes and Water Shoes

Camp shoes are the shoes you’ll wear when you’re at camp, on dry land. Water shoes, or sandals, should be used when you’re in the canoe. When you are bringing your canoe into land you might have to get out and pull it in. Also, if you hit rapids on the river, water can splash into the canoe and get your shoes wet. Water shoes should be breathable and have textured bottoms.

  • Neoprene Waders And Fishing Gear

If you’re planning on fishing, then you want to get neoprene waders and bring along a collapsible fishing pole. A small tackle box will sit in the canoe, but a full size fishing pole might take up too much room.

Neoprene waders are essential for fly fishing. The water might not seem cold, but if you’re standing waist deep for hours then you definitely need protection to avoid things like trench foot.

  • Washable Cutlery and Food

Bring a small set of washable plates and forks. You should also bring nonperishable food. Canned food works well because it is both waterproof and doesn’t require refrigeration.

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Bathing Suits To Fix Flaws And Accentuate Features

When bathing suit season comes around, the sheer amount of designs available can be overwhelming. If you want to narrow down your options, think about what you like and dislike about your figure. The right bathing suit can draw the eye to just the right spots to give you a flattering look.

If you like…

  • the overall shape of your figure: don’t distract from it with a too-busy print. Solid colors will make your swimsuit less about the suit and more about you. Of course, if you’re happy with your figure, you can probably wear most suits and feel good in them!
  • how athletic you look: accentuate it with a sporty style like a sporty solid-color suit. A one-piece says you’re serious about your swimming; a two-piece lets you show off your muscular abs.
  • your long legs: you can lengthen them even further with high-cut leg holes, but be careful. Long legs are nice, but you don’t want to emphasize them so much that you look disproportional. Try to combine a bottom that shows off your legs with an interesting top. One-piece suits are also very flattering for people with long legs.
  • how large your bust is: try a halter top to give support while also adding interest to the top of the suit. Embellishments like ruffles that make your bust look bigger aren’t necessary, but things like sequins that draw the eye to the top of the suit could be just what you want.

If you dislike…

  • that your waist isn’t an hourglass: look for cute bathing suits with included tummy-control panels to hold you in or ruching to make your waist appear smaller. If there’s nothing to hold in – you’ve just got a rectangular figure – then widen your bust and hips with embellishments. For example, a ruffled top combined with a skirt bottom can make your figure look more hourglass.
  • how large your bust is: you’re going to want a lot of support. Stay away from strapless tops and find a swimsuit with an underwire bra. To balance your bust visually with your hips, mix up your colors with a dark top and a bright bottom.
  • the size of your hips or thighs: choose a bathing suit with an included skirt to cover larger hips or thighs, making the outward flare of your body into a feature. On the other hand, if the reason you dislike your hips or thighs is because they’re smaller in proportion to your bust or shoulders, then avoid strapless tops and draw attention downwards with a plain top and bright or patterned bottom.
  • your short legs: definitely avoid swimsuits with a skirt or shorts-style bottom. Look for high-cut leg holes instead. Another technique to make legs look longer is to choose a high-waisted suit – either a two-piece with a high-cut bottom or a one-piece in two colors divided at the upper waist.
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Happiness Thy Name Is Alegria: Three Reasons To Choose Supportive Shoes

You should be able to be comfortable in your own shoes, but sadly that is not always the case. If you work in a profession that keeps you on your feet all day, then finding comfort in your shoes is not always easy. Some shoemakers focus on style. A flat shoe might have an urban elegance, but if you work as a nurse or a teacher, the lack of support in your shoes can leave you feeling achy and old by the end of the day. When you need shoes that will stand by you throughout the day, you need to focus on supportive shoes.

Quality Construction

If you choose shoes that are made from money-saving material, you might not get the long-lasting support that you are after. You might choose a pair of shoes because they look nice and come at a decent price, but if you don’t buy shoes made from durable materials like leather and high-density foam, they can wear out quickly. This can lead to a decrease in support as well as hurt the look of your shoe. 

Proper Arch Support

If you don’t properly support your arch, you can end with pain extending from your feet all the way up to your hips. If your foot is not in proper alignment, then you put pressure on the bones and tendons in your foot. If not corrected, this pressure can lead to long-term problems like tendinitis, bone spurs, and other issues. If you know that you have high arches or that you are prone to arch issues, you want to choose your shoes very carefully. Shoes such as those made by Alegria (found through outlets such as http://www.alegriashoeshop.com) are well known for providing good arch support. 


The final key when you are on your feet all day is to find a shoe that provides a good amount of cushion. If the sides of the shoe are too stiff, they can cause blistering, and if the soul of the shoes is too hard, your feet will take an unnecessary beating throughout the day. You don’t need to look for shoes that have a half-inch thick outer soul, you just need to find shoes that you can be comfortable wearing all day. 

Many people focus on looks when they choose a shoe. Looks are important, but those good looks should not come at the expense of comfort. The trick is to find comfortable shoes that look great at the same time. 

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About Me

Hello, I'm Forest Gregory. The right accessories can really make your outfit pop. By picking the perfect belt, hat and watch, you can make a statement with your look. I will explore all of the newest men's fashion trends hitting the runways and the streets to help people put themselves together beautifully. I will talk about new hat, watch, bracelet, necklace, earring and shoe designs. My site will cover fabric choices that work well together, including a close look at color schemes. I hope that you will find my information helpful while trying to create a nice outfit for any event, such as going out with friends or showing up for your first day on the job. Thank you for visiting my site. I hope to see you here often.

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