Oscar Party Fashion Advice – Fashion School Tips on What to Wear to an Oscar Party

How fabulous that you’ve been invited to an Oscar party! Okay, so it might not be an A-List soiree where you share shrimp skewers with Leonardo DiCaprio or Britney Spears, but it’s a fun excuse to get all dressed up, nonetheless. What do you wear, though, if you don’t have a celebrity stylist in your entourage? Fortunately, you’ve got some top fashion school students in your corner with some great ideas for Oscar party fashions.

Dust off the formal wear. If you’ve held on to that bridesmaid or prom dress, now is the time to take it out of the closet. Don’t worry if you find it tacky. Has that ever stopped some of today’s starlets? The thrift shop is a good place to start as well. One way to give your dress a facelift (well, this is Hollywood) is by adding sequins or beading. If you don’t want to bother with sewing them on, you’ll find sequined appliqués at the fabric store that you can just glue on the dress. Stores also carry rhinestones that have been already laid out in a decorative design, and you just iron them on as is.

Wrap yourself in mink. While you’re at the fabric store, grab a yard of faux fur to make your own mink stole. It will up your elegance factor, and hide any unwanted puffy sleeves. Just cut the fur into a long trapezoid shape. (That means it would look like a long upside down boat.) There’s no need to sew the edges, but be sure to remove the loose hairs from where you’ve cut. A quick vacuum job will do the trick.

Remember the accessories. One of the rules of Oscar fashion design is that the little details matter. For old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, don a pair of formal satin gloves. Carry a glittering clutch, preferably with a folded up acceptance speech peeking out. And don’t forget the sunglasses to escape the glare of flashing cameras.

Bling it on. On Oscar night, the stars shine with jewelry, and so must you. You don’t need to wear a lot, just a few pieces; the bigger and danglier the better. If you don’t have any good costume jewelry of your own, here’s a fun do-it-yourself idea to make a truly showstopping ring. Go to the hardware store and buy a clear plastic faucet handle. This is the type of faucet handle that looks like a humongous faceted diamond. The handle comes with a long screw that sits in an opening at the top. Tie the end of a 10″ piece of wire around the head of the screw, and place the screw back in the opening, along with the rest of the wire. Apply a dab of hot glue to where the screw goes in the opening so it stays secure. Then loop the remainder of the wire around your ring finger. Now you’ve got a piece of jewelry that would make Elizabeth Taylor envious.

Go as the paparazzi. If you don’t want to fuss with a dress, go high concept by dressing as paparazzi. That way, you can wear anything you want, as long as you have a camera at all times. And since paparazzi are always sneaking behind bushes for the perfect shot, take a small potted plant with you to hide behind throughout the party.

Dress like a nominated star. Make a big entrance by going as an Oscar nominee, your favorite star, or a character from a movie. (Hint: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an easy choice.) If you’re going with friends, you can all dress as the cast of a nominated film.

Go as the red carpet. Here’s an idea that only a fashion college costume design major would dream up: dress as the red carpet. To create the look, start with a red turtleneck or long sleeve t-shirt and red sweatpants. Sew or safety pin the back of the shirt and pants to a rectangular piece of red felt that is as tall as you, and as wide as your arm span. Be sure to sew the sleeves so your arms will be outstretched, holding up the red carpet on both sides. Red mittens, red shoes, and a red cap will complete the look.

Oscar parties are always a lot of fun because we get to play along with the stars. And with these ideas for what to wear, the winner of Best Dressed will be you!

Looking Good Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune – Buy Estate Jewelry

When it comes to estate jewelry there is always much discussion about what is and what is not estate jewelry. The definition is really quite simple. Estate jewelry is jewelry acquired from the estate of another person, who can be living or deceased. The simple definition of estate jewelry is jewelry that is previously owned.

Contrary to what many believe looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune – just buy estate jewelry! And save plenty!!

There is often much confusion with both dealers and consumer. There is some false myths floating around that estate jewelry is antique jewelry. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Although many pieces of estate jewelry are antique, many pieces are also vintage, retro, or fairly modern. That’s why searching for estate jewelry can result in some terrific buys!

Estate jewelry also does not mean fine jewelry. Estate jewelry can be costume or fine and is found both ways.

Throughout the ages and even today a perfect gift for a woman was a piece of jewelry. There is also a distinction made of women who wear jewelry. It seems to set them a class above other women. Why has never been determined. It’s simply been a cultural norm for centuries.

We often take our clues as to jewelry popularity by watching what the celebrities are wearing. Next time you are watching television take note of how many pieces of jewelry the stars are wearing that are from another era. Celebrities are very fond of estate jewelry!

Antique jewelry is normally classed as jewelry that is pre 1920, while art deco, vintage, and retro are often grouped together and denote the era from the 1920s to the 1950s. Estate jewelry can be from any of these eras.

If you are looking for classic jewelry like your grandmother may have worn consider searching jewelry sites that sell antique and estate jewelry. If you are collecting jewelry you should pay special attention to the estate jewelry sites who have a wide range of designer marked pieces. Collecting can be expensive so make sure to set a budget.

If you are looking to complete your wardrobe and hate looking like everyone else, estate jewelry is an excellent choice. Here you will find variety and beautiful pieces from many different time periods. The chances of finding another wearing the exact same jewelry piece as you are drastically reduced.

You can look unique and stand out from the crowd with estate jewelry. You also can choose between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. The prices are very reasonable and the costume jewelry of past eras has a much higher quality than modern costume jewelry.

The designs and styles were more highly refined and much classier. Costume jewelry of past eras was designed not only for the general population but also for the rich and famous. Many design ideas were inspired from fine jewelry pieces of the era.

So the next time you are looking to add glamour and sophistication to your wardrobe remember to have a quick search on line for estate jewelry. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your options!

See I told you looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Men’s Leather Fashion – Fashion Advice For the Office

Have you ever experienced being made fun of by your office mates because of how you look? The problem is you are not wearing the right clothes and using the right accessories. I understand what you are feeling right now because I have experienced the same thing in the past.

I used to be made fun of by my office mates because of my fashion sense. Imagine being ashamed to go to work because of what you wear. You see, I understand what you are going through. This is why I have written this article on fashion advice for the office. Do you want to know one way to improve the impression you make on people?

The secret is this: Men’s Leather Bags.

Using leather bags instead of a boring old suitcase or a childish backpack is sure to improve your image. You will look like a youthful and cool businessman with your class leather bag. You might have been made fun of in the past…but no longer! Here are some other fashion tips for the office:

1. Buy nice colored polo shirts. You should ask someone knowledgeable about what colors look good on you, so you can pick clothes that make you look more flattering to others.

2. Buy high quality office shoes. Most people, especially women, look at your shoes to get their first impression of you. First impressions last, so you better make a good one.

Warning: Be sure to only buy original and high quality clothing. They not only save you money in the long run because they are more durable, but they look much better as well.