Developing Your Own Fashion Style

Your style is important. Ask yourself every time you buy anything, every time you make anything, or have anything made: Is it in accord with my style? Does it meet the requirements of correct dress for me?

If you live in a little city or a village and suddenly found yourself on Fifth Avenue in New York City, would you feel conspicuous in your clothes? If friends from the fashion centers of America were coming to visit you, would you feel out of place in your costume? You should not. You have the same opportunity to be correctly dressed as any other woman if you will study and persevere toward perfection in dress.

We must realize that we have a style of our own and that we are of a particular type. This is recognized by every fashion authority in the country, and by every fashion publication, for if all women were to adhere to one fashion, one fashion only would be shown in the fashion books instead of twenty, thirty, or fifty different designs.

Look through any fashion book today and you will find round-and-round and up-and-down lines in the same issue–all with the idea of helping women to clothe themselves correctly and of giving suggestions that will help them individually to find appropriate styles.

Establishing a style for yourself and then perfecting it–be it in hats, gloves, shoes, dresses, or suits–will prove economical, and it will not be long before a degree of perfection will be acquired.

A prominent New York business woman, who is one of the most distinctively dressed women that I know, wears the smartest suits and hats and always severely tailor-made gowns. And her neckwear, usually a jabot or a stock, is so smart that you would never for a minute question whether it is authoritatively fashionable. She always wears high shoes on the street, and usually they have light-colored tops, because she is tall and the light tops of the shoes help to break the appearance of height.

One day, this young woman came to visit me. I could not refrain from remarking about the completeness of her costume. I said, “If I saw your shadow, I should know that it was you by the harmony that your silhouette expresses and the very way you carry yourself.”

She said, “Do you know that remarks like yours are what caused me to persevere in acquiring my style of dressing? I used to think I wanted loose, floppy clothes in which I could relax and be just as free and comfortable as if I were in negligee. Once, when in a ferry boat crossing New York harbor, I saw sitting opposite me a line of crumpled-up women apparently enjoying their slovenly posture. Not one of them expressed dignity or pride in her personal appearance. Not one of the women on that boat, I thought, was unusual or had any desire to know better. I then took a little self-inventory. I was ashamed of myself, because I realized I was not very much better dressed than the other women on the boat. I sat up straight and determined right then and there that I would acquire a style becoming and practical for me and would express that style in the most attractive and agreeable way that I could. And that resolution has helped me more than I can say.”

She was frank enough to tell me that she attributed a great part of her success to having wakened up, to having made herself trim and having kept herself so. She always plans to have one good suit or one good dress–just as good as she possibly can afford; she procures a garment that she has to respect, and that will make her “dress up to fit.”

She said, “If I put on a shabby dress, I will allow my shoes to be shabby and will be careless about my personal grooming; but when I have a dress that I have to be particular about, I always have my hair, my shoes, my gloves, my corset–everything–Just right for it, and I always look very much better.”

Living up to your clothes, creating a style, and being equal to an intelligent expression of it are worth many dollars to a woman who wants to be a success in business, in the home, or in social life.

E-Books – Less Cost, More Convenience, and Immediate Access

E-books made their debut on the publishing scene when the advent of the digital information age roared into full throttle, and they have revolutionized book publishing by making it less expensive and more convenient. Authors and writers can publish long reports, pamphlets, small books, or a whole series of titles that are the size of an encyclopedia, and they can do it on a small budget and get results almost immediately. Without the lag time associated with offline printing – which can add months to the production time of a book – writers get results fast and readers get more immediate access to publications.

That makes it easier to, for example, get ideas into print and begin to circulate them – in the form of e-books – to a virtually worldwide audience. By taking advantage of online tools to boost exposure a writer or e-book publisher can put books into the hands of countless readers for an investment that is less than the price of a typical hardback novel. You simply create your e-book, submit it to the site, and suddenly it is advertised and distributed for you to a practically unlimited viewing audience and readership. Or you can combine e-book promotion with offline promotions, by tying your Internet marketing strategy into such things as book signing events and tours, seminars, workshops, and media appearances.

There are big advantages for readers, as well, because now a consumer anywhere on the planet can go online and gain access to any e-book they want to read. Even if you are traveling in a remote part of the world without facilities like bookstores, as long as you can get access to the Internet you can find, download, and enjoy an e-book. And if you happen to be in one of the world’s more high-tech urban centers, like Tokyo, you may find that some of the biggest best sellers are e-books that are read through portable electronic devices such as mobile phones and PDAs. Within the past few years many of Japan’s top selling novels were sold exclusively as e-books, not old-fashioned printed manuscripts, and the trend appears to just be gaining traction.

Amazon books, for instance, the largest seller of books on earth, spent years and millions of dollars of research and development to come up with its trademarked Kindle book technology. The company started selling the device – which looks much like a thick writing tablet but displays pages exactly like those in a real book – last year and quickly sold out of them. After ramping up production the bookseller has managed to keep pace with Kindle sales, but the new e-book format devices continue to fly off the shelves. Each time someone buys one of these remarkable new inventions they are able to carry in their hand a virtual library of titles, and having a way to put e-books into the hands of readers in this way has finally put the e-book on the map in terms of its status in the world of publishing. Now many of the most famous authors in America are publishing their new novels not as conventional books but instead as easy-to-produce e-books. Experts predict that over the next few years the e-book phenomenon will grow at an unprecedented pace, as more and more writers catch on to the ease and affordability of this new technology and readers turn to electronic books as a modern alternative to old-fashioned books on paper.

Seek Complete Fashion Guidance From Fashion Designers Book

A good fashion designers book is one of those things that every fashion enthusiast must own. Not only can a good book introduce you to the best of the latest style collections in the most appropriate and systematic way, but it can also help unleash the creativity in you. A good book does not only teach, but it also helps you realize what your aspirations are and what you can do to make your own style statement.

While selecting a fashion book, it is a good idea to make sure that it contains the kind of stuff that matches your needs and tastes. For instance, if you are mostly into casual wears, then there is no point in buying something that deals with formal suits and ties. A good idea in such cases is to instead check the famous magazines and see how much you like them. If the magazines are too expensive you can keep a watch out for garage sales, etc, where you can get second hand magazines at really cheap prices.

For the more serious learner, however, it is a great idea to opt for something that is less commercial and teaches style more directly and seriously. Find out about the books that designers in fashion prescribe for their students, since they make great options.

Also, once you have purchased a fashion designers book, take adequate care to keep it well. Do not do away with those books just because you are tired of seeing the same things again and again.

Collect them and store them away if needed, because there is quite a good chance that someday in future you would want to dig them out again and refresh your memory with the same things you got tired of earlier!