Women’s Comfortable Clothing – 4 Ways to Find Fashion Without Sacrificing Comfort

Growing up in the 80s in the midwest, gradually making my way west to Los Angeles via Dallas, Texas, gives me a true appreciation for women’s comfort clothing. Am I bothered that women no longer wear pantyhose when they “dress up?” No. Does it cross my mind that my grandmother is probably flip flopping in her grave as a result of my not wearing the proper undergarments, e.g. a slip and a girdle? Sometimes. But not for long. As popular as they are, I don’t even own a pair of Spanx. I do have a few slips, but I never use them. I do have some tights and thigh highs but they are still in their packages.

I love this comfort trend that women are embracing. Today, women are looking for sexy, comfortable clothing options that are appropriate for whatever their lifestyle demands. Whether you’re a housewife or a CEO, whether you home office or want to be as comfortable as you are while at home, women are no longer confined to strict dress codes, personally or professionally. The Spring 2011 runway shows gave us a glimpse of simple, easy knits that allowed women to look fashionable without torturing themselves. For many, women’s comfort clothing, aka loungewear, means terry cloth/velour sweat suits and yoga-inspired clothing. But in 2010, we’ve moved beyond these looks. Sometimes our daily activities require us to look a little more dressed up than a warm up suit allows. And maybe we want to feel a little prettier than our favorite yoga pants permit.

So how do we achieve that? For a woman, here are a few rules of engagement when leaning toward a more comfort-inspired fashion look?

Rule No. 1 – Think outside of the box, don’t have tunnel vision in your fashion choices.

Comfort clothing is more than just that terry cloth warm up, yoga inspired ensemble or your favorite moo moo. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have those pieces in your wardrobe. But often times, you need to step up your fashion game, but hesitate to do so because you don’t feel like being dressed up. Consider adding a wide, non-restricting belt to that moo moo and pairing it with your favorite comfy flats or riding boots. While effortless, you’ve found a way to show off your figure and accessorize. Pick basic pieces that are stylish, but are made from soft, luxuriously comfortable fabrics like Modal. Pay attention to the unique cuts in a garment, that can take a basic T-shirt, tank or cardigan to the next level.

Rule No. 2 – Choose items that can complement your most comfortable pieces, showing off your sense of style.

I mentioned adding a wide belt to your favorite moo moo, aka, comfortable, shapeless dress. How about pairing that belt with your favorite tank top, cardigan combination, giving you a sexy shape? Everyone has a favorite tank or tee. And these days, mostly everyone has leggings and comfy jeans. Pair your belted tee and tank with them. Add the right shoe/boot combination and earrings and you’ve created a new look without giving up the comfort.

Rule No. 3 – Don’t hesitate spending a little extra to get the staple items needed to enhance your comfortable wardrobe.

I spent the most I’d ever spent on riding boots last year because I knew they were comfortable and versatile enough to wear with anything. It was the best purchase I’d made of the season. I wore them with everything and plan to do the same this boot season. They were a high-quality pair of Frye boots that weren’t run over after a season of use, because they were quality. And they are basic, yet stylish enough to carry forward through seasons to come. I wore them with skirts, jeans, leggings, and dresses. I wasn’t rocking my stilettos like back in the day, but my look was still current, sexy and most importantly, comfortable.

Rule No. 4 – Don’t mistake comfort for an excuse to be frumpy.

As a woman, we all love to look good in our skin. You may not put the effort into your wardrobe like your favorite celebrity fashionista, staying on top of each and every trend, but be inspired by her. Keep the hair, nails and brows done. So even though you are comfortable and carefree, not limping in pain trying to sport the latest Louboutins, you still look amazing and pulled together.

The rules of looking and feeling your best in comfortable clothing are simple. Same as they have always been. If you look good, you feel good. Whatever that look is for you, discover it and wear it with a badge of honor.

Cowgirl Fashion – Yesterday and Today

Cowgirls may be considered by many to be a rough and tough sort. After all, since the beginning of the century Cowgirls have been competing in dangerous rodeo events and doctoring cattle on the range right alongside men. We’ve seen the beauties of the west roping, riding and sometimes hitting the dirt! Always taking pride in their appearance, throughout history these women have made the range a more beautiful place to live. Just like western women of yesteryear, today’s cowgirls are poised and professional. Their spirit is strong and their beauty shines as bright as a west Texas sunset. But was that really beauty shining or a bling belt?

In the rodeo arena, western ladies fashion has always been a big part of the cowgirl image. Since the early 1900’s women involved in rodeo and wild west shows were truly showwomen. Commonly donning large hats, brightly colored cowgirl clothing featuring intricate embroidery and fringe laced gloves, these women were sure to attract attention – if not for their riding, roping and shooting skills, surely for their choice of attire.

Over the years cowgirl fashion has evolved and changed as fads come and go. Here to stay however is every woman’s desire to portray an image of who she is by what she wears. Popular choices for modern cowgirl clothing is funky unique clothing with a rock star flair. Turquoise cowgirl jewelry has been a staple in the women’s wardrobe of cowgirl accessories and will continue to be for years to come. The turquoise jewelry worn by western women often times is handmade on the Indian Reservations of the southwest. Today’s women of the west are proud of their western heritage and stand by their pledge to live by the cowboy creed of honesty and integrity. Many women display their way of life by choosing ornate chunky cowgirl jewelry, bling sandals and other fun western cowgirl accessories.

Some of the most trendy accessories are cowgirl bling belts which have gained popularity in the past few years. Call it cowgirl bling, sparkle, or glitter, the bottom line is – the brighter, the better! It’s not uncommon to see bling-adorned cowgirl purses, and turquoise bracelets beaded with crystal. The sparkles don’t stop there, however. Now more than ever it is common to see shirts featuring cowgirl bling cross or fleur de lis symbols. Western ladies fashion of today has a little bit of a dark side with skull and pistol decorated cowgirl hats and shirts being popular, especially with teenage fashionistas.

So where does the western woman of today find the hottest trends in western fashion? Western clothing stores and cowgirl boutiques are top choices to find great deals on clothing and more. To find the best selection of turquoise jewelry, cowgirl accessories and even western decor items, one might mosey on over to an online cowgirl boutique for some shopping fun.

Western women not only enjoy taking pride in looking their best, but it’s not unusual for them to put the same concentrated effort into adorning their western homes with rustic cowgirl home decor. The internet can also prove to be a great way to find not only cowgirl clothing but also rare and unique western home decor items. Popular choices for cowgirl decor include western themed tables, mirrors, decorative rope accents, western coat racks, lamps, and photo frames just to name a few.

It is said that the women who won the west shaped the world. There is more to being a cowgirl than winning belt buckles or wearing the latest fashions. Cowgirls are just as likely to get noticed because they are strong yet feminine, hardworking yet poised. They don’t mind getting dirt under her nails, although chances are they are perfectly polished (a good way to conceal the dirt!). Today’s cowgirls grab the traditions of yesterday and ride them in the future, they just happen to enjoy looking extra good doing it!

Belt Buckles – A Vital Fashion Accessory

Buckle forms an important piece of a belt. They may be made from various materials such as plastic, wood or metal. Nowadays the market is being flooded with various types of belt buckles. Some of the common varieties include Gothic, war, Texas, cowboy, cow girl, western and military.

The buckles that are mainly worn to keep up with the twilight style are found to appear with flash stones or embroidered with some kind of stones. Other than to grasp the denim, these types of belts are mainly intended to make fashion statements. These days you will find a lot of scrolling, digital or lightning buckles in the market. They can be worn during the fun filled night hours.

Guy’s fashion is drastically changing these days when compared to the past. Now each and every man is fashion conscious just as any woman. They began to add a lot of accessories and even jewelry to make them look different from others. One of the excellent accessories fashion conscious men can consider adding to their collection is belt buckles.

Gone are the days when belts were used only for the sole purpose of holding the trousers. But now belts with cool belt buckets are put on to highlight a person’s personality as well as to attract people’s attention. Belt buckles may make your simple outfit to appear more fashionable and eye-catching.

As said before belt buckles are available in various varieties, it’s not so difficult to find the one that suits your taste and style. If are you are highly fashion conscious, belt buckles with crystal stones can be the right option, but you should know that they are quite expensive compared to other types. The present trend is digital buckle leather belts and scrolling light buckles. Several other belt buckles are also widely available in the market. Sometimes, belt buckles are made by orders.

Belt buckles with sacred symbols printed on it are also widely preferred by many men. These types of belts are mainly used by religious men who want to religious in each and everything. This way they convey the message of hope, love and their faith to others. Some men prefer to use buckles that represent their occupation. Some of the common types include firemen, trucker, plumber etc.

Buckles for men are mainly designed to express their fashion sensed to others. One of the best things about men’s buckle is its light weight. Moreover, it is adjustable and can be changed easily on other belts. Therefore, you don’t have to invest on other belts. It is easily available everywhere.

Nowadays military buckles have gained popularity among men and women. They are mainly intended to show their love towards the country. These types that have the national flag and emblem of the county on them. Almost all designs come in stainless steel, bronze and pewter.

Women In Texas Eye Extreme Sports As New Option

The world of extreme sports, traditionally a man’s world, is slowly opening up to women. In Texas, and the cities of Houston, Dallas and Austin, women are becoming increasingly interested in three of the six X-Game categories: speed climbing, wakeboarding and in-line skating. A group of women was also invited to demonstrate their talent in freestyle motocross and both vertical (or “vert”) and street skateboarding. Although the women showed they were capable of creating excitement in the audience with their feats, the money available to female competitors is still an issue in championship events.

At a recent Xbox World Championship of Skateboarding, for example, the top three male street skaters took home a total of $34,000, while the top three females took home $3,600.

While young women have participated in alternative and extreme sports from the very beginning, they have not been given the same recognition as their male colleagues, although many are doing their part to break through.

The category “alternative sports” may have been around for decades but only recently has it been called “extreme.” Publicity around the word “extreme” extends into the world of marketing, with the “extreme flavor” of a brand of chips or a drink being given “extreme taste.” For the industry, an extreme sport is defined as a “non-traditional sport that focuses on extreme and varying conditions, and challenges both the mental and physical abilities of its participants.”

While most extreme athletes average in their early 20s, some involved are much younger, even in their early teens.

It’s not necessarily the money that drives young women to compete. Another motivation is to break the stereotypes about men being the only ones out to get a rush of adrenaline. Despite having a love of extreme sports, young women competing in extreme sports seem to have accepted the fact that the money is not (yet) there for them. Sponsors now may pay entry fees, travel expenses and equipment, but the big money is still reserved for male competitors who often get paid by sponsors.

Part of the problem, observers say, is that extreme sports are driven by big business, the point being that if the industry doesn’t expect a large enough audience – – consumers ready and willing to buy the products — they don’t think its worth supporting the athletes. Others say the world of extreme sports has its share of sexism, with judging seemingly based on how women look rather than on their athletic ability.

Some women say they feel uncomfortable about the way skate magazines and images on the skate decks portray women. Advertising can also be an issue for some; clothing companies are known to hire models to wear the clothes in ads rather than the female athletes – – something observers say would not occur with men’s sporting apparel. That can create a problem when it comes to young girls choosing female athletes as role models: if they pick up a magazine, the only females they see are models skimpily dressed or in fashion photography, not competing.

Other women have taken the initiative, one being the founder of Chickabiddy, a surfing and snowboarding clothing company geared to women. Along with a line of women’s clothing, Chickabiddy sells a rash guard, a top worn during surfing to help prevent chaffing, and made especially for women’s bodies. Chickabiddy sponsors eight girls in both snowboarding and surfing, and also has a website for the “female action sports enthusiast.”

There are other people with the aims of Chickadiddy founders on the web, making the Internet one place where women interested in extreme sports can start changing their world. One place is Mxgirls.com, which focuses on the world of women in motocross, its founder having created the site due to a lack of Internet exposure.

Women are slowly breaking into the world of extreme sports, a world where men have long dominated. The more of an audience they build, the more likely it will be that interest continues to build. If you’re a young woman looking to “push the limits” maybe you should check to make sure you’re ready in every part of your life, including health insurance. Take a look at the revolutionary, comprehensive and highly affordable individual health insurance solutions created by Precedent specifically for you.

Fashionable Grandmas – Wear What You Like and Ignore the Rest

It’s hard to dress fashionably when you’re a grandma. Women’s fashions are either too young, too flashy, or too impractical. I am always out of step when it comes to women’s fashions. While I am aware of fashion trends, most of them don’t apply to me.

What are the latest trends?

According to Jessica Harp, a “North Texas Daily” writer, “high-waisted, wide-leg trousers are at the forefront of fashion.” Other trends include minimalist styles, boot-look shoes, big jewelry, jewel tones, brown, gray, and animal prints. However, Harp says animal prints should not be overdone.

The Fashion Era Web site tells a similar story. Grays and browns are popular, the site says, as are baby doll styles, short dresses, and layering. The military look is back and and large-scale plaids are popular. And the clutch purse — one of the most impractical accessories a woman can have — is also back.

Laura Schara, a Macy’s fashion correspondent, thinks sweater dresses are a new trend, along with bold metal jewelry and “shooties,” a combination high heel and boot. Macy’s says other fashion trends include statement coats, jackets made of suede, knit, leather, and corduroy, halter tops, retro shoes, and long cable sweaters.

Full skirts are still popular and you see lots of them in magazines and fashion shows. I don’t know about you, but I don’t look good in a full skirt. Besides, I’m a small-boned person and don’t like to “carry” that much fabric. Wearing a full skirt makes me feel bulky and uncomfortable.

Since I don’t buy many clothes, I decided to make a list of fashion trends to see which ones applies to me. There were few. The only trends I would follow are wider slacks, jackets, long sweaters, and layering. Why do I ignore fashion trends?

I live in Minnesota, a state with extreme temperature swings. Summer temperatures can spike to 100 degrees or more. In the winter the temperature can drop to 25 below or lower. This number does not include the wind chill, which can reach 70 degrees below zero. When the wind chill is this bad radio and television stations tell parents to cover their children’s faces to prevent frost bite. Adults cover their faces with scarves and hoods.

Halter tops are fine for Southern climates and, while Minnesotans wear them in the summer, the nights can suddenly turn chilly. We have ice storms in the winter and it is hard to stand on ice, let alone walk. Yet the holiday flyers will probably contain photos of women wearing halters and high heeled sandals or slides. Go figure.

Few designers think of grandmas when they are designing next season’s clothes. This leaves us with two options, to dress like we are looking for our lost youth, or dress like we are ancient and feeble. At this stage of life we don’t have to impress anyone. We can enjoy fashion magazines, go to fashion shows, watch the television coverage, and wear what we want. Hooray!