Having a bad sense of fashion

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Rutendo Chidawanyika

I THINK people with a bad sense of style don’t know that they do not dress well. The reason being if they knew they would dress better. Or they do know but they couldn’t be bothered about what people think. Most of the time, you will always tell when you try on an unflattering outfit. You may not even know what is exactly wrong but your instincts will tell you that something is not right, which is why it is good to ask the opinion of those close to you. Your wardrobe speaks a million words about your clothing style. Look at it and examine your clothing collection. Is it appealing to you? Does it include the latest designs and trends? Would you be comfortable to show your wardrobe to a designer or a stylist or even your friends?

If you are not happy with your style or people around you always make comments about how you could have dressed a certain way, maybe your style is bad. A week ago Twitter went crazy over what Lady Zamar was wearing, crazy in a not so good way.

She was wearing an orange dress which looked like a curtain, it did not flatter her at all but she seemed happy. We concluded it a case of bad fashion sense. Lady Zamar could use the help of a stylist.

When you go shopping, how do you select your outfits? Are you organised? Are you indecisive and unaware of what you are looking for? Well, if you realise you are unable to select the right outfit for yourself, it probably means you do not know what you are looking for. Even though you can buy clothes on impulse, they should always fall under your type of style and be trendy. Adopt the right shopping traits and always buy what you need. If you do not clearly know the kind of clothes you are looking for, you will always waste money of garments that don’t suit you and end up giving them away. Image is everything, in order for people to take you seriously you need to dress well, especially if you are in/or interested in the fashion industry.

Take your time and select the right outfits reflecting the latest fashion trends.

Not having enough accessories does in a way mean that your dressing sense is not that great. A dress without proper accessories may not at all be appealing. So if your collection of accessories such as sandals, sunglasses, necklaces, earrings, scarfs and handbags is pretty much non-existent, it does mean that your style is dry and needs a bit of help.

WOMEN WHO LIKE TO BARE IT ALL!

No, this is not about body-shaming. If you’ve got it, flaunt it — but there are ways to do it so that it looks sexy and sensual, and not cheap. First, pick only one body part to show. If you have a low-cut dress, then keep the hem longer. If you are doing a short top, don’t show the belly button and pair it with long pants or a cool jacket. Be mindful of highlighting your best features. A lot of designers are doing cutouts with sheer panels now. That is a really elegant, classy way to do it. There is still skin but there is still coverage. A sheer sleeve is still sexy but gives coverage.

The quickest way to age you is to wear something out of date, unless it is a timeless classic silhouette. Looking modern is more important than looking trendy. This holds especially true for men who hold onto their suits for decades. Suit jackets have become more tailored. You should be able to fit only one fist in between your chest and the lapels when the jacket is buttoned. If there is more room, it’s probably too big and an older style.

Update your closet every few seasons. If you are into vintage clothing, most look better when mixed with modern pieces.
If you think your fashion sense can be improved or you want to help a friend improve their sense; follow these tips.

BE CONFIDENT: Wear your clothes; don’t let your clothes wear you! Style is meant to empower you. It’s not supposed to make you self-conscious. Don’t feel obligated to stay in your comfort-zone. Also know that one bad day of fashion won’t taint you for life. JUST ONE BAD DAY.

USE ACCESSORIES: Jewellery and other accessories can change an outfit from being flat to fab in a minute. Do not over-accessorise. Take everything in moderation when first trying out new techniques for your outfit.

CO-ORDINATE YOUR OUTFITS WELL: You can have a lot of nice single pieces of clothing, but it’s not going to dazzle anyone unless you know how to put them together. Learn what colours work well together. Take a look at a colour wheel and study what colours complement each other. Know when to rock heels and when to go for sneakers.

CONSIDER YOUR COLOURS: Everyone has their colours that they feel comfortable in. If you find something that falls outside of your colour palette, think hard about it. Especially try on the clothes that fit outside your colour comfort. There’s no reason not to buy something if it looks good, or fits into the style you’re going for.

DO NOT GO SHOPPING ALONE: Pick someone to come along with you who either dresses well or play devil’s advocate to your style. Having a pal around can help you sift through clothes faster and more efficiently. It helps to have someone whose opinion you trust about certain clothes you aren’t sure about.

DON’T BLOW YOUR BUDGET: Upgrading your wardrobe can be an expensive endeavour. If you have a smaller budget, consider buying in small increments and don’t feel obliged to update everything you own. Create a budget of how much you’ll allow yourself to spend before going shopping.

BE AWARE OF LABELS AND BRANDS: You don’t need to exclusively shop by brand. The most important rule of having style is to not be defined by labels. You don’t need to wear Gucci or Jimmy Choo to be a stylish person. It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.

DO YOUR RESEARCH: You don’t need to flip through fashion magazines to become inspired. You can find styles everywhere you look. Re-watch your favourite movie and notice what types of clothes they’re wearing. There must be someone in your life or celebrity whose style inspires you. Look at their style a take down notes.

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Everything you need to know about London Fashion Week Men’s Spring/Summer 2019

London Fashion Week Men’s is just around the corner and here’s all you need to know to stay in the loop (so far).

Friday 9 June sees the beginning of London Fashion Week Men’s Spring/Summer 2019, which is now entering its 12th season. Running from Friday to Monday, the schedule is looking more exciting than ever with a whole host of new designers joining the roster.

Typically the four-day showcase will see some of our best homegrown talent (Oliver Spencer and A Cold Wall will all be returning), but there is also an array of some of the best overseas talent. Brands like Xander Zhou, Chalayan and Astrid Andersen have become firm favourites on the fashion week schedule and will be showing us what they’ve got in store for this time next year.

While little has been altered with regards to how fashion week will run (the BFC Showspace is still over at 180 Strand), there have been a few changes. GQ favourite Daniel W Fletcher will be putting on a show rather than a presentation as he has done in previous seasons, while Iceberg is joining the LFWM schedule for the first time. Kent & Curwen (you know, the one fronted and co-owned by David Beckham) is ditching its luncheon of the past few years and instead putting on an intimate show.

There will be parties aplenty, with Asos kicking things off on the Friday night (it’ll also be showing its own collection for SS19). Friday will also see Burberry put on an exclusive party with GQ Woman Of The Year Adwoa Aboah and her model mate Sonny Hall presenting the Autumn/Winter 18 pre-collection. On Sunday night GQ Style will be throwing its own bash with Browns in celebration of London Fashion Week Men’s, while on the Monday night Dylan Jones and British GQ are enlisting Loyle Carner to host the official closing dinner.

If you can’t be at fashion week in person, then we’ll obviously be bringing you all the action as and when it happens. Sure there’s plenty going on over at the showspaces, but we’ve also got our own roving photographer Robert Spangle catching the very best street style and we’ll be bringing you daily style diaries with our favourite influencers.

Below we present to you the full schedule for London Fashion Week Men’s Spring/Summer 2019 and remember to tune in to our Instagram and of course, GQ.co.uk, when the shows kick off…

LONDON FASHION WEEK MEN’S SPRING/SUMMER ’19 SCHEDULE

Friday 8 June:
18:00 Iceberg (show)
18:30-20:00 Kirk Originals – Made in England – A London Story (event)
19:00-21:00 Asos Menswear (presentation)
19:30-21:00 Machine A & Void present The Graduate Project (event)

Saturday 9 June:
09:00 Daniel W Fletcher (show)
09:30-10:30 CV22 – Rugby – England (Discovery Lab)
10:00 John Lawrence Sullivan (show)
10:30-11:30 E Tautz (presentation)
11:00 St James’s Show (show)
11:30-13:30 Lou Dalton (presentation)
12:30-14:30 3.Paradis X Pony (Discovery Lab)
13:00 Edward Crutchley (show)
14:00 Matthew Miller (show)
14:30-16:30 Wood Wood (presentation)
15:00 Oliver Spencer (show)
15:30-17:30 Jordanluca (Discovery Lab)
16:00 Sharon Wauchob (show)
16:30-17:30 Bethany Williams (presentation)
17:00 Liam Hodges (show)
17:30-18:30 Ben Sherman (presentation)
18:00 Qasimi (show)
18:30-19:30 New Gen One To Watch: Bianca Saunders (Discovery Lab)
19:30-23:30 Labrum Presentation supported by Asics Tiger (event)

Sunday 10 June:
09:30-11:30 Phoebe English (presentation)
10:00 Xander Zhou (show)
10:30-12:30 Something To Hate On (Discovery Lab)
11:00 A Cold Wall (show)
12:00 MAN (show)
13:00 Chalayan (show)
13:00-15:00 New Gen pop-up showroom: A Cold Wall (event)
13:30-14:30 Kent & Curwen (presentation)
14:30-16:30 Danshan (Discovery Lab)
15:00 Christopher Raeburn (show)
15:30-17:30 Michiko Koshino (presentation)
16:00 Alex Mullins (show)
16:00-18:00 New Gen pop-up showroom: Phoebe English (event)
17:00 Kiko Kostadinov (show)
18:00 Berthold (show)
19:00 Cottweiler (show)
20:00 Martine Rose (show)
20:30-22:30 Discipled: Julian Sinclair & Alin Cotovanu

Monday 11 June:
09:30-11:00 New Gen pop-up showroom: Liam Hodges (event)
09:30-11:30 Ka Wa Key (Discovery Lab)
10:00 Per Gotesson (show)
11:00 Private Policy and Staff Only presented by 智族GQ (show)
11:30-13:00 Barbour International (presentation)
11:30-15:30 Astrid Anderson (presentation)
12:00 Pronounce (show)
12:00-17:00 New Gen pop-up showroom: Per Gotesson (event)
12:30-13:30 Nine8 Collective (Discovery Lab)
13:00 Charles Jeffery Loverboy (show)
13:30-15:30 Nicholas Daley (presentation)
14:00 University Of Westminster MA Menswear (show)
14:30-16:30 Mr Start (DiscoveryLAB)
15:00 Blindness (show)
15:30-17:30 New Gen One To Watch: Paria/Farzaneh (presentation)
17:00 What We Wear (show)
19:00 GQ Dinner co-hosted by Loyle Carner (event)

 

 

 

 

Can You Wear Bike Shorts to the Club?

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The above-the-knee bike short has been quietly rumbling on the runways since Fall 2014 during Chanel couture; for Spring 2018, it made appearances at the likes of Alexander Wang, MSGM, and Off-White. Predictably, the usual street style stars like Kim Kardashian West and Emily Ratajkowski have been sporting the stretchy glute-huggers casually, out and about during the daytime. Now, though, the heretofore casual piece has received a big-night-out makeover thanks to Bella Hadid. Last week at the Cannes Film Festival, the model was snapped en route to a party wearing a pair of flashy metallic Yeezy x 2XU shorts that she paired with a crop top and a backpack. The elevating factors were a statement diamond necklace and drop earrings, and most of all, a pair of high heels.

The micro-leggings look is, of course, a tough one to pull off. Bike shorts are to thighs as thong heels are to feet and toes: They show everything. But then again, that’s the whole point—and what’s more, they’re a fresh, tomboyish alternative to the typical slinky party dress. Vogue Market Editor Alexandra Gurvitch has long been leaning into the look. “They are perfect for showing your legs. It’s body-con and spandex, which is actually super-flattering. They hold you in. And another benefit is that you don’t have to be girly at the club in a dress,” she says. “Plus, they are easy to dress up in a very now way. Instead of making them ’80s by sporting them under a big top, you should go early noughties and wear them with a going-out top and sexy heels.”

Here, see the best ways to take bike shorts for a spin when you’re nowhere near a bike.

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Red carpet looks that dazzled Cannes

Actresses proved you can protest while being beautifully dressed (AFP Photo/LOIC VENANCE)

Actresses proved you can protest while being beautifully dressed

 

 

Cate Blanchett's spectacular blue Mary Katrantzou ball gown that took six months to make (AFP Photo/Valery HACHE)

Cate Blanchett’s spectacular blue Mary Katrantzou ball gown that took six months to make

Black and mixed-race French actresses lit up Cannes protesting the discrimination and stereotyping they have suffered (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)

Black and mixed-race French actresses lit up Cannes protesting the discrimination and stereotyping they have suffered

Spike Lee dusted down his Love and Hate knuckleduster rings from "Do the Right Thing" for his "BlacKkKlansman" premiere (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT            )

Spike Lee dusted down his Love and Hate knuckleduster rings from “Do the Right Thing” for his “BlacKkKlansman” premiere

Jury member Kristen Stewart threw off her stilettos and walked barefoot along the red carpet (AFP Photo/Valery HACHE)

Jury member Kristen Stewart threw off her stilettos and walked barefoot along the red carpet

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai's peacock and butterfly-style gown had the longest train seen on the red carpet (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai’s peacock and butterfly-style gown had the longest train seen on the red carpet

Japanese actress Erika Karata had to be rescued twice by her co-stars when she got her heel stuck in her dress (AFP Photo/Valery HACHE)

Japanese actress Erika Karata had to be rescued twice by her co-stars when she got her heel stuck in her dress

 

 

Cannes (France) (AFP) – With two powerful protests by female stars calling for equal pay and treatment, the red carpet at the Cannes film festival — which ends Sunday — was about much more than fashion statements.

But that did not dim the glamour of the gala premieres. We look back on 12 days and nights of glitz, as well as the occasional wardrobe malfunction, on the French Riviera.

– Who’s wearing the trousers? –

The Cannes red carpet has seen a lot in 71 years. But few nights will live longer in the memory than the one when female stars led by jury president Cate Blanchett protested about the festival’s epic fail when it comes to women directors. All but 82 films of the near 1,700 shown at Cannes over the years have been by men.

This was also possibly the best-dressed demo in history, with Kristen Stewart rocking a white Chanel trouser suit and many others following #MeToo protests elsewhere by dressing in black. This was a Cannes where women wore the trousers — once frowned upon by the festival’s dress code — with Blanchett killing it with a black Givenchy jumpsuit for the premiere of “Capernaum”.

– Queen Cate –

No one does regal better than Blanchett who made her name playing British monarch Elizabeth I. Her intelligence and poise gave the festival a new sheen, from her speech at the protest to her insistence that the jury will chose the best film, not the one that best fits the political narrative.

Her wardrobe choices were equally impeccable at more than a dozen galas. Two black Armani numbers contrasted with an intricate avant-garde Iris van Herpen dress. And she brought the house down with a spectacular blue Mary Katrantzou ball gown that took six months to make. The dress also delivered the cutest photo of the festival when her daughter hid under her skirts as she left her hotel room.

– Black is back –

Black and mixed-race French actresses showed how to be angry and elegant in their protest on the red carpet about the shocking discrimination and stereotyping they have suffered. Dressed in Balmain they lit up Cannes on the wettest night of the festival and were clapped up the carpet by jury member Khadja Nin.

The Burundian singer has given Blanchett a run for her money with some seriously sassy wax print dresses and headwraps while Spike Lee dusted down his Love and Hate knuckleduster rings from “Do the Right Thing” for his “BlacKkKlansman” premiere.

– Kicking ass barefoot –

After “Heelgate” in 2015 when women were stopped on the red carpet for not wearing high heels, Cannes “sexist” dress code — since revised — took a bit of a kicking this year with jury member Kristen Stewart throwing off her stilettos and walking barefoot up the steps for “BlacKkKlansman”.

A few nights later she ground convention further into the dust with an androgynous black Chanel jacket and leather trousers and loafers. Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, whose quirky “Happy as Lazzaro” is in the running for the Palme d’Or top prize, took gender reversal to a new level by wearing a man’s shirt backwards for her press conference.

– Butterfly gothic –

Indian icon Aishwarya Rai and Iranian actress Marziyeh Rezaei wore two of the most photographed dresses — for very different reasons. The train of the Bollywood’s star’s peacock/butterfly Michael Cinco dress was the longest seen on the red carpet for many a year, while Rezaei’s was a spectacularly modest shimmering tulle number channelling the most gothic of fairytales.

– A slight snag… –

And you have to feel sorry for the super chic Japanese actress Erika Karata who had to be rescued not once but twice by her co-stars from “Asako 1 & 2” when she got her heel stuck in her dress on the famous Cannes red carpet.

Paris Hilton shines in gold gown while showing off engagement ring at Cannes Fashion For Relief gala

Paris Hilton wowed in a gold sleeveless gown on Sunday night at the Cannes Fashion For Relief gala.

The 37-year-old Hilton heiress, who came dripping in diamonds, showed off her 20-carat, pear shaped engagement ring on the red carpet.

Fashion For Relief is a non-profit organization, lead by supermodel Naomi Campbell, that raises money for various causes.

Pretty princess: Paris Hilton wowed in a gold sleeveless gown by Christophe Guillarme on Sunday night at the Cannes Fashion For Relief gala

Pretty princess: Paris Hilton wowed in a gold sleeveless gown by Christophe Guillarme on Sunday night at the Cannes Fashion For Relief gala

What a rock: The 37-year-old Hilton heiress, who came dripping in diamonds, showed off her 20-carat, pear shaped engagement ring on the red carpet

What a rock: The 37-year-old Hilton heiress, who came dripping in diamonds, showed off her 20-carat, pear shaped engagement ring on the red carpet

Bling: Paris couldn't stop staring at her massive diamond 

Bling: Paris couldn’t stop staring at her massive diamond

The evening of glitz and glamour included a guest list of over 1,000 people.

Attendees enjoyed dinner, live entertainment, an auction, and a fashion show.

Hilton, who traveled to Cannes with fiance Chris Zylka, flew solo for the event.

Giving back: Fashion For Relief is a non-profit organization, lead by supermodel Naomi Campbell, that raises money for various causes

Giving back: Fashion For Relief is a non-profit organization, lead by supermodel Naomi Campbell, that raises money for various causes

All smiles: Hilton paired her ring with a diamond watch and choker  

All smiles: Hilton paired her ring with a diamond watch and choker

Cannes club: Paris is set to host and DJ a party at the VIP Room on Monday night in France 

Paris is set to host and DJ a party at the VIP Room on Monday night.

She made her DJ debut back in June 2012 and currently has a residency at Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza.

‘My first show was in Brazil. Like 30,000 people, closing for Jennifer Lopez, it was so much fun,’ she told Billboard in an interview.

‘I loved it so much that after that I really just got more into it. I’ve just been having the time of my life. I didn’t realize what a huge success I would be.’

Front row: The evening of glitz and glamour included a guest list of over 1,000 people

Front row: The evening of glitz and glamour included a guest list of over 1,000 people

Do a twirl: Paris, who traveled to Cannes with fiance Chris Zylka, flew solo for the event 

Do a twirl: Paris, who traveled to Cannes with fiance Chris Zylka, flew solo for the event

Fashion For Relief: Attendees enjoyed dinner, live entertainment, an auction, and a fashion show throughout the evening 

Fashion For Relief: Attendees enjoyed dinner, live entertainment, an auction, and a fashion show throughout the evening

The Simple Life star is in the process of planning her wedding to Zylka, 32.

During the iHeartRadio Music Awards, she revealed to ET that the pair plan to tie the knot later this year, but noted that picking a date has proved difficult due to her large family.

‘First we have the engagement party, the bridal party, and then the wedding,’ she said. ‘We’re still picking a date that’s perfect for everyone in the family. My brother is getting married in June so we’re gonna separate a few more months after that.’

The Royal Wedding: Dresses, Hats, and More

Royal weddings are an opportunity for Europe’s royals, and a handful of A-list stars, to break out the fashion they don’t get a chance to wear anywhere else. Ahead, a look at the most notable looks from Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

Doria Ragland, Prince Charles and Camilla
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What Should French Fashion Do With Its Unsold Clothing?

A circular economy incentive to prohibit brands from discarding unsold clothing means luxury and high street retailers need to rethink their practices.