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Ways to Accessorize Your Gray Dress

Gray―the new little black dress. Whether you’re going on a date, catching up with old friends, having a drink, or heading out for a night on the town, a gray dress can truly make the necessary impact. Give your simple gray dress the sensuality it deserves with the ideas given below.

6 Different Ways to Accessorize a Gray Dress
To establish a look for an important event, a gray dress definitely has the potential to leave all colors behind. With multitude of colorful and demure accessories to work with, who can say no to them. Check out these fabulous ways to accessorize a gray dress, and be the judge.

Always a classic pairing, black accessories look ravishing on a gray dress. Create a fun look for a night out that’ll work at practically any event. Plus, these accessories should be a staple in every girl’s wardrobe.

The whole idea of enhancing a gray dress is to pick a simple one. If there are too many embellishments on the dress to begin with, you won’t be able to make a hard-hitting impact with the accessories. The dark blue accessories do just that; transform this simple dress into something out of a magazine.

With the combination of gray and gold, you really have to be careful about how shiny the accessories are. If the gold is standing out a bit too much, the entire outfit can become a flop. Other than that, this ensemble is a killer!

Oh. My. Gawd. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love the fiery red accessories with a gray dress. You can’t help but stare at it. So, what are you waiting for? If you don’t have the perfect red shoes or bag to go with your dress, you need to buy one NOW.

This is my favorite out of them all. With this ensemble, we present to you the wonderful amalgamation of gray with yellow. Can you see how awesome this combination looks? To an otherwise casual dress, the accessories give a little pizzazz, don’t you think?

For an effortless look, go with silver accessories for the dress. Firstly, it is cool. And secondly, you are invoking curiosity in the dress. Who can deny this fabulous ensemble?! I sure would love to get my hands on these.
Apart from these options, you can surely choose other accessories to play up a gray dress. However, keep in mind that whatever look you’re going for should be clean and elegant.

Tips on Looking Hot

When we think about the term ‘hot’, we also associate it with sexy, sultry, confident, elegant, beautiful and smart. We see celebrities like Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Halle Berry and many more, and we say “Wow, they are so hot!” We aspire to look just as hot as them, but without burning a hole in our pockets.

Being hot is just a state of mind. It does not depend on what your body looks like or how much skin you show. You can look sultry even by being fully clothed. Being well-endowed with feminine assets should not be a criterion as far as hotness is concerned. Let’s face it, Keira Knightley isn’t exceptionally endowed, but she is one of the world’s hottest women! Here’s the lowdown on looking gorgeous everyday.

Hygiene and Health

The key to looking attractive for girls as well as boys is maintaining good personal hygiene. Nails of both the fingers and toes must be clean. You should smell good; so, take a shower and spray some fragrant deodorants. Brush your teeth twice a day for oral hygiene. Work towards improving the health of your skin. Eat right and avoid acidic and gassy foods. Start exercising to keep yourself fit.

Cosmetics

There are a very wide range of cosmetics that you can use to beautify yourself. Whatever makeup products you buy, just make sure that they suit your skin tone. Look at things in a broader perspective while trying new looks and styles. Accentuate your best feature; for example, if it’s your eyes, then apply eyeliner in such a way that your eyes look fresh and stand out. Whatever you do, remember that the key to pulling off any look is self-confidence.

Be Trendy

It doesn’t matter if your clothes are unbranded or off the rack from some designer store. You should wear clothes that fit you right, not those that are too loose or sizes too small. They should be clean and suit your body type. You can wear something plain and simple, and accessorize it with some fun jewelry and bags (for girls). Boys can wear a good belt and some nice shoes to complete the look. Follow a trend but tweak it up in your own way.
For example, if the trend is skinny jeans and tank tops, and you are on the chubby side, then you can tweak it up by adding a jacket to it, or wear a sweater instead of the tank top. Fashion is like art, it keeps evolving, making you also change with it.

Personality

When I say personality, I mean that you should be friendly. Do not stop being with your friends just because they are not in the “hot” category. Whatever your personality maybe, you should carry it off with style and elegance, yet not come across as overconfident. You should have an aura about you that people get attracted to and want to befriend you. It’s all in the way you carry yourself, with grace and confidence. Develop the ability to make heads turn your way, wherever you go!

Charm
Be charming and spontaneous. Flirt in a subtle way. You could just smile and talk to people, and maintaining good eye contact (not in the creepy, stalker way!) will do 90% of the job for you. Showing cleavage or too much leg (for girls) and flexing your muscles too often or using cheesy lines (for boys) are very primitive techniques in flirting. So, please keep these methods at bay. Keep your flirting and charm casual, fresh, and funny. Be witty and quirky, but not rude and insensitive.

Your Walk

The way you walk says a lot about your personality. If you walk with your shoulders hunched, you are nervous, dispirited or low on self-esteem. If you strut, then you may seem arrogant. You should walk in a graceful and dignified manner (for girls), and the boys should have a bit of a swagger to their walk. Maintain a good posture while doing this.

How to Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

What can one say about the Little Black Dress (LBD) that hasn’t been said before? Every woman has heard of its epic-worthy superpowers. Dress it up or down, wear it with heels or flats; it never fails to make a mark. This black beauty will never discriminate; not on color, and definitely not on size. Regardless of whether you’re a size 0 or a size 18, it has the ability to transform you into the most beautiful woman in the room. Impossibly chic, your wardrobe just cannot be called complete without the LBD. On a day when no outfit seems to be doing the trick, the black dress hanging in your closet is always the perfect solution.

So, how do you give this gorgeous wardrobe staple a makeover to suit every occasion, every situation, and every mood? How do you ensure that you, in your LBD, will make heads turn every time? This is where we come in. We give you pointers on how to transform your LBD. We also give you some outfit ideas that you could use to stimulate the fashionista in you, to come up with your own ensembles.

Glamorizing the Already-glamorous LBD
First introduced as the very zenith of style in 1926 by the Grand Dame of fashion – Coco Chanel, the Little Black Dress immediately caught the imagination of the fairer sex. Touted for its versatility and accessibility, the LBD has gone from being ‘just another fad’ to a ‘wardrobe must-have’.

It can be worn anywhere, anytime, and anyhow. So, when you pick your LBD from the closet for a day around town, how do you take your outfit up a notch? Here are some quick tips.
Pick a statement piece that will offset the dress. A dainty chain with an eye-catching pendant, a chunky neck piece, chandelier earrings, cuff bracelet; your options are endless.

Next, let your feet do the talking. Pick shoes that make your day bright and happy. Choose a pair (heels or flats) that complements your jewelry; in color, style, and mood.
Wise women have said that your bag says a lot about you. Choose a faithful carryall that will suit the event. It is needless to say, of course, that it should complement your other accessories.
Looking for something extra? A scarf, a belt, or even a jacket may just do the trick. Pick one in a flattering cut that ends just above the waist.
Keep these tips in mind, and you should be able to transform your already-gorgeous LBD into an even more exquisite outfit.

The Prettification of the LBD in 5 Divine Ways
We can say a lot about accessorizing the LBD, and how you could go about it, but we believe that nothing works better than visual inspiration. So, here they are – 5 gorgeous ways in which you could steal the show in your LBD.

On a Monday morning, when nothing seems to be going quite right, an LBD can be the perfect way to perk up your day. Wear it with a chic blazer/jacket, a pair of matching pumps, understated yet elegant earrings, and a luxuriously divine bag. You will be ready to take on any task thrown your way.

The birds are singing, the weather is perfect, and you feel brighter than sunshine. What else would be the perfect outfit to complement such a day but the faithful black dress? Surprised? Wear your LBD with an ultra-colorful scarf, color-blocked heels/flats, and appropriately matched hoops. You will be taken aback by how brilliantly vivacious you feel throughout the day.

Did you think that the LBD could work only for formal affairs? Or that it was to be restricted to a dinner date or your office? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Team the LBD with a pair of sneakers/booties, carry a rugged sling bag, and add a bit of femininity with a low-slung belt. It can be the perfect look for a day at a game.

On a night when you and your girls want to paint the town red, a Little Black Dress could be the perfect outfit to don. Just wear your dress with some sky-high, blingy, will-make-Victoria-Beckham-jealous pumps, and the perfect shimmering, sequined jacket. No one is going to be able to look away from you.

The perfect little dress to wear to an event which demands your best, up the glamor quotient of your LBD at a cocktail party. Wear it with shimmering heels, a stunning bracelet, a to-die-for clutch, and just the right amount of sparkle with chandelier earrings. You will do no wrong with this outfit.
Updating a look to make it instantly trendy is a matter of minutes with a black dress. Experiment with colors, mix metals, up the bling quotient; there are so many different ways in which you can make your Little Black Dress stand out. It is only a matter of unleashing the stylist in you. Challenge yourself, and mix and match your accessories with your LBD, so as to create different looks. You will always have a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous outfit in your wardrobe.

Ways to Choose Best Handkerchiefs for Men

This is a quote by Allan Flusser. Sounds so true, does it not? Well, women do carry handkerchiefs, but what about men? Do they? Let’s unravel the mystery.

Taking up from the point I just pointed out, men are indeed shy to carry a handkerchief even when they have a blocked nose or a nose that promises to run a water supply facility 24/7. However, they fail to understand that this very unappealing tendency is doing a fantastic job of letting them down every time they strut around looking out for tissues in the vicinity. The scenario turns all the more anecdotal when the sneeze is about to prove its intensity. Well, to deviate on a serious note, maintaining hygiene is of paramount importance, in an age that marks the birth of novel diseases and ailments that are making their way up the ladder to prove their potency. Apart from personal hygiene, another factor that shares the platter of dominance is that of personal grooming. The art of handkerchief folding is far from realization for the men folk! Let us take one scenario with two situations.

Scenario 1 – A man has adorned a dinner jacket, with classy cuff links and polished moccasins, what would you think of him? Sophisticated?

Scenario 2 – A man adorns himself in a dinner jacket, with classy cuff links and polished moccasins is accompanied with a sneeze minus the handkerchief? The sneeze is not his fault, agreed! But does he have a handy handkerchief to wipe off the grim? What would you think of him, NOW?
. . Still sophisticated? I am sure your response is a somersaulted version of sophistication.

Chivalry has been a long-forgotten, relic etiquette of history. Offering a crisp handkerchief to a damsel in distress could be viewed no more as an etiquette, but a virtue few men are blessed with. It is but distasteful for a woman to look around for some ‘material’ help, only to find a man digging into the debris of his pocket to find nothing, but an inverted pocket! A thorough gentlemen is one who produces a well-groomed square when a lady needs it most. . . . Perhaps, to wipe the pearls of joy swinging down her cheeks. The essence lies in impressing the lady with your charm, gentlemen!

Handpicked Handkerchiefs for Men

Handkerchiefs have been around for ages. Tissues have been the new breed of handkerchiefs. However, there is nothing better than our old, faithful and very sustainable handkerchief. There are various styles on offer to suit a man’s preference. If gifting a set of handkerchiefs is your proposed idea, you could forge ahead and choose from the variety listed below.

Cotton Handkerchiefs
Men love practicality and simplistic sophistication. What about cotton handkerchiefs? Even plain white cotton kerchiefs are suitable to be used. Handkerchiefs made from 100% cotton are the ideal choice. The traditional cotton kerchiefs can be really handy and worth the penny. Men have a tendency to wait until the last piece from the handkerchief set makes its way into the closets ‘daily’ department before they buy a set of new one’s! Procrastination cannot be the answer all the time!

Monogrammed Handkerchiefs
Well, monogrammed hankies are also doing the rounds with it being an ideal choice for daily use for men. Monogrammed handkerchiefs work well with semi-formal wear. They are generously sized for optimum usage. They are elegantly woven and embroidered handkerchiefs. They predominantly possess a cross-weave pattern. Its edges are hand-stitched. There are no issues of washing this embroidered linen. This could even be the perfect gift for men who need style packed in kerchiefs, desperately! (That was a mean statement, I suppose!)

Personalized Handkerchiefs
A set of personalized handkerchiefs could serve to be the perfect gift item for men. Simple yet elegant messages can be woven or embroidered on the kerchief triangle with colors and hues that define a sober yet classic sense of taste. Be it a love message etched on the fabric or two words conveying gratitude, you are sure to have your messages delivered in the most crisp manner possible. Do not jumble up while choosing between a monogrammed and a personalized handkerchief. Though they share a thin line of distinction, the former is an embroidered and designed initial(s) of an individual, whereas, the latter has little sayings or fond expressions woven through the fabric. Generally available in a set of three/four, they look crisp and traditional and moreover have a personalized touch.

Vintage Handkerchiefs
Vintage-styled handkerchiefs are one amongst the most luxuriant accessories for men. They are predominantly made of virgin cotton. Pay attention to the detailing as you discover the hand rolled edges and intricate embroidery to lend a classy demeanor to the hand piece. Ideal for weddings, especially for the bride’s father; they may come handy to wipe a tear or two. Offering it around for a mass ‘weeping’ session at the wedding may portray how chivalrous you have grown to be!

Silk Handkerchiefs
Silk handkerchiefs or the pocket square plays a major role in uplifting the sophisticated gentry even more! Yes, it’s true. The basic difference between a pocket square and a handkerchief lies in the sole factor of visibility. A pocket square needs to be placed in the breast pocket, whereas the handkerchief needs to be snug in your pocket without playing pick-a-boo with your attire! However, silk handkerchiefs are an expensive buy. You wouldn’t like to invest in a silk pocket square only to discover its use being transformed from a fold of style to a fold for the sneeze! They lend a finishing touch to the formal look that you adorn. It is a matter of sheer style when a silk hankie is seen in your breast pocket. Who says that your pocket square must be in perfect hue harmony with the tie or the suit you wear. The crux lies in the way you carry the look, gentlemen!

The traditional men hankies should be an accessory that covets panache, creative cheek and prerogative sauciness. So, all you men out there, it is time that the traditional hankie dives into deep waters only to emerge as the clear winner . . . where this eternal accessory is worth the keeps and not the sneeze!

A Piece of Advice: Men will be Men. If they are not ready for a pleasant change, let them enjoy the unpleasant ones! (By this statement, I do not wish to be gender-biased and I hope I have not dug my own grave!)