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Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Top Tips to Cut Prom Costs and Still Guarantee a Great Night

Today, high school proms have evolved into red carpet events that can easily cost families hundreds of dollars. But the good news is that, according to the experts, there’s no need to blow your savings account on prom – you can do it on a budget and still ensure that your child has the time of their lives. Whether it’s buying outfits, arranging transport or getting hair and makeup on point, there are plenty of budget-friendly alternatives that you can swap for while still making sure that your teen looks and feels a million dollars on the night. We’ve put together some of the best money-saving tips for parents for the upcoming prom season. 

#1. Saving on the Prom Dress or Tux:

If you’ve got a daughter who’s going to prom, then chances are her dress is going to take the biggest chunk out of your budget. But the good news is that there are several things you can do in order to save money on the dress, or at least get a more value-for-money option. And the same goes if your teen is wearing a tux. 

Buy online – online shopping is a godsend when it comes to getting a prom dress or a tux. You can often find budget-friendly options at online stores. For instance, Jovani stock dresses to suit every budget (without the quality being compromised) which might be worth exploring . And, don’t just look at dedicated prom sites too; you may be surprised at what comes up in the evening dress section of your favorite online clothing store or the suit section at a popular menswear retailer. 

Rent – since the dress or tux is only going to be worn for the one night, renting instead of buying is a sensible option – however, this will mean that your teen has to be extra careful not to damage their outfit on the night. If you’re willing to take this risk, renting instead of purchasing outright can save a significant amount. 

Second hand – finally, whether you’re getting a dress or a tux for your teen, don’t rule out second-hand options. There will be plenty of parents selling off last years’ prom outfits at bargain prices. 

#2. Save on Accessories:

When it comes to accessorizing a prom outfit, you can end up spending much more than you’d bargained for if you’re not careful – especially if your teen wants the full works! Keep these tips in mind to make sure that you stay within your budget:

Keep it simple – according to the experts, this year it’s all about the earrings – so investing in a stunning pair of earrings will finish the outfit off nicely. Excessive bling isn’t on trend anymore, so there’s no need to go all out with necklaces, bracelets and rings. If you’re choosing accessories for a tux, a pair of quality cufflinks are ideal. Don’t forget that these are items that can be used again and again, so they make perfect graduation gifts too. 

Shoes – there’s plenty of dancing to be had at prom, so don’t overspend on shoes that are probably going to be coming off within the first couple of hours.

#3. Showstopping Makeup and Hair on a Budget:

Makeup is a must for most teenagers at prom – whether it’s a full face or a slick of tinted moisturizer. When it comes to makeup:

Multitasking products are your friend – if you’re getting new cosmetic items for your teen for prom, then opt for items that can double up, like lipsticks that double as cheek stain, or eye pencils that can be used for filling in brows. 

Use what you have – there’s no need to experiment with an entirely new makeup look for prom. If your teen already wears makeup, chances are they have a look in mind that they are comfortable with, and the products that they already have will probably do just fine. 

Practice makes perfect – when it comes to hair, going to a salon might not be necessary. Check out Pinterest and YouTube tutorials, and spend some time practicing styles beforehand so you can DIY it. 

#4. Arrive in Style for Less:

Celebrating with a meal and arriving to prom in style can be pricey, so keep these tips in mind:

Check out coupon sites – websites like Groupon can be an ideal place to look if you want to find the best deals on limo hire in your area, plus discounted meals at posh restaurants fit for a prom queen or king. 

Host it yourself – instead of a fancy restaurant, hosting a pre-prom dinner at your home or a cheap local venue can help to cut costs, especially if you get all the parents involved when it comes to bringing a dish along. 

Do you have any money-saving tips for prom of your own to add? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Learn how to walk and dance in a saree like an expert

Are you new to sarees? These outfits are beautiful, but they can come with some obstacles to first-time wearers. If you have bought a saree for a special occasion such as a wedding, you may have difficulties learning how to walk comfortably in it due to the length. Washroom visits can also be a challenge when wearing a saree for the first time.

Fortunately, you can quickly solve these inconveniences and learn how to walk or even dance like a pro in a saree. Here are some few tips that make a big difference in increasing your comfort level when it comes to walking in a saree. Read on!

Select your petticoat wisely

Though petticoats are not mandatory for a saree, a good one can make it easy for you to walk easily. Some of the petticoats that go with sarees include A-line, paneled as well as side gathered types. A first-time wearer should choose a petticoat that contains gathers on its side inserts. This can prevent you from tripping since it provides sufficient space to move and secures your saree in the right position.

Make sure that you have at least one-finger space when tieing the petticoat. Petticoats also come in different fabrics since some are made from polyester while others from satin. When you are nervous about how to walk in a saree, you should avoid a petticoat that is likely to stick on your skin. You can prevent the fabric of the petticoat from sticking on your skin by applying talcum powder on the legs before dressing.

Pick comfortable shoes

You should also avoid adding more inconveniences such as uncomfortable shoes. Though the length of your saree may cover your shoes, they should be comfortable so that you can walk with ease. If you prefer heeled sandals, wear them before you start draping your saree.

Put your shoes on after wearing your blouse and petticoat then tie the saree in position. Draping the saree after wearing your heels allows you to get the right length for your outfit so that it is not too long or too short. It also prevents you from making adjustments later during the day. You can also choose heels that have a broad base so that your feet do not wobble when you are walking on a surface that is not regular.

Practice on walking

You should also try to master how to walk in your outfit. Start with short strides when wearing heels. If you feel like you might step on the hem of your outfit, kick the pleats as you take your step. Put the front foot forward and try to walk with a poise. Maintain stable postures and remain confident as you move.

Make use of safety pins

Safety pins can come in handy to help you attach pleats in the right position. Use one pin to attach the pleats and another one to prevent the pleats from shifting after tucking them in. You can also utilize another pin behind your pallu to fasten your saree to your blouse.

Pinning the pallu at the back of the blouse ensures that it remains secure to prevent it from moving even when you bend to adjust the strap of your heel. The pallu can also stay in place when you are walking fast or tackling complicated dance steps. Be careful not to overdo the pins. The right number of pins ensure that no part shifts even if you keep on moving or dancing a lot.

Pleat the saree right

Leave one part of the saree hanging and tuck the other pleats a bit deep. Tuck the pleats such that no part slips out to prevent you from tripping as you dance. You can also drape the saree using front pleats at your shoulders to have enough room to move easily. This ensures that your saree is fixed like a ready-made saree so that it does not move a lot. You can do this with the help of a lady who is not new to wearing sarees.

Drape your saree well

How you drape your saree also affects how comfortable you move and dance in it. You should ensure that it does not feel too loose or tight. Most people assume that draping a saree tight makes body curves stand out. This may not necessarily be true since a tight saree can lock your knees and prevent you from walking well. A loose saree, on the other hand, keeps on shifting on the body and makes one uncomfortable.

After draping, you should test it by moving around to ascertain that it feels comfortable enough. It is advisable to wear the saree and drape it before the day when you intend to wear it to ensure that the style feels comfortable on the body.

Select the right fabric of the saree

You should also select the right fabric of your saree. When you are new to this style, you should go for lightweight materials that don’t restrict your movement. Feel free to compare fabrics from Stylecaret and choose one that is light such as georgette or chiffon. Stiff fabrics can give you problems in movement when you are a beginner.

Avoid cluttering your look

Are you attending a wedding in your first saree? You should carry small things that don’t interfere with your movement. For instance, a big bag or putting on complicated jewelry can be a burden when you need to move around. You should choose a small clutch bag to complete your look and make it easy for you to move. A simple bracelet or necklace will also not interfere with your dancing.

Final thoughts

Though sarees look elegant, they may come with a few complications. The above tips can increase your comfort level and make it easy for you to move and dance on a special function. Do not let manageable issues prevent you from enjoying these glamorous outfits.

Say Yes to the Prom

TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM Will Make Prom Dreams Come True and Empower Deserving High School Students Nationwide

In partnership with Macy’s, the 2019 SAY YES TO THE PROM Tour Kicks Off in Silver Spring, MD, with Stops in Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and New York, NY

TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM initiative is back for the eighth consecutive year and kicking off the 2019 prom season alongside returning retail partner Macy’s to help 1,000 underserved and deserving students across the country find the perfect prom look. Travelling to five different cities, SAY YES TO THE PROM will create the ultimate prom “shopping” experience, complete with one-on-one style sessions with Monte Durham of TLC’s SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA to help the students find the perfect dress, tuxedo and accessories.

Each of these 1,000 deserving students will be treated to a full shopping day alongside Durham. Young ladies will receive the prom dress of their choice, as well as shoes from NinaBlue by Betsey JohnsonJewel Badgley Mischka and Adrianna Papell, all provided by Macy’s. To complete their prom ensembles, they will be able to frost themselves with Kendra Scott earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Young menwill be furnished with a complete tuxedo rental from Men’s Wearhouse. Stylists from Paul Mitchell Schools will help participants cultivate their personal prom style by providing hair and makeup consultations.

The SAY YES TO THE PROM tour will begin in February in Silver Spring, MD, and continue in March with stops in Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and ending in New York, NY. Each stop along the tour will feature an all-day “shopping” event to outfit participating students with the perfect head-to-toe prom ensemble. Beyond these local events, the specially designed line of SAY YES TO THE PROM dresses and accessories are currently available for purchase in Macy’s stores nationwide and online for the fourth consecutive year.

“What initially started as a prom dress donation drive and outreach event aimed at outfitting high school students with prom attire back in 2011, TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM has since evolved into a nationwide initiative. Entering its eighth consecutive year, this program stands by its mission – to give students across the country an unforgettable prom experience, along with educational and career-building opportunities beyond the prom that help prepare students for their futures,” said Adria Alpert Romm, Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer, Discovery, Inc., and creator of SAY YES TO THE PROM.

“Macy’s is thrilled to partner with SAY YES TO THE PROM and help bring the magic of prom to these deserving students,” said Durand Guion, group vice president, Macy’s Fashion Office. “We know what a special moment this is, and we are incredibly thankful to our colleagues and customers for making these incredibly deserving prom wishes come true.”

Designed to go beyond the dress and tuxedo to prepare students for college and careers, this year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM will feature scholarship, internship and mentorship opportunities as part of educational and youth workforce partnerships with The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative and The Emma Bowen FoundationStudents at each event also will meet and be paired with professional mentors from the fashion and media industries. These mentor-mentee relationships will extend beyond the event and offer students an ongoing connection to the professional world.

This year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM tour welcomes both new and returning national partners. In addition to a glittering selection of over 2,500 donated dresses from Macy’s, SAY YES TO THE PROM will be more impactful than ever before as a result of contributions from premier partners including Men’s Wearhouse, Kendra Scott, NinaBlue by Betsey JohnsonJewel Badgley MischkaAdrianna Papelland Paul Mitchell SchoolsAT&T® employee volunteers and members of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) will serve as mentors and style guides for this year’s initiative. The Cable Center will return as a SAY YES TO THE PROM partner to host this year’s Denver event.

“Say Yes to the Prom holds a very special place in my heart,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center, which first hosted the event in the spring of 2016. “It was at this event where we first met our brilliant intern, Monserrat “Monsi” Vasquez, who was a high school senior and her class valedictorian. Monsi was my mentee and after the event, she began working as an intern at The Cable Center. Monsi still works with us in our office and has been a stellar addition to our team. We are delighted to be working with Discovery again to host this truly fun celebration and one-of-a-kind opportunity for our local Denver student community!”

“Having Monte and the Say Yes to the Prom team back at The Cable Center is such an honor. Seeing Monte work with these young women and men is heartwarming,” said Diane Christman, SVP of development at The Cable Center. “At the Denver event, Monte knew every single one of the students by name, and we watched them all gain confidence under his expert tutelage. We can’t wait for Say Yes to the Dress to be back at The Cable Center and to be part of this fantastic community event.”

Dates and locations for the 2019 SAY YES TO THE PROM tour include:

  • February 26 in Silver Spring, MD
  • March 5 in Knoxville, TN
  • March 14 in Los Angeles, CA
  • March 19 in Denver, CO
  • March 28 in New York, NY

Also, as part of Macy’s partnership with Becca’s Closet, for each prom dress purchased on Saturday, March 30th, Macy’s will donate one, up to 5,300 dresses, to a girl in need. Please visit our website to learn more about this year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM initiative and Becca’s Closet and follow #SYTTP on Twitter and Instagram.

About Discovery:

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit our website and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About TLC

Offering remarkable real-life stories without judgment, TLC shares everyday heart, humor, hope, and human connection with programming genres that include fascinating families, heartwarming transformations, and life’s milestone moments. TLC is a top 10 network across key female demos.  TLC is a global brand available in more than 86 million homes in the US and 279 million households around the world. Viewers can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere through TLC GO – the network’s TVE offering featuring live and on demand access to complete seasons. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites and exclusive original video content. Fans can also interact with TLC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest. TLC is part of Discovery (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in more than 220 countries and territories to satisfy curiosity and captivate superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 650 locations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Squarein San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $52 million each year, plus 153,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers. For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom.

About Men’s Wearhouse

Founded in 1973 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TLRD), Men’s Wearhouse is the largest specialty retailer of men’s apparel and rental product in the U.S. with over 750 stores, including Men’s Wearhouse and Tux, nationwide. Men’s Wearhouse carries a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, BLACK by Vera Wang, among others. Tuxedo and suit rentals are available at both Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores, which also offers a limited selection of retail merchandise, and Men’s Wearhouse stores nationwide. For additional information on Men’s Wearhouse, please visit our website.

About Becca’s Closet

Becca’s Closet is a nonprofit organization that donates free formal dresses to high school girls who are unable to afford to purchase them for homecoming, military ball and prom. Becca’s Closet also awards scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate dedication to serving their communities. Visit our website for more information.

About the Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF)

EBF connects the media, entertainment, and technology industries with a pipeline of talent and emerging leaders, and advocate for best practices in diverse hiring, retention and advancement. Founded in 1989, EBF has provided internships for over 1,300 students of color. Over 60% of alumni pursue careers in the media, entrainment, technology fields in roles ranging from account executives to engineers and on-air reporters, and include Emmy and Peabody award winners.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. We connect people and ideas to advance innovation. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on entrepreneurship. For more information visit us at our website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Online Fashion Spotlight: SilkFred.com

We‘ve all been there; ready to attend an event but with nothing to wear. Last-minute shopping (both online and instore) commences, and you’re desperate to find the perfect dress to help you feel confident as you dance the night away.

If you find yourself in that all too familiar position, SilkFred is here to help. With a wide range of unique products to suit any style, Silkfred.com is the personal stylist you never knew you needed. Whether you are shopping for a date night or you are looking for a piece of knitwear to complement your winter wardrobe, they likely have an option for you.

With over 600 independent brands represented on the site, it is the perfect location for the fashion forward on the hunt for the next big thing. Grown completely from scratch through social media and the power of conversation, this innovative team have taken personal style and the latest trends to created a truly unique space for those that love all things fashion.

Whether you are looking for a modern twist on the classic little black dress or you want a maxi dress that makes a statement, you are spoilt for choice. With up and coming brands such as Lilah Rose and AX Paris, you can be sure that you are getting the very best of high-quality fashion at a price that won’t break the bank.

What If You Are New To Fashion?

If you are new to fashion then there is no need to worry; SilkFred does all the work for you.

The categories around the site are easy to find, all clearly laid out in a simple navigation bar. You can shop by the clothing item that you want and the style within each of these, as well as picking a ‘perfect for’ category if you need a bit of inspiration for an upcoming event. You can enjoy a seamless shopping experience without having to scroll through pages to find what you’re looking for, allowing you to get that all important outfit in no time at all.

What About Budget?

If you are looking for your next amazing dress but do not have a big budget, you can still find what you need at SilkFred. Within their website, you can look for all the latest bargains in their outlet and there are also regular sales where you grab a style steal. With select dresses selling out in some sizes, they offer you the chance to get outstanding deals on the last few remaining.

With Silkfred as your secret weapon, you can be sure to avoid a fashion faux pas at every event regardless of the dress code, allowing you to enjoy the very best in fashion all year round.

Jamie Chung

*Photo credit: Michael Simon

Between the hustle and bustle of NYFW shows, actress Jamie Chung channeled her inner “stoop kid” with a much-needed coffee break…and of course looked good doing it! The What the Chung founder checked her text messages in blush Chooka’s Vivien Velvet Chelsea Boot, which she stylishly paired with a floral sundress.


WHO: Jamie Chung, star of Fox’s The Gifted and fashion blogger

WHAT: Wearing the Vivien Velvet Chelsea (blush) $50.00 – available at www.shopchooka.com

These sleek, slim, velvet Chelsea boots feature elastic gore sides and a pull tab to slip in-and-out of. The waterproof velvet (you read that right!) handles the rain, so they’re suitable for wearing all day, whether with skinny jeans or a dress, while walking or hopping on a CitiBike, just like Jamie!

Quintessential Outfits To Lift Up Your Style Quotient

Shopping for clothes can be challenging. If you are a fashionista, then the pressure is even higher as you have to meet high expectations. Household chores, school or college, office and other engagements make it difficult to follow fashion trends. A cheat-sheet will come in handy to catch up with what all happened in the fashion world, while you were busy elsewhere. Here are some outfits which have made it to this year’s “must have” list.

Sequin top: Your savior
It is rather tiresome to dress up for a party after a long day at the office. In such cases, a sequin top is your ultimate companion. These sparkly tops need no added accessorizing. Off-shoulder, crop, tank or normal, there are a thousand designs to choose from. The sequins come in golden, silver, copper and other metallic hues. If you are wearing a short halter-neck or tank sequin top, layer it up with printed shrugs or jackets.

Belted trousers are a keeper
Ladies who need to wear pants on a daily basis know how comfortable cotton and linen trousers are. It becomes easy for women to create several looks with belted trousers. These are available in several designs, colors, and materials as well. Whether you are getting ready for another day at the office or have to attend a party, belted trousers will come to your rescue.

Green and white combo
Apart from outfits, you need to keep an eye open to identify which patterns are hot this season. If you don’t possess any short or A-like dress, skirt, jumpsuit, rompers or top that has green and white prints, then you are lagging behind in the fashion game. Subtle white print on a green background is in vogue.

Denim overalls and jumpsuits
Love denim? Who doesn’t right?! This summer, you must get your hands on a denim jumpsuit or overall. These are two styles, which are currently in fashion. Several fashion models and celebs have already been spotted in these attires. The color does not matter as long as the garment fits you correctly. These can be easily dressed up or down. They are suitable for casual and relaxed meetings.

Distresses acid-washed jeans
Speaking of denims, you must have a ton of ripped jeans in your wardrobe. If “yes” then good for you. If not, then you need purchase acid-washed distressed jeans ASAP. Make sure that it accentuates your curves. A jean will fail to serve its purpose if it does not fit the body correctly. These go well with all sorts of tops. Pair it with high boots to get a “high fashion” look.

Cargo printed pants and Ts
After their enormous success, cargo prints slowly faded. As nothing in fashion sector remains submerged for too long, cargos are all set to make a comeback with a bang. If you want to amph up your style quotient, then you must invest in a pair of cargo pants that actually fit. Gone are the days when these were only available in military green. Cargo printed trousers are available in several colors and styles as well. Cargo printed T-shirts will go well with this pant if you deliberately want to create a “print harmony.” Otherwise, cargo printed T-shirts will competent blue, black and grey pants as well.

The plastic trend is in high gear
While the entire world has joined hands to shun the use of plastic to stop environmental degradation, the fashion industry is experimenting with it to create new trends. Hollywood’s “bad girl” Rihanna has already made plastic see-through boots an instant hit. Now, it is time for plastic outfits to shine. Recently, see-through plastic jackets have been launched in the market. These are available in clear as well as colored variants. You can pick either buttoned jackets or zipper jacket. The see-through clear jackets will jazz up your style and will also highlight the top that you are wearing underneath. Opaque plastic skirts are also present in the market for those who wish to bring about a drastic change in their style statement.

Long “top n skirt” combo
Not all ladies are comfortable with skin show. It is not wise to show-up at formal events in mini-skirts and crop tops. In case you want to opt for something other than dresses or long gowns, then check out long top n skirt combos. Western designers have been influenced by long “kurtis” and “ghagra” which are traditional Indian outfits. These are jazzy numbers and are best reserved for special occasions. The long kurti comes with a flared skirt. These Kurtis have slits on both sides. Keeping in line with the Indian flavor, these “kurti n skirt” combos come in vibrant colors. They are made of rich fabrics and often are heavily embellished.

Don’t ignore accessorizing
Once you are done collecting all quintessential attires, which are expected to set the fashion circuit on fire in 2018, it is time to concentrate on your accessorize. All fantastic outfits must be supported with befitting accessories. Too many accessories will make the ensemble visually busy, while lack of it will make the outfit bland. Dressing is like whipping up a recipe. If you fail to add the right spices, your dish will not taste good. The look your desire to achieve is that dish, your attire is the main ingredient and accessories are the spices. You need not put on too many trinkets. Belts, shoes, bags, and scarves also fall in the accessory list. It is imperative that you pick right accessories to complement your outfit. None should outshine the other.

So, wait no more! Check out the fashion stores near you today. If you are too lazy to leave your couch, then log on to any online shopping site. Grab the best deals and revamp your wardrobe with these “must have” pieces today.

Royal Wedding

Below is an exclusive first-hand commentary from royal wedding expert and British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano, who was on-site at Windsor Castle covering the royal wedding. She has included commentary on her thoughts of Meghan’s wedding dress and how it compares to past Royal wedding gowns.


What do you think of the outfit overall – dress, veil/tiara, shoes etc?

We have been counting down the days speculating the Royal dress designer and Meghan has made her moment in history wearing Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller…

Meghan has made her entrance in a minimal gown and have certainly differentiated herself from Kate who did it all in lace! Meghan has brought the splendor here with a long veil…

Meghan looks thoroughly modern with her choice of gown and has given her nod to the Royal family and Queen by following the Royal tradition of covering her shoulders and a long sleeve! She entered St Georges Chapel – a moment of history in a simplistic style…

The dress is a boat neck wedding dress is a wonderful style. It’s a wide neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends at the shoulders.

Her hair is gorgeous in a low swept bun!

Meghan is a fresh young American with a million dollar smile the cameras love and she looks fantastic entering the British establishment in a fantastic gown.

Meghan is going into a family that has been seen in the public eye for 1,000 years and has definitely made her mark with this wedding gown…which is quite remarkable in the way it’s so simplistic compared to other dressed we have seen on Diana and Kate!

Meghan has had the World in suspense with what she will wear, and with such high expectations on her she has not failed to disappoint…

Meghan has certainly created a name for herself fashion wise – she is following in the footsteps of Diana who was a fashion icon in the public eye for 16 years… and has done a fabulous modern job!

Royal brides are normally expected to support British designers in the UK rather than choosing designer abroad but Meghan has gone with a French luxury design house here which is a different choice from other Royal brides…

The whole wedding is picture perfect and fairytale like with all of the bridesmaids looking fabulous!

Is it what you expected/predicated?

I believed the gown would be a very straight, fitted dress, with a big 9-foot train coming off the dress from the side to create the drama. I did think she would have a bit of lace and there is some lace detailing on the veils.

I predicted Meghan would have some kind of edge to her wedding dress, but I was certain Meghan’s dress would be classic, elegant with traditional features. I predicted Meghan would give a big nod to the Queen and Royal family with covered shoulders, a long sleeve and high back. But I was expecting Meghan would show her personality by wearing a fitted dress and we haven’t seen a Royal wearing a fitted gown for a long while… I thought a fitted gown would be the way Meghan showed her personality alongside respecting Royal tradition when it comes to Royal gowns. The gown is certainly more fitted than other brides we have seen!

Initially we thought the gown would be Ralph & Russo, but the brand has been in the press a great deal ahead of the wedding, which is an unusual move if they were actually the designer. Ralph & Russo gowns are super expensive so wearing a 100k gown may have seemed ostentations to the public.

Yesterday, our bets were on Stella McCartney, but as Oprah and Amal Clooney both arrived wearing Stella, that was a surprise to us and we thought it must be a different designer if they are wearing Stella… I thought Stella was such a perfect for Meghan as Stella used organic fabrics and her ethos is very much the same as Meghan!

Meghan has totally surprised us wearing Claire Waight, Givenchy! This was totally not talked about in the press at all and they kept it all top secret!

How does it compare to the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress?

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was one of lace decorum – she looked super elegant as a bride and Kate gave us a Royal dress to remember.

Meghan has totally differentiated her style here by wearing a plain gown rather than lace and the shaping is totally different as well!

Meghan has a totally different style to Kate when it comes to her hair, Kate loves a good blow dry whereas Meghan prefers wearing her hair up!

Is the dress similar to any other royal wedding gowns? (eg Kate’s was compared to Princess Grace of Monaco’s.)

Kate Middleton’s gown took a style lead from Grace Kelly’s dress, the intricate applique bodice and sleeves of Catherine’s mirrored the wedding. The similarities don’t end there, both gowns shared a high-waist, full-skirt and a long dramatic train and both wore a sheer veil and diamond tiara!

I would say that Meghan has gone quite, Wallis Simpson (almost royalty) – Wallis dress was designed by Mainbocher, it was very modern in its time, much like the look Meghan has gone for. The gown was made of a crepe silk and featured a long slim skirt much like Meghan has gone for here! Wallis was known has a fashion weapon and was a super glamorous art deco women!

How does Meghan’s dress compare to the one she wore in Suits and the dress at her first wedding?

This is the first time we’ve seen a Royal bride very publicly in a wedding gown – since Meghan’s on screen character Rachel on Suits got married. Meghan’s gown is totally the opposite to what we saw in Suits, which was a v-neck gown by Anne Barge, an Atlanta based designer. Her wedding look in Suits was quite bohemian and Princess like compared with Meghan’s demure look today! In complete contrast the wedding gown on Suits was beaded and accessorized with a black belt and Meghan has gone the total opposite today with a minimal accessories and a plain look! Her gown in Suits was certainly sassy but she has had to please the Queen and country today and opt for tradition!

Carmen Marc Valvo & Lotus Threads Bridal Showcase

This past week, Carmen Marc Valvo and Lotus Threads showcased their Fall/Winter 2018 bridal collections during Style Fashion Week New York at Cipriani. Guests enjoyed Notorious Pink Rosé as they mingled in the expansive art market, featuring artwork by Derek Gores, Adam Thompson, UnCutt Art and works from LUMAS Gallery. Models were beautified by Davines sustainable haircare, while VIP’s and guests enjoyed cosmetics gifts by Onsen. Vezt music app brought industry executives to the crowd as upcoming artists including Jae Hall, Amanda Holley, Chris Stylez, Arielle and Vyse performed between shows. Essentia kept guests hydrated throughout the events. Additional performances by Dinner land artists AzialIAm, Él Fleego, Bam Vito & more wrapped up an incredible series of New York Fashion Week events.

Amazon Echo Look at NYFW with Prabal Gurung and Bella Hadid

Fashion Week went well! Below are photos from a first of its kind partnership between Prabal Gurung and Amazon Echo Look. On Sunday, they used Echo Look to create a digital version of the look book for Prabal’s (incredible) Fall 2018 collection. Enclosed you can see the images the device took of Bella Hadid along with several other models, as well as an image of Prabal being interviewed by E! – note that these have not been retouched, enhanced or otherwise altered. This partnership is an incredible example of the growing overlap between fashion and technology.

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Taryn Manning Wears Adrianna Papell and Image Du Image

Taryn Manning was photographed wearing Adrianna Papell and Image Du Image last night at the Entertainment Weekly Pre-SAG party in Los Angeles. The Orange Is The New Black star wowed in an ivory Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Mikado Fit & Flare Midi Dress ($160, www.adriannapapell.com) and layered with an Image Du Image Metallic Trench Jacket (price available upon request, www.imageduimage.com).