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March 19, 2018

Mermaid Off-the-Shoulder Dark Red Tulle Prom Dress with Beading Appliques

When the promenade has about to happens soon. I know most of you gorgeous ladies are too busy in finding your gowns to wear off. Because on this day, ladies are ones need to stand out among the rest. Because this was the first time that they could have experience an ball events such like this. Hence, getting yourself a nicely done gown is really a must!

Mermaid Spaghetti Straps Sweep Train Blue Spandex Prom Dress with Split

Burgundy Off-the-Shoulder Open Back Bowknot Mermaid Long Prom Dress

Mermaid Halter Backless Sweep Train White Lace Prom Dress

But the problem that you may encounter was, where is the best place to get these lovely gowns? Well, there are a bunch of stores and stalls at the mall that can cater you need but these stores are usually basic hence they could make you so chic at the night hence choosing them is not worth it at all. But if you’re keen to have the most lovable and even cheapest gowns to kill. I really suggest you to take a look on this shop called where all the fabulous gowns for promenade, casual and formal events were houses and even sells out for a very cheapest price in comparison to these mortar stores available near your area.

Mermaid Deep V-Neck Open Back Silver Prom Dress with Appliques Sequins

Mermaid V-Neck Lace- Up Floor-Length Royal Blue Velvet Prom Dress

Two Piece Bateau Long Sleeves Sweep Train Royal Blue Prom Dress with Lace

You might ask me too though in which type of gowns you should get that can make you looking so trendy and does compliment the body you had? well, I think you should consider any of these mermaid prom dresses. Because mermaid gowns are too stunning and they can shape you up basing on what you wanted be thus a lot of ladies, same as you, are considering this to wear for their prom night. No worries, as the dressywomen has a lot of designs and colors available for you to choose from. And they can even offer you these quirky mermaid gowns that has extra accessories added to them like crystals and jewels.

March 15, 2018

If you ask someone what his New Year’s resolution is, he will probably tell you that one of them is to cut down on spending or to save more money. If you have the willpower and you really want to succeed in your resolution, this is for sure achievable. But a lot of people lack discipline and more often than not, they only try to save at the beginning of the year and will eventually go back to their ways in the next months. If you do not have a good plan to start with, the possibility that you will fail is higher. Have a budget and stick with it and be disciplined when it comes to money.

Do not panic when some unexpected expenses come up, like your laptop or car needing to be repaired or your pet suddenly gets sick and needs to be taken to the vet. There are a couple of things that you can do wherein those extra savings can come in handy.



According to research carried out by MyVoucherCode, people in the UK visit coffee shops at least three times per week. Brits visit coffee shops around 156 times a year with an average spend of £8.52. Wouldn’t it be more practical if you make your own coffee and bring it to work? Branded coffee company, Douwe Egberts, has said that a 250g pack of ground coffee can make up to 30 cups. When looking to see how much a 1kg pack would cost, Amazon has priced the coffee at around £15, meaning that each cup of coffee would cost close to 13p. You might say it is just coffee, but it does make a big difference if you sum it all up. Instead of buying, just bring your own coffee.


This is a hard habit to break but it is absolutely attainable. Just think of the diseases that you may get from doing it and the increase in prices and you will certainly try to quit. You could save a whopping £3,796 (if you smoke 20 a day) once you stop.


If you are way too busy or you do not know how to cook, what you normally do is buy your lunch on the way to work or in the cafeteria or wherever you want to have lunch. But what if we told you that, on average, forking out for lunch everyday could cost you £1,288 according to research carried out by VoucherCloud. Imagine just how much you can save if you bring your own food. You might say that you do not know how to cook but you can actually do some simple dishes or probably make a sandwich.


To save on commuting or traveling there are a couple of things that you can do. Use a megarider ticket because with this you will be able to travel as much as you want and can tailor your own needs to the ticket type. Whether you are in need of a weekly Bus Prices for your travels, or a monthly one — you will find yourself making a huge saving compared to purchasing a ticket daily. You will be surprised at how starting off with something small can bring you huge amounts of money in the bank.

Did you know that the average motorist in the UK will spend an astonishing £168,880 over their lifetime? Since public transport has become more efficient, it is more practical to not ride your car and instead ride a bus or train.

Servicing a vehicle can cost up to £441 over a twelve-month period depending on the individual’s situation. MOTs can cost up to £168.46 annually. Gasoline can cost a driver £1,052.04. The cost of parking is also rising and there seems to be a higher demand for it because there are more vehicles on the road. When it comes to insurance, this can sway dramatically as younger drivers will find themselves paying a higher cost to be on the road — on average, insurance costs an experience driver £436 every year. Tax can equate to £116.35 on a yearly basis. Car supplies can cost a driver £29.61. If ever you get a speeding ticket, you will also pay a hefty amount for that. So a megarider ticket is the answer.

Unexpected expenses

We have all been victim to an unexpected expense, with 54% of 2,000 people asked saying that they suffered from an unexpected expense within the household. On average, these costs totalled £248.70 — showing that any saving is beneficial for occurrences like these. 47% of these issues happened in the kitchen, a room which is essential to the day-to-day running of any home, and if you do not have the money to pull out instantly, it could cause an everyday stress. The savings you would have made by taking your own lunch and coffee to work, quitting smoking, and traveling smarter could have been handy. It was also found that 35% of people had to use a credit card to cover the costs of unexpected expenses. So it really pays to be prepared and to have some savings when there are unexpected expenses.

March 4, 2018

Buying online is now a trend not only for teens but most especially to those career women out there. Because they haven’t mostly the time in their end hence most probably their last resort to buy off their stuff was to buy them all online. Which I think is the best way to indulge yourself on your shopping cravings. Also, it could gives convenient on each of our end because you don’t have to went out just to buy your stuff on which sometime a time consuming to do.

High Cut Backless Swimsuit 

One Shoulder Bikini Set

Plunging Neck Ruffles Palm Leaf Swimwear

Now, you might probably asked me though where the best to buy your summer outfit. Well, let me introduce this shop called where all the finds for women and even men were listed and even sells for a very reasonable prices. Why so, because the shop owns its own factory that produces a huge amount of trendy fashion pieces for us to enjoy thus they can give it out onto minimal price which I think we should take advantage with.

Palm Leaf Cami Bralette Bikini Set

Cross Back Orange Pattern Bikini Set

Cross Back Orange Pattern Bikini Set

Crochet Midi Bikini Crop Top

Crochet Midi Bikini Crop Top

The shop is specialized with crop top bikini here, as for the moment. Because they are really working so hard just to provide us a great finds for summer that you can thoroughly enjoy throughout the summer. Thus, you should check them out more for the latest updates and promotions. You can either click here or visit this link: for the selections of swimwear you could choose from with.

March 4, 2018

When women is getting older. One of the best way to maintain your composure and health being to do some running or light exercises. Because these things can keep you going and you can feel at ease in anything you wanted to do as you are in a proper condition still. But before that, you should have to have a right sport outfit to kill and these sports finds were kinda expeinsive to have thus a lot of folks doesnt want to spare any just for the outfits. But not today, as I’ve found a new online shop here that caters a lot of sporty wears and the shop is

Color Block Full Zip Sports Tankini Set

Contrast Piping High Neck Sporty Bikini

Contrast Piping High Neck Sporty Bikini

The shop,, has a lot of pieces to choose from. And one you should get first was this sport bikini. Because sport bikini was too demand and a way to sweat off or to exercise than to a regular shorts. Because it’s has a breathable feature that can still gives a comfortable feels though you’re killing yourself already on the tough and hard training at the gym. In addition, this sport bikinis are goes well in any sport top you’ve got in the closet. Go check their list of sport finds and see for yourself on how lovely there items were.

High-Neck See-Through One-Piece Swimwear

Black Cut Out Spaghetti Straps Swimwear

Also, if you aren’t comfortable in the bikinis, still you can have more slimming swimsuit that can help you out to look better and yet you have trim down the weights yet. Also, it could be a best wearing to a sports or even to just hit the gym on your free time..

Skirted Moulded Tankini Top And Bikini Bottoms

Skirted Moulded Tankini Top And Bikini Bottoms

Lace Up Bandeau Floral Bikini Set 

Another finds that really gets my attention were these zaful push up bikinis. Because they’re too light and fashionable looking than to others but of course I am not closing a door for any new sporty wears to come. But let see what really suits my style then I’ll go for it for sure. For more uodates and promotional events you can check it here for you keep in posted.

March 4, 2018

looking for the best store to get in your summer finds soon? if so, why not checking the shop called as the shop caters almost all the summer finds for both men and women now. Actually,  a lot of fashion bloggers like myself were too pleased and even keen to have some items to them. Because they’re reportedly the one shoo that offers reasonable fashion finds but the quality haven’t compromised at all and as I can see, it does really it is. Because a lot of reviews are posted by their clients and they freely shares some of their try on haul like what you are seeing on the top photos. This signifies a better service they’ve got not only having a great and high quality of finds and at the same time they deliver in a very timely manner which is a big yes when having a e-commerce business such like this. Hence, kudos to the shop for being efficient always and for producing a very fine finds for us to enjoy…

Apricot Round Neck Sleeveless High Low Dress

Sleeveless High Low Prom Dress

Off The Shoulder Belted Mini Dress

Right now, the shop is promoting their summer collection and one of which was their short summer dress click here for the selection. This was only their first batch at the moment but as soon as the spring comes. I am pretty sure that they would produce more summery items like the red off the shoulder dress and more gingham dress that are too demand as the spring and summer season comes. You can even enjoy their denim shorts or the cotton made ones. Just pick the once really suits your taste or the one compliment your body thus it may blend up well to the outfit you’d be trying to pull off with..

Smocked Off Shoulder Floral Plus Size Dress

Corset Off The Shoulder Bodycon Dress

To those fond with swimsuits out there,It’s good news for you. Because Zaful is having an swimwear sale today which you can take advantage with because their swimwear collection were too fancy to missed as well. And they fitted well in the body unlike with other low class swimwear which you have to alter it first before it does fit well on you. for more details about this, you can visit zaful blog for the updates and upcoming promotional events..


February 27, 2018

For women, it’s truly hard for them to style up their hair every now and then thus they are finding ways to make it eliminate as much as they can. Because fixing the hair alone can done up to 2 hours at least which is a lot of time to do and it’s so tiring, right? so let me share with you then the latest way and easier way to make your hair done in no time. This little secret was been trend throughout online influencers and bloggers hence this was too legit to do.

BHF Malaysian Human Hair Curly 4Bundles With Closure

The little secret is, you’ll have to have an hair bundles that are pre-styled already. And you can get some over this reputable hair bundle shop called where all the types of hair bundles were houses and selling for their reasonable prices. You can actually check it yourself for you to see on how stunning and lovely their each hairs were.

BHF Peruvian Hair 4Bundles With Lace Closure Body Wave Hair Weft

The shop,, is selling lace frontal closurefrontal closure and 360 lace frontal closure that are trendy today when it comes to hair styles. Also, they even has some firmed made and even long straight hair bundles that you can use up as you feel to be lady-like in looking. In addition, all their selling hair bundles to this shop are 100% human hairs hence you would get an irritated feeling as you attached it to your scalp or in any part of your real hair.

For more details about their hair. You can freely check their shop yourself and see what kind of hair bundles suits you best!

February 11, 2018

Are you looking for the best and yet reasonable kind of dresses ti wear off for your prom night and so? if so, why not checking this lovely shop here which I’ve recently found out when am trying to look for the best and reliable dresses stores to shop with. The shop called themselves as Dresshopau, by the way. And upon checking them up myself. I just learned that this shop is pretty well known as a lot of fashion enthusiasts were fond and too keen , I must say, to have all their dresses here as the quality of dresses they were producing are too high-end hence no doubt why they are the one on lead today among all the dresses shop online. You can check them out now and see for yourself on how elegant their each finds were…

Jennifer Lawrence Long Chiffon A-line Two-Piece Celebrity Prom Dresses Oscars 2016

Jennifer Lawrence Long Chiffon A-line Two-Piece Celebrity Prom Dresses Oscars 2016

Angelina Jolie Sleeveless Slit Velvet Black Celebrity Prom Dresses Oscars 2012

Angelina Jolie Sleeveless Slit Velvet Black Celebrity Prom Dresses Oscars 2012

Megan Fox Blush Strapless Zipper Sexy Celebrity Prom Dresses Golden Globes 2013

Megan Fox Blush Strapless Zipper Sexy Celebrity Prom Dresses Golden Globes 2013

The shop has pretty much all the dresses you’d be needing, perhaps in the future. But if you are asking me though, on what kind of dresses you should get today that would be pretty much useful in bunch of different of events, I’ll then suggest you to have any of these various celebrity dresses or gorgeous princess prom dresses that are being available at Dresshopau. Because these finds were too demand these days by both women and teens as for the best prom dresses. Thus, you should get some for yourself too hence you wont be outdated on what’s in fashion today..

Cheap Sweep Train Pleated Sleeveless Zipper Celebrity Dresses

Cheap Sweep Train Pleated Sleeveless Zipper Celebrity Dresses

And if you are fond yourself into any silver evening dresses. It’s good then, as the shop mentioned to this post got you covered, as they’ve got almost of the available designs of dress today.. Go check them out now and see what dresses may fits your personal preferable.


February 8, 2018

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People will judge your home before they’ve even stepped through the door. Improving your home’s curb appeal is all about creating a good first impression. Whether you want to impress guests or potential homebuyers, the following improvements to the front of your home are certain to make an impact.

A dramatic door

Having a front door that stands out is essential for catching people’s attention. Consider painting your existing door in a bold colour that contrasts the rest of your house. Red, blue and green are some dramatic colours that are certain to catch people’s eye. Alternatively, you may want to buy yourself a brand new door. On top of choosing something colourful, you might be able to find yourself an eye-catching design. For example, window cut-outs can often boost the appearance of a front door, whilst some doors may also have decorative knockers that offer a sense of luxury.

If you’ve got a garage, you may similarly want to consider the appearance of your garage door. Worn and dilapidated garage doors won’t do anything for your curb appeal. Companies like Best Doors have a range of stylish garage doors to choose from. There are lots of different opening mechanisms, each with their own advantages. Traditional swing-open garage doors are cheaper to install but require a fair amount of clearance space. Roller doors meanwhile require no clearance space, but are more expensive. There are also lots of different materials to consider that also come with their pros and cons. Wood is a rustic material that can provide good insulation, but it is less secure than the likes aluminium.

Off-road parking

Having a driveway or a garage can also give your property the wow factor. Being able to offer off-road parking is very much a privilege to those living in the right area – those in urban areas are unlikely to be able to offer this. However, it’s possible that some people may have a front lawn that they don’t use. Converting this space into a driveway could be advantageous and could boost the value of your home significantly.

There are lots of different types of driveway to consider. Gravel driveways are some of the simplest to build. These need to be regularly raked and deweeded to keep them looking elegant. Paved driveways require a little more work to build, but may also require less upkeep. If the job has been done well, weeds shouldn’t grow in between the cracks. You may still have to jet-wash the driveway occasionally though to keep it looking as presentable, as paving may become stained over time.

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Flower power

Decorating the front of your home with flowers can also make an impact. Flowers immediately bring a burst of colour and a sense of life. If you don’t have a front garden, you can still find ways to add flowers to the front of your home. You could place hanging baskets either side of your front door. Alternatively, you could place potted plants on the ground either side of your door. Meanwhile, window baskets can be used to decorate your windows.

You could even buy creeper plants to grow up the side of your wall. A virginia creeper is a popular creeping plant that is fast-growing, known for turning red in autumn. Jasmine meanwhile is a bright white creeping flower that can also brighten up the front of your home, although it does need to be cut back regularly making unsuitable for those wanting a low maintenance option.

Bright ideas

Keeping the outside of your property illuminated in the evenings could also improve it’s curb appeal. There are lots of lighting options to select from, depending on the style of your property.

Solar lights are one of the most economical options and can be placed anywhere. They can look great either side of a garden path or on the entrance to a driveway, offering an ambient glow. There are all kinds of styles of solar lighting including traditional lanterns and more modern arty designs.

For something with a little more brightness, you could consider a wall mounted light that’s powered by the mains. Motion sensing lights are good for preserving power, only lighting up when someone is outside.

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A name badge

Ever wanted to name your home? Naming a property can add a lot to its value. You can name it whatever you like, but ideally should choose something that makes your property sound alluring. Once you’ve given your property a name you should create a sign and put it outside either on the entrance to your driveway or on the wall next to your house number. Companies like The Sign Maker specialise in such signage.

First class mail

A mailbox can also add dollars to the value of your home. Companies like Simply Postboxes have a wide range of mailboxes to choose from including wall-mounted mailboxes and mailboxes on stands. You can even build your own mailbox and give it a personal touch.

Window dressing

You should also consider what your windows look like. Old timber frames could make your home look worn and dilapidated. Consider buying some new window frames if you feel these are letting the front of your home down. UPVC window frames are ideal for modern properties – they have a good resistance to moisture and provide good insulation too. Wooden and aluminium frames may be better for older properties – these types of frames are cheaper and still very resilient.

As for your windows themselves, make sure that these are clean. Most people won’t be able to tell what glass you’ve got from the outside, although double-glazing is certain to add value to your home.

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Robust roofing

Upgrading your roofing could also boost your curb appeal. This could be worthwhile if you’ve got missing tiles, or if your current tiles are looking grubby.

Certain types of tiles can make a bigger impression. Shingles for example can have a significant impact (although these certain aren’t the most robust of roofing solutions). You could also consider options such as cold roofing if you live in a hot climate – this special roofing is able to reflect heat and has a sparkly white appearance that it certain to catch people’s attention.

Various roof features could also help to make your property stand out. Dormer windows can be a great feature to make your roof stand out. Solar panels are also likely to attract the attention of buyers, as they immediately suggest that your property could save them money on their energy bills.

February 8, 2018

Did you know that it takes only a few seconds for people to define their first impression of who you are – or who they think you are? The problem with first impressions it’s that they can be created from a series of infinite details that your conscious mind doesn’t even have time to register. But the subconscious is quick to influence the judgement. If it’s a cool day and you’re crossing your arms against yourself to stay warm, people may decide that the lack of openness in your posture is not trustworthy. It often seems unfair and stereotypical, but, unfortunately, it can take time to address and repair a first impression. There are plenty of occasions where making a good first impression can make a great deal of difference. Thankfully, you can find plenty of guides and self-help tutorials that are designed to teach you the secret of improving your body language, choosing an outfit that highlights your best features, etc. But all guides refer to personal interactions, whether these occur face-to-face, via video conference, or on the phone. What about the first impression you make when people can’t even see you? Indeed, drivers on the road don’t fail to judge other drivers based on their choice of cars and lifestyle. While it’s impossible to change the way we, human beings, function and perceive the world, the least you can do is to be aware of what others see when they look at your car.

What’s the best median car?

The median car is for the typical adult

As unfair as it is, people make assumptions about you and your family as soon as they see your car. Admittedly, it would be easy to complain about it, except that you’re probably doing it yourself too. However, it’s important to understand that there is a natural defence mechanism behind what seems to be a judgemental personality. We make judgements not out of pettiness but because these are necessary to help us define what we need to do to remain safe. You need to decide rapidly whether you can trust someone or not, from the moment you meet them, and that’s what a positive first impression is about. As for cars, you need to know which cars are more likely to display dangerous and reckless behavioural pattern when you’re on the road. The first impression is not always correct, and it shouldn’t be seen as the ultimate truth about an individual. It’s nothing but your natural sense of preservation. Experience can, in due time, complete your impression. Therefore when it comes to cars, people are more tempted to ignore median family or couple vehicles. These most popular cars of all times are designed to provide an affordable and effective mean of transport in town without being too powerful. As a result, there’s a natural sense of trust when you see these cars on the road: the Volkswagen Passat with over 23 million cars sold since 1973, is the ideal family vehicle across the world; the Honda Civic has had over 24 million units sold since 1972 and remains a popular choice for active couple or small families, The Toyota Corolla, with over 44 million sold since 1966 is a quality choice for those active employees who want a car they can rely on for everyday commute. For other drivers, seeing one of these median vehicles on the road is a symbol of reliability. As these cars have been around for over 40 years, people assume that their longevity and safe progression apply to their owners too. They also think that you’re a middle of the road kind of person who knows all the tricks to maintain the car for longer.  But it’s not a bad thing when you’ve got an urban MPV or SUV.

Best family cars for countryside and off-road locations

Admittedly, the median car is a good thing to have if you want drivers to trust you on the road instinctively. But the idea of the typical family has evolved greatly over time. More and more families have chosen to escape the suburbs to live outside of town. Close-by countryside homes that are only a few miles’ drive away from town are hugely popular for modern families who want their kids to grow up away from the urban greyness. More often than not, as soon as people see your CUV Forester on the road, they tend to assume that you left the urban comfort of town to buy a large house that needed a lot of repairs and plenty of DIY skills. Ultimately, you might suffer from a first negative reaction which is linked to envy. After all, most people would love to open their windows to a large and peaceful garden out of town. As a driver, you won’t be trusted on the road, because many drivers don’t know that crossover utility vehicles are equally happy on and off the road. But, thankfully it won’t take long to change this first impression: The first glance at your furry pet in the boot is all people need to start trusting you again.

But what is the best for a young adult or young couple?

What’s the perfect car for the typical Millennial couple? Young adults tend to wait before they decide to buy their first home. Consequently, it’s not uncommon to meet Millennials couples in their late 20s up to late 30s who still rent an apartment or a house in town. Admittedly, as the housing market is getting more and more expensive, it’s understandable that young adults prefer to take their time to save money. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t have nice things. Their ideal vehicle needs to be town smart, small and powerful enough to get through traffic and park easily in a busy urban environment. If you’re thinking of the iconic Mini, you need to think again. Young adults now have fallen out of love with the Mini. In fact, even in his home country, the UK, another trendy small city car has beaten the Mini to the power game, and it’s the Fiat 500. In large urban areas where every inch matters, having a car that has adapted to its crowded surroundings without compromising on performance or style is key. And that’s precisely what the Fiat 500, launched in 2007, has done. The car comes with a range of accessories that you can personalise, making it a fashionable and fun vehicle. More importantly, for other drivers on the road, it’s impossible not to smile when they see a Fiat 500. Not only does the car bring a range of enviable performances but it is available in a choice of playful and exciting colours. In short, it’s a car that makes everybody smile, those who spot it and those who drive it.

A pop of colour in town

I need a statement city car

It’s not uncommon for people who choose a luxury urban car, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Audi, to make the car part of their power statement. More often than not, there’s a certain level of “better-than-you-ness” in the choice of the car. An expensive car is designed to enhance your other features, such as showcasing your professional success or reinforcing your managerial position. So it comes as no surprise that people who own one of the German luxury cars have either a successful commercial career or an important management role within the company. After all, a power person needs a power car! Unfortunately, you’ll be received by other drivers as a potential risk on the road, regardless of your driving style. Consequently, the insurance and maintenance costs for these vehicles are extremely high, to discourage wealthy drivers from impulsive purchase and handling.  

I need a statement car to stay youthful

There’s another kind of statement car that is not welcome on the road, and it’s the full 4×4 SUV vehicle. Unless you have a need for a four-wheel-drive car, it’s best to stay away from this adventurous and youthful vehicle, as you’ll be the target of regular abuse on the road. As a general rule of thumb, nobody likes an offroader in an urban area, because it’s not the environment these cars are built for. They appear awkward on the road, take far too much space and are tricky to handle if you’ve never owned a 4×4. Consequently, other drivers will not be showing any patience, so it’s important to make sure that you’re not buying a trendy SUV car without a good reason.

The car that says I love nature

Electric cars are the least favourite choice for drivers, as they are both expensive and impractical. In fact, they are not only expensive to buy, but they also cost on average 50% more to ensure than a median car . Additionally, these eco-friendly cars still need to work on their carbon footprint, as their production and charging stations can damage the environment. Nevertheless, e-vehicles are proving to be a step in the right direction for the planet, and as such, drivers will treat you with respect, and even admiration if you choose to purchase one.

Drivers respect e-cars on the road

Ultimately, the perception of other drivers has no impact on who you really are. But it will influence the way they drive around you. Consequently, knowing what to expect can make your journey safer! Ultimately, on the road, you can become what you drive.

February 6, 2018

Dressing up on what society tells you is already outdated as people these days are too open-minded by trying out different stuff especially as we talk about fashion. Women can now sports in any men’s finds and works the same way as well to men where men these days are caught in wearing some dazzling earnings to accentual their total outfit.

From eccentric socks to dressing against our gendered expectations, many people push the limits of social norms when it comes to fashion. Research has shown that non-conformists can be viewed as being of a higher status and more competent than those who follow the rules of fashion. We take a look at what different clothing says about the wearer…

Against gendered expectations

The line is becoming increasingly blurred between male and female clothing. Many people are speaking up, opposing the ideas that men and women should be dressed according to their sex. But, are you presenting yourself in a different way when you dress against the gendered expectations?

Although fashionistas are saying that they don’t agree with gender rules, some research suggests that we’re still stuck in our old ways. Psychologists in New Jersey found that attitudes towards gender stereotypes hadn’t changed much between 1983 and 2014.

There is an argument that shows that it’s favourable for women to cross the gender barrier but perhaps not men. Back in 1990, it was found that — despite the sex of the applicant – if the clothing that they wore was more masculine, they were more likely to be hired. When men dressed in pink however (a colour commonly associated with females), they were seen as less intelligent than women who were wearing the same colour.

Eccentric wear

Another way of going against the grain when it comes to style it through eccentric clothing. When we think of outrageous outfits we may think of people with brightly coloured hair, patterned clothing and over the top jewellery. But, there are other ways to express freedom through dress.

For example, people who wear unconventional socks are viewed as being rebellious and expressive. One of these people is Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister of Canada, who shows off his fun side by wearing funky socks with a traditional suit. You can make your own subtle ‘eccentric’ changes through patterned socks by CT shirts, online retailers of men’s formal shirts and accessories. Or make yourself stand out from the crowd through bright scarves and other extras.

By dressing against the norms, studies have shown that you build a brand of being ‘gutsy’. And in fact, people have the potential to see you as more brilliant, creative and successful. One study, published in 2014, found that those who go against conformity can be viewed as of a higher status than those who don’t. They were also considered to be more competent — potentially influencing the impression that they give off in the workplace.

Not only does it affect people’s perceptions of you but it can also affect the way you think, feel and act — this is through ‘embodied cognition’. Since eccentric dress gives you greater potential to express your individuality, it’s possible that it can make you feel more confident and comfortable in different situations. This could then go on to improve your performance at work or in challenges where you want to push yourself.

Against the dress code

In some situations, for a job interview perhaps, it can be argued that dressing in accordance with expectations is the best thing to do.

Under some circumstances, we think that people with extraordinary appearances are more successful.

Men who wear smart, fitted suits as they are often expected to wear in a formal situation, were perceived as being more confident, successful and thought to be earning a higher wage. This was compared to men who weren’t dressed as smartly — in a loosely fitted suit.

In one study that looked at the effects of clothing, it was found that senior managers were rated less favourably if they were dressed more ‘provocative’. This was a skirt slightly above the knee and one button on the blouse undone. It’s clear to see that it is important to consider our dress style carefully as people can make many assumptions without any evidence.

In some environments, wearing your set uniform can improve your productivity. Research found that in a lab, those who were wearing lab coats felt smarter and went on to perform better!

As we can see, dressing against societies expectations can have many effects on the opinion of others and your own performance. Although it’s important to express yourself through dress, you don’t want to hinder your work or your impression on others in formal situations. Wear a pair of crazy socks underneath your day-to-day outfit instead…