Wardrobe

Winter Wedding: Five Style Tips For Guests

December 7, 2017

The following is a guest post from Peter, a men’s fashion writer at Gentleman Zone magazine from UK and Australia. Besides writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Europe. Today Peter is joining Shopping Brake to share his advice on dressing for a winter wedding. For more tips follow Peter on Twitter.


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Just as you got a hang of fall wedding style the season changed, and the wedding invitations kept on rolling in. Repeating an outfit is no longer possible so you’ll have to start planning and experimenting again. To make the process easier and more pleasant we have a few tips for you. You always want to look your best when you’re attending a wedding and whether you are a man or a woman these simple steps will get you where you’re going in style.

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November Recap And Favorite Outfits

November 30, 2017

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Favorite outfits for November.

Welcome to my monthly recap of what happened on Shopping Brake, as well as my favorite outfits from Instagram over the past month.

Jewelry is a great way to add interest to your outfits.  But before you buy, there are a few things To Consider When Buying Jewelry, including how much to spend, what styles to wear, and how versatile (or not) you want your new jewelry to be.

Now that the weather in my area is cooling down, I’ll be reaching for my sweaters soon.  Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. But before you toss your favorite sweater there are a few ways to Make Every Sweater Look Like New instead, including using sweater combs, sweater stones, and fabric shavers.

With holiday parties approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear. One item that is Trending Now is Velvet. You can add a little velvet to your look with earrings or a bag, or opt to sport velvet in larger doses with a blazer, pants, or even a dress.

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around eating, which calls for casual outfits made for relaxing. You can use the same tips for Casual Thanksgiving Day Outfits for a casual Christmas or New Year’s Day too!

Black Friday shopping is one of, if not the, busiest shopping days of the year. To help you navigate shopping Black Friday effectively, here are 5 Black Friday Shopping Tips  that you could use any time of year that the stores are crowded.

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Broken Washing Machine? No Problem!

November 27, 2017

The following is a guest post from Cassie, an editor at Think Tank Home. Today Cassie is joining Shopping Brake to share her insights into how to recognize and overcome basic washing machine problems. For more tips on home appliances including buyer guides, reviews, and fixing basic problems check out Think Tank Home.


 

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Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

When you hear an ugly noise coming from the washer, or see water trailing out of the bottom, it can seem like disaster. Especially so when you’ve been making your dollars stretch through making the most of your clothes purchases. Your prized delicates can be ruined by a faulty machine or cycle, costing you more in the long run and increasing that impulse to go out on a shopping binge.

For many homeowners, this will see you reaching for your phone to get hold of a plumber. Indeed, many Americans, and millennials, lack basic DIY skills. Getting a worker out to fix your appliances is expensive, though. But why would you save money on shopping yet not save money on home maintenance? In this article, we’ll be showing you a few of the most basic washing machine problems and how to overcome them.

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Casual Thanksgiving Day Outfits

November 22, 2017

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In the US tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Turkey. Stuffing. Sweet Potatoes. Cornbread. Cranberry Sauce. Pumpkin Pie. Pecan Pie. Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around eating. And if you are planning to stuff your face, you’re going to need an outfit that is makes you feel good, while also accommodating pigging out.

Here are 4 outfit ideas for a casual Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.

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Trending Now: Velvet

November 16, 2017

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My new velvet blazer from White House Black Market.

One fabric that I see year after year in both fall and winter collections is velvet. This timeless fabric consists of densely woven, raised fibers that are soft to the touch.  Velvet garments are costly to produce. Two fabrics of same thickness are woven together, then cut apart and rolled onto separate rolls before using. The laborious manufacturing process and high price tag is why velvet was often associated with nobility.  Another form of velvet that typically pops up in fall and winter collections is corduroy, which is a raised form of velvet.

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Make Every Sweater Look Like New

November 13, 2017

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Save your pilling sweaters with the Laundress Sweater Comb.

Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. If you’ve ever seen a sweater with little balls of fabric then you already know what I’m talking about. Pilling is bundles of fabric that have broken off and become tangled, thus forming little balls on the surface of the garment.

Pilling is a result of normal wear and tear, and occurs most often on the areas of a garment that rub the most. In the case of a sweater, this is usually the underarm/underside of the arm. If you’re a fan of handbags that brush up against your torso (typically shoulder bags and crossbody bags that hang on the right or left side, whichever side you favor sporting your bag), you’ll often see pills on those areas too. Pilling is not a sign of quality, in fact the price of the garment does not determine if the sweater will pill or not.

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Enter To Win A Free Copy of Shopping Brake — The Book

November 9, 2017

I’m excited to announce that you can enter to win a free paperback copy of my book, Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love.  To enter simply click on the Goodreads Book Giveaway below, and good luck!

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October Recap And Favorite Outfits

October 30, 2017

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Favorite outfits for October.

Welcome to my monthly recap of what happened on Shopping Brake, as well as my favorite outfits from Instagram over the past month.

Crafting a personal style that is uniquely yours is achieved through a lot of work including: trial and error, an intimate knowledge of how to dress for your body type, and having an understanding of which colors are most flattering on you.  It must also provide you with the clothes that fit into your daily lifestyle, because that’s how you showcase your personal style.  And on top of all of that, is one more aspect you have to consider, The Number One Rule To Having Personal StyleConsistency will carry your personal style through the changes in your life over time.

Fall season is boot season and my favorite way to sport boots with pairing them with jeans.  Here are a few Handy Tips For Wearing Boots And Jeans that you can begin now and use throughout the fall and winter seasons.

In the United States, as well as a few other countries, the last day of October is celebrated as Halloween.  With costumes ideas on my mind and western style having a moment in fashion, I discussed The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume, then flipped those rules to provide a few ideas for Easy Halloween Costumes For The Lazy Gal.  How many statement pieces you wear will affect if your outfit looks like a Halloween costume, or not.

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How To Be A Style Rebel In The Fall

October 26, 2017

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White looks as lovely in the fall as it does at any other time of year.

A style rebel is someone who forgoes the rules and wears what they want to wear, when they want to wear it.  To the style rebel, rules were meant to be broken.  Here are a few ways to freshen up your fall style, while also being a fashion rebel.

Wear White After Labor Day

Packing your white clothes after Labor Day was society’s way of enforcing an invisible battle between rich and poor.  Wealthy women from days long past put their white clothes away to signify status over others.  A wealthy woman had no need to wear her white’s after Labor Day, she has more than enough other clothes to wear instead.

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Diversity In Fashion Will Take Time

October 23, 2017

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Diversity makes fashion interesting, and fun!

Women (and men) come in lots of ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds, and can be found sporting a wide variety of fashion styles. Sure, I like to see someone with a body type like mine, at an age similar to my own, sporting clothes in styles that I favor, because it gives me outfit ideas for myself. But I also enjoy perusing body types that look nothing like mine, and personal styles completely different from my own too. Sometimes I’ll come across something new that I want to try for myself, other times I’m just enjoying the differences among people. To me, diversity and variety is what makes the world (and fashion) interesting.

Apparently I’m not alone. These articles highlight that diversity in fashion is growing, which is great news:

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