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Designing and Merchandising Your Leather Collection

Designers initiate the leather design process in different ways. Some begin with the silhouette while others are inspired by a skin or material. Most designers do rough sketches first. Once they feel comfortable in a particular direction, they focus on perfecting those that they think will work. Some designers will mount all of their rough sketches on a wall or some corkboard before beginning the editing process.

Merchandising Your Collection
A good designer will merchandise individual styles in appropriate groups, taking care to create balance within each group. For instance, a balanced line of outwear will include a range of styles with each group, such as short jackets, medium jackets, medium-length coats, three quarter length coats, and long coats. The line will also include a balanced assortment of collar treatments, such as notched, fur-trimmed, banded, and hooded.

The merchandising objective behind the creation of well-balanced groups is to maximise your sales by motivating a buyer to buy several styles within a group. For example, if you offer a buyer a range of short jackets, then he or she will concentrate on deciding which whole group of three styles to buy. By presenting a balanced collection, you are more likely to get three states out of each buyer instead of only one.

The same principles apply to merchandising sportwear. However here you will often want to balance each group by offering a variety of looks and combinations.

The style board can also include flat sketches of all the styles in a theme. Generally, the sketches show both the front and back views of each garment. The sketches should be large enough to see details of each garment and never smaller than 7.5 x 10 cm (3 x 4 inches) each. However, style boards sometimes depict styles on a fashion figure for a more dramatic effect.

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For large collections, designers generally prepare both a theme board and style board to present their design concepts fully. For smaller groups, many designers combine their theme and style boards.
In either case, the style board should depict.
1. The target customer
2. The featured skin
3. The color study
4. The mood
5. The styles offered in the line.

A collection that is professionally researched designed and presented with theme and style boards can ensure increased sales and reduced costs. The boards act as organizational tools for designers, selling platforms for salespeople, and merchandising aids for buyers. They can also prevent a manufacturer processing with a poorly convinced line, wasting precious production time and making expensive samples.

The Remaining Steps in The Design Process:
Once the best styles have been approved for sample making the process is as follows:
1. The pattern maker makes the pattern.

2. The sample maker sews a muslin or canvas prototype.

3. The designer fits the muslin and makes any necessary corrections.

4. The sample maker cuts and sews the garment using a production skins.

5. The designer fits the final sample and makes any additional adjustments.

When a company manufacturer overseas, once the garment has been approved for sample making, the process is as follows.
1. The designer completes a design/spec sheet which specifies everything the overseas sample maker needs to know about the design, including exactly which skin or skins to use.

2. The overseas factory will follow the design/spec sheet and send the sewn sample made up in the specified skin.

3. The designer will fit and inspect the garment and tell the overseas factory what corrections need to be made.

4. The overseas factory will continue to revise the garment until the designer is happy with it.

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Design Inspiration For Leather Garments

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Clothing design usually begins with inspiration. Inspiration can be the material itself or people, place, or thing.

The key attribute of a designer is to be constantly curious and observant of the world around you. To design collection after collection, bringing originality and style to a range of garments, requires an outward focus. Good places to start are trend shows, museums and libraries, and observing current cultural themes.

Define Your Customer

If you are to design affordable, desirable clothes you will need to know the age and socio-economic profile of your customer. If your customer is young, you will want to design trendy, fun and affordable clothes, so you will have to pay attention to the price of the skins that you select for your design. Similarly if you have an older, more mature customer garment, with attention paid to interesting details. You must always choose your skins according to your price point.

Go Shopping

Market research is the best way to see, at first hand, what the competition is doing as well as to learn what your customer is buying. It also gives you the opportunity to see the types off skins being used by other designers the silhouettes that are being shown for that season and what the price points are.

Attend Forecast/ Trend Shows
Most designers, especially those in the mass market category, will want to know what fashion industry trend services are predicting for the upcoming season. While there are no trend services exclusively for leather apparel, forecast services, such as Peclers, Promostyl and the Doneger Group, provide information that can be used by leather apparel manufacturers. These services predict color, fabric, silhouette and trend information, for a membership fee. Fibre manufacturers Cotton Incorporated and DuPont offer trend and color information at no charge.

Attend Trade Shows:
There are numerous leather shows throughout the year. These shows allow designers to keep abreast of the latest trends and advances in leather tanning and design. New treatments, colors and skin textures are always being introduced at these shows. Leather designers should also keep up to date on textile trends by attending the top fabric shows, such as Premier Vision in Paris (October and March) and the International Fabric Fashion Fabric Exhibition in New York(November and April).

Travel To Find Inspiration
Many mass manufacturers find inspiration in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Milan, Florence, Munich, Duuseldorf, Montreal, Tokyo, Barcelona and Brussels. Their designers might photograph merchandise in store windows, sketch things that they see and or purchase items that they might wish to copy or interpret for their own collection. This is a way for their company management to see new merchandise and trends at first hand.

Read Trade Press:
Designers should constantly read fashion magazines for color and trend direction. In addition to the specialized leather apparel magazines, designers should read all of the most important fashion magazines, both American and European. Designers should also regularly read trade papers such as Women’s Wear Daily for up to the minute information. Designers affiliated with a manufacturer who is a member of the Leather Industries of America or the Leather Apparel Association should also be reading the newsletters produced by these trade organizations for current information.

Carry Out Research in Museums and Libraries
Designers can gain inspiration from numerous sources but one of the best ways comes from studying what designers in the past have done. Many museums throughout the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, exhibit the costumes of particular designers and or certain periods in history, which can have a surprising influence on current fashion trends. FIT in New York also has wonderful exhibits and a very extensive costume library as does the Musee de la Mode in Paris. All of these museums and institutes also have book and magazine libraries.

Pay Attention to Non-Fashion Events and Trends:
Designers should always be aware of all the events that are going on around them. Current trends in music, film, dance, theatre, and even local news can be potential sources of design inspiration. Some of the major trends in fashion in the past have been a result of such influences. For example, many designers have tied their collections into musical trends such as grunge and hip hop. ‘ People watching ‘ from a park bench or from a table at a street café can also provide inspiration.

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Interesting Facts about Pearls

Pearls also referred to as the queen of the jewels was found thousands of years ago. The jewel is ageless which fascinates a lot of people worldwide since the time of its discovery. Even though this jewel was found thousands of years ago there are many facts which people didn’t know about.

1. Pearls are the Only Jewel which comes from a Living Being

Yes, it is a gemstone but a very different from the other gemstones like ruby, sapphire, etc. these gems come from a living creature which you might know about (oysters) while other gems come from the earth’s crust.

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2. Natural Pearls are one of the World’s Rarest Jewels

As per the surveys done on real pearls it was found that less than 1 in every 10,000 wild oysters has pearls. The demand for this jewel is increasing a lot every year which is depleting the resources of this jewel in the oyster beds, in spite of the growth of cultured grown in the oyster farms; the population is still not recovered. That is the reason natural pearls are the rarest gems of the planet earth.

3. The First Ever Artificial Round Pearl Was Created by Mikimoto Kōkichi

Mikimoto Kōkichi was a Japanese entrepreneur who was the first person ever to make cultivated pearl. In the year 1878 he started to find different ways to cultivate oysters in him oyster bed. His plan got successful and patented in the year 1896 after many failures. The discovery hit the pearl industry real hard as the customer preferred to buy the cultivated pearl which were more round and it was less expensive than the natural pearl.  

4. A Predictable 99% of Pearls on the Market Today are cultured

After the discovery of a cultivated pearl made by Mikimoto Kōkichi the whole market changed as everyone was buying cultivated round pearls. As per the data of this year almost every pearl in this market is cultivated as all the natural pearls has been collected. Not all cultivated pearls are of high quality as the real ones.

5. The Most Expensive Pearl is Esteemed at $100 Million

The most expensive pearl was found in a burning house in 2016 which was just kept as a lucky charm. The reason why it is the most expensive pearl was because of its size which was 26 inch was weighed 75 pound which is the largest pearl till this date.

6. Cleopatra Used Pearls to win a bet

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As per the stories on Cleopatra this most famous is when she had a bet with Mark Anthony, the bet to prove that she can host the most expensive in the world. She was also very popular because she has the two biggest pearls worn as earrings. So to make the most expensive dinner she crushed one of her pearls in a goblet of wine and she even consumed that wine which makes it the most expensive cocktail even.

7. The Oldest Pearl Ever Found Dates Back 8000 Years

This pearl was discovered in 2012 by some French researchers in the UAE and was named “Umm al Quwain” because it was found in UAE. The researchers used carbon dating to find the age of this pearl and claimed that its age is around 8000 thousand.

8. The Four Main Types of Pearls

There are pearl types differ from each other by different sizes, shapes, colors and the market value.

The most accessible pearls originate from China and are cultivated in freshwater rivers. Then there are Japanese Akoya pearls which are cultivated in salty waters and are spherical in shapes with a gorgeous shine on them which makes them one of the best pearls. Next in the list are Tahitians pearls which are also saltwater pearls cultured in French Polynesia and are also stated as black pearls but are still available in many colors like green, blue and purple. The last are the South Sea pearls which are known for their size as they are big pearls and are found in different water parts of Australia

Pearls 101: A Quick Look at the Different Types

9. There is a Pearl Necklace Dictionary

The popularity of pearl is growing every day with an immense pace which has given rise to many new styles of necklaces. This popularity has given rise to a new dictionary for pearls and its sizes. This dictionary consists of words like chokes, matinee, rope, etc. which are referred to different sizes.

10. Pearls Can Take Many Different Shapes

It is mostly believed that pearls are always symmetrical in shape which is so not true as they are available in many sizes as well. The most usual shapes of pearls are round, drop size, baroque, etc. the most liked pearl size is round but there people who prefer different sizes based on their perception.

11. It Takes a minimum 6 Months for a Pearl to Form

Every pearl has a different time period to grow but the minimum time in all pearls is six months and the growing period a can also go up to2 years. The journey of pearl developing starts from a farmer inserting a small nucleus inside a mollusc and everything depends on how much time the pearl will take to recover from the inserting process. After the mollusc has completely recovered the growth of pearl starts and mollusc cover the pearl with nacre. 

12. Pearls are one of the Official Birthstones for June.

People who are born in June are said to be very lucky as their month has 3 birthstones which consist of Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone and pearl being the rarest gemstone. The birthstones of June represent loyalty and clarity. Pearl can be a great gift for a person born in the month of June.

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Leather jackets are amazing but leather jackets with a sheepskin collar is like a cherry on top of a cake!!

Sheepskin has been open-handedly used in the fashion world since the discovery of it. First it was used only for the purpose of warmth and comforts the material but later it was also used for styling purposes. Since the first shearling leather jacket was designed, the comfortable apparel has been a symbol of dignity and style.


There are new styling features discovered every year but the most prestigious is the shearing collar on the leather jacket. Shearing leather jackets is a very long-lasting style and will be in the fashion industry for more than a decade.

The leather shearing jacket has almost the design since the time of its invention and hasn’t been change since then and the use of this jacket is also the same which wearing it in freezing winter. Nowadays there are leather jackets which have removable hood which makes it wearable in all seasons.

So, here are some tips and suggestions on how you can style your shearing leather jacket.


The shearling leather jacket can be used for street styling as well and sometimes a street style is incomplete without the shearling jacket. There are a number of ways you can style with this jacket as it has the potential to make a very boring outfit instantly amazing and it is comfortable too. You can start of by wearing some distressed denim jeans with a bold colored tee like white or black and in footwear you can wear some classic Chelsea boots.


When the shearling jacket was invented it was mostly considered as a “man’s coat” because it had a very masculine vibe, but nowadays it is being used by many ladies and it suits them pretty well as they tend to make a few changes to make it look feminine. You can wear your shearling jacket with a pencil skirt for the feminine effect. For styling you can wear your shearling jacket on top of a dark colored blouse with some boats and a hand bag in additional you can also wear some sunglasses for classy look.


Whenever you’re trying out a new style or going on a date, you must have had this fear that “am I overdressed” as nobody wants to look like they are trying very hard to pull off an attire. 

You can stop this by neutralising any of your clothing items which you think is too much with some accessories and other clothes of your attire. You can wear the shearling jacket frequently as it is a very stylish and easy to pull off clothing item and if you want everyone to notice your jacket then pair them with some not-too-bright cloths and make your jacket pop out.  

Try on the above statement biker leather jacket trimmed with black fur with a pair of skinny black jeans and a neutral t-shirt. Complete the ensemble with some long, high heeled black boots.


Shearling leather jacket has a great spot in the fashion world and will stay for a decent amount of time as it has amazing features like comfort and warmth and is even very fashionable. It is mostly preferred over any other jacket and will keep you warm and cozy all day and all night. You can pair your leather jacket with a pair of denim jeans and boots.


If you’re a beginner then you might need some time to figure out what style suits you and your personality well. If you’re someone who likes shearling leather jackets and doesn’t know how to pull it off? Then start it off by going classic with the help of a simple t-shirt and a pair of denim jeans with your amazing shearling leather jackets.


It is an easy job to style with shearling leather jackets and very less chances that you will go wrong with it. You will know what will go with it perfectly just by doing experiments,

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Bohemian Style: What You Should Know

So, what is bohemian style?

Bohemian styles are mostly similar to the hippie fashion that used only natural fabrics and neutral shades with the styles of the 70s and a lot of accessories.

The bohemian styles in not only a trend but also a whole culture that has a different philosophy and a history of its own, and as the bohemian style was similar to the hippie fashion in the 70s, but now they are very common and mainstream culture. The bohemian culture started in the 19th century. In today’s world bohemian fashion is all about free-flowing, over-sized, and effortless artistic clothing and accessories.

The philosophy of the bohemian culture is replacing the usual way of clothing and thinking with a more open-minded lifestyle which is against the greediness of the society.

What is the meaning of the bohemian style?

The bohemian fashion is a lot inspired by the hippie culture in the late 70s. The bohemian fashion is also known as the “boho” which consists of many natural fabrics, colors, and prints.

Where did the Bohemian style originated from?

The bohemian culture started in the early 19th century in France when the artist gave some attention to the lower classes or the Romanian area. The era saw many artists drop into poverty, as a result of being depressed of the former system of support.

What’s the difference between bohemian and hippie?

The boho or bohemian fashion is a very relaxed and highly easy-to-read fashion which allows you to express yourself.  Bohemian has the same ideology as the hippies which was to be a free-spirit and denied to wear clothes in the normal ways to adapt. People who follow the bohemian culture know that they are romantic and Wanderers just like hippies.

History of Bohemian Style

The bohemian fashion is a substitute for the typical fashion which of anytime which mostly everyone follows. The bohemian fashion was termed as an unusual fashion styles and was linked with the artist of that period and odd scholars.

The Early stages

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It all started in France revolution where the artists were enforced to live with poverty because of the economical state of the region. This lifestyle forced the artist to wear old clothes, and when the economy was stable these artiest used this lifestyle to express their creativity. They used fashion in very odd and in very high artistic way. The people of the region compared these artists with the travelling nomads who travelled from the area of Eastern Europe, called as Bohemia and that’s where the name originated from.

The Idealists and French Bohemians

In the 19th century the idealists were linked with the French bohemians,

. The idealist and bohemians started including flowy dresses, oriental inspired dress, old-fashioned components and colorful things in their appearances, as well as gypsy-inspired accessories and hair and stressed cloths. It was appreciated by a few people at of that time as the details were very different from the typical styles of that era.

The Aesthetic Movement

The bohemian style was started as a requirement by artist due to poverty but it slowly became a philosophy of many people, who were against the idea of materialism, social pact and sometimes individual cleanliness. The bohemians also participated in the Aesthetic Movement which resulted in including the bohemian style of clothing alongside the other forms of clothing and arts.

The Early 20th Century Bohemian Icons

As the world evolved many designers started to consider the bohemian culture and style of clothing in their ideas. There are many designers who took a lot of inspiration from the bohemian style of attire and included them in many clothes and home decorating stuff.

The Hippie Era

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In the 1960s the bohemians were about to change the whole fashion world when the hippie movement started against the orthodox way of living a life and a new era of clothing started which included many new styles, accessories, dresses, and many more. The hippies were against greediness and social hypothesis.

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Leather Fashion Evolution During the Period Twenties

Established fashion houses Bottega Veneta and Hermes continued to offer interesting leather fashion; they both took the trench to a new level with their tan leather ‘trench suit’, a combination of trench coat and jumpsuit. American manufacturer D-Squared and designer Rick Owens used leather to reinterpret their signature looks, D Squared with their hip orange leather trousers and Rick Owens with his edgy shearling cropped jacket.

Primarily known for their hand-woven leather accessories, Bottega Veneta created this stunning maize leather trench coat in 2005.

D-Squared have taken full advantage of the tanner’s craft, producing a pair of hip-hugging orange leather cropped trousers, featuring zipped and patch pockets.

Hermes continued their creation of innovative pieces with this melding of the trench coat and trouser suit in fine leather that features decorative topstitching.

Rick Owen’s shearling jacket with asymmetric hem shows how color variations between two leather skins can be used to advantage.

Designers continued to make inventive use of leather. Karl Lagerfeld, who had begun to transform the Chanel image in 1983, showcased just how far he had come when he paired a black leather micro-mini skirt and over the knee leather boots with a classic Chanel jacket. John Galliano, always a big fan of leather, included an off-white shearling jacket in his collection for Dior. In keeping with their tradition of experimentation, Dolce and Gabbana combined smooth blue Nappa with blue-embossed ostrich leather for a military-inspired jacket.

John Galliano’s shearling jacket for Dior makes interesting use of darts to provide a decorative touch.

Karl Lagerfeld has contrasted two classic Chanel styles, using black leather for a micro-mini skirt teamed with a cream wool pearl-trimmed jacket. By adding a long chiffon waistcoat and leather knee-high boots, he has further subverted the ensemble.

Dolce & Gabbana show how more exotic leathers, such as ostrich, can be used to give texture to a military-style jacket.

Today’s newest designers take leather to another level by creating ultra-mini, sexy, yet playful leather dresses, as here in the example by London-based Christopher Kane from his autumn/ winter 2007 collection. Leather legends, including Vuitton, Miu Mi, and MaxMara, on the other hand, continue to provide their customers with leather ‘classics with a twist’; the twist being leather wardrobe accents that include the ultimate leather belted tunic from MaxMara, a leather flared skirt from Miu Miu and a leather top and shirt ensemble from Vuitton.

Glasgow-born designer Christopher Kane veered away from his signature bondage look into a world of leather and velvet, creating this burgundy ensemble in 2007.

Famous for their coats and suits since 1951, MaxMara ventured into the world of ready-to-wear, with this beautiful brown sleeveless leather tunic in 2007.

Miu Miu treated leather-like fabric in 2007 with this full leather front pleated skirt paired with a matching short leather jacket.

Marc Jacobs used the thinnest, softest leather to create this rust-colored ensemble in 2007 for Vuitton.

Designers continued to have their own individual take on the use of leather in their collections. Many also exploited the vast range of finishes offered by tanneries, while others created their own leather ‘fabrics’, using plaiting and weaving techniques. Richard Chai used shearling to create a collection of experimental shapes, while Jordan Betten continued to take a walk on the wild side. Remaining true to his design philosophy, Betten created one-of-a-kind pieces that took more than 100 hours to complete. Meanwhile, French designer Jean Claude Jitrois, one of the first to knee and saggy leather in his collection, thus eliminating the baggy knee and saggy bottom often associated with skin-tight leather clothing, continued to include the fabric in his collections. Hermes played on its original tradition of horse-riding wear for its new leather line.

Jordan Betten created this top entirely from fine strips of leather, using a combination of weaving and knotting. The use of handcrafted techniques ensures his client’s exclusivity of design and manufacture.

Jean Claude Jitrois brought the tuxedo and trousers right up to date in black stretch lambskin. In the company tradition of making harness since 1837,

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Hermes created these brown suede jodhpurs in 2008, to be worn both on and off a horse.

Korean American Richard Chai presented a sleeveless shrug in rust-colored shearling at his 2008 show.    

Although the leather cycle is said to peak every three years, the world’s top designers have almost always included leather in their collections. However, leather was especially prevalent on catwalks in 2009. The sophistication of the knee-length skirt by Bally is contrasted with the striking architectural structure of Rick Owens’ trousers and top. New York duo Duckie Brown, meanwhile, looked to classic cut in a striking color for their soft luxurious leather jacket.

New York label Duckie Brown used a classic shape executed in an unusual and striking orange color for this jacket. The calf leather was specially treated to be extra soft and yet resilient.

In 2009, Swiss company Bally showed a tan leather novelty skirt paired with a black halter top.

Rick Owens combined an architecturally-cut black leather sleeveless jacket with baggy-style trousers for his 2009 collection.

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Trends You Might Be Seeing In 2020

As you can see 2019 has come to an end and the trends of 2020 are on the rise and some of the vintage trends may also come back.

Peplum-style tops could be pretty popular in the spring.

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Peplum Styles

Peplum tops would be all over the spring season. Peplum would be available in different types of feathers and different fabrics. They will be in fashion for the spring season but it can get extended till the summer season.

Stripes will be in the fashion too, all straps from horizontal and vertical.

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Leather will be in every section of clothing too from shorts too long coats.

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Leather Coat

Leather will also make an appearance in just about every form of clothing and they would be available in different and vibrant colors.

Puffed sleeves will also be on the trending list as they have been in previous years but in different styles, designs, and structures.

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Puff Sleeves

 In 2020 we will go back to the 1970s trends.

Designs from the 70s will come back as we are seeing a few signs in the winter-autumn with colors used like mustard and dark brown while in fabrics, corduroy is used clothes. Designs like flared hems, broad lapels and double-breasted styles will come back in 2020 from the 70s trending section.

Deconstructed suits are also here to stay for 2020.

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Deconstructed Style Wear

Deconstructed suits were in fashion and they will continue to stay in fashion for a pretty long time and you might even see them in red carpets. There might be a probability that you will see suits and jackets worn without bottoms and suits styled with crop top and bras. In spring season you will see a lot of different fashion styles like a three-piece suit with some shorts and a bra instead of a blouse.

Colors like neon will be seen a lot this year.

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Neon Colors

Designers will be adding bright colors in the spring sections. We will be seeing a lot of neon colors mixed up with a lot of neutral colors and colors like black will not be in the fashion spotlight.

Jewelry trends of 2019 will stay in 2020

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Collar Necklaces

Hoops and collar necklaces will be all over in 2020 and will be available in a lot of different shapes and sizes.

Spring will be filled with crocheted products.

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Crocheted Dress

There will be a lot of crocheted products from the 70s fashion which has products like floral crochet, you might be seeing these products paired with a light dress and even denim.

Polka-dot prints will be in 2020.

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Polka Dot Top

In 2019 we have seen leopard prints but in 2020 there are high chances of it getting replaced by polka dots. The majority of feminine dresses will be seen covered in polka dots with some bold colors. In the case of shoes, loafers will continue to be in fashion for this year but you can see a lot of variation in styles. Other shoes from sleek styles to chunky shoes all will be in shops.

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Leather Trends During the 1990’s

Years: 1991

In the 1990’s European designers began working one on one with tanneries. Novelty skins became popular as tanneries in Italy and France completed with each other to create unique looks. Italian tanneries, working with Versace and Armani, experimented with new colors, prints and treatments, while French tanneries worked with French designers to create some of the thinnest and most subtle skins ever.

Leading European designers continued to work leather into their collections even at the couture level. Gucci, previously known for accessories, branched out into the leather clothing market. And while Thierry Mugler created some of the kinkiest leather pieces, often dominatrix-inspired, Jill Sander took a more classic approach to leather design.

When Gucci moved into leather clothing designs, they were able to bring all their knowledge of leather to the catwalk, creating this sophisticated pink coat and dress ensemble in 1991.

In 1991, Thierry Mugler brought biker style to the catwalk with this zipped, hooded jacket and carefully constructed trousers, which take advantage of the sculptural qualities of leather to add to the dominatrix effect.

Jil Sander’s 1991 black coat is luxurious both in its style and its use of leather.

Years: 1992-1993
As the decade progressed, established designers, including Christian Lacroix, began to embrace the use of leather in their collections, while designers new to the fashion scene, such as Azzedine Alaia and Americans Isaac Mizrahi and Byron Lars, added whimsy to their leather designs.

Nothing in this beautifully crafted jacket from 1992 betrays the fact Christian Lacroix had never used leather before. He even added a more luxurious touch by incorporating a snakeskin trim.

Bryon Lar’s stylized aviator jacket of 1992, complete with “wings” on its shearling collar and accessorized with a ‘helmet’ and goggles, shows how leather can be combined with other fabrics; here a knit train is used at the hem and cuffs.

Isaac Mizrahi’s 1992 take-off of Bonnie Cashin’s pocketbook jacket of 1973 gave a great sense of fun to what otherwise might have been just another black leather jacket.

Although Azzedine Alaia is most known for his sexy, curvy, tight to the body designs, in 1993 he took a softer approach with this pale blue suede cropped jacket and trousers. He took particular advantage of the pieced construction to incorporate decorative seams that were laced together.

Years: 1994-1995

Leather can be sexy or classic. While Claude Montana continued to utilize it to create the fashionable silhouette of the day, and Gianfranco Ferre designed classic styles, Gianni Versace used leather to further his reputation for some of the sexiest clothes to hit the catwalk. Fendi, meanwhile, continued to have a prominent position on the catwalk.

Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, famous for his white architectural blouses, ventured into leather in 1994 with his beautifully cut, high waisted, cream-colored suede gaucho trousers.

Continuing the safety-pin theme of his 1994 collection, Versace created this contour-hugging black leather cut-out dress, which fitted supermodel Helena Christensen like a corset.

Known for spectacular furs since 1918, Fendi created this burnished, metallic shearling maxi coat in 1995, designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Years: 1996-1997
Some designers, including Fendi, Ann Demeulemeester, and Gucci, continued to incorporate leather into their collections, often using its properties to create a perfect fit for an increasingly pared-down silhouette, while others, such as Thierry Mugler, continued to flirt with the ‘bad girl’ theme.

Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester created goth magic with her chic, black leather floor-length dress in 1997.

Tom Ford created the ultimate ‘power suit’ for Gucci in 1997, with his broad-shouldered, black leather jacket and skin tight pencil skirt.

Parisian designer Theirry Mugler used all the sculptural qualities that only a fabric like leather can provide to create this sexy bustier and skirt trimmed with feathers in 1997. Each section of leather was individually stamped to emphasize its contours, while the skirt and sleeves were designed to resemble articulated pieces of armour.

Years: 1998-1999

Leather, suede and shearling had a slot in almost every European designer’s collection during the late 1990s with Ungaro’ s luscious grey shearling jacket and Celine’s exquisite tan lambskin coat. Marni’s pared-down brown leather funnel neck coat provided a strong contrast.

The generous collar of Ungaro’s s short shearling jacket from 1998, fastened with a tie belt, makes good use of the wool face of the skin.

Celine’s take on the classic trench coat hit the catwalk in 1999, manufactured with luxurious tan lambskin.
Marni showed this pared-down leather coat with a funnel neck in 1990.

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Fashion Tips for Working Women

Fashion outfits are not only for parties, clubbing, and night outs but it is also for people who go to work. Obviously you won’t be wearing any party outfit for a business meeting. You have to wear something in formals because that’s how it is.

There are a lot of fashionable options you can choose from starting from cropped pants to straight trousers, thigh-length skirts, business suits and jackets and many more.

Looks are important if you are working at a place where you have to give presentations and attend the meeting because there your first impression should be a good one which people can remember. You need to look professional in such a business environment. Don’t panic!  Because we have some fashion tips which you can follow.

Choose basic and quality outfits

AS a businesswoman you must be intelligent enough on how to spend money and where you should spend it. You can save s=money by prioritizing quality and not quantity. Buy good quality formal business attire which you can wear multiple times without degrading its quality. 

Choose an outstanding yet simple business attire. And don’t just go on buying stuff, buy clothes which are essential and sufficient enough for you to wear, and quality is an important aspect. You should take care of your quality business outfit properly or else they might degrade their quality. You can take care of them by using good quality hangers instead of some basic plastic hangers and you should get them cleaned frequently or whenever required. Don’t forget your shoes, they also need a nice care routine, and you should polish every week or whenever they are dirty and if you can’t then take them to a cobbler. If you follow the above steps properly your attire will last for years.

Wear what you like but suitable for an office setting.

You should wear appropriate clothes according to your dress code and should suit your business environment. You have to be careful while choosing your undergarments especially your bras and make sure that the strap should not be seen from your top. Wear whatever you want but make sure it’s business formal and not too loud. You can wear lipsticks, makeup, accessories or even a particular color if you want but it should be neutral and not too loud.

It is crucial to be true to yourself, which is one of the best leadership qualities. Therefore, you can look amazing and attractive but at the same time, you need to look professional in your office or business meetings.

Choose a tailor who is professional and good in tailoring office attire, then choose a fabric that is good in quality and make sure that your suit or attire fits you perfectly as it should not be too tight and nor too lose.

No skin displays

Whenever you’re looking for skirts for office use make sure that it is of proper length and should follow your dress code. You cannot wear a skirt which you wear for your parties or night out as the length is not apt for office wear. You should look for a skirt of length which covers your knee because when you sit it shortens your skirt. You also go for skirts which have slits but not too high. You should wear trendy clothes but you have to obey the dress code of your office.

You cannot wear a dress that shows your cleavage as it is not appropriate for office wear and your dress should not be transparent too and your bra should not be visible to your workmates.

You can wear sleeveless outfits if you want but if your office has ruled are strict and don’t allows it, just wear a jacket over a sleeveless top. Well, not every office that strict nowadays but if you start feeling cold because of the AC you can wear a jacket over your sleeveless dress.

Before taking any action just look in your rulebook or ask about it to your HR manager regarding the dress code. There are chances that you might have ignored specific dress codes and thus, confirming is better than directly wearing it.

You can wear skin-tight denim or short skirts on office parties or the yearly office parties.


Businesswomen should look trendy, smart and professional. You must follow your office dress code. Your outfit, accessories, cosmetics, and footwear all of it is observed in a professional environment.

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Elegant Trouser Styles You Should Know

Cropped Trousers

Some people like to call it the ankle swingers and they are going to be in fashion for a good reason. These are a great option to bump up your formal attire by allowing your ankles to breathe. When we say cropped trousers we it means the length should be enough to display your ankles only, it should not be too short.

It gives you footwear an amazing platform to shine, the crop should be perfect not too short not too long, because no one likes to see that extra cloth puddling at your ankles. Getting the length right is an important aspect which you should remember go to a good tailor and take their advice, the best length is anything ranging from 3 to 4 inches above the ankle. Cropped trousers can blend themselves well to both formal and off-duty settings. Cropped chinos in a light brown color will work well with a crisp white shirt, premium suede bomber and white sports trainers on the weekend for a casual look and for more formal occasions, black cropped trousers with a grey blazer, charcoal roll neck, and black formal shoes are perfect for a relaxed business-casual office.

Cargo Pants

Cargos went from army wear to an ugly disaster, but now it has come back thanks to a stylist who made these boring pants, even more, stylist and wearability. The key to buying the perfect cargo pants is that they should be between fit too baggy, you can fill those big pockets to the top but keeping them empty for a better look. Standard khaki green goes well with an over a shirt for a weekend look which gives good vibes. For the time being, if light colors aren’t an option, a pair of modern black cargo trousers can be worn along with a white Oxford shirt, grey sweatshirt, and navy overcoat for a look that passes inspection.

High-Waisted Trousers

High-waisted trousers are literally on the escalator. If you get everything right you can attain nirvana but if you got it wrong you’ll look lie like a kid who wore his dad’s suit to a party. They to get a perfect High waisted trouser is to get the length correct.  If you’re going for a wide-leg style a cropped fit ensures you’re not sinking in fabric. Equally, if mankles ( man-ankles)  aren’t your type, a tapered cut will allow the leg openings of the trousers to sit nicely with your chosen footwear.

High-waisted trousers are still super relaxed and the rest of your outfit should be Semi-formal. For your top go for a fitted polo or a loose T-shirt, tucked inside the waistband. You can layer this with a matching jacket and even a wool overcoat when the temperature falls. For footwear wise, mix things up a bit with a canvas high-top or suede desert boots.

Pleated Trousers

Not too long-ago pleat was a style statement mostly in your granddad times, it was for comfort rather than aesthetics. Nonetheless, these trousers are back in a fashion which you might keep in your wardrobe because it’s versatile enough to impress a few ladies as well as your granddad. It’s the time where you stop forcing your legs into your tight jeans and spend a few bucks in pleated trousers, but you should also know how to balance fitted fit and airy fit. Your trousers should be airy and comfortable but it shouldn’t look like a clown’s uniform. For styling, stick to relax tailoring in the jacket section, layered over with a white tee. A tucked-in collar shirt can work too. In the footwear, section sticks to Derby boots, brogues or white canvas trainers.

Tracksuit Bottoms

The time when sportswear came off from just being sportswear to oh-my-god-I-can-wear-this-to-work. It can offer the same level of comfort as pajamas.  These are some signs of relief for people who wear formals all the time for work.

There’s a variety when it comes to tracksuit bottoms. You can go to side-stripe trousers. Or instead, you can go full nylon and go for that 90s, head-to-toe vibe. Whichever you pick, go for a slim cut and if the cuffs aren’t elasticated then go for a little cropped leg. Tracksuit bottoms have always been best when paired with sportswear. A side-stripe trouser can be matching with a smarter shoe just as excellently as it can with a trainer. Toss on a plain tee and a bomber jacket and you’re good to go.

For a more street look then go for the full nylon tracksuit and wear it with chunky trainers and a dad cap.