Friday, January 30, 2015

The Hat

The hat is not only a head covering that serves as a protection to elements during summer and winter seasons in the kingdom and elsewhere but one of the best fashion accessories both men and women should have. It makes a great fashion statement. It brings your look to a whole new level. 

Lets take a look at the types of hats for both men and women.

Women's Style:

The Cloche: The basic cloche was a close-fitting hat with deep crowns that clung over the wearer’s brow.
The Beret: The beret had no brim and a soft, lopsided top.
The Bowler: Oval hat with round, rigid crown and modeled brim. Also known as a derby, because the style was made popular by the Earl of Derby in 19th. century England.
The Gainsborough: Gainsboroughs were wide, ornate hats and were commonly adorned with an abundance of feathers.
The Pillbox: It was shaped like a shortened cylinder with a flat top and no brim.
The Fedora: The fedora featured a medium-width snap brim and a band around the crown.
The Skimmer: They featured flat tops and rigid flat brims, and were made of straw braid.
The Snood: A snood was a simple band that kept long hair away from the wearer’s face, such as an ornamental hair net.
The Bretton: ample round crown and brim turned-up all around
The Bonnet: The spoon bonnet’s high brim and narrow sides gave way to drawn bonnets with more ovoid shapes.

Men's Style:

The Tophat: Tall, cylindrical, flat-topped hat with modeled brim.
The Poorboy: Large, soft, 6 or 8 panel fabric cap with visor and peak snap. Sometimes with ear flaps. Also called a newsboy.
The Tryolean: It has a cord band and plumage and is, once again, most appropriate for casual or sports wear.
The Derby a.k.a the Bowler: is a dressy, stylish hat that gives it wearer a definite British flavour.
The Panama: Straw hat made with panama cloche.
The Porkpie: received its name from the groove surrounding the flattened top of the crown (hence the English pastry allusion). it has a round, flat-topped crown and a small brim turned up all around.
The Fedora: Felt hat with a lengthwise crease in the crown, and a medium brim.
The Cowboy: high crown and wide brim, originally worn by cow hands. Usually of felt, leather or straw.
The Homburg: A soft, elegant, felt hat with tapered, creased crown and rolled brim that has a bound edge.
The Ben Hogan: English driving cap, Low–profile cap, with small brim at the front.
There are many more styles of headgear and hats.

Here are some hats that were shown on some of the major runways on Fall/Winter 2015 Menswear.

Commes des Garcons Fall 2015

Cerruti 1881 Paris Fall 2015

 Armani Fall 2015

 Engineered Garment Fall 2015

Saint Laurent Fall 2015

And from Spring 2015 Womeswear.

John Galliano

Jean Paul Gaultier

Elie Tahari

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And here is my look showcasing a hat. Hope you like it guys!

Hat: Zara, Cornich, Khobar
Jacket: Lee Cooper, Centerpoint, Dharan Mall
Long Sleeve Shirt worn Underneath: Zara, Corniche, Khobar


Monday, January 12, 2015

The Red Quilted Jacket

 Just when I thought I needed another jacket as Saudi Arabia is getting colder I found this from Zara which is what I need exactly. 1.) Just the right thickness, enough to keep my body warm. Who wants to look big in those puffy jackets 2.) Love the fact that it is quilted and 3.) Who doesn't look good in red? 

The quilt trend is seen on some major runways and a favorite of fashionistas on the street.

Kent and Curwen A/W 2014

Christopher Raeburn A/W 2014

Calvin Klein Collection A/W 2014

And here is my share on the trend. Hope you like it guys!

The quilted jacket: Zara, Corniche, Al Khobar
Shoes: Zara, Mall of Dharan, Dharan


Friday, December 26, 2014

The Science of Layering

Layering of clothes maximizes comfort and keep yourself warm outdoor during winter season. With this you can make quick adjustment based on the changes of the weather. 

Layering is not only essential to comfort but a fun way to enjoy fashion during the season as you can mix and match clothes. 

Here is a basic about the concept of layering. It is composed of the base, middle, outer or shell layer.

Your Base Layer: Moisture Management

REI Power Dry base layer

This is your next-to-skin layer. It helps regulate your body temperature by moving perspiration away from your skin.
Keeping dry helps you maintain a cool body temperature in the summer and avoid hypothermia in the winter. If you've ever worn a cotton T-shirt under your raincoat while you hiked, you probably remember feeling wet and clammy, even though you weren't getting wet from the rain itself. Cotton is a fabric that retains perspiration and can leave you chilled.
For outdoor comfort, your base layer should be made of merino wool(popularized by brands such as SmartWoolIbex and Icebreaker), synthetic fabrics (polyesters such as Polartec Power Dry® or Patagonia Capilene®) or, for less-active uses, silk. Rather than absorbing moisture, these fabrics transport (or "wick") perspiration away from your skin, dispersing it on the outer surface where it can evaporate. The result: You stay drier even when you sweat, and your shirt dries faster afterwards.
Examples: A base layer can be anything from briefs and sports bras to long underwear sets (tops and bottoms) to tights and T-shirts. It can be designed to fit snugly or loosely. For cool conditions, thermal underwear is available in light-, mid- and expedition-weights. Choose the weight that best matches your activity and the temperature.

Your Middle Layer: Insulation

TNF Osito classic fleece

The insulating layer helps you retain heat by trapping air close to your body.
Natural fibers such as wool and goose down are excellent insulators. Merino wool sweaters and shirts offer soft, reliable warmth and keep on insulating even when wet. For very cold and dry conditions, goose down is best. It offers an unbeatable warmth-to-weight ratio and is highly compressible. Down's main drawback is that it must be kept dry to maintain its insulating ability. A new innovation—water-resistant down—promises to change this.
Classic fleece such as Polartec® 100, 200 or Thermal Pro polyester and other synthetics such as Thinsulate® provide warmth for a variety of conditions. They're lightweight, breathable and insulate even when wet. They also dry faster and have a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than even wool. Classic fleece's main drawbacks are wind permeability and bulk (it's less compressible than other fabrics).
Like thermal underwear, fleece tops are available in 3 weights:
  • Lightweight for aerobic activity or mild climates.
  • Midweight for moderate activity or climates.
  • Expedition-weight for low activity or cold climates.
Examples: For high-energy activities such as cross-country skiing, cycling or running, choose lightweight fleece (Polartec 100 or Power Dry) to avoid overheating. For cold conditions, try thicker fleece such as Polartec 200 or 300.
Wind fleece such as Polartec WindPro® polyester or Gore WindStopper® adds a high level of wind resistance to fleece. How? It uses a hidden membrane that does not affect breathability.

Your Shell Layer: Weather Protection

Patagonia rain shell

The shell or outer layer protects you from wind, rain or snow. Shells range from pricey mountaineering jackets to simple windproof jackets. Most allow at least some perspiration to escape; virtually all are treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish to make water bead up and roll off the fabric.
An outer shell is an important piece in bad weather, because if wind and water are allowed to penetrate to your inner layers, you begin to feel cold. Furthermore, without proper ventilation, perspiration can't evaporate but instead condenses on the inside of your shell.
Fit is another consideration. Your shell layer should be roomy enough to fit easily over other layers and not restrict your movement.
Shells can be lumped into the following categories:
Waterproof/breathable shells: The most functional (and expensive) choices, these are best for wet, cool conditions and alpine activities. Shells using laminated membranes such as Gore-Tex and eVent offer top performance; those using fabric coatings are a more economical alternative. Shells are categorized by REI as either rainwear, which emphasizes low weight and packability, or mountaineering wear, which is more abrasion-resistant and has additional features.
Water-resistant/breathable shells: These are best for light precipitation and high activity levels. Less expensive than waterproof/breathable shells, they're usually made of tightly woven fabrics (such as mini-ripstop nylon) to block wind and light rain.
Soft shells: These emphasize breathability. Most feature stretch fabric or fabric panels for added comfort during aerobic activities. Many offer both shell and insulative properties, so they in effect combine 2 layers into 1. Soft shells include cold- and mild-weather options.
Waterproof/non-breathable shells: These economical shells are ideal for rainy days with light activity (e.g., fishing, sports viewing). They are typically made of a sturdy, polyurethane-coated nylon which is water- and windproof.
Insulated shells: Some outer shells have a layer of insulation built in—such as fleece—making them convenient for cold, wet conditions, but not as versatile for layering in fluctuating temperatures.
 Choice of material or clothes of course still depends on the weather of where you from. In the kingdom where the coldness could be tolerable, your choice of layers might be like mine below and you may want to add a scarf for more comfort and style.
Have fun layering guys!