Job Interview is NOT DRESS YOUR WAY, ANYWAY…IT’S NOT ABOUT THE FASHION! By Dick Lerner

Job Interview Dress is not about the Fashion.  It is to meet and exceed the expectation of the employer.  When you
come to a Job Interview you are there for the interest of the employer, not your own.  How are you going to showcase you are the one the employer has been looking for.  Give reason why they should hire you over someone else.  How do you distinguish yourself? 

It comes through your Packaging and Professional image.  Whether Interview Dress is a Suit or not, you visually need to make a compelling professional statement.  If you have a stellar resume, you need to be a mirrored image.

Employers could care less about the fashion, unless you are interviewing in a industry that is the norm for dress.  Its never letting your clothing be a barrier to your Image! You don’t get second chances for first impressions.  Strong impressions are lasting and enduring, weak ones are impossible to overcome.

Once you lined up companies to Interview with, find out what the expected dress is and plan your wardrobe accordingly.  Make sure your wardrobe is flexible, ability to dress up or down, but dressed right.  After the second or third interview, the company understands your skills, abilities, etc., now they are looking how you dress, grooming and hygiene and how you will fit into the Corporate Culture.

Never send your resume out until you have your Interview Wardrobe assembled.  You can’t put off a Interview because you have nothing to wear.  This is the biggest mistake people make…resume is out and nothing to wear.  People think nothing is going to happen, until lightning strikes.  When a company is ready to see you, they’re ready and you cannot put them off because you have nothing to wear.  This may be the only opportunity to Interview.

A hurried up Interview Wardrobe looks it and has no plan to it.  Have your Interview Wardrobe ready to go 30 days ahead of sending out resumes.  There is a lot of disposable junk out there and what you need may not be available at the time you need it.  If you need help, contact Bel Air Fashions.  This is our expertise.

Conundrum? Apparel not what you Anticipated? By Dick Lerner

How many times have you bought a garment that you really liked …then disappointment sets in.  Its not what you thought it might be…Doesn’t fit?…Seems flimsy?….Doesn’t hold its shape? Buttons fall off? Seams separated? Fabric ripped? It happens more than you think.

Apparel that is oversold and under delivered – is well beyond the worth of the garment.  Marketing doesn’t mean you are getting quality.  A name brand or designer label doesn’t mean apparel is good quality – its a Conundrum!!.  If a garment doesn’t hold up and seems ready for the discard pile prematurely; it’s due to inferior fabrics, linings, thread, buttons, cheaply made, etc.

Endorsements and Influencers does not mean a garment is good quality.  The garment is loaded with marketing cost and if the price is to good to be true…it probably is! The difference?  A good garment is well made with all the right ingredients to insure you are getting well made apparel that is affordable, quality and will last.  Unfortunately the retail sector has become filled with disposable merchandise that will continually have a short life cycle.

It is a vicious cycle how often a garment gets replaced, and that is expensive! Instead of increasing the wardrobe, it becomes one of replacement.  Quality Clothing becomes the least costly as garments are replaced less often.

Next time a garment seems to be to good to be true, it probably is, there is no free lunch! The conundrum is the garment quality? Or is it a garment heavily promoted with a cheap price.

If you want to get off the Hamster Wheel,  buy apparel for quality and value, know your fabrics, look for garments with the latest technology.  Hold the fabric up to the light and make sure you can’t see through, it is tightly woven, has good body, not flimsy or crush in your hand.

If the garment isn’t made right, Tailors are not magicians, there is only so much that can be done.  This is the issue of cheaply made apparel.  Cheaply made clothing with a name means nothing.  Be a good steward, know what you are getting.

There is Wool…Then There is Merino Wool…In a Class by Itself! By Dick Lerner

How many times have you put on a wool garment and first thing you notice is how rough the fabric is and it scratches your skin and you can’t wait to change clothes.  The wool used may be what protects the animal from the elements.  Its the dry coarse wool sheared from the topside of the Sheep.

There are a number of breeds of Sheep.  Each breed of Sheep Wool has there own characteristics, but the World’s softess is Merino Wool.  It is the cashmere of Wool.  About 90% of the Merino Wool Sheep comes from Australia.

Features of Merino Wool is not only how soft it is, it is strong, moisture wicking, natural UV protection, temperature regulating, doesn’t stink, easy care and outstanding for year round wear.

Merino Wool is not only used for Professional Clothing, it is a favorite for Outdoor Clothing for temperature regulating, wicking moisture, soft and comfortable to wear.  Merino Wool is easy care, maintains it shape and ideal all types of weather.  Merino Wool is preferred for layering, warmth and moisture wicking.

It is one of the few fibers you will find used from Suits to Base Layer tops and bottoms.  Merino Wool is sustainable, it is a natural fiber and renewable which is good for the earth.

Wool often gets a bad wrap because its rough and course, hot and scratchy.  Merino Wool is anything but; it is preferred – for all the right reasons.  Build your wardrobe with Merino Wool, you will have a better wardrobe over time, will last and spend less money.  Experience the quality of Merino Wool, you will immediately discover the difference!

What to look for getting good Lifestyle and Outdoor Clothing by Dick Lerner

There is way too much marketing and cheap prices being promoted in the marketplace on names and labels that have been acquired and not in business for years.  Merchandise promoted by a Celebrity or Influencer does not assure you are are getting quality apparel.  Much of the merchandise being pushed is on sourced products not manufactured by the company.  Unfortunately, most of what is being promoted are cheap prices, cheaply made, doesn’t fit or last.

What do you look for in Lifestyle and Outdoor Clothing? Are Companies privately owned or they equity/venture capital firms? Look for companies that manufacture their merchandise. Products are fair trade mercantile, eco, sustainable and  company makes a positive carbon footprint.  The merchandise produced are with the latest fabrics and technology.

If you want a great cake you have to make it with great ingredients and that is what the best Lifestyle and Outdoor Clothing Manufacturers do – season in…season out.  Their products are great quality, fit and last.  If you are looking to get your wardrobe to the next level and quit the cycle of wasting money…this should help to get on the right path.  The collage of names to the right are just a few of the many quality manufacturers available.

Symbols to Look for on Outdoor, Lifestyle and Travel Clothing Tags

The following will help you acquire the best of Lifestyle, Outdoor and Travel Clothing.  Look for these symbols on garment tags you are considering for purchase. You will know you are getting Quality, Affordable and Longevity Apparel. These garments will be some of the most comfortable clothing items made with the latest fabric technology. These are just few of the fantastic fabrics available. These standards assure you are getting good garments from ethical manufacturers who care about the environment. It also represents the best of manufacturing; garments will have a few of these symbols, not all.

Buying Clothing does not have to be a Challenge by Dick Lerner

Buying clothing is challenging, it can be simplified. This is what you can do to make sure you have a good garment. It starts with the fabric. Make sure the fabric is not flimsy, has good weight, hold up in light and make sure you cannot see through it and stitching is tight with little space between stitches. Squeeze and make sure fabric holds its shape and not looked crushed.

Build a year round wardrobe that you can wear all year long. Buy core essential items that will mix n match with what you have. Some of the best clothing can be found in Lifestyle and Outdoor Clothing Manufacturers. You can be assured of high standards. Look for clothing that features Fair Trade Manufacturing. This assures your garment is made to the highest standards and not in sub human conditions. Most clothing made is Eco, Sustainable and Organic.

Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp are some of the best fabrics to look for. Most garments are made with stretch, pack n go, easy care, quick dry, wick moisture, UPF+ protection and breathable. The difference is the garments last, don’t break down, quality and affordable. The freebies and lines constantly advertised don’t mean you are getting the best for your money. Get out of the box and see what Kühl, Toad & Co, Prana, 10 Tree and Mountain Khakis have to offer. There is a difference. A great way to build a wardrobe for work, travel or just kickin’ back.

Feet Hurt? Is it the Socks? Shoes? Both? By Dick Lerner

Feet Hurt? Most of the time it’s not the Shoes, it is the Socks are too thin.  There is no cushion and the fabric is a cotton, nylon or polyester. What will make a difference how your feet and legs will feel?  Shoes should be fit by the arch length, not heel to toes.  Toes can very in length, the arch width of  your feet needs to fit flush in the arch of the shoe; not forward or back.  The arch width needs to be wide enough not to cause corns or bunions.  When your feet hurt wearing your shoes its because your socks are too thin and have no cushion.

To solve this is best to get cushioned insole socks, made of washable merino wool.  Merino Wool absorbs sweat and doesn’t stink.  It adds cushion between your feet and shoes and actually feels very comfortable.  When feet hurt this is the best remedy.

When legs feel fatigued, tired and no support, the best socks are over-the-calf mild or firm compression merino wool stretch socks.  These socks give great support and promotes good leg circulation.  When sitting for a long time there is nothing better to wear.  Socks have a cushioned footbed and what a difference at the end of day how your legs and feet will feel.  Socks make the difference.  If you need more information or help, please contact Bel Air Fashions.

Don’t Take Chances Outside with Insect Bites This Fall by Dick Lerner

In 2017 and continues today, the Outdoor Recreation segment has been among the fastest growing components of the USA Economy.  With that said, people are partaking in outdoor activities in greater numbers.  As a result there is greater exposure to the Sun and Bug Bites.

Recently in Michigan and now Connecticut, mosquitos have been discovered carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis disease.

Unfortunately there have been recent deaths as a result of the EEE disease and currently no treatment or vaccinations.  Authorities are telling people to wear long-sleeves and cover up and avoid being outside at peak times.

Insect Shield Apparel will help guard against ticks carrying lyme disease and mosquitos carrying malaria, yellow fever and zika to name a few.

Insect Shield Apparel helps keeps insects away.  Insect Shield is a process that is bonded to the apparel, it stays on the clothing, not on the skin.  Insect Shield lasts up to 70 washings.  Don’t take a chance this Fall contracting a insect borne disease, protect yourself.  

Insect Shield is available in men’s and women’s apparel, long-sleeve shirts, long-sleeve crews, jackets, pants, hats, neck garters and socks.  If you need further information or help be sure to contact Bel Air Fashions.

Women’s Professional Dress…Not Dead and Buried! by Dick Lerner

One of the biggest frustrations for Women is the lack of quality, affordable classic styled Suits and Suit Separates. Fabrics are flimsy, wrinkle, garments don’t fit, Jacket Sleeves and Pants are too short. Garments are not made well and don’t last! Professional Dress is not the latest trend and yet it is not fuddy-duddy either. This end of the business is not dead, it is thriving.

Many of the Apparel Manufacturers cease to exist and presents a definite void in the marketplace. This presents a challenge for women who still need to dress professional. Made to Measure is a wonderful solution when you want a longevity garment, it is an investment. It is made for you. This is not the answer for everyone, especially when first starting out and on a tight budget.

There are Suit Separates made of a wool blend stretch fabric, which is ideal for year round wear. Fabrics have good weight, smooth finish, hold their shape, don’t break down and look good throughout the day. These are quality and affordable garments that last and styling is modern fit. Choice will be a classic style Jacket, Flat Front Pant or Skirt. All three items will be Core Essential items that can be worn as a Suit or mix n match with other items in the wardrobe.

When the need is too dress up for an upcoming job or promotion interview or important meeting; having the right fabric, classic styled garment, fits well, will help you make the compelling professional statement you seek. If further information is needed, contact Bel Air Fashions, will be glad to be a resource.

Tips to Plan a Wardrobe for Work and Travel by Dick Lerner

Planning Clothing for Work and Travel is building a Core Essential Wardrobe that reduces waste.  The Apparel Industry is the 4th largest polluter of Air and Water.  It is better to buy better quality it will last longer and spend less in the long run and not fill up are Landfills and Oceans.  There is a lot of disposable junk in the marketplace that has to be replaced over and over.  It is better to be Eco and Sustainable and protect the Planet.

Buy items that give flexibility, mix n match, dress up or down, but dress right.  Good quality fabrics that are made with the latest technology help assure quality and longevity in a garment.  A good fabric held up in the light should have density and weight so the garment will hardly wrinkle and fit well.  A garment shouldn’t look like it was slept in five minutes after wearing.  Fabrics with stretch are ideal to help look fresh all day long.  Non Iron Cotton Shirts require no ironing.  Four way stretch micro-fiber Shirts are terrific for comfort and holding Shape.

These are examples of fabrics are great for day to day wear.  Planning purchases around a few good tops and bottoms will create a number of mix n match items and ideal for Travel.  Having the right items prevent over packing, garments will not look crushed after traveling.