Give a Gift of Quality

It use to be giving gifts were quality, not so much today.  Many of the trusted brands meant bitterness-of-cheap-225their merchandise was credible and would last.  Today most of these brand names and designers are out of business and their labgifts2els were sold.  Names are just names and haven’t been in business for years.  Much of this merchandise is never sold at regular price only sale prices.

Be wary of this during the holidays as so much of the discounted apparel is good for one thing, cheap price. Here is a good litmus test too know if you have a good garment:  Fabric is smooth, not rough or coarse.  Doesn’t wrinkle when you squeeze it, stitches are tight, not porous and when you hold the garment up in the light you can’t see through the fabric like plastic wrap.

There is not a lot of difference in price between a cheap and quality garment, but a world of difference in how it is made, fit and how long it will last.  This is the true cost of merchandise, in the end the quality garment will be around long after the holidays are over.

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Business Dress Guideline Every Professional Should Consider

ronaldo-iiiiWhether dress is a Suit or not, look like a professional, consistently.  Clothing should be made of high performance fabrics and quality linings, interfacings, tweed-jewel-neck-suitpadding, thread and buttons so garments make a compelling statement and will look great over time.  Other attributes of quality garments they don’t break down, stay and look fresh throughout the day.

Wardrobe items should fit well, clean, no body order, no stains or tears.  To look like a professional, your clothing needs to look like it is in its “A” game.  Your clothing and image should meet and exceed the expectations of those who you work with and clients.

Accessories should polish off your outfit, not the center of attention.  Grooming and Hygiene shows how you bistretch-suitronaldo-iiisweat the small details, including well manicured fingernails, no bushy necks or globs of hair growing out of the ear lobes or nostrils.

Business is not casual, for some companies it is the work spaces they create.  Clothing should never be transparent where undergarments should through or defined.  Your look should not be short, tight or revealing.  If you are management, look like management!


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Traveling this Summer? Are you a victim of overpacking? Break the cycle!

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kuhl_ws_8229_futurass_seaport_back_copy_style_category kuhl womens ss vneckGetting ready for a trip doesn’t have to be burdensome.  The key is  when you acquire clothing, know what you are getting.   New technology in fabrics feature organic cotton, high performance, moisture wicking, quick dry, 4-way stretch, breathability, anti-odor and bug shield technology.  These fabrics are all out in the last few years.  Try to get clothing that contain many of these features.  It represents the best of Lifestyle Clothing especially wherever Summer Travel takes you.

Key in planning your travel wardrobe is have your trip planned out.  Where are you going, how long you will be in each venue, is it hot and dry or cold and wet and total kuhl_ms_5102_renegadecargo_short_khaki_back2_style_category kuhl shortslength of trip.  Then plan to get so many tops and bottoms and underwear.  It is important to get clothing you can roll up, hand wash 2011-2584_9999_gr athleisureand quick dry.  The fabrics will not only hang out, they are easy maintenance, and don’t take up much space.  This will allow you to take less clothing.  Wash in the sink at night, if need be, quick dry overnight and ready to wear the next morning.  This will cut out the bulk of what you pack in your suit case.

You may only need 3 pair of underwear instead of seven.  Having the right clothing, made of pack-n-go, high performance fabrics will allow you to pack less and be adequately packed for your travel.  It will make travel a breeze without the weight.

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Lifestyle Clothing and Accessories – Latest Technology

BithermicIMG_1595The NASA Space Program has made a quantum leap in everyday living more advanced and comfortable.  Lifestyle Clothing has embraced much of the technology.  Bithermic fabrics are made of the latest NASA technology that keep Astronauts temperature even in and out of the spacecraft.  Fabrics are so advanced in special weaving process of “micro-capsules” that it helps regulate temperature and comfort to anyone wearing the fabric.  It is much like the concept of a “Thermos”  – keep you cool in the heat and warm in the cold.

IMG_1596The other technology adopted by NASA is the “Switch” interchange lens system for Sunglasses.  TheIMG_1598 lenses are made with switchable magnet lenses.  Lenses can be changed quickly according to need and keep the Astronauts eyes safe in the effects of Space.  You don’t have to be an Astronaut to get these wonderful sunglasses.  Very high quality and affordable.  A delight to have and keep your eyes safe in the heat of the summer and throughout the year.

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Know What You Are Purchasing Before You Buy!

Cheap Price, Brand Names and Designers does not mean you are making a quality purchase.  Know what you are
buying before you hand over your hard earnedBetenly Vincent Suit 150 money.  Something to good to be true often is.  There is a lot of cheaply made clothing that is flooding the markets often disguised with a label with a lot of marketing cost.

sport coats 150Good garments are made with good fabrics that are high performance, year round and will last more than a couple of seasons. It is using good components properly sewn and stitched.  Quality, threads, buttons, linings, interfacings, padding and pocketing.  Saving pennies in making a garment can be the difference of how the garment will wear, fit, go through the cleaning process and remain in the wardrobe.

Get out of the disposable cycle.  It is better to buy better quality and fewer garments and create a longevity wardrobe or the wardrobe becomes replacements instead of adding to it.

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Scojo…not your everyday Reader Glasses Manufacturer

Scojo, is a quality manufacturer of functional reader glasses and sunglasses for men and women.  Not your everyday glasses firm.  Besides making wonderful readers, they are connected ingel_reading_glasses_715_1 their local community and abroad.

A portion of profits make important and necessary contributions to those less fortunate.  Its not just the holidays, but evergreen 365 days a year.  Since the founding of Scojo, donations have been made to cooper-st._1140charitable organizations that provide eye care and eyewear to those in need.  Scojo realizes great vision begins through the gift of vision.

Scojo couldn’t do what they do without the support of their customers.  Bel Air Fashions is proud to be a Scojo Dealer and support the work they do.  Not only do clients get great eyewear products but also support this important work.

Lifestyle Clothing: New Era of High Performance Fabrics

Clothing designed for whenever and wherever life takes you! Today’s fabrics are high performance, pack-n-go, lightweight and have multiple usage.  Two groundbreaking-fabricwonderful examples are: Bamboo Stretch and Organic Cotton and Bamboo and Merino Wool.  Both fabrics perfomance_jerseyare ideal for underwear, fitness, yoga, active wear and day-to-day apparel.  Bamboo is the one nature’s best natural fibers.
Tasc Performance, a premier producer of men’s and women’s active and fitness apparel, has a patent pending process that weaves cellulose bamboo fibre with organic cotton or merino wool into a lightweight, 4-stretch, moisture wicking, breathable and soft feel fabric.  Garments are easy care, anti-odor and UPF 50+ sun protection.  All the fabrics are breathable and temperature bamboo_merinoregulating.  Bamboo and Merino also feature a “high warmth – to –  weight ratio (source: Tasc Performance).  Both Bamboo and Merino and Bamboo and Cotton fabrics are quick dry.  Features of the fabrics are inherent and never wash out.  When building your wardrobe for day-to-day, travel, hiking, fitness or just taking it easy.  Bamboo stretch and cotton or merino are ideal to include as your core essential items.  These are garments that will not only fit great, will look good each and every time worn and will become integral items in your wardrobe.


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How do I prevent my shoes from wearing out prematurely? By Dick Lerner

Do not wear your shoes everyday, store in cedar shoe trees when not wearing and rotate your shoesrotted out leather dress shoe 7 8 15 so you are not wearing the same pair more than a couple of times a week.   Good leather shoes are not made to be worn everyday, if they are the following will happen.  Moisture builds up on the inside and eventually the leather never has a chance to dry out.  The picture to the right, visually shows how the shoe has rotted out the inside leather lining; the alden shoes in shoe treesshoe has separated from the sole and the toe area created a hole.

The picture of the shoes to the left, shows proper care.  Stored with cedar shoe trees, it keeps the shoes blocked and helps dry out the inside leather linings; shoes will last longer.  If shoes are fit properly, by arch width, widest part of the foot and shoe, will help keep the shoes from bulging over the sides and help maintain the block and shape of the shoes over time.  It doesn’t matter what the brand or what was paid, if not properly fit and cared for, you will be replacing your shoes often.

In summary, it is better to buy the best quality that you can afford, fit properly, store in cedar shoe trees and not wear everyday and you will see a dramatic improvement in the appearance and longevity of your shoes.


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Need to Dress Professionally and Look Your Best…On A Budget? by Dick Lerner

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Develop a Core Essentials Wardrobe that allows you to dress up or down, but right on a moments notice. Your clothing should platinum male 6 29 15be 12 month wear, not seasonal. Fabrics you purchase are good quality, excellent value, high performance, made for long-term wear and classic styled. Fashion is trendy and short lived.

For the best return on your investment that will pay dividends many times over, acquire garments that don’t get dated weeks after purchase, look fresh at the end of that day and will mx-n-match with your wardrobe.

Core essential colors are navy and black. Fabrics have good texture and will coordinate with your wardrobe. Grey Suits jackets should be worn with matching pant, not a good color for mix-n-match. However, the pants are great for navy or black suit jackets.

It doesn’t take a lot of clothes, it takes the right ones that not only look good, but fit well. You are what you wear. Labels do platinum international womens picture 6 29 15not denote quality. There are cheap to expensive fabrics, buy quality materials that are affordable, quality, great value, hold their shape and are going to last. Good fabric will fit well, drape and not cling to the body. So if it is hot and dry or cold and wet, your garment will look great all the time, not like you slept in in 5 minutes after you got dressed.

What makes a garment good is not just the fabric, but what is on the inside that you cannot see: lining, padding, interfacing, thread, etc.

When you are building a wardrobe on a budget, do it right the first time. Its best to buy less, but buy quality, over time you will have a longevity wardrobe that looks great each and every time you get dressed and more expensive than what you paid. There is no substitute for quality.


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Need to Dress Professionally and Look your Best….on a Budget? By Dick Lerner

Your physical health is directly attributed to “you are what you eat” and it is no different for your Professional Image…it is what you wear and shortcomings …what you don’t wear. You don’t need to go bust getting dressed. You can’t take the spots off a leopard, when Professional Clothing is cheaply made, it shows.  There is nothing FREE, you pay for it directly or indirectly. A deal to good to be true is not worth pursuing, in the end you have nothing more than a disposable wardrobe.

prive2Never buy a garment because of a name or designer, that doesn’t mean quality. You don’t want to pay $500 for something that may not be worth $50. This is a set up for disappointment.

A Professional Wardrobe starts with the fabric. Just because the garment says it is a wool, it doesn’t mean its quality. The best way to insure you are getting a good garment use the following as a guide in your search: Merino wool, 2ply, year round, densely woven, silk or wet like feel are the ingredients that you are getting a good fabric. Woven with natural stretch or with 1 or 2% lycra.

There are cheap and expensive grades, there are very good wool fabrics in the middle that are great quality and outstanding value.

You can’t see through the fabrics, they hold up and don’t look like you slept in your garment five minutes after you put it on. Good material you cannot see through like clear plastic wrap and if you crush it in your hand, it springs right back. Good fabric is part of a good garment, the other is what you can’t see: linings, padding, thread, stitch count, buttons – get the picture? If you want to make a great cake, you have to use quality ingredients.

Cheap clothing, cheaply made should never be the underpinnings that become a barrier to your image.

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