When you go about choosing a dress or any fabric to adorn your space, what do you look for? Is it just the design and visual appeal that you fall for? Indeed not. The choice depends on numerous factors including look, warmth, durability etc.

Especially for furnishings, the material or the fabric has a great impact on the overall result that is how it will complement your space and your comfort levels with the choice. While many of us get carried away by just the visual appeal, it is wise to keep the fabric as the major consideration.

Some time ago the use of silk for furnishing was lesser known but its benefits have made people venture into the domain and prefer it over other options. Eri silk manufacturers across India are involved in the production of pure silk furnishings that offer versatility, functionality, and appeal.

Even when we say fabric, there are a lot of aspects to be considered. Here are some key differences that set the two main fabrics (silk and cotton) apart:

Presence of allergy-causing agents:

Silk doesn’t attract dust mites at is hence hypoallergenic. Its moisture-wicking capabilities also keep the bacteria at bay. On the other hand, cotton offers a breeding ground for bacteria owing to its high moisture absorption. If the possibility of allergies bothers you, you must choose silk. There are various silk fabrics available that are ideal for furnishings. Out of these Assam, Eri silk has superior moisture wicking properties.

Durability and care:

While the charm and delicate appeal that silk exudes, says otherwise, it is a highly durable material that exhibits exceptional strength. Even with low maintenance, it is more likely to retain its strength and sheen than cotton. It also requires less frequent washing as compared to cotton making it easy to maintain and long-lived too.

The Splurge

If you go by the upfront costs, silk fabrics cost higher and your furnishings will be on the costly end if compared to the cost of cotton furnishings. However, if you consider life, maintenance, and other factors, silk works out to be the reasonable alternative that is more durable than cotton and hence replaced less frequently.

Insulation

No one wants to sweat in summers and shiver in winters. Contrary to the common perception that silk is warm, the truth actually is that it is warm in winters and cool in summers. That makes silk a win-win with its superior insulation properties as compared to silk. You can close your eyes and choose silk irrespective of your local climate.

Environment friendliness:

Cotton cultivation and extraction has a major footprint on the environment whereas peaceful extraction and weaving of silk is absolutely pro-nature. Assam Eri silk is known to be the fabric of peace as it is extracted in a way that the silkworms stay safe too.

While both silk and cotton are popular fabrics, silk is a clear better choice when it comes to furnishings. This is because it is pleasant to touch and feel and stands the test of time. It also gives a royal charm to your spaces and thus a perfect choice for furnishings.

 

Part One: The English Gentle man

Edward Marks is a seasoned English gent, a true survivor of his tradition. He retired from the British army after forty years of dedicated service where he achieved the proud status of Sargent Major. Now in retirement he resides peacefully with his memories in a small village on the edge of the downs. Today, Mark is carefully planning a hike across the downs and laid out on his single bed a suitable collection of clothes. He will be wearing a Harris Tweed Jacket and cap, Flannel Check Shirt, Olive Green Moleskin Trousers and hiking boots, perfectly suited a walk in the country side. Before leaving the house there is one more very important thing to address, selecting a suitable shoulder bag to carry his requisites. This inanimate object is a faithful companion and without it Mark would feel great loss and discomfort. He reaches out and removes a green canvas bag with leather straps from his collection hanging from wooden pegs in the entry hall to his home.

Now the bag is ready to perform its vital function. Mark gives his choice bag a little shake and inspects the inside for any remnants of last use. He places the bag on the kitchen table in front of a selection of objects, all of which will sustain him on his days outing; ham cheese and tomato sandwich, wrapped in wax paper, one orange, wrapped in an old kerchief, a leather pouch containing Old Holbourn tobacco and papers, flask of piping hot tea, sketch pad and drawing pencils and finally a spare hanky.

He is now fully prepared to step out into a perfect spring day. Slinging the bag over his left shoulder he feels great comfort and satisfaction, there is an odd kind of security one gets from the shoulder bag. And, even odder is the attachment to it, though tattered and torn it may be and long past a use by day. The old faithful bag will lie next to similarly tattered sneakers and many failed attempts have been made to discard them, an impossible task.

Part Two: The New York Stock Broker

In complete contrast to the tranquil nature of Edwards Marks peaceful surrounding in the English Countryside, across the Atlantic Ocean Marcus Steiner, a young positively aggressive stock broker is in a similar mode of daily preparation. Markus graduated from Harvard with first degree honours in finance and economics. His very life feeds on success; his whole existence is driven by adrenaline. He is on a career path consulting in the share trading market. It’s a cut throat industry and only the tough survive. He rises very early in the city that never sleeps.

After a protein rich breakfast has been fully consumed he performs his ritual Yoga exercises and religiously chants a few self-motivating scripts to prepare him for battle on the stock room floor.

Marcus is now standing beside and laid out before him are collections of clothing, he carefully selects the most appropriate to reflect his powerful intentions of the day. A finely tailored blue Marino Wool suit, crisp Egyptian cotton shirt, red and blue striped handmade silk tie, dark brown leather shoes with matching belt. Now it’s time to select that all important companion men’s bags to house electronic communication devices, pens, business cards, latest financial review, wallet, pens and dark glasses. He slings the bag over his shoulder with a great air of confidence and steps out onto the crowded streets. Marcus is capably ready to take on the finance world he thrives on, enclosed in his leather bag all the things that reflect his intentions and critical information at hand to demonstrate his skills.

Conclusion

Two individuals at the opposite end of a scale and from vastly different cultural influences have something in common. They both rely heavily on a similar companion (the shoulder bag) though its contents vary, it performs the same function. The bag originally born out of function has now become a fashion accessory in an ever growing demand. You will see men of all ages carrying them by hand, dangling from shoulders or clinging to their backs. Do you have a favourite companion bag?

This article draws on the functional aspects of men’s shoulder bags. There are an abundance of choices that range in material composition, size and cost. We wish you well on your search for that faithful companion men’s shoulder bag.

 

Creating outfits is a difficult and frustrating task when you have no idea where to start. All my life I have looked at my closet full of clothes and have had no idea how to make them all work together. Once I started my college career and had to dress business casual for class and began to dress more casual for everyday activities I learned how to pair different color wash jeans with the perfect top. In this pillar article, I will show “How-To” create the best outfits with the clothes in your closet.

First of all, you should make sure you have the basics when it comes to articles of clothing. When shopping, you should make sure that you have several different styles of jeans. There are many styles that include boot-cut, flare, skinny jeans, and have a different color wash. Jeans are the first thing you need in a wardrobe and is an essential to any outfit. Make sure that you buy the style of jeans that is the most comfortable for you, and that you will be the most confident wearing.

After you have a couple pairs of your favorite jeans, you need to also buy a couple pairs of neutral colored pants. These are pants that you will be able to pair with anything for a special or fancy occasion, whether it is a job interview or a date.

Lastly, for pants wise, you need a couple casual skirts of different styles and patterns that can be essential for either a formal or informal setting. Skirts are one of those pieces of clothing that you can throw on with a cute tank top, or blouse and makes a perfect outfit in seconds.

Moving onto tops, in my closet I have a section of plain t-shirts. These t-shirts are awesome to wear if you are going to put on a cardigan and run to the store, or you have a statement necklace that you are just dying to wear. These t-shirts are great since they come in different styles like v-neck, or scoop neck, and can easily be extremely casual with a pair of jeans, or dressed up for a special occasion.

Next are sweaters! Sweaters are such a good investment. Sweaters can be expensive depending on where you shop, but they are so worth it. Especially in the winter months, throwing on leggings and sweater is a comfy chic look that will keeping you looking and feeling great. Sweaters can also be paired with jeans and cute booties for a more put-together look. Sweaters are a one of those articles of clothing that can be more eye-catching and of brighter colors since they aren’t usually over accessorized.

Last, but definitely not least, cardigans, jackets, and hoodies. I live in these. Honestly, if I am just lounging around the house or running errands, I will always be wearing a cardigan or hoodie. Hoodies are usually neutral colors since they accent the undershirt, but they can really dress up, or be worn in the colder months to still showcase the tank or t-shirt you have on underneath. They are warm, and so comfortable, but also makes it look like you spent hours getting ready.

After you have all the essentials, it is important to organize your wardrobe and make sure you have everything put together and where you want it. You also want to make sure that you can find what you are looking for, when you want to wear it. I used to always have a problem finding the exact shirt that I wanted to wear in my closet. Since I reorganized everything, I now have no problem knowing where all of my clothes are.

After finding the essential articles of clothing that you need, there is another step. It’s time to accessorize! Accessorizing is the most fun part of creating an outfit. Go out to Francesca’s or target, and pick out belts, earrings, simple and statement necklaces, scarfs, or sunglasses to really make your outfit stand out. Adding accessories is such an easy way to add a little oomph to your outfit and make people notice you. When choosing accessories, try to find pieces that will go with everything, so you can mix and match them with different outfits. Choose gold and silver pieces, and accessories that differ in size and pattern.

Now it’s time to put the outfits together. Once you have all the things listed above, the time comes to putting the outfits together!

First thing to do when putting an outfit together is to play with patterns. Patterns are always something people stray away from because they don’t know if mixing patterns is okay. Of course it is! Mixing patterns is something that will make your outfit stand out among the rest. It’s important to use patterns to your advantage. Patterns can help hide problem areas or accentuate others. If you love your upper body want to draw attention to it, wear a bright colored top, and neutral patterned pant to draw attention away from your lower body, and up to the bright top.

Another thing is to layer. Layers are a great way to showcase your style and can be helpful depending on the weather. Layers allow you to show off your body in a way that also shows off your wardrobe. I love to later my clothes because you can wear a vest, or cardigan that can easily to taken off to change your style right then and there.

My last thing is just do what makes you happy. I can’t tell you enough how important it is that you feel pretty and beautiful in your skin and clothing. Don’t buy something that is fashion forward just because you are trying to fit in. That is the point of having your own style. You should pick out things that you think look good and then be able to use some of these How-To tips to put together an outfit that you love and feel great in!

 

Your personal color preferences, your type of figure, form of activity, lifestyle and sphere of interests will give a starting point for creating your own unique style.

So, first of all you need to pay attention to Wardrobe Staples.
The wardrobe essentials are neutral pieces that you can easily combine with the others. For example it could be a neutral-colored pencil skirt or cigarette trousers which depending on occasion you can combine with a conservative white shirt or a boho style blouse. A little black dress should become a must-have piece of the basic wardrobe – in fact it can help you out in almost any occasion.

However, avoid buying the same things.
This way you will produce the impression that you are in the habit of wearing the same things for years. At least it’s boring. Do not be afraid to experiment. If your wardrobe is too monotonous in color, add a couple of color accents to it. Do not be too keen on the conservative clothing – a romantic floral print dress or a polka dot blouse will surely cheer you up.

It is better to eradicate the habit of impulsive shopping.
Do not succumb to advertisements and do not blindly follow fashion. Clothes should serve you and emphasize your best sides. First of all, you must feel psychologically comfortable. If, for example, a skirt is shorter than you like, you will feel insecure and it is unlikely that this skirt will become your favorite. Or maybe you will never wear it at all. Buying a new thing, you also need to remember all the other components. It is not very practical to buy, say, a fashionable crop top, if later you have to pick up pants, shoes, a jacket and so on. And after all you will understand that the high-waisted bottom and an open belly do not match you well.

Love yourself for who you are!
Do not buy smaller sized pieces. Cast away illusions – clothes that are small, play a cruel joke on us, and visually add a couple of extra kilos.

Do not buy very cheap clothes.
It is better to buy one quality item instead of ten – “disposable”. Usually cheap clothes are made from low-quality fabrics, which can even harm your health. What can I say about fitting? And what will become of it after the first wash? Oh no, it’s better not even to imagine it.

Dress according to the occasion.
It’s not a good idea, for example, to wear Gladiator sandals for an official event, and stiletto heels for a beach party.

Do not run to extremes.
I adore Lady Gaga, but as we know, where is a whole Stylist’s team job behind her every look, and what’s good on the stage is not suitable for a trip in the subway. In everyday life you should give preference to practical and comfortable clothes.

Do not forget about accessories and shoes.
After all, if you complete the same little black dress with sneakers and a leather jacket, and make a ponytail, you can safely go for a walk or for a coffee with your friends. But in combination with the gold stiletto shoes, clutch and an evening necklace – it will be a perfect look to go to an official event.