There are always questions that I ask myself when buying and selling that is similar to the share market. If someone is selling it, it is not that good, it does not fit and it is not what they want. I love the idea that everyone is mindful of recycling and making money from their pre loved dresses and hats, but looking at so many items you really have to sift through what you want. What you want, what you love, what you need and what does not deserve a chance.
No matter what you are dressing for, you have to have the place to wear it. For example having masses of ball gowns may be fantastic and look amazing in your wardrobe, but take up room and space and you never go to a ball. The races are the perfect place to dress up and take full advantage of dressing up, but you only have a certain amount of days. Spring Racing Carnival I make sure that I have prepared well in advance, thought of the type of day, if I will be dining that evening and possibly going out to drinks that night. You have to have well constructed garments that are going to be on for about 10 hours and durability of zips, hems and making sure you are comfortable.
Above, do not purchase if the dress is on mannequin from shop selling garment. The dress if pre loved will not have the same hang and fit. It may have been worn 20 times.
Selling your 2nd hand Millinery online is a great idea, but that person does not love the hat if it is up for sale. Every hat I own has a story, a moment or a quirky remark that I just cannot let go of. Often the hats that are online are generic, that do seem to not have allot of personality and my best comment as soon as you get it is to make sure that you do something to make the hat look individual. The last thing you want is someone saying, “That is the hat, so and so finaled in and did not win.” Your style should be distinctive and unique and if you are there to be noticed anything but generic of off the shelf.
Never buy anything because it is cheap. This goes for anything you buy in life, usually if it is cheap you will say to yourself that it did not cost that much and you can make up for it in different ways. Fit, colour, material. At the end of the day, you would rather have a superior product that you love and is going to last you for years. If you buy well, you will be more content and happy with the item. Your money deserves to be spent on what you want and love so make sure you are totally happy with the item and always haggle on price. There is no such thing as recommended retail. I could tell you the mark up on items, but really I would have my head red by shops if I did. In consideration you do have to think of the shop, the overheads and the full shopping experience rather than online. Personally, I find it very difficult to purchase a hat online. You really have to see yourself in a full length mirror and see the colours. If you are purchasing online, the cost should come down down down, no overheads, yet everyone may have seen what you are going to wear. Make sure if you are spending X amount of a garment or hat, what is available new for you that is in the same price range. Make sure you that you love dress or hat and do you really want to sell it. Maybe this is your distinctive style and you look fabulous in it. You don't need to have something new for every Fashions on the Field or Race meeting.
I totally adore this dress and is perfect for a fun day at the races 'Text Book'. Is this really what you are getting. It may be the wrong length, too short in the body and you will have to pay for alterations thus making the garment more expensive. This model is payed to make everything look fantastic and it does. You cannot see the pegs holding the dress together at the back and then the front for the next shot. You really need to try things on, unless you are the perfect size.
If you are purchasing pre loved clothes, get to know a dressmaker that can trim, add and subtract to the garment to suit your needs and shape. Number one, make sure it speaks about you and not the person before hand. I adore finding amazing Vintage items and fabrics, but often things will be cut up and things used here and there. Always make sure the shape, silhouette and trend is not out of season. Keep in mind that cocktail dresses and racewear are two totally different attires and Racing Fashion again is a philosophy rather that dressing to win Fashions on the Field.
This is a fantastic representation of what the garment should look like and what it looks like now.
Always make sure the garments have all their labels. Make sure they have not been tampered with or have colour over them. If so, they have more than likely been sold very cheaply and not passed standards of the manufacturer. All items made for Australia have fabrics and washing directions, make sure these are intact, and you can often tell how many wears by these tags. Look for how faded they are.
Always save money where you can, but you must love it before you buy it.
hoThe fashion education sector is booming. As the scale and scope of the industry has grown over the last decade, and social media has opened up a once secretive business to the masses, the appeal of fashion as a career opportunity has grown with it, leading more and more young people to pursue fashion education.
In the United Kingdom, there are more than 30 colleges and universities now offering fashion degree courses, with thousands of fashion design graduates each year. And, private institutions like the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Istituto Marangoni are also muscling into the fashion education market — setting up programmes in China, India and beyond to meet the burgeoning interest in fashion education in Asia’s fast-growing economies.
paSo, how to navigate this increasingly complex fashion education landscape? The purpose of the BoF Global Fashion School Rankings out today is three fold: it aims to assess the value and impact of this growing sector, in hope of aiding prospective students in making informed choices about pursuing higher education in fashion; it acts as a tool for universities and colleges to improve their education offerings; and it serves as a resource for the wider industry to engage in a discussion about fashion education.
“The teachers were absolutely golden, each and every one of them has a story to tell that made me want to pursue a career in fashion even more,” adds a student from Polimoda.However, in other areas, there remains a significant gap between the expectations of these students vis-à-vis their actual experiences while in school and after graduation. In particular, many students were significantly less satisfied with the support in finding employment.
One of the most important things for Milliners and Dressmakers to understand is what colour you are talking about. There are so many varieties of shades and tones that saying blue these days are simply not enough. You need to work with colour wheels to contrast your colours to pop and if need by have fabric dyed into the shade that you want. It may cost a little more but it is the number one no no when you see the tones of White, Off white, Eggshell or Buff.
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Go to your local bunnings and go the the paint wall colour matching chart with your dress and send the colour onto the Milliner or Dressmaker. You cannot convey the colour over the phone, you have to get it right. These are just a mere fraction of colours, but be sure to match precisely.