Men’s Sandals Dos & Don’ts

Men’s Sandals Dos & Don’ts

weSummer is the official start of barbecues, beaches and breathing time for your feet. However, when it comes to men’s shoes, no other type of can present as many potential pitfalls as the sandal: Men’s shoes can be too feminine, too chunky, too hippie, or just downright ugly. Sandals walk a fine line when it comes to fashion dos and don’ts. Fortunately, following these rules will have you striding to the shore, or even a summer Friday at the office, in style.

Don’t Take A Hike

When it comes to the worst offenders in the world of men’s sandals, ones designed for serious outdoor activity top the list. This variety looks more like a full-on shoe with oddball cutouts than a sleek summer sandal. No one would doubt its comfort or utility with a lug sole and all those synthetic water-absorbent materials. After all, something so hideous must have been created to serve a purpose. However, function should never completely trump style. If you’re going to take a hike, do it with a pair of real boots, not a stout sandal.

Don’t Go Granola

Birkenstocks and Tevas

Dressing Your Baby for Winter

Dressing Your Baby for Winter

dwDon’t worry about cold weather — we’ve got tips for keeping your infant cozy and warm. Whether you’re playing outside, driving in the car, or staying indoors, these wardrobe tips will help you keep your baby comfortable this winter.

when Kathryn Pratt, of Falmouth, Maine, gave birth to her third child, Brendan, last January, she thought she knew a thing or two about babies. But when she was discharged from the hospital, the nurse said that her car seat, which Pratt had used to take her first two children home from the hospital, was unsafe because it had an attachable sleeping bag — and she wouldn’t let Pratt put her newborn in it. Pratt had in fact used the snuggly car-seat liner with both her older kids because she had never heard that it wasn’t recommended. “The whole experience made me afraid to take Brendan outside until April,” Pratt laments. Although dressing your baby for winter weather can seem like a daunting task, these expert tips will keep your little bundle safe and warm both indoors and out.

In the Car

Bulky coats, bunting, and sleeping

Packing Tips Clothes

Packing Tips Clothes

ngThe bulk of your luggage is filled with clothing. Minimize by bringing less. Experienced travelers try to bring only things that will be worn repeatedly, complement other items, and have multiple uses (for example, since I don’t swim much, I let my shorts double as a swimsuit). Pack with color coordination in mind. Neutral colors (black, navy, khaki) dress up easily and can be extremely versatile.

To extend your wardrobe, plan to spend 10 minutes doing a little wash every few nights, or consider a visit to a local launderette, which is in itself a Back Door experience. Choose fabrics that resist wrinkling or look good wrinkled. If you wring with gusto, lightweight clothing should dry overnight in your hotel room.

Many travelers are concerned about appropriate dress. During tourist season, the concert halls go casual. I have never felt out of place at symphonies, operas, or plays wearing a decent pair of slacks and a good-looking sweater or collared shirt. Some cultural events require more formal attire, particularly outside of high season, but the casual tourist rarely encounters these. Women who don’t

Convertible clothing Getting rid of fashion stereotypes

Convertible clothing Getting rid of fashion stereotypes
Innovation flows through the veins of fashion designers and textile houses. There was a time when people mocked at those who made the mistake of wearing their clothes inside out. That was the side with rough stitched edges, faded designs and untidy looks.

Designers and fashion houses worked on the concept of reversible clothing and today, reversible clothing is in. Convertible clothing is similar to this idea. With busy schedules and tight budgets, customers are always on a lookout for financially viable dresses that serve various purposes. A single dress is expected to be perfect for office, evening wear or a casual shopping day with friends. While initially the idea was thought to be a mere fragment of someone’s vivid imagination, it gradually turned to reality. Convertible clothing is still a new concept, but customers have enthusiastically embraced it.

The concept
Convertible clothing evolves from the idea that fashion comes and goes. Halter style is in vogue for a season, then gives way to the hooded style. Hemlines keep changing and so do patterns and designs. Considering the prices of garments, it becomes difficult to throw away carefully chosen apparel simply because the style is out of fashion. Convertible dresses work

Hemang Agrawal The new age textile designer

Hemang Agrawal The new age textile designer
Not every fashion design graduate wants to move out of comfort zones, and out of glitzy metros. Hemang Agrawal was one of those exceptions who did. He went back to his hometown of Varanasi and has since been promoting traditional Indian textiles. In a freewheeling conversation with Meher Castelino, Agrawal speaks about the passion that drew him out of the mundane.

One does not often get to see a fashion design graduate switching weaves, devoting his life to the promotion of Indian textiles. But, that’s exactly what Hemang Agrawal has done.

A 2001 fashion design graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Mumbai, Agrawal had been born in a textile family of Varanasi where handloom silks were part and parcel of the family’s daily life. His father, Shyam Krishna Agrawal, was a fine arts student who understood both art and business well. He started a business of saris under the banner of Surekha Arts in 1970, a firm that is today one of the many companies that’s part of the Surekha Group. Textiles, therefore, remained in Hemang’s conscious mind, and shaped his life right from day one.

When Hemang Agrawal was starting out, fashion and textile design were only beginning

Still hidden

Still hidden
The lack of an established supply chain is hampering growth of the innerwear industry. The shortage of high quality raw material for innerwear means brands which focus on quality need to import raw material or entire finished goods, thus increasing the costs and also impeding their ability to price the product attractively in order to drive greater penetration. The innerwear sector has much to contribute to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, and the latter in turn can be used as a ruse to streamline matters within the industry, writes Suman Nathwani.

It is no secret that the Indian innerwear market is the only market that has more number of brands for men than women. And there are reasons for this.

The Indian innerwear market is one of the most unique markets in the world. In all likelihood, it is the only one where men’s innerwear brands are larger in image than women’s intimatewear brands. Also, men’s innerwear companies spend much more on advertising than women’s innerwear brands do. However, it is a fact that the men’s brands have been in existence in India for a very long time, whereas lingerie brands have surfaced only in recent years.

There is probably no major

Design in India make for the world

Design in India make for the world

Dr. Darlie Koshy’s pioneering contributions to fashion and design education over the last quarter of a century has been well acknowledged by academia, industry and policymakers alike. A Doctorate in Management from IIT Delhi and an MBA from CUSAT, Koshy has been also trained at FIT New York in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising. As Founding Chairperson of Fashion Management Studies at NIFT, New Delhi after the successful stint of a decade as a top manager in the textiles-handloom sector, Koshy built a strong industry interface and thought leadership for NIFT from 1988 till 2000, when he was appointed Director of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmadabad. As a researcher and academic leader, Koshy’s pioneering books on international marketing of apparel are highly regarded by the textiles industry and academia. His ‘Indian Design Edge’ traces the evolution of Indian design while arguing for a design-enabled India. Here he builds a case for “design in India”.

The ‘apparel’, ‘clothing’, ‘garment’, ‘fashion’ and ‘lifestyle’ industries have undergone two significant changes since the beginning of the new century. With the dismantling of quotas since 2005, exporters of apparel are free from restrictions of quotas and only competitiveness through ‘scale’, ‘quality’

Men’s SS14 Footwear Trend Sandals

Men’s SS14 Footwear Trend Sandals
Style Sin Or Summer Must-Own?

Straddling the divide between style staple and style sin, the sandal, in its many forms, is one of the most polarising pieces in menswear.

The stigma attached to sandals is undeniable and perhaps even warranted after decades of misuse, but with summer dressing a balancing act between practicality and style, they’re arguably the perfect warm-weather shoe: breathable, comfortable and smart.

Not only that, based on the SS14 runways, it seems the industry is determined to make sandals the go-to footwear silhouette for summer 2014. Yet unlike previous years, it’s not just avant-garde gladiator styles that are being pushed this season – the sandal has taken on a more wearable form that should help increase its appeal to the everyday male.

With this in mind, today we bring you the complete guide to this soon to be summer staple, breaking down the key silhouettes to consider and how to wear them in a contemporary and stylish way.

Sandal Buying Tips

First things first, it’s time to get those cuticles in order – socks and sandals is still a definite faux pas (no matter how hard designers attempt to

16 Reasons You Should Rock the Socks and Sandal Trend

16 Reasons You Should Rock the Socks and Sandal Trend

I used to think the socks with sandals look was reserved for old people with botched feet or for quick trips to take the trash out on a particularly chilly day. But after seeing this trend pop up on the runways of Hermès and on the websites of my favorite bloggers, I’m convinced that the socks with sandals trend is actually pretty chic.

Of course, there are a few rules to nailing this trend. First of all, you can’t just rock a flip flop. The sandal has to be cool and functional with socks. Secondly, the sock has to be cute, too. No worn out gym socks, guys. Let this be the time to bust out your favorite printed knee-highs or thick, wool tights. Last rule: you have to make sure you own it! If you look confident wearing your socks with sandals, you’ll have everyone convinced that you’re way ahead of the fashion game — which you totally are.

Fashion blogger extraordinaire and personal role model Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller, created a guide for how to pull this look off. And even though the past two days have had a low of three degrees fahrenheit, I’m dreaming of spring

Ruby Rose Stars as the Face of Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren’s Spring Campaign

Ruby Rose Stars as the Face of Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren’s Spring Campaign

Produced for Teen Vogue with Ralph Lauren

Here at Teen Vogue, we uphold individuality above all else. That’s why, when we got wind of Denim & Supply’s refreshing new spring campaign — which aims to promote authenticity and celebrate our uniqueness through personal style — we couldn’t wait to give you guys the deets. As a brand that draws their inspiration from warehouse and artist communities in Brooklyn and the omnipresent bohemian styles seen at music festivals, we knew going in that this would be a one-of-a-kind campaign.

And guess what? We were right! The creatively-focused campaign stars a power-house talent we hope you all know by now: the fiercely-stunning Ruby Rose, AKA Stella Carlin from the third season of the hit Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. And to be honest, we couldn’t think of a better person that represents this campaign’s DNA. As a multi-hyphenate influencer with a strong sense of self and style, we think it’s safe to say that Ruby is beyond perfect for this role.

“I love being able to lose myself in a role, to walk into the unknown,” Ruby told Denim & Supply in a

How Black Models Are Fighting Discrimination Backstage at Fashion Shows

How Black Models Are Fighting Discrimination Backstage at Fashion Shows

Much discussion is devoted to diversity on the runway. We implore designers to be more inclusive, then track their progress with statistical reports. But little is said about the challenges black models face once they make it past the casting stage. When a model of color arrives backstage for a fashion week presentation, she must contend with artists who are unequipped to work with her hair texture and complexion. The experience serves to reinforce her otherness. It sends the message that black models don’t matter — at least not enough for artists to style them adequately.

It’s an unfortunate reality that most black models face in silence. Occasionally, some express their frustrations in posts that read like an indictment of the fashion industry. Five years ago, Jourdan Dunn tweeted “I swear some people need to learn how to do black hair/skin.” Her tweet was followed by similar social media posts from model Nykhor Paul last July and Leomie Anderson earlier this month. With each of their impassioned pleas, they’re calling for artists to put more of an effort into learning how to style black models. Why isn’t the industry listening?

Ursula Stephen, who works with Rihanna and Taraji P.

Teva sport sandals are back just in time for Coachella

Teva sport sandals are back just in time for Coachella

With all the talk in fashion circles about the resurgence of Birkenstocks, furkenstocks, faux-kenstocks or whatever you want to call them, it was inevitable that the nostalgic crugly (crunchy ugly) footwear march would eventually come around to Tevas, the beloved 1990s-era Velcro sandals.

The brand arrived in L.A. in a big way this week, making a push to “own festival season” by setting up a gifting suite for style influencers to pick up its famous sport sandals to wear during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starting this weekend. The brand is also co-hosting a party there with high-fashion boutique Opening Ceremony, which will launch a collaboration with Teva later this spring.

It’s all part of an effort to introduce the outdoorsy outfit to the fashion in-crowd, including young bloggers more likely to have parents who trekked in Tevas than to have heard of Tevas themselves.

On the runways, Velcro sport sandals have been bubbling up for a while. Actual Tevas were worn with socks by models in the spring 2013 Siki Im menswear show. For spring 2014, colorblock sports sandals with jeweled accents appeared in the Prada women’s wear show. Balenciaga’s studded Arena sandals are also very Teva-like, as are Marni’s

4 Things I Was Surprised to Learn During an Online Fashion Course

4 Things I Was Surprised to Learn During an Online Fashion Course

Fashion blogger Hannah Louise will be documenting her experience as she navigates our fashion education program in partnership with Parsons. Follow along for the next 10 weeks as she learns the ins and outs of the fashion industry — and enroll in the course to earn your own coveted certificate.

I work in fashion, but I have never studied fashion. I’m a firm believer that you don’t necessarily need a degree or qualification in order to be successful, but studying anything at an academic level, be that at university, by very disciplined self-study, or an online course, gives you a much deeper understanding of your subject and its context that I think is really invaluable.

With that in mind, I have embarked on the Teen Vogue x Parsons Certificate Program! There’s so much more to fashion than I think that many people realize – fashion is everywhere. It can be controversial, political, and even on a purely aesthetic level there is so much more to think about than “that dress looks nice.”

Here’s what I was especially surprised and interested to learn during this course:

  • The striped top (one of my wardrobe staples) was

Confident Teenage Style Tips & Advice For Girls

Confident Teenage Style Tips & Advice For Girls


One of the most important aspects of being a teenage girl is the feeling that she fits in, dresses well, looks right and is part of her peer group. For lots of girls this can be a tricky time if they lack confidence and don’t yet feel comfortable in their own skin, as so many teenage girls don’t. Instead of focusing on themselves and where to make improvements, girls look to the people around them for inspiration, acceptance and direction in how to dress.Most high street fashion, particularly teenage fashion, is designed for ultra slim, waif like bodies. This can be great for the girl who is a size 6. She can happily copy her friends’ style and pull it off. But not every girl who is slender and willowy will feel confident with their body- some just want curves. And the girl whose shape and build is rather more curvy, doesn’t suit mini skirts, leggings worn with cropped tops or harem pants- but they don’t know what else to wear.

The following guide will help your daughter make the right style decisions so that she fits in, feels confident and stays on trend. This is about inspiring confidence in your teenager to help her discover her own sense of style by knowing which cuts, styles and colours suit her. From

Creating Your Personal Style

Creating Your Personal Style

Your teen years are all about fitting in, not standing out — right? We disagree! It’s important for you to find a unique way to express yourself so you can let your true colors shine! You can start by creating a style that is perfect for you! Here are ideas for how to have your own personal style through little details and finishing touches.

Determine Your Thing

The first step to developing your own style is to know what you like best about yourself. Do you have great hair? A charming smile? Beautiful skin? Crystal-blue eyes? Long legs? It is easiest to work around those characteristics that make you feel good about yourself and choose a style that compliments your best features.

Start with a Fearless Attitude

Experimenting with your personal style is just the start of what makes you…you! It’s a great idea to start your day off on the right foot with the right attitude. Look for a fresh start. Start your look with a clean face by using a skin care regimen that cleans, hydrates and refreshes your skin! Then, you’ll have

Newborn Clothes What You Really Need

Newborn Clothes What You Really Need

When it comes to newborn clothes it’s best to keep it simple and stick with the basics.

Average newborn clothes fit babies weighing 5 – 7lbs. Many babies will outgrow newborn clothing in the first few weeks. Keep it simple and buy fuss-free basics like this basic short-sleeve bodysuit from PaigeLauren.

Newborn babies will wear multiple outfits a day because of messy blow outs and spit ups. The number of pieces you really need depends on how many loads of laundry you want to do a day. Here’s a basic checklist:

Bodysuits (4 to 6)
One-pieces (4 to 6)
T-shirts (4 to 6)
Long pants (2 to 4 pairs)
Gowns (2)
Sleep Sacks (1 to 2)
Caps (1 to 2)
Socks or booties (4 to 6 pairs)

Keep clicking through these slides for more intel on what to get, and what to skip.

Tip: Wash a few newborn basics before baby’s arrival. Keep the tags and receipts for extra unworn items so you can return them later.

A basic white bodysuit is a wardrobe staple from birth to the toddler years. In colder months, wear

Tips on Dressing a Baby

Tips on Dressing a Baby

When you bring your new baby home from the hospital, one of the first things you will want to do is dress your baby in one of the many adorable outfits you have hanging in the nursery closet. You will quickly find, however, that dressing a baby is not as easy as you might think. Maneuvering a wiggly baby into tiny baby clothing takes some skill. With time and these tips, you will quickly become a pro at dressing your baby.

Dressing a Baby:

  1. Changing table safety. Safety might not be the first thing you think of when dressing your baby, but there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind when changing a baby’s diaper and clothing. Prepare everything you need before you begin and place all items within arm’s length of where you will be changing your baby. Once you have everything you need, lay your baby on the changing table. Do not walk away from your baby unless you have a very secure safety buckle on the changing table. If you forgot something, pick up your baby and take her with you to go get the item.

Baby clothes for the first six weeks

Baby clothes for the first six weeks

A little preparation goes a long way when shopping or registering for baby clothes. You’ll be changing your baby’s clothing several times a day – babies can be messy! – so make sure outfits are uncomplicated and open easily for diaper changes. In general, you want soft, comfortable clothing with no irritating tags or seams.

A note on sizing: It’s hard to predict which size clothing your baby will need at first. Many babies outgrow newborn or 0- to 3-month clothes quickly, and some larger babies skip the newborn sizes completely and start with 3-month or 3- to 6-month sizes. Others will start out in preemie sizes and wear newborn clothes for months. The best tip is to buy clothing in several sizes and return what you don’t use.

How many of each item you‘ll need will depend on how often you plan to do laundry, but we’ve provided rough guidelines below (in parentheses). Make sure to also read Baby and mom gear for the first six weeks to help you shop for other newborn essentials.

Clothing to buy for your newborn

One-piece outfits (5 to 7): Some of these are basically

Packing List for Women

Packing List for Women

Rick Steves tour guide Joan Robinson teaches one of our most popular travel classes, “Packing Light and Right.” Here are the clothes and toiletries she takes along; for the rest of her list (including documents, money, and some creative extras), see Rick’s Packing List.


2 pairs of walking/comfortable shoes (one closed toe/one open, weather permitting)

1 rainproof jacket

2 pairs of shorts/capris (shorts are fine on the beach, but not in churches; capris are OK anywhere)

2 pairs of pants (one dressy, one casual; cotton blend is recommended: when washed, it dries faster than jeans)

1 belt (optional)

1 swimsuit

4 pairs of socks (cotton blend)

5 pairs of underwear (silk, lace, or micro-fiber dries quickest)

1 extra bra

4–6 shirts (long/short-sleeved, various colors)

1–2 light cardigans for layering

1–2 skirts (wrinkle-resistant; one should be at least knee-length for church visits)

1 dress (optional)

Hat (optional)

Scarf (optional)

Vest (optional; great for

Teaching your child how to get dressed

Teaching your child how to get dressed
Getting dressed is an important skill for children to learn – but it can be hard for them. You can lay the groundwork when your child is a baby, then help your child learn how to get dressed over the next few years.

Why your child needs to learn how to get dressed

It’s the usual morning rush – you were supposed to be out the door five minutes ago, and your child is still putting on his socks. It’s no surprise that dressing your child yourself seems like the easiest and quickest option.

But your child needs to learn how to do it. The ability to dress yourself builds confidence, independence and a sense of achievement – and once your child has it mastered, it’s one less thing for you to do in the morning!

Getting dressed is about more than just putting on or taking off clothes. It helps your child develop many other skills, including:

  • fine motor skills as she learns to fasten buttons and zips
  • gross motor skills as she stands on one leg to pull on a pair of pants
  • cognitive skills as she remembers what bits of clothing go on first, and