Archive for Fashion

Mar 17

The first two flittering months of 2014 went by so fast and while most of us are still trying to digest the retrospectives of 2013, the “HOT” trends of January and the bright light red February are becoming vague and could hardly even be remembered. The coming year’s fashion forecast is sunny with a chance of avant-garde design; ranging from sailor chic to peekaboo fabrics – this year’s summer is going to be hot and extra crispy with varying styles and moods.

 

Here are some of the most talked about fashion trends for the summer of 2014:

 

1. Ventilated Wear

Please excuse the verbal diorama as I call things as I see them and see through fashion clothing is as good a word as “ventilated wear.” It hints off your skin (and sometimes a lot of it) and yet you would still look glamorous in it. The new modified fabrics which looked like a fusion of netting and embroidery fits perfectly with the coming hot season. You can choose from a variety of quintessentially feminine pieces from Burberry Prorsum and Nina Ricci’s clothing line. I know for a fact Katie Holmes did when she attended the New York Fashion Week lately.

katie holmes in silhouette dress

 

2. Blue Usher’s in Summer

Cobalt blue or navy blue makes the sailor chic “major” this year, especially as April approaches and already Olympia Le-Tan and other designers have splayed out their individual interpretations of the marine theme. Blake Lively was also spotted at the New York Fashion Week and she was gorgeous in her sailor chic outfit. Her blue top and front slit skirt with brown rose prints has heads turning, even though she’s already hot and famous. Her dress also sports a huge brown leather belt which compliments her overall appearance. In fact, if you didn’t know Blake Lively and you met her for the first time in this event you would still think she’s a mega fashion supermodel or a movie star.

blake lively in sailor chic dress

 

3. Shades of Gray is the new Cool

They say that gray is an 80s thing. However, in 2014 the color gray has achieved a cultural renaissance and prompted the craze of the gray fashion revolution. Diane Kruger’s swan-inspired dress during the Mercedes-Benz fashion week might just be the best example of the color gray in all its glory. Calvin Klein’s Pre-Fall collection and some of Armani’s soft, dove gray suits and capes are something to look forward to as well. Even men in gray shirts, faded jeans and leather boots are considered at least “fashionable” today.

 

dianne kruger in swan inspired gray dress

 

4. Sporty Chic

Designers have decided to allow fashion devotees a range of movement for their 2014 version of the sporty chic fashion wear. From tennis skirts to roomy silhouettes, you will feel a lot more comfortable in this summer outfit craze, especially if you’re always in between meetings to errands and social engagements. Olivia Palermo, the Project Runway judge was spotted in an event in Australia promoting the Chadstone chain of shopping malls. She nailed the sporty chic look down under in her white overalls.

 

olivi palermo in sporty chic outlook

 

5. Optical Illusion Fashion

Perhaps none is more artistic in fashion design than someone that can confuse the eyes through their intricately woven dresses, and the Altuzarra collection is one of the best when it comes to these things. Natalie Dormer and Anna Friel wore the optical illusion dresses that made them look like a superhero, a wall décor and a flower vase. If not for their adorable smiles and fluid movements I could have sworn they’re not standing there.

natalie dormer in altruzarra dress

Oct 21

Shop Your Own Arm Party

wrist cuffs

I’ve always asked myself whether I wanted to yearn for simplicity. It does not only apply to my lifestyle, work ethics but even with the way I dress. They may mention the old cliché quote, “simplicity is beauty” but I just can’t seem to bare seeing myself wear generic outfits like a pair of white button down shirt and jeans. I need to have something that would make me standout and to give me that swag that would take me through the day. I need to have something that others don’t have. As superficial as it sounds, the best way to have a little flair in your outfit or that hidden sparkle is to wear bracelets and making them arm candies.

The definition of arm candy is not only an attractive person clinging on your arm but they are also diverse bracelets piled on your arm that resembles some sort of a party. And some aren’t even parties. Some are gatherings, soiree and even a mass revolution. They make your basic outfit look interesting because they give that quirkiness and eccentricity.

Now, if you’re planning to organize your own arm candies. I’ll give you some calculations to properly decorate your arm. Let’s start off with leather bracelets these bad-ass babies have so many designs to choose from that can be the basic foundation of your arm party. Tattoo Johnny Star Machine Leather Cuff Bracelet, Red Distressed Holy Leather Cuff Bracelet and Brown Marble Full Grain Leather Bracelet are just some of the designs to choose from. Next are wrist bands, They have some athletic façade in them that would be a fresh piece to see from an array of bracelets. They come in different colors and designs, And adding that industrial look to the party is the wide cuff bracelet made from stainless steel and leather that comes in modern, classic and floral design that would highlight the whole look. And lastly are Rhinestone cuffs with feminine and sparkling designs it would surely make your arms shine and would balance out those hard and masculine pieces. They come in turquoise stone, gem rhinestones and even black and wide brown rhinestones.

blue distressed leather cuff bracelet

If you’re planning to standout and stick out from your usual fashion norm, why not try these arm candies? Forget the old saying “less is more” because in fashion, more is definitely more.

Oct 19

Let’s face it; wearing flip flops during winter months is really wishful thinking especially those who are living in the western hemisphere. I can’t imagine having my toes suffer from frost bite just because I prefer to wear them instead of some tacky old Ugg boots. But fret not because before you know summer time will come like a ray of sunshine and it’s time for beach parties, festivals and whatnots and you can now wear your casually chic footwear.

 

One of the highlights of any summer would be summer parties. But I always have some hesitations whenever I get invited to one when there are dress codes: festive attire, beach chic, casual black-tie and the list goes on. What is the mandatory item in these parties? Does dressing like a piñata count as festive wear? Or does wearing a sarong over your jeans and booties translates to beach chic? I kept thinking to myself over and over again, how I can look appropriate to any event by not being overly dressed? And then at the back of my mind, I came up with a conclusion to just wear flip flops. If you’re a beach bum and just wanted to spend the whole day on the beach, the Grunge Brazil Flag Flip Flops is a must have. It has the Brazilian flag with rugged effect that’s very androgynous and can be worn if you’re sporting a black bikini or some board shorts. The Mustache Flip Flops which is a very trendy design can be worn over some denim shorts and muscle tee. While the Rose that Grew from Concrete Flip Flops would be perfect for any weekend concert on the valley and would definitely go well with the festival look. And who says flip flops can’t be worn with an evening look? Pair these Cheetah Flip Flops with a maxi dress, add some chunky wooden bangles and a chain neck piece and it would add some safari chic to your overall look.

I think flip flops are the mandatory uniform to any summer party. They are comfortable, easy to wear and carefree. You can take them off easily if you want to make some splash on the beach or run around the garden while having a barbeque party. It’s really the ideal footwear if you want to feel easy breezy.

Oct 19

Shaded Days

Whether during hot summer days, where you just want to lay on the sand the whole day with some high SPF tan lotion and some cold refreshment or even during rainy days where you wrap a large scarf around your neck just to give you heat and company, sunglasses would always be relevant in those situations. I have to admit, I’m also addicted to sunglasses. I think they are most brilliant invention after the penicillin, oh well, at least from a fashion devotee’s perspective. As much as it completes your overall look, it also has a vital function that would be beneficial to your health and well-being. Let’s face it; due to some changes in our environment that caused some damages to our ozone layer, UV rays became hasher and can result to eye damage, skin cancer by way of eyelid, cataracts or straight up blindness. I know it, it may seem pretty scary but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that sunglasses are one of the many precautions to prevent these types of health complexities.

I have always been particular in choosing sunglasses because as much as they give me protection they must also look chic. And I find out some pretty notable sunglasses that serve both fashion and function. Having a basic silhouette that would go with many outfits, New York Giants Wayfarer Sunglasses is the quintessential representation of a classic frame. Wayfarer’s have this universal appeal that would go well with different looks, occasions and even time periods. They have the basic and classic look that would last for eternity. Metal frame sunnies, like Thin Black Metal Frame Inspired Sunglasses would give an incognito moment if you don’t want to be bothered or that simply bad-ass facade. And if you’re an outdoor type, who enjoys being on an open environment why not try on a Thin Black Metal Frame Inspired Sunglasses, they are durable and sturdy that can last even after our wildest adventure.

In line with everything I just wrote about why we should wear sunglasses. It is very important that we choose a frame that would suit our style, lifestyle and personality. And an essential point to remember is, we should be cautious enough to know how a simple accessory can prevent some life changing misfortune. Because even if they are just mere accessories that we wear on our faces, as cliché as it may sound, prevention is really better than cure.

Apr 25

America’s Favorite U.S. Flag Belt Buckle

United States of America Grunge Flag Belt Buckle

 

No matter where you stand on policy and politics, one thing is for sure… The American Flag is historically a beacon of possibility, hope, freedom, and determination. Celebrate the 4th of July this Independance Day Holiday by making the penultimate patriot fashion statement.

Since January 2013, our American Flag distressed buckle has been a top seller, even surpassing our Batman Begins accessories and the very last of our Lucas Arts* Licensed STAR WARS merchandise (*btw, the rights to Star Wars have been bought by Disney and collectors are buying up all of our remaining Lucas Arts Star Wars stock, like 3D buckles, lunch boxes, wallets and graphic belts.)

If you took a snapshot of belt buckles worn by Americans across the United States, you will see more and more people donning this exquisite statement of liberty and justice.

Join your fellow Americans, show your pride, your passion, and your patriotism. Give this buckle as a gift to veterans, active duty, police officers, emergency response, and anybody else who sings, “…this is my Country!”  Snap any of our full-grain leather belts onto this American Flag beltbuckle for true Red, White, and Blue style.

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Apr 11

Traditionally, the hottest belt buckles have been worn on leather belts. But, todays trend-setters, early adopters, and fashion elite are breaking conventions with HotBuckles.com new LEATHER BELT BUCKLES. Made from 100% full-grain leather, you can now purchase your own piece of fashion extravagance from the world’s largest online buckle supplier.The exclusive new leather belt buckle designs from HotBuckles.com are moving fast. Don’t be surprised when you see your favorite music celebrities and sports stars wearing their leather belt buckles in magazines and on TV. You can order your leather belt buckle in an oval or rectangular frame. We have designs you are sure to love on our graphic leather buckles. Our custom department takes your personal vision and creates a one of a kind buckle that will make people around you take notice.

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Contact HotBuckles.com to start your custom leather belt buckle creation. Made to order with no minimum orders, our leather belt buckles are worn by the brave and the bold. Full-grain, premium quality belt buckles from HotBuckles.com are not for the plain Jims and Janes out there. From a redneck wedding to an executive power statement, these leather buckles are for more than keeping your pants up. Keep your appearances tip-top too!

Visit the site for a closer peek at your new look.

May 29

Gone are the times when one is totally oblivious to what fashion means. You don’t have to actually know its definition to realize your actually applying it in how you dress and put on clothes. This has created a huge impact which has made historical changes to the way we appear . Both males and females utilize fashion in one way or another, based on how they perceive fashion is. Actually, fashion is not just the ongoing trend of the season but rather how one perceives it is. If you feel a certain look for the day as a result of this particular mood you are in, the manner in which it is reflected regarding the best approach you dress is fashion in itself. You are the one which gives the best meaning to fashion and instantly you’ll be the one that best understands it as well.

In buying fashion accessories, you take into account a lot of things. Here are a few tips which you’ll be able to use if you find yourself out shopping for one. First before even heading out into the mall, you should actually have a vision of what you are looking for. This gives you more time and narrows down the many choices available to you in the market. You made the first step which is planning, now you are off to the shopping mall to buy what you want. Considering you already have an idea of what you like, you can simply eye on one which can suite your standards. Filter your choices by checking the materials used, its seams, color and not to mention the price value. This will likely aid you weigh the one that you should choose. After careful thought, you now have finally chosen your ultimate fashion item. Now the next responsibility is to tend to the item. In case you are someone who values money, you would totally understand this part in this article. Be particular with all the conditions set upon buying the item. Take note whether or not this is usually machine washed or hand washed. Avoid getting it in contact of almost any liquid stains especially those that can be difficult to remove. Keep it in the cabinet wherein it is clean, dry and well pressed. There may be more tips but these are just a few. Doing such presents to your fashion accessories a long life.

Thanks to fashion, now it may effortlessly change how one looks from blah to wow. See this as something achievable when you use ideal fashion accessories. One would not have to copy one’s method of dressing just to be in style. Together with the unlimited choices in the market today, you can pick one which will best express what kind of person you are and your personality. Different shoppers could possibly have varying standards however it is but wise to buy stuff that could serve a long time particularly if you truly desire it.

Mar 19

Gone are the days when one is totally unaware of what fashion means. You don’t have to actually know its definition to realize your actually applying it in how you dress and put on clothes. This has created a huge impact that has made historical changes to the way we look. Men and women utilize fashion in one way or another, depending on how they perceive fashion is. Actually, fashion is not just the ongoing trend of the season but rather how one perceives it is. If you feel a certain look for the day because of this particular mood you are in, the way it is reflected on how you dress is fashion in itself. You are the one that gives the best meaning to fashion and you are the one that best understands it as well.

When buying fashion apparel, you consider a lot of things. Here are a few tips which you can use when you are out shopping for one. First before even heading out to the mall, you should already have a vision of what you are looking for. This saves you more time and narrows down the many options available in the market. You’re done with the first step which is planning, now you are off to the shopping center to buy what you want. Since you already have an idea of what you like, you can easily eye on one that can suite your standards. Filter your choices by checking the materials used seams, color and even the price. This will help you weigh which one you should choose. After careful thought, you have finally chosen your ultimate fashion item. Now your next responsibility is to take care of the item. If you were one who values money, you would totally understand this part right here. Be particular with the conditions set upon buying the item. Take note if it should be machine-washed or hand washed. Avoid getting it in contact of any liquid stains especially those that may be hard to remove. Keep it in the cabinet wherein it is clean, dry and well pressed. There may be more tips but these are just a few. Doing such can offer your fashion apparels a long life.

Thanks to fashion, it can now change how one looks from blah to wow. This is only achieved when you use ideal fashion apparels. You do not have to copy one’s way of dressing just to be in style. With the millions of choices in the market today, you can choose one that will best express who you are and your personality. Different shoppers may have varying standards but it is but wise to buy items that could last a long time especially if you really want it.

Mar 05

Ever since the beginning of time, after Adam and Eve realized they were naked, from then on fashion was born. It was when they started to sew leaves and barks together to cover up their body when fashion came into the picture. Although they were still unaware about it, deep within, there was already style incorporated into their clothes. But do you think they don’t have fashion accessories at that time? Of course they do. Early people or cavemen so to speak, wear aside from the leaves, barks, and skins of animals, were using pearl, and shell necklaces, bone headbands, and a lot more. You can see pictures of them wearing such in museums. Those were their fashion accessories.
After millions of years, there has been great change in the world of clothes and accessories. Fashion came to be and its popularity has spread fast like Ebola. Nowadays, most if not all people especially women are already very fashion conscious. It is almost an everyday struggle for them on what to wear. Some even can’t resist shopping. Their feet itch if they can’t go to the mall at least once in a week and when they are there, it never happens when they can’t buy something new. But you can’t be sure that you are the only one wearing your outfit. Think about this: even actresses going to the Grammy’s or the Golden Globe’s have the same dress, how much more when what you are wearing is just bought right from the department store? Then there are just two solutions to this. First, you tailor your own clothes (can sound impossible if you don’t know how to sew clothes) or second, you can use fashion accessories to give you a new look. If asked to choose between the two, then accessorizing with fashion accessories is more realistic and easier.


Accessorizing can mean a lot of things. You can put a belt around your waist; wear a pair of matching shoes with your bag may it be the design or the color; wearing jewelleries whether true or fancy; doing your hair; and putting on makeup that matches the occasion. These are the most fashion accessories that you can easily access. But this is not at all easy. You need to mix and match too. Sometimes a monotone color shade is nice to look at while sometimes contrasting colors can also be a head turner. It all depends on your style and imagination. Most importantly is how you strut yourself down the sidewalk. Your clothes and fashion accessories will be nothing if you don’t have the confidence to go with them. So don’t forget the formula to successful fashion: the right clothes + the right accessories, plus, the right amount of confidence.

Jan 25

Hot Buckles was Featured in the LA times on January 18th relating to the Golden globes Frugal Accessories.

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Watching the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards show last Sunday was a reminder of the power of a single accessory to transform a look.

Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Michelle Williams expertly used accessories to add an extra touch of style and whimsy to their red-carpet gowns.

Stone accentuated her maroon and fuchsia pleated Lanvin gown by cinching the waist with a bold leather belt with jewel-encrusted buckle in the shape of an eagle. The belt, looking like something you might expect from a biker, was unexpected and a playful contrast to the ethereal quality of her gown.

Emma stone belt buckles

Add a similar punch of style to your next red-carpet gown with the Eagle belt buckle from Hotbuckles.com for $17.95 or the Rhinestone eagle belt buckle, also from Hotbuckles.com, for $19.95.

Have an outfit you’re dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We’re up for the challenge.

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Photo: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 15. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Photo: Eagle belt buckle, $17.95 / Hotbuckles.com; Rhinestone eagle belt buckle, $19.95 / Hotbuckles.com.

To read the full Article about Emma Stone Belt Buckle Visit the LA times

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