Designer Clothes – Worth Your Money?

You know you want to own at least a piece of designer clothing, right? But as you whip out your wallet, the content tells you “No”. That is the way it has been for many people, they want it but they cannot afford it. The price of designer clothing has shunned people away, at the end of the day, why wear a super pricey coat when you can get one cheaper and serves the same purpose? The question remains, is there a difference? I think it depends on a few factors, whether you have the money, how often you are wearing them or are you buying for the sake of showing off? Below are a few factors why designer clothes could actually be worth your money, even when the price is sky-high.

1) Style and cut

Guess what? The style and cut of designer clothing are almost always nicer and better fitting. When fashion designers create their clothes, do you think they simply take an hour to draw and then throw the design to the fashion department to make the outfit and then boom, done. That is an obvious no. When it comes to designing, these geniuses will take plenty of time and effort to create the perfect piece. They will source for the best materials based on their expertise, and then meticulously scrutinize the final product. Designer clothes are rarely mass produced, so you will see how flawless each piece looks, and they hardly go out of style. Trust their artistic flair and you will know why.

2) High quality

You will rarely be disappointed with a piece of designer clothing. When designers create their outfits, they will source for the best materials and craft them together like magic. They feel outrageously comfortable and stylish, radiating a premium quality vibe. You will be surprised by their efforts, which leads me to the next point.

3) They tend to last longer

You might think I am pulling your leg, but really, you can test it out if you want. As designer clothing are made of such premium quality materials, no matter how many times you send them to your nearby dry-wash or how many times you wear them, they never seem to wear, in contrast to your normal clothes. This is because they are tested for durability and making sure they stay in shape. You will be awed.

4) Confidence and acknowledgement

Wearing stylish designer labels with boost your confidence because the outfit will fit you perfectly and you will feel good. So naturally, you will stand tall and proud as you saunter down the street. To make things better, if anyone you know were to meet you, you will actually wow them, therefore boosting your morale as you get acknowledged by them. So wearing designer labels is not all about the positives that the outfit brings to your body, but to your feelings and thoughts as well.

To sum things up, designer clothing brings about many benefits, but they come at a price, literally. Some people may point their fingers at the heavy price tag, while others are holding their credit cards between their index and middle fingers, ready to make the purchase. The point is, designers have one common goal, and that is to bring satisfaction and quality at the same time to make people look and feel good. They are focused, put in days, weeks and months of hard work, just to create that one original piece of clothing that defines class and perfection. Not everyone will agree with me on this article, but I hope that I have done some convincing. Save up and purchase one for yourself, and then thank me later.



Ladies Golf Clothing – The Design Process

Ever wondered how a range of golf clothing is designed and what steps are taken. We talk to the head designer at Green Lamb about designing a range of ladies golf clothing.

  • Q – What is your background Deirdre?
    • A – I have worked in design for many years. Before I joined Green Lamb I was designing both men’s and women’s clothing collections.
  • Q – When did you join Green Lamb?

    • A – Oh, it must be over 15 years since I started here!
  • Q – In a few lines what defines the Green Lamb Golf Clothing brand?

    • A – Green Lamb is a great brand to be involved with. Its customer is very loyal and as they have grown up and styles have changed so has the brand, which means it is always fresh.
  • Q – How does the design process work for a new collection like the Spring/Summer 2010 range for Green Lamb?

    • A – Design tends to be a constant evolution so there really is no start point to our design process. The team here is always on the lookout for inspiration, whether that’s new fabrics, trims, styles or colours. We are always brainstorming ideas, which is development work for future seasons.
      This means that when the time comes to start putting together a new season’s collection we already have an idea of colours and influences for the range. We also meet with the sales and marketing team who give us helpful feedback they have had from our customers. We marry all of this together to create the collection.
  • Q – What was your inspiration for the Green Lamb Spring/Summer 2010 collection?

    • A – Colour is really important when we put together new collections. We look at what fashion trends there are and adapt them to our market. Red and black in our Andalucia colour story are really popular and these shades always work well in golf. Pink is an absolute must-have for our customers, but to keep our Milan range original we have combined two pinks, which are really beautiful. The Caribbean opal/melon colour palette best demonstrates how we can adapt fashion trends onto the golf course. The bright opal blue and melon yellow are very popular in the high street with the resurgence of 80’s fashion so we have taken this as inspiration and adapted it to the golf course to create a vibrant collection.
      Another highlight you’ll see in SS10 is diamante and metallic detail. It is a completely new look for Green Lamb and is very feminine. We don’t like the word ‘bling’ but this type of intricate styling on the shirts really gives these garments a fabulous extravagant look.
      One of our additional key objectives was to create easy to wear outfits. The designers always had ‘co-ordination’ in mind with every garment they conceived so every individual item can be teamed with another to effortlessly create lovely outfits. We want our customers to look stylish without thinking about it!
  • Q – How long does it take to design a collection – does it vary between Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter?

    • A – The actual design process takes around 6 months from start to finish. Spring/Summer does tend to take longer than Autumn/Winter simply because the collections are larger. We like to offer customers more variety and a choice of pieces that co-ordinate through each collection. Despite being smaller in size, Autumn/Winter offers its own challenges as we have to cater for a lot of climates with fewer pieces. Our markets include the sunbelts of Europe and the colder countries where courses actually close so our garments have to continue to be appealing in all weathers.
  • Q – How many ranges have you designed for Green Lamb?

    • A – I’ve worked on quite a few of the Green Lamb ranges now – I dread to think how many!
  • Q – Are there any garments that are easier to design than others? Or, is there any particular garment that you prefer to design?

    • A – The most challenging aspect for us is how to keep polo shirts looking new, exciting and fashionable. Obviously every garment has to have a collar, but we keep things fresh by changing the shape of the collar, varying the sleeve lengths, altering neck shapes and the placket detailing.
  • Q – What is your fashion must-have for this season off the golf course?

    • A – Colourful suede wedges that will brighten up any outfit and military inspired shirt dresses. These are great as they are really easy to wear and there are styles to suit all shapes and age groups. Leather tops will also be really popular, even though they’re not to everyone’s taste!
  • Q – What trends should we look forward to this year?

    • A – You will see a lot of Military influences around and also fringing in accessories. White is also making a huge come back again. This Spring, jewellery can be bold but it needs to be chic, elegant and glamorous without being too showy.



Variations in Indian Designer Clothing by State

When we think of India we think of a vast country with an extensive cultural history bursting with different traditions and intriguing idiosyncrasies in each state. One area where variation is particularly prominent is in fashions. It is incredible that in each of the 28 states there are different styles, from colours to materials to designs, the people of each area can be defined through their Indian designer clothing. The main influencing factors are climate, topography, the craft of the region and the social and economic conditions. I will now describe the fascinating varieties of Indian designer clothing prominent in each state. Some focus more on colours whilst others are for comfort. Whatever the differences in Indian designer clothing they all provide stimulating examples of India’s rich culture and history.

Firstly there is the state of Punjab. The traditional dress is vibrant, colourful and covered in a particular type of embroidery called “phulkari” which is in the form of flowers in different colours. The most popular clothing for women in Punjab is the Saree and Sharara as well as the Salwar Kameez. The menswear consists of a long kurta on top of a loongi. Another item of apparel that is particularly significant is the turban.

In the state of Haryana we see a different form of traditional dress. The Indian designer clothing is simple and colourful. The women wear a ‘Damaan’, a skirt that is ankle length with a shirt and a ‘Chunder’, a piece of cloth used to cover their heads. The men wear a ‘Dhoti’ which is a piece of cloth that wraps around the legs as well as a ‘Kurta’, a long shirt, traditionally these clothes have always been white. They also wear a turban called a ‘Pagri’.

The clothes from Jammu and Kashmir are mostly made from silk, cotton and wool.

Traditionally in this state both the men and the women wear the same gowns, the Pheran and ‘Poots’, two gowns that are worn on top of one another. Muslims and Hindus wear the gown slightly differently. The Muslim women wear it to their knees whereas the Hindus wear it from their ear it to their feet. The gowns are radiant with intricate, colourful designs on the outside and goat or Yakskin on the inside because of the cold climate. The men on the other hand wear a Khan-Dress or a pathani suite.

The state of Rajasthan is a totally different kettle of fish! Rajasthan is filled with deserts and dust so the landscape is fairly dull in colour, however the people of this state make up for the lack of chromaticity in their landscapes through their Indian designer clothing. The materials are covered in precious stones and various colours including mirror work. Again the turban is a prominent item of Indian designer clothing. However what is intriguing about the turban from this state is that it changes depending on the social status of the man. The man of the lowest social status will wear turbans with only one colour in contrast to this the highest classes will wear turbans of a variety of colours with different designs which change for different occasions. The womenswear from this region consists of a dress with four pieces. The skirt is called a ‘ghagra’ there is then the long head cloth which is called the ‘odhni.

The men from the state of Gujarat wear cotton trousers called ‘chorno’ and a short top called a ‘kediyu’ or ‘angarakhu’. The women of this region wear ‘chaniyo’, a colourful petticoat and a blouse called a ‘choli’ or ‘polku’ this look is then worn with a ‘odhani’, a cloth covering the body and the head from the back.

The variations in Indian designer clothing are wonderful at defining people of different states and celebrating in the rich cultural history of India. It is a shame that with the influence of the western world more and more Indians are wearing the same clothes and are losing that stimulating uniqueness that was so original to India.



Teen Loves Designer Dresses

So, your teenage daughter loves designer dresses. You love her and want to give her what makes her happy. However, you know that branded clothes can cost a lot. What’s a slightly-indulgent and loving parent to do? Do you clothe your teen in trendy dresses but go bankrupt in the process? Or do you ignore her wishes and suffer to see her miserable in less-than-stellar, mass-produced clothing?

Luckily, there are ways to give your teen what she wants without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to guide you.

Look for websites that can help your teen find out about current fashion trends. While it’s not advisable to dress solely according to what’s hot, it would help your teen a lot to know what’s trendy, since at her age peer opinion goes a long way in making her feel good about herself. Avoid using cost alone as a guide in what designer dresses to buy her, since expensive doesn’t always equate with stylish; many designers make some of their most interesting designs available through private labels associated with lower-cost stores, such as Target.

Buy used clothing online. There are many stores selling pre-loved designer dresses, and a lot of them still look brand new, yet they’re available at a fraction of the cost of a new dress. Search the Internet to both widen your search’s scope and save time in canvassing for that perfect dress for your teen. You can find a variety of styles, colors, and prices in several online stores specializing in branded clothing.

Check out factory outlets for great buys. Most designer clothing brands have wholesalers who have opened their doors not only to dealers and retailers, but even to individual buyers as well. Clothes are usually sold at factory outlets at a big discount throughout the year.

Make sure your teenaged child understands the value of money. This is the best way to make sure that your teen’s love for designer dresses doesn’t bankrupt the family. One way to do this is to set a specific amount for her clothes as your contribution. Make sure she understands that if the money’s not enough for her to buy the clothes she want, she can work to cover her share of the additional cost, or get by with less expensive clothes.

Buying designer dresses for your teen need not be a harrowing experience. In fact, it can be fun, and even be a learning experience for her!