What You Should Know About Designer Brands Before Buying Them

Let’s talk about ethics. The fashion world has been under a lot of scrutiny when it comes to ethical business practices. We may not fully understand the underlying issues that this industry has, but we can’t deny that some brands don’t really seem to care about the people they work with. IG profiles like @diet_prada will even put these brands and designers on blast, highlighting unethical practices. But there are brands who have been fighting against this in recent years, working towards producing clothing that is both affordable and ethical, while also highlighting the issues in the bigger picture. So how can we as consumers do our part to support brands that are doing the right thing?

Mission Statements & Advertising

Companies that make ethical decisions will usually try to get the word out about their choices as much as they can. This diminishes the effort in some people’s minds, but it doesn’t really matter if they make money out of being ethical; the end result is still a positive one. You can use a company’s mission statements and other advertising to get an idea of whether or not they are ethical. There are a lot of clothing brands out there that will plant trees or take part in other charitable acts whenever they sell an item, and finding them is pretty easy.

User-Generated Content

While we would all like to believe we can trust the brands we buy from, it’s not always easy to make sure that we can 100% believe what they tell us. This makes user reviews incredibly important for any online shopper. Check out this Hearts on Fire review here that shows you a breakdown of the diamond brand. The review shows that they care about their customers and truly want to give them a positive experience. This site may not go into full detail about the source of products, but it still gives you an idea of how well they treat their customers. So important for investment pieces.

The News & Media

Are you ever shocked when you find that the brands you love have been acting unfairly? What do you do when you see stories in the media about your favorite brand/fashion house making bad decisions? If you love wearing pieces from a particular brand / fashion house, you should also keep up with the news surrounding the designer brands. If you’re buying and wearing their pieces, you are standing for what they believe in. Not a lot of people realize that Hugo Boss had strong connections to Germany’s Nazi Party in World War Two, but there are countless news stories that cover this topic in depth. Just saying.

With all of this in mind, you should take time to learn about designer brands before you spend money with them. Right now our world is going through a major change. 2020 is the year to listen, realize the truth, and take action to make it better. It’s like we’re going through a deep clean and weeding out the bad at a rapid pace. Unethical companies would have been pulled out anyways, but now brands are being held accountable more than ever. So do your part.

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The Verdict on Wearing Glasses?

Julia Lee Glasses for Your Face Shape

Have you tried adding trendy glasses to your look? There’s a geek-chic kind of style that everybody loves, except when you are told that you need to add a corrective lens to those frames. Say what now? It’s all fun doing the trendy eyewear with neutral lenses and those thin wire shapes, but as soon as it becomes imperative, your look seems a lot less cute. 

Why do we feel silly when we put on corrective glasses? Is it because we have to commit to wearing them and can’t just quickly throw them on as a fun accessory? How about the fact that the term “corrective glasses” just sounds so blah. The reason is the actual lens. Depending on the correction you are being prescribed, your lenses could be thick or thin. Besides, they could also transform your eyes, maximizing them, or minimizing your features into tiny dots. 

But have you heard of high-index lenses? These lenses can keep even the highest correction lenses between 5 and 8 mm, which can make a huge difference when rocking your glasses. Here are some other tips to make it work and fall in love with your eyewear:

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Oversized Tortoise Frames

Eyewear Comes in Many Shapes

The first thing you need to know about eyewear is that not all shapes will suit your face. You might find a small round frame a la John Lennon – or Harry Potter if we are to pick an earlier reference – appealing, but this shape works best on faces with prominent square features. If you have a round-ish face, on the other hand, this could play against you. On round faces, cat-eye frames add softness and angular features. Check out these styles at www.eyeglasses.com. Definitely do your research and know what works for your face shape.

Another thing to keep in mind is the thinness of your frame. If your eyesight needs strong correction, your lenses may be too thick for the frames, even if you use those high-index materials. 

Your Hairstyle Changes the Shape of Your Face

How you wear your hair tells the story. The way it frames your face – or not – will help bring out your glasses. Someone with naturally thin hair is likely to feel overwhelmed by an oversized round or square frame. But does it mean you can’t wear such frames? Absolutely not! You can have a selection of two to three different frames to match your hairstyle. Take an oversized pair of glasses for instance. You may want to add some volume to your hair to create a homogeneous look. And if you opt for an elegant cat-eye frame, try it with some classy, glam waves.

Get Your Makeup on Point

Does makeup matter when you’re wearing glasses? Hell yes, girl! For a start, you’d showcase your eyes rather than your glasses. Take a look at this killer makeup guideline for babes who wear glasses on www.getthegloos.com for major inspo. Try adding definition to your features with an eyeliner crayon to make your eyes pop out. Don’t be afraid of using a concealer too, as glasses can make small lines appear harsher.

So what’s the verdict? Do you still think you’ll look silly with glasses? No, but you’ll look different, which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You can experiment with different styles if you buy a couple of frames in various shapes or colors. More importantly, glasses can bring diversity to your look. And for days when you just can’t be bothered with extra eyewear, you can still pop in a pair of daily contact lenses! 

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A Look at my Looks: Cancun Edition

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I got to spend a week in Cancun with 9 other models from NYC for a special fashion show held by Zoey Grey and Cristiano Lucci. When I wasn’t on the runway, I spent time on the beach and the resort. The weather was super humid, so loose fitted pants like the Baruni silky wide legs were perfect. Check out the rundown of my looks and trends to try…

cheetah drape top

silver sequin tank

thorsun swim short

sheer harem pants

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miss guided white halter

white sheer dress 

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All Gold Everything at Etheria Film Night

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I did an all gold look for Etheria Film Night to kick off the summer. The sequin top compliments the gold buttons on the high-waist shorts. I love the balance of this outfit, and the sequins don’t look over the top to me at all! Scroll down to check out coverage from Etheria Film Night on Click on This Show! What I love most about this festival was that it showcased female writers, producers, creators, and actors.

My all gold everything look is…

Lotuz Sequin Top

Lotus High Waist Shorts

Badgley Mischka Strappy Heels

Styled by Madison Dixon

Go gold too with my picks for you. Images below via DailyCeleb.com.

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