7 accessories every girl needs to have in her wardrobe

Every girl should possess some accessories in her wardrobe that are essential for the fall season. With the cooling temperatures, it is imperative that her choice of clothes also shifts accordingly. As it is not possible to go shopping every change of season; it is always good to keep certain clothes handy to tackle the colder months.

Here are the 7 essential accessories that every girl must have in her wardrobe:

Boots: Be it a pair of high boots or cowboy ones, these look stylish and trendy with different types of dresses. You can wear skin tight jeans along with these, while leggings will also work perfectly fine. Apart from that, you can also pair your denim skirts with these boots. These boots will actually save your feet from rain and early snow in the winter season.

Black dress: If you have heard that a black dress is essential for every woman, you have heard it right. A sleek and elegant black dress can be worn to any formal occasion like a business party or a meeting. You can pair this dress with any type of sweater you like. The color of your top can be either dark or light, depending on your choice. It can also be worn to a dinner or a party with friends. This dress will make you look just right, neither too formal nor too casual.

A black blazer: You can either choose a formal blazer or a casual one, depending on your choice. However, to be on the safer side, it is better to have a blazer that is a blend of both. As black is a universal color, it is the safest one to opt for. You can wear this blazer on a lunch outing with friends or to a business presentation. Choosing the right shirt or dress to be worn with the blazer is essential for a stylish look. For business meetings, it is best to wear a buttoned shirt under the blazer. However, when you are going out with friends, you can easily slip in a casual top beneath the blazer with a pair of jeans or a skirt.

Purses and handbags: Carrying an oversized bag to a business dinner is a definite no, and a clutch would work better for such an occasion. Hence, it is imperative for women to have different types of handbags with them. Purses, clutches, oversized handbags, beach bags and stylish wallets should be a part of your closet. An oversized bag is good for the fall season as you would need to stuff the layers of clothing that you wear in case you suddenly start feeling warm.

Scarves and headgear: Well, the best thing about winter is the opportunity to wear different types of scarves and headgear. Woollen caps can be paired with jeans and tee-shirt for a casual and trendy look. Also, you can combine different printed scarves with your blazer or jacket in order to get a cool and chic appearance. You can find different types of printed scarves on Tiger People, which will look good with any winter outfit. You can also try different styles of tying the scarf, which can help create a variation in your look.

Jackets: Half sleeves or full sleeves, jackets come in different forms, fabrics, and styles. The most popular ones would be leather jackets that give you a smart look and provide warmth too. Apart from this, you should also have a puffed jacket in your closet that will be useful when it starts snowing.

Warmers: This is one of the main things that everybody would need in the winter months. Wooly leggings prove to be beneficial for sub-zero temperatures, especially for women who venture out in the cold on a daily basis. These help in keeping your legs warm and cozy, even when the mercury dips really low.

Winter months can become particularly pleasurable with the right clothing. Wearing different layers of clothing is best during these months. This will not only provide the warmth that you are looking for, but will also make you look stylish and chic.



Fashion trends for men

Men’s fashion in the 2000s is now as indefinable as women’s fashion has been for the past few years. Gone are the days when men couldn’t look fashionable with those uninteresting shirts and mundane trousers. Looking good is not only a woman’s privilege. Each year, trends for men’s fashion are predicted, but hardly have they followed any fashion trends. Hence, they escape stylish clothing.

Even if they go for shopping their last option would be on safe shirt and predictable trousers. For younger males, hip hop culture has highlighted many trends for men’s fashion, while older males are increasingly aware of tailoring, and making a garment fit right for their body shape, rather than going with the fashion trend.

Trends for men have always been a tricky issue. You need to make a statement, and yet not overdo it. For the men who want to get started with this voguish experiment, this year is not a year to go too bold with colors, whereas shades of blue and black are set to rule. Denims continue to rule 2014 and printed shirts and jackets will also be a hit. You can set your mood to make yourself look different from the crowd with slim, narrow trend with slush of colors.

An exclusive printed jacket with layering and a good amount of texturing on the fabric with fine yet visible detailing will look great. Printed jackets can be highlighted with Kalamkari work. The trend of printed jackets and slim pants is the future of fashion and the new age man replaces cargos with slimmer pants and includes more linen jackets in their wardrobe. You can even pair up your jackets with slim fitting blue denims which are completely classic, timeless and are one of the most resourceful pieces you’ll ever own.

It is easy to dress oneself with the slimmer cut ensuring sharper lines and a better shape. Indigo jeans works with almost any look you can think of and will never be out of fashion, so it’s worth investing good money in self finished fabrics, which is of a higher quality and is almost guaranteed to last longer. Basic knitwear will be an essential component of your layering this season, and you’ll be wearing it a lot.

These staple colors allow you to play around with bolder shades within the rest of your ensemble and the mid-weight ensures that they sit on the casual side of the spectrum, which is much more suitable when you’re just starting out. When it comes to suits, double breasted blazers are in fashion, so for people who like slim fits, new styles have come up to give a try. Wider legged pants are replacing the slim cut trousers which were a trend last year.

For those who like sweatshirts can try out ones with interesting prints or patterns, which are big and has graphic designs. Short sleeved shirts are also back in fashion. Also you can let go the traditional outfit and opt for well-fitted kurtas, bandgalas in simple designs. Sports coats, camouflage prints and army themes are very much in vogue at international fashion shows nowadays. Also, golf pants and shorts are hitting the trend. Few years back golfing attire was very simple and elegant, and aimed at comfort but trends change with time. Golfing attires have become funkier and can team up with cloth-button shirts. They look casual and less sporty.

Some people go wacky with their golf pants in different chic colors. Fortunately, for these promising fashionistos, these shirts are a worthwhile addition to any modern wardrobe and you will definitely get a lot of use out of them as it is perfectly divides between formal and casual wear.

Apparels are always mixed and matched with the accessories which can amaze you. Shoes do a lot of talking. Funny, but they do. Desert boot goes with everything, men can choose from jeans to shorts to suits. It can make you look smart without being formal. These boots are extremely comfy and a pair in light sand will complement every piece in your wardrobe. Moreover, you can even go for brown leather if you are looking for something that is seasonally suitable and a bit more hard wearing.

Wearing the right belt is an art indeed. Yes, they’re definitely used to hold your pants up, but they do serve another purpose by adding a whole other dimension to your look. A classic black, brown or beige belt is an absolute wardrobe staple. Wearing cufflinks will make a usual formal shirt look stylish and sophisticated. It will make you stand out at social and formal functions.

Match the cuff links with the style and color of your shirt. Do you really know how to tie a tie? A stunning tie makes your suit more beautiful, classier especially if you know how to associate colors. You can match it with the facing of the suit – satin with satin, silk with silk – but it can also be an opportunity to do something different. A different texture or feel can look great but we wouldn’t recommend different colors or prints.

We can sum-up by saying that men need not shy away from wearing something that is very different from others. It should no longer be a cause of concern. Today, the more adventurous men are, more people will like to follow their style of dressing and get rid of their own wardrobe staples to make space for stylish wears.


Sustainable can be fashionable for brands

At the far end of the supply chain

‘Yes I’m very afraid,’ admits Moussa Doumbia. ‘Sometimes I can’t sleep.’ Moussa grows cotton as a cash crop in Mali. He lies awake at night wondering whether he will be able to afford medicine to treat the malaria of himself and his two youngest children, just three and five years old. The three tonnes of cotton Moussa produces gives him an annual income of $322 less than $1 a day.

‘The cotton price is not enough for farmers to cover our needs including school fees and health,’ he says.

So Moussa also farms corn, peanuts, beans and rice to feed his 10-member family. He breeds cattle, sheep and oxen which he sells in dire emergencies. He has to rely on occasional handouts from his two brothers who work abroad one in Cte dIvoire and the other in Spain. And still it’s not enough. “I don’t want my children to be cotton farmers,” he explains. “Because they will have no future.”

Sustainability starts with farmers

Cotton farmers are the invisible foundation of the fashion industry. Transparency and traceability are now key buzz words in the industry, yet companies rarely delve deep enough into their supply chains to have any direct involvement with the suppliers of this raw material.

But ignoring cotton farmers ignores the future of fashion. The downward pressure of the clothing supply chain and the obsession with cheap fast fashion comes at a cost not only to farmers but to the industry itself.

Much of global cotton supply is grown by 35-50 million small-scale cotton farmers in developing countries, many in least developed countries. Like Moussa, most live below the poverty line, vulnerable to low and fluctuating prices lower than their costs of production, dependent on ginners and middle men.

Cotton production in developing countries has a smaller environmental footprint and costs less. Most cotton cultivation in West Africa is rain-fed, giving it with a much lower water footprint than industrialized farming. Meanwhile, it costs only US$ 30 cents to produce a pound of cotton in Benin versus US$ 68 cents in the United States. Yet it is the cotton farmers in regions like West Africa and India who suffer the most from low global cotton prices and underinvestment.

This means that many cotton farmers do not have the funds to invest in improving their crops, or, like Moussa, they do not see a future for their children in cotton. We need to make sure that farmers continue to grow cotton, if consumers are to continue to buy and wear the clothes that they love.

The changing landscape of

sustainable fashion

Over the past few years there has been a noticeable shift as more and more companies and fashionistas are beginning to recognise the urgent need to take greater responsibility for their social and environmental impact.

A number of global companies such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and H&M have set public targets with ambitious goals to reduce their impact by sourcing a percentage of their raw materials and notably sustainable cotton by target dates.

A number of ethical brands go even further by guaranteeing even deeper impact in their supply chains with sustainable business models. People Tree is a pioneer in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion and prides itself on opening up markets and opportunities for people who live in the developing world.

Safia Minney explains “The price tag on the fashion you buy rarely covers the real social and environmental costs. Developing countries end up competing with each other to be the world’s garment factory, in what has been called a ‘race to the bottom’ for wages, health, safety, job security and environmental protection.

“Every time you opt to support Fair Trade or organic clothing you are helping to empower farmers, artisans and communities – and importantly putting preserve on the fashion industry to clean up its act.”

In Fairtrade, we’ve seen a shift from mainstream companies wanting to sell Fairtrade labelled clothing, to wanting to make sustainable cotton sourcing a core part of their business. We recently launched a new business model to meet the changing ethical landscape, which allows companies to source a portion of their overall cotton on Fairtrade terms.

Ultimately sourcing sustainable cotton can allow the industry to secure supply into the future, by providing the needed farm level investment to maintain cotton crops and farmers’ livelihoods to the next generation. But more companies need to come on board to really tip the balance.

Luckily, it can be in companies’ interest to do so.

Attracting the ethical consumer

How do we make consumers care about sustainability? How does the industry respond to consumer demand for quicker and easier fashion whilst balancing the ethics of a sustainable supply chain where farmers and workers are paid and treated fairly?

In fact, ‘fair pay for farmers and workers’ is one of consumers’ top concerns: 85% of consumers say this issue is important for companies and their suppliers in their dealings with poor countries, according to Fairtrade commissioned research by GlobeScan in 2011.

There is a growing body of consumers who care about ethics and are quick to reward companies for doing good. Recent studies estimate the coveted ‘Aspirationals’ consumer group account 2.5 billion worldwide.

As reported by Sustainable Brands, ‘The 2013 Aspirational Consumer Index’ by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility found that “more than one-third of consumers globally (36.4%) identify as Aspirationals, defined by their love of shopping (78%), desire for responsible consumption (92%) and their trust in brands to act in the best interest of society (58%).”

Meanwhile H&M reported recently that 47 percent of its customers are interested in more environmentally friendly products in 2013, up from 27 percent in 2012.

Values at the core of the brand

Once relegated to the fringe, growing numbers of global fashion and clothing companies are putting ethics at the core of their brands. They are setting ambitious CSR targets to reduce their environmental footprint, to benefit the people in their supply chain, and to express their values.

In Fairtrade we’ve seen that investing in cotton farmers allows companies to build their brand and manage risk, by demonstrating commitment to good environmental practices and fair social and labour conditions for the farmers in their supply chain.

This shift is absolutely vital, as it is often the most vulnerable like the cotton farmer at the very bottom of a complex supply chain who is at the sharp end of an increasingly demanding and cost conscious industry, and it is these vulnerable people upon which the entire fashion industry depends.


The Top 10 Commercial Trends Of 2013

Following part one of our year recap, which looked at the biggest apparel stories of 2013, we’re back with the best selling trends of the last twelve months. Drawn from our apparel database, we’ve determined which were the global fashion hits.

  1. Crop tops

There was a global intake of breath as SS13 trends dictated abs would be on show this year. Retailers who reacted to the catwalk’s warning signs did well, with products selling fast in jersey, knit and shirts. There were more than 56,000 new cropped products arriving online this year, with the mass market accounting for 56% of products. Our data indicated that this would be a hit, and it’s likely going to stay amongst the bestsellers as we head into SS14.

2.  Leopard print

25,169 new leopard print items arrived online at global retailers during 2013 and were repeatedly featured in our Top Mover reports, which detail the fastest selling garments each month. The trend was boosted by numerous influential street style bloggers and celebrity sightings. Working across both men’s and women’s wear, this trend flew because it received both designer and mass market support simultaneously – Farfetch have been the number one stockist of the trend this year, followed by ASOS. Across markets, leopard print footwear sold the best, seeing the most full-priced replenishments.

3.  Checks & Plaids

This was the largest commercial menswear trend this year, and retailers are still gaining big wins with plaid print on classic shirting items; styles sold out swiftly last month from Givenchy, Forever 21 and ASOS. With more than 520,000 influential online mentions and 22,765 new products arriving online this year, plaid has been a hit in women’s wear too (with a split of 51% to 49% of products being for men and women respectively). Women’s wear was also spread across a broader product range, with plaid prints on trousers, skirts and dresses selling well for mass and premium markets.

4.  Sweaters

We wrote about these guys recently (here) and 2013 really has been a killer year for the sweater. Statement branded luxury sweaters, mass market slogans or the classic plain variety, this commercial winner has serious stamina across men’s, women’s and children’s wear.

5.  Bomber jackets

The same movement propelling the sweater trend can be thanked for the enormous success of the bomber jacket in 2013: with designers referencing street wear at just the right moment, the style was picked up by style influencers like Cara Delavigne, Harry Styles and Rihanna. Consequently we’ve seen the garment repeatedly replenished at Forever 21, ASOS, Topshop and Topman, River Island, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks.

6.  Leather

Trans-seasonal merchandising took a hold of retailers this year, and leather shone through as a good investment. Making its transition from luxury to mass market seamlessly, our commercial database accounts for nearly 92,000 new leather items coming online this year; 72% being womens wear. SS14 runway analysis gives a good gauge that this trend is sticking with us into the New Year.

7.  Biker jackets

One of the best selling types of leather garment in 2013 has been the biker jacket. With 17,566 new products introduced to the market this year, the shape has gone on to sell spectacularly (in both leather and other fabrics). The mass market owned this trend, with 62% of biker jackets retailing there. John Lewis came through as the real winner, with 10 different styles replenished at full price this year.

8.  Metallics

Kick started by Burberry’s sweet wrapper feast of a collection for SS13, metallic fabrics have seen good movement across all markets. The majority of the year’s bestsellers come from the premium market, with Jaeger London, Whistles, Ostwald Helgason and Topshop retailing metallic superstars at 100-365. But kudos to Boohoo, whose 12 metallic skirt sold out in 2 days.

9.  Dungarees

With close to 94,000 influential online mentions this year, this is a trend we consistently saw on street style bloggers throughout the year. Teaming up with the cropped top trend, nodding to the sports luxe story and being a vital update to the denim category has propelled this trend further than Alexa Chung ever imagined. Zara, New Look, ASOS and Topshop are reaping the rewards of their well-timed actions.

10.  Printed trousers

A direct influence from the runway, printed trousers were picked up by the premium market at lightening speed, allowing them to showcase their access to delectable prints. With 8,061 new products arriving online during 2013, House of Fraser was the biggest retailer and Zara were the retail brand with the biggest assortment.


Corporate Wear You Can Buy and Flaunt This Winter Season

Based on the corporate wear trend forecast for India this season, here are items you should buy, wear and flaunt:

For Him

Short-collared shirts

Formal shirts with short collars for a sharp office look. They are a lot more functional than other collar lengths and will stay popular over the next few seasons. Go for a short collar on a dressy white shirt (which you wear either with a tux or without) or a smart pastel (blue, grey, mauve) shirt under your favourite business suit.

Three-piece suits

Old-world three-piece suits in classic cuts for the boardroom and business trips are by far one of the strongest trends for men this winter. The waistcoat must be made with the same fabric as the jacket and trouser and should give you a structured and snug fit. Ensure its ‘dressy enough’ to be worn with a full-sleeve shirt, even without a jacket on top.

Slim ties

Broad ties are vintage. Update your tie rack with a collection of slim ties. While a black one is a must, keep a brown, blue, purple and red tie handy to mix and match with all your suits.

Textured & matt fabrics

No shinier, metallic and glossy fabrics for business and work wear. Trends favour a matt, dull look especially for jackets, trousers and three-piece suits. Soft fabrics and luxury wool blends will be the flavour this season. Texture is strong and so are small prints of tartan or multicolored checks.

Double breasted jackets

Six and eight (brass or silver) button jackets from the early ’80s have been reinvented to look shapelier. Since a double-breasted jacket can make one look broad and boxy, wear them only if you are tall or lean.

Short overcoats

The era of large ‘detective style’ overcoats is over. Invest in a good quality, short (knee-length or higher) one for peak winter or if you are traveling to cold places. Choose solids (in camel, grey, black or brown) over prints, as they are a lot more neutral and are less likely to be remembered, even when worn over and over again.

For Her

Blouses, not shirts

Finally women have the option of wearing ‘feminine’ tops to work. The obvious changes from masculine shirts rounded collars, curved ends, short sleeves and a relaxed cut for the chest and shoulder. Black, grey, beige and brown will be the season’s strong colours. Keep the primary colours (red, blue, green and yellow) aside for spring / summer.

Wool wraps

Short and medium length block coloured scarves and stoles to wrap around the neck or drape over the shoulder. Pick any primary colour (red, yellow, blue and green) either plain or printed (floral or tribal, not animal) to offset against the greys, browns and blacks.

Knee-length skirts

Trends favour wearing knee length (or longer) skirts to work. Colours that will dominate the season: grey, black and navy blue. The fit: smart, tapered and close to the body it’s the end of flared styles, layers and gathers.

Structured short jackets

Structured hip length jackets over skirts and trousers. Why? Because they look sharper and feel a lot smarter. If it’s not part of a business suit, then contrast the colour of the jacket with the trousers or skirt.

Fitted sleeveless dresses

One-piece structured dresses for the woman on the go. Key elements: three-fourths sleeves (or shorter) and a straight or defined silhouette. Choose soft-yet-warm fabrics. Accessorise your dress with a slim coloured belt or team it up with light woolen tights as second skin.

Short pencil heels

Keeping the look, comfort and practicality in mind, slim (but short) pencil heels are going to be on most fashionable feet in the office. The details: gladiator inspired (single or dual) thin straps for the ankles, peep or open toes in front, under half-inch heels on the rear and solids or contrasts of black and white as colour.