French furniture is known for being charming and elegant. The upholstery fabric used in it is intricate, easy to live with and it exudes comfort while simultaneously oozing in character and style. Shabby chic or vintage chic furniture creates a style that can work in nearly any room. It too creates a soft and laid back feel in the home.
These fabrics now have to be much safer for homes and regulations for this have been listed here > European Fire Standards
Both French furniture and shabby chic furniture are made with vintage fabrics, some of which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. These fabrics accentuate and complement the quality wood products used to create the furniture. Both looks are achieved using the different types of fabric listed below:
1. Toile de jouy
This fabric is made of linen and is the canvas material. It features vintage floral patterns and faded leaf prints. It is a signature French furniture fabric characterized with repeating patterns that portray simplicity. Since it’s made of linen, it’s a strong material with inherent woven fibres in its yarn. It absorbs dye incredibly well and so it’s the best print fabric for French and shabby chic furniture.
Upholstered furniture (Meubles rembourrés) also comes in many forms of contemporary styles in France.
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Here are some inspiring ideas for different types of upholstered furniture
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Choosing plus size coats are easy when you know how. Follow our helpful guide to choosing the best plus size coats this season!
Belted Plus Size Coats
First on our list of top coats to choose from is the mid to long length belted coat.
A belted coat is a great alternate to buttoned or zipped up coat. It provides a looser closure and therefore more room and comfort.
Belted coats come in many different styles. These include timeless trench coats, double breasted and fashion forward oversized lapel coats.
If you’re on the shorter side, stick to mid length belted coats. The longer lengths tend to dwarf a short stature. Above the knee or just below the knee is ideal.
For those who are taller, longer lengths work best, as shorter lengths tend to create an imbalance in proportion.
The best part of a belted coat is that it cinches in the waist, creating a great hourglass figure. Choose a vibrant color from this seasons color palette to be on trend. Otherwise pick a more demure color to stand the test of time.
A style that never waivers and is always in fashion, every woman needs a high quality leather jacket.
Be sure to choose a short or cropped length, unless you are very tall. One with cropped sleeves will help to elongate your arms.
Leather jackets come in every color – choose a black or earthy color to get the most wear out of your jacket.
Leather jackets with panels will provide the best fit. If it’s a little more room you’re looking for, a trapeze shape will suit you best.
A casual cropped jacket is not only stylish but also very practical.
Easy to throw on to take the dog for a walk or pick up the kids from school, the short casual jacket is the answer.
To get the most out of the style, choose one with a drawstring or belted waist will help to achieve the ideal hourglass figure.
A slight A-line shape will help to balance out full hips and thighs.
Meanwhile, choosing one with exaggerated shoulders will create the perfect proportion for those who have narrow shoulders.
A Line Coat
The classic A line coat, no matter what the style, is an all round crowd pleaser.
The naturally flattering silhouette skims over the hips, and the flare at the hem comes from the waist, gliding over the stomach area.
For a stylish and classic look, keep your A Line coat fairly simple – a couple of pockets and an interesting collar.
Mandarin or shallow funnel neck coat will elongate and draw attention to a slender neck. Meanwhile, a two piece tapered sleeve will provide a fashion forward look.
The fit and comfort of your coat can be perfectly measured by following a few simple rules.
With your coat on, give yourself a hug.
If its uncomfortable, or there is tension, take a size up. Your sleeves should be no more or less than an inch past your wrist. This allows your coat to keep you warm as you move, and it won’t look like it’s drowning you.
Finally, don’t forget that you should be wearing layers before pulling a coat into the fitting room. You want to make sure even with your winter layers on, that your coat still feels great and isn’t being pulled out of shape.
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When thinking of fashion, images of glamorous models prowling on the catwalk or 'smizing' into a camera may come to mind, but this is only a small part that the fashion industry plays in our day to day lives. For many of us, fashion is a powerful tool used to express everything from our gender and identity, to our beliefs, social standing and authority level.
In the corporate environment, clothing can communicate power and personality, command authority and give you a confident stance that ensures your presence is felt whenever entering a room.
Below, we share some of the secrets to successful power dressing from the women who have become masters at this art.
In what is a male dominated world, these women boldly own and embrace their femininity, showing us how to play (and win) the game without losing our own identities.
When we look up the word "power" in the Oxford Dictionary, one of the definitions that comes up reads as follows:
"The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events" - now surely that is something we would all like to be a bit better at?
Amal Clooney: Know your Tribe, Dress for the Occasion
Keeping the definition given by the Oxford Dictionary in mind, the first secret of power dressing is simple: know who you want to influence (your tribe).
Amal Clooney may have landed on the red carpet due to her marriage to a film star, but if there is one thing we have learnt from this amazing women (if you're not on the Amal train yet, just watch her moving speech on ISIS and the protection of women here) it is the importance of dressing for the occasion (and your audience).
Whether gracing the pages of Vanity Fair's 'Best Dressed List' or speaking on behalf of the various causes and people she represents as an international law and human rights lawyer, she is respected and venerated by all who come into contact with her.
She always dresses for the occasion, keeping the people that she will meet that day in mind. When delivering a speech to a crowd on women's rights and how best to fight ISIS, we see her taking a powerful stance on stage in a conservative pinstriped dress. When she swoons next to her husband on the red carpet to promote his latest film, she does so in floor length gowns which ensure that their image graces the news columns (which, if not familiar with the inner workings of Hollywood, is good for his career and pay-check).
If you're reading this and thinking, should it really matter what she wears? Shouldn't her credentials and competency speak for themselves? We agree with you - unfortunately, this is not the world we live in.
From judges to journalists, old-school Etonian businessmen to Venture Capital entrepreneurs, whatever industry we work in: those around you form opinions and they care. This may not be the best thing for the workings of this world, but it is the world we have been given - so work with it.
If you want to direct others decisions and sway them in your favour, just ask yourself, WWACD? (What Would Amal Clooney Do). When meeting with investors, research them: will them feel more comfortable accepting you into their tribe if you wear a hoodie or a suit? If you are meeting your future employer, should you do so in a no frills business dress or something with more pizzazz to show off your creative flair? Whatever the purpose of your power dressing day may be, remember to always keep your audience in mind.
Christine Lagarde: Stand out in a sea of grey, add a touch of personality
If Amal Clooney teaches us the importance of dressing for the occasion, Christine Lagarde reminds us of the importance of adding a personal touch. As one of the most powerful women in global finance, Lagarde is often photographed amid a sea of grey and navy suits. While she respects the conservative dress code of the industry, Lagarde always remembers to use her personal style to assert her individuality and power. It is with good reason that this successful female leader has also won over the hearts of the fashion industry, having landed both on Vanity Fair's 'Best Dressed List' and appearing in Vogue.
The style icon uses accessories such as bold and brightly coloured silk scarves to emphasise her individuality and brighten up what would otherwise be a mono coloured outfit. As per Mirella Zanatta, associate director of programs at brand consulting company Corporate Class Inc in Toronto, Ontario: “Wearing the right scarf in the right way will make you appear to be a refined person who has put thought into your outfit". Further to this, adding a personal or eccentric accessory can become a status signal: you are high up enough not to have to conform to what everyone else is doing.
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