Mar 11

Fashion Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Online Right Now

If you like watching fashion movies and TV shows, you’re in luck., because you can watch these online now. After all, how better to learn about fashion then how the girls learn themselves.

There are dozens of movies, documentaries, and TV shows that are either about fashion or feature great fashion, and they’re just a few clicks away on your favorite device.

Many do require a subscription to Amazon Prime, HBO, or Netflix. If that’s not in your budget, check out their free trials – they typically last for 30 days. You can watch a lot in a month, if you’re so inclined. If you want to buy the movie from Amazon, click the movie title

I have many in my personal library and they’re fun to pull out and watch on that otherwise slow evening. Or just watch to get ideas and imagine yourself in any of these fabulous gowns.

Fashion Movies 

Jackie (2017)

The focus is too narrow for a good portrayal of Jackie’s contribution to the fashion world bu tyou do get to see Jackie in her inimitable outfits.

After the Ball  (2015)

 

A young fashion designer dons a disguise to help save her family fashion business. Portia Doubleday and Chris Noth star. (Netflix)

The Dressmaker (2015)

After years of working in Paris couture, Australian Tilly Dunnage returns to her hometown to settle a score and get revenge on those who hurt her. Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth star. (Amazon Prime)

Grace of Monaco (2014)

 

Oscar winner Grace Kelly leaves Hollywood behind to become a real life princess – but she doesn’t get her happily every after. Stars Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. (Netflix). Highly Recommended

Love by Design (2014)

Romanian-born Danielle is living the dream, working at a top New York fashion magazine – until it all comes crashing down, and she ends up back home in Transylvania to start all over again. Stars Guilia Nahmany and Jane Seymour. (Amazon Prime)

Confessions of a Shopalohic  2009 

Fall in love with the adorable Becky Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) in the hilarious romantic comedy Confessions Of A Shopaholic.  Becky has a secret that leads to some hilarious high jinks that could unravel it all. Featuring the perfect comedic cast, it s the feel-good romantic comedy you ll fall in love with over and over.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

As assistant to impossibly demanding New York fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Streep), young Andy Sachs (Hathaway) has landed a job that “a million girls would die for.” Unfortunately, her heaven-sent appointment as Miranda’s personal whipping girl just might be the death of her! Highly Recommended

Kinky Boots   2005

For generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a sassy cross-dressing cabaret singer whose outrageous style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory! Inspired by a hilarious true story, this fun and original movie is a must-have  that proves the best way to fit in is to stand out! Highly Recommended

Pret-a-Porter  (1994)

Easy to watch. Lots of fun. Dozens of recognizable big name actors in minor roles adds a who’s who that gives an additional aspect to the entertainment. Watch your DVD format

Ready To Wear (1994)

A glittering Hollywood all-star cast shines in Robert Altman’s deliciously sexy comedy hit READY TO WEAR! At the world’s hottest fashion show, there’s been a murder. Now, everybody’s a suspect — including two guests who end up sharing much more than a hotel room! Add to the fun a hilariously inept TV reporter on the trail of her most shocking interview yet! They’re all caught up in the year’s biggest see-and-be-seen events — where steamy scandals and spectacular supermodels turn up the heat in a riotous show of high-fashion hilarity

Fashion Documentaries

About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)

Exploring beauty and aging through the eyes of the original supermodels. Stars Carmen Dell’Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, and more. (HBO)

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

Street fashion as seen through the lens of veteran New York Times photographer, Bill Cunningham. Stars many fashion notables. (Amazon Prime)

Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (2016)

An inside look at John Casablancas, the man behind the Elite Modeling Agency and inventor of the supermodel. John Casablancas stars. (Netflix)

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

Diana Vreeland defined fashion for a generation through her years as an editor at first Harper’s Bazaar then Vogue. Diana Vreeland and Richard Avedon star. (Amazon Prime)

Dior and I (2014)

A behind-the-scenes look of Raf Simon’s first haute couture collection for the legendary French fashion house. Christian Dior (archive) and Raf Simons star. In French with English subtitles. (Netflix)

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye (2012)

A look at some of the world’s most influential fashion designers and images from the iconic magazine celebrating its 120th anniversary. Hamish Bowles and Grace Coddington star. (Amazon Prime)

Iris (2014)

The life and times of style icon Iris Apfel. Starring Iris and Carl Apfel and other fashion luminaries. (Netflix)

The First Monday in May (2016)

What it took to put on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most-attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through the Looking Glass” in 2015. Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton star. (Netflix)

Women He’s Undressed (2015)

A retrospective of legendary Oscar-winning Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly. (Netflix)

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

The early years of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his rise to international fame. Starring Pierre

Niney and Guillaume Gallienne. (Netflix)

Vidal Sassoon  2010

Vidal Sassoon is more than just a hairdresser – he’s a rock star, an artist, a craftsman who changed the world with a pair of scissors. His hairstyles changed the fashion world too.

Coco Before Chanel  (2009)

Audrey Tautou  shines in this intriguing portrait of the early life of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the orphan who would build a fashion empire and be known universally by her nickname, Coco. She journeys from a mundane seamstress job to boisterous cabarets to the opulent French countryside, possessing little more than her unwavering determination, unique style and visionary talent.

The September Issue 2009

An intimate, funny and surprising behind-the-scenes look at VOGUE’S legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than- life editors, this is the captivating story of how they create the must-have bible of fashion. Highly Recommended

 

 Fashion TV Shows

Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

Privileged Upper East Side teens have their secrets exposed by an elusive gossip blogger who moves among them. Blake Lively and Leighton Meester star. (Netflix)

Mr. Selfridge (2013-2016)

Flamboyant American Harry Selfridge brings his years of luxury department store experience to London in 1909, and transforms the way the British elite shop. Jeremy Piven stars. If you own your own business, you’re going to want to take notes. (Amazon Prime)

Sex and the City (1998-2004)

Four women navigate relationships, career, and style in New York in the late 1990s. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall star. (HBO)

The Buccaneers (1995)

Four rich American socialites try to land titled Englishmen during the “American Princess” craze of the late 19th Century. Stars Mira Sorvino and Carla Gugino in some of their earliest roles. (Netflix)

The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014)

The teenage years of Carrie Bradshaw, before her Sex and the City story. Stars AnnaSophia Robb and Austin Butler. (Netflix)

The Collection (2016-)

Amid secrets and family drama, two brothers struggle to keep their fashion house afloat in post-war Paris. Richard Coyle and Mamie Gummer star. (Amazon Prime)

The Crown (2016-)

The early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, set in the 1950s. Beautiful clothes, jewels, and locales. Claire Foy and Matt Smith star. (Netflix)

The Paradise (2012-2013)

It’s 1875 and a small town girl with big ideas moves to the city and takes a job at The Paradise – the nation’s first-ever department store. Stars Joanna Vanderham and Emun Elliott. (Netflix)

The Time In Between (2013-2014)

Sira is a young dressmaker in 1930s Spain, dating a nice guy, when her life is upended by a smooth-talking salesman – and she ends up creating couture for Nazi wives in Madrid…while spying on them. Stars Adriana Ugarte and Hannah New. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Netflix)

Velvet (2013-2016)

A man struggles to keep his family luxury department store afloat in Madrid in the 1950s amid family feuds and forbidden romance. Paula Echevarria and Miguel Ángel Silvestre star. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Netflix)

Versailles (2015-)

Young King Louis XIV strives to bring his vision of France as a global tastemaker to life amid the lies and intrigue of his scheming court. George Blagden and Alexander Vlahos star. (Netflix)

So…a wide variety of fashion movies, documentaries, and TV shows that will keep you busy for months.

Happy watching!

WAIT! wait! You don’t want a fashion movie but just an old fashioned chic flick, girlie, girl, feel good movie where you can sit by the TV in your sexy lingerie or cute outfit and just feel good about yourself. Then here you go.

Here are ten good movies for Girls Night Out followed by a quick review of the 80 best girlie girl movies ever made. This is followed by reviews of several very feminine movies that we hope you find just to your liking.

Mean Girls (2004)

Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows about “survival of the fitt est.” But t he law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the fi rst time and falls prey to the psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today

Mean Girls 2 (2011)

The Plastics are back in the long awaited follow-up to the smash-hit Mea n Girls… and now the clique is more fashionable, funny and ferocious tha n ever! Confident senior Jo (Meaghan Martin) begins the new school year by breaking her own cardinal rule: don’t get involved in girl drama. Bu t when she sees timid Abby (Jennifer Stone) preyed upon by Queen Bee Man di (Maiara Walsh) and her minions, she takes sides in a viciously funny girl-world-war that turns the whole school upside down.

Wild child (2008)

Sixteen-year-old Poppy (Emma Roberts) is an LA teen diva who does what she wants, whenever she wants. But after an over-the-top prank pushes her father one step too far, she finds herself shipped off to the one place where everything will change: a British boarding school. No cell phones, no designer clothes…no way. Desperate to break free, she sets in motion the ultimate escape plan involving the head mistress’ son – only to discover that this could be the reason she wants to stay. Co-starring Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn and Nick Frost, it’s the fun and fabulous comedy that’s LOL!

Monte Carlo (2011)

Get ready for an awesome adventure of a lifetime in Monte Carlo! Selena Gomez (Ramona and Beezus) lights up the screen as Grace, a high-spirited high school grad looking forward to a vacation in Paris with her best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) and stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester). Just as the girls think their trip is ruined when their hyperactive tour guide leaves them behind, Grace is mistaken for a wealthy socialite and the trio is whisked away to Monte Carlo for a thrilling week of glitz, glam, and unforgettable fun.

Source: Fashion For Real Women

Jan 08

What’s Your Style Personality

A woman’s fashion says who she is, and it’s expressed by her style personality. Most of us lean toward one particular type of style personality, although we may sometimes wear styles that are more closely related to another.

What’s your style personality? Do you view yourself as having a classic, romantic, sophisticate, natural/casual or creative style? Your style is a reflection of who you are as a person. It is looking at the inside in order to reflect your true self on the outside. So how do you dress to show off your true style?

There are many style personality quizzes on the internet. These are the two best that I have found, Perfectly Me and My Private Stylist. Terry Ghio at Perfectly Me is perhaps a more classic approach and yields excellent results based on just 8 questions. Ann Reintein at My Private Stylist is perhaps a bit more comprehensive as it’s based on actual style selections. Take both and see what you think.

Perfectly Me

Perfectly.Me can help you determine your Style Personality and create a look book of clothes to match. Most women are a mix of 2 style personalities … One dominant style category and another sub-style. For example, you could be a Classic-Creative or Romantic-Natural.

The 5 Style Personalities are:

fashion and style personalitiesFind out your style personality here.

Style Personality: Classic

Style icons: Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Dita Von Teese, Victoria Beckham

The Classic woman likes tailored, no-nonsense, timeless pieces that avoid any drama about how they dress. This woman often has a sub-style to add to the core Classic qualities. For example, Classic-Romantic or Classic-Creative.

Style Elements for the Classic Woman:
• Traditionally tailored details
• Prefers matching or highly coordinated outfits and accessories
• Jackets are very important to add power and finish
• Hairstyles are also classic cuts like a bob, never too trendy
• Refined quality fabrics and colors
• Understated and professional is the #1 goal

style personality classic style of dressClick here for more information on the Classic style of dressing

Style Personality: Romantic

Style icons: Taylor Swift, Zooey Deschanel, Blake Lively, Rachel Zoe

The Romantic Personality can be a core or sub style. This woman is all about femininity and loves being a “girly-girl.” Romantic women love to wear pretty garments, accessories and dainty details. Ruffles work for some; others prefer soft prints or soft color combinations to achieve the charming-feminine look. Romantic sub style can pair with Creative or Classic for a truly unique and personal wardrobe.

Style Elements for the Romantic Woman:
• Soft, supple fabrics with flowing lines
• Lots of skirts and dresses
• Graphic floral prints and soft colors
• Antique or dainty details
• Hair and Nails done regularly
• Charming Femininity is the #1 goal

style personality romantic style of dressClick here for more information on the Romantic style of dressing

Style Personality: Sophisticate

The Sophisticate woman is dramatic and hip with a lot of urban flair! Black and white often shows up in her closet and she is unique, stylish but not a slave to fashion. For example, one item or detail in an outfit will stand out as unique and on trend ensuring an interesting twist.

Style Elements for the Sophisticate Woman:
• Modern, well tailored, European look
• Minimal use of color, high contrast
• Details are sleek and architectural looking
• High heels and boots with sleek, pointy toes
• Solid colors, black and white or all black predominant
• Dramatic and High Style is the #1 goal

style personality sophisticate style of dress

Style Personality: Natural/Casual

Style icons:  Olivia Palermo, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gwen Stephani, Jessica Alba, Kristen Stewart, Cameron Diaz

A Natural Styled woman loves her jeans, knits and layers. Many clothing pieces are inspired by or actual athletic wear. Dressing for comfort is the # 1 concern.

Some Natural Women find it hard to “dress up.” Solid colors and clean lines are more appealing. Simple jewelry ads polish and finishes the look. Hair is pulled back into a ponytail and the focus on makeup is minimal and a natural look is preferred.

style personality natural or casual style of dressClick here for more information on the Natural or Casual style of dressing.

Style Personality: Creative

Style icons:  Vanessa Hudgens, Rooney Mara, Amber Heard, Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth, Rihanna, Diane Kreuger, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga

Many women add an element of Creative Personality to their core style for a truly individual look that says “I am Modern, Original and Artistic!”

Style Elements for the Creative Women:
• Unusual color combinations and interesting details
• Unique and unexpected mixing of fabrics and accessories
• Elaborate adornment
• Designer and Vintage clothing
• Bold, one of kind jewelry
• Trendy and unique is the #1 Goal

style personality Creative style of dress

Click here for more information on the Creative style of dressing

Click here for more looks of your Style Icons

Article largely based on work of Terri Ghio at Perfectly Me. Terri says the profiles are 99.9% accurate because the answers come from your spirit or soul. It’s not necessarily what you currently wear but what you will be happiest and most comfortable in.

My Private Stylist

The best of the fashion stylists that I follow are from Australia and Ann Reintein at My Private Stylist is no exception. Her work is amazing. Your style personality is one of the key things you have to find out about yourself in order to understand your true style and buy the things that are right for YOU. When you understand your personality you will make fewer buyer mistakes and have a more consistenst style

The creators of the Private Stylist program have just launched a fun style personality quiz that you can take to help you understand your style personality better. Just go here and fill out all the questions.

Once completed you will immediately be presented with your dominant style personality type.

By sharing your email address with the creators of this quiz, you will get additional information about your type, including:

  • Your style personality,
  • Dominant and secondary type,
  • Description of your appearance and psychological impression,
  • Personality and
  • The kind of clothing and accessories you like.
  • You will also get more details on your hair and makeup,
  • The positive and negative attributes of your specific style and
  • Names of celebrities that sport a similar style as yours.

Like any other quick tests, results are not perfect, but it will guide you in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 13

Fashion Blogging

fashion blogsFor years and years, when we wanted fashion advice, we’d turn to the many fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, In Style or one of the many other 60 plus notable magazines. However, in recent years thanks to the internet, that is all changing, and the magazines now have to share the spotlight with a rash of fashion bloggers across the world whose ideas are now really driving fashion choices. Fashion blogs have now replaced the many fashion magazines as the go to source for fashion advice. Many magazines now feature bloggers and many of the women’s fashion stores feature bloggers as part of their marketing effort, including our own transgender community..

As you might expect, there are thousands of bloggers out there, some with just a few subscribers and some with 1000s of subscribers By in large, they are personal blogs, just as we have  personal bloggers telling their stories of transition, but some have grown into large networks  with advice on every possible area of fashion. Some post every day and are replete with many articles and pictures describing their favorite styles and areas of fashion. Other bloggers are infrequent  with less than a hundred subscribers  and only occasional postings.

I’ve literally looked at thousands of blogs and the problem is that there simply isn’t enough time to follow more than a few and undoubtedly your personal choices would closely follow your age group for obvious reasons. However there is much to be learned from all the various groups.

I have subdivided the fashion blogosphere in the following manner and listed those I found to be particularily compelling for some reason. I’ll be adding others as time permits.

Fashion Websites (broad range of topics and fashion advice)

My Favorite Fashion Bloggers

The Young Fashion Blogger

The 40 plus Fashion Blogger

The Plus-Size Fashion Blogger

The Transgender Fashion Blogger

starting a fashion blogNow, if you would like to try your own hand at fashion blogging (the more the merrier), then here’s a very useful guide from Valentina Drobnjak on How To Start Your Own Fashion Blog. Wish I had known about this site when I first started. There’s also a free Pro Blogger Toolkit and How To guides. If this is your intererst, then here are some excellent resources.

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