Stylish Flip Flops to fulfill all of your summer needs

Top Flip Flop Fashion For 2012
Flip flops are great for summer but a bit boring in the fashion stake, right? Ultra-comfortable shoes that help keep our feet cool and never seem to go out of fashion?
Yet there are flip flops and then there are ‘flip flops’. New and up to date styles emerge and dominate the shoe displays in the high street each summer. Take a look at the following top flip flop fashion styles for this season:

Navy Stripe Flip Flop Sandals
Navy stripes are in fashion this season and are not confined to skirts, trousers, dresses or even summer hats. On the contrary, footwear this year is having a sailor makeover, and that includes flip flops.
Flip flops that have a blue and white striped sole are being given that extra-frivolous look by having accessories such as a large red flower on the strap – the perfect footwear for turning heads as you strut confidently across the beach on your long-overdue summer holiday.

Black Flip Flops
From baby pink to hot pink, sunshine yellow to lemon, sky blue to navy, you can buy flip flops of almost any colour and shade. Sadly, we often have a tendency to overlook black flip flops. This may have something to do with the fact that black absorbs heat and white reflects it, therefore meaning that black footwear can become hot while in the sun.
This hasn’t stopped black flip flops being a fashionable style for this summer though, with plain black flip flops making a bold statement this season. The great thing about this style is that being black, they will compliment virtually all outfits, regardless of colour and pattern.

White Flip Flops
Before you get too caught up in thinking about black flip flops, you should also know that white flip flops are equally hot in the style stakes this year. White summer footwear is perhaps more practical than black summer footwear, in the sense that it keeps your feet cooler.
Not only this, but white shoes, such as plain white flip flops, look fantastic with tanned legs, and make a sexy, stunning and practical addition to a summer outfit. The only pitfall of white flip flops is that they will show dirt more easily than darker coloured flip flops, so why not take the plunge and pack one pair of black and one pair of white?


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What Your Clothes Say about You!

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner literally wrote the book on this phenomenon, which she calls the “psychology of dress.” In “You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You,” she explains not only how psychology determines our clothing choices, but how to overcome key psychological issues your wardrobe might be bringing to light in your everyday life, or even at work.

“Shopping and spending behaviors often come from internal motivations such as emotions, experiences and culture,” says Dr. Baumgartner. “You look at shopping or storing behaviors, even putting together outfits, and people think of it as fluff. But any behavior is rooted in something deeper. I look at the deeper meaning of choices, just like I would in therapy.”

We spoke with her to figure out why clothes are so revealing (of our personalities, that is), what messages they’re sending and how you can use your wardrobe to change how others perceive you—and even how you think about yourself.

How We Use Clothing as an Aid … and a Weapon

Americans rely on clothing as an economic and social indicator because there aren’t official marks of rank such as a caste system or aristocracy, says Dr. Baumgartner.

“When you don’t have a specific system, people come up with their own,” she explains. It’s what “helps you figure out where you fit in. Especially now, with the economy, with people losing status, maintaining a sense of who we are becomes even more important. Our clothes help place us where we think we want to be. ”

She cites the Real Housewives TV series as an example: “Look at the way they focus on money. When they fight, they use logos and designers as a way to put each other down. They’re using clothes and accessories both as a tool to know where they fit in and as a weapon against others.”

Clothing That Projects a Good or Bad Image

Have you ever been told that you can judge a man by his shoes? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
There’s no one piece or style that makes a person look successful. Dr. Baumgartner recommends the basics when trying to project a positive image: the little black dress, the blazer, the pumps. “With classics, history has done the work for you. It has lasted throughout time, so you already know it works,” she says. And what is it that makes a classic a classic? “It has multiple functions, and it’s appropriate for different age ranges and body types. It became a classic because it works no matter who you are.”

On the other hand, there’s no one piece or style that makes a person look unsuccessful. “Anything where it looks like you didn’t take the time or make the effort comes across badly,” says Dr. Baumgartner. “The worst clothing is the kind that tries to undo, ignore or hide where or who you are, or the kind that shows you didn’t pay attention to your body/age/situation … Any clothes that prohibit you from doing your job well send the wrong message.”

What Your Clothes Say to You, Not About You

study this year from Northwestern University examined a concept called “enclothed cognition.” Researchers define it in their report as “the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological processes,” meaning what your clothes are saying to you, not about you. And how they make you feel.

The researchers distributed standard white lab coats to participants, telling some that it was a doctor’s coat and some that it was a painter’s smock. All participants performed the same task, but those wearing the “doctor’s coat” were more careful and attentive. Their actions were influenced by their clothing.

The same may be true of you. When your friend dragged you out of the house and told you, “Get dressed up! You’ll feel better!” after your last breakup/failed interview/lousy day, she was onto something. “When you dress in a certain way, it helps shift your internal self,” explains Dr. Baumgartner. “We see that when we do makeovers, and even actors say that putting on a costume facilitates expression of character. That’s just as true for everyday life.”
Enclothed cognition gives scientific proof to the idea that you should dress not how you feel, but how you want to feel. Which clothes make you feel powerful? Sexy? In control? Wealthy? The clothes you choose are sending a message to those around you, but also to you, yourself.
In “You Are What You Wear,” Dr. Baumgartner features some of the most common wardrobe and perception problems. Do you recognize yourself in any of the below?

source: learnvest.com


Pretty People Make More Money?

Pretty is as pretty does? Maybe according to some. But when viewed through the lens of economics, beauty may be your ticket to getting hired, earning more and landing a wealthier spouse.
Or so says Daniel Hamermesh, a professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of the new book “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful.”
According to his calculations, a good-looking person will earn, on average, $230,000 more over the course of a lifetime than someone who is perceived as less attractive.
We didn’t like the sound of this, so we decided to speak with Hamermesh about his controversial stance. We sat down with him to discuss why being unattractive hurts men more than women at work, and the one factor that will influence what you earn even more than beauty.


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Boat Shoes Have Come A Long Way

No longer just old fashioned, canvas, white soled shoes; boat shoes for women, have come a long way. They can be considered a stylish commodity on or off the deck of a boat. It was hard to decide which pair of womens boat shoes I wanted; but after some deliberation, I finally chose the angelfish boat shoe.

These angelfish womens boat shoes are built for comfort.

The shoes are supportive enough to wear all day; and fashionable enough to wear to work, school or while running errands. They are a nice change from my sneakers; and I wear them with or without hosiery, depending on the season and or occasion.

Out of all the other boat shoes for women; in my opinion, the black angelfish shoes have a classy and modern look. The upper part of the shoe is leather and fabric. On this pair of womens boat shoes, the heels are one inch wedges with half inch platforms. The low heels along with the flexible, man-made sole gives me just the lift I need for short or long walks.

Well made, comfortable, fashionable and supportive; what more could you ask for in a pair of shoes. Whether boat shoes for women or not; I love these shoes. 

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