How to Get Cheap Stuff Online

Cheap Stuff OnlineOnline shopping has many advantages. Firstly, you can compare a variety of products in terms of features and price, before selecting the one you want to buy. Secondly, you do not need to physically go and get the product, as the same is delivered at your doorstep. And the most important benefit―you get the products much cheaper than what you would get at retail stores! Here are some of the best places to buy stuff online.

eBay
Whether you want to buy the latest gadgets, jewelry, clothes, household stuff, or anything else you can think of under the sun, eBay is a one stop shop for all these things. Simply log onto the website and click on the categories from which you want to buy things. You will find options galore and that too at reasonable prices for whatever you need to buy on this online auction site.

Woot
This website is very peculiar in the sense that it sells only one product per day. If you go to their home page, you will find this product advertised. If it mentions ‘I want one’, it means that the product is still available. However, if the advertisement shows ‘sold out’, it means that you have missed the chance of a good deal! Every day at 11.59 pm, i.e., the product to be sold is changed. Selling is done on first come first serve basis till the stocks last, or till it is midnight, whichever comes first. So, you have to check for the deal as soon as possible, on a daily basis. Then there is a surprise ‘woot-off’ in which several product deals are offered by the website after the product of the day sells out. Woot-off lasts for anywhere between one to three days, and is offered unannounced by this website, twice or thrice a month.

TodaysDOD
On the homepage, you will find a number of deals taken from various deal sites. The duration for which the deals are available is also clearly mentioned on top of each of them. You can get good deals for everything, right from sports equipment to gadgets, clothes, shampoos and wine.

Amazon
Amazon is a great place to shop for books, movies, games, electronics, clothing, and home improvement stuff. The rates offered by Amazon are pretty competitive, making it one of the most preferred website around the world for discount shopping.

Gutenberg
For book lovers, Gutenberg offers close to thirty thousand absolutely free e-books. Most of these books are, however, classics by authors like Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, etc. All these books do not have a copyright, and hence, are available for free on this website.

Pacific Geek
As the name suggests, they offer anything and everything related to electronics and gadgets. So to buy cameras, cell phones, batteries, computer systems, consumer electronics, routers, switches, software, television cards, etc., this website is the place to go. The best part about this website is their ‘deal of the day’ offer in which they sell a particular product at a very low price. You can find this offer everyday on their home page.

Cheapstuff
They offer some really cool deals for electronics, video games, jewelry, gadgets, home improvement items, baby-care products, personal care products, auto parts, etc.

One last tip before I sign off―make sure that you know the terms and conditions before you buy anything from any of these websites. Happy shopping!

Shop for Clothes Online

shoppingAll of us have come across those beautiful dresses which are displayed in advertisements on websites on the Internet, haven’t we? The prices listed below the dresses not only amuse us, but also tempt us to buy them as soon as possible. These clothes are indeed one of the hottest selling items on the Internet, aren’t they? However, before temptation takes over, there are a few things you need to educate yourself with. There are a million websites all over the world that sell clothes online, so how do we choose the best? It’ll take us years to list all the websites that are considered authentic and diverse in their collection. The good news here is that you don’t need to look at so many websites. You can look at one website and judge it for its authenticity. Only and only if you think it’s not worth it, you can move on to finding another. The tips mentioned below will tell you how to shop for clothes online without risking your money and your expectations out of the bargain. Let’s check them out!

What to Keep in Mind While Shopping Online

Prerequisites
Buying clothes on the Internet has its prerequisites such as the knowledge of your physical statistics. You cannot possibly buy clothes off websites without knowing these. This is the basic information you should possess while shopping for clothes online. Again, it’s advisable for you to ask somebody else to take these measurements as that is how they are normally taken. If you take your measurements yourself, chances are they won’t be perfect as you would have to twist your body a few times to check the exact number of the tape.

Choosing
Choosing the right website should be your next task. Like I’ve mentioned before, there are so many websites that are involved in online shopping, it gets difficult to zero in on a few. Choose a website that has a record of selling a particularly good number of garments. Every website is going to show you beautifully clicked clothes but you also have to search for a website that provides you a lot of other information such as the name of the designer, the type of cloth used and more details regarding the styling.

Authenticity
Another great way in knowing how to shop for clothes online is by contacting the customer care center of that particular website you’re looking at. If the number is working and the customer support executives seem to be really well educated, you can bank on the authenticity of these websites to a larger extent. These executives will be able to guide you better than anyone else as the guidelines to be followed for shopping are different for different websites.

Additional Tools
A lot of people complain about the practicality of shopping on the Internet because according to them, these clothes can’t be touched, tried or even looked at in reality, as we do when we window shop! However, technology has advanced so much today that you can actually see how the dress of your choice looks virtually. There are websites that offer virtual model technology where you can customize the clothes you select according to your personal physical statistics. Some websites also allow you to customize the garments itself!

Suggestions
Ask/search for as many suggestions as possible so that you’re on a safer side before you actually start shopping. For example, choose websites that keep the identity and banking details of their customers hidden. Talk to people who shop for clothes on the Internet all the time or those who know people who do. Check enough reviews about the website you’re choosing. To reduce shipping costs and avail as many discounts as possible, order more items at one given time. Also, don’t forget to read the payment, return and grievances policy properly. If there are any conversions for currency, check those properly as well.

Now that know how to shop for clothes online, try to check the authenticity of the websites you shop from, as many times as possible. Shopping on the Internet is slowly taking the idea of shopping to a completely different level. You can start looking at a few websites and implement these safe online shopping tips to keep your shopping secure. Deals and coupons is the newest fashion style of designer clothes brands that you can choose to shop online. And check what is hot on the fashion world, you can have the top fashion style products at any moment by means of buying them through designer clothes online. Search now and get it while it’s hot. It’s always better to keep yourself updated with the latest trends in that case, isn’t it?

 

Perfect Gifts for Fashionistas

Gifts for FashionistasMost fashionistas are extremely discerning. We all have probably had moments where our gifts to these style divas have just not made the mark, and the disappointment is apparent on their faces. What do you get someone who is extremely particular about what they wear? And even if they aren’t difficult to please, what do you gift someone whose sense of style is unparalleled? The usual gifts, though not out of question, may fall short.

Get creative with your presents to the fashion lover in your life. Leave the usual accessories hamper, gift vouchers, magazine subscription out, and think truly out-of-the-box. If you are on the lookout for some much-needed inspiration, our ideas for some fantabulously quirky gifts may be your destination.

7 Gifts for Fashion Lovers You Will Not Go Wrong With

Like we said before, most fashionistas will love a gift that will truly befit their style diva status. Make it into their most-loved list with these presents.

A Book on Fashion

Is your fashionista friend also a bibliophile? What would be a better gift for them than a fashion-related book that will tell them everything that they ever wanted to know about the style world? Non-fiction not their cup of tea? Don’t fret! You can always choose to buy them a book like The Devil Wears Prada; funny, witty, and based on real-life experiences.

Fashion Week Passes

Any true fashion lover harbors dreams of attending a globally renowned fashion week. The catch here is to manage to snag passes for the same. While front row seats are almost always reserved for industry insiders, even getting back row passes will score you major brownie points. We suggest you plan this months in advance as getting these tickets is never easy. Don’t forget to also buy them the official fashion week tee.

Framed Fashion Quote

Every fashionista worships one major fashion God. And divas as they were, they have all left behind a treasure trove of witty quotes. Do you know who your friend’s fashion deity is? Then, get one of their quotes printed and framed for your friend. Get even more love and affection by designing the poster yourself.

Outfit in a Bag

When you are talking fashion, how can you not state the obvious? No style fanatic ever has enough clothes, accessories, or shoes. If you know your friend’s style statement (and size) pat down, then upgrade her wardrobe with one more stupendous outfit. Make it a little more special by taking a photograph of the entire ensemble and making a personalized shopping bag with the photo, to give them the gift in.

Style Inspiration Book

While most lovers of clothes will always have their outfits planned out at least a week in advance, sometimes (especially when Pinterest doesn’t help), it is nice to have an inspiration. Be your friend’s style angel by giving her an outfit look book that details the different outfits she can wear. Add little notes on the side about the occasions she can wear them to. Of course, you will need inside help on this one; you need photographs of her clothes, don’t you?

Funny Tote Bag

Fashionistas all love their It bags. You know that one much-lusted after carry-all that promises things that even heaven cannot? Well, maybe the exaggeration is too much, but the fact is most It bags are way beyond our budgets, and therefore, always tantalizing. While buying that bag may be a further-from-distant dream, if your friend likes a good joke, get her a bag that makes a witty remark about the situation.

Personalized Fashion Magazine

All fashion lovers, and we mean all, want their own centerfold in a fashion magazine. Take this dream a step further by creating a fashion magazine in which they are the sole star. If you pride your design skills, then this could be something that you can do yourself. If not, hire a professional to create this magazine for you. You can add their photographs, stories about them, and may be messages from other friends.

Take your pick from any of these gifts, and you are sure to hit a home run where gift giving is concerned. Watch your extremely fashion-conscious friend squeal in delight as she unwraps her presents, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Things to Consider When Buying Vintage Clothing

Vintage ClothingWhile many fashionable ladies and men may like to peer into the future to fish out the newest fashion trends, there are still many of us who don’t appreciate ‘The New’, all that much. Such is the state of ours, that we have to make do with all that is available in the present to somehow make a decent appearance.

But, our hearts ache for vintage and long for the age when clothes were soft, sequenced, flowing with every little move, and handmade with motherly love and care. We can’t help but curse our fate for being born in the wrong era, when our closets would have tastefully held our truest, deepest, and brightest fashion desires…

And we don’t care if the rest of the world cringes at the thought of us wearing seconds, nor do we bother to fit into the general crowd and conform. No, we are and always shall remain a part of a grand tradition to uphold the past and keep the priceless fashion trends of yesteryears, alive and shimmering. For all those who love vintage, there are some commandments that must be kept in mind and never be forgotten in the midst of many options. One can’t blame fashion enthusiasts to drive off-course and lose sight of their main purpose, if they are faced with racks full of richly-designed clothes. This Buzzle article discusses some essential things to consider when buying vintage clothing.

Is it Real Vintage or Vintage-inspired?
While hunting for genuine vintage, and it really is genuine hunting in the modern sense; you will need to know how to tell apart real vintage from the thrift, previously owned, and the vintage-inspired. The things that define vintage clothing depends wholly on the era to which it belongs. Therefore, you will need to do a thorough research on the trends that were prevailing in a particular decade. For instance, flapper dresses distinctly belong to the 1920s’ and used materials such as cotton, wool, silk, and rayon to a large extent.

Select Clothing with an Era in Mind
As a rule, any fashion that is more than 20 years old is considered vintage. Unless you’re absolutely sure about the type of vintage design you’re seeking, you will find yourself getting tempted by the huge array of designs. For example, the fashion trends that dominated the 1930s were floral feedsack dresses, daywear knit sweaters with skirts, and of course the sensuous and stunning Bias cut silk dresses. Therefore, if you wish to restrict yourself to the fashion of 1930s, you will need to keep a look out for these type of designs. On the other hand, if you just wish to mix and match the vintage with the new, you can go ahead and pick styles up from various fashion eras.
Check Labels for Authenticity
While searching for vintage, always look for a union tag near the designer tag or under the collar or neck of the dress, so as to be assured that the dress was indeed made in the U.S. before the 1980s. Look for labels that say, “Made in U.S.A” or “INT Ladies Garment Workers Union” which stands for the acronym (ILGWU). Another label that proves authenticity is the one that says “Union Of Needle traders Industrial and Textile Employees”, the acronym for UNITE! The reason the labels are authentic markers of vintage clothing is because, by the beginning of 1980s, the union had stopped producing clothes. If you happen to see an existing brand but with an unfamiliar label, the chances are that you have found a vintage avatar of the popular brand. That being said, check the material used and whether the seams are handsewn or not.
Check for Damage and Cover-ups
When you finally do find something that appears to be genuine vintage, you must check for damage and cover-ups. The purpose is to invest your money in a vintage clothing that will last for many more years to come, provided you use it sparingly. You will need to flip the cloth inside-out to check for tears, stains, and frayed inner lining, which would be hard to repair. You will also need to check whether all the buttons and sequins are in order. Most importantly, you must always check for dirt and odor. While considering buying vintage fur, run your fingers through the fur to see if it sheds. In case of leather, you will need to gently rub the material to check for peeling.
Always Inspect the Size
Since the size specification of each fashion decade underwent many remarkable changes, the best way to know if a vintage dress fits or not, is to buy a size larger than yours or be visually sure that it will fit you. You will need to buy a dress or clothing that is large enough and can be altered to fit you, if the need arises. In many instances, it’s the undergarments that make all the difference in making a dress look good or bad. Therefore, if a dress mandatorily requires a certain type of undergarment which is hard to come by, you may consider moving to the next best option in the store. It is inadvisable to try on vintage clothes as they may contain germs and bedbugs, which are a major health concern. Secondly, you are not the only one who may have tried-on the dress and that itself should deter anyone from doing the same.
Consider the Cost and Your Budget
Some vintage stores sell their goods at exorbitant rates and in some cases, they do have unique outfits that cannot be found anywhere else. Nonetheless, it is always better to try out a few stores and know the general price range for a particular design of vintage clothing. If the dress is in impeccable condition, has a rare design, or ia designer-clothing, the likelihood of the rates being more is high. Therefore, while looking for vintage clothes, keep your budget in mind and spend accordingly.
Dry cleaning a vintage clothing may not only prove expensive but may also destroy the material. A safer option, whenever possible, is to air dry or use cleaning alcohol to get rid of any mothball odor.

Shopping for Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a very important part of any wedding reception because they really let your guests know that you are happy they showed up to support you as a couple. Many of your guests will be traveling great distances to be with you on your big day, so give them a token of gratitude is the least you can do. However, with all the expenses that mount up when you are planning a wedding, it can sometimes be difficult to keep your wedding favors within your budget. Knowing where you should go shopping for wedding favors and what you should be looking for can go a long way to making sure your guests are happy and you don’t completely break your bank.

Where to Shop

Knowing where to shop for your wedding favors is probably the best way to get what you want and keep it in your budget. We are all familiar with the classic concept of shopping at the wedding supply shop, but often times this means paying premium prices for the favors you want. That may be fine for someone with a large or unlimited wedding budget, but most people need to watch what they spend. Instead of wedding supply stores, try looking at dollar stores or in the clearance bins. You never know what may be waiting for you. Also, online stores often carry more overstock items and offer better prices. You’ll need to shop earlier so there’s plenty of time for shipping, but you can get really great prices when shopping online.

When to Shop

Usually, it is a really great idea to start shopping for wedding favors as far ahead of time as possible to get the best prices. That typically ensures that you’re not too rushed and can take your time to find the best prices. However, this is completely dependent on when your wedding will be held because there are certain times of the year when prices are much higher because of demand. Avoid shopping in the spring or summer for your wedding favors because this is when most people are out shopping for their wedding favors and other supplies. All that competition drives up prices and you’re more likely to find a good deal during the off-season.

What to Buy

When figuring out what items you want to buy for your guests, you want to keep in mind that you should choose favors that are going to be appreciated while at the same time fit into your wedding theme. For instance, sparklers for weddings are packaged much different from regular sparklers that are designed for other holidays or events, so make sure you are buying items that will fit your wedding décor. Typically, any item that you buy as a wedding favor will also have other purposes so make sure you are buying a version that is actually packaged for wedding to avoid items that look tacky or out of place.

Staying Within Your Budget

It can be very easy to get excited the moment you see those “prefect” wedding favors sitting on the shelf and want to snatch them up immediately; regardless of the price. However, it’s always a really good idea to shop around before making your purchase to make sure you get the best price possible. Utilize the internet to research prices for the same wedding favors at multiple stores before you head out shopping to save time. Using a little restraint and shopping around can really help you stay within your budget and get the perfect wedding favors for your special day.

Gadgets That Women Love

Gadgets and gizmos are usually associated with men. You would find men’s magazines to be full off advertisements about the latest gadgets, games, and all techy stuff that they can or should buy. However, in today’s technology-driven world, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that women like and depend on a number of different kinds of gadgets. Many of them are home-related, while many are beauty-related.
Phones
Need I explain this one? You cannot spot a woman without a cell phone! A phone is an absolute must, even if you are moving from one room to another in your own house. It lets women stay in touch with their gal-pals, and fuels live streaming of gossip! It tops my list because… well, because it tops most women’s list of gadgets one can’t live without.
Cameras
There isn’t a girl I know who does not like being clicked! Taking pictures does not require an occasion. It does not require a date and time. All women need as a reason to click a picture is – nothing actually! Even a casual get-together after a long time, a lunch or coffee date with her gal-pals, a stay-over party, is reason enough for the shutter bug to go buzzing!
Watches
Women may take a long time to get ready and may fail to keep time with time, yes. But they still love watches. Be it a Rado, a Rolex, Fossil or Swatch, a good watch is a tough one to resist. Many watch companies have special divisions of feminine watches, that are crafted keeping in mind the choices and tastes of women specifically. This is itself a testimony that women love watches.
TV
Be it a rom-com, a sitcom, or just a daily soap, women simply love watching TV! Television provides a constant source of entertainment, and keep women updated about latest fashion trends, lifestyles, home improvement techniques, and Hollywood gossip of course! I mean, who can think of living without Vampire Diaries, Desperate Housewives, MTV and VH1?
Laptop / Desktop
This is another one that isn’t so hard to get. Not just women, but everybody needs a laptop or a desktop these days. Apart from its obvious benefits, a laptop also equals Internet, and hence social networking. The minute words like Facebook and Twitter come into the equation, a laptop becomes a necessity. Social networking requires a computer, and that is reason enough for women to love laptops.
Music Player
They say the problem with life is that there is no background music. A music player provides women with just that. Music can make many of the daily mundane chores like laundry, cleaning, and cooking, a lot more fun. And then sometimes, it’s just fun to play loud music and jump on the bed! Music is a must, whether on the treadmill or in the store. Music gadgets for women include the iPod, iPad, music players, etc.
Kitchen Appliances
Bless the souls of those who work to constantly make the kitchen such a lovely and easy place to work in! Things like a food processor, a blender, a toaster, microwave, oven, dish-washer, etc., are simply indispensable. These and similar gadgets are especially loved by working mothers, as it greatly simplifies cooking and allows them to do more in less time.
Hair Related Gadgets
A hair dryer, hair curler, and hair straightener, all top the women’s list of beauty related gadgets they love and cannot, will not or do not want to do without. Hair is a woman’s biggest asset. Women are very particular about the way they wear their hair. It is pretty evident from the number of hair related beauty products that exist in the market, that a woman will go to any length to make her hair look perfect.
Epilator
Even a single unwanted hair can be enough to upset a woman. Epilators are a blessing to many women, especially those who love getting a sun tan on the beach. I mean, how can you wear a bikini, or even a monokini, without getting a bikini wax? Well nigh impossible!
So this was a list of a few of the gadgets women can’t do without. A few of these are a necessity, some of them are an indulgence. But most of them are gadgets that women heavily depend upon, and hence, need to have in their homes. Perhaps now you know what to buy your wife / girlfriend for her birthday!

How to Sell Used Electronic Items Online

In this age of rapidly evolving technology, electronic items like cell phones, mp3 players, computers and laptops tend to get replaced fast, as newer and better products come up in the market every month. A consequence of this phenomenon is piling up of used electronics products every year, that find no takers and end up being toxic trash dumped in junk yards. Not only is it bad economics to throw away an electronic product which could be still useful if repaired, but it’s damaging to the environment. In this Buzzle article, I provide you with some suggestions on how to sell used electronics online, which not only provides you with some ready cash, but also contributes to the global effort aimed at cleaning up technological waste.

With the rising rate of electronics waste, many tech entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to create an online market place, where used electronic items could be bought, repaired and sold as refurbished items or their parts be salvaged for cash. With this philosophy, many websites have sprung on the Internet, that buy such items from you, get them shipped for free and pay you an appropriate price for it. They earn money through resale of the item after repair, sale of spare parts or recycling. In the following lines, I provide you with information on such websites where you can trade your used smart phone, laptop, iPod or any other such item for cash.

How to Sell Used Electronics Online For Cash?

The online marketplace has been teeming with buyers who are ready to purchase all kinds of used electronics goods. Here are some suggestions on where you could sell your used phone, desktop computer, music system, speakers or any other such items.

Sell Them to Gazelle
A website accredited by Better Business Bureau, Gazelle is one of the premier web companies specializing in the purchase of electronic goods. They buy everything from calculators, e-readers, digital cameras, external hard drives, gaming consoles, GPS devices to LCD monitors. The selling procedure is also quite simple. You find the right category to which a product belongs, provide your mailing address, get your item shipped and appraised, after which you are mailed a check of appropriate value. It’s as simple as that! Oh yes and the shipping is absolutely free. Check out Gazelle website for more details.

Make Money Selling Electronic Items on Amazon
Amazon is probably the largest online retailer of electronic goods and it also buys used electronic items. They charge you a commission for advertising and selling your product. Amazon provides you with exposure to one of the biggest consumer bases in the world. You will have to create an account with Amazon to start selling products. Visit the website to know the complete details.

Sell them to BuyMyTronics or YouRenew
Two more options for selling electronic items for cash are BuyMyTronics and YouRenew. Both these sites will buy all kinds of electronics gadgets, repair and sell them as refurbished items or get them recycled. Check out both websites for more information.

Trade Used Electronic Items on eBay
Another option for selling electronic goods is good old eBay. With one of the largest user bases, this site makes for a great selling platform. You can list your product, advertise it and sell it at a fixed price or through auctioning to earn a decent amount of cash. Try out eBay if you think that your used electronics product could fetch good value.

Sell them Via Craigslist
The online classifieds website – Craigslist has been operating for years now to bring together buyers and sellers online. You can advertise the sale of your used iPod, desktop, camcorder or any other gadget and find customers who are willing to pay for it.

Collect and list out all the items you could trade. Contact any of the above suggested websites like Gazelle, ship over your electronics item, get it valued and earn cash directly. All you have to do is get your product mailed to the right address and the website management team will take care of the rest. Even if the used phone or any other gadget does not earn much cash, you can at least have the satisfaction of not contributing to the rising pile of technological junk!

Cool Things to Buy

Buying something is an experience that can give you great joy, if you can get something nice for a low price. The secret to buying is having a general idea about the category, that you want an item from. If technology is what excites you, go in for mad scientist inventions, that will have your friends looking at you in envy. If you are inclined towards setting your own trends, look for fashion clothing that you can add to your special occasion wardrobe.

Nowadays, you can find cool things online. The Internet has thousands of websites dedicated to shopping. Just make sure that the website you are buying from is reliable, and will not give away your bank and credit card details.

If you are the sort of person who likes to have fun, and doesn’t mind spending a few dollars, there are a lot of cool things that will satiate your appetite for fun. Most of these things aren’t expensive, and you could buy them for the sole purpose of having fun. If you are looking for something that is fun, and which also gives you value for money, then there are lot of items that you could get. Here are a few suggestions to stimulate your mind.

Slingshot Monkey: It’s a cross between a slingshot and a monkey. The monkey comes dressed as a superhero and it has a rubber arm which fits on your fingers. The best part is that, the monkey lets out a scream when it’s airborne.
Dancing Animals: There are a lot of crazy dancing animals with even crazier dance moves. These animals are battery operated, and are programed to do certain moves when you hit the switch.
Movies Memorabilia: Nothing will catch your fancy like the memorabilia of Star Wars, The Hulk, Spiderman, Batman or any other favorite film of yours.
Clothing: If you are aiming to be different, clothes designed by upcoming designers can also be considered. You could choose from sweaters, hats, jeans, accessories, etc.
Cooling Pads: You will get some psychedelic cooling pads for your laptops that will have your friends asking you, from where did you get them.
Sports Jerseys: If you are a sports fan, one of the cool things to consider under 100 dollars budget is a sports jersey of your favorite team.
Eye Wear: The various designs that are available for you to choose from are mind-boggling. Get some awesome eye wear and become the trend-setter in your friend circle.
Universal Remote: It is one of the coolest and most functional things you could get at less than $100. The best universal remote will help you control all your electronic devices without any hassle.
Binoculars: Live out your fantasy of being a spy, get some binoculars from any spy shop, but make sure you point them in the right direction.

The list can also have paint ball gun, blow horns, glow in the dark insects and electronic gadgets. Just surf through some of the online auction sites, and you will get a lot of things that will catch your fancy.

Choosing a Strapless Dress that Makes You Look Stunning

The Perfect Dress
The most amazing strapless dress will hold its shape even when it is hung on a hanger. The pattern of the dress should be such that it shows off your figure and hugs your curves in the right places.
Fun, sexy, elegant, feminine―these are just some of the many adjectives that come to mind when you think of the ever-popular strapless dress. While not the most comfortable dress to wear, few other patterns can accentuate the femininity of a woman’s figure as well. But most women are so occupied with constantly tugging and adjusting it that the sexy quotient of the dress takes a beating. Why is it so difficult to pick the right strapless dress? Most women are simply unaware of the anatomy of the dress, and how to pick one. Which is why we, at Buzzle, have come up with a list of tips that can help you.
What You Need to Look for in a Strapless Dress
Things to look for in a strapless dress
It’s not easy to pick a showstopping strapless number. There are several things that you need to pay attention to. From the stitching of the dress to its fit, to how it works for your body shape; the aspects are many and varied. Finding that perfectly-fitting strapless dress may seem like an impossible task, but trust us when we say that if you pay heed to some tiny details, you are definitely going to make a stunning statement in the dress you choose.
Ensure that the Dress has a Proper Structure
While formless, hippie-inspired strapless maxi dresses are all the rage right now, very few women can actually pull off that look. When buying a dress that is off-shoulders and does not have any sleeves, it is important that you buy one that has some structure. This is all the more important so that the dress stays up without you having to constantly pull at it. There are two elements that define the dress’ structure.

A dress with a proper structure will always have good boning. This is the rigid yet flexible piece of plastic that runs vertically through the bodice of the dress from the waist till the top, and allows the dress to properly support a woman’s body. Sufficient and good boning will support the front, back, and sides of a dress, and ensure that the dress is held up. It should not, under any circumstance, dig into your waist or your arms.
Another important aspect to look for is proper waist support. While this is something that you could attach to the dress in the form of a wide belt, an inbuilt support is always better.

Check for a Proper Fit at the Bustline
One of the oft-reiterated problems with a strapless dress is that it keeps slipping. Therefore, it is important that your dress have a tight bustline that is form-fitting. Don’t pick one that is too snug as that will constrict your movement and make you very uncomfortable. If you are heavy on the top, then pick a dress that is made of a stretch fabric or one that has some form of ornamentation in the way of ruffles and the like so that it is not too revealing.
Pick the Right Skirt for the Dress
Just like the upper part of the dress is called the bodice, the lower part is referred to as the skirt. While picking a strapless dress, we suggest that you pick one which has a skirt that is loose around your hips and thighs. While column strapless dresses can look great on some body types, on most women, a fuller skirt looks gorgeous. With a loose skirt, the seams won’t be too tight when you sit down, and will make the dress infinitely more comfortable.
Always Try the Dress for Unhindered Movement
Trying on a dress before you buy it goes without saying. But what is more important is that you move around in it. When you go to purchase the dress, try it on with the same bra that you plan to wear under it. This will help you learn how the dress will look on d-day. Once you wear it, walk around in it, sit down, stretch as if you are reaching for something, bend down to fasten your shoes, etc. In short, try to get a sense of how the dress falls on you. If the dress needs to be constantly tugged at, or is too constrictive, then put it aside. If you are buying a maxi dress, it is also important that you wear it with the right shoe height.
Choose a Dress According to Your Body Type
The strapless pattern is a difficult style to wear. Therefore, it is important that you pick the dress according to your body type. If you have a small bust, then you need a dress that has a fitted bustline so that it does not slip constantly. If, on the other hand, you are heavy on the top, a sweetheart neckline can do wonders as it beautifies your cleavage, and provides better support. Are broad shoulders your problem area? It may be a good idea to wear a shawl or a shrug as these take away attention from your shoulders. Wear darker colors for a slimmer silhouette.
Match Your Dress to the Occasion
This is a point that cannot be stressed enough. Strapless dresses are no longer confined to wedding gowns. From prom dresses to red carpet gowns to pretty sundresses, this is a pattern that has been embraced for every occasion. But always ensure that you are dressed appropriately for the event. A long maxi dress with Aztec prints may be great for a vacation at a resort, but it is a complete no-no for a formal, black-tie event.
Women Strapless wedding Dress
Make Quality Your Number One Preference
We are not suggesting that you break the bank to buy your outfit but it may be a good idea to invest in a good quality dress. Whether you get this at the flea market, a thrift store, a vintage outlet, or a high-end fashion store, completely depends on you and your budget. But there are some things that you should definitely not compromise on. Check the quality of the fabric, the lining of the dress, and the padding (if any). The lining should be comfortable and breathable. The boning should be suitably padded so that it does not hurt you. A low-quality dress will give you fitting and comfort issues.

While these tips are important when picking a strapless dress, it is even more important that you wear the right bra. Without the perfect support, your dress may still not do much. That you should pick a strapless bra goes without saying, but we suggest you pick one which has an underwire and a push-up effect. For those who find strapless bras uncomfortable, opt for a corset-type bra that reaches down till your waist.

Once you have found the perfect strapless dress for your needs, the right accessories, makeup, and hairstyle also go a long way in making the look perfect. With such an outfit, it is important that you keep the accessorizing simple and understated. A simple string of beads or a dainty pendant are perfect for the neck. If earrings are more your style, then we suggest a pair of danglers. For a daytime look, tie up your hair into a pony or leave it open for a feminine look. For a fancy nighttime affair, an elegant updo can do wonders.
The perfect strapless dress may be difficult to find, but once you get one that fits you beautifully, you will have a perfect companion in your wardrobe for all events where you need to look your gorgeous best.

Choose a Plasma TV

Gone are the days when CRTs were the default choice as far as television technology was concerned. In fact, today we have a problem of plenty with a range of display technologies ranging from LCD, LED to Plasma TVs. All these new technologies fall in the ‘Flat Screen’ variety. A superior technology to CRTs and a comparable one to LCDs is the plasma display technology. The modern tech lingo related to televisions which includes words like ‘High-Definition’ (though nobody cares to define what that means!), contrast ratio, 1080p or 780p or 1080i can only serve to confuse the non-techie consumer.

About Plasma TVs
Such a television screen is made up of thousands of tiny cells each filled with non reacting noble gases like Neon and Xenon, which emit ultraviolet light on the application of an electric potential across them. This ultraviolet light excites the red, green and blue phosphor coatings on cells, causing them to emit light in the red, green and blue frequencies (the component frequencies that form all colors) to make a single color pixel on screen.

Each of these cells are supplied with varying amount of electrical voltages through a grid, to create a high quality picture, pieced together by every one of the individual cell’s light output. Hence, these televisions are capable of emitting a high luminosity picture. Contrast ratio is a ratio of the brightest white and blackest black color that a television set can produce.

Compared to LCD displays, plasma TVs provide richer black colors, due to their high contrast ratio. These TVs can be manufactured in particularly large sizes, which the highest diagonal sizes being greater than 100 inches. Unlike LCD displays whose viewing angle is limited, another advantage of having this TV set is the greater viewing angle it provides, up to 160°.

Choosing a Plasma TV
When choosing one, you must compare the most important specifications of the products that are on offer in the market. Here are the prime features you need to look out for.

Size Matters
First and foremost, size is an essential feature to check out. According to the size of the room where you plan to install, you must know what your viewing distance will be. These TVs come with a diagonal size starting from around 30 inches or lesser to more than 100 inches. For any plasma TV with size exceeding 30 inches, the viewing distance has to be in excess of 8 feet. For screen sizes in excess of 40 inches, it has to be 9 to 10 feet. Otherwise, at a short distance, the picture may seem slightly pixelated. So, take the viewing distance into consideration while buying one.

It’s all About Resolution
These television sets come in various resolutions, ranging from 1024×1024, 1024×768, 1366×768 to 1920×1080. These can be primarily divided into 720p and 1080p resolutions. The best choice among all these is 1080p (1920×1080), as it can provide the highest clarity and is ideal if you are using it with gaming consoles and DVD players. The 1080p resolution is what you call ‘High-Definition’, as it provides amazing picture quality. Also, look for surround sound systems with high wattage speakers.

HDMI Connectivity & Other Features
Other than size and resolution, look for HDMI connectivity in particular, as it lets you connect laptop and desktop computers with it. HDMI cables provide high quality audio and video signals. Look for wall mount attachments, if you plan to hang it on a wall. Other than that, USB connectivity, built in satellite TV compatibility, etc. are some of the other things to look out for.

To summarize all that was discussed, when you are looking for a plasma TV, the prime features to look out for are its size and resolution. Other than that, features like HDMI and VGA connectivity, surround sound, DVD and game console compatibility are other things to look out for. Some of the best brands to look out for are Samsung, LG, Philips and Panasonic. Once again I would suggest that you take the viewing distance into consideration while buying large screen (30 inch plus) TV sets.