Evening dresses – which cut suits me?

Ball or gala, elegant evening events are a great way to escape everyday life and to be a real woman again. Dramatic make-up, an artistic updo and fantastic evening dresses – who doesn’t love to be styled properly? In my opinion, every woman looks great in an evening dress. This is even more true if you manage to skillfully stage your individual assets.

So in this post there are a few tips for every figure type that can inspire you when choosing a dress.

A-Type: Evening dresses are a great way to show off your delicate upper body. For this, choose dresses with dramatic necklines or corsages. If you have a small bust, voluminous details at chest level are very beneficial. To do this, they combine – depending on the dress – eye-catching necklaces and earrings. In the lower part of the dress you can play wonderfully with wide shapes, which are preferably difficult. Avoid fabrics that are too flowing and very narrow cuts.

H-Type: Evening dresses with accents on the shoulders, chest or sleeves are particularly beautiful for you. Especially if you are slim, you can conjure up special effects with a wrap look or drapery. Avoid eye-catching decorations in the waist area and choose eye-catching jewelry for the head area in simple dresses.

O-Type: Draw attention to your face and beautiful cleavage. Choose deep necklines or bustier evening dresses. A-shaped cuts and flowing fabrics are ideal for you. You can also use vertical lines well, as they make the upper body appear narrower. Such effects can also be used e.g. achieve with a stole.

Y-type: dresses with halter necks or lines that taper to the neck are ideal for you. This makes your shoulder area appear narrower. Flowing raglan sleeves are also very suitable. If you combine a dark bolero or a dark stole with the dress, this makes your upper body appear even narrower.

X-Type: Evening dresses offer you a wonderful opportunity to showcase your feminine form. You should definitely be careful to emphasize your waistline. Reach for beautiful necklines and bustier dresses or corsets or corsages. Use jewelry to accentuate the head area and arms.

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Go Westbar – Life is peaceful there!

It wouldn’t be that far-fetched that the Pet Shop Boys were guests in the Westbar in Frankfurt. The structure of their music matches the clarity of the concept of this location in Frankfurt’s Westend. Modern, rather puristic design gives the Westbar a timelessness that makes us as guests happy to come back at any time – just as hits by the Pet Shop Boys still sound fresher than some hip music fashion trends even after decades.

Not much is missing that the Westbar has been around for a decade. On December 15th, 2005, Volker Hochhuth, the sole owner since 2011, opened the bar with the support of three partners. After starting his career as a hotel manager at the Schlosshotel Kronberg, Volker knew early on that his own path required the greatest possible independent environment. The stopover in the Frankfurt Operncafe was another piece of the mosaic that led to the conception and opening of the Westbar as a logical next step.

In fact, the Westbar is different from the surrounding Westend restaurants. Conceived as a pure bar, the focus is on a diverse drinks menu. A large selection of German white wines is complemented by international products that are produced around the world. The variety of gins stands out from the varied cocktail menu – a menu well above standard.

The small but fine selection of dishes underpins the actual goal of heading to the Westbar: Here you can meet friends for a drink to talk and philosophize. And that across all age groups and all seasons. In summer, the bar is supplemented by 60 outside seats with their own summer terrace.Perhaps you will also get in touch with Edwin, who as a guest from the very beginning has almost been part of the inventory and has the only, marked regular seat at the front left of the counter. Or you can rent an area of the Westbar for your own event. The shape means that small units can be separated from regular operations without losing the bar character.

Volker himself is present 7 days a week, supported by a team of bartenders and service staff. And he’s proud of his western bar. Because I don’t really buy his understatement from him when he modestly reports that he is named in Focus No. 41 of October 6, 2014 as one of the three best wine bars in Frankfurt.

You can find the Westbar here:

Myliusstrasse 48
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sun .: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

People photos: Marc Contaxtonikon
Photos of the Westbar: Claus Setzer
Text: Markus Kreuter

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Cardigan with a difference

Which piece of clothing can be admired in the German Historical Museum in Berlin? It’s the cardigan. To be precise, Helmut Kohl’s cardigan that he wore when he met Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990.

We also share our admiration for the classic item of clothing and have therefore come up with three original styling tips. Tied over the shoulders for English afternoon tea or unbuttoned over a polo shirt, we already know these looks well enough. The following “cardigan makeover” will inspire you.

1 Turn back

With our first tip, we’ll show you the base part from a different side, namely from the back. Back in the 90s, Kriss Kross showed us how clothes look like when worn the wrong way round. Although the trend at the time did not last long, this one can. Because we have to admit it looks feminine and cool. For this style it is best to choose a loose fitting cardigan. The hem should end just below the bottom. This optimal length gives the style that natural touch and not that carefully prepared look.

Tight-fitting jeans or trousers round off the outfit.

2 Misappropriated

For the next tip, the everyday look “cardigan over blouse” serves as inspiration. Our variant: The blouse is omitted and is replaced by a tight-fitting cardigan. A fine cardigan, for example made from cashmere, is the perfect alternative. What do you think of this idea?

3 The all-rounder

With the cardigan in the waterfall look, we discovered a secret magic formula: the transformation into a stylish asymmetrical sweater.

When choosing a cardigan, the material is crucial, because the fabric should be light, e.g. a cotton-polyester blend. This means that the cardigan can easily be converted into a sweater. What you need is a safety clamp that you attach to the top of the shoulder (see picture). And voilá the little DIY project is ready.

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Myboshi – knitted and crocheted

What do two boys do who are on an exchange program for ski instructors in Japan and are bored in the evenings due to a lack of night activities? The most obvious thing: they crochet ? In fact, that was the beginning of the myboshi story.

When enthusiastic Australians spontaneously bought their first colorful Boshi (Japanese for hat) from the two hackers Thomas Jaenisch and Felix Rohland in Tokyo, they wondered whether they could turn it into a business idea. That this was the case is proven by the fact that Thomas and Felix are now supported by up to 30 handicraft-loving Upper Franconian crochet omis. If you don’t pick up the needle yourself but still want a cool boshi, you can put it together in the hat configurator and get it crocheted by these grannies directly home after 7-21 days.

For those who would like to do some handicrafts themselves, Thomas and Felix have now written several books with crochet instructions and are multiple bestselling authors with well over a million books sold! We think myboshi is simply great and here we present our styling tips that you can use to showcase your boshi and crochet accessories really well.

Crochet style

Hats and scarves have long since risen from pure neck and head warmers to fashion accessories and can be worn with a wide variety of outfits.

Since the myboshi models are usually quite colorful, we recommend either combining them with neutral colors or choosing a color that goes well with the accessories.

The Aro hat and Miami knitted scarf go great with blonde hair thanks to their color scheme. So that the outfit doesn’t get too colorful, we decided on neutral colors. The nice thing about the beige coat is that the lining picks up on the tones of the hat. Add black skinny jeans and boots – the casual winter look is ready.

The combination of the colorful loop with the beautifully tailored black / anthracite-colored coat looks elegant. The colors of the loop are enhanced by the black. Here too, black skinny jeans or tight trousers go well with it. We exchange the boots for simple pumps.

The wonderfully long and cozy scarf Futtsu shows how changeable the myboshi parts are. The combination with the taupe / brown jacket gives a harmonious and casual look. You can achieve visual tension that is also harmonious through the combination of colors that are close together, such as a yellow corduroy jacket with the green scarf or the blue jacket with the pink and white Hekinan hat.

Mybhoshi to crochet yourself

As mentioned above, not only do you get fantastic crochet accessories at myboshi, you can also find lots of inspiration for your own DIY crochet creations at www.myboshi.net. myboshi decided early in the company’s history to pass on knowledge and crochet know-how as a source of ideas and to build up a steadily growing handicraft community. So on the website and in the books you will find countless instructions for learning and perfecting the art of crocheting and for crocheting your own hats, scarves, bags and much more. In addition, myboshi gives you all the ingredients you need for your own creations, from needles to wool. We’ll give you a taste and below provide you with simple instructions for a chic hat. Have fun trying things out and let off steam!

Ichikawa instructions

Do you like one of the models presented? Then get started right away. You will find the necessary material in the myboshi shop:
Inuyama hat
Akishima hat
Shiki knitted scarf Miami
Otherwise you can find all instructions in the myboshi street style book.

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Dirndl style – well dressed for the Oktoberfest

A dirndl is a very feminine piece of clothing and so special: it conjures up a waistline and creates a great cleavage! In my experience exactly what all women like to put in the limelight when they can. A light dirndl for every figure type!

A classic dirndl consists of three parts: lace-up bodice, blouse (optional) and apron. A much discussed topic is the length of the dirndl. Tradition takes precedence over modernity, therefore: knee-length and longer (depending on personal taste and leg). If you like it short: reach for cool leather pants instead of a mini dirndl. This can look great, especially with very slim H-types.

Décolleté: no matter if you have a lot or a little bust – with a dirndl you can really beat the drum. Please pay attention to the right bra, the straps must remain invisible. There are special dirndl models in which the straps run further outside. Alternatively, a balcony bra or a strapless bra works just fine. Be sure to try it on and see how well it fits in advance. To conjure up even more bust size, you can also use push-up models.

Waist: The lace-up bodice ensures a wonderfully narrow waist (this is also due to the fact that the skirt part is attached and flared … possibly also noticeable for the next clothes purchase ?!). Caution when lacing: Not too tight – so that you can still breathe well (snap-breathing leads to fainting, I know what I’m talking about …) and can eat and drink something and of course not too loose. It can sit well.

The apron bow reveals a lot about you. Right means: forgive. Left: solo, untied, looking. Be careful with the middle: traditionally that means I’m a virgin!

Opinions are divided on the question of shoes. Haferl shoes are traditionally “correct”. And I think it can be a little more modern here. Rather, the two most important factors in shoes are: Can you walk well in them and dance on the bench? So pay attention to the height and shape of the heel. And are your feet reasonably protected from an overturning measure? Closed shoes offer protection from beer, broken glass, etc.

The bag can also be a little less traditional and rather small. So that it suits your needs in the evening. A large bag usually looks a bit out of place with a dirndl, draws attention away from the outfit and is impractical.

When it comes to jewelry, you should make sure that it matches the style of the dirndl. Traditional costume jewelry is of course always possible. If you like, you can of course also use playful variants such as our model’s pretzel earrings or very simple jewelry. A typical accessory next to the jewelry are “Glupperln” – clothespins, on which either your name or short sayings can be written.

Braided hairstyles and wreaths of flowers in the hair or the one combined with the other look very magical with a dirndl. A “soft” updo also brings out the cleavage beautifully. A short hairstyle, of course, does the same thing. Natural make-up in subtle tones to match the dirndl rounds the whole thing off perfectly.

In this sense: O’zapft is!

And think of the most important things: Beauty and good looks start in the heart and then go from head to toe.

PS: My personal, probably the coolest and most fun Dirndl experience was in China in 2009. In a dirndl through the Forbidden City and on the Great Wall of China – without blouses, it was too hot. Enthusiastic Chinese with a camera included

We would like to thank FRAU MAIER very much for this guest post!

Katharina Maier, better known as FRAU MAIER, supports you as a style consultant in looking good and successfully getting dressed – in the traditional way on site and online. She not only takes care of your wardrobe, her main focus is to bring inner and outer into harmony. Personality, character and competence can be visible at first glance. The motto she lives by: “Beauty begins in the heart and then goes from head to toe” she gives you for your personal glow.

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Aruci – shoe paradise in the north end

The Aruci shoe salon in Frankfurt’s Nordend is one of those shops that impress less with a shiny facade than with excellent quality and classic timelessness combined with smart details. Whoever enters the shop and dedicates himself to the range, opens up an Italian shoe heaven of the finest quality. And the best: not only is the quality right, but also the price-performance ratio.

Only models that have been personally selected by the Arucis find their way onto the shelves. The six-monthly visit to the Milan shoe fair is a key factor here. The two brothers, who run the family business in the second generation, know almost all of the factories they work with personally. This not only guarantees that production takes place under fair conditions in Europe, but also offers special options such as the personalization of the basic models on display. Aruci has some unique shoes that have only been modified for this family company. Based on the basic shape specified by the manufacturer, they are adapted according to the wishes of the brothers in shape, heel shape and height, last shape and / or quality of the leather and the color.

If you are looking for classic, high-quality shoes and for whom it does not have to be the very big label and the latest fashion craze, you are right in the shoe salon. There is a very special treat for women: as Aruci reveals, the secret of a comfortable pump is the so-called “drop”, i.e. the height ratio between heel and sole on the forefoot. The manufacturers of the Arucis seem to have solved this secret, because in fact none of my pumps are as comfortable as the one I bought at this shoe salon.

Even the best shoe needs a new heel or a new sole every now and then. Aruci also takes care of that, the in-house cobbler’s shop can be found directly in the shop, so the stroll can be combined with a small repair. Since the father is also behind the counter himself, you quickly know where the well-founded know-how in matters of shoes in this family comes from.

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Cosmos – Classic with chic

If you go to Cosmos in Frankfurt’s Westend, you should take some time to browse. Every time I discover anew that there is a lot more to discover than I thought. And very important: you should ask the owner Ingeborg Kartalas for her advice. She has an incredible eye for what suits her customers and what suits them. With a practiced eye, she always manages to conjure up combinations that you might not have thought of yourself, but which look great in the end.

When choosing her range, Ms. Kartalas attaches particular importance to the fact that all individual parts can be easily combined with one another, even if they are not from one brand. There are many classic cuts that always have a special twist and look so modern and chic. In contrast to many other shops, she also changes her labels more often, which provides variety and new ideas.

Overnight to the boutique owner

Cosmos has been around in its current form for 14 years. Ingeborg Kartalas had actually offered her predecessor to take over the boutique just for fun, but after a sleepless night full of discussions, she decided to get serious, quit her marketing job and get on with it. It doubled the retail space and now offers a mixture of classic leisure and office fashion as well as some selected evening combinations at really fair prices. The business itself is also very successful in my opinion, a big plus are the large changing rooms and mirrors in which you can see yourself all around.

When I asked what makes the perfect appearance for her, she replied that for her it is the aura that a person has. He must wear his clothing with conviction and identify with it. She herself only wears fashion from her own shop and evidently identifies fully with it; you notice that.

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Kleidoskop – Fashion with air to breathe

Kleidoskop in downtown Frankfurt promises an exciting and relaxed shopping experience far away from overcrowded rummaging table orgies. In the spacious and airy designed boutique you will certainly want to do not just one lap, but also a second or even a third, the range is so exciting and varied.

The airy impression is reinforced by the placement of the individual clothes racks. According to their motto “Fashion needs air to breathe”, the owners Dragana Papric and Klaus Schäcke not only give their customers the space they need to be able to develop freely. Instead of using every centimeter, everything is hung in such a way that the many details of the individual items of clothing come into their own. And that’s a good thing, because the great range is handpicked on numerous trade fair visits or comes from our own collections.

The range of Kleidoskop ranges from rocky and groovy to elegant and stylish to avant-garde and creative. Anyone who can be equipped here, however, is always dressed for everyday use and will find numerous combination options with the existing wardrobe. This is also gladly taken into account in the context of individual and competent advice on site. Service is generally very important here. Ms. Papric and Mr. Schäcke also attach great importance to the fact that the designers represented are constantly developing and not just old hats are reinterpreted every season. In addition, the two always keep a little space and budget free for spontaneous new discoveries.

The first Kleidoskop branch was founded back in 1995, at that time in Oeder Weg in the north end of Frankfurt. In addition to fine second-hand items, Dragana Papric sold its own fashion creations here and increasingly added new designers to the range. At some point the desire for further development and more space came up, and so she and Klaus Schäcke began the long search for suitable retail space. The two found this in 2010 in Töngesgasse and since then they have been operating the branch in Oeder Weg as an outlet, but also with their own range. Items from old collections are therefore only offered at reduced prices for a short time in Töngesgasse and then end up in the Nordend, which promotes the dynamism of the inner-city branch. A visit to Kleidoskop is always worthwhile!

Kleidoskop is also a partner of My Fashionary

Photos: Kleidoskop

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Chichino – pure, urban and, in a certain way, luxurious

The women’s and men’s collection of the Wiesbaden label Chichino is – as the name of the label suggests – without ChiChi but always with a very special flair. Founder and owner Angelika Platte describes her design language as “clean, not loud and therefore appropriate, but not adapted” and we can only agree. The hand-picked fabrics are processed to a high quality in the adjoining studio. Regardless of current trends, the collection is not renewed several times a year, but rather builds on one another, complements the previous one and is in any case very easy to combine. Each model can be adapted in color and partly also in shape to the individual wishes of the customer.

After many years of working in advertising, the studied communication designer noticed in 2008 that she was only in contact with the outside world via emails and PDFs. A change was needed. Direct contact with people, creativity and the beautiful in general and special were needed. Since fashion has accompanied and inspired her thematically since her studies, it was obvious for Angelika Platte to found the label Chichino and consult a stylist friend and learn everything about cuts, fabrics, a solid insight into the art of sewing and what in a hard self-study you need to teach everything else to implement great designs. The result and with it Chichino could be seen more and more and is now not only recognized, but also established as a top address.

Angelika Platte gets inspiration for the unique pieces in her collections from wishes for herself, from attentive observation of street styles on the catwalks and especially in their surroundings, as well as from the feel of the fabrics that she processes. It is difficult to explain, she says, but the moment she lets a material slide through her fingers, feels it and perceives it with great concentration, she immediately knows what she will make of this material and how it will be at the end of the process will look like.

It goes without saying that Angelika Platte prefers to wear items from her own production. Her outfit experiences a very special touch through small, deliberately brought about style breaks such as sneakers with a dress or the like.

Anyone who enjoys high-quality design, appreciates the advantages of bespoke clothing and appreciates individuality with a little touch of luxury should definitely take a look at Chichino – it’s worth it!

You can also find Chichino on My-Fashionary

Photos: Chichino / Fashionary

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Affentor Frankfurt – Accessories with a history

Born for a good cause and saved by a confident entrepreneur – the Frankfurt label Affentor not only offers great bags of all kinds, but also an exciting story. It was founded in 2004 by a Frankfurt designer and an operations manager from the Frankfurt workshop. At that time, the Frankfurt workshop ran its own tailor’s shop, in which long-term unemployed women were trained as seamstresses in order to find their way back into independent working life. Under the Affentor label, young designers were able to have their bag creations sewn by the women.

The name Affentor is no coincidence, as the tailoring shop at that time was located in one of the two Affentor houses in the Frankfurt district of Sachsenhausen. Until 1860 the old town gate was located here, at which travelers the last Ave Maria was given on the way. In the course of time, the Sachsenhausen Schlappmaul turned the Ave into a monkey, and so the place and ultimately the label got their name.

However, when the Frankfurt workshop went bankrupt due to insufficient funding, Affentor was on the verge of collapse. In the winter of 2014, Hardy Ketterer from schoene Schreibwaren Berlin recognized the potential and the opportunity at the last second and has been the owner of Affentor ever since. The bags are now produced in our own tailors’ shops in Frankfurt and Berlin. The shop itself is located in Fahrgasse, not far from downtown Frankfurt.

The range is immensely diverse and offers ideas for every taste. From laptop, tablet and shoulder bags to wallets, pen cases and handbags to photo albums, notebooks and beautiful stationery, you will find practical things here for small and large trips. Practical is actually an important keyword, because all Affentor products not only inspire with their simple elegance, but clearly fulfill their purpose. Timeless and high-quality materials such as woolen fabrics and leather are used. Everything is produced in Germany under fair conditions.

Those who like individuality will love Affentor, because all bags are produced in small series and are therefore strictly limited. The quality leaves nothing to be desired and thanks to the excellent advice you can quickly find your new favorite. If you are looking for a great gift, you should definitely consider a visit. Affentor has long since convinced us and if you haven’t been there, you should do so as soon as possible!

Photos: affentor / Ralf Werner

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