Ladies Jumpers – Loose Fitting Clothing For Any Situation

If you decide to purchase a jumper, you should first be sure that you are referring to the loose fitting garment that is similar to a dress. Some cultures refer to baggy sweaters as jumpers as well. When purchasing ladies jumper, you should buy your true size to get the best fit. Depending on the material used, you will find that some apparel will shrink after the first wash. Jumpers are usually manufactured with this in mind, so if it fits well when first tried on it will likely keep the same shape. Keep in mind that if the jumper purchased is too big it can create a bulky shape and end up making you look larger in size. If the garment is too small, it will cause the material to pull in areas and eventually stretch out the intended shape. On top of that, you will end up struggling to zip up a garment that was made for comfort.

Jumpers began to grow in popularity when they were geared towards maternity and girls wear. Once the word spread, different designers restructured them to fit many different body types. Jumpers quickly grew in popularity because they can be dressed up or down and are very fashionable. Today, they have become one of the few long lasting fashion trends that can be seen everywhere from the catwalk to children’s stores.

Ladies jumpers are sold in a variety of styles, colors, lengths and fabrics, which makes they perfect for being worn during all seasons. While some jumpers are worn alone, many people layer them with shirts, stocking and accessories. Jumpers are timeless and very comfortable, which is why so many ladies have a least a few in their wardrobe. They are sold in a multitude of prints, with floral, solid, plaid and polka dot being among the most popular. The longer variety is the most popular, but there they are also available as a short dress, shorts, skorts and pants. You have probably seen the sleeveless, long jean jumper countless times, either worn alone or paired with a shirt underneath. Jumpers can also have long sleeves, short sleeves or none at all.

Ladies jumpers can be worn with everything from sneakers and sandals to stilettos or boots. They are versatile and easily accessorized with jewelry, belts or scarfs. Placing a silk shirt or turtle neck under the jumper for a more formal look. Put on a t-shirt and a pair of strappy sandals for a look that mimics a casual t-shirt and skirt look. Ladies jumpers are a perfect piece for mixing and matching your wardrobe. The price of a jumper can range from inexpensive to fairly pricey depending on the brand, style and fabric used. If you are on a tight budget check out some local thrift stores, browse the clearance section and look for yard sales. Jumpers are so popular that they will be hard not to find.

Sewing a jumper yourself is also a viable option. They are simple to construct, and you can find plenty of different patterns at fabric stores. If you decide to make a jumper remember this clothing is supposed to fit loose and the fabric should be chosen accordingly. This is also a cost effective way to obtain many jumpers using the same pattern by implementing a few minor design adjustments and using different fabrics. Sewing ladies jumpers yourself can give you a custom new look for just a few dollars.

Nia Wear – Creative and Inspiring Fitness Clothing

Before I started taking Nia classes, I had an odd assortment of workout gear accumulated from years of going to gym. Remember the brightly-coloured spandex leotards, woolen leg warmers and towelling headbands from the 80s? Well, I had all of that and more. From racerback tank tops to shorts, leggings and capris with athletic piping down the sides, my closet contained numerous styles of fitness wear. Then there were the footless tights and dance shoes from ballet class, and the bicycle shorts, not, um, because I was a cyclist but because bike shorts were heavily in fashion at one time, and lots of pairs of branded trainers, for the same reason. The point is, I’ve always made an effort to dress up for exercise class because it motivates me and gets me ‘in the groove’ so to speak.

When I started Nia, a form of fusion fitness incorporating elements of dance, martial arts and yoga, I had nothing much to wear. Until then, my exercise clothes had been very much of the gym-bunny variety but Nia opened up a whole new world of sartorial expression for me. Naturally, the clothes worn in Nia classes are designed for mobility and functionality in the same way as for any other form of exercise but Nia lovers wear their exercise garments with a touch of flair not often seen elsewhere. Because Nia is an expressive form of fitness where the mind, body and soul are aligned in harmonious movement, self-expression and creativity abound and this is echoed in the flamboyant exercise wear.

It is not uncommon to see flowing tops in jewel tones, embellished with sequins and beads. Stretch lace trim and inserts on tops and pants are also popular. Soft cotton lycra and viscose stretch fabrics are favoured, not only because of the comfort and ease they provide but because the fabrics flow well and accentuate the movement of the body. Volume in trousers goes from narrow lace trimmed leggings worn under short flippy skirts, to loose yoga pants and bellbottoms with super-wide flares. The wearing of jewellery is also a common occurrence and can be in any style from ethnic to traditional gold or silver, although dangly chandelier earrings aren’t popular for obvious reasons. Brightly-patterned headscarves sometimes make an appearance as do fashionable headbands. Footwear, however, is probably the only form of apparel that isn’t seen in Nia classes as this particular form of fitness is usually done barefoot.

Fitted Cloth Diapers

Fitted cloth diapers are one of the easiest ways to cloth diaper. No pocket stuffing. No folding. No lengthy dryer cycles ( at least for the well-made ones!). They are usually also less expensive than investing in all in ones, but are much more convenient than prefolds. Fitteds do require a separate cover to hold moisture in.

A fitted is an absorbent diaper with snaps or hook and loop (like Velcro) fasteners. You don’t need any pins and since it is already contoured and elasticized to fit a baby, there is usually no folding or adjusting needed to get a great fit on your baby. A few brands easily fold down in the front to adjust the sizing, but this is much easier than folding a flat or prefold to fit.

I like using them with wool, fleece or PUL covers. Fitted diapers make it easy to choose a cover. Almost any diaper cover will work with a fitted diaper as long as the cover is sized to fit over the diaper. Elastic at the leg helps hold in messes so the cover is less likely to need washing with every change. Since it fits snugly, you can use it under a wool cover with minimal need for washing the wool.

A good fitted cloth diaper offers a quick drying time. Some accomplish this with a fold out or snap in soaker, others with a quick-drying soaker material such as microfiber. Microfiber is a fast absorber, but since it is usually limited to 3 layers for quick drying, any time I need more absorbency, I prefer a snap-in or fold-out soaker made from more layers. We love our bamboo fitteds for overnights, they are so absorbent that my daughter wakes up with half her diaper still dry.

Whether you prefer snaps or hook and loop fasteners is entirely up to you. Snaps stay new-looking longer and they don’t get stuck on anything else in the wash. Hook and loop is easier to fasten, especially for midnight diaper changes on a newborn.

There are hundreds of different brands of fitted cloth diapers on the market. Despite the wide variety available, most are made with these fabrics:

Microfiber – a popular absorbent fabric, used in a hidden soaker or inside a removable soaker. Microfiber is a very fast absorber, but shouldn’t be used directly against the skin. Microfiber is fast-drying, but works most effectively for longer periods of time when paired with a natural fiber such as hemp.

Hemp – hemp is very absorbent and can be used to make the whole diaper or just used as the soaper material. Hemp is naturally anti-bacterial and up to 70% more absorbent than cotton. It is very durable, but not very soft. Most diaper-makers use a hemp cotton blend.

Cotton – Cotton is an old-standby when it comes to diapering. It is soft, fairly absorbent, and can be in many ways. Cotton prints on the outside adds interest. Cotton knits hold up better than cotton wovens.

Bamboo – bamboo is a very soft material that is also environmentally friendly. You’ll find bamboo used in many ways too. It is natually antibacterial, easy on the planet to grow, and is 60% more absorbent than cotton.