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dPicking the right summer shoes can be somewhat a hard process, but in 2016 this is about to become a very easy one! First you have to start by picking the right platform for you! So we're sharing with you the latest fashion news & ideas for 2016.

We are just too tired from the stiletto heels, and all we want is comfort, comfort and more comfort! They say high platforms are the right answer, as they give maximum relaxation and a good addition to your look, but don't they just make your look just so... chubby? This year picking up the perfect platform is a very easy process as the designers have worked on mixing the big platform with heels and the result are amazing chunky heels that balance out a perfect platform and an astonishing look.

This summer you will be rocking any look at any time with the ultimate comfort of sandals with a chunky heel. When you are buying those heels pick a color that would be useful in your daily life and another one that you would want to stand out. Go for suede sandals as they will be a perfect addition to any look what so ever! And whether you like an open front or a closed one, the designers have got you covered for this year.

And from amazing platforms comes the most amazing shoes fashion for women for this summer: ankle boots. Now that you have picked the right platform, style your shoes perfectly!

    • For a super cute look, style your ankle boots with a summer dress, and let your ray shine.
    • You can also adopt these shoes with a pair of jeans and a nice shirt. And to add some pep to your look, choose a statement necklace.
    • The best piece to match with ankle boots for women is a nice cardigan. It can easily suit the style you are adopting and give it this "negligee" aspect. Pair it with a maxi dress and a nice cardigan for that killer classy attire.
    • One amazing way to style your ankle boots is with a pair of denim shorts. Choose somewhat dark color tights, style it with denim shorts and a shirt and add that special touch with the shoes.
    • Mix styles and adopt in spring 2016 all the latest fashion trends. Start by pairing fringes with leather and studs in one pair of ankle boots.
    • Pair your shoes with a crop top and some jeans to make an outstanding fashion statement.
  • Go for colors! Get out of the routine dull colors, and pick colorful ankle boots that can boost your look in the best ways ever, think pink, blue, beige.

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vfPlanning to buy trousers? Planning to buy jeans? Planning to buy bottoms for yourself, but are always confused how to buy the most perfect ones?

Don't you worry - no doubt there are hundreds of things that you need to remember before buying such garments, but that doesn't mean that you can't buy the most appropriate ones for yourself. I know there are only a handful of articles that talk about how to buy the right trousers, but I am here to add on to the tips.

Here are the top ten tips for you to remember before you buy them:

1) Comfort matters the most: I know most of you focus on designs and styles of such garments, but to be honest, you need to focus on comfort the most. Unless you are comfortable, you can't look good. Don't be a plastic beauty; remember - what makes you feel good makes you look good!

2) Go for colored jeans: Colorful jeans are quite in demand at present; go for such garments since they make you look good and bright. You represent your inner self when you wear colors. Go ahead - be colorful this season!

3) Select a color that suits all: Select a color that suits most of the colors of your tops. For an instance, blue, black, bottle green and navy blue are some of the basic colors that are found in the wardrobe of almost all the women in the world. Go for such shades!

4) Go for a wrinkled free garment: There are some garments that stay away from wrinkles for a long period of time. Wear them to save your energy from ironing them over and over again. Such garments are ready-to-wear and you can wear them anytime you want to, even if you have been surprised by a few friends!

5) Search for those bottoms that don't make you look fat: There are certain trousers that don't make you look fat; go for those, instead of buying those that make your legs look fat or bulgy.

6) Always buy branded ones: Brands can be trusted the most; therefore, prefer them when it comes to buying such clothes.

7) There are discounts at different e-stores on such garments: When you go through different e-stores, you learn about discounts and offers.

8) E-shopping is fun at times: Even though you are not able to try the clothes on e-stores, e-shopping is super-fun and super-easy. Try it!

9) Know your size: Measure yourself before buying such clothes; always buy those that fit you.

10) Try before you buy: If you don't prefer online shopping, it is okay to visit land based stores and buy clothes from them so that you can try before you buy.

reNo doubt men are fashionable too, but women have always been in the limelight, when it comes to fashion and style. Along with the change in seasons, there are a lot of changes noticed in trends and styles. Right from the time a woman is a little girl, she knows how to carry herself to look good in the crowd. From cute, she turns beautiful and from beautiful, she turns gorgeous!

If you are a woman and you want to have a flawless appearance on the streets, here are the top ten fashion tips that you need to remember:

1) Don't overload yourself with makeup: Makeup doesn't make you look good; it is the way you carry yourself that makes you presentable and good. Kick off all those loud lipsticks, unless you are attending a party. Wear subtle makeup to look better and present the real you.

2) Wear the right designer jeans: Jeans need to be expensive; you can't expect yourself to save money on the things that you wear over and over again. You don't buy a lot of jeans for your closet; buy a few, but ensure that they deserve to be worn by you. Let them be designer!

3) Spend on those bottoms, rather than spending on your t-shirts: You need to wear expensive bottoms, not expensive tops. It is okay to do some street shopping for all those t-shirts and tanker tops, but not okay for you to buy low-quality cheap jeans.

4) Accessorize yourself with necklaces and earrings: Don't forget to look gorgeous by wearing good earrings and lovely necklaces. It is always good to accessorize yourself in such a way that you look different when you walk with all of your friends.

5) Let a thigh-ring peep out on those stockings: Thigh-rings are quite in demand these days; buy at least one and wear it whenever you wear denim shorts. You can wear them on stockings too!

6) Wear loose clothes at times: Summers are hot in some of the countries; wearing loose clothes does the trick!

7) Don't stick on a specific color for a long period of time: Don't wear white all the time; get out of that shade and wear other colors as well!

8) Wear scarves during winters: Scarves are beautiful, especially during winters.

9) Keep changing your style with every changing season: Read different magazines and watch the ramp shows of different designers; cope up with the changing styles along with the change in seasons.

10) Wear printed materials: Printed materials are far better than plain tops; wear floral prints to depict your love for flowers and spring.

e3H&M is the second largest clothing retailer in the world and has become the main supplier of fast-fashion at a breakneck discount. The first store was established in Vasteras, Sweden in 1947 under the name "Hennes", meaning "Hers" in Swedish. H&M now stands tall in 61 countries with over 3,700 locations and a worth of an estimated $12 - 16 billion.

The appearance of an H&M store, and most retail stores, is fairly neat and carefully put together to fit your convenience and visual delight. When you find something you like, you remove it from the rack and take it with you into the dressing room, where a kind young employee will guide you to the nearest available stall. When you are done with your cloths, they are handed back to the young employee and are tossed onto a pile of inside out jeans and t shirts in a cluttered room in the back of the fitting area, also given up on by their potential buyers. If you stick around long enough you will spot the very same shirt you tried on being returned to its rightful spot from whence you chose it. And from that image is born a fresh glimpse of a place that was once seen as a neat, professional and tidy place. The sparkle and superior glow of the place has faded. All clothing on the racks are seen previously discarded, worn by just about any character you can think of, folded, re tagged and put back on the rack for the next hopeful customer.

The average H&M customer is a young professional, looking to spice up their wardrobe, hoping their colleagues won't notice that their new sport jacket was purchased at a discount price of just over twenty dollars. The clothing is high end, comfortable and distributed at a very attractive price, but once thoroughly scrubbed, dried and tried on for a second look, it becomes tattered and un wearable.

It should go unnoted that the H&M brand presents its economic state through the way it dresses its customers: it's very nice and well put together at first glance, but after some time of closer examination it is much less...

You get what you pay for, and the same goes for the labour force manufacturing these materials. The minimum wage these workers are paid based out of Cambodia is estimated to be the equivalent of $66.00 a month, an amount brought forth by multiple human rights groups, stating it doesn't amount to even half of the income required for basic needs. H&M's global head of sustainability stated that they will be aiming to pay their textile workers a "living wage" by the year 2018.

It is always great news to hear that a brand, with a worth between $12 - 16 billion dollars, will be taking these steps to ensure the basic rights of their workers, but the backside of this statement cannot be ignored; by releasing this statement, H&M confirmed they have been paying their workers an unlivable wage for the 68 years it has been running.

An incident that occurred in August 2011 at the Cambodian factory caused nearly 200 workers to pass out within just one week; the causes were pointed to toxic chemical fumes, malnutrition, poorly built ventilation systems and "mass hysteria" for the worker's illnesses. The international Labour Organisation has blamed these incidents primarily on poor nutrition provided by employers to their workers. H&M conducted an investigation and were hesitant on providing a specific cause to their workers illnesses. A documentary was released soon prior to the incidents that revealed the horrific conditions these workers were put through that premiered on Swedish national television. It gave consumers a glimpse of the harsh reality of the lives behind the high end, low priced fashion trend they were taking part in at H&M stores.

In 2014, H&M was accused of lack of "cultural appropriation" after releasing a new jumpsuit that closely resembled the uniform worn by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). YPG is an armed wing of male/female soldiers of the PYD (Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party). The group fights to protect Kurdish inhabited areas from the invasion of Syrian Civil War, including Kobani, located near the Syrian - Turkish border. The release of the jumpsuit caused uproar among the YPG fighters, who deemed it "disrespectful" and "disgraceful" across many social media platforms that were the cause of an international controversy that led to an apology by H&M for the resemblance.

Though the apology was accepted by all communities, cultural appropriation still stands as a recurring issue in fashion and many cultures continue to be insulted due to the careless process going into the design of new products every year.

In January of 2012, Tori LaConsay was taken by surprise when one of her designs, a "love letter" dedicated to her home in East Atlanta was stolen by H&M, who featured the exact design on their home decor items without permission, credit or compensation to the artist. LaConsay was at first shut down by the leading fashion retailer but had earned wide support over a range of social media platforms, protesting her rights as an artist, threatening to boycott H&M completely. This led to a pleasing victory for LaConsay who came to a settlement of $3000 that was used to pay for her friend's dog's surgery. What remained of the settlement was donated to charity. LaConsay was pleased with the settlement, stating it "respectfully honors the true intent behind the original artwork, offering a message of love, compassion and community."

It will go by no surprise that H&M is also widely criticized for the immoral technique used for the disposing of unused products. The homeless community has been reported sifting through tall piles of clear trash bags dumped behind the facilities, containing unsold products that were found ripped to shreds to ensure they would never be worn or sold by another human or retailer. This particular incident was reported at the back side of H&M's New York outlets, during one of its coldest winters and in the midst of a deep recession causing a rising unemployment population and homelessness. It was a revelation for the people of New York as the fashion giant was caught in the dead of night tearing its goods to shreds.

"Sorry H&M, but until you find a better way to dispose of unsold clothing, I don't really want anything to do with you." - An anonymous New Yorker commented.

Scanning the internet for sources, there is far too many to choose from while stumbling upon the countless errors committed by this massive retailer. As H&M struggles to meet the demands of human rights activists and labour laws, its controversy rages on. Mistakes will continue to be made and protests will follow, but when the brand is tattered and taken to the back to be cleaned out, you can stick around and watch as it is returned to its place, fresh and correct.