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Mardi Gras Balls, Prom, and Pageant
Demand for crowns and tiaras begin now and continue until summer. The Mardi Gras and Homecoming Crowns hardest item to find is mens crowns. Mardi Gras, prom, and festival kings all call for men’s crowns. The cost of quality crowns can go up to several hundred dollars. Fortunately, you have a source with several choices in quality men’s crowns below $85.

Local stores have an advantage over online stores in this market. The king wants to see how the crown looks on and how it fits. Only the local store can offer these options to customers before they buy the crown. A favorite is the one shown that comes in gold or silver plating.

Adjust crowns that are too large by adding padding inside. The easiest way to do this is weather stripping that sticks to the inside of the crown on one side and has foam on the other side. This also makes the crown more comfortable to wear.

Tiaras are even more important because they have a bigger customer base. Brides, pageant winners, maids and other members of Mardi Gras courts, as well as members of homecoming courts are all potential customers for tiaras. Other needs for tiaras are quinceaneras, sweet sixteens, and bachelorette parties. fleur-de-lis scepter

Scepters are another hard to find item. See fabulous designs on the site with the most popular ranging from $12.75 to $29.50. For many retailers, stocking these items makes them the only game in town.

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Pageant, homecoming, prom, and Mardi Gras are all occasions that call for kings crowns.  But finding kings crowns with the masculine look that men are comfortable with is not easy.  The preferred style is full round crowns, which adds another problem—size.  Then there is the need for gold or silver plating.  Finally, kings crowns are often more expensive than queens crowns.  This is a lot to deal with, so let’s begin with crowns that men are comfortable wearing.

 

THE RENAISSANCE LOOK IN MEN’S CROWNS

Men are used to seeing crowns like King Arthur wore or those on the heads of kings in Shakespearean plays.  For the most part, these are from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, often embellished with fleur-de-lis emblems.     The full round crown dominates this period from simple crowns cut from metal (like King Arthur and Henry VI) to more elaborate men’s crowns with arches creating height and lined in velvet.    fleur-de-lis men's crown

 

The cut metal crown shown is a full round design in mostly plated metal with a few stones.  Full round crown means a circular crown with continuous design and no openings for adjustment.

 

high kings crown with velvet lining

The velvet-lined crown in the image has the rising arches creating an 8.5 inch height.  Gold plated fleur-de-lis emblems rise in a continuous pattern around the base.  The look is similar to the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain.

 

 

Mardi Gras king's crown

 

Very popular as a Mardi Gras king’s crown, these full round fleur-de-lis crowns are available in silver or gold plating and have the King Henry VI look with the addition of sparkling stones.

 

 

homecoming king's crown

The inexpensive crown pictured here frequently pops up as a king’s crown in homecoming pictures.  It has the velvet dome and white fur base inspired by The Imperial State Crown of Great Britain.

 

 

inexpensive boy's pageant crown

Boys’ crowns for pageant use a modified version of the one just reviewed.  They have a very affordable wholesale price that helps pageant directors keep within a budget.

 

 

SIZES OF KINGS CROWNS

Since men’s crowns are mostly full round crowns, there is no adjustment.  Sizes can compare to hat sizes. See the size chart on our site. A slight difference in the diameter makes a lot of difference in the circumference.  The fleur-de-lis crown shown has a 7.5 inch diameter.  The diameter multiplied by pi (3.14) gives the circumference.  So the circumference of this crown is 23.55 inches.  A measurement around the head tells what size the king’s crown should be.  In hat sizes, 25.5 inches is a large to extra large hat size.

 

The sizes of full round crowns don’t adjust.  The king can always make a large size fit a smaller head, but can’t make a small size fit a larger head.  How do you reduce the size?  We will take a lesson from some of the less expensive crowns that use foam weather stripping inside the crown to add comfort.  This also reduces the size.  If there are openings, use weather stripping in a color close to the hair color of the king.  This actually makes the crown not only fit, but also fit comfortably.

 

The selection we reviewed includes wholesale men’s crowns from $8.00 to $78.00—very affordable for nice kings’ crowns.

Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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From coast to coast there are small fashion businesses that are thriving in spite of the mountain of obstacles that seem to be in the way.  One challenge new entrepreneur entering fashion face is competition from major retailers with deep pockets.  The previous two blogs examined niche markets that provide safe-haven where big box companies don’t go.  But there is another safe haven where small business shares the market with the majors.  These are the areas of fashion where consumers simply trust small business over the majors to supply the fashion item.  What does that mean?  Well an example can best answer the question. 

 

CHURCH HATS

There is a very large market of ladies searching for church hats that opens every spring.  Yes, fall is another time for dress hats for church, but spring is more important because it contains the two largest days of the year for church hats—Easter and Mothers Day.  All the major department stores and many of the other big box companies will have a selection of dress hats to meet the demand, but the selection is not extensive, it is not on target with fresh millinery designs, and there is plenty of duplication of styles.  In addition, there is no dedicated area to dress hats that tells a story consumers trust. 

 

What about small business?  This is where the church ladies go to select new hats for spring and fall.  Why?  First, small businesses that concentrate on church hats make this an important part of their inventory.  The shopkeeper is aware of changing styles and colors for the season, not to mention their expert help to customers in choosing the right hat for their personality and stature.  They also have such familiarity with headwear that showing customers how to wear a hat is almost natural. 

 

Then there is the unique factor.  One thing women searching for church hats don’t want to happen is to show up on Sunday morning and others are wearing the same hat.  Small millinery businesses have wide selection, but very little duplication of hats in the same style and color.

 

I don’t believe anyone has ever officially done the statistics, but I feel it is almost certain that the church hats retailed over a season are 80% or higher from small business.  

 

WEDDING ACCESSORIES

What day is more important in a woman’s life than their wedding day?  For that reason everything must be perfect.  This day will be frozen in the wedding album for generations to come so brides want traditional elegance.  While some majors venture into the specialized business of bridal accessories, the wedding party mainly trusts the expert advice of professionals in small business. 

 

Will the bride wear a tiara, a veil, or simply a hair ornament?  They trust small business experts to help make these decisions. 

 

Should the bride wear gloves?  If so, what length and what design?  And what about the bridesmaids?   There are endless options here from no gloves to wrist length, over the elbow, and opera length.  Brides feel much more confident when they have the input of that small business professional that has accessorized hundreds of weddings and has insight on what looks best for each individual occasion. 

 

Jewelry is another area that calls for important decisions. Brides planning a wedding have their hands full with all the details of making the occasion perfect.  Accessorizing the gown is one more decision to be made and it is an important one.  Here they often feel comfortable with the advice of an expert.  After all, the choices will appear in nearly every picture in the wedding album for all posterity.  Some gowns look good with necklace sets.  Should it be pearl or rhinestone?  Others call for earrings only. In addition there is the bridesmaid jewelry.  When that expert in small business makes a recommendation, a lot of weight comes off the shoulders of the bride.  They feel reassured because a professional with a history of experience provides input they trust. 

 

Evening bags are another accessory tailored to each bridal occasion.  Bridal bags for the bride and evening bags for bridesmaids is an option.  Actually, for bridesmaids the evening bags are often given as gifts.  But does the individual wedding call for evening bags?  The small business expert not only helps make the decision, but normally they are the only one selection to provide the bridal bag for the bride and colors for bridesmaids.  Overall, bridal couples trust small business when it comes to an event as important as the wedding day. 

 

FASCINATORS & FAST INNOVATION IN FASHION

Fascinators were on the rise before the royal wedding, but after that event hit world-wide television, the chart of popularity went straight up.  This is a new addition to headwear and who do consumers trust for the latest innovations in fashion?—Small business of course, usually boutiques. 

 

Fascinators will be covered in depth in the next blog, but here they are only used as an example of the fast reaction small business has to innovation.  When small business sees new fashion items making a sudden rise in popularity, they get with suppliers and have it in the store within a week or two.  Big box companies don’t operate like that.  Their purchasing was done months ahead of time and buyers have layers of bureaucracy before innovative items hit the floor.  So for the really “new” in fashion, consumers trust small business. 

 

Fascinators are an excellent example of fashion items that rise suddenly because they are so cyclical.  For centuries they have made a sudden appearance on the fashion scene and then completely disappeared, retuning again for a new generation that views them as entirely new. 

 

A famous picture of Marie Antoinette wearing a fascinator makes the point.  When high hairdos are in style hats can’t be worn so fascinators are the only choice in headwear.  Over the last few hundred years, fascinators came and went with hair styles.  Most recently, cocktail hats and fascinators became an important fashion statement in the sixties.  But today’s generation doesn’t remember that so they appear to be entirely new.  The important point is fashion items that suddenly rise to popularity consumer expect to find in small fashion businesses and that is where they look. 

 

This is only a sampling of the fashion items that consumers depend on small business to supply.  How often is small business overlooked or underestimated when we think of the overall retail picture.  They are there and many are thriving because they provide endless products in niche markets that the majors miss and even more important, because the expertise and personal service of small fashion businesses simply cannot be duplicated by the majors in many markets. 

Comments (0) Posted by admin on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Accessories Magazine reviews trends shaping fashion jewelry and accessories each season based on the fashion shows that preview the coming season.  Major fashion stories result from sorting all the tangents of designers crossing the runways.  The last blog covered the first two for fall and this blog covers the next two—a dual that seems to contradict each other as fashion statements.  Accessories Magazine’s Survival Mode borders on grunge while Ice Queen has a classy majestic look.     

ARCTIC SURVIVAL TREND

As different as the trends seem, both find inspiration in the dominant mood of the times—economic uncertainty.  Survival mode finds an obvious connection.  First impression is the rugged attire of inhabitants of the arctic tundra.  Earth tone colors with patches of fur deliver a nomadic appearance.  Inspiration is global with Scandinavian prints, African crafts, English tweeds, and Alpine flairs all contributing. 

Jewelry combines natural materials with metals for a close-to-earth feeling.  Wood and raw gemstones blended with metals create fashion jewelry that delivers the story.  Look for burnished metals in cuffs and bangles as well as braided leather in jewelry. 

Trapper hats are a natural fit for these trends well as any headwear that is fur trimmed.  Other hats include wide brim wool fedoras, crocheted caps, and wool buckets. 

WINTER WHITE FASHION TREND MAKES LUXURIOUS STATEMENT

If the previous trend reflects a rugged response to economic times, this fashion story that Accessories Magazine calls Ice Queen uses a fantasy world to cope with financial stress.  Opulence abounds in this trend characterized by shades of opal and winter white.   Fur and cashmere add to the extravagance of the fantasy. 

Fashion jewelry accessorizes the look with iridescent crystals, unconventional designs of pearls, and opalescent Lucite.  Rhinestone or crystal mixed with frosted beads and pearls as bracelets or necklace sets.  Jewelry with shades white, cream, and ivory fit into this theme with wintery snow and ice inspiration. 

Headwear accessories include bobby pins with enameled flowers, lace and crocheted headbands or caps, and headwear with sequins, especially iridescent sequins.  Winter white in nearly any hat can accompany the look. 

This fashion story is easy to accessorize because the jewelry that delivers the sparkle for the trend also provides holiday jewelry that will soon be in demand.  Actually, fashion jewelry in crystals, rhinestone, and faux pearls should have a permanent location in shops because of the endless line up of events that call for dressy accessories. 

The following blog includes the fashion story for December delivery as well as holiday trends

Comments (0) Posted by admin on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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With expense escalating in weddings, retailers that can help control costs in a fragile economy are much appreciated.  Last blog covered wedding jewelry and this one looks at bridal accessories that are needed, but often harder to find. 

The average cost of a wedding today is $24,066 according to www.costofwedding.com.  As a retailer, anything you do to help the wedding couple save money while maintaining the elegance is going to be appreciated by the couple.  Not to mention the help this can be for your business’s summer sales. 

BRIDAL GLOVES

Wedding gloves can be optional, but is there any accessory that adds as much elegance as this one?  They certainly elevate the formal walk down the aisle, but finding bridal gloves that are affordable can be a challenge.  Another challenge is variety so the bride can choose appropriate gloves for her taste and the gown. 

You can save the day with a selection of gloves that will usually go unmatched by competition.  Gloves can be fingerless or fingers in and come in wrist length, under the elbow (8 button), over the elbow (12 button), or opera length (16 button). 

Satin gloves are most popular and matte is second.  Satin has more sheen while matte lacks the sheen.  The gown determines which to choose. Both come in all lengths and the brides usually choose white or ivory, while colors provide matches for bridesmaid gowns. 

Lace gloves are seeing a resurgence in popularity.  Choices of color and length are also available in lace.  Actually, lace gloves dominated the bridal glove business in 1980s and slowly gave way to satin as the most popular wedding gloves.  While lace gloves are gradually regaining popularity, satin is still the clear leader.

 

Special designs that combine satin with open embroidery work reach the utmost in elegance.  Styles and lengths vary plus some are fingerless and others fingers in.  Fingerless can be very practical when eating wedding cake or enjoying hors d’ourves.

TIARAS

Bridal pictures lock in the look of the wedding day for all posterity, so the bride goes to great effort to perfect every aspect, including the hair.  Tiaras add a big boost to elegance here.  We can glance through a wedding magazine like Brides and see hair ornaments in flowers, feathers, ribbon and lace, and headbands.  But the safest and most elegant choice is tiaras. 

Rhinestone and pearl combinations make perhaps the most stunning bridal tiaras.  The wedding tiara of Princess Di captured international attention as the hallmark in wedding day elegance.  Of course, the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara that she wore didn’t have any rhinestones in it, but the combination of diamonds with pearls caught on and influences wedding tiaras to this day, making rhinestone and faux pearl a leading choice of brides. 

Handcrafted tiaras with pearl beading are also a popular choice and work well with veils.  The faux pearl tiaras are shapeable so provide a comfortable fit that can be pinned to stay in place.  Depending on the dress, white or ivory are available. 

Rhinestone tiaras, especially with a low profile, add sparkling elegance for the bride’s walk down the aisle.   Like wedding day jewelry, the preferred choice is clear rhinestones in silver plated settings.  Rhinestone tiaras and headbands are the predominant hair ornaments shown in bridal magazines.  Since many brides start planning by glancing through these publications, keeping a selection of rhinestone tiaras is very important. 

Next blog will conclude the review of wedding accessories for June brides—opportunities to build summer sales while helping wedding couples that are on a budget.

Comments (0) Posted by admin on Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT about wearing a tiara…yourself?  If you are a woman, of course you have!  Tiaras are so fabulously attractive, not just for the beauty of the crowns themselves, but because of what they do for those who wear them. Put a tiara on your head, or on your little girl, or big-girl prom daughter and

                                     — Poof!  You’ve created  a Princess!

 

Think about all that means.  The beautiful clothing.  The jewelry.  The admiration. The love. The handsome Prince! Oh, this is the fantasy of fantasies. And, it all starts with a beautiful tiara.  A little crown.  How can you be a Princess without one?

 

                                       Gift of the Gods  

 

The word tiara is Persian, but tiaras themselves actually date back to ancient Greece.  Legend has it, they were created by the Greek Gods.  That seems logical, doesn’t it?  After all, who else could have come up with something that so immediately transforms a person when it is placed on the head?  For centuries, tiaras have been raising girls and women up, giving them the look of royalty and beauty. Making them special.

 

One of the most desirable tiaras was worn by Wonder Woman, the famous comic book heroine.  It wasn’t the most expensive, in terms of gemstones, but it certainly was worth more than any other known. It was a magic tiara.   

 

Tiaras are worn by brides and bridesmaids, even flower girls, and sometimes the mothers of the bride and groom. They are worn for proms, for engagement parties, for any occasion when it is especially important to stand out and look elegant.  Cinderella eventually wore a tiara. Actresses wear tiaras to the Oscars Awards. Miss America wears a tiara.

 

YOU CAN WEAR A TIARA, TOO…AND LOOK JUST AS LOVELY AS ANY PRINCESS.  NO ONE HAS TO KNOW THE GEMSTONES AREN’T REAL. TRY:

  • A pageant crown tiara with gorgeous scrolling of clear crystals in gold-plate setting.  A dramatic must-see!

 

 

  • A lacey heart tiara in silver plating with shimmering iridescent crystals.

 

                                    

                                        How to be a Princess

 

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH OWNS THE MOST expansive and extraordinary collection of tiaras in the world.  They are also the most expensive, a fabulous grouping of golden, delicate little crowns encrusted with diamonds, pearls, and a luxurious ensemble of other valuable gemstones. 

 

When we think of tiaras, we naturally think of queens and princesses. But tiaras today are mostly worn by everyday people, who use them to gain entry into that exclusive world of royalty, if only for a day’s journey through fantasyland.  Audrey Hepburn was the first person to really popularize tiaras, when she wore one in the film Roman Holiday.

 

Madonna, as her chosen name certainly suggests, was not one to be outdone by others on the royalty route.  When she married Guy Ritchie, she wore a 78-carat diamond tiara, worthy of an American Princess.  Of course, a real “American Princess” also wore a tiara years before her. That was Grace Kelly, when she married the Prince of Monaco.

 

LOOK AT THESE IMPRESSIVE BRIDAL TIARAS:

  • Scrollwork bridal tiara with white and off-white pearls and clear rhinestones in silver or gold plate.  Exquisite!

 

 

  • Bridal tiara comb inspired by Celtic tiara designs.  Crystals and pearls are spaced within fine, twisted wire.

 

                                The Beautiful Princess Tiana

 

DISNEY HAS A NEW PRINCESS. Her name is Tiana, and she will be the first African-American doll in the royal family.  This charming lady is about the size of a Barbie doll; she wears a flowing blue gown and, on her head, she wears a beautiful three-pointed tiara. 

 

Of course, a beautiful black princess isn’t anything new.  As just one example, think of Cleopatra, who thousands of years ago reigned as the beautiful black queen (and before that, princess) of Egypt. But as far as we know, the tiara didn’t exist way back then.

 

Princess Tiana is luckier. She has a wonderful tiara, and she wears it with elegance in the new Disney animated musical, The Princess and the Frog, which will debut later this year.  Her doll will retail for about $10 to $15, and Disney says it expects sales of the doll to surge once the film opens.  Sales of tiaras for little girls can be expected to follow.  

 

Opportunities to wear tiaras are almost limitless. Little girls wear tiaras on special occasions of all sorts.  For graduation from kindergarten, or grammar school.  For First Communion or Confirmation. For costume parties and birthday parties. For her first dance.  For Easter or Christmas festivities.  For birthdays. And for so many more occasions! 

TIARAS CAN TURN LITTLE GIRLS INTO PRINCESSES FOR ALL OF THESE OCCASIONS.  SNAP!  JUST LIKE THAT!  HERE ARE SOME TIARAS THAT HAVE THAT KIND OF POWER:

  • Child’s pearl and rhinestone headband – a tiny tiara just right for flower girls, or First Communion children.
  • Delicate rhinestone tiara in silver plate.  Not too big, not too small, just right for the growing child’s First Dance!
Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Thursday, March 5th, 2009