Thursday 16 July 2015

What is fashion to you?

Staying in Vogue was a term used in connection with one being a “fashion plate”. During our research we discover that the latest styles were illustrated in homemaking, art, literature and decorating literature by the British, French and American periodicals in the eighteenth century. Self-improvement tips helped people learn how to dress.
At that time, clothing was made by dressmakers and tailors. Since no factories existed, the illustrations accelerated the fashion trends.
World War II gave rise to women wearing pants in the factories. There was a new freedom for comfort. The regular style was conservative with cinched in waistlines, accentuated hips and busts, but people wanted to dress casually. They started wearing short shorts, loose fitting pants, sportswear and sun dresses. Also, loose pants and tight knit slacks came into style. Tucked in blouses or shirts tied at the mid-drift along with pedal pushers (ended below the knee) and Capri pants (ended at the lower calf) were sophisticated yet comfortable. Dress attire was still worn but for special occasions.
Accessories that became popular in the 1950s:
Gloves - A well dressed woman wore gloves and a hat outside the home. Hats - The new look premiered beneath wide brimmed garden style hats. Glasses - became a fashion statement when unique frames and colors were available.
Jewelry - Pearls or faux pearls were the iconic necklace, slim watches and clip-on earrings were conservative and elegant.
Shoes - High heels worn for dressy occasions had rounded toes, often with peep-toes. Espadrilles were a popular choice for beach and vacation wear. Tennis shoes were worn around the home and garden and came in simple styles for maximum comfort.
Fashion designers have been redesigning original styles by adding to or taking away from garments for decades in order to get new innovative styles for the public.
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