October 15th, 2012
The miniskirt made fashion history for three distinct reasons: It showed more leg on a woman than ever noted in fashion history before, it represented the democratization of fashion as the influential grips of Parisian couture lessened and it helped to fuel a movement for female social and sexual liberation that began in the 1960s.
Defined as a skirt with a hemline averaging halfway up the knee (and falling approximately four inches below the butt!), the miniskirt was popularized by Mary Quant, who introduced her own version of the skirt at her London boutique Bazaar in 1964.
While not its true inventor, we can thank Quant’s boutique for first spreading viral word of the mini (which she amusingly named after her favorite car) to the trendy teens of London’s mod fashion culture whom shopped there.
While these Swingin’ London teens wore the flirtatious styles in rebellion against fashion’s old guard, it was only once designers like André Courrèges, Yves Saint Laurent and Rudi Gernreich introduced their own versions of the miniskirt to the runways that fashion media and the general public began to take notice and want a version of their own, no matter their age.
The history of the miniskirt is worth more than just a shorter hemline. The mini is perhaps the most revolutionary of styles because it surpassed the idea of “trend” and has proven itself worthy of another “T” category … that of timeless.
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October 11th, 2012
1930s fashion was an era of feminine and romantic style as influenced by America’s captivation with silver screen stars who wore sensual silks, luxurious lace and backless gowns. Coco Chanel knit suits, Elsa Schiaparelli hats and designs in her “shocking pink” color, Madeleine Vionnet bias cut dresses and Madame Gres Grecian-style pleated dresses were some styles that graced the pages of Vogue and the runways of Paris.
October 7th, 2012
1940s clothing and trends in America from 1940 to 1947 were influenced by the pressures of World War II. Victory suits, padded blazers and pants were worn by women. Wool, nylon and silk was outlawed, so rayon and gabardine became popular materials.’40s American fashion was about masculine styling of severe suiting, sharp and somber-colored dresses and the era’s “make do and mend” motif.
October 3rd, 2012
The art of shopping vintage on eBay is searching for what you want using words for optimal search results. Since ’90s clothing is such a trend right now, I decided to share what I thought were the 3 best ’90s trends to buy vintage to help show you how easy it is to shop from marketplaces like eBay — and show you the ropes of online vintage shopping!
September 26th, 2012
’70s dresses are arguably the most sought after styles right now thanks to runway trends and ’70s style inspiration as reflected in brands like Free People and Nasty Gal. ’70s clothing is easy to wear because vintage styles were cut for comfort and functional fit. Styles were less constricting and the “uni-sex” craze helped women feel less pressure to dress like a lady 100 percent of the time.
September 23rd, 2012
Mod fashion is a distinguishable vintage styles thanks to its colorful prints, jaw-dropping hemlines and innovative designs. The ’60s mod girl was a courageous one because she wasn’t afraid to explore the “bold” side of dressing. The quintessential mod look for women was a colorful abstract print A-line dress with an attached metal buckle belt worn with a pair of colored tights and white or silver boots.