This was actually harder than I thought it would be to write, because there genuinely aren’t that many trends that I dislike. And even if I do find a trend I don’t like, I have a hard time dissing it because I genuinely don’t want to step on anybody else’s vibe. Even if I don’t like something, it’s not my place to shit on it, you know?

Anyway, after scouring my instagram feed and the internet for a little while, I did find some trends that I’m not the biggest fan of. Again, if you want to rock any of these things, I promise I’m not trying to put down your style. They’re personally just not for me, and this is all in good fun!

Square-toed heels

Square Toe Strappy High Heel Sandals | Beyazura.com
Image Source: Bey Azura

I’ve never been a fan of square-toed heels, to be honest. There’s just something about them that makes me think of colonial men and founding fathers. I also don’t understand the appeal of making your feet look more…boxy? Like, when I’m trying to dress my feet, the last thing I want to do is make them look more square. I’d pick a pointed-toe over a square toe shoe any day. I personally think pointed or rounded shoes just look so much more elegant and refined- what do you guys think?

Bucket hats

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Why do people want their heads to look so big?? Image Source: USMagazine.com

I actually don’t really have a problem with bucket hats- I’m just not a huge hat person in general, and bucket hats are REALLY trending right now. I understand it goes with the whole Billie Eilish, Gen Z tomboy-aesthetic, but for me personally, whenever I wear a bucket hat I feel like a 4 year-old boy. If I am going to wear a hat, it’s going to be a beanie or a baseball cap, or something else more form-fitting and indie. There’s just something about that damn hexagon hat that I don’t vibe around with, thank you for coming to my TED talk. 

Pink & orange

Sydne Summer wears the Beyonce pink and orange colorblock trend ...
I’m sorry, I just hate it. Image source: Sydne Style

Pink and orange is apparently a trending color combo right now, and I have to say, I’m not a fan. I am definitely a more fall-toned and jewel-toned kind of gal: burnt oranges, dark grays, etc., so bright pink and orange is just not a color combo I’m drawn to. It makes me think of Bikini Bottom and kitschy summer aesthetics, and I honestly just don’t think it looks flattering on everybody. Then again, I literally wish it was autumn year-round, so maybe I shouldn’t be allowed to have an opinion on what summery colors are “in” at the moment?

Mullets

Am I Seriously Considering Getting A Mullet In 2020?
I love you David Bowie, but it’s gonna be a no from me dawg. Picture source: Elle

Let me defend myself by saying I think all of these women are absolutely stunning, I just really hate the mullet trend. First of all, I feel like a mullet isn’t a practical hairstyle to have long-term. What does it look like when you let it grow out- is your hair just really full and luscious on the top, and stringy on the bottom half? I have so many questions about the logistics of the mullet.

Polo shirts

Be inspired by the latest catwalk inspired womenswear collections ...
I will say, I like the color scheme of this outfit. Picture source: Pinterest

There’s nothing I can say about this one that’s worth trying to justify, I just flat-out think polo shirts are ugly. Maybe it’s because I associate them with being in middle school, but I truly just do not think they are flattering or fashionable AT ALL. I cannot think of a single person on this entire earth who I think could pull off a polo shirt. They look ugly on everybody. Case closed. 

Well, that felt awkward to write. Like I said, I really don’t like ragging on anybody else’s personal style, but these are the trends so far in 2020 that I just can’t see myself giving into. Do we share any opinions? Do you disagree with any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Summer 2020 is officially here, and although it’s not looking as bright and cheery as many of us were expecting, I still have hope that this can be a fun summer. I’m personally not a huge summer person because I dislike the heat, so summertime to me is more about staying comfortable than it is about staying stylish.

With that being said, a lot of the clothes I’ve picked up for summer 2020 are exactly that: durable, comfortable, and safe to get messy. Buck and I are taking a trip up to Maine in a couple of weeks, so these are the staples I’m bringing up with me for a week of dirt, lake water, and campfires.

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As y’all know, I am HUGE into thrifting, so it probably comes as no surprise that almost everything here is either secondhand or consignment. Starting from the top left, the peach beaded top is a gorgeous chiffon little piece that my housemate got at The Garment District. She didn’t realize it had sleeves (and yeah, it’s hard to tell,) so she decided to let me have it instead of returning it to the store. I probably would have never picked it out for myself, but I actually really love it. It has that 70s vibe I’ve been really loving lately, and it looks so cute with a pair of bell-bottom jeans and some chunky wedges. This top will be perfect for going to sit-down restaurants and other events that may require more formality than a tye-dye shirt.

Speaking of, I’ve been SO into tye-dye lately. I was bored at home a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to bleach tye-dye some dark t-shirts I’ve had sitting in my closet. The first one I bleached was the Led Zeppelin shirt, which was a hand-me-down from my brother. I think I might have bleached it a bit too intensely, but I still really like it and I’ve been wearing it around the house frequently. I really love the way the top right one came out- I think the pattern is very interesting, and the shirt is baggy and perfect for humid summer days. Moving onto real tye-dye, get a load of that Wisconsin Tye Dyes shirt I picked up at The Garment District. It’s kind of hard to see, but it says “Grateful I’m Not Dead” with a picture of a skull in the top right corner. I freaked out when Erin spotted this on the tye dye rack, and honestly, it’s possibly my favorite purchase to date. Buck has also been loving it, and since I’ve let him borrow it, he’s hardly taken it off. So that was a great steal, and I don’t see myself ever getting rid of that t-shirt. 

For something a bit more formal and feminine, I was so thrilled to come across this thrifted Modcloth dress, also from The Garment District. What I love most about this dress is that it has the same colors as The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album- white, yellow, and green. I can already see myself going for strolls around North Conway and picnicking with Buck in this little number. It’s so cute and lightweight, making it perfect for the summertime, and I also think it’s just such a unique piece. It really symbolizes a lot of joy for me. 

As for other staples, I’m still on my scrunchie kick, and I’ve also been wearing this beanie a lot on the days that I don’t feel like fussing with my hair. The humidity really makes my hair get dry and puffy, so most days, I’ll either throw on the hat or toss my hair up into a scrunchie. The pink shoes are not thrifted; they were actually a gift from my mother. However, they are Rothy’s, which is an extremely ethical shoe brand that manufactures their products from recycled plastic bottles. The shoes are really durable and comfortable, and if you do get them dirty, you can just machine wash them with the rest of your clothes. I have another pair of Rothy’s in the color red, and I wear them constantly around the house. If you’re looking for a really durable flat, I highly recommend this brand.

Lastly but certainly not least, I have been LIVING in my thrifted Bugle Boy Co. shorts. I mean, come on, look at them. They’re fabulous. They’re so strong and perfect for day-to-day life, and they pair great with every single shirt in this picture. They do make my ass look about eight miles wide, so I try to get some of my waist back by pairing it with this thrifted Lucky Brand belt. Honestly, though, I have no complaints about how baggy they are. They certainly reduce the amount of times I get catcalled in the city, so thanks, Bugle Boy!

Anyway, those are all of the new additions to my closet that I’ve been loving this summer. I’ve been feeling so comfortable and groovy in these lovely items, and I’m really looking forward to wearing them out all summer. And as always, shoutout to The Garment District in Cambridge for always having an amazing selection of thrifted items!

Do I have anywhere to go right now? Nope. Am I going to put together a spring lookbook anyway to pass my time in quarantine? Hell yeah.

So, it’s been a weird year so far, hasn’t it? I certainly haven’t been leaving my house to go shopping, partly because I have no income, and also because I’m not really supposed to leave unless it’s to get groceries or medication. With that being said, a lot of my items today are things I already owned or purchased a while ago, or things that I received in my spring Fab Fit Fun box (gracefully paid for as a gift by my mother.) I hope you find this article enjoyable, and it adds a bit of brightness into your day!

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If you read my review of the spring Fab Fit Fun box, you probably remember me sharing all about this cozy, loose cardigan. I was shocked to see that it normally retails for $99, but it is nice. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve worn it every single day since I received the box! I love this ribbed cardigan because it’s very light and neutral, making it ideal to dress up or down a wide variety of outfits. One of my favorite things to pair with the cardigan is this white lace dress, which I wore to my high school graduation years ago. I definitely can’t afford anything else from this brand, but I’m really loving this item I received and I’m looking forward to wearing it into the warmer months! 

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I’ve also been getting really into florals lately, and one of my absolute favorite dresses is this gorgeous flowery gown from Marshalls. I bought it about three years ago, but I still love wearing it every year and finding new ways to dress it up and down. One pairing I’m particularly enjoying is the dress with my favorite wedges, which I also picked up at Marshalls a while ago. If I had any sort of reason to leave my house or go to a formal event, this is exactly the outfit I would wear. Especially since my boyfriend is 6’3”, I have to rely on high heels to catch up to him!

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For the days when the weather is still a bit chilly, or I just feel like being cozy, I’ve been absolutely loving this colorblocked sweater from the Salvation Army. On trend with spring, I’ve been loving pastels and soft aesthetics lately, and this sweater is perfect for the occasion. I’ve even been enjoying modeling my makeup after the color scheme of this sweater, particularly the mints and the purples. It’s really a cute, funky piece, so I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of this awesome sweater.

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Peep that hand sanitizer.

For holding essentials, I’m really loving this book-themed canvas bag my mom gave me for Christmas. As you can see, it has the names of several classic novels on the side- several of which I love myself! I’ve been using this bag a lot lately, because my 1984-themed tote is literally falling apart at the seams. Maybe down the road I’ll make a What’s-In-My-Bag article; what do you guys think?

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Lastly but certainly not least, this mint Grace Karin dress is the perfect combination of sweet vintage and pastel springy goodness. Considering I bought this dress on Amazon, I’m really impressed with the quality and how well it has held up over the last couple of years. I really love the Grace Karin brand, and I think they consistently put out well-made, gorgeous dresses.

Anyway, that’s my spring lookbook for 2020! I hope you found this interesting and informative. Remember to keep safe and stay inside as often as you can!

I’ve been looking forward to writing this article for weeks now, especially since my style has evolved into something much more extravagant, colorful, and even a little campy. Summer in New England can be a little unpredictable, so I like to buy things that can be layered/removed easily if needed. Considering I’m going to be spending quite a bit of time volunteering in a barn, my go-to outfit this summer is mostly going to be shorts, a t-shirt, and a pair of boots adequate for walking in the mud.

Oh, speaking of boots, I bought these shoes from Dolls Kill recently, and I will DEFINITELY not be wearing these in the mud! If you’ve heard of Dolls Kill, you know that their shoes and clothes are on the pricier side, but I actually got these fabulous shoes on sale. They were originally over $100, but I got them for less than $60 over Memorial Day weekend. They may look impractical to you, but I’ve already worn them to the grocery store, an ice cream stand, and outside by building to walk my dog. They’re surprisingly comfortable, because despite the giant platform, the heel actually isn’t that high. I’ve been super into cool-tones lately, as you may have noticed from my hair and makeup. I’m looking forward to shopping at Dolls Kill in the future and adding to my ridiculous shoe collection!

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I actually haven’t gotten this in the mail yet, but I ordered the Blue Blood palette from Jeffree Star Cosmetics and I am SO EXCITED to put this on my face. Picture this: it’s a breezy day, my teal hair is in two pigtails, I’m wearing my holographic platform boots, and Blue Blood is blended to the gods on my eyes. I think it’s a look, and I’m here to own it. I do intend on making a review for this palette, so if that’s something you’d like to see, let me know!

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Like I said, this summer is going to consist of a lot of shorts and t-shirts, so when I saw this Rocketman shirt at Kohl’s, I freaked out. Elton John, the KING of camp, has been one of my favorite musicians and style icons since I was in elementary school. If there was ever a shirt to pair my platform boots with, it’s this one.

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The last couple things I bought are probably more stylish, albeit, less functional for casual wear. You all know that I hate the heat, so on humid summer days, I want to wear as little clothing as possible. This rainbow halter top is going to be perfect for Pride festival, which I’m going to be attending later in the month. I also found this black mini-skirt with SHORTS under it, so I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone while I bask in the pain and agony of summer.

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The summer is still young, so I’m sure I will be adding a few additional pieces to my collection. I’d love to do a Dolls Kill haul, but like I said, there clothes and shoes can be pricey unless a sale is going on. I’m so excited to spend the summer adventuring and (hopefully) partying at my favorite gay club, and you already know I’m going to be up on that stripper pole with my platform heels on, screaming along to “Born This Way”.

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The 1950s were a turbulent time in fashion history, and personally, one of my favorite decades to draw inspiration from. Now that the war was over, haute couture experienced a resurgence in popularity. While fitted waists and soft silhouettes were considered all the rage in the late 1940s, this was soon replaced by a new fashion statement: square shoulders and short skirts. In regards to game-changing textiles, polyester, acrylic, and spandex, and triacetate were all introduced in the 1950s.

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Left: Christian Dior, 1954

The first garment that I was immediately inspired by is this 1954 silk taffeta ball gown designed by Christian Dior. Although it is a very feminine, soft dress, Dior has kept with the theme of the 1950s, and the dress is very constructed and contoured. The silhouette of his ball gown is structured by layers of taffeta, which he has sewn into the interlining of the skirt. On the right, this more modern take is designed by JJ’s House. Besides the obvious similarity in the color, these dresses also share a v-neck bodice, and slight draping on the skirt portion. I see a lot of Dior’s graceful yet structured elements in the more modern dress, and I definitely think inspiration was drawn from his 1950s pieces.

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Left: Circa Mid 1950s

Another iconic development of the 1950s was the growth in intimate apparel. In order to achieve an hourglass silhouette, many ladies utilized intimate apparel to help enhance their curves and femininity. The boning on the lingerie was very light, but still emphasized curves and even gave the chest a pointier appearance (reminiscent of the bullet bra!). On the right, Bettie Page lingerie has made a comeback into the fashion market, and is beautifully historically accurate. The image on the left, from the early 1950s, is similar to the modern piece in regards to the mesh, boning, and underbust style. It’s so lovely that these elegant designs have carried into modern times, and now, they are readily available for all shapes and sizes.

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Left: Elvis Presley, 1957

In regards to menswear, tight-fitting drainpipe jeans became popular for both men and women. Elvis Presley is a perfect example of the youthful rebellion of the late 1950s- and he emphasized this rebellion with tight-fitting jeans in Jailhouse Rock. Jeans were considered casual sportswear in the 1950s, and were usually worn ankle-length or calf-length. On the right, skinny jeans for both men and women have remained consistently fashionable, and are a stable in many wardrobes around the world. In fact, one of the only changes I’ve seen in jeans over the past sixty years is a slight change in length.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945%E2%80%931960_in_Western_fashion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Christian_Dior_Dress

https://www.jjshouse.comhttps://www.bobbinsandbombshells.com/blog/2016/11/23/fashionable-history-lingerie-by-decade-1950shttps://bettiepagelingerie.com/collections/view-all/products/bettie-page-fine-mesh-underbust-corsethttps://www.michiganradio.org/post/medical-historian-looks-back-role-opiates-personal-physician-elvis-deathhttps://www.ae.com/men-jeans-ae-ne-x-t-level-skinny-jean-medium-wash/web/s-prod/0119_4387_936

Welcome back to the 4th installation of my fashion journal! Today we are going to be focusing on the 1930s, which at the conclusion of the Great Depression, proved to be a turbulent time in fashion industry. Man-made fibers were one of the most exciting inventions of the 1930s, and included materials like rayon, nylon stockings, and viscose for linings and lingerie. Fashion trendsetters at this time were The Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII, until his abdication), his infamous companion Wallis Simpson, and movie stars like Joan Crawford. With that being said, let’s get into some of the more specific garments of the 1930s, and how they have created a lasting impact on the modern fashion industry.

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Left: Tea Frocks, 1930

First and foremost, take a look at this absolutely gorgeous frilled dress. The feminine flutters of the 1930s drew inspiration from the earlier 1920s flapper, and this art-deco dress. The dress on the right draws inspiration from the dropped hemline, loose calf skirts, and split short sleeves. Additionally, the color pink was a SHOCKING revelation at the time, so the modern dress on the right is a pretty spot-on representation of the time!


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On the left: Mohair and cashmere coat, made by J. Lubliner of London for Marshall & Snellgrove

Another trend of the time was a luxuriously fur-lined wool winter coat, and it doesn’t take a lot of online searching to realize that has not gone out of style, either. While many designers today have adapted to look to incorporate faux fur, the overall essence and boxy design of the coat is still present. Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most notable designers of the 1930s who is credited with “changing the outline of fashion from soft to hard”. This 1930s mohair & cashmere coat pictured on the left is the ultimate representation of Schiaparelli’s envision for a masculine, boxy frame, while still remaining bold and elegant. The coat on the right was actually hand-crafted by the women wearing it, which is absolutely incredible! I’ll link her blog at the bottom, if you want to check out her other designs.


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On the right: Gold Embossed Silk Dress by Roland Mouret

As I said, Edward VIII’s abdication of the throne to marry Wallis Simpson was one of (if not the ultimate) groundbreaking event of the decade. Though she was looked upon with notoriety, she did have an influential sense of style throughout her life. Designer Roland Mouret drew direct inspiration from Simpson when he created this gold embossed silky maxi-dress, which he stated was meant to be a tribute to her iconic wardrobe. Simpson is quoted as saying, “My husband gave up everything for me. I’m not a beautiful woman. I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.” Wallis, you need not worry- your iconic sense of style is just as inspiring now as it was eighty years ago.


This Old Life: http://nabbysvintagelife.blogspot.com/2011/05/its-winter-again.html

Sources: https://vintagedancer.com/1930s/1930s-fashion/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1930%E2%80%931945_in_Western_fashion

https://www.pinterest.com/libbycatt/art-deco-gowns/

https://www.fashion-era.com/

https://cdm16028.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll12/search/searchterm/193*/field/title/mode/all/conn/and/order/nosort

https://www.sophiesiennavintage.com/listing/559477111/vintage-1930s-winter-coat-mohair 

When you think of the 1920s, you may think of glitz and glamour, parties and flappers. And certainly, the Gatsby-era we associate with the 1920s is a pretty accurate representation of the times. The 1920s was a mish-mosh of modernization, jazz, sportswear, and feminism- and the clothes definitely represent those themes. Let’s take a look at three iconic styles from the 1920s, and see how they’ve translated into fashion today.

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Left: circa early 1920s

The boyish figure was a newfound revelation of the 1920s, but ironically, the flapper was not considered “stylish” by any standards at the time. The midi dress we see on the left is a perfect example of the rebellious young gal of the 20s- her dress is embellished with theatrical details and beading, and she’s dripping in luxurious amounts of jewelry. On the right, we can see how the flapper dress inspired the brand Venus- this midi dress is only one of the dozens of dresses that draw inspiration from the 1920s flapper. The slimming fringed dress is extremely similar in style to the 1920s dress, from the color and cut to the actual embellishments itself. Fringe on dresses budded as a popular trend in the 1920s, especially for the flappers. Can you imagine how lovely it would be to dance in a fringed dress, swinging all around you with movement? Now, with these vintage-inspired evening gowns, you can.


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Left: 1923, mother with hands folded

One of my absolute favorite websites for vintage-inspired clothes is Unique Vintage, because they consistently deliver great-quality clothes. They’re also generally historically accurate, and draw a lot of inspiration from a variety of different decades. You may look at the dress on the right and assume it’s based on the 1940s, and while there are certainly elements, I actually see a lot of 1920s inspiration. Sometimes we forget that there were other women besides the flapper, such as a the mother pictured on the left. Besides the obvious similarities in pattern (polka-dots were a popular pattern at the time), there are similarities in the collar, dress length, and slight flare in the hip area. A notable difference, however, is the way the two dresses hang differently. A more masculine figure was seen as beautiful in the 1920s, so many women liked their chests and hips to look flat. On the right, however, the dress has been updated to hug the model’s curves, and emphasis a more feminine cut.


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Left: Joan Bennett wearing Coco Chanel in 1928

Of course, if we’re going to talk about the 1920s, we cannot leave out the emergence of the little black dress. You may have remembered it, in some form or another, on a more modern figure like Audrey Hepburn. However, Chanel’s little black dress had already started picking up momentum long before that. On the left, we can see Joan Bennett wearing a 1928 LBD designed by Coco Chanel, and on the right is a modern Grace Karin evening gown. I was immediately stricken by the similarities in the slightly-revealing mesh collar area, and, of course, the sleeveless, slinky shape of both garments. Keeping with the trends of the 1920s, Chanel’s dress falls on Bennett in a masculine shape, concealing her curves and womanly figure. While the dress on the right has been slightly modernized, it still delivers that old-Hollywood glam that Chanel first pioneered, and personally, I think it’s a great interpretation of the golden age of glitz and glamour.


Sources:

https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib4/va01000195/centricity/domain/5366/fashion_in_the_1920s.pdfhttps://video.vogue.com/watch/vogue-125-anniversary-video-twenties-fashion-history-sarah-jessica-parker

https://www.scribd.comm/doc/29535056/American-Pop-Culture#outer_page_317z

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1920s_in_Western_fashion

https://www.venus.com/productlanding.aspx?BRANCH=7~72~&ProductDisplayID=34365&clr=BK&sc=XWEBSEM75&cm_mmc=PLA-_-Google-_-Z48563-8-BK-_-BKT_M-UN&hc_source=google&hc_medium=cpc&hc_campaign=UN_Mid&hc_term=Z48563-8-BK&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkIzlBRDzARIsABgXqV8AP-SBMqe4jJWF2wixKPt5VcCp1tOBYPjMMGdNe1qbh7iVnoDZYOUaAgm-EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://www.unique-vintage.com/products/unique-vintage-plus-size-1940s-navy-white-polka-dot-lace-collar-margie-dress?variant=15984667590758?glCountry=US&glCurrency=USD&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkIzlBRDzARIsABgXqV-0sDlfDDBg62eQ6Dni9imdwDI4Wx7GjuawMZOUcuOJvvztG301lt8aAmCZEALw_wcB

https://www.elle.com/fashion/g8192/evolution-of-the-little-black-dress/?slide=1

https://www.gracekarin.com/collections/evening-dresses/products/short-sleeve-round-neck-high-low-black-lace-evening-prom-dress?variant=1949487497225

 

 

 

In the present day of 2019, we look back at the roaring 20s as a celebration of womanly freedom, parties, glitz and glamour. Financial royalty was at its height, with a celebration of youthfulness and frivolousness taking center stage after the solemnity of World War I. One of the most iconic archetypes of the 1920s, of course, is the flapper: ironically, seen then as an unstylish woman who embraced a boyish style and sexually liberated life. In the 21st century, we can still see influences of the 1920s carried into our fashion world today, especially in regards to the timeless flapper and her style.

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On the left: Designed by Chanel, early 1920s

Coco Chanel, for example, is still celebrated today as a pioneer in the development of women’s fashion. Although Coco herself is no longer with us, her fashion house and label lives on, continuing to celebrate her image and fashionable contributions. One of the elements that made Coco’s vision so special was her then-radical idea that women’s fashion could be leisurely, laid-back, and loose. In today’s society, sportswear and leisurewear is an incredibly large aspect of fashion, for the working woman and the woman on-the-go. Coco celebrated the idea that women could work, and feel comfortable and at ease while they did so. Additionally, while Coco certainly did not invent the idea of women wearing trousers, she did propel it into the fashion world as a newfound movement. A pair of work trousers is now an essential in any woman’s closet, and for this renovation, we can thank Coco Chanel. On the left, we can see Chanel wearing her yachting pants, which she utilized more for comfort than style. Though they were once thought of as beachwear or loungewear, we can see through the image on the right that trousers and “yacht” pants are often worn in a professional, dressy environment. These particular trousers, sold through NastyGal, are directly inspired by Chanel’s iconic look.


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On the left, British Army boots, circa early 1920s

Even the more serious elements of fashion have made a lasting cultural impact on the designs we see today. These 1920s British Army boots, for example, remind me quite a bit of the modern gothic winklepickers you might pick up on an online shop. While the colors are obviously different (as with the occasions for which they are designed), I see similarities in the cut, height, and of course, side buckles. While winklepickers, the essential goth shoes of the 1980s, hit peak popularity forty years ago, they’ve come slowly come back in style for trad-goths seeking a revival of the vintage boot shape.


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On the left: 1925

One of my favorite fashion moments is the revival of the luxurious fur coat, because we’re still able to enjoy the rich nature of the design with the perk of using synthetic materials! Hooray, for not skinning animals! This coat worn by Eleanor Boardman circa 1925 is quite lovely, with the fur is included for both aesthetic and warmth purposes. Today, because we no longer necessarily need wool due scientifically manufactured thermal fabrics, faux-fur is simply added to most coats as a fashion accessory instead. This certainly rings true for this black faux fur Hell Bunny coat- I can testify from personal wear that this coat is full of all the flirt and luxury reminiscent of the roaring 20s, but without the harm of animals involved. The modernized coat also includes a hood- a modern step up from its 1920s ancestor, and a nice touch of individuality from Hell Bunny.


Sources

Mendes, Valerie, and Amy De la Haye. Fashion since 1900. Thames & Hudson.

“Seven Wonders: How Coco Chanel Changed the Course of Women’s Fashion.” WonderlandMagazine.com.

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Hello, lovely people! The spring semester here at college is winding down, and as a part of my final project for a fashion history class, I am going to be putting out a fashion journal for every decade, from 1900 to 1999. Because of that, I’m going to be publishing FIVE articles a week, instead of three, because I already have my normal articles planned out and set to be published on their normal days. Basically, this is how the fashion journal is going to go: I’m going to post pictures of three garments from each decade, and compare it to a modern garment that was inspired by it. I’ll also be including the sources to the images at the bottom of each article, if you’re interested in looking further into it. Without further adieu, let’s jump into the 1910s!

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On the left: 1907

The first garment that struck my eye is the arrow shirt collar, which was popular in women’s blouses in the 1910s. This collar was desirable to women, because they wanted to appear slim, and with a low, full chest. At the time, being slimmed and elongated meant you were a confident woman, so the silhouette was well-sought out. The garment on the left is pictured from 1907, and perfectly represents that “pigeon-breast” shape. In turn, we can see the inspiration from the arrow shirt collar in this modern blouse, which is manufactured by Farfetch. The flare style, long sleeves, and even the embroidery are reminiscent of the ideal womanly shape in the 1910s, and to this day, it’s still a very flattering, popular design.


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On the left: Early Paul Poiret turban

Hair turbans were also very fashionable at the time, especially with the emergence of Paul Poiret’s designs. As a very theatrical, bold designer, Poiret loved to dress a sophisticated woman, who literally dressed from head to toe. The glittery, dazzling, romantic aura of Poiret’s turban (seen on the left) undeniably inspired the popularity of fashion turbans today. The turban on the right is designed by Julia Clancey, and everything from the backdrop to the turban itself screams “Poiret” to me. The modern turban strikes me as being very theatrical and glamorous, and that’s exactly the aura Paul Poiret wanted to put out.


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Top: Early Homburg Hat, 1907

Now, let’s not leave out men’s fashion! Interestingly, the popular men’s hat on the left, the Homburg Hat, has now become universally unisex. The Homburg Hat was originally made of stiff wool felt, and was characterized by a single dent running down the center of the crown. On the bottom, we can still see the iconic dent, but this hat is made of faux fur and has an embellished bright feather on the side. Like I said, this hat has become a gender-less accessory, while still upkeeping a classic, old-fashioned beauty. It’s interesting to me how shapes and designs can transform socially, while still staying the same structurally, and the Homburg hat is a perfect example of that.


Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1900s_in_Western_fashion#Style_gallery_1900%E2%80%931906https://www.elyxboutique.com/products/elyx-turbans-by-julia-clanceyhttps://www.villagehatshop.com/product/all-fedoras/451139-75907/stetson-fur-felt-homburg-hat.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7YblBRDFARIsAKkK-dKklx0sLfknZegAHcSNPIZsfHRzAGct-FCQNvmO76UUgpyGI91Tkw4aAlM9EALw_wcB

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Since getting my first debit card at the age seventeen, online shopping has played a pretty large role in my life as a consumer. I absolutely love fashion, and I love the freedom the internet gives me to explore worldwide fashion even more. That’s not to say I don’t love a good mall trip, but when you spend 75% of your time at school, well, sometimes it’s just easier to get things delivered to you.

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That being said, with the pros does come the cons. Besides the obvious things, like developing a shopping addiction, there can also be dangers in the actual sites themselves. It’s important to be weary of where you do your shopping, because trust me, the internet is crawling with scams! If you’re unfamiliar with this, I suggest checking out my article about the fraudulent company “Berrylook”. I’ll include the link to that article at the bottom of the page. That pretty much brings me to my first tip: always make sure the sites you’re buying from are reliable. Cross-examine the website for any questionable details, spelling errors, excessive sales, blatant lies, etc. Even websites that look reliable can still be cleverly-designed scams, so it’s also a good idea to research the company on google and read reviews about their items. Trustpilot is one of my personal favorite sources for making sure a company is the real deal.

It’s also a really good idea to familiarize yourself with the size chart before you purchase clothes from a website, especially if it’s an overseas company. A size small in China is probably going to be very different from a size small in the UK, because different countries have completely different standards for what a “small” even is. I myself have purchased clothes before that were clearly designed for a tiny Asian woman, even if the tag says “medium”. I have my personal measurements written down in my notes, and before I purchase any new articles of clothing, I always review the sizes to see what correlates best with my measurements. If you just go in blindly and guess, you’re a lot more likely to end up with something that doesn’t fit, and even worse, might be a pain in the ass to return.

This brings me on to my next tip: familiarize yourself with the online return policy, just in case a situation does arise in which you do need to send your item back. In most cases, companies will include a shipping label for you to use, but not always. If you’re not down for paying for your own shipping, that’s definitely something you should decide before you place your order and then decide you don’t like it. I will admit, I myself am much more likely to just give something away if I don’t like it, rather than sending it back to the company and going through that whole hassle. Is this attributed to laziness? Absolutely. Will I change the way I do things? Probably not.

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Last but certainly not least, check reviews from other customers before you make a purchase, especially for shoes and clothing! There have been so many times I’ve gone to purchase a new item, but looked at reviews beforehand and discovered the product was poorly made, uncomfortable, etc. Photos can be deceiving, so even if something looks beautiful in the picture, you might be getting something extremely different. I love when customers post pictures of themselves wearing the products, so I can see firsthand what the item might look like on me. If the item looks cheap or poorly made, well, I’m probably not going to go ahead with that order and waste my hard-earned money.

Yes, there are a lot of crappy brands out there, but there’s also a ton of good ones! I personally love to get vintage-style dresses from Grace Karin and GownTown, and I have consistently been happy with the quality of my purchases. I also love to get my Mary Jane heels from a brand called Chase & Chloe, because they’re extremely comfortable and come in a variety of different colors. All of these brands are available on Amazon, so I highly recommend you check them out!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings below in the comments. What are your favorite online shops? What was your worst online shopping experience? Let me know!

Pictures: https://knowtechie.com/find-cash-back-programs-online-shopping-sites/

BerryLook: A Brilliant Scam: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/berrylook-a-brilliant-scam/

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