Women of the 1890s wore large puffed sleeves, bell-shaped skirts with tight waists, and suits based on an hourglass figure. Increased activity brought simple new designs for sport and day wear.
I grew up in the '80s when men wore makeup and their hair long. It wasn't uncommon to see earrings in most young men's earlobes. The 21st century has brought new feminine trends to men's fashion.
Mr. John was famous for elegant stylish and very expensive hats from the 1940s to the 1970s. Virtually forgotten for decades, his hats are making a comeback with Gen Y lovers of vintage.
Researching traditional Irish clothing was a fun way to explore my heritage and hopefully provide some useful information for others wanting to do the same.
Bustles of the 1870s and 1880s added bulk in the rear of the skirt. These Victorian styles featured narrow skirts, tight bodices, and much ornamentation.
Fashions of the 19970's brought us androgyny, polyester, mixed patterns, Punk, and Disco styles and an extension of 60's hippie chic. The self as art created an eclectic mix that is still with us.
From 1914–1920, fashion was influenced by WWI, and a simpler style became the trend. A military influence brought the classic trench coat.
The character of Phoebe Halliwell served up some major fashion statements throughout the series on "Charmed." This is a list of my personal favorites, all of which were slayed by the stunning Alyssa Milano.
A short journey through different fashion trends throughout America's history, beginning from the early Colonial period to the 21st century.
Vintage apparel styles of the 1950s woman has returned to a wider embrace of both vintage fashion enthusiasts and women who love that sophisticated look of the styles of over six decades ago. What were the most popular styles of the time and how can you incorporate those styles in today’s fashion?
The influence of World War II on fashion was huge. Shortages and rationing limited the use of fabric and other materials used in fashion design. Hemlines were up and hair was long, creating an iconic style
A history of bohemian style and its influence on hippie style and boho chic. For 200 years, this style has been the fashion for artists and intellectuals who embrace an alternative lifestyle.
This article offers a historical look at workwear brands such as Dickies and Levi's and how simple work clothing transformed into fashionable attire.
Review of Rachel Zoe's Box of Style—a collection of seasonal items delivered to your door for a fraction of their retail price.
Ladies clothing of the early 1800's featured a high waist line called Empire and employed the use of soft, light weight fabrics. Later Romantic style included large sleeves and decorated hems.
Orientalism refers to the West's view of non-Western cultures. Fabric, design, and patterns adapted from Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa have influenced Western garments for centuries.
The Aesthetic Movement, a counterculture of artists, writers, and designers in Victorian England opposed the dehumanization of the Industrial Age. Aesthetic fashion favored a natural look based on medieval styles.
During the 17th and 18th centuries men wore flamboyant powdered wigs; some of the reasons for doing so are not very wholesome.
How Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel changed the face of fashion by challenging gender restrictions in women's clothing.
A dashiki is a loose, tunic-type shirt popular in the United States in the 1960s. The traditional African-style shirt gained a following among African Americans and became a staple of hippie fashion.
Mercari is a marketplace for used or new items. It can be a great alternative to Poshmark or eBay for buying used clothing. Read my Mercari review from a buyer's perspective.
Marie Antoinette was famous for her elaborate hairstyles. It should come as no surprise that her impressive hair comes with its own fascinating history!
The sleek, elegant look was quite a change after the wild fashions of the Roaring 20s. A slim silhouette continued with lower hemlines and diagonal lines.
The corset was considered a great asset to make women more attractive and curvaceous. Yet, it was a torturous contraption that often caused women to faint and possibly deform their bodies. No wonder establishments and homes often provided a “fainting room.”
See some tips for judging beauty pageants, including baby and child competitions. Learn how to be a good judge and provide constructive feedback along with scores.
At the end of World War I, society experienced a dramatic shift. Shaking off the misery and shell-shock, young people broke with traditional values and embraced all things modern.
The clothing styles of medieval Europe in the early Middle Ages (aka Dark Ages) were not fashion as we know it. Styles did not change rapidly. Garments were plain but distinguished by fine fabrics.
For over 500 years wearing black clothing was a custom following the death of a loved one. Sumptuary law and later etiquette dictated rules for mourning dress depending on status and loss.
For a few decades, a handful of glamorous women were international celebrities whose faces and bodies expressed the trends of the moment.
"Made in China" has a bad reputation of being cheap, fast, and poor quality. Is there truth to this notion?
The Art Deco movement was a glamorous new style that captured the excitement of the Machine Age and the sophistication of the Roaring 20s. Read on to learn more.
This is the first part of a comprehensive alphabetical list of commonly used fabrics, covering A to L. Read on to know more!
1970s fashion was fierce, free, flirty, and fantastic! From the big floppy hats to the looks inspired by punk music, from natural, hippie styles to glam rock, here are 70 fashion trends of the 70s.
Would you like to put a new spin on your updos? Go for a Victorian hairstyle! I've outlined the major styles of the period, ranging from loopy to crimped. I'll even tell you about a little diddy I call the Victorian Mullet. Prepare to be inspired!
Archeological evidence suggests that shoes may have been worn 42,000 years ago. Many of the shoes we wear today are based on older types. Modern flip-flops are similar to an old type of sandal worn in Ancient Egypt.
During the American Civil War, women of the South were limited by the availability of products due to the blockade. Fabric was needed for the military so women became creative with limited resources.
Romantic ladies reminisce about the Victorian era and feminine days gone by. Learn how to incorporate Romantic era fashion into your modern wardrobe without looking like a blast from the past.
"Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion" at the V&A Museum explores the work of a unique designer. This outstanding show reveals his making processes and his continuing influence in the 21st century.
Marie Antoinette's hair was impressive—and full of secrets! Here are ten interesting facts about famous updos, nervous hair habits, hairstyle support staff, and bad hair days associated with France's most famous queen.
Take a look into the fashion of ladies' hats through history, from functional pieces meant to protect the hair to high-fashion designer pieces.
Pants and trousers have been worn since ancient times and were seen by the Ancient Romans as barbaric. It was not until the late 20th century that pants became an acceptable garment for women.
The history of the apron used as a protective garment, an indication of a particular trade, and a cultural icon. From vintage styles to Anthropologie's beautiful styles, the apron is back.
People have long worn clothing for a variety of reasons from protection to decoration, modesty, group affiliation, for ceremonial occasions, and self identity.
The Industrial Revolution changed footwear. Shoes were now made specifically for the right and left foot, for comfort and sport, and after a long disappearance, the sandal came back.
18th-century style featured elaborate gowns festooned with decorations. At mid-century, skirts were widened with panniers. The end of the 1700s featured simpler neoclassical designs.
Early 20th-century women's clothing was uncomfortable, fussy, and over-decorated. Chanel created the slim, simple lines we think of as classic style and set the tone for 100 years.
Fast fashion is cheap, convenient, and helps the more frugal among us experiment with new fashions and clothes. But fast fashion comes with a price greater than the tags on the shelves
Learn all about the famous shoe designer and where he and his passion for fashion came from, and view some of his most famous and innovative designs.
An informative piece on the Modest Fashion movement from the perspective of someone who has been following it for the past five years.
In the high and late Middle ages attractive styles became more available to a new middle class. Clothing styles changed more quickly due to new technology, Eastern influences, and a better economy.
This is the second part (M to Z) of a comprehensive alphabetical list of commonly used fabrics. Read on to know more.
Of the things people remember about the 1980s, shoes are high on the list. Many 80s shoe designs are back in fashion.
Men's fashion in the late Victorian era includes styles worn during the Gilded Age and La Belle Epoque.
The 1960s' fashions changed the way we look at clothing. From mini skirts to folk costume, from classic style to bohemian styles of the hippie movement, 60s fashions made a dramatic change in fashion.
Christian Dior brought fashion out of the doldrums of the WW2 era and created the iconic look of mid-20th-century style. His influence revolutionized the world of fashion with the New Look of 1947.
Garment and textile production is the largest employer of workers world wide. Though ready-to-wear clothing was once a cottage industry, the Industrial Revolution changed the way we shop and dress.
Get an overview of ladies' clothing of the 1950s, from the New Look to a new love for everything casual. A housewife with an hourglass figure was the epitome of mid-20th-century style.
Our 2017 entry in the the Denver Paper Fashion Show, "The Green Angel," will be modeled after a hemp plant to promote the positive influence of hemp.
Ralph Lauren, Levi, Karan, and Von Furstenberg are probably names you recognize. Did you know they are Jewish?
The 1970s was a time when fashion was evolving in many ways. Mainly, women at the time had more freedom to wear what they wanted. Let's learn about the favorite trends of the '70s.
The Elizabethan era 1558–1603, is known for garments made of wool and linen that were heavy and of a striking design including such fashion icons as the ruff and the farthingale.
Discover the once famous (now forgotten) black fashion designer from the 1940s and 1950s, L'Tanya Griffin.
Use these clues to date old photographs of women. Fashion changes over time can suggest the date a picture was taken and can help with genealogy research.