Fashion History: 1930s

May 28, 2014 § 1 Comment

1930s-fashion-women-167In comparison to the previous decade of a roaring lifestyle, the fashion of the 1930s for both men and women entailed less of a flashy bang and more of a conservative yet sophisticated appearance. Starting off with immediate effect of the stock market’s crash, it would only make sense for all components of the decade to tone down its flamboyancy. Another influence on the 30s was the rise of Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy; this of course took place towards the end of the decade.

For women, the clothing embodied maturity as well as reintroduced length and form. The hemline1930_coat_braids on dresses fell to the ankles or shortly above as seen in previous years, while the waistline once again became natural and fitting. Most dresses had long fitted sleeves with either a medium-deep v-cut or high crew cut. Fur became highly popular, often seen on shawls or the cusps of jackets usually for eveningwear. Hair was pinned up and styled accordingly with whichever hat would be that day’s accessory. Women wore hats often; these hats were small and tilted to the side or low covering their brow.

imagesFashion for men in the 30s didn’t bring an immense alteration from years in the past. Sporting a fine suit and looking their best remained the top style for men; black, grey or brown suits were worn with a tie attached to a pressed, collared shirt. Men rarely left the house without their suit jacket. A new look for the jacket included a pocket square that would usually match the color of the shirt- mostly white. If men weren’t wearing the typical suit and tie, you could find them in a sweater vest that became a new trend that brought versatility to fashion. Haircuts were kept short and often hidden underneath a brimmed-hat or buret.

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Summer Wear 2014

May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

The sweltering Texas heat can be atrocious come summer time, so fortunately the 2014 season’s trends of light and loose clothing will help us look and stay cool.  Still in style are crop tops, flowing skirts and short shorts- this season they’ll be seen in pretty pastels and bold prints.

summer 2014Transitioning from Spring’s wardrobe, loud printed clothing hit the runways and will be swarming stores all over. Printed leggings, skirts and geometric shapes are very in style for the season, as well as menswear-inspired shirts and pants. Menswear inspired clothing will incorporated bulky pants (nice to keep us cool in the heat), loose tees with some broad shoulders and lots of collars and cuffs. Designers such as Alexander Wang, Costello Tagliapietra and Altuzarra rocked runways with crisp attire that had women looking fierce and chic.

A popular trend we’ll see this summer is wide-leg trousers; fortunately the loose bottoms will give us plenty wide-legged-pants-nyfw-spring-2014-trend-04-w724of breeze while staying active this season. Trousers are paired perfectly with wedges or peep-toe heels, along with a crop top for those that are high-waist. For a more evening wear look, throw a light sweater or kimono over your cropped top with a dash of jewelry and be all dolled up for a night on the town!

boxy-jacket-nyfw-spring-2014-trend-02-w724If you’re not into the trouser look, skirts will still be in style, and in all different lengths and sizes. Pair fitting or cropped top with a skirt that is short, full length, or this season’s style- mid calf. A mid calf skirt brings the perfect dosage of casual and sophisticated.

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