Monday, May 31, 2010

Vintage 1950s' fashion

Optimism abounded during the post-war years of the 1950s. The focus was on the baby-booming family and being a good housewife which was the ultimate measure of success.
The United States had emerged victorious from another bitter war. Television was now in many households, and the TV culture of I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners reflected ideals of the time. Stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and Elvis Presley introduced a smoldering sex appeal into an age of conservatism.
Consumerism became a popular pastime in the 1950s, as the post-war boom provided a sense of economic optimism. New gadgets and gizmos proclaimed the future was here and liberated women from many onerous household tasks. Homemaking, it seemed, was not so bad when you had electric stoves, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, and the like. Women could now concentrate on making a comfortable home for their families, and still have time to have a life outside of the kitchen.

The constant rounds of barbecues, cocktail parties, and other social events all required dressing up. Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ influenced fashion, but so did the conservative elegance of Coco Chanel. Charles Jourdan introduced a new kind of shoe style, the stiletto heel, in 1951. As time went on the goal was for the slimmest possible heel, eliminating earlier “chunky” styles. The pump was the basic shoe, but its toes might be cut, the vamps curved or cut in enticing ‘V’s, or the heels molded into a variety of shapes. Every color of the rainbow was used; shoes were intended to match an outfit perfectly.
Men in the 50s seemed to be seeking more security (post war). Conservatism was the new catch phrase and this is especially reflected in the menswear of the early 1950s when the trim quiet look was in vogue. This was a distinct change from the late 1940s bright colors. Now dark colors and shades of blues, browns and gray took over the scene. In 1953 the gray flannel suit began its reign. It was in 1953 that President Eisenhower refused to bow to tradition at his inauguration and chose to wear a jacket and homburg with his striped trousers instead of the usual top hat and cutaway. Looking back on his decision, it now seems merely to be the choice of a man who wanted more informality and a less rigid way of dealing with ordinary affairs. In all actuality it was merely a ripple on the surface of what was to become a full scale revolt by the young. Elvis Presley was just waiting in the wings with his suede shoes!

Teenagers were basically the focal point of this era. Films such as Rebel without a Cause’ were influential in how teenagers dressed. The Beatnik culture, inspired by authors such as Jack Kerouac, was also in vogue. Leather, Levi’s, and Converse sneakers helped create the look. Along with the famous circle and poodle skirts, ponytails, saddle shoes, penny loafers, and colored sneakers were popular with teenaged bobby-soxers. Sandals, ballet slippers, and other casual footwear became increasingly fashionable, as pool parties and other casual outdoor activities became popular.

Life at that point seemed idyllic to many, but a storm was brewing…
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buying the RIGHT denim

I was visiting InStyle Magazine's online site and noticed this excellent posting on proper denim fit for various shapes and sizes and realized that it can easily apply to any form of pant. When it comes to style and dress, fit is the most important aspect of ensuring that you always present yourself to look your best. Clothing several sizes too big only makes you look several sizes bigger ... and clothing several sizes too small only make you look several sizes bigger. It doesn't matter your size; dont get distracted by the numbers. Clothing that fit Trends are fun but they are not always flattering to every body size. For example, high-waisted pants and a short waist do not go well together; they will just further accentuate your shorter torso and make you look off-balanced. If you have a bigger bottom and/or wide hips, skinny jeans or leggings may not always be the most flattering cut for your shape. Its more important to wear the most flattering than the most trendy pieces. Always remember the importance of good fit :)

If You're Short

A classic style that doesn’t overwhelm your small frame and one with a natural waist.

Wide-leg jeans and low rises. 

• Wear legs slightly long, and pair your jeans with heels.
• Darker rinses can have an elongating look.
• Skinny styles should also be long, not cropped.

If You Have A Full Bottom

A dark, even wash with a slight flare and stretch.

Super-skinny jeans, high-waist styles and really wide legs.

• Try a slightly lower rise; it will allow room for the derrière.
• A boot-cut style will balance out the body.
• Avoid small back pockets, which will make the behind look bigger.

If You Have A Boyish Figure

Low-rise, straight-leg styles with a fitted behind.

Flares cut for curvier shapes.

• Slouchy boyfriend styles with feminine shoes can be chic.
• You can get away with bigger, more detailed belts.
• Tuck in your shirt to add shape.
• Skinny jeans can be flattering.

If You're Curvy

Styles with at least a bit of stretch and straight or flared legs. You might have to fit your hips and behind, then have a tailor take in the waist.

Super-low-cut styles that will sit mid-hip and skinny jeans that are too tight on the bottom half of your legs.

• For tighter styles, try going a size up and tailoring them.
• Dark washes are most slimming.
• Opt for minimal hip details, avoid pocket embroidery.

If You Have A Short Waist

A lower rise and a longer hem length.

High-waist styles and details around the top.

• Belts should blend in by being slim and neutral.
• Skinny jeans with longer, untucked tops camouflage your waist.
• Boyfriend styles that sit on the hips are great weekend alternatives.

If You Have Short Legs

Styles that hit near your natural waist with straight or slightly flared legs.

Hip-huggers, cropped cuts and anything overly baggy.

• Trouser jeans with a tucked-in blouse can whittle the waist.
• Flared styles should be subtle in shape.
• Wear jeans with a cropped jacket to shorten the torso.

Fashion Wear

Celebrities and Their Fashion Wear

Celebrities are known for their elaborate fashion wear on a day to day basis. Even once they have made it into the Hollywood status book they seem obsessed with having anything but top label items. Part of this may be due to sheer vanity, partially because most celebrities struggled for awhile before making it big and thus feel entitled to luxury labels and items, and part of it may simply be they have grown so accustomed to the higher life that it does not even dawn on them to spend five dollars on a white tee from Macy's instead of $100 at coach.

Whatever the reason if it's a celebrity wearing it even if it's a pair of sweats you can bet there is a big name label hanging on the tag. Celebrities simply love to show off, and just like in the business world, there is somewhat a purpose behind it. Stardom is fleeting, and there is always a new starlet on the horizon waiting for their chance to steal the limelight. Therefore, in some ways, wearing the huge labels seems to be a notice to the general public that yes, they have arrived, and that yes they still hold power in Hollywood, and that yes they will be cast in the next big movie.
The competitive fashion wear world in which stars live is very hardcore, as even if they be friends with each other, they are well aware that they will be rivaling each other for the next big role in the next big Oscar film. Each star knows that they want to be that one, the one nominated for the Academy award, so in order to land the role with the casting director, they have to keep their names in the tabloids and fashion pages even if they publicly say they hate the attention.

One of the most surefire ways to keep in the public eye, is a photo op, and in order to receive a positive photo op, and public approval, thus earning a director's approval, they know they have to look good and represent the labels that their fans hold them in adoration for being able to attain. Let's face it, a spread of Uma Thurman in a Macys dress is not going to be able to parallel a spread of her dressed to the nines in a fine piece by Versace. Add this to the fact, that oftentimes they set the bar themselves by wearing clothes or sunglasses that are given to them by the designers, and you have a combination of never being able to turn back to the simple life. Most celebrities are labeled from the top down, even through their sunglasses and undergarments, just in case. If you are a celebrity rather you care or not, you will learn fashion soon enough.(

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

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5 Crazy Fashin Colored Contacts Lenses For a Wild New Look

There are more ways to change your appearance than with regular colored contact lenses. Lenses are available in some of the weirdest, widest designs imaginable - and even a number that you can't. There are joke lenses, creepy lenses, and others that are simply bizarre. Most can be worn even if you have astigmatism and need toric contact lenses. Here are five colored contact lenses that you may never have considered:

1. Hypno-Eyes. You can wear contacts that have a spiral pattern around the iris, just like the old-fashined hypnosis wheels. Maybe you can make people do your bidding just by staring them down - these are subtle enough that people might not notice them at first, and startling once they finally do.

2. Happy Face eyes. Imagine your iris and pupil as a bright yellow happy face. The lenses are transparent enough that your sight isn't impaired in any way, and the contacts themselves are silly enough to elicit laughs wherever you go.

3. Cat's eyes. One of the most popular type of theatrical colored contact lens, you can give yourself cat's eyes with their remarkable slit-type of iris, in a variety of colors. Yellow cat's eyes have a sinister quality, while green is just very, very feline. Like other types of colored contacts, these will change the color of your eyes without affecting your field of vision in any way.

4. Zombie eyes fashin. If you seriously want to creep out your friends, neighbors or family, you can get contacts to give yourself zombie eyes - small black pupils surrounded by white irises. It's hard to say why these colored contacts are so disturbing, but they are.

5. Wild colored eyes. The range of colors in theatrical colored contact lenses is amazing. You can have anything from purple eyes with flecks of gold to neon yellow or orange (giving a similar appearance to frog eyes) to deep red "vampire" eyes. These, and many other types of colored contacts, are very popular with teens and adults who enjoy the supernatural and role-playing games about ghouls. They're both attractive and a bit scary - offering an interesting twist on the whole purpose of wearing colored contact lenses.(

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vintage 1940s' fashion

Clothing of 1940s'

It is worthless to discuss fashion of the forties without first understanding the tremendous impact World War II had on everyday life during the early part of the decade. Social trends dictate fashion. World War II changed the world of fashion forever.
On September 3, 1939 England and France declared war on Germany. On June 14, 1940 Paris fell to Germany. German occupation began controlling haute couture. During the war, the Germans seriously considered moving the French couture houses to Berlin and re-establishing the seat of haute couture in Berlin. Berlin would then be known as the fashion capital of the world. On September 3, 1940, the United States transferred destroyers to Great Britain. The United States officially entered World War II on December 8, 1941.
Prior to World War II, New York fashion designers made the trek across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the flamboyant and opulent French fashion shows each year. They then returned to the United States and copied the latest Parisian haute couture designs. Once the Germans occupied Paris and the United States stationed battleships in the Atlantic Ocean, the New York designers were cut off from Paris haute couture. In their attempts to design new fashions for the United States market, they concentrated on sportswear. This led to the United States emerging as the sportswear capital of the world.
In an effort to comply with the restrictions imposed on them, American designers created a new style of suits for women. Skirts were short and straight topped by short jackets of twenty-five inches or less in length. Cardigans matched skirts and sheath evening dresses replaced the long flowing gowns of the thirties.
McCalls produced patterns for transforming men’s suits into ladies’ suits and women’s dresses into children’s clothing. The women of America were once again sewing their own family’s garments.
The true hallmarks of fashion in the early 1940s included an austere silhouette with narrow hips, padded shoulders, and all manner of hats. The working-class look of icons such as Rosie the Riveter became chic, as women of all social standings joined the war effort. They kept things going at home, taking over the jobs – and the closets – of husbands and other male relatives. Class barriers fell and people dressed down. It was considered gauche to be showy during a time of shortage. Designers flexed their creative muscle – even creating beautifully decorated gas masks for eveningwear!

American designers introduced the concept of separates and co-ordinating components in order to create the illusion of more outfits than one actually had. Classic sportswear styles took hold on college campuses and were soon adopted by all levels of society and all age groups.

Many varieties of peplums were in vogue: butterfly, bustle and gathered peplums were a few. Ruffles found their way to skirt hems, necklines and waists. Gored, gathered and A-line skirts were topped with soft, feminine blouses. Blouses donned bows at the center-front neckline and might sport full or puffy sleeves. Collars were cut generously full, in peter pan and traditional pointed shirt-collar designs. Lace also accentuated blouses around the neckline.

Women everywhere used household items, including cellophane and pipe cleaners, to create festive shoe decorations. Everything was recycled, giving rise to such clever advertising as Vogue’s “Make Do & Mend” campaign. Factories were converted from consumer goods production to military production. U.S. rationing rules limited the height of shoe heels to one inch and allowed for only six color choices; stockings were also unavailable. Magazines and beauty salons helped out by offering tips on how to paint legs with back seams and tan using makeup. This being impractical as an ongoing ritual, ankle socks became increasingly popular.

In 1947, Dior introduced the “New Look”, featuring longer lengths and fuller skirts; a return to classic femininity with a nipped waist. The use of many yards of fabric in garments was now seen as lavish and opulent. Women’s fashion changed to a soft, feminine and romantic image. The accompanying shoe designs would set the stage for the next decade…
Menswear in the 40s

The end of the war and rationing in America saw the development of the style that is most often associated with the swing era. Clothes were full-cut again, with double-breasted, longer jackets and wider trousers. Shirts and coats came in a range of colors and hand-painted silk ties ran the range from elegant to exotic – featuring geometric designs or pin-up girls. Everyone wore a tie and through it, one could express one’s individuality.
The Zoot Suit
The Jazz Era’s wide suit, hugely popular in Harlem in the 1930s, was worn predominately by African-American and Mexican-American youths in the 1940s. It was considered unpatriotic and even illegal because it went so far against the standards of rationing. The fact that so many of the Mexican-Americans who wore it were gangsters did not help its reputation. However, the high-waisted, baggy and low-crotched trousers with the narrow ankle and oversized jackets had a powerful influence on men’s fashions in the 1940s. Besides being an ideal outfit to wear while jitterbugging, the high waists and boxy, roomy coats were flattering, as well as comfortable. They gave a man more substance, something he wanted to project during such desperate times.
The look most commonly associated with men’s fashion in the 1940s, was what a man wore to take his honey out on the town. If he wasn’t in uniform, is look was strictly adhered to by today’s swing revivalists. Daring young men wore zoot suits, but others simply took off their single-breasted jackets to dance and showed off their style through their accessories. Even after the war, the accessories really made the man.
The tie, as mentioned above, was crucial. In the 1940s, high-cut trousers meant ties were shorter and wider. They were brightly colored when everything else was austere. They were held in place by clips, because you wouldn’t put a pin through your good tie.
Shirts were held in place by good cufflinks and dressed up by suspenders, which fastened to the trousers by buttons. Suspenders were especially popular when the leather that would make belts was all going to the war effort.
Almost everyone wore wingtip, spectator shoes, which were not terribly different from men’s shoes in the 1920s or 1930s. When he wasn’t wearing an Army-issued cap, a man distinguished himself with his wide-brimmed fedora. A smart, strong, stylish hat, the fedora was worn by everyone from gangsters to businessmen to President Roosevelt.
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