The Roaring 20s
The end of World War I brought a new sense of freedom and independence to women in the United States. It was during this decade that the “flapper” emerged, a new type of young American woman whose clothing screamed modernity. Prior to the 1920s, American women aimed to look older than their actual age, but with the implementation of the 19th Amendment in 1919, guaranteeing women’s suffrage, women began to strive to look younger and younger. Women began to wear looser fitting garments while hemlines rose to an unprecedented knee-length level, abandoning the more restricting and uncomfortable fashions of the preceding decades. American women of the 1920s often “bobbed”, or cut, their hair short to fit under the iconic cloche, a snug-fit hat made of felt that was worn tilted in order to cover the forehead and, at times, the ears. The flapper style dress and cloche hat were often worn together, particularly during the latter half of the decade.
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Have you ever wondered why men wear ties ? Did you ever ask yourself how this style trend evolved? After all, the necktie is purely a decorative accessory. It doesn’t keep us warm or dry, and certainly does not add comfort. Yet men all around the world, myself included, love wearing them. To help you understand the history and evolution of the necktie I decided to write this post.
The Origin of the Necktie
Most sartorialists agree that the necktie originated in the 17th century, during the 30 year war in France. King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries (see picture above) who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. While these early neckties did serve a function (tying the top of their jackets that is), they also had quite a decorative effect – a look that King Louis was quite fond of. In fact, he liked it so much that he made these ties a mandatory accessory for Royal gatherings, and – to honor the Croatian soldiers – he gave this clothing piece the name “La Cravate” – the name for necktie in French to this day.
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Fashion sense is difficult to define, an almost 6th sense of how people will respond to what you wear, how you present yourself, and even your musical tastes may come into play.
I think fashion sense is unique. Like anything else about a person. No two people will have the same idea of fashion sense. Dinesha, of She Has The Eye, believes that fashion sense is “knowing what works for you, speaks to you and expresses the message you specifically want to send through your outer appearance.” Fashion sense is not just what you wear. It is how you wear it and how you feel when you wear it. My outfit today made me feel bold, classy and beautiful – maybe I do know what fashion sense is and sometimes it has to take the backburner to feeling nonchalant, being busy and having a heaping pile of dirty clothes. I had planned to post my outfit after writing this post, but I deleted the pictures. Really deleted them – I deleted them and then deleted them from the “deleted photos” album. Sigh, next time.
I do have fashion sense. I wear what I want to wear. Rather it is trendy or not, I wear what fits my personal style (whatever that may be) and I wear what makes me feel uniquely me.
I got a chance to ask a few fashion bloggers about their idea of fashion sense. Check out their awesomeness below.
Oby, Heart, Print & Style
When I think of the phrase ‘fashion sense’, what comes to mind is having that knack of knowing what’s your style. And if you’re able to incorporate the latest fashion trends to make it your ‘own’, then you definitely have that ‘fashion sense’.
Victoria, The Budget Divaa
I would define fashion sense as having a grasp on who you are. Your fashion is just an outward expression of that person inside of you so I think it’s all about owning the beautiful you inside & letting the world see what you’re all about. Whether you’re making a statement with vibrant pieces or cozy comfortable, true fashion sense is about having a voice & being heard.
I believe fashion sense is knowing what looks work well together, fashion staples and how to dress your (or someone else’s) body type.
Taniqua, Taniqua Russ
For me, fashion sense is knowing style (that lasts vs trends that fade away).. It’s knowing how to mix and match colors and patterns, knowing what look is appropriate for different occasions, and knowing when to throw all of that out of the window. Ultimately, fashion is how you let the world know who you are without saying a word, so having a great sense of fashion is saying the right thing about yourself with your clothes.
While the fashion industry continues to introduce us to new styles every season, the industry would not be where it is today without the help of influential fashion icons. Nowadays, celebrities are able to take pictures of their outfit and share it with friends, family, and fans on social media. However, many of the women who invented these iconic styles didn’t have the same influential opportunities, so the fact that we still consider them fashion icons means they must have known what they were doing!
Although today’s celebrities are criticized for what they wear on the red carpet, to the grocery store, and out to dinner, this wasn’t the case for previous generations of stars. Instead, these celebrities whatever they wanted, which is why so many unique trends surfaced during this time. The following 10 fashion icons not only had successful careers, but they also used their keen fashion senses to catapult them into stardom. Here are some of the most influential fashionistas and the trends they made famous:
1. Audrey Hepburn: The Little Black Dress
Some could argue that Audrey Hepburn is the reason for fashion’s obsession with the Little Black Dress. Her classic Holly Golightly look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most iconic ‘Old Hollywood’ photos out there. The simple Givenchy column gown, 3-strand pearl necklace, large tortoiseshell sunglasses, sleek updo, diamond earrings, and long cigarette holder will forever be known as an Audrey Hepburn-inspired look!
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The image of a couple exchanging rings during a wedding ceremony is instantly recognizable, and is held as an ancient tradition. A ring on a certain finger indicates that the wearer is married, but many might be surprised to learn that the double ring ceremony so common today in the western world, in which a couple both exchange and wear rings, is a 20 th century convention. However, the origins of giving rings to commit to marriage, to pledge loyalty, or to symbolize a heart connection are ancient.
Said to be one of the oldest marital customs, it is one which has changed over time and across cultures, and so the true origins of wedding rings are somewhat elusive.
Ancient Egypt: Ring of infinity
Ancient Egyptians are said to have been the first to use rings in a wedding ceremony, as early as 3000 BC. Rings were made of braided hemp or reeds formed into a circle—the symbol of eternity, not only for the Egyptians, but many other ancient cultures. The hole in the ring’s center represented a gateway or door leading to future events. These rings were placed on the fourth finger of the left hand (known as the ring finger) as Egyptians believed a vein ran from that finger straight to the heart, and this practice is said to be the origins of many later traditions. These rings were placed by a man upon the finger of his wife, signifying his confidence in her ability to care for his house.
Reed rings were not very durable, and eventually rings made of bone, leather or ivory came into use. As more expensive materials were used, the value of the ring represented the degree of wealth of the giver, as well as the quality of love shown.
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The era spanning from the 1790s to the 1820s saw an emphasis on elegance and simplicity which was motivated by the democratic ideals of the French Republic but which looked back to classical Greece and Rome for its fashion inspiration. Waists were high, the directional emphasis was vertical, and lightweight white fabrics were at the height of fashions which were so simple that the lady of the time often wore only three garments; a chemise, a corset and a gown! This was an incredible contrast to the clothing of preceding and succeeding periods with their horizontal emphases, multiple layers and often heavy fabrics.
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On humans and other primates, nails are a flattened version of a claw which likely developed to aid in gripping and climbing. However, they can also act as a visible “health report.” Someone in poor health, or infected by a fungus, might have yellow, brittle nails, while someone in good health might have strong, long nails.
The fact that healthy nails are the sign of a healthy person may have led to people beginning to grow them out, or it could have been simply that long nails are cumbersome when working with your hands, so they were something of a status symbol. Whatever the case, it might surprise you to learn that manicuring nails has actually been around for many thousands of years—dating back at least to 3200 B.C. At the time, Chinese royalty would grow their nails and tint them with things like eggwhites or flower petals. Around the same time, Ancient Egyptians were also painting their nails, this time in accordance with their social classes; richer Egyptians painted their nails a darker colour, while poorer Egyptians painted them a lighter colour.
Read Article: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/05/women-started-growing-painting-nails/