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Friday, October 11, 2013

Live in the Past with Retro Vintage Style Clothes

During our time, fashion always calls for futuristic looks, in futuristic clothing with futuristic prints and designs. However, there are times that it is kind of getting too tiring and really boring at times too.  Therefore, it is really nice to get nostalgic and go vintage with our fashion styles... Retro is another term for the fashion during the previous years. It can be from the roaring 20’s era or even the 80’s. But first, we have to learn about the fashion statements and trends during that certain era in order to know exactly what to wear. Let’s have a bit of brainstorming on what fashion during certain era’s are about. Let’s go through with the twenties, fifties and the eighties era shall we?

During the 20’s or more famously known as the roaring 20’s and the flapper era, it is the era of change, even in fashion. Their fashion style was all about comfort and femininity without the curves. It was actually the time when the tight-fitting corsets ended. Women or specifically the flappers opted for loose-fitting and shorter dresses which still captures elegance and style.  Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the fashion during that era. To better appreciate the fashion of that era, think of the movie The Great Gatsby or this picture of modern clothing inspired by the roaring 20's fashion. 

During the 80’s however, is a very different thing when it comes to fashion. It is the era where a lot of styles where trendy. Think leg warmers, acid washed jeans and some shoulder pads. Not to mention members only jackets, oversized tops, mini skirts, and stretch stirrup pants. It is entirely different from the roaring twenties. It is a new era in fashion indeed. The leg warmers were not only for aerobics that time but an actual fashion statement. It is usually paired with mini skirts. Off shoulder tunics were also a fad during that era. Everything during that era was colorful. Colors mixed together, vibrant and fun. These are just a few things about the fashion in the eighties. To sum it all up, think of Madonna who is one of the fashion icons during the 80’s.

Whatever era you have in mind to go with, it is always best to learn more about their fashion to capture the true retro or vintage essence. May it be the circle skirts and the varsity jackets era, the bold and vibrant printed fabric era, or the era of the swirl dresses, whatever it may be, you will surely find one today, because fashion just comes and goes. DHstyles amazingly has some vintage or retro clothing styles to offer. Check it out and you might find the style you have in mind.

The Never-Ending Trend: Striped Styles

Stripes are one of the most common prints that never go out of style. Can you even think of a time that it wasn’t trendy? I myself couldn’t think of a time that it isn’t trendy. It is always trendy. But there are just times that it is highlighted in the fashion industry. For instance, it has been the focus of the fashion runway for designer clothes for the spring season of this year. Regardless of the runway’s focus on prints, stripes will always be trendy all year long.

Some of you might think that stripes are not made for all body types. Good news for all because stripes is a very versatile piece for all body types. Think of how Kim Kardashian would rock striped styles; not only Kim Kardashian but also other famous Hollywood celebrities. There are just a few ways to wear stripes in order to flatter your figure and not make it look bad. Stripes come in different sizes, thick and thin ones. It also comes in a wide variety of color combinations; from the neutral black and white to the rainbow colored stripes. The general rule here is, if you want to emphasize a body part, go for thicker stripes. Opt for thin stripes if you want the other way around. Horizontal stripes will create the illusion of wider areas, and vertical stripes will create a tall and slimmer look. With regards to colors, dark colored stripes will create a smaller illusion compared to bright colorful ones. But this does not necessarily limit one color or thickness for one specific body type. Making it work on your specific body type is about wearing the right thickness in certain colors.

For example, pear shaped women which have wider hips than the shoulders should wear thick horizontal stripes on the upper body to balance things out. Or you can choose to wear vertical striped clothing for the bottom part to create smaller hips. On the other hand, apple shaped women who are a bit heavy on the midsection should wear vertical and thin stripes to create a slimmer and elongated midsection.  For women who wants to look taller, like petite women, vertical stripes should also be worn for a longer body illusion, hence a taller look.  

Take a look at how Kim Kardashian wears stripes. In the picture above, she’s wearing a red and white striped top. She may be quite heavy on the chest area but she balances out her upper torso by wearing thin stripes. On the second picture, she’s wearing thick stripes. Even though thick stripes have a fuller illusion, adding to her fuller chest area, she wore a dark colored striped top to counter that effect.

Another fun thing about wearing stripes is its flexibility with other prints. Being a common print, it can somewhat adapt to just about any print. You can have fun mixing prints with stripes like polka dots or florals. Aztec and baroque are also in line with compatible prints. It is really how you wear this striped print clothing that will make it good to look at. If your closet is still missing the stripe trend then it’s time to start adding a few.