Friday, November 01, 2013
TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
The Clocks and Fashion
Since last weekend the UK has been on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); the clocks went back one hour at 2am last Sunday so we all benefited from an extra hour under our duvet, however, unfortunately it also means that over the coming months we have to adjust our bodies and lives to fewer daylight hours and deal with travelling home from work in the dark uuugh! I dread this time of year because I hate that by 4.30pm I have to substitute natural light for artificial light. I also become very lazy and unsociable because I get too comfortable in my cozy, warm, dry and ambient lit living room; I find excuse after excuse to avoid leaving the house after 5.30pm - is it my age, I don't remember always being like this? If any of my friends are reading, I really was washing my hair on Saturday night!
Whilst on the subject of turning back the clocks, I thought I would look at the concept of turning back the hands of time from a fashion perspective, in terms of some of my favourite current trends that have made a come-back from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. In no particular order……..
1. The Satchel
Believe it or not the satchel was popular during the 17th century, but before it exploded on to our fashion scene - thanks to the Cambridge Satchel Company - we were perhaps more familiar with it being a traditional school bag, and often associated it with the classic image of the English school child. Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, has brought the satchel in to 21st century fashion and I love them - thank you Julie!
|Cambridge Satchel Company|
|Both of my satchels are actually from Zatchels|
2. The Androgynous Trend
Of all the trends that have passed us by, those with a masculine accent have always appealed to me. I think this trend is edgy, sexy-chic, it can be quirky if you’re willing to play around with it and it will always capture a few stares from the people-watchers. It’s been a source of interest and intrigue since Diane Keaton starred in Annie Hall. I definitely intend to experiment more with this trend.
3. Flares and wide-legged pants
I don’t aspire to the traditional supermodel’s body, in fact the bodies that I tend to envy are quite the opposite. I love larger than average curves (butt and boobs - think Kim K, Beyonce) and given I wasn't blessed with the curves I’d like, I occasionally try to accentuate the ones I have with my clothes and shoes. Flares and wide-legged pants, a 70’s fashion staple, are perfect for this. My butt instantly looks, shall we say, peachier, especially since you are forced to wear heels with these types of trousers! I love this Michael Kors '70’s-cool' look on Olivia Wilde.
4. Oversize Fashion
Oversized fashion was popular in the 80’s. It pretty much touches on the androgynous trend; oversized women's fashions rarely come into style without elements of men's fashion. Oversize has a major advantage in that it fits basically every figure, as long as it is worn right of course. The general rule is a loosely fitting top must be combined with tightly fitting pants and vice versa, although the models below haven't quite adhered to this.
|I've just bought this coat from ASOS - watch this space!|
I debated about rocking this trend for a while, associating them with farmers and little kids, but once I took the plunge with my ASOS purchase, I haven’t looked back. I wear my dungarees everywhere – sometimes as a lazy day outfit with flats to go shopping and on occasion I've added a bit of chicness by donning them with strappy heels for a night out with the girls at one of my go-to restaurants. Overalls, of course, were a fashion feature of the 90’s and all the cool kids would wear them with one strap undone. I haven’t tried that yet.
What trend/s are you welcoming back?
labelsFASHION AND STYLE
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