Paying Homage to the Past through Style

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As the pace of our current lives seems to speed up with each passing day, we may find ourselves wishfully thinking about the past. We may not necessarily focus on a specific event, but rather the fact that life may have seemed like it moved at a slower pace.  While we wait for the approval and usage of time travel technology, there are still ways we can keep the past alive. One of those ways is to study people’s mannerisms along with their likes and dislikes of past eras. Some of those items may not be easily brought into today’s society. However, some items that may help us stay connected with the past are vintage clothing.

Like many topics in the fashion industry, this type of clothing may be considered a broad topic as it encompasses nearly forty years of dress. Typically you will find things labeled vintage if they were produced between the 1920s and the 1960s. Clothing made prior to this time period may be considered antique. On the other hand clothing made between 1960 and 1970 may be considered retro. As you shop for your pieces, make sure they are of the period you intended to purchase from.

When this type of clothing first appeared, it was meant to help women make statements about themselves and their identity. Gone were the times of feeling they needed to be covered at all times from head to toe. Instead women began to experiment with revealing skin when they went out in public. However, the transition from full coverage to showing some skin took some time and a few leaps of faith. In fact the transition lasted nearly a full five years before many women became more comfortable with the idea.

Items from this original era that can still be seen today include accessories like the feather boa. Certain styles and cuts were also debuted over ninety years ago. One example of such garments is the little black dress. Considered for many a staple in today’s woman’s wardrobe, the dress was originally designed in 1926 by famed designed Coco Chanel.  Just a few years after the little black dress arrived, the cocktail dress was born.

The roaring 20s began an era that encompassed the next forty years of design in women’s clothing. If you are looking for a style similar to perhaps what a man might wear today, you may consider looking into items from the 1940s and 50s. The 1950s also saw an introduction to more comfortable types of clothing by icons such as the late Betty Paige. If you are interested in her style then you may want to check out vintage clothing.

Eric Regan has written for many different news sites and blogs all over the internet as part of a writing team who cover a wide range of topics