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Sweatshirts From the Über Brands or Sports Accessories

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

The sweatshirt has been around for ages it seems – since the 1970s or before A period of over 40 years is a long time in the fashion industry, long enough for a trend to develop, die away, make a comeback and repeated that cycle over and over again So how does the humble women's sweatshirt compare against that expectation...

Leather Jackets For Men in Film, Music and on the High Street

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

Since the mid-fifties, directors have been turning to the classic leather jacket for their movies whenever they wanted to add a dose of menace or authority to their main characters Leading actors in films such as Superman, the Bourne series and Mission Impossible have dressed in some form of leather jacket and made it part of their identity The jacket brings with a pre-definded set of characteristics, something a director could spend several scenes trying to establish, so why spend all that time and effort when a simple item of clothing does the job perfectly...

Sweat Shirts – Comfy But Never Formal

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

Who would have thought that the human act of perspiring could inspire the naming of so many items of clothing We’ve got sweaters, sweat pants, sweat shorts and, of course, the sweat shirt Since this last entry in the hall of sweat is neither a sweater nor a shirt, and since for the people who wear them, breaking into a sweat is an unlikely occurrence, their naming is rather odd...

How Reconditioning Conditioned the Jeans Industry

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

From the late 1980s right up to the turn of the millennium, the reconditioned jeans business was more than a cottage industry in the UK Every independent or alternative outlet (you know, the places where you’d buy joss sticks, second-hand records and curios) would have one, and you’d be able to wend your way around the hangers looking for interesting versions of popular denim brands and buy them for about half their current retail prices The fashion came after a massive 50s revival in the mid-80s...

Men’s Corduroy Shirts

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

Corduroy Never in the field of human fabrics has so much negativity been applied to so many garments by one material The mere mention of this hapless textile can set eyes rolling as their owners recall their geography teachers and uncle Toms of old, dressed head to toe in brown cord, complete with elbow pads, of course...

Women’s Vintage Jeans: Timeless Chic

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

There’s something about vintage jeans that brings out the geek in any fashion fanatic The branding, the cut, the stitching, the colour, the stressing, the length … well, this is about ten per cent of the features that determine a pair of jeans’ kudos and wearability And if you think this is a male preserve, you’ve really not been paying attention – the market for women’s vintage jeans is just as cut-throat and obsessive...

Military Coats and Jackets: Always on Manoeuvres

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

As long as there has been an army, there has been army surplus Even during times of relative peace, it’s never easy to judge how much demand there is going to be for a certain item of wartime wear and its attendant accoutrements, but such is the nature of warfare and its characteristic lack of warning that smart governments have always kept a good stock of clothing and equipment for any environment during any season, within reasonable levels of expectation, of course Military surplus stores have for decades been the outlet for this tough, warm, rugged clothing, to the point where now there’s a vintage clothing angle to the garments, and an army nerds who can spot a 1969 Canadian autumn drab coat from 100 yards away...

Vintage Lingerie … Should I?

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Fashion

The phrase “vintage lingerie” usually elicits one of two responses: a faint cringe or a pricking up of the ears The former response is, I suppose, understandable We’re not allowed to return worn underwear to shops unless it’s defective, and that’s strictly for hygiene reasons...

Life's Too Short Not to Wear a 1960s Dresses

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Culture

Dress length is a funny thing There never seems to be a right or a wrong, even across many decades of fashion change the length of dresses has been a subject of much debate, deliberation, opinion and shock Of course it always tends to be the preserve of the short dress to attract the most comment and length is a sure-fire way for any designer to attract attention or create a stir...

The Levi's Denim Jacket and How it Secured a Place in Our Hearts

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Culture

There are not many jackets that have kept a place in our hearts as long as the original Levi's denim jacket Of course other jackets may spring to mind such as the Harrington, the Parka, the Duffell or the leather bomber, but have any of them sold in such volume and been featured in film, television and music culture as much as the Levi's denim It's interesting to consider why this jacket first became popular and how, over so many decades, it has managed to keep its legendary aura, remaining a favourite and avoiding the ups and downs of many fashion trends...

British Men’s Love Affair With Their Coats

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Culture

Coats of all shapes and sizes have always been treasured by British men It’s probably because we have a climate that suits the coat perfectly well – it’s a little bit cold and damp and our shores are regularly buffeted by winds that can trace their origins back to the Arctic Circle But that’s not to say we’re at the extreme end of the spectrum, either...

Dungarees – an Overall Success

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Culture

There are items of clothing that have that enviable ability to survive They keep returning generation after generation in new incarnations Perhaps there are colour differences, tailoring modifications or material changes, but by hook or by crook they find another niche in modern fashion...

Men and Fashion: Where Did it All go Wrong?

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Culture

Over the festive period, many of us will have had the pleasure of attending the odd pantomime or watching period dramas on the television While we can forgive a little artistic licence in the wardrobe departments, there’s a palpable sense that until relatively recently men took great care of their appearance They would spend time and attention on their look to remain not just stylish but also have a little fun in the process...

Vintage Bags and Purses – Get Carried Away

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Culture

Worn and creased with tell tale signs from years of use and caring attention, a vintage bag is something to enjoy, nurture and reflect upon how it may have spent its past Of course brand new purses or leather bags have their own attractions, be they bold colours, a fresh new smell or pristine clasps and buckles, but bags that carry the vintage label have a whole lot more They have seen the world, spent time with other people, been with them through happy times and sad, and accompanied them on holidays or to special events...

Sleeveless Flannel Shirts: no Need For Arms?

Author: Rosie Williams

Category: Culture

When the weather turns a little cooler or you just need to feel a little more enveloped, a flannel shirt can often be all you need to provide that extra level of covering a simple cotton shirt doesn't offer These are the occasions when a pullover might be too much, when a cardigan doesn't work for you and a sleeveless top is just too dressy or fashion-like The most common flannel design for shirts is the woodcutter's tartan, although many styles are pretty far removed from any recognised clan design...

 
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