The History Of The A-line Dress

Is it just us or doesn’t it always feel like Thursday and it’s time for a #throwback? Well, not that we mind it, in fact we do love our dose of history, but too many Thursdays and not enough Saturdays! Well, Thursdays don’t keep us from talking about the fun party (sort of) of the A-line dress!

The story behind the A-line dress

In 1947 Christian Dior launched his collection The New Look. It was a major step back for women’s fashion (in relation to its political power) as it required corsets, heavy skirts and came with limited mobility. From wearing pants during the war years, women were now directed to the old role of looking good and taking care of the house. The collection set the tone for the fashion of the 1950’s, with the hourglass-figure in center. However, in 1955 Dior  changed the fashion game again by a new silhouette for a more modern, youthful and liberal shape; the A-line. It wasn’t until 1958 though until Yves Saint Laurent (Christian Dior’s successor) launched a full collection consisting of A-line dresses.

The style of the A-line dress

As the name reveals, the A-line dress is in shape of an A. There are however two versions of the A-silhouette. Some people think of it as tight by the shoulders down to the hips and then moving outwards. Other also include its defined style by the shoulders and moving outwards directly. Both of the styles are in the shape of an A-line and have kind of the same effect, so both are more than okay to use! The typical length is somewhere mid-thigh, but longer and shorter lengths are also A-line as it is about the silhouette and not length.

 

The legacy of the A-line dress

If you know your fashion history you’re familiar with the style of the 1960’s. It was the A-line silhouette and then there were more A-line silhouettes. Dresses, skirts and tunics all got their adjustments to the 1960’s style. And the timing of the silhouette was impeccable as youths wanted their own fashion of the decade and not dress conservatively as their parents. The dress was easy to move in, dance in and pretty much live in. Gone was the heavy skirts, the annoying corsets and the pretty blouses. The A-line dress was youthful and became even more lively in combination with the crazy patterns of the 60’s. The silhouette also found its way to the space age fashion and was popular in minimalistic colors and styles as well.

The A-line dress today

Today the A-line dress is a staple for many people. The silhouette works for almost anyone as it covers the body, but in a flattering way. As it is a classic and never really goes out of style (even though it always gets extra trendy when true retro fashion is in style), you can pretty much find it in any store and there are endless of options with all the patterns, details and colors of today. Frankly speaking, we love this silhouette for big meals, it has plenty of room for a food baby!

Folks, do you work the A-line dress?

The A-line Dress | The Fashion Folks

How To Track Down A Style

Remember that we did a post on How To Get Back To Business earlier this August? And we kind of told you to go for the style you want and kind of just wing it? And we just sort of left you there with no clue on how to track down a style and make it yours? Well, we remember it too, and quite painfully as we do feel bad about “the tell but not show attitude”. But easy folks, we’ve got it covered for you this time (with the help of Olivia Palermo’s style)!

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How to research

You probably already have a clear vision of what style direction you want to head towards. If not, check your Pinterest, your saved pictures on the phone/computer or what pieces you always tend to buy. Are they feminine, are they basic, are they floral? You might even have some style icons who’s style you always return to for inspiration.  May it be a fashionista, a celebrity, a blogger or a model. If you don’t have one yet, go and get yourself one (it’ll make it a bit easier at least). After you know what style/person you want to dress more like, it’s time for the research. Scan Pinterest, google on google, scroll through their accounts or stalk the outfit’s page on their blogs. Collect outfits you love so you’ll get a better picture on what their style is like!

Pluck apart

Now it’s easy to save/pin outfits and think that they look nice and all. But frankly speaking, how many times does one successfully get a grasp of what their style is really like? Sometimes they look flawless in a dress, sometimes in distressed jeans and other times in a jumpsuit. Different pieces, different styles but somehow they still remain coherent in their fashion life. The secret? Well, it’s not about the clothes actually. Nope, it’s about the details that makes the style. Perhaps they always choose clothes within the same color scale? Or it’s always the patterns that are minimal? Maybe it’s the silhouette that always is clean?  Knowing the foundation of one’s style is knowing what you need in your closet! We suggest you write down the answers from the questions below, that way you’ll get a list of essentials.

Here are 5 things to look for:

  1. What colors do they usually stick to?
  2. What silhouette do they use, well-defined or loose?
  3. Patterns, no patterns, what sort of patterns?
  4. The accessories, are they bigger and better or are they minimalistic?
  5. Are the clothes full of details or are they simple?

track down a style (Olivia Palermo)

 

Make it yours

If you know where you’re going now and you know what you need, all that’s left is blending your everyday style and your beloved style to become one. We do realize that this sounds like a marriage, but your style should be timeless, it should be based on your core and it should always bring out the best of you. (So we’re not saying anything, but you know, we’re just saying). However, back on track: this is where you can break or make your new style. This step is not about buying an entire new closet and just wing it, and it’ll be a disaster most likely. No, this is about inventing what you already have. What essentials are similar to your style direction? What are you missing? So here’s some do’s and dont’s for this step:

  • Do see what you have and what you’re missing on the key list.
  • Don’t buy an entire new wardrobe, it’ll confuse you, the people around you and us too we’re sure. Just take a few items to start with and get comfortable with them! 
  • Do slowly incorporate a piece in your style. Always wearing boyfriend jeans but you want to go preppy? Add that blazer or that blouse and see the awesomeness of contrasts!
  • Don’t forget to match the style with your silhouette too. Just because models off duty usually don’t have curves to think about doesn’t mean you don’t. Perhaps you need to add a belt, ignore an essential as it’s not flattering on you. Is the compromise fine? Yes, it’s your style it comes down to after all. 

Final marks

Here’s the thing: Does this post mean that your own unique style is not working? Not at all. Does this post mean that you have to give up what you wear to wear what you want? Not at all. This post is about encouraging empowerment. The perfect style doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive for it. Striving for perfection means reaching great. Personal style is about development and knowing how to track down a style is a part of going for better!

Folks? Keep your heads up and always be a stylish work in progress!

How To Dress As Yourself

We could talk about this subject all day, every day. But we’ll start today by pinning it down by some simple steps. Folks, we’re talking about how to dress as yourself! It might sound foolish as we all have clothes on and we all function in them etc. But not always are your clothes in line with the core of your style. This can be dependent on societal pressure, insecurities, that you don’t know what you want or you’re just out of tune. Walking around and not feeling empowered by your clothes is of course a no-no. Dressing like yourself is dressing as the best version of you! Here are some tips that hopefully will take you closer to your style:

How To Dress As Yourself|The Fashion Folks

How To Dress As Yourself

  • Know what your go-to pieces are: It may be the blazers, pleated skirts or oversized cardigans (or whatever clothing piece you have too many examples of). However, building your style from a piece your comfortable in will empower your outfit as well as yourself.
  • Color, print or texture you love? We all have a go-to color, print or texture that we feel comfortable in. Identify these and make the color your signature touch. It might be the color red, the pattern of palm leaves or a knitted piece. Your go-to will always be your friend in need and a reflection of the sense of your style too. 
  • Know your shape and let it rule your outfit: Different clothing pieces and style tricks will enhance the best of you. If you’re heavy on the bottom, add volume to the top and vice versa. This also goes for body parts (Heidi Klum’s legs anyone?), know the best parts of you and dress accordingly.
  • Simple as this: Don’t overthink your style, just do. Be inspired by a style you like and interpretate it your way. Your style is a reflection of you mind and your taste. If you like it; wear it and own it!
  • And folks? Do keep in mind that by the end of the day it’s all about daring to be true to your style and truly not care about what other people think. Put on whatever you want and wear it without excusing yourself.

Remember this; style is about you, so why dress like everyone else when you can dress as yourself?

Everything You Need To Know About Fashion Weeks 2016

We’ve already talked about everything you need to know about fashion weeks in general, but how about the fashion weeks 2016 in specific? Well, we’ve got it covered!

Basic facts about the fashion weeks 2016

If you’re uncertain about the circus of fashion weeks, get yourself updated from this post. Otherwise, here we go:

  • The fashion weeks kicks off in New York on the 8th of September and ends with Paris with last day being October 5th.
  • It’s the fashion for spring and summer 2017 that is shown, with the short being SS17.
  • Some designers stream their shows live so be sure to check if your favorite does too!
  • If you want instant news about a show, check Twitter and Instagram under the specific hashtag for the fashion week or the designer showing (that is: nyfw/lfw/mfw/pfw). 
  • For all the dates and times you want to know, www.fashionweekonline.com is a good source.
  • If you want to see the collections from the shows, vogue.com’s runway site will be your friend. They also feature detailed reviews from fashion critics which is always interesting! 
  • Some think that street style and backstage are equally as fun to see, you’ll see these photos at models, photographers, designers and fashion journalists Instagram accounts/blogs! 
  • And of course, bloggers will give you the inside look too ! Make sure that you’re updated with yours!

What to expect from the weeks:

NYFW (September 8 – 15) – Modern, edgy and sophisticated

New York fashion week often brings shows that are youthful, modern and edgy. Alexander Wang in specific brings modern fashion with an edge. NY also delivers more sophisticated shows like Calvin Klein, DKNY and Michael Kors but always with the modern twist. The big apple is also favorable for young american designers who are making they’re way, like Prabal Gurung. 

 

LFW (September 16 – 20) – Playful, deep and classic

London fashion week displays everything from classic designs from Burberry, to playful designs a la Mary Katrantzou. Burberry somewhat embodies the modern english person as well as Mulberry. Topshop Unique often brings more playful and youthful shows.

 

MFW (September 21 – 27) – Elegant, attitude and independent

Milan fashion is a mix of  love for women, the heritage of italian design and the fierceness of going against the rules. Versace represents the attitude with a love for darker fashion. Dolce & Gabbana romanticize the idea of an italian woman through elegance and Armani is bringing independent and classic italian! 

 

PFW (September 27 – Oct.5) – New and old contrasts

Paris has for centuries been the fashion capital of the world, this meaning that the city has one foot in the fashion future and one in the fashion past. Paris displays classic designs from Dior and Chanel and modern creations from Acne and Cholé. In center is the contrast between old going modern and modern remaining classic.

Folks! Are you excited for fashion weeks 2016? Hit us in the comments!

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Compilation of fall trends 2016

Fall is ten days away but we’ve already celebrated the season throughout August. We’ve talked about a lot of trends so far, all to get you prepared for the best of fall fashion and beauty! But we know, it’s easy to lose track of them, so we’ve compiled the posts in a list below. And yes, we’ll update this post as we’ll talk more about fall trends 2016 as the season goes by.  Click on the pink for the posts!

Bonus: Don’t forget the couture collections we’ve reviewed. Why not a dose of Dior? Or a #throwback a la Giambattista Valli? Or view the chic feeling of New York by Elie Saab? Or sea life by Alberta Ferretti?

fall fashion trends 2016