It’s time for wardrobe déjà vu! The revolving door of fashion trends keeps on turning, so now is the time to head back into your closet (or use this article as an excuse to go shopping, of course!) and revive past favourites.
The history: The Fifties marked the beginning of an economic boom after the Second World War when women were once again able to afford fashion. The hourglass figure dominated with cinched-in waistlines, and accentuated busts and hips. Plus, new advances in mass production meant there were more fabrics to choose from.
Why they keep coming back: Fifties-style dresses with their nipped-in waists, full skirts and midi length are immensely flattering to most figures. Appropriate for both formal and informal occasions, they provide a feminine style that women never seem to tire of.
How to wear them: This time around wear your fifties-style (or original!) dress in a modern way by teaming it with wedge heels and a jacket. No pink cardigans or ponytails please.
The history: Grace Kelly wore a boho style blouse in 1954 in the film Green Fire, actress Ali McGraw wore crocheted ones throughout the 1970s, and so did Stevie Nicks from the band Fleetwood Mac.
Why they keep coming back: Boho or peasant blouses, as they are called, are generally loose and comfortable with wide, puffed sleeves that are gathered at the wrist. They look relaxed, timeless and are easy to wear.
How to wear them: As they are a baggy style of top, pair them with fitted trousers or a skirt to balance your shape.
The history: Palazzo pants for women first became popular in the late 1960s and they were similar in look to the wide-legged style popularised by actresses Katherine Hepburn and Greta Garbo in the 1930s/40s. They were first worn around the house as ‘loungewear’ or at the beach. Now they are worn wherever and whenever we all wish.
Why they keep coming back: This wide leg, loose-flowing style is again all about comfort – rather like wearing pyjama trousers. Plus, they can be worn in all seasons and for at home and on holidays such as cruises.
How to wear them: They look good with lace tops, or t-shirts paired with a statement necklace. If you are feeling bold, then top them with a denim or leather jacket (two other styles that hokey-cokey in and out of fashion).
The history: The first jumpsuit was invented in 1919 and was cut from one piece of cotton – mostly it was worn by skiers, aviators and military personnel, but by the late 1920s fashion held it firmly in its grasp and hasn’t really let go since.
Why they keep coming back: A jumpsuit is a complete outfit so it entails very little thought in the morning to wear. The long line is also very flattering on most body shapes (let’s just ignore the difficulties of navigating the bathroom wearing one). Even Royal Ascot allowed women to wear them in the Royal Enclosure this year for the first time, such is their ubiquity.
How to wear them: With confidence. End of.
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The history: Capes have been worn in various forms for thousands of years – they used to be essentially blankets worn as a cloak to keep warm. In terms of fashion they become popular for women in the 1800s and were often highly embroidered and decorated.
Why they keep coming back: They are the ultimate cover up, and won’t judge us on our weight – even if we’ve put on a few extra pounds, our capes will still look fantastic. They also look smart and a little quirky for those who like to differ from the norm.
How to wear them: Depending on your height, wear them at different lengths. Longer capes generally suit longer bodies. Over trousers they can look very smart, especially when paired with heels.
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Of course, if you would rather just stick to the classics, such as a crisp white shirt and a little black dress then we will let you get away with that too!