26 June 2009

A Little More Simple


I had a rather simple outfit on today and wore out, what I suppose one would call, an '80s Members Only jacket. Underneath my jacket I opted for a fine cotton, white t-shirt, with thin pale and navy blue stripes. For a contrast both in terms of colour and tone, I wore a pair of black jeans (apparently the 513s were a European exclusive, and I have actually yet to see them again in a Levis store). Playing upon the light blue of the jacket, I went for light purple socks, and finished my outfit off with some red plimsoles.

The jacket made me think of the resurgence of the 1980s in mainstream media the past few years, from music to fashion. Indeed many are even waiting for the inevitable return of '90s fashion once again, yet as ever with the resurgence of fashion trends, adapted and evolved for the contemporary market.

I began to think about the cyclical nature of fashion, yet more importantly, the idea of fashion trends. Previous to the twentieth century one notes general stylistic trends in fashion, from the style of ruff, to the number of layers in women's skirts. Whilst there may have also been momentary or geographical trends during these periods, we mainly recall the general stylistic trends, as opposed to specific fashion trends. The differentiation between a fashion trend and a stylistic trend is important when considering clothing and fashion as a concept. I have always thought of the previous centuries as having been documented in terms of their stylistic trends, whilst the twentieth century saw the documentation and memorisation of fashion trends.

There are a number of reasons for that change in the concept of fashion, the first of which would most likely have to be the advent and rise of mass production. Once clothing became available in standard sizes, in large quantities and at a cheaper price, they were able to turn into the widely affordable and accessible goods we know them as today. However what the twentieth century also saw was the start of the modern fashion show. This is perhaps fitting with the Spring 2010 shows underway currently, however one must not forget the humble beginnings of the shows. Displayed in a more intimate setting, clothing would be showcased as the latest of technologies and design. Media was not as it is today, and the word would spread slowly, yet decisively on these new fashions.

Fashion shows would however soon become the main attraction, and the only proper way for a designer to display their latest collection. In the contemporary market, the high number and frequency of shows manages to promote and create momentary and disposable trends. However, that market can not exist singularly via the shows. The 1950s saw a post war affluence in the US, along with the ostensibly new creation of the teenager. This would start the emergence of what is now one of, if not the, largest buying powers in the world - the youth.

Along with the youthful desire to always have the latest products and looks, expendable income allowed them to fulfil it. With the rise of cheap fashion however, it allowed a whole new style of shopping, which quite literally, anyone could partake in.

If one looks to times after the boom of Couture in the post war period, one notes the general fashion trends of the relevant decades. One can easily identify a '60s look, or a '70s look, yet decades previous to the twentieth century become clouded in the secrecy of time. Whilst one could argue that those fashion trends are by now too old to truly exist within social memory, I believe one can attribute it to the change, and to a certain extent, creation, of the fashion market as we know it today.

I can wear my jacket, and people will think it has a decidedly '80s feel, and that really does make me think both of whether we will ever see an outfit and think it has an 1880's feel, or whether I shall be able to note the major fashion or stylistic trends of this century so far only with the benefit of hindsight.

Currently playing: You Rock My World - Michael Jackson

xxxx

54 comments:

  1. i really like the contrast of the shoes and socks.

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  2. I love your shoes. They add just the right kind of color pop!

    Ah, and I also love levis. I've been meaning to get a pair of 501s, my brother has a lot but they are far too long in the leg for me to borrow, and he's skinny as a rail so they probably wouldn't fit me in the waist either. It's so hard to buy him pants. Haha.

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  3. love the shoes!
    they really stand out with the rest of the outfit

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  4. That jacket is amazing. I love its colour! I love the shirt too.. and your socks :-D Pretty as always ^^

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  5. this is a great outfit today... and a good tune choice too

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  6. hmm that's interesting you stay about style trends and fashion trends.. i've always wondered how fashion evolved in the days before fashion magazines and fast fashion outlets....

    on other topics, my husband has almost the exact same outfit, minus the red shoes. ok, the brands aren't the same, except the members only.ok, it's not exact, but similar.
    ;)
    what a crazy world!

    (love the shoe closeup!)

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  7. Hi love!
    I love the shoes and I'm thinking about getting some Levi's myself.

    And the Shred...yep the 30 day program...wow! Crazy! :)

    Have a great weekend DK! XOXO

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  8. I love your blue jacket and the way you think about the colors to incoorporate into your outfit. I love that fashion is becoming more accessible and affordble to the general public but style is always something that comes naturally. xxoxoxoxo

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  9. oh i love your outfit,love the shoes and that great jacket. the t-shirt looks wonderful too. super stylish
    x
    marian

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  10. what a great outfit!

    GREAT "currently playing".


    Have a great weekend!!

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  11. trends and how they mirror culture completely fascinate me
    The notion that you can wear something with an attitude reflected in a certain decade is always fun to play-up

    if any of my rambling makes sense at all..
    GREAT post!
    blue+red is always a winning color combo :]

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  12. It really is neat seeing how trends evolve with culture, the economy, etc. It's strange, yet oddly funny, how something such as teenagers can influence something so greatly, eh?

    xo,
    hk

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  13. I love the pop of the red shoes! Bold footwear makes this "rather simple outfit" rather subtly eyecatching :)
    And...
    "I have always thought of the previous centuries as having been documented in terms of their stylistic trends, whilst the twentieth century saw the documentation and memorisation of fashion trends."
    I've never really given much thought to how we remember fashion but that is v.v. true! I'm curious as to how we'll look at these past few decades both stylistically and fashion-wise in upcoming centuries.

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  14. cool about the purple socks with the red shoes..oh you still look like summer. I hope you have a good weekend.

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  15. Cool striped T. Great jacket too..but its just steamy hot here..and not in a good way.

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  16. Its always good to see your creativity at work. I wish I planned outfits better than I do. But I'm a procrastinator and just put on something at the last minute.

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  17. cyclical nature of fashion!
    Love the pop of red in your shoes... Great weekend dear!

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  18. hey love!
    this outfit is very simple and cute(:
    i love the rolled up skinnies!

    and i would love to participate in the Around the World project!



    *dani

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  19. I really like the combination of the red shoes and the blue jacket against a more neutral "background"! I think too many guys are afraid to wear color...

    It's interesting what you write here, about fashion trends in the different centuries. I wonder what trends will be remembered from this century...

    Oooh, about the henna design, you should post an image of it sometime! It would be great to see your patterns.

    Have to stop blogging and RUN to work now. Have a wonderful day dear!

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  20. Those red shoes are the perfect touch! I'm trying to catch up on all the posts I missed while I was on vacation. Why did you have to have so many amazing posts? :)

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  21. Perfect jacket! I have yet to find one of those in my size...

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  22. great outfit. i wish i was wearing what youre wearing if i were a boy. & i love that song! ): that music video was cute

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  23. Those shoes are great with the outfit. Love the jeans too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. I love your look....the red shoes are amazing with the striped shirt. Such a great song....he was such a legend, so tragic.

    I love your blog dear, I am adding you to my links! If you are so inclined I would be honored to be on your blogroll! Have a great weekend!

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  25. Ah I like how your shoes just POP in the outfit.

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  26. I really enjoy reading about your incite on fashion! You look quite polish in your photos.

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  27. I really enjoy reading about your incite on fashion! You look quite polish in your photos.

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  28. Simple outfit, yet it looks so nice. It's sad how's there's really no style for our time period. Lately we've just stolen from past styles, like the 60s or 80s.

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  29. I think U look so lazy-chic but this is great. Levi's is really goooood...

    Have a great weekend, Honey!
    X♥X♥

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  30. I'm really into the history type thing... I'll definately be looking out for more!

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  31. It's me. Again, haha(second comment on this post).

    I just discovered this lovely blog, and thought of you.It's about Indian textile and culture. Mostly pictures, lovely and colorful pictures, not much text. Check it out, maybe you find it inspiring!

    http://indianyarn.wordpress.com/

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  32. Very cute outfit! Love that striped top, and how that colour of the jacket and the shoes look together.. on overall it's quite nautical, which I love:)

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  33. I love the contrast of colours in your outfit and how you've put thought into everything, right down to your socks!

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  34. Your outfit is so fresh =]
    I am lovin the colors =]

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  35. love the pictures (:
    super awesome lovely blog.

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  36. I love this so much, casual yet chic. And the use of solid colors (the shoes are such a fun surprise)b is great!

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  37. so well said....and YOU, my friend, are adorable

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  38. Ohhh dear! I am sooooo in love with this outfit! It works perfectly well, loving the top, blue jacket and your skinnies! Oh & of course those gorgeous red plimsoles.! :D

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  39. luv how u rocked the red shoes

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  40. I love how you manage to look smart, but relaxed at the same time. It can be so hard to achieve sometimes ♥

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  41. Levi's never fail me, either

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  42. i really like your style.

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  43. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool..
    謝謝你的文章分享,請你有空到我

    參觀,Thanks

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