The plunging neckline: A strong trend for 2015
I am a fan. Though It’s not for every occasion, I love the combination of a demure hem and a deeply plunging neckline for evening events.
It’s not a cut for everyone. It looks patently less attention-seeking when sported by a woman with a smaller bust and the proper application of double-stick fashion tape prevents wardrobe malfunctions. It also requires a certain amount of confidence. This is not one for the faint of heart.
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Sienna Miller Golden Globes
Of course there are ways… A plunge neck jumpsuit becomes a wear-anywhere option with the simple addition of one of fashion’s most modest items–in a suitably thin fabric, of course.
My first love was history. My first official research paper was on WWII’s effects on women’s fashion in the U.S and the subsequent societal changes that “wearing the pants” inevitably inspired. As I was a junior in high school steeped in floridly-written historical romance novels, I am certain that it was riveting–Sorry, Mrs. Chabreck.
For better, or more likely worse, I was inspired to the topic by a collection of Life magazines from the period loaned to us by a British neighbor who had been a child evacuee from London in the early days of WWII. So, I can’t help but love this Guardian UK article on the Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style exhibit at London’s Imperial War Museum.
From lingerie made of outdated silk maps (genius) to a virtual Capsule Collection of sleek, stylish clothing created by a consortium of government-directed fashion designers that has in its description the feel of modern catwalks, the article is a lively lesson in history and a study in the simple joy of looking smart.
Read the article here and see a few featured images below.
Lingerie made from outdated silk military maps.
Utility clothing went on sale in spring 1943. The Utility scheme was developed by the Board of Trade and introduced a range of quality- and price-controlled clothes. Utility clothing came in a limited range of garments, styles and fabrics. The range was designed by some of the leading names in fashion, including Hardy Amies, Digby Morton and Norman Hartnell.
An official Ministry of Information Photo Division wartime photograph showing four fashionable young ladies enjoying a stroll in the spring sunshine Photo: Imperial War Museum
It’s too cold today to think much beyond what is practical…to a point. Follow the links for shopping info.
While still not shoppable in the U.S., H&M’s new mid-range concept collection, & Other Stories, is basic but refreshingly so. It’s the kind of basic that encourages creativity. The pieces are far from boring and beautifully stylish without feeling “Fash.”
But, it’s the website’s set up that appeals the most–kind of like a very cool-girl’s Pinterest page.
Certainly worth a peruse for inspiration, even if we can’t shop it just yet (www.stories.com). If you are traveling to London anytime soon, the first brick and mortar opens there today with others to follow in key locations around Europe.