Friday, August 28, 2009

Vintage Clothing Trends - The Rise and Fall of Bell-Bottoms

By Tia N Jones

Bell-bottoms were worn by American sailors during the War of 1812 and were eventually adopted by the British Navy in the 1850's. There is little documentation as to why, but a practical explanation often given is that the navy issue pants, when removed, can be inflated and used as life preservers.

As far as the "expert" opinions are concerned, in the fashion world they are correct. Bell-bottoms first came on the scene in Europe in the mid 1960's and those originals are considered a rare prize by vintage clothing enthusiasts. In 1967, they came to North America and were immediately adopted by the hippie sub-culture. Worn with love beads, granny glasses and tie dyes, they became a signature look for those who embraced free love, peace, and hallucinogenics.

In the 1970's, bell-bottoms entered mainstream society after gaining national attention on the Sonny and Cher show. They sold fairly well in both Europe and America and became part of the disco look in the mid 70's. This proved to be the downfall of bell-bottoms. Disco proved to be a short-lived era in music and by 1979 the popular pants style, along with leisure suits, became a thing of the past to be bought only by those looking for old vintage clothing.

The 1980's saw parachute pants and the 1990's was the time of the Grunge look, but bell-bottoms in their pure form did not come back into style. A less drastic "boot cut" was introduced in Europe in the late 80's and made it to North America within a few years after that. As the years have gone by since, boot cuts have become a mainstay in modern fashion and you can sometimes even see a style that resembles those wide flares of the 1960's. If you're lucky, you'll see them worn with a tie dye or baby doll to complete the retro look.

Chances are, though, the wearer bought the outfit at a vintage clothing site.

LA Vintage

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Clark's Wallabees - A Fashionable Classic

By Jane Barron

Today, Clarks Shoes produces almost 35 million pairs of shoes a year. But despite its international success, the company had humble beginnings. Founded in 1825 by Cyrus and James Clark in the small English village of Street in Somerset, Clarks Shoes began as nothing more than a local sheepskin slipper business. The small business endured, however, and by the mid 1900's Clarks was an international success.

One of Clarks' most recognized and popular shoes is the Clark's Wallabee. This shoe was first designed by Lance Clark in 1965 as the world's first "comfort shoe", and it is experiencing a resurgence in popularity today. The Wallabee is a soft shoe made from suede or leather that is stitched like a moccasin. The traditional Wallabees were slip-ons but today you can find Clark's Wallabees in several different styles including oxfords, hiking shoes and boots.

The shoes are extraordinarily comfortable; some versions of the Wallabees even have soft sheepskin lining (shearling) that will keep your feet feeling snug and warm. But though Wallabees may be so comfortable you feel like you are wearing slippers, they are built solidly enough to endure all kinds of daily wear and tear. With solid stitching and a flexible yet firm crepe bottom, Clark's Wallabees are shoes that are designed to last. You can think of them as a long-term investment to your footwear collection.

Clark's Wallabees is a particularly good choice of footwear for people who suffer from foot injuries or foot deformities. They have been known to help people who are suffering from heel pain (plantar fasciitis) or arthritic toes, or who are convalescing after foot surgery. The smooth, soft interior of the Wallabee ensures that it will not rub or irritate the delicate skin of your feet.

When you wear Wallabees, you won't have to worry about blisters, hot spots or calluses - which makes these shoes a potentially great choice for diabetics or other people who need to be mindful of minor injuries on their feet. The other important feature of Clark's Wallabees (as far as the health of your feet is concerned!) is the shoe's wide toe box. Clark's Wallabees should give your toes plenty of room to spread out (as they would do naturally if you were going barefoot). This helps to prevent toe injuries and deformities such as hammertoe, clawtoe, bunions and ingrown toenails. The breathable leather or suede material of the shoe should also help to keep feet cool and dry.

Jane Barron works for, a free online website that helps people find mismatched footwear. Get more information on deformed feet, corrective shoes or foot length difference.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

1960s Twiggy Makeup: Beauty Through the Ages

Hi everyone,

Here is an interesting video from MissChievous showing you how to create that 1960s Twiggy look with your make-up.

Products used:

Alima mineral foundation (N1 Chiffon)
MAC Studio Finish concealer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Jofrika clown white facepaint
NYX White e/s
Ben Nye Toast e/s
Ben Nye black pencil eyeliner
MAC Carbon e/s
Ebay lashes (seller: Glamlabel)
Rimmel white kohl eyeliner
MAC Angel lipstick
La Femme Flamingo Pink blush
MAC Brows pencil - Spiked

Nancy Sinatra - These boots are made for Walking
The Beatles - Come Together
The Doors - Riders on the Storm

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Goodbye Tie-Dye

By Mary Michaels

Tie-dyed blouses or shirts could be associated with the "hippie" style of the early 70s as popularized by some music icons of that time. It was made popular in several countries all over the world. The popularity was easily gained as it was trendy and the looks can be achieved easily from simple to more complex processes.

Tie-dyeing uses bright colors and different dyeing methods in order to achieve the patterned designs in clothing. The basic tie-dye process can be done at home by applying different colors of dye on folded or knotted cloth. When the cloth absorbed the dye already, it is then set off to dry. Patterned lines and designs can be accomplished upon removing the knots after drying. The patterns made by the tie-dyeing process can be seen as a very appealing work of art. Changing the direction of the knots or twisting the material towards one direction could easily tweak the resulting pattern.

There are also other complex methods used by professionals in combining colors, applying dye and making more unique patterns. Different shapes and color combinations are achieved by using non-typical folds and patterns. The designs could also be further accented by rich embroideries or accessories.

As it is associated with bright colors and asymmetric designs, clothes that are tie-dyed are usually worn during the summer season. It is also for this reason that it is more widely used in tropical countries. Shirts and accessories made up from this process can be seen more often in beaches or summer picnics. Aside from colors, the materials that are usually tie-dyed are cotton. Clothes made up of cotton are worn during warm weather. And tie-dyed clothes commonly comes as a day-time shirt or shawl.

But in the middle of other high fashion styles, of flair and glamour, would there still be a place for tie-dyed materials?

As with other fashion styles, tie-dyeing can die slowly as time goes by. Other modern methods in accenting clothes are now being introduced. Too much colors on one attire is no longer eye-pleasing for the present day fashion. In contrast to the numerous bright colors and busy patterns of tie-dyed clothes, what is more popular now are plain black or white. Women would then just accessorized with gold or silver jewelries, belts, shoes and bags. While men's common dark suit could easily be concluded with a bow or tie and often cufflinks for added elegance.

Even casual wears have changed in trends and slowly adopted the monotonous white and black combination. Though some bright colors are still considered stylish like green, yellow, purple are red, they usually come in one-color dresses and no too-busy designs. Simplicity, clarity and cleanliness direct the current theme of fashion.

But even if modern fashion style would be bidding goodbye to tie-dyed clothes, surely this would be only for a short time. Because fashion has never said goodbye to any style permanently. The designs come and go and after several decades, they will come again with different packaging. So if you have tie-dyed clothes that you have not been able to wear for quite some time, just keep it on your closet. You will never know when you are going to use it just yet.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Jerry Garcia Men's Ties Are Influenced by His Artwork

By Jackie D.

Jerry Garcia Influences Necktie Designs

Jerry Garcia was best known to us as the leader of the influential 1960's musical force known as the Grateful Dead. As a young man, Mr. Garcia was an art student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the years, Jerry always had a flair for the visual arts and painted as often as possible. That artwork is the basis of a new wave of designer ties that is taking the world by storm.

A little history and who makes the ties

The neckties are manufactured and marketed by J. Garcia Neckties. The name was deliberately selected so as not to infringe on any of the Grateful Dead or other Jerry Garcia merchandise. In this manner, the ties made a splash all on their own. The idea was originally introduced in 1992 by Stonehenge, LTD under that name.

Since Mr. Garcia's unfortunate passing in 1995, the necktie designs have been reworked and new designs have risen from the ashes like a phoenix. Currently, J. Garcia neckties are manufactured and distributed by Mulberry Neckwear, who bought the rights to the designer ties in 1998.

The collections

Jerry Garcia was an artist in every sense of the word. He did everything to the utmost and his art was no different. There are many, many separate collections of artwork used in the designer ties we see today. From his "Banyan Forest" to "Lady with Argyle Socks", you will find a J. Garcia tie for your taste.

The collections are numbered and each designer tie is noted with which collection it is derived from. All the ties are named and carry a definite identity. This has been the crux of their success in recent years. Since each designer tie is named, you will have no trouble finding one and there are hundreds of designs available.

The material

All of the designer ties influenced by his art are made of the finest 100% silk. The colors are fast and will not fade or run off the material. The quality of these ties is unmatchable anywhere. The ties are also handmade, so the care is evident in each one. He would have had it no other way.

Just as every song He wrote was a masterpiece, so is each tie designed. When you wear one of J. Garcia's designer neckties, you will leave a fashion foot print that is hard to match.


Now you would think that these designer ties would be available only to a specific segment of people. Jerry Garcia as all about equality and that we all are made the same. These neckties are carrying on that part of his character. Not priced out of range for anybody, you can enjoy J. Garcia designer ties for as little as $39. Of course, there are higher priced ones, but they are still well within range for most people.

The opposite effect

Jerry Garcia was a part of living history. The Hippie movement of the 1960s was his stomping ground. Oddly enough, that movement had an impact on fashion that eradicated the necktie. So wearing one of these designer ties is a statement of power, presence and individuality. Tell the world that you are an individual and a force to be reckoned with, just like Jerry Garcia.

Jackie D. is the owner of Ties2Pillows, an online resource for Vintage Designer Neckties with the largest selection of Jerry Garcia Ties for sale on the web.

Ties are separated by era (1920's through today's), by style (wide, extra long, square end, knit, silk) and by pattern. The site carries every novelty theme imaginable, including hard to find vintage unique novelty ties. Get 10% off your entire order today! Just type in the code TAKE10 on the order page and get and instant 10% savings!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Eyeglasses, Retro-Chic!

By Hillary Rubin

It's officially 2009! Welcome to the new year! Our crystal ball predicts that the retro look will be blazin' this year! You won't be able to turn a corner without seeing sweater-dresses, brightly colored tights, leggings (yes! They're back!), and slouchy boots.

What does this mean for eyeglasses, you may ask? BIG things! HUGE! With the vintage looks in full force, retro-looking eyeglasses will be all the rage when paired with your favorite outfits! How do you get away with pairing your favorite retro looks with your favorite vintage-style glasses without making yourself look out-dated? It's easy and we'll tell you how!

The 1950's: back in the good ol' days, Buddy Holly's glasses were swell for guys and women like LeeRemick's eyeglasses in Anatomy of a Murder were so nifty.

So how do you wear the outfits of the 1950's without looking like you're IN the 1950's? Skinny jeans are hot these days, especially when worn with flats or loafers. Pair darker colored denim with a white shirt, perhaps a cardigan (a longer one is more modern looking) with some flat shoes and dark, plastic frames! Another option for women is to pair a modern looking bubble skirt with a tighter fitting tshirt, a pair of Mary-Jane shoes, and horn-rimmed glasses! Men can wear a cardigan as well but a black sweater over a white shirt with somewhat tighter jeans (think James Dean) is very hot!

The 1960's: when hoppin' and boppin' shifted to swayin' and protesting, clothing shifted from big and flowy to form-fitting and micro-mini. Faye Dunaway wore hip glasses in the Thomas Crown Affair and John Lennon switched between horn rimmed frames and metal eyeglass frames.

When replicating 60's chic, it's important to remember flower-power without looking like a flower-child. The early 60's were great with jumpers and brightly colored outfits. Today, we have brightly colored leggings (they have MUCH better coverage) that pair very well with t-shirt dresses, sweater dresses, and modern jumpers. When wearing something brightly colored- remember to pick accessories to accent it, like earrings or a necklace, but stay away from making your entire outfit the same bright color ... or even a few bright colors. You don't need to look like a fruit salad.

The 1970's: feelin' groovy? So was Jan Smithers in her eyeglasses from the hit show WKRP in Cincinnati! Punkin' out hard-core was Elvis Costello in his own version of the Buddy Holly eyeglass frame!

Fashion from the 70's really wasn't THAT bad ... unless you were one of the Village People. Wide legged pants are best paired with eyeglass frames that are slightly more delicate with cool chunk heeled boots (it elongates the leg) and a slim-fitting tshirt or sweater. Higher-waisted pants are a wonderful alternative to the popular low-rise but don't return to the 70's, keep it modern looking. Men can still get away with wearing a plaid shirt (lighter colored - no lumberjack styles!) over a white tshirt with some loose fitting jeans and a pair of aviators!

The 1980's: wide necked sweaters, leggings, leg warmers, sweater dresses, big hair AND big eyeglasses! Who can forget those times? Lots of people. D.M.C. of RUNDMC made big, black plastic eyeglass frames hip again! My first pair of glasses were similar to his - only blue!

Luckily, these styles are hot again but sweater dresses should only be worn with a thick belt and funky eyeglasses. Leg warmers can be worn under boots with leggings. Please steer clear of the big hair! Guys have it easy- a polo shirt with a popped up collar and aviators bring a modern take to Fast Times at Ridgemont High!

Class dismissed!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Notable Fashion Designers of the 20th Century

By Jacquie Generra

For the upper echelon and privileged classes in our society, style and fashion gurus unequivocally exert an enormous amount of influence. At this juncture the most famous and the most important method designers of the 20th century were:

The designer Gabrielle or Coco Chanel. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, known as Coco, learned to sew at a young age, while spending time in a Roman Catholic monastery's orphanage. At the age of 18 in 1901, she set out from school to work with a local tailor, in what can only be called an ironic twist to the rags to riches story of fame and fortune. Throughout this time, she began to design hats, which fascinated the interest of the privileged, together with her enthusiast, French millionaire Ettienne Balsan - her doorway to high Parisian culture.

She opened her own boutique in 1910. In the 1920s, she burst onto the fashion scene with her minimalist styles constructed using readily-available fabrics and simple designs. Even though Chanel died in 1971, her fashion is still around today. Chanel has one of the top perfumes in the world today - No.5. Everyone knows Chanel as the person responsible for bringing pants to women's fashion but did you know Chanel was on TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century and was the only one named to this list from the haute couture field?

The designer Calvin Klein. Calvin Richard Klein was brought up alongside Robert Denning, Ralph Lauren and such, designers raised in the Jewish immigrant community. He is a graduate of FIT in New York. Even though he did not graduate and finish, the New York fashion institute thought of him as one of their own, giving him a special Doctorate in 2003. He was on the cover of Vogue after just one year. He came up with a line of fashion which met the needs for any and every event. He founded his first business in 1968, and since that time has varied his product offerings to include clothing, various types of perfumes, and jewelry.

Ralph Lauren is another top of the line designer famous for his Polo line. Despite his poor beginnings as a traveling salesman for a necktie maker, he later became famous for his Polo Ralph Lauren line of clothing. He started to sell his line of Polo ties in 1967, but his greatest achievement was having his designs used in a film in the 1974 film The Great Gatsby, with Robert Redford in the lead role. Ralph Lauren is listed as the 224th most wealthy person in the world, his worth his estimated at $2.8 billion.

Yves Saint Laurent is well known in the fashion and cosmetic world. One of the greatest and most influential fashion designers is this French designer who was born in Algeria. More well known as Yves Saint Laurent (born as Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent), he is thought of an icon when it comes to ready to wear clothes. His avant garde designs revolutionized the fashion world when he developed the ready-to-wear scene in the 1920s. Another landmark in Yves Saint Laurent's career was his introduction of power suits for the career-oriented woman, in addition to smoking jackets for men, in 1966. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City honored Saint Laurent by making him the first living designer to receive an award from the museum. On June 1, 2009 Yves passed away as a result of brain cancer.

Artists, fashion designers make their designs very powerful in the world's culture. The famous designs mean that their names are well-known and will be for many years to come.

Jacquie Generra writes about Designer Wear and Fashion & Personal Care as a staff writer for

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Nostalgia For Vintage Clothing Buyers

By Tia N Jones

Perhaps you recall some of this or maybe it's before your time, but this is what America used to be like in decades past:

1964: The year the Beatles came to America and the official beginning of the Rock era. The country was still reeling from the death of JFK and Lyndon B Johnson was President. A new home went for an average price of $20,500, gas was 30 cents a gallon and a first class postage stamp was 5 cents. The fashion world was undergoing a change as tighter fitting, more revealing attire became popular with the younger generation. Vintage clothing from 1964 includes narrow coats, slimming Tiana B. dresses, and pleated skirts.

1974: The year of Watergate which ultimately ended in Nixon's resignation, 1974 was a fashion year that saw a renewed emphasis on quality and durability. The Arab oil embargo brought gas prices up to 53 cents and the cost of a new home rose to $38,900. Times were tough for many but 1974 was also known in the fashion world as the year of the print explosion. Vintage clothing from this era is often bright, colorful, and very well-made.

1984: Ah, the 80's! Vintage fashions from 1984 are probably the most in demand on the market today. A cultural mix of power suit wearing Dallas and Dynasty fans clashed with the "material girl" image of Madonna and the hot new look of the Lycra Mini Skirt. Reagan was President, gas was $1.21 a gallon, postage stamps were 20 cents, and homes were still available for a mere $97,600.

1994: A year marked by the tragic death of Kurt Cobain, 1994 saw the advent of both Grunge and Goth fashions, both vintage clothing constants today. The first George Bush was President and homes were selling for an average of $149,800. Gas had held steady and was actually selling for slightly less than it had a decade earlier, just $1.16 a gallon. Platform shoes made a come-back and babydoll dresses offered women a sexy and comfortable new look.

Today: What new fashions of today will become popular vintage clothing tomorrow? Only time will tell. Take advantage of the vintage clothing from the past now and enjoy a few nostalgic memories of your own.

What new fashions of today will become popular vintage clothing tomorrow?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Influence of 70s Costumes in Fashion

By Chris Rice

A lot of people have begun to realise just how stylish the Retro scene really is.

As we are all aware, fashion is very transient. It is constantly changing and coming up with fresh new ideas. However, it is also very dependent on previous styles. 70s costumes and accessories are very much back at the forefront of fashion at the moment. Even the images of many of today's biggest rock bands are heavily based around 70s costumes and their music has made a very noticeable return to the guitar based sound that was so popular thirty-odd years ago.

Think about groups like Kasabian, Doves and Muse and then compare them with some of the big names of the 1970s such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie and Marc Bolan. There are enormous similarities both with their outfits and their overall sound.

Fashion affects so many different areas of our lives. Some of these are things that are obvious to us all whilst others remained unnoticed for a lot of the time.

Another area to be very influenced by the Retro feel is cinema. You won't have to think for too long before you realise just how much. We have had a huge amount of remakes in recent years. Some of these are even still set in the time of the original movie, putting actors of today into 70s costumes. If you took away all of the films of the last five years or so that were remakes of 1970s pictures then you would be left with a lot less to watch. Admittedly, it was a time in cinema that was rich in very good quality films. Remember such classics as 'Get Carter', 'The Omen' and 'The Omega Man' - all of which have recently been remade.

Television also had some real gems to offer. Those of us who are old enough to look back on the programmes usually do so with great fondness. There always seemed to be something good to watch on the television back then; whether it was comedy, drama or science fiction. In fact many of those programmes have also been made into feature films as well.

Have a look at the celebrities of today and what they are wearing. So many of them are dressed in 70s costumes that you could be forgiven for thinking that the time machine had finally been invented.

Basically, fashion has gone full circle. Back in the 80s and 90s you would be hard pushed to find anyone wearing 'bell bottoms', flowery shirts or 'loon pants'. How things change. Suddenly it is not just acceptable to dress in 70s costumes but it is actually cool again.

So, have a hunt around in your local charity shop and on the internet. There are plenty of online businesses that specialise in nothing but 70s costumes.

One last thing that is worth remembering... don't go getting rid of any of your present day clothes as you can be sure that as soon as your children are old enough to wear them they will probably be totally 'hip'.

70s fancy dress costumes for memorable parties.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

1960s MOD

Hi all,

Here's a little doco found on YouTube about the mod era. The fashions in some of the pics will give you a taste of mod style.

Mod lifestyle emerged in England in early 1960s, and it is sometimes referred to as modism. Elements of the mod lifestyle include music, clothes, dancing and motorscooters. Working-class kids, inspired by the new British rock, came together to create a new culture. As if by spontaneous combustion, that culture quickly spread beyond England to the entire world; eventually it defined a generation. Since the mid 60s, the mainstream media often used the term mod in a wider sense to describe anything that was popular, fashionable or modern.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Mod Movement - Mod Clothing and Style

By David Grosshans

The "mod" movement of the 1960s was not just a fashion or a type of music, but a lifestyle. Short for "modernist," mod clothing was characterized by very bold and bright fashions. The mod movement began in Britain, where the mod style was first a subculture developed by teenagers. Rebelling against stiff and formal styles from the 1940s and 1950s that were still being worn by their parents, Britain's teenagers wanted a new image and a break from tradition.

The mod subculture began in the late 1950s as the "teddy boys," who were influenced by the rock and roll music becoming popular in the United States. These teens created a style based on being hip, sharp dressers, with streamlined clothing in solid colors.

Their mod clothing could be described as "dandy;" even men in this style were known for their fashion sense and their immense spending on clothing. The mod style was embraced by young men and women who wanted a youth-centric style rather than the "boring" styles worn by their parents.

In Europe, the mod style included not only mod clothing but also a lifestyle choice. The mods met at coffee shops and all-night clubs, and rode around on Vespa scooters. Mod style is also known for pop music bands such as the Beatles, who helped to popularize mod styles in the United States.

The mod lifestyle was centered on both fashion and music. Considered an urban style, the mods often fought against the rockers, a rougher youth-centric group with roots in rural areas of Britain, known for wearing leather and riding motorcycles rather than colorful Italian scooters.

As the mod style grew in popularity, many other groups picked it up, sparking the mod movement which peaked in the mid 1960s. At its height in popularity, mod clothing could be seen on supermodels, musicians, and everyone else, young to old, not just teenagers. However, because it started as a counterculture movement, its popularity led to its downfall, as those who started the trend abandoned it because it had become too popular.

It was no longer a rebellious subculture because too many people were wearing mod clothing. By about 1967, the mod style was replaced by hippie, bohemian, and psychedelic styles. After its mid 1960s heyday, mod clothing styles were revived several times, most notably in Britain in the late 1970s and in the United States in the early 1980s.

Mod clothing is typified by very bright colors, geometric and color block prints, and short hemlines seen in mini skirts or shift dresses. Miniskirts, developed in 1963 and 1964 and growing ever shorter over the next few years, allowed young women following the mod trends to push the boundaries of tolerance. Men wore tailored suits and button-down shirts with skinny ties.

The mod movement has been described as streamlined, narcissistic, and androgynous. Many styles were influenced by Italian fashions and pop art. As the mod movement became more commercial, it was seen on models, especially Twiggy, helping to spread it further away from its London origins.

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