Worth Global Style Network (WGSN)

This week on WGSN we’re looking at autumn/winter 2019/20 trousers. Trousers are something that are fashionable in most styles in every season of every year, but here is what you need to look out for. Cargo pants are back - they disappeared for around 10 years but now they’re better than ever (well, that depends on your view of them). Checked wide-leg trousers, you’ve seen them everywhere this autumn/winter and they’re coming back again next time so keep an eye out. Finally, slim leg tapered trousers will be in; these look great for any occasion and will be good to wear even after the season is over (if that’s something you care about).

The retro review

So, in preparation for this week’s blog, I was doing some searching online and these beautiful (albeit scary) pea dresses definitely caught my eye. Now, I’m not sure which is worse, the painting (which is definitely something out of Dorian Gray) or the dresses themselves. Now I do have to admire the construction of outfits prior to 1960; considering people were still making their own clothes at this point, they’re awfully complicated. This is most likely from a pattern that you could buy from a catalog, or construct yourself if you didn’t have the money to buy a pattern but did have the skills to make the pattern pieces from eye.

Notice how the middle dress mimics Dorothy's dress from the Wizard of Oz, which was released 9 years earlier (these dresses are dated 1948). I’ve struggled to figure out the origin of these dresses, although wartime rationing on fabric in the UK carried on until 1949 so I’m guessing they’re probably American. If anyone knows please enlighten me! These dresses would not work today; the size of the puffy shoulders is enough of a ‘no’ from me. The neckline is easily dated and not something that has been carried with us into the 21st century. The amount of frills on these dresses is probably enough to put off even those with the most garish of taste. Every part of these dresses has a frill or a gather. One section being gathered is fashionable, the entire piece, maybe overkill? These dresses wouldn’t work today, I think that’s safe to say.

Celebrity fashion

The much-anticipated Big Brother final was on TV the other night, so why don’t we celebrate by looking at what Emma Willis was seen wearing on the big show. She was sporting a black jumpsuit, in the style of an eighties power suit (yep that’s back), shoulderpads and all (double joy). OK, so while I am not a massive fan of the broad shoulder look that these jumpsuits give, I do think that this does suit (haha) her! She is such a powerful and strong woman that she matches what the power suit represents. It is also Emma Willis, what can’t you love about her? This is definitely a thumbs up from me!

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