Charlotte Thomas is a second year fashion student at UEL. She blogs for Your Universe. All opinions are her own.

Worth Global Style Network

This month we’re looking at essential knitwear for this season. Animal prints are a major trend at the moment with leopard print being at the forefront. It is expected that this trend will gain popularity in the US next season. Oversized checks are something else to look out for in jumpers and such items. Speaking of oversized, turtle necks are driving the main silhouette for this season. The slouching effect in oversized clothes is very fashionable at the moment and is something to pick up on if you haven’t noticed it already.

Did it work?

This week on ‘Did it work?’ we’re looking at Ariana Grande and her appearance on Billboard’s new youtube video. The video consists of Grande looking through her old childhood pictures, which is pretty sweet. She’s shown wearing a beige blazer with what looks like diamond netting over it, which is very cool! I really like the diamonds on the blazer, I think they add a really cool and even festive touch to the outfit.

The Retro Review

This week we’re going to be discussing how we categorise decades of fashion, and how you may be wrong in thinking a particular style is from a particular decade. I would first like to say that this is purely my opinion through observation, so please take what I say with a pinch of salt. I’m also not going to be overly factual, because who really wants to read that when you’re waiting for the bus or something? So I first want to say that eras of fashion are not a linear scale; styles from the decades cross over each other more often than you think they do. Fashion as we know it now changes at a very fast pace thanks to fast fashion (think Primark), but throughout the 21st century it’s seemed that fashion changes every 10 years and that’s not necessarily the case. Up until 1900, fashion remained relatively unchanged; lack of media and communications meant that it look far longer to get information to one side of the country to another, let alone the world!

Once media became more sophisticated…and society began to change from what it used to be…we started seeing dramatic fashion changes. More designers came onto the scene, from the classic to the avant garde. It was the designers of the early 20th century that paved the way for immense change that happened throughout the fashion industry, as well as more wars that changed the status quo and improved equality throughout the world. Poiret ditching the corset made massive waves in the industry, though that didn’t come without some push back from Poiret himself. But I digress! Periods of time like the 60s and 70s tend to blur into one because they had quite similar styles, with oranges and brown colours. Remnants of the decade before get carried on into the new decade and tend to stay around until the middle. The classic American 80s style (neon lycra) is a late eighties invention that owes its popularity to home workout videos. Here is a photo of Alice Joyce, pictured here in the full flapper style of 1926 (continuing the cross over theme).

You’re probably wondering: why does all this matter? Unless you’re planning on becoming a historian, all of this doesn’t really matter – it’s not particularly impressive. But if you’re someone who wants to understand more about the history of fashion, it’s a place to start. If you are interested in learning more about the fashion history, let us know. We can leave book recommendations or maybe include a more in-depth section about fashion history in future editions of this blog!

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