Hey Curvy Chicks!
Britain inspired trends were extremely prevalent in 2012 and used by fashion designers throughout the world creating a great influence and presence in our wardrobes. With a strong belief that they have always used their history as a big inspiration for their designs my friends at Marisota went through stacks of JD Williams catalogs from the last 50 years and have created this fabulous guide providing a historical view point as well a level of taste and style that makes it noteworthy.
Modern inspiration for Military fashion trends dates all the way back to medieval times for designers such as Christian Francis Roth, who created the “soft armour” collection in the 1990s using grey flannel and stylish layering. The concept itself didn’t come about until the early 20th century, when the First World War meant that many more young men and an increasing number of women spent much of their lives in uniform. The invention of the trench coat by top fashion house Burberry of London in 1914 – originally created for officers in the army – cemented the military look as a fashion statement. Perhaps most famously, more and more women began working in the factories, farms and military sectors, creating a need for women’s trousers and double breasted jackets – a move which changed the face of women’s fashion and lifestyles for good.
Military inspiration took a big part in big trends over the years including shoulder pads, khaki and olive drab pallets, as well as cinching at the waist which any curvy girl can appreciate in her look! Currently with the focus increasing on national affairs including the modern Military and of course the Royal Princes, the Military trend made a comeback.
Baroque fashion harks all the way back to the 1600s, during the Renaissance and the “age o magnificence” which saw ornate design and luxury materials applied to almost all forms of art, from sculpture and architecture to literature, music and dance. The aristocracy of the time saw this indulgent style as a way to impress foreign dignitaries, and as such elements were brought into fashion to create dramatic, silhouette-changing pieces with voluminous sleeves and lace collars.
Elements from the Baroque era can be seen throughout fashion history and are especially prevalent in the glam rock era. Ruffled shirts and lined velvet jackets have been a revolving trend over the years and a more modern take on the trend has been seen on the recent runways with simplified, elegant contrasts of color with black, gold hues. Baroque inspired fashions appear rich, elegant and royal and in a class all their own. These styles also can be great for women of any size with body shaping features in these designs to enhance the body and the female shape in a lovely way.
Rural Britain is known for its green and pleasant land, even more so thanks to the impressive English countryside-inspired Olympics opening ceremony! Country traditions have stimulated an evolved Heritage trend, created and still upheld by the original brands that made the style so iconic. Fair Isle knitwear, padded body warmers and the inimitable tweed jacket are staples, created for hunting but re purposed over the years into fashion must-haves. Developed to withstand harsh weather, and to provide the practical storage necessities of long shooting afternoons, key features of this style are its quality, durability and origin – British style by British brands.
While Harris tweed is still on of the most definitive markers of Heritage inspired trends, tweed-esque prints, long padded jackets and beige and brown color pallets are other markers seen all over the catwalks. This revival can be attributed to shows like Downtown Abbey, and the royal wedding itself for bringing English tradition to the media forefront worldwide. The Heritage era and trends inspired by it give a real sense of upper-class country living which can never truly go out of style.
It’s been a big couple of years for British history: the Royal family have held the Jubilee and the Royal Wedding, two massive parties which both highlighted the beautifully regal Baroque style and the smart military dress uniforms; and the Olympics brought us a renewed sense of national pride, placing the different lifestyles of Great Britain on the global stage. UK fashion designers have been taking inspiration from the country’s history throughout time, as our own research shows, but as Great Britain was thrown into the worldwide spotlight this year, it’s finally time for our iconic style to be opened up to the greater fashion industry.
Find pieces from these historically inspired trends at Marisota with great clothing designed with you-and your curves in mind!
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