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Miniskirt
posted on Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

The miniskirt, a jewel in the crown of the sixties fashion, still holds a special place in the hearts of many fashionistas. The garment, however, originated more than 3000 years ago, say archaeologists. They found Vinca Figurines, from the Vinca culture, which looked like women in miniskirt-like garments.

The Kilt
posted on Mon, Feb 19th, 2018

We fell in love with Mel Gibson in “Braveheart” with his ripped body and smart kilt. The kilt represented not only the valor of Sir William Wallace but also his spirit of independence. The word “kilt” has a Scandic origin and has been derived from the Old Norse word “kjalta”. Known as the national dress of Scotland, it was first seen way back in the 16th century when it appeared as the belted plaid or “great kilt”. It was a full length garment whose upper half was worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder.

The Hoodie
posted on Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

A "hoodie", simply put, is a sweatshirt with a hood. The word "hood" has been derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "hod" that translates to the English word “hat”. This garment style first found its roots in Medieval Europe, with monks wearing the hooded robes and a chaperone wearing a hooded cape.

Tiara
posted on Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

A Tiara is a jeweled, ornamental crown traditionally worn by women, during formal occasions, particularly if the dress code is white tie.

Cardigan
posted on Mon, Jan 15th, 2018

The cardigan is a collarless sweater or a jacket that opens full length down the front. It is such a common piece of clothing that you might not have given much thought to when it was invented and how it became popular.

Monokini
posted on Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Inventor of the monokini, Rudy Gernreich, rightly said, “Bosom will be uncovered within five years”. This was back in 1964. And that was the beginning of the revolutionary monokini, which was originally a topless swimsuit that exposed the female breasts.

Halter Neck Tops
posted on Wed, Jan 10th, 2018

Imagine a soft summer breeze, sitting beside the fountain with an ice cream cone in your hand. What goes with it? A halter neck top. A halter neck is a style of women’s clothing that has its shoulder straps running from the front of the garment to the back of the neck, leaving most of the back uncovered. The name has been derived from livestock halters. Used with swimsuits to maximize sun exposure, it is also quite popular with shirts or dresses to create a backless design. The halter design was at its most popular during the late 1960s and 70s.

Catsuits
posted on Sat, Jan 6th, 2018

When Halle Berry, in her black catsuit and red lips, mouthed meow in “Catwoman”, many hearts went fluttering. A catsuit is a one-piece form-fitting garment that covers the whole body, of course, in variations of designs. Usually in stretchable material such as lycra, chiffon, spandex, or latex, they are designed with a zipper in the front or back or pulled on over with a neck opening.

Faux Leather PU
posted on Fri, Dec 29th, 2017

One way of being cruel to animals is producing leather! So, scientists have found a feasible substitute to leather – Polyurethane. Invented by Professor Dr. Otto Bayer in 1930s, Polyurethane or PU is a man-made material that can be made into fine threads and when combined with nylon, it is used to make lightweight, stretchable garments. It is a waterproof fabric, but could also be cotton or a poly blend that has been heat laminated to a polyurethane layer. Being light weight and durable they have found use in various industries such as medical, diapers and active wears. Wide spread use of PU was seen during World War II, when they were utilized as substitute for rubber.

Vegan Leather
posted on Wed, Dec 27th, 2017

Animal cruelty is just one of the many forms of acts of human perversion. You wouldn’t kill a puppy for pleasure, then why kill it to only tear off its furry hide and convert it to a shoe? For years, innocent animals have been inflicted with unspeakable amount of torture just to create products in the name of luxury fashion. But now people are beginning to see the wrong in this and starting to correct the malpractice and finding alternate routes to sustainable materials. One of them is vegan leather.

Watches
posted on Fri, Dec 22nd, 2017

Gordon Bethune once said “Watches are the only jewelry man can wear, unless you’re Mr. T”. True to this statement, watches have come a long way from being a timekeeper to a piece of jewelry for both, men and women. But this was not always the case. When the watch was first invented you couldn’t even wear it on your wrist. Queen Elizabeth I in fact helped inspire modern day design of the wrist watch. In 1571, her court favorite, Robert Dudley, gifted her an ‘arm watch’- a watch that could be worn on her arm. After that, Abraham-Louis Perrelet invented pocket watches in 1770, but the first “automatic” wristwatch was invented in 1923 by a British watch repairer named John Harwood.

Sequins
posted on Mon, Dec 18th, 2017

Year 1922, Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb was found and opened. When his mummy was studied closely, gold sequin like discs were found sewn into his royal garments. It was assumed that his mummy was prepared for the afterlife this way. But sewing on metals and coins was not just prepping for the afterlife but as display and storing of wealth as well. In fact, the word ‘sequin’ has been derived from the word “sikka” meaning coin or coin minting die. Later, sewing gold and precious metals on men’s garments became a status symbol in Egypt, India and Peru, and also to ward off evil.

Jewelry
posted on Sat, Dec 16th, 2017

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, or so goes the quote that describes woman’s love for jewelry. Be it necklace, ring or earring, as long as its stylish, make it rain! But the kind the jewelry we see today is not what it used to be when the concept first came to light.

Cowboy Boots
posted on Fri, Dec 15th, 2017

Some argue the Huns wore them first and some say it came from Kansas. Some wear it for work and some for fashion. Whatever the reason, the cowboy boots buzz refuses to die down through the decades.

Peep Toes
posted on Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Not all peeping toms are pesky! Some of them add to your sex appeal. Worry not, we’re talking about shoes here! The peep toe shoe is comparatively a newer cousin to the closed pumps, or simply said, a hybrid of the closed shoe and the open toes shoe.

Bikinis
posted on Thu, Nov 23rd, 2017

Garrison Keillor hit the spot when he said, 'A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded gun on your coffee table. There's nothing wrong with them, but it's hard to stop thinking about'. As bikinis are getting tinier and women's bodies getting sexier, this smart piece of clothing is here to stay.

Biker Boots
posted on Thu, Nov 23rd, 2017

A sign of rebel and sexiness, the biker boots have long been used in Hollywood for its heroes in similar roles. This is one style of boots that have been made for one purpose but is fashionable in other cults as well. Apart from serving the obvious purpose - biking, the Biker boots are also an icon in the fashion world such as rock style, punk and indie.

Sneakers
posted on Wed, Nov 15th, 2017

In the 18th century when the upper class was busy with their heels and boots, the poorer segment wore rubber soled shoes, known as plimsolls. The plimsolls didn't have a right or a left foot and were dubbed "sneakers" as the wearer could sneak around without being heard. In 1876, Charles A Eaton started the world's first trainer company and opened his first shoe factory called Etonic. The sneakers became popular as a training shoe in the 1900s and the earliest running shoe with spikes was invented for atheletes. The process of vulcanization was used to develop canvas upper sneakers called Keds.

Corsets
posted on Sun, Nov 12th, 2017

As Jennifer Hewitt said, "To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini - put it on and stay strong." This powerful medium never fails to inspire positive feelings about ourselves and about our bodies.

Jeans
posted on Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

Jeans has been a symbol of culture for 140 years or more. It is one of the simplest, most versatile garment that does not differentiate between classes, gender and age groups.

Leather Jackets
posted on Wed, Nov 8th, 2017

The leather jacket dates back to World War I, when the leather bomber was introduced for fighter pilots. It came into commercial use in the 1920s when Irving Schott first invented the motorcycle jacket and sold it for $5.40 at Harley Davidson. Women too were not far behind in flaunting the leather jacket. Amelia Earhart, an early contingent for gender equality, flaunted the aviator leather jacket during both world wars. The leather jacket was popular not only because it looked sexy, it became a must-have because of its protective edge.

Wigs
posted on Wed, Nov 8th, 2017

It wasn't till the 16th century, that wigs started being used for cosmetic purposes, to enhance one's appearance. It also solved the practical problem of head lice compelling people to shave their heads and wig was an easy replacement.

Thigh High Boots
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

Thigh high boots usually conjure up images of musketeers, pirates and cavaliers. Also known as top boots, hip boots or waders, thigh highs have been around since the 15th century. They were usually featured in medieval paintings. Originally created as a man's riding boot in the 15th century, they became a part of women's fashion during late 20th century. This style of boots also gave rise to the term "bootlegging", which came from the practice of concealing hip flasks containing alcohol in the boots.

Aviator Sunglasses
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

What's common between Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun' and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Catch Me If You Can'? Both sported the aviator sunglasses for their roles and set a million hearts fluttering. But the Aviators, before becoming a fashion statement, was a utility item for fighter pilots.

Monks
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

According to a theory, in the 15th century a monk from the Alps created a special form of sandals and the shoes got its name thereafter. An English gentleman took note of the shoes while visiting and took a pair with him home. When he got back to England, the locals were so smitten with the shoe that it became popular almost immediately.

GoGo Boots
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

Think 1960's, think sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. The year that saw the release of the iconic book "Sex and the Single Girl" also saw the emergence of many whacky fashion trends including the go-go boots.

Derbies
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

A Derby, also known as a Gibson, is a style of boot that is characterized by open lacing, where quarters with shoe lace eyelet are sewn on top of the vamp. This type of shoe became popular as a more comfortable version of the Oxfords that could fit into feet of any shape.

Gladiators
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

As the name suggests, these sandals were worn by Gladiators in the Roman empire. The first Gladiator match was arranged in 274 BC by Marcus and Decimus who wanted to honor their deceased dad, Junius Brutus. This 'sport' filled the stadiums for the next 700 years. It also became the most recognized symbol of historical culture. Needless to say, their footwear had to be sturdy enough to support their bulky bodies and hours of fighting. A symbol of strength and power, it was also worn because of their comfort, durability and flexibility.

Brogues
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

With Katherine Hepburn and Maryln Deitrich incorporating it in their fashion wardrobe and supermodels walking the ramp in it, be assured whether it's shopping or a work day you cannot go wrong with the Brogues.

Oxfords
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

Think Oxford shoes, two things come to mind. Blue eyed British men and high tea parties. But the history of the Oxfords is pretty interesting. There are two theories of origin.

Slides
posted on Sun, Sep 10th, 2017

Also known as slide sandal, it is a backless, open-toed shoe that is easy to 'slide' on and off the foot when the wearer wants to. They are either high-heeled or flat and may cover the entire foot from ankle to toe, or may have one or two narrow straps. The strap(s) can be a thick, thin, woven, braided, twisted or knotted. Slides have been in trend because consumers' desire for a more comfortable shoe that allows them to participate in physical activities and sports of their choice.

Slippers
posted on Sat, Jul 29th, 2017

The word "slippers" comes from the verb "to slip". Though its origin is thought to be from the East, they have been worn by every culture. It can be described as a light pair of footwear that is easy to put on and off. The various types of slippers include open toe slippers, closed slippers, slipper boots, evening boots and sandal slippers. Functionality was one reason why it became popular in medieval Europe. In 18th century, ladies of royalty had their boudoirs stocked with various fashionable slippers - delicate, with swan feathers, gilled with big lumps and with a little snubbed toe cap.

Slingbacks
posted on Tue, Jul 25th, 2017

A slingback is a type of sandal that is distinguished by a strap that crosses behind the heel or ankle. It comes in a wide variety of styles from casual to dressy, with heel height types ranging from a stiletto, a wedge or open- or closed-toe. Usually adjustable through a buckle or elastic segment, it allows the wearer to hold the foot in the sandal securely. The buckle is usually made of metal, plastic or sometimes stone.

Mules
posted on Fri, Jul 21st, 2017

A "Mule" is a French word for a shoe that is backless and often closed toed. Predominantly wore by women, the heel size can vary from fat to high. Usually worn within the bedroom, the Mule has a sordid history and when Comtesse d'Olonne, the risqué society beauty, wore a soft red pair of mules to church in 1694, it paved the way for the style. Variations were later seen being donned within the French Court by Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette throughout the eighteenth century.

Sandals
posted on Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

It might be one of the most basic shoes in your closet, but sandals have a long history. The Greeks wore them, the Romans fought in them and the Egyptians strutted in them. The sandals have been around since the beginning of organized civilizations.

Pumps
posted on Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

The first elevated footwear was seen in ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In Egypt, they were used by the ruling class, trickling down to the middle class in Greece, and then to the masses in Rome. Paradoxically - while the wealthy customized their own designs, heeled shoes were most commonly associated with female prostitutes.

Marabous
posted on Wed, Jul 12th, 2017

The Marabou has long been associated with glamor and sex appeal. When the heel was added, it was as though the naked heel and ankle of the woman's foot was placed on a pedestal … needless to say, it looked highly erotic. The Marabou mule soon became trendy in the bedroom.

T-Straps
posted on Fri, Jun 30th, 2017

A T-strap shoe basically has a pointed toe with a strap that reaches towards the ankles from the center of the toe to a horizontal strap circling the ankle. This shoe style, very popular during the 1920s when fashion dictated women to show off their legs and feet, covers the ankle and toe but otherwise shows a great deal of the foot. The heel size can vary from one inch to up to three inches.

D'Orsays
posted on Tue, Jun 27th, 2017

The d'Orsay was named after and created by Alfred Guillame Gabriel, Count d'Orsay, a prominent noble man, an eclectic artist who married into British aristocracy. A former soldier with the French military, he created the d'Orsay as military shoes in 1838. The flat shoes had low cut sides, to accommodate wide feet and a v-shaped vamp for a snug fit. Although the shoes worked for military wear, it became popular amongst the female aristocrats who soon adopted the style.

Mary Janes
posted on Fri, Jun 23rd, 2017

Bar shoes became known as Mary Janes after the Brown Shoe Company of Missouri began marketing the shoes naming it after the popular cartoon character Buster Brown and his sister Mary Jane in 1904. While Mary Janes have remained popular young girls' footwear, adult women began to wear them in the 1960's and there's no looking back since then.

So, what classifies as a Mary Jane? It will have at least one strap, if not more. It will always, always have closed tip, but the heel size depends on the comfort of the wearer.

Wedges
posted on Wed, Jun 21st, 2017

If wedges are your knight in shining armor during style crisis days, you have Salvatore Ferragamo to thank. It was 1940 when Italy plunged into a crisis for its economic sanctions against it and Salvatore Ferragamo could no longer purchase steel for his traditional heels. He experimented with pieces of Sardinian cork, pushing and gluing and fixing and trimming until the entire space between the sole and the heel was blocked solid. After a few weeks, it became one of the most popular styles.

Backpacks
posted on Mon, Jun 19th, 2017

The only difference between backpacks and Stone Age tools is that backpacks are only 130 years old. Many cultures have employed sacks, baskets and bags carried on their backs for centuries, and evidence of a functional backpack, known as the Otzi backpack, dated back to 3300 BC.

Stilettos
posted on Thu, Jun 8th, 2017

A classic piece of footwear, be it on the runaway, out with friends, or at the workplace, stilettos are a friendly pair to move with. When Roger Vivier designed the shoe for Dior in 1954, he didn’t just create a new genre of heels, he created a sensation, a statement that enabled women to emphasize their body line and their sexuality. In a time when poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pony tails were in style, leather and denim became popular as the rebellious counterpart. Stilettos added a sexier edge to the ruggedness.