After dominating yet another runway season, it’s pretty much official: the peplum trend is here to stay. With a nip at the waist and fabric hovering on the hip, the silhouette itself has essentially become the universal shape of femininity. But who was the first to figure out just how flattering this style could be?
It turns out wool comes from more than sheep. (Newsflash? We hope not.) The term itself refers to the result of spun hair from any mammal. The thinner the follicle of hair, the softer and more desirable – ahem, expensive – the wool.
The runways are pretty much begging us to opt for something oversized this season. Case in point: the absolutely effortless Aran sweater. But before you throw one on and cozy up, here’s what you need to know about this Irish import.
When the person who popularized a piece is so influential their name becomes synonymous with the piece itself, we call that an eponym. Or, simply, a word derived from the name of the person who inspired it. Fashion is rife with eponyms, but here’s a peek at three of our very favorites.
History isn’t always so black and white – just take houndstooth, for example. The fall-favorite pattern, often found on menswear-inspired styles, has quite the interesting past.
Trend alert: the evil eye has taken over as the must-have motif on just about every accessory. But where did this symbol of superstition come from? And just what does it mean?
As reliable as it is comfortable, jersey is the go-to fabric for floor-length maxis – but what is it about this material that has us draping for joy?
If you’ve already scored designer driving loafers for fall, you’re on the right track – their buttery leather exteriors and slip-on shape make them a must-have. But that hardware adorning their forepart? Well, that’s what makes them iconic.
As a top trend in 2013, chiffon combines elegance with effortless style – but what exactly makes this sheer beauty such a standout?
Baffled by brogues? Get the scoop on this on-trend shoe here:
Brogues – a general term referring to the wing-tip oxford style – originated in Ireland and Scotland in the early 20th century. Countrymen wore these low-heeled, leather lace-ups with perforations (which were originally designed to allow water to drain from the shoes in wet terrain) as casual outdoor walking shoes.
Today, brogues still often feature cutouts, though they’re more for fashion than function. Rock this city-slicker favorite in leather or suede with a two-piece suit or blue jeans. Or snag some style bonus points and try a pair done up with multicolored soles and seam stitching.
By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer
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