Best in Show: The Origin of the Riding Boot

As October becomes more official with each turning leaf, it’s time to shift our footwear selection to complement the season – boot season, that is. And making an annual return to cover our legs in buttery leather is the classic English-style riding boot. But before we walk the walk, let’s talk about the origin of the coveted equestrian style.

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October 8, 2013

A Peek at Peplum: The History Behind the Figure-Flattering Trend

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?

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October 1, 2013

Have You Any Wool? A Closer Look at Luxury Knits

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.

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September 24, 2013

The Aran Sweater: The Scoop on This Seafaring Style

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.

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September 17, 2013

Name That Muse: The Leotard and Other Pieces Inspired by Real People

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.

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September 10, 2013

Get It in Check: A History of Houndstooth

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.

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September 3, 2013

Double Take: Origin of the Symbolic Evil Eye

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?

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August 27, 2013

Fabric Rundown: A History of Jersey

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?

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August 20, 2013

What Are You (Really) Wearing? A Horsebit Hardware History

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.

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August 13, 2013

What Are You (Really) Wearing? For the Love of Chiffon

As a top trend in 2013, chiffon combines elegance with effortless style – but what exactly makes this sheer beauty such a standout?

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August 6, 2013