Fashion

Style Icon: Spencer Hastings

So I’ve been binge-watching Pretty Little Liars as I wait till March the 20th for the new Pretty Little Liars. Rewatching it has been so much fun and I see why I got so hooked the first time. I must say, now that I am older I think I actually enjoy it more than when I watched it as a teenager.

Spencer’s style really stands out to me in the series. I’m gonna tell you now why I like these outfits SO much.

Her brown trench coat is so cute paired with white boots and a hat. Typical Spencer style, she can make most outfits look sophisticated.

Her choice in the white and red cardi and the tie up pants is too cute. I love it because it is so preppy. It has a cute element though with the splash of colour.

The third outfit is my fave. Her knee high socks popping over her boots are too cute and I love her black dress and blazer. It’s so chic and goes so well with her hair.

I think Spencer in the blue dress is quite unique because she has paired it with a mustard cardigan and it makes her look more like the other Liars. The knee high-socks do remind us that it is still Spencer though.

I love these set of outfits. The detail on the top of the first jersey is so cute. The Oxford shoes are so Spencer. I used to love Oxfords as well as a teen. I think Spencer definitely influenced me to like these types of shoes.

The second top just makes me smile. It is so Spencer. Only she would wear something so ornate yet so simple.

I love the red pullover with leggings and boots. It’s like a nice way for Spencer to be more casual and chilled.

I think this dress of Spencer’s is SO cute! I love the little collar details and how her knee highs just compliment her height.

Spencer’s blazer and patterned top is a nice change from her more severe looking clothing and it shows a softer side of her.

I adore the untucked blouse look. Those leggings are also Spencer-chic.

I want to steal Spencer’s coat. It is just so fancy. I love the half-sleeves and the high neckline. The all-black look paired with the beige top underneath break it up a bit and keep it looking smart.

Spencer looks business-casual with some blue jeans, a white-blouse and a grey blazer. The reason I like this is because of the longer-length blazer. The cuffs are also cool and I think you would easily find something like this off Superbalist or at Cotton On.

The last outfit is what I really want. That skirt is goals and so is the tucked in blouse. I just can’t handle it.

I hope you guys liked this little feature on Spencer Hastings. In real-life Troian Bellisario recently had a baby with Suits husband Patrick Adams. They hid the pregnancy until after her baby was born and can I just say, I really want to see their little girl properly already! But I respect their decision. Privacy is very important for families and I am really excited for them! Anyway, hope you enjoyed this.

Fashion

Style Icon: Aria Montgomery

Aria Montgomery was the most daring of all the Liars. She loved bold prints, patterned jackets, A-line skirts, and combat boots.

Her grunge/goth/girly style is definitely memorable. The reason why I like Aria’s style is because she stuck to it. She owned all her accessories, and the statement pieces she wore. Besides Spencer, no-one else really owned their style as much as she did.

Take this outfit for example; it screams Aria. I would have died if I had had to wear that. Talk about in your face. But Aria looks so proud in her outfit; you can see that she feels good. And I dig that.

As I mentioned earlier, Aria follows through with her accessories. She’s wearing a skull top and you’ll see she is wearing skull rings too. The brown offsets the light top and her statement necklace is really pretty. The coloured tote bag also breaks away from the outfit which actually works.

I mean who else wears a snakeskin jumpsuit and looks this nonchalant. Girl – I would be checking myself constantly to see if I looked alright. Yet she looks great. Again – it’s all about the confidence and knowing that’s enough. I really like this outfit because even though it is formal because it is a snakeskin jumpsuit – Aria looks cute. She looks comfortable and chic and it doesn’t look excessive. It isn’t her boldest look though…

Here we see Aria mixing prints again. Some may say it doesn’t work. But I think it looks cool. The bright stripy top offsets the abstract skirt and her accessories are kept to a minimum because her outfit is statement enough. The pencil skirt makes Aria look taller than she is which is great because Lucy Hale is about 155cm in real life!

This is the Aria I adore. She is the reason I spent high-school being obsessed with these types of skirts. I tried one on and looked horrific. But she just looks amazing. Still, have a crush on that skirt (if it’s possible to have a crush on a piece of clothing… I don’t know). Also, her little denim jacket is too cute. I love that is frayed on the edges and the statement tee just rounds it all off. Again – accessories are kept to a minimum because the outfit speaks for itself.

Aria wears a maroon coloured-formal dress. But how does she spruce it up? She adds a striped top underneath. Paired with her little bow, I think Aria look so pretty. The necklace also works because it is reminiscent of that time period and it makes the dress pop.

There’s not a lot of Aria’s style that I would wear, but I would wear this. This outfit is so cute! The skirt, the details on the shirt and the jacket make me swoon. Yes, I just said swoon, some of us love a good grunge/girly combo. The light blue and the white work well to offset the black and it makes the outfit great for the day as it is chic but not too serious. Also, the cut of the skirt is amazing. The little details make the skirt. I would love to have a skirt like this.

Here we see the printed jackets that Aria loves to wear so much. She keeps the colours simple (well simple for Aria) and this keeps your attention on the jacket. I love the cut of the jacket and how it looks on her. The print is sophisticated and not garish at all.

I’m not usually into this colour but Aria rocks it. I love the little press studs on the sleeves. The Liars often have these little details on their sleeves and I love it. Her obsession with big belts is present and it cinches her waist in making her look petite but with a bit of an edge. Her hair also plays a big part in this look; styled to the one side she really looks sophisticated, and that stops the dress from looking overly simplistic.

I’ve never really gotten into these bomber jackets. Maybe it’s just cause I prefer something more girly, but I love this colour on Aria. Side note; I am sort of obsessed with this colour at the moment. It is literally so versatile. This colour can be on a silk night dress or a kimono or a velvet prom dress and you will look stunning. This colour is mysterious but also is regal in its own way. I think I’ve spent too much time obsessing over this colour, for real….

I could wear this for sure. Aria looks great. She can just give this to me now. K thanks. Okay, but besides that jacket, the rest of the outfit works too because it is low-key. The statement longer-length tank top and the black jeans keeps your attention to the jacket. Aria’s haircut looks super cute with this jacket as she looks more mature.

Look 1 is great because who doesn’t love a pair of straight leg pants paired with a tribal top? She looks so sophisticated and grown up! Paired with those cute wedges, she is going places!

The boots in look 2 are so Aria and the tribal skirt looks great paired with an off-the-shoulder top.

Not too sure what is going on in look 3. Not really digging it, but hey, that’s Aria, you might not always like it.

I’mm pretty sure I remember the exact episode Aria wore look 4. It was after she revealed to her parents that she was dating Ezra. And her dad freaked out and was like you are not going to school like that. I was like hello… How is this only happening now? Half the outfits Aria wears would never have been tolerated when I was living at home.

These 4 looks are all really cute.

I love the stilettos and the sheer blouse Aria has worn underneath her polka dot dress.

Aria always looks good in black and purple (is that purple?) Paired with the chunky belt and statement pendant she looks awesome.

Look 3 is also cool because for once aria looks more toned-down if that’s even a thing. (I’ll have her bag thanks…)

Look 4 is also cute because come on, who doesn’t like how she looks? I think it is impossible not to like it.

Finally, to end it off, Aria looks terrific in this dress with a slim belt and a leopard print tote bag. She is officially, the queen of mixing and matching and looking classy throughout.

Hope you enjoyed this and be sure to look out for style editions of the other Liars soon!

Fashion

The One-Piece Bathing Suit

The one-piece bathing suit actually came a long time ago. Traditionally women wore Victorian style bloomers that were not revealing or figure hugging. They appeared more like dresses than swimsuits.

Annette Kellerman was an Australian swimmer born in 1887 and she was arrested for wearing a one-piece swimsuit – otherwise known as a maillot in these time period. There was a huge public outcry and she was released. In fact, this caused an outpouring of support from women to wear a one-piece versus the Victorian bloomers.

By the 1920s one-pieces with shorts started to see a rise in popularity. They were more common because women needed a functional outfit when they were at the beach. Going to the beach became a common activity for relaxation and therefore, the Victorian style outfits were not conducive to swimming and tanning. Stockings were worn with these one-pieces and long sleeve tops were worn over these too.

Necklines got lower in the 1930s. New fabrics like nylon and latex meant that women could wear tighter swimsuits; although these were not like the ones we have today. Previously in the 1920s swimsuits often came in fabrics we wouldn’t see today; like silk or jersey style fabric.

The next style of swimsuit was the Swing Style Bathing Suit. It may look modest today but it was not in the 1940s. It was a step away from the one-piece with shorts. It covered the entire backside area and it was almost like a short skirt. I think they were kinda cute!

Swing Style Bathing Suits

I really think the styles were so cute especially the colours. Bikinis are so much more simplistic mostly. I mean you get fancy cut outs and designs on one-pieces but these are so cute.

50s bathing suits

Vast improvements were made for bathing suits in the 1950s. Suddenly the fabric was better suited for the water and the beach. Nylon and elastic were added to the bathing suits. This basically made it easier for you to dry and for you to move around. It’s so crazy for me to think that swimming suits were not like they are today.

Comparatively, from a fashion perspective, the patterns were different in the 50s to the 40s. Solid colours were in. Patterns weren’t as popular now. I still can’t get over how cute these are – not going to lie – not digging the hair though.

50s bathing suits


The princes bathing suit

50s bathing suits


The bubble swimsuit

50s bathing suits

I think it is really cool that the style wanted to emphasize your hips. I wish more styles did that today. Sometimes, I feel shy about my hips so I think more styles should embrace larger hips and celebrate them.

 Baby Doll swimsuits

50s bathing suits

These swimsuits seem so foreign to me. They look like very simplistic playsuits to me. I can’t even imagine going swimming in these. The fabric doesn’t even look like a bathing suit!

The Empire Waist Swimsuit

50s bathing suits

Waists were there to be shown off. If you wanted to show off your curves then this one would have been the one to get.

If you want to know more about one-suits then check out these cool links!


Wikipedia – One Piece History

Wikipedia – Maillot

History of Bathing Suits – Victoriana Magazine

History of Bathing Suits – Good Housekeeping

Annette Kellerman

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this. I definitely enjoyed researching this. Have a good one!


Fashion

Mod Dresses in the 60s

So what were mod dresses? Mod Dresses came out of the 60s and they were dubbed mod, short for modern. This was meant to be a minimalist style, but you’ll see that mod style was actually really colourful and brightly patterned.

One thing about 60s fashion is the mindset that ‘anything goes’. So with mod fashion it was a mix and match of different styles and patterns.

Mod Dresses

Some Mod Dresses would look weird in 2019, but some of the plainer ones might look cool. Like this orange one looks kinda cool and so does the black pinafore mod dress. Obviously I would be drawn to simple ones… I am kind of minimalist too. I kind of think I would have rocked Mod Dresses if I had been more in the 60s. Mini skirts too…

What are your favourite Mod Dress styles? Do you prefer the traditional colour-block Mod Dresses? Would you consider wearing a Mod Dress in 2019?

Fashion

Why do I like Capri Pants?

I’m on a history buzz at the moment. Learning all about different fashion and where it all started. I decided to take a deep dive into Capri pants. They were made famous in the 60s.

They were designed by Sonja de Lennart in 1948 and the name came from Capri, the Isle of Italy. Seems like a good start to be fair. Naming a type of pants on an isle. But besides that Capri’s will always have a place in my heart.

I mean look at them. Their so versatile; they can be fun and in bright colours or they can be more toned down and fitted. To me Capri pants were almost like the pre-skinny jean. A good pair of black skinny jeans can look so smart. With Capri pants you can dress them up or down but also their a nice break from a world filled with people wearing jeans.

Audrey Hepburn is the person I think about when I think of Capri pants. She rocked them. Talk about 60s chic. She’s definitely one of my style icons and I just love her hairstyle, her natural poses, and how she looked so at ease in front of the camera.

Capri Pants

The bottom collage shows Kendall Jenner wearing the cutest Capri pants. Their loose fitting but they also show off her great legs. Next to her, we have a more modern approach to the traditional Capri with zips on the front. I personally love this style.

The reason why I love Capri pants is they look great for work and for relaxing. Their easy to put on and their very summery and fun. You should get a pair of floral ones if you want to make yourself stand out!

Fashion

Turtlenecks all over the 60s

Turtlenecks are one of the 60s trends that never went out of fashion. In fact, I’ve seen them worn by guys and girls throughout 2018. They have become very popular with the hipster movement. It’s weird when I think of hipsters; like do they even exist anymore? I’m sure they do. I just have to UCT Michaelis campus to find them. 

However, their fashion style has become more integrated into mainstream fashion that there is less of a distinction. Heck, even I own a pinafore now. 

As a child, I remember my mom used to buy me a lot of turtlenecks. I always found them strange, but I just tolerated it (I was very fussy as a child). I suppose they did their job though; they kept me warm. I think next season I would like to purchase a turtleneck (I don’t own any currently), but I think they look so great on people.

Their one of those tops that anyone can look good in. I must admit, when a guy wears a turtleneck I’m always like whoa look at you trendsetter cause it’s not so common. And as I said before, they look good on anyone so I do hope people try these out more.

I think I will get a black and grey one next year and give the trend a try. However, I have composed a little gallery of the turtlenecks that people wore in the 60s. Enjoy!

Turtleneck collage
Turtleneck collage
Fashion

Do You Know the History of Bell-bottoms?

Would you believe me if I told you that the bell-bottoms fashion trend did not start in the 60s, nor did women first wear them?

Yes, bell-bottoms originated in a place you probably wouldn’t imagine, and that’s at sea. In the 19th Century, sailors in the 1812 War did not have a set uniform. Reports dating back to this time spoke about sailors who wore pants that billowed out at the bottom. They were not like the traditional bell-bottoms that we know today, as the “real” trend of bell-bottoms began in the 60s. Sailors would use them because they were easily rolled up and allowed for easier water navigation.

When people think about Bell-Bottoms in the 60s, they think about hippies wearing brightly coloured, patterned Bell-Bottoms. They don’t think about how Bell-Bottoms became synonymous with jeans. However, when the Brady Bunch was on TV, wearing Bell-Bottom style jeans became the in-thing. Sonny and Cher, two notable celebrities also helped to make this trend as famous as it was.

Bell-bottoms collage

I personally think that bell-bottoms have such character and pairing them with a cute peasant top is just so swell… I love how free they are and I guess I hope that more people start to embrace this trend.

What do you guys think about bellbottoms? Yay or nay?