Category Archives: Clothing customs

Straw Hat Day and Felt Hat Day

The stiff straw boater (aka skimmer) became a popular summer hat for men in the 1890s and remained popular until the 1920s. Typically worn for semi-formal occasions, they were usually donned with lightweight summer suits, or blazers with white flannels … Continue reading

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Dress Codes in the news — again

Last year’s kerfuffle over leggings worn on air flights, has now shifted to rompers. American Airlines threatened to kick this woman and her son off a flight between Jamaica and Miami unless she covered up. The alternative was to wear … Continue reading

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Release the White Shoes!

Today is Whit Monday, a Christian calendar holiday occurring the day after Whit Sunday, which is the seventh Sunday after Easter. The date marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. The date became a holiday in Europe … Continue reading

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Why the BIG todo over white after Labour Day?

Even though it’s a bit of a joke, every year some fashion magazine or blog brings up the ‘no white after Labour day’ rule. But there never really was a ‘rule’. Until the 19th century white was an impractical and … Continue reading

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Is There a Museum of Folk?

I don’t know of a museum that specializes in European folk dress – those strange costumes worn for specific carnivals or traditional ceremonies. I am sure European regional museums collect local garments, but wouldn’t it be great to see these … Continue reading

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Glossary – Beatnik fashion talk

Here are all the fashion terms from the Complete Beatnik Dictionary: So if you are a flutter bum (good looking guy) and want to get all chrome plated (dressed up) in some threads (clothes), you can put shape in a … Continue reading

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First Fashion story of 2018

Politics continues to make its presence known in the world of fashion this year. This past Sunday, guests attending the Golden Globe awards wore black in support of the ‘Me Too#’ campaign and ‘Time’s Up’ legal fund to end sexual … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibits 2 & 3 – Musee des Beaux Arts

The Musee des Beaux Arts has created some phenomenal fashion exhibitions in the past. This is where the amazing Yves St. Laurent retrospective was launched in 2008, as well as where the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition was conceived and began … Continue reading

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More WTF (What the Fashion) Shock Chic

This is an excellent example of a wearable art collection that presents itself as a provocative fashion idea, but is not intended to be taken as a serious fashion direction. These collections get far more attention than they warrant, mostly … Continue reading

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Beefcake with your cheesecake

A recent article on Messy Nessy brought up a little known piece of sexist uniform history – beefcake carhops. According to Paula Bosse of Flashback Dallas in the late 1930s “Women were dressing in scanty outfits, hula skirts, midriff-baring costumes, to serve drive-in … Continue reading

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