Catalogs and department now carried “stout” size clothing lines with dresses, tops, coats, and shoes in designs that were more flattering to the fuller figure. Beauty tips and fashion advice books were full of Do’s and Don’ts for dressing a woman’s best.
The 1940s were notable for the popularization for the wedge or wedgie. The wedge sole was all one piece, gave moderate height and was considered safer than tall pumps. They came in solid slip-ons or fun summer sandal types. The peep toe was one common style. It was a small slit in the front of the toe. Peep toes could be seen on pumps, sandals and wedges.
For Luar, Raul Lopez, a founder of Hood by Air, makes minidresses and thigh-highs for men, as well as too-long-on-purpose T-shirts and shorts. His clothes don’t challenge gender; they’re postgender. July 13, noon, Cadillac House, 330 Hudson Street
“Sometimes I’m just blown away by the price of designer clothes,” Ms. Riley said, adding, “Some of their fabrics are mediocre.” When told that Lanvin’s first collection of children’s wear included a $1,200 tulle shift, with a strand of faux pearls knotted in tulle, a signature of the designer Alber Elbaz, and a trench coat in fuchsia taffeta for $1,570, Ms. Riley made a shuddering noise. Then she said, peeved, as if defending her ground of smock dresses and ballet slippers, “Are they made for children’s bodies?”
Working women had to keep their hair tied back. They wore hair snoods– knit bags that gathered hair back and out of the way or scarves tied around and up. Rosie the Riveter made the hair scarf a recognizable icon of the 1940s. They were made of silk with a variety of fun hand painted patterns.
The very best part of this reinvention is that your styling options are broad. Throw one on over jeans, tailored trousers, knits, shirts, trainers or Chelsea boots… you’d be hard pressed to go wrong. Also, you’re sure as hell going to get your money’s worth – summer, as always, is bound to be a write off.
American fashion design is dominated by a clean-cut, urban, casual style; reflecting the athletic, health-conscious lifestyles of urban city-dwellers. A designer who helped to set the trend in the United States for sport-influenced day wear throughout the 1940s and 50s was Claire McCardell. Many of her designs have been revived in recent decades. Famous American brands and designers include Vera Wang, Bill Blass, Joseph Abboud, Calvin Klein, Bob Mackie, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Geoffrey Beene, Oleg Cassini, Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole, James Galanos, Todd Oldham, Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, and Nolan Miller.
Early 1940s coats were very square and usually plain. They had a few large buttons down the front, plain or cuffed narrow sleeves, and a variety of necklines. They were long, down to the knee, to keep warm and covered up. Shorter box coats hung to the hip in a wide cape like fashion with big bell sleeves.
I don’t believe children’s fashion is an important part of life. Of all the things we want our kids to enjoy, looking cool shouldn’t be one of them. Parents can be vain and we often see our children as a reflection of ourselves — from behavior to grades to fashion, the moms and dads at the park are silently judging each other based on their kids. But there is a lesson we should have learned before becoming parents: “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Description Pleated tent dresses, bold plaids, ruffle shirts, and bow collars were all prominent in 1965 fashion for girls. Jumpers and tops with matching leggings and pleated skirts with sweaters were fun for casual occasions. Button details, bows, and ruffles all adorned the dresses a girl might wear for a more formal occasion.
When Ms. Zwanziger first introduced her to the store, Ms. Novick said, “They almost had to sedate me.” A pair of Celine pumps cost her $200 — a price that, she noted with amazement, “sounds like Chinatown in New York.”
She had eyed the dress on a previous visit, and when U.A.L. announced through its Instagram account a 30 percent off “White Out Sale” on white garments, she rushed over. Ms. Clark reached around and fished out the tag that showed the original price: $3,500. U.A.L.’s price was $733, and the additional 30 percent off.