Fashion Stories: Fashion History 1920s

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how we will look back at the fashion of 2020. Most houses will not be showing a new collection in the fall, so much of our shopping has become online, and with everyone at home the majority of the time fashion could be anything from pjs to yoga pants to anything you love. There’s a lot of freedom. And a lot of stories.

As someone who deeply believes our stories and our fashions are intertwined, I’m fascinated by fashion history. Yes, it’s a thing! It’s in museums and you can get degrees in it! When I wrote about Dior, you could argue that it’s a lesson in fashion history. Dior’s “new look” defined a period in time. What will this period be defined by, fashion wise? I can’t help but think about this, there are days when I’m dressing up and days when I’m in the same pjs on end. And I’m sure I’m not alone in that sort of dressing. How will we be written about? How should I be writing about it now?

Loving stories means I love history, and in the past few years have led me to develop a deep passion and appreciation for fashion history. I’m not a historian-but I love learning about it! And with all of these thoughts about what the history of 2020 will say, I’m looking back to the fashion history of the 1920s.

Some of my favorite video resources:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kc5SJxr4tHA

And

(These are just a sampling of what you can find on YouTube. I’ve spent many an afternoon lost in these videos! I high recommend it!)

As a vintage lover, I love the ease of the 1920s, the way that people redefined themselves and expressed that with their clothes. Which brings us back to my question: how will we define this era in fashion history? If you knew that you would be documented would you change how you dress?

I don’t know the answers. But as I ponder this, I can’t help but want to be more intentional with my outfits, even the ones with yoga pants. What about you?

I would love to hear your thoughts, what you’re wearing, and your take on fashion history!
Xo RA

Fashion Stories: Dior

My loves! I wanted to update this: Dior has put their exhibit (with a guided tour) online for free.
See it:

And

My thoughts remain below! Every Friday in quarantine, I’ve been “getting dressed up” and “going to a museum” (aka looking at collections online!). This week I plan on revising this exhibit, and I just might wear Dior to do it! What to join?

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I recently had the chance to see the Dior exhibit, “From Paris to the World”, at the Dallas Museum of Art. It’s a must see for any fashion lover, art lover, human lover. The exhibit has been extended to October 27, and you can get more information about the museum and buy tickets here.

Loves, I have to admit that this exhibit awed me. The amount of art (yes. Fashion is art. Couture is one our last artisan art forms.) The clothes. The beauty.

I took so many, many pictures, thinking I would make us a little video. But then I found these and they tell the story so well:

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What I would love to share are my take-aways from this art and fashion heaven:

Fashion is Art
Not that I haven’t said this before, but it’s still true. The craft, the workmanship, the art. In fact, DMA showed Dior next to Monets, and Van Goughs.

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And while I’ve always been a believer that fashion was art, what this Dior exhibit reminded me of was that it’s ok, more than ok, to see the bigger picture of your clothes. To not just have things to run errands in (also super important), but to have pieces that make you gasp, fill with joy, that are beyond the everyday. That we should enjoy our clothes, and be inspired by them. Both sides of fashion are amazing.

Fashion Tells a Story
Again, not a new thought. Fashion Telling a Story is one of my core beliefs. However, Dior sent that message home for me. Christian Dior was a man who saw women and fashion in a new way, and his vision changed what people wore. We can think of luxury houses as these big brands, but they all started with a story. They all still tell a story. From Christian to Galliano, each creative designer of a house puts their own take on a line, while carrying the story the house was founded on.
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And that doesn’t even touch on the stories told in the clothes (like Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars).

This exhibit made me not only want to know the stories of Dior, and wear the clothes, but find our more about the women who wore these stories. From the classics
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To the not-so-classic:
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I want it all, and I want to tell all the stories.

What about you?
I’d love to hear if you’ve seen the exhibit, your thoughts, and what things you’ve done in Dior!
Xo RA

I’ve linked to some of the books and films about Dior that I’ve either loved or am longing to love!
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Fashion Stories: Expoloration

It’s tempting at this time not to get dressed. To be in sweats or yoga pants, to avoid the closet. I’m guilty of it. As much as I love my clothes, and believe in the power our stories have, and that fashion tells our stories, I haven’t been getting dressed lately. Between all the feelings and no where to go, it has been hard to get dressed.

Then. I shifted my perspective. I’ve been going to my closet thinking that it would make me feel better, that there’s some story there that would “solve” things. And yes, getting dressed always makes me feel better, I realized I was looking for the wrong thing. Yes, use this time to dress for comfort, if that means sweat pants or your favorite dress. Dress for the feelings you need, be it power suit or romance.

But maybe this is a great time to dress for exploration. Tell the stories about that. With no set place to be (for most of us) and loosening guidelines, maybe this is a time to dare to try things. Mix patterns that you wouldn’t before. Figure out what pants you really love and build endless combinations with them. Be daring. Pair a swimsuit with everything. Wear your tops in new ways. There’s no limit to what you could put together, and what stories you could tell. Exploration–and is there any better place to start exploring than your own closet?

Some of my suggestions:
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Mix formal with super casual

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Mix socks and hose and all the shoes!

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Play with sheer

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Layer everything. Or not!

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Play with your hair!

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Is lingerie only for the bedroom?

The possibilities are endless! So, I would love to know, what are you exploring? I have a few pieces that I love that I can’t seem to pair easily, I’m going to work on that. I’ll also spend some time cleaning out and making space for things that better fit. (If you’re cleaning out Ashley.rochestie@therealreal.com would love to help you make some money off your discards! Tell her I sent you!) Want some help exploring? Email me at racheladelicia@gmail.com and we will play together.

No matter what you’re wearing or what story you’re telling right now, I hope that you and yours are safe and healthy!
Xo RA

Fashion Stories: Nail Art

If I truly believe (and I do) that our clothes tell a story, what do I think about nails?
I went to college with someone who’s dad sent her weekly money for her manicures, as he thought you could always tell a lady by her nails.
In the epic “Gone With The Wind”, there’s more than one reference to how a woman’s hand should look (soft and kept) and how they shouldn’t look (like she’s been working in a field).
Do our nails tell a story?

I think so. From color (I went through a phase where I would joke with my manicurist that I always got black as it matched my soul. It was after a bad breakup) to design (I’m partial to more graphics but I have a girlfriend who does hearts and they are always adorable!), our nails can tell a story. There was a time when I was religious about getting my nails done every two weeks. Then I got out of the habit, and went to just painting my nails solid colors at home. Recently, I had begun to miss some of the designs, and stumbled across gel strips (essentially stickers for your nails) that come in a ton of different colors and designs.

I love them as they are quick, last about 14 days, and I don’t have to go to the salon. And now, when so many of us are home, unable or unwilling to venture out, they’re perfect:

Do you love nail art? Still to colors? Have a favorite nail salon? Tell me all about it!

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You can shop these gel strips here:

Mani me :
here. Use code JOOY20 for 20% off!

Happy storytelling!
Xo RA

Fashion Stories: Charm Bracelets

A piece that I used to wear religiously? A way to learn a little bit about me? A charm bracelet. In and of itself both a fashion story and a timeline of our lives, these bracelets were so special to me growing up. Now that I’m looking back at them, I’m amazed at what they say and how accurate they still are. I’d love to know: did you wear a charm bracelet growing up? And if you were to make one now, what charms would you want on it?

Xo RA

I’ve linked some of my favorite current charms here. Yes, that’s an affiliate link, and while that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from it. Thank you for your support!

Fashion Stories: NYE

If holiday dressing tells the story of tradition, joy, and family, what story does NYE dressing tell?

My guess is party! What may be best about dressing for NYE is that it truly is a make your own adventure, and an excuse to go BIG! Sequins, furs, anything and everything. Whether you’re out on the town or staying in, the story of NYE dressing can be excitement about the year to come, or saying “Ciao” to the year ending, or maybe it’s just letting your love of party dresses come out!Something else I love on NYE? (Or anytime) Tuxes. Yes, on women, or a great suit- it’s chic and a bit unexpected. Something else I love on NYE? (Or anytime) Tuxes. Yes, on women, or a great suit- it’s chic and a bit unexpected.

My little secret? I’m a fan of at-home New Years. I love luxe pj dressing: a silky gown or kimono, maybe a fur, statement shoes of course. It allows me to be relaxed and dressy at the same time. However, as we are starting the roaring 20s this year, I’m very tempted to wear a 1920s dress and go out on the town. (Throughout the year I also expect all of you to invite me to your Gatsby parties!)

What story will we wear this NYE? I’ve linked some options for all us below. I’d love to know: what are you wearing for NYE?
XO RA

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Fashion Stories: Holiday Dressing

Velvets. Plaids. Reds. These are the fashion choices we usually choose to tell our holiday stories. The ones of traditions and families, of decorations and parties. It’s odd to think of “holiday dressing” as a fashion story, but it is! I have a thing for red dresses, but whenever I see one I can’t help but think of this time of year. Even outliers like winter white tell a story (maybe you’re classic but not a conformer).

Thinking about the stories we’re telling with our holiday dressing is something that fascinates me. Looking at holiday cards, thinking about the ways people choose to dress themselves and their families, it’s striking that most of all we want to share joy at this time of year–and there’s a chance that merry plaids, reds, and velvets are the best way to do that.

What stories are you telling with your holiday dressing this year?
Me? I’m still thinking about it, but these pics above are some of my favorite past stories, and I’ve linked shopping options below for us!

Let’s share joy and magic this year! How’s that for holiday dressing?
Xo RA

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Shop winter whites here.

Some of my favorite plaids here.

And velvets and dresses here:

I would love to know what you’re wearing and shopping!

Fashion Stories: Holiday Traditions

We, as a society, tend to wear red and green for Christmas. Sequins for New Years. There are traditions that have come and gone–like holiday sweaters. I would love to know: what are your fashion holiday traditions? Have they changed over the years? Let’s chat about it!

Below, I’ve linked some holiday dresses, and holiday sweaters for your shopping pleasure!
Xo RA

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Some lovely holiday dressing options:

Holiday Sweaters:

Fashion Stories: Halloween Costume

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When fashion stories and fashion Halloween intersect magic can happen. This year I thought long and hard about what I wanted to be for Halloween. I knew that it had to be fashion (here with the black cocktail dress and shoes), and I wanted it to be something I would really dress up as! So…I’m Maleficent! Ironically, this is not my first (or second) time being the “Mistress of Evil”. This headpiece is from college-yes, I was Maleficent when we hadn’t seen her side of the story, when to be a fan of Maleficent meant you loved her in all her evilness. (It doesn’t hurt that Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale)

But I really wanted to think about the fashion part of my costume. You’ve seen this dress before (here and here), it’s one of my favorite designers (Norma Kamali) and this is one of those little black dresses that feels like nothing, but offers such an impact. Here I put a turtleneck under it- I know, you can see the lines. I do love this dress, though I have to say if I were going to alter it, (a series I’m thinking of doing, what are your thoughts?) I would cinch the waist a bit as it can gape. (Insert shrugging emoji)
But for the most part it’s perfect.
Those sleeves read queen. (Note- a LBD would also work for any queen, Morticia Adams, or a witch)
I’ve had the headpiece for years. And I’ve found you updated headpieces.
And I’ve had the bird.
However, most of this costume is just fashion. And as a fashion lover, I love that. You know that I’m a firm believer that fashion is a medium with which to tell our stories, and why should our costumes (stories) be excluded from that?

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The question now is: what are you for Halloween? What fashion are you using? And what story are you telling?
Some other easy things I’ve thought about being:
Mrs. Maisel (a vintage slip with a coat)
Audrey Hepburn (black turtleneck, crop pants, loafers)
Hester Pyrne (black dress with a Scarlet A)
Barbie (pink)
And for fun, T-REX (with heels)

The fun part for me is mixing fashion and stories–and isn’t that just want a costume is?

There’s a lot to shop her, so I’ve broken it down!
I can’t wait to hear about what you’re being for Halloween, and the stories and fashion that went into it!
Xo RA

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If you love this dress:

Maleficent costumes can be purchased here
Or here:

Happy Halloween!
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Fashion Story: Costumes.

Loves, we know that I have this thing about all the fashion that we keep in our closets. I think it’s a part of how we tell our stories. (Fashion Story, get it?) Sometimes we hang onto the things that we wear all the time, and that’s a story. But sometimes, we hang on to things that we don’t always wear. Maybe it’s something that represents something we hope for, or aspire to be. Sometimes, maybe it’s a thing we are dealing with, and learning to let go.

Today, let’s chat costumes. Yes, Halloween. But also things like dance costumes. Yes, I was a dancer growing up, and there are a ton of recital costumes that I just can’t seem to get rid of! Let’s chat about it!

I’d love to know: what are the things you can’t get rid of? Are you holding onto any costumes? I want to hear about everything!!

Xo RA