Throughout history fashion has had serious mood swings. The most obvious example is the fluctuations of hemlines—once short they return to longer lengths and then move back up again. However, more extreme examples reside with the corseted silhouette. This trend had graced the pages of magazines and street styles since the 16th century. It reached its pinnacle during the Victorian era and then died off during the 20s. It reappeared in a more subtle form in the 50s with Christian Dior’s wasp waist. Then the 60s happened and turned fashion on its head.
From feminine florals of the 50s to groovy geometric prints of the 60s, the dictates of style were radically transformed. Ever since the Mary Quant gave us the mini-skirt the mood in fashion has embraced a more relaxed look at least where everyday style is concerned.
“Letting go” and “Being Free” were messages that clothing of the 60s represented. Unencumbered of anything that hinted of the past establishment was considered hip by the new guards of style.
Finally free from the constraints of tailored garments of past generations the Mod Movement led the charge for today’s ultra relaxed sensibility towards fashion. But has it gone too far?
That is exactly what fashion does! It is there to impose a constant newness and rebellion to conformity. However, deciphering what is considered inspired street style in this current culture of relaxed dressing and what is merely poor judgement is anyone’s guess.
Eat well, laugh a lot, and by all means be chic!