by Maude Boucier
Associate Fashion Editor & Stylist
Happy New Year everyone! Now that it’s settled, let me start this new year off by asking you THE question. Does fashion have anything new to offer? Each of us has its own way of thinking and it’s exactly what makes it so interesting.
Here’s my answer: Everything has already been created. What do we have left? Reinvention.
Today, in 2012, most of the textures, materials, colors, shapes, sizes, accessories and trimmings have been created, exploited, used and reused. It’s now time to have fun. We have to draw inspiration from the past, push away the fashion limits and mix different trends with those already current. Surprisingly, most of the time, we do that unconsciously. I’m telling you, our daily outfits are all combinations of pieces of clothing and accessories inspired by past trends.
Here’s an example: Tomorrow morning, you’ll be dressing up for work. You’ll put on nice high waist trousers with a large check shirt tucked in and an oversized wool cardigan. But actually, you’ll be wearing an outfit inspired by “beach pyjamas” from the 30’s, a grunge shirt from the early 90’s and a 60’s men’s cardigan.
I often think how nice it would be to have been born in a different decade, but when I stop imagining myself with cat eye sunglasses on, riding a 1959 red Cadillac convertible, I realise how awesome it is to have the possibility today to enjoy past fashion designers hard work and influences.
Here’s Catherine wearing a cute blue buttoned dress with a 60’s look given it’s a-line sleeves. She added a simple leopard waist belt, directly influenced by the 50’s rockabilly style. In another vein, wearing this dress in a size large with a denim jacket and studded boots would give the wearer a perfectly 80s inspired outfit.
Next, we have Claudia who’s wearing a gorgeous red, 50’s military, casual pin up style dress. It has a chic look due to its black and silver accessories. Throw on a nice jacket to make it a perfect outfit for work. She could also have worn dark green tights, a brown belt, high-heeled boots and a cute hairband for a mid-70s look.
Whether you’re a vintage buyer or a new clothes shopper, have fun mixing and matching clothes from different decades and use textures and colors to reinvent fashion. Open your wardrobe’s doors and jump in my friends!