Vintage-inspired trends this summer

In just a couple of weeks, it will be officially summer. However with this weather we have been having in Vancouver lately, it feels as if it’s already been here for awhile. We have already broken out all our favourite summer dresses and shorts along with our wallets to get some of the latest summer trends.

After browsing too many stores longingly, a few vintage-inspired looks have caught my eye. Here are a few that I noticed:

Wide-legged trousers

Although these are more of a spring look, I happen to have seen them everywhere on runways and in magazines. These pants first hit popularity with help from Charlie’s Angels, but have now managed to sneak their way back into our wardrobes. I love the look, however for someone of my height (5″2), I wouldn’t recommend them for myself or others of the same stature.

These trousers can be found at Devil May Wear on Main st for $145. Photo courtesy of Devil May Wear http://www.devil-may-wear.ca/rucca-linen-wide-leg-pants/dp/3095

These trousers can be found at Devil May Wear on Main st for $145. Photo courtesy of Devil May Wear http://www.devil-may-wear.ca/rucca-linen-wide-leg-pants/dp/3095

Shift Blouse

Although similar to a tunic, they are usually much shorter and can be classified as a T-shirt. It was originally popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s with the hippy look. With its boxy shape, this is more popularly paired with a straight skirt this season.
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White Blouses

This isn’t exactly a vintage-inspired look, but it’s a classic I have been seeing everywhere lately. What seems to be most popular are loose sleeveless blouses. I’ve been keeping my eye on a particular chemise one in H&M.

Shiny fabric

This isn’t one of my most favourite trends, however, dresses and skirts in metallic fabrics have become a must on the runways. A lot of looks this season are inspired by the 1970’s and this too, is no exception. Shiny attire could be seen everywhere, particularly on the dance floor in the disco-era.

Tea-length skirts

And to save the best for last, I present the tea-length skirt. There is no specific measurements that come along with the term “tea-length,” but it usually refers to about mid-calf length. Although it may not be recommended for someone of a shorter stature, I insist on wearing them myself simply for the femininity of it. It was most popular during Hollywood’s Golden Age in the 1920’s. They are now often worn with blouses tucked into the high-waisted skirt and come in a variety of patterns and colours.

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The Kimono trend this summer

Designers this summer have created a new twist to a very old garment.
The kimono, which has been part of the Japanese culture for hundreds of years, can be seen in stores and on runways in the form of a light outer coat.
Leading the trend as usual, Miuccia Prada brought her version of the kimono-styled coat in a mash-up of Chinese and Japanese styles. Her version, in satin, was made in origami shapes completed with peonies and other Asian-inspired designs

Prada's design of the kimono coat.  Photo courtesy of the guardian http://wp.me/p39Uie-76

Prada’s design of the kimono coat. Photo courtesy of the guardian http://wp.me/p39Uie-76

Like Prada’s look, most of these coats are in silks with flower or nature designs.
Although this new take can be found in stores such as Zara and Topshop, we all know the kimono goes much further back in history than this year.

The Poppy Devore kimono at Topshop.  45 pounds. Photo courtesy of Topshop.  http://wp.me/p39Uie-76

The Poppy Devore kimono at Topshop. 45 pounds.
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Although the kimono is now mostly reserved for special occasions, this article of clothing was once everyday wear for both men and women. During the Edo period (1615-1868), patterns, colours and length of kimono specified the wearer’s gender, age, status and wealth.
By the seventeenth century, patterns on women’s kimono became larger and bolder while younger women’s were lavishly decorated and brightly coloured.
Young women had long sleeves, but were shortened once they were married. Men as well have shorter sleeves for their kimono.

Kimono from 1800-1830 designed for winter wear. Photo courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum  http://wp.me/p39Uie-76

Kimono from 1800-1830 designed for winter wear.
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Although made from one single piece of fabric, the average kimono nowadays could cost up to $10,000.
The Kimono is still worn today by sumo wrestlers, who must be seen in traditional Japanese wear in public. However, we may know it best as what is worn by a Geisha.
The difference between a regular kimono and a Geisha kimono can be told by the lower neckline, as that part of a woman is considered the most sensual part in Japan.

Geisha photo courtesy of Aline Hagen http://wp.me/p39Uie-76

Geisha photo courtesy of Aline Hagen http://wp.me/p39Uie-76

The apprentice Geisha, known as a Maiko will have pocketed sleeves called “furi” that dangle all the way to the ground. Their costumes are very colourful with an extravagant belt, known as an “obi”.

But this modern day’s twist on the kimono requires no such formalities. Although the traditional is valued greatly, the new westernized kimono coats are also beautiful to look at and a comfortable light piece to throw on.
As shown by Marlien Rentmeester on her blog, Le Catch, or by youlookfab, this coat is worn best with modern simple pieces. I have seen it most paired with skinny jeans or jean shorts and a tank top.

How to wear the kimono jacket as shown on the Stylish Housewife blog.  Photo courtesy of http://wp.me/p39Uie-76

How to wear the kimono jacket as shown on the Stylish Housewife blog.
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But there are always exceptions to the rule…so how would you wear the kimono jacket?