Tattoo removal methods

There have been various methods to have tattoos removed, including everything from surgery to salt solutions. The most common method now is laser removal, since earlier methods were generally invasive and led to a great deal of damage to the skin. They not only removed the ink, but a large amount of tissue as well, and so resulted in a great deal of scarring.

Laser removal relies instead on delivering bursts of laser energy to the tattoo ink. This breaks up the tattoo which can then be disposed of by the body’s own mechanisms. As a result, there is very little scarring while it is still extremely effective.

Tataway are specialists in tattoo removal since that is all that they do. They will be your best option for laser tattoo removal in New York. Their location is in Midtown East on Park Avenue south between 26th and 27th streets, just one block from the nearest subway station.


History Of Fashion Acient Greek Fashion Accessories

Greek Fashion

This is the second part of the article on ancient Greek dress

Ancient Greeks had an affinity for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, and rings, made of metal and semiprecious stones. Precious metals were also used, but gold became popular only in the 6th century BC.

Jewelry evolved over time. During the Archaic period, jewelry pieces were simple and mainly functional. Such were the pins or brooches used to fasten the himation or the chiton, or the seal rings used to seal letters and important documents. By Hellenistic times goldsmiths had mastered their craft and jewelry featured an exquisite design and composition.

The sandals were the common footwear for both men and women. The Greek sandal featured several straps, which stretched between the toes to the ankle in various fashions. They were minimal, light, and left the foot almost bare. Although high heels are considered to be a 16thcentury invention, already in ancient Greece women tried to make themselves taller by attaching cork sole to the leather sole. For travel or warfare, men wore fitted shoes – ankle-high or mid-calf length -and boots that either laced up or stayed on the foot with the help of a criss-cross thong at the toe.

Hats and head-dresses
Headgear came in different shapes and styles. There were several variations of a cone-shaped hat. The bonnet was another known style. The pilos was a brimless skull cap made from felt or wool. Women wore scarves, wrapped around the head. The saccus featured a tassel at the back as well as nets or snoods to hold the hair back. The petasos was made of woven straw. It featured a brim that could be turned up or down, and could also be fastened at the neck by a ribbon.

Hair styles
Hair styles for men and women were initially similar. In the early ages men wore their hair fussy with curls forming a crown around the forehead or braids wound around the head. But styles eventually were simplified and long hair became acceptable only for the elderly male, young men or boys.

Hair styles were known by names: the kepos was unkempt, the Hectorean style involved cutting and combing the hair backward into curls, and the Theseid featured strands of hair worn short at the forehead while the rest hung down longer at the back of the neck.

Young girls let their hair fall freely. Older women wore their hair long and let it fall loose over the shoulders. They could also wear their hair parted in the middle, waved, and scraped back so as to expose the ears. Sometimes, three or four strands, or spiral curls, were sectioned from the rest of the hair and styled so they hung down over the forehead while the rest of the hair hung down loosely at the back. Bands, ribbons, diadems, or strings of pearls added sophistication to hairdos.

Beauty and grooming
Make-up was used by most women. It consisted in applying a white base color to the face, rouge to the cheekbones, and painting one’s lips. The base color was often made of lead, which could have fatal consequences, while the rouge was made from vermilion or vegetables. Women would also use eye make-up, which involved Egyptian kohl and shadows in different colors. Eyebrows were groomed and, painted black.

Perfumes were very popular, especially the essences of violet, mint, myrrh, marjoram, and thyme. The Greeks often applied different scents to different body areas.

Women conditioned their skin on a daily basis, used depilatories to remove body hair, and used different concoctions on both their face and body.

Good physical shape was important for both sexes, although only men were allowed in the palestra – a complex devoted to exercise.

Banglads Mens Online Fashion Store

Men Shoes

As the title suggest, the Banglads is truly a site for men. Since longing for beauty is no longer the special right of women, more and more males are paying attention to their appearance. Then no matter clothing, skincare, body care or hair care needs, men start to spend a lot of time and money to keep healthy and fashionable. Here now, we will recommend Banglads as your first choice when you are searching for underwear online.

Something About Banglads

June 2006 end the Banglads baby was born. Its founder Mat started the ball rolling when he finished his last design contract in the Spring of 06. Banglads started small, Mat, his cat and some helpful cheap friends, but the site soon picked up speed as news spread and many customers began to return over and over and over again to the site. So much so that only a year after they were already redeveloping the website and had moved to larger offices.

In May 2009 the Banglads website has just undergone a major upgrade and redevelopment so that it can continue to keep up with what the customers want. Plus they have also just expanded the warehouse space to accommodate all the new lines they have.

And without sounding hopelessly cheesy, Banglads provide a fashion packed selection of mens designer underwear with affordable prices. As a consumer, I think the reason why there are so many returned customers in Banglads is that this online store offer the best value, fast shipping, easy returns and most importantly its customer service team really do listen to you.

Shopping by Categories & Brands

The easiest way to look for products is to find what you really want. For instance, if you need a swim suit, you can immediately head to the page of swimwear where all the products are listed, thanks to the clear categories. In order to save time or find the right products, youd better check the categories on the homepage of this site. It includes Mens Boxers, Mens Briefs, Mens Jocks, Mens Tanks, Mens Swimwear, Enhancing Underwear, Mens Sportswear, Swimming & Contouring Underwear, Daring Underwear, Sports Shorts, Sweats, Sports Tops, Tees & Tanks, Loungewear. In addition, if you are brand lovers, you can directly browse the brands listed in this site. The most popular brands in Banglads are 2(x)-ist, Andrew Christian, Calvin Klein, N2N, Diesel, Ed Hardy and so on. With so many brand products available, I am sure you will find your favorite style.

Enjoy the Latest Promotions or Special Offers

The majority of the homepage plays host to a variety of promotions and offers, so if youre looking for a bargain, you simply pick and choose the one that works for you. There are three options for you, 20% off sale, 30% off sale and 50% off sale. Whats more, Banglads provides catalogues where you can find a Banglads offer code for certain promos. There are also money off vouchers for Banglads and Banglads UK discount codes available at .

In short, Banglads is a great place to shop online, especially for men who just do not want to spend much time to leave the house to shop. Through the Banglads website, shopping is made easier and more convenient.

Fashion Tips For Apple Shaped Women

Apple Women

If you have a thick waist and small hips, then you have an apple shaped body. Don’t envy the pear shaped girls and hourglass figures. You too can look shapely and womanly if you dress to flatter your figure and Fall 2008 through Winter 2009 fashion has plenty of outfits made just for you.

First of all, unlike a pear shaped girl or hourglass figure, an apple girl’s waist isn’t the narrowest part of her torso. That award goes to her ribcage. So treat the narrowest part of your ribcase as your waist, and suddenly, you’ve got curves too.

By bringing the waistline of your dresses and tops to your rib cage, the effect seen in empire waist clothes, you get a shapely figure. So focus on empire waist dresses and blouses. They flatter you.

Now for Fall and Winter 2008, dresses are hot and they skim the natural waist. Many of them have empire waists. The lace black dress with long sleeves is in. As is the pretty flowy top with big sleeves. So girl, this is your season.

1. Start with a new dress. Prints or plain. Colored or neutral. It doesn’t matter, other than the fact that it has a high waistline and is in a color or colors that flatter you.

2. Detract from you thick waist by drawing the eye to your arms and legs. You blouse should have full sleeves. The hems of the sleeves should be full and flowy. A longish blouse or top that has an empire waist, but flares below to a full hemline is another plus for you. Pick one such blouse, sheer, or lacy or made of a velvet or silk. Either way, if it is flowy and full in the right places, you’ll look more feminine in it.

3. Get one of the black lace dresses that are so hot this season. Pick one with full sleeves, with wide hemlines at the end of each sleeve. Get it in floaty lace, with an empire waist of course. A full hemline for the skirt wouldn’t hurt either. Make that your de facto little black dress.

4. Load up on the accessories. Wear earrings to draw attention to your pretty face. Wear bangles to bring the eye to your arms instead of your waist. Wear stunning shoes, or boots that would complete your look.

5. Get on of this season’s pretty belts and use that to cinch your dresses and jackets at the narrowest part of your ribcage.

Burlesque Costumes – A Brief History

Burlesque CostumesSuddenly burlesque and pinup fashions are all over the Internet. The original burlesque designs with their risqu overtones have become the fun fashion, being adapted and adopted by rockabilly. Almost every city now hosts regular burlesque events where not just the performers, but the audience gets to dress the part as well.

Origins of burlesque – lingerie on show!

The word burlesque probably derives from the French, which describes a piece of slightly outrageous, humorous art. The term burlesque originally applied to shows intended for middle or lower classes. Such shows lampooned upper class niceties and parodying upper class entertainments like opera & dance. Such music and comedy shows and plays grew in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic during the nineteenth century. In Victorian England, where even “a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking”, burlesque challenged its audience by offering rather more than a “glimpse of stocking” – the lure of young ladies appearing in tights and lingerie! Certainly demure by today’s standards these slightly suggestive interludes certainly boosted the popularity of burlesque. Lydia Thompson took a burlesque troupe, called the British Blondes to New York near the end of the 1860s where they were an immediate hit. At first they were feted by the press, but before long strident voices, from the pulpit and the papers were complaining of loose morals and indecency. The result of all this adverse publicity was to spread the word about burlesque far and wide in America effectively having the reverse effect to that desired by burlesque’s critics – female burlesque troupes with close copies of the original British act sprung up around the country.

These shows owed a great deal of their structure to the minstrel shows of the time and generally consisted of three parts – the initial section featuring the ladies, the middle section was a mix of male comedians and specialty acts and the final part the grand finale. Copying Lydia Thompson’s lead, most of the troupes had female managers. However towards the end of the nineteenth century, as male managers took over, they switched the emphasis away from comedy to push boundaries, determined to show as much uncovered female flesh as the laws would allow.

This form of entertainment metamorphosed in the early twentieth century into a mix of music hall, satire and striptease. During the twenties the bias continued inexorably towards striptease and away from the accompanying elements. This shift doubtlessly was burlesque’s downfall; by the thirties the popularity of burlesque dropped away probably reacting against what had become slightly tawdry striptease shows. Local authorities were no longer as tolerant of this entertainment, which had lost much of its music hall variety flavor.

New Burlesque

In the mid nineteen nineties the genre was resurrected, with troupes in the USA, and the trend has snowballed over to the UK. Now, once more on both sides of the channel, it is possible to see shows equal in glamour, bawdiness and variety to equal the art form in its heyday in clubs and theatres in major cities. Arguably the Internet has played a major part to spread the interest in the genre. There are websites, such as Ministry of Burlesque dedicated to promoting it, to teaching dance, makeup and fashion.

Burlesque lingerie fashion

The mainstay of this style is lingerie and modern burlesque generally concentrates on the fifties and to a lesser degree the forties look. This extends not only to clothing, but hats, footwear and makeup too. There have always been fans of fifties silk and nylon stockings. The majority stocking mills closed up shop when pantyhose all but killed the stocking market. Their huge stocking machines were destroyed and along with it the expertise to manufacture fully-fashioned stockings. Now the rare machines remaining are being rebuilt and returned to service to again produce faux fifties seamed stockings. However a few companies trading online still have limited supplies of the original fifties stockings so the purists can satisfy their need to the ‘real thing’ rather than the modern copies. Sadly, once that depleting stock is exhausted, they will only be viewable in museums and private collections.

However, for burlesque stage performance it is the fishnet tights or pantyhose that are still really popular.

Companies are making exact copies both of retro costumes and burlesque accessories, from ostrich feather fans to bullet bras. Lingerie companies, sensing an opportunity not to be missed, are enticing well-known burlesque artists to lend their names and expertise to burlesque-inspired lingerie designs.

Burlesque is eagerly embraced by all physiques, from plus size to skinny-minny, proving how empowering it can be to women – all physiques are equally welcomed, but there is not set ‘burlesque costume’ either. It is very common for burlesque artists to take everyday lingerie, adapt it by sewing on sequins to devise their own unique take on burlesque. However the common thread that runs through the new outfits, going right back to the earliest days of the art form is the element of ‘tease’, the showing of rather more lingerie and stocking tops that would normally be seen in everyday life.

Rockabilly fashion

Over the years a number of fashion styles have grown towards each other, oft times overlapping. The word rockabilly was used around the mid forties and was a blend of hillbilly and rock and roll music styles. Todays pinup photographers generally recreate the stylish fifties imagery which overlaps but is distinct from rockabilly. Many rockabilly enthusiasts have tattoos and piercings, and that certainly was never a fad of the fifties, but a modern phenomenon.

Pinup fashion

The term pinup also has blurred origins, covering photos of movie stars from around the thirties and forties, but also the airbrushed fantasy women gracing men’s magazines by such exponents as Petty and Elvgren. The fashions often featured nylons and lingerie, sometimes being exposed by a sudden unexpected gust of wind or other ‘mishap’ that befell the model. The intention was actually to reveal very very little by today’s standards. It is a certainty that pinup art, with the sexy lingerie has strongly influenced the outfits adopted by many of today’s burlesque artists.

The History Of Harem Pants

Harem PantsIn the mind of the average westerner, the latest fashion trend known as harem pants might seem more like a throwback to those few years covering the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Although we might reminisce with a smile the phrase “Hammer time!”, the history of harem pants runs much deeper than a simple vintage look from a not too distant period in fashion.

The current fashion trend known as harem pants can be traced back nearly 2,000 years to the traditional garments known as salvars worn in western and southwestern Asia. The pants are known there by many names depending on the region, and they are can be worn by both men and women. Some variations on the name for the style of pants are salwar, shalvar, or shalvaar.

In Persian, the word literally means pants, as it is the Persians who first developed pants as a form of garment. Unlike in the past when garments were intended to promote modesty, modern versions of the salvars worn by women feature slits on the sides up to the waistline with the waist area slung low over the hips – although this style is mostly reserved for parties and other social functions. Also in some modern cultures of western Asia, harem pants are known as Kurdish pants, and it is not uncommon for families to have these pants on hand as comfortable house clothing into which their guests may change when lounging.

In western culture, these baggy pants were introduced as a women’s article of clothing in the mid-1800’s, although at the time they soon came to be known as “bloomers” and “Turkish trousers”. These women’s pants were known as bloomers because of early women’s rights advocate Amelia Bloomer’s penchant for wearing the trousers and for the fact the style of trouser originates in western Asia. They were marketed as a form of women’s dress that would allow for an active lifestyle without compromising a woman’s decency, but they failed to catch on and were rejected by western society at large until their reintroduction again in the early 1900’s.

In 1909, harem pants were brought back into the fashion collective consciousness by French designer Paul Poiret, with the pants being worn below a tunic draped over the upper body. Unfortunately this trend failed as well, and harem pants were again relegated to being worn for women’s sports. Women and girls who participated in active sports and in physical education type settings wore pants resembling the modern harem pant, i.e. baggy short pants drawn together at the knees, up through the 1980’s. Women wore knee length undergarments known as bloomers or knickers throughout this same time period.

In more recent times and like the garments from which they take their inspiration, harem pants are a fashion trend that is not confined to just women or men. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, harem pants were again brought into the main stream by the quirky stylings of then hip-hop superstar MC Hammer. The style was worn by both men and women, and confined more to a younger consumer group.

As of 2009, harem pants are making a comeback. But unlike their late twentieth century forerunner, today’s harem pants are proving to be a fashion statement to be made by the sleek, sophisticated, and chic. Modern harem pants are a sort of cross between a short skirt and skinny jeans, and you get the benefits of both without any of the shortcomings. The legs are typically fitted at the knees with a loose, baggy crotch area made to look as if it were designed for a skirt. It might sound off the wall, but it makes for a great unconventional look with abundant possibilities for completing your look.

Outfits With Riding Boots

The fall season is almost here and its time to see what designers recommend us to wear in the upcoming period. Judging by their large presence, the riding boots are the most used items of the 2011 fall. It is their versatility that has inspired fashion designers to create numerous feminine looks, so you should definitely have one such pair of boots in your wardrobe.

Fashion stylists advise women who want to purchase a durable, yet fashionable pair of riding boots at accessible prices to visit the special equestrian stores. These shops have numerous boot models made out of genuine leather, so you can choose the ones that you like. The prices are less expensive in comparison with the regular fashion stores because these stores are more interested in supporting sports than making money.

If you want to create a sexy casual look using riding boots, you can match a short dress, a leather jacket and a pair of stockings with mid-calf boots. Over the knee boots are very appreciated at present and they are usually used with very short skirts to make this rather sexy and trashy outfit look more relaxed and preppy. Make sure the over-the-knee boots have low heels in order to avoid being too extravagant.

Riding boots work just as well with skinny jeans because you can wear the boots over the pants just like horse riders. The most recommended combinations are the ones with long sleeve stretch tops. For a more cowboy-like look you may replace the regular top with a short or long cowboy shirt. Fur jackets and vests are back in fashion, so you can safely combine them with riding boots and skinny jeans. We guarantee you that these items will make you look like a Hollywood star.

Riding boots are not just fashionable; they are incredibly practical because they keep your feet warm and dry throughout the entire rainy season. You may in fact use them in the winter period, too, because they have lug soles which prevent you from slipping on ice. Thus, you can save a lot of money with this footwear because you won’t need to buy but one pair of boots for the cold season.

If you don’t have a nearby equestrian store you may visit some of their online shops and order the model that interests you. The shop assistants will deliver you the packages in a day or two and they will make sure that you receive the model that you’ve ordered.

Look Fabulous In Korean Fashion Clothing

Korean fashion clothing is great for anyone who wants to look stylish without compromising their comfort. Buy a wow factor outfit from Korean fashion store, without breaking your budget.

Looking for perfect Korean fashion clothing? The online store is the right place to find it. They carry an extensive range of posh, elegant and gorgeous Korean fashion clothing ideal for work, parties and other special occasions. They are committed to bring the latest Korean fashion at your doorstep with a click of the mouse. They offer an incredible mix of emerging and establishing fashion brands, which offer you multiple opportunities to dress your best always.

Blouses play a vital role in Korean fashion. They are a must have in every style conscious Asian womans wardrobe. Blouses featuring cute details, embroidery, lace or mesh work will offer you a sweet, feminine and elegant look. You can pair them up with pants, short skirt or trousers and make a fashion statement. Korean fashion clothing featuring overlapping ruffles and asymmetric design helps you create a casual, yet chic look. You can opt for the blouse that comes with a deep V neck to turn the heads around you.

You can shop for a wide range of Korean fashion clothing, from party dresses to casuals. Long dresses make you look perfect. They are made of high quality material like chiffon that enhances your comfort. Korean fashion store offers long dresses in one size that fits most. The long dresses are ideal for parties and outings with friends. Drawstring dress is perfect Korean fashion clothing that offers you an adorable feminine look. Choose the soft hues to enhance your sweet charm.

Jeans and denims are perfect for work, play and relaxation. Nothing speaks comfort like a pair of right fitting jeans. Korean fashion store offers a huge lineup of jeans and denims, which helps to bring out the charisma in you. Suspender pocket shorts made of denim is one of the most stylish Korean fashion clothing that gives you a flattering look. The soft denim material makes it ideal for any season and occasion. Denim skirt is another great choice to create a hot chic look. Team it up with multi color tops or t-shirt and look elegant in any occasion. If you want to attain flawless style, denim jumpsuit can be the ideal option for you. Korean fashion online store lets you pick any of the outfits you like easily and get them at your door step promptly.

If you are an avid Korean fashion lover, the online store will help you stay top of the trends. They update their sections regularly, so you can find the best outfits that suit your contemporary fashion sense easily.

Your Guide To Mad Men Skinny Ties

Mad Men is not only a phenomona on AMC, the wonderful vintage narrow ties exhibited on the show have become a major trend in men’s fashion. The Mad Men television show happens in the early 60’s when narrow ties were at their hight. Now hollywood parties every night are featuring the biggest male celebrities adopting the fashion and even modern designers are perusing the show for inspiration on classic ties. If anybody wants to try this classic fashion trend then try finding authentic vintage 1950’s or 1960’s skinny neckties.

Wearing Thin Neckties:

Thin or vintage ties are such a popular style, for the reason that they can be dressed up or down depending on the event and the personal style of the wearer. The best thing is that everyone from young boys to executives are pulling off this look which gives them an instant cool edge.

For business men, a patterned, tailored suit or plaid shirt can be combined with a mono colored vintage men’s ties. Keep the look business like by wearing a tie that is a little skinnier than usual, creating the aura of confidence and authority. Make sure the pattern is also not too bright which can cause the presentation to be too much for the office.

At a black tie affair a skinny tie, combined with a classic black suit and white button down shirt is a timeless look. For a less formal style, a skinny necktie can also be paired with a cotton shirt and a vest. {Roll up the sleeves on a long sleeved shirt or go with short sleeves and add a striped or bold colored narrow necktie to create a playful and laid back look, perfect for young men.

Though narrow ties look special, their small size means they are not always the best look for bigger men. Buff, muscular men will look more appropiate with a normal width necktie. Also, the narrow necktie look is more appropiate the younger crowd. To still get the style of the Mad Man hit show, older men and more buff men can chose a tie that is thin, but a little wider than the 2 inch ties typically worn as narrow ties.

Pure silk ties in pastel blues, muted grays, browns and greens carry off the classic look that held court during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Of course, narrow neckties in plaid, adorned with graphics, bright reds, purples and oranges can also be worn. When going with a bold necktie remember that the more bold the tie is, the more tuned down the suit should be, to keep from looking too loud.

Finding a Vintage Narrow Necktie

Vintage clothes stores are a great place to look for vintage ties. For vintage inspired looks, several fashion designers have offered styles inspired by Mad Men. Among them is fashion designer Michael Kors who has created an early 60s inspired line. Classic ties from the era can be bought on the web as well. Narrow ties direct from the 1950’s and 1960’s can be found with a google search.

Fashion Updates From Fashion Networking Sites

The most appropriate way to get latest useful fashion updates is the fashion networking sites.

Do you love fashion and in search for an easy way to get fashion trend updates? In case yes, then you certainly have the best option with you and that is fashion networking sites. In case you have not heard about these sites then you might be confused on what these sites are. These websites have come a long way, are very famous and many people use it. The fashion network websites are definitely the best sites because they attract many visitors towards your work and creation. What else does a new bee fashion designer need?

If you are a new bee fashion designer, then you are definitely at gain if you choose these fashion networking sites. You can put up for sale your creation as well as designs. By uploading the pictures of your creation on the social networking site you can win a lot of appreciations and thus this can convert to sales. You might even get tips from the renowned fashion designer. This might prove to be good for you as you can improve your creations with the tips. There are a number of people that would share their views with you about your creations and that would help you know where you stand. This will certainly be very helpful to you as a fashion designer. The main reason behind this is that this will help you know what people like. These things are those that can be enjoyed only after registering at the fashion social networking sites and registering on such website is certainly not a difficult task.

There are some details you should now while you are registering at the fashion networking sites. After you fill the membership form of the site with a few basic details then you become a member. Isn’t it so simple? You can get the right latest updates related to the fashion industry on the fashion social networking sites. There are some people who rely on these websites to sell their designs and also there are many people who buy trend clothing and accessories from these sites. You can not only sell fashion clothing as well as accessories on these sites but also share fashion tips. People certainly appreciate these tips and follow it.

At the time you are in search of the fashion networking sites, make certain that you follow a few tips. This is because you put in basic information about yourself and thus you need to be sure that it is safe and secured enough. You of course need to choose the best, reputed as secure website that will do some good to your designs.

A Look At The 1950s Fashion (paragraphs Have Been Numbered)

Fashion in the 1950s generated a lot of innovative and distinct styles. This was the year when America was starting to start anew after the Second World War. It was also the era that spelled optimism to a lot of people whose life was left devastated because of the remnants of the war. America’s transmutation was highly signified by fashion.

Deviating from the accustomed way of dressing and fixing themselves, women in this epoch started to be more carefree and moved away from the familiar norms they got used to. The standard dresses were put aside and a more laid-back and unfussy clothes were worn. The most common attire worn by women then was a dress. The dresses were not formal, rein-strapped, with circular skirts and tiny collars emphasized them. Available in restrained colors and with spectacular velvet bows, daring ruffles and tulle trim were the evening dresses. Evening dresses were fitted and highlighted with pure silk without sleeves and straps.

The full skirts of the 50s were widely accepted but a little prop up was done. To augment their look, nylon petticoats were made primarily for these skirts to make them fuller. Its being good in quality as well as easy to manage fabric has made nylon to be the favored choice of material for this purpose. With the addition of the petticoat, the skirts became fuller. Developed by Jacques Fath in the 1940s, the swing coat is another fashion milestone in this era. The swing coat’s outline was created to envelop the skirts and was ideal for the high incidence of pregnancy after the war. Another development in the 50s was the “trapeze dress”. Triangular in form and worn with low-heeled shoes and a chignon hair style is the characteristic of this dress. The next era modified the trapeze dress to a shorter baby doll tent style dress. Christian Dior’s H-line of 1954 was considered to be the best traditional item of clothing from the 50s. This included a slender tunic-style suit that goes with a tight skirt. Other creations of Dior which gained acceptance were the A and Y lines. Even as he ruled the fashion industry, the 1950s belongs to Christian Dior. Women became too eager with his creations as his huge clothing showed their femininity. Hubert Givenchy is another designer who established the Parisian style of dress in 1957, popularly known as the Sack. This style of dress started the straighter-waist outfit. It was first created into the fitted darted sheath dress and became a loose straight short shift dress later on.

And who wouldn’t know Coco Chanel? One of the major designers in the 1950s, Chanel brought into the scene the bauble and full skirts. The squared old-fashioned Chanel suit jackets and bedecked skirts and elaborate fleece were creations of Chanel. Since Chanel uses only richly elaborate materials, his creations are normally expensive. The outline of Chanel’s suits were direct and exquisitely lined with silk making it more cultured, classic and beautified the details. A series of pearls and jackets without collars were added to Chanel’s designs and has become very much in fashion in that age. Introduced in the late 1950’s, the empire line is one of the most considered old-fashioned trends. The empire line of clothing was focused on shirts and dresses and became a hit to the teens because of their virtuousness; thus, the term “baby doll style” was thought of. In the 50s, teens were to dress like adults. Because of its outstanding distinction from what mothers used to wear during that time, the empire line got the attention of America’s teen population.

Not considered a target market group, teenagers were a new thing and it was only in the 1950s that they got to be recognized. This was brought to the minds of the adults via magazine, television, films and rock music. The 1950s also signified a lot of growth particularly in the field of science, thus it was also referred to as the “Space Age”. These many life changes were all credited to the just concluded World War II, which made America to surface from the destruction of war to richness and a new character. The consumer-based society started to bloom which was greatly pressed on by the credit card system. The fashion world was not left out in this manner. In fact, it was seriously egged on by these new situations as most Americans tried to keep the regularity of ideals and trends. Fresh from the wounds of World War II, Americans only wanted to live a normal life. Television sets came into full view in the 1950s where it found its place in a lot of homes. I Love Lucy, a famous program on the television was able to build the relationship among Americans to a strong sense of unity. The issue of being black or white was no longer entertained as students from both races were accepted in the same school. But that does not mean that racial prejudice was totally forgotten; there are still some strain on this issue. Civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. likewise surfaced in the 1950s. This age also made Americans to fear communism as the latter had conquered other countries. Additional transformations such as the introduction of the first space satellite, DNA breakthrough, more women being employed and yes, rock and roll music all happened in the 1950s. American citizens were deeply affected by the changes in social, economic and political issues in the globe and consequently, the business of fashion.

However, fashion was, to a great extent, swayed by the favored celebrities of consumers despite of issues concerning the world. James Dean, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were just some of these celebrities whose manner of dressing was adored by consumers. The sexy but uncomplicated style of Marilyn Monroe was emulated by American women who were unmindful of their shape and size. Considered a big influence, Elvis Presley had a huge following especially from the female crowd in the 1950s. He, nonetheless, also became an inspiration to the male crowd. Presley deviated from the conventional outfit worn by men at that epoch which consist of navy suits and ties. Following the African American way of outfit, Elvis Presley wore undomesticated pegged chinos and soot suits that made the conservative groups in America to react. The makeup, vivid and loose-fitting clothes and the earthy dance moves of Elvis Presley was held responsible for the devastation of the morals of the youth. Not the entire male crowd imitated Elvis anyway. A lot of them, though, preferred to the conservative way of dressing.

Dark brown, charcoal and dark blue were the colors of men’s clothes in the 1950s. There were those who opt to wear pallid pink who wanted to be different just to get noticed. It did, nevertheless, gained momentum in that age. Popular among athletes and adult men at that age was the cardigan sweater. Similarly, checkered thermals, jackets with collars and fitting vests were a hit for men. Men’s litheness in their way of dressing was very much evident and shirt tails is an ordinary thing to be seen among men. It was also in the 1950s that fedora hats arrived in the fashion scene for men.

If fedora hats for men became available in the 50s, women’s fashion was also invaded with these chic accessories in the same epoch. Hats were regarded as the ultimate element to make any kind of woman’s attire glamorous. Fashion designer, Balenciaga, pioneered the pillbox hat in the 50s. Jackie Kennedy became the famous wearer of the pillbox hat and with that this Balenciaga hat was considered as one of the up-to-the-minute and cool fashion accessories of that period. Since then, numerous other hats entered the world of fashion for women. Swathed in flower petals with some embellished in georgette twirls were the other presentation of women’s hats. Women with high stature in society wore gloves on their hands to finally complete their attire. Gloves were ordinarily made of cotton because nylon and leather are very expensive. Also at that time, cream and white hues of gloves were the most popular choices even though different colors and styles of gloves are available. In the same way, trimmings of fur and decorated collars were enormously chic in the 50s. Another sensational and attractive accessory at that time was the brooches.

Tracing back, the 1950s saw a lot of fashion changes which were greatly influenced by economic concerns, political discussions, celebrities and the mass media. Women from this era emerged from the simple woman to being the liberated woman of America and it was in the fashion world that these changes were deeply depicted. In summary, the 1950s really played an important part in the way Americans live.