Friday, April 25, 2014

The Rain Shoe

When my English lecturer said the word 'brogues' I thought she added an 's' to the Irish accent. Of course I didn't know. 

Before that enlightening essay class, I had no idea about brogues. But I loved the word 'brogue'. By the way, I read on the Wikipedia that  according to a famous false etymology, the word stems from the supposed perception that the Irish spoke English so peculiarly that it was as if they did so "with a shoe in their mouths"!

Anyway, post essay class, I came to know that the shoes were made for men to walk in the countryside where there was possibility to find water and mud. The shoes originated in Scotland and Ireland and were made using untanned hide. The perforations were made for water to drain from the shoes in case it was raining or if there was water on the streets.

It is a bit difficult to find good brogues in India, but someone who wants to find them will find them. I love them. Though there have been people who have told me they are masculine. Well, they can forever hold their peace.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Here Is To English Men

Button down jacket, long waistcoat, cute buttons, love at first sight, dipped in tradition, I could describe this jacket in ways more than one. 

As far as a waistcoat's history is concerned, it seems to be one of the few articles of clothing whose time of origins can be ascertained: the year 1666 by  King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland.

English writer John Evelyn wrote on October 18, 1666: "To Court, it being the first time his Majesty put himself solemnly into the Eastern fashion of vest changing doublet, stiff collar, bands and cloak, into a comely dress after the Persian mode, with girdles or straps, and shoestrings and garters into buckles...resolving never to alter it, and to leave the French mode". 

Also, a custom still sometimes practiced is to leave the bottom button undone. This is said to have been started by King Edward VII (then the Prince of Wales), whose expanding waistline required it!

A regular waistcoat has gone many transformations. In fact the purists won't even call this a waistcoat for all the right reasons. But there is something waistcoatish about it. 

So have you tried this borrowed from men trend yet?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunday Lunch

It is not just Victoria Beckham who loves her midi skirt. The trend seems to have impressed practically all possible skirt wearing ladies in various regions.

I always thought that a skirt should either be short or ankle length. Like life, I never learnt to like the in betweens. Lover of extremes. I have shared a similar post on shorts as well. Anyway, midi was a length which have been ignored for a while.

Now, I like the way a midi skirt feels. I feel it looks very French, very stylish. I feel it gives any girl's wardrobe a touch of well what should I call it, good fashion. 

Wore this to a Sunday lunch. Felt right. I want to pair a headband with my midi in some future post.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The College

Last June, Abhilasha wrote a post on how she would dress up if she had to go to college again. I was amused for a while. I thought, why would anyone look back and think like that? And then I thought, why not? She made me think, a lot :) You have to check her post, she looks amazing.

I started thinking about how I would dress up, in case I would need to go back to college (which I frequently dream about, along with being late for exams, lagging behind, missing buses, flying in the air, walking on different streets, new places... ) or if we all go back in time, but only I retain my wiser and fashionable better head.

I would have changed my hair maybe, maybe would have added a bit more colour to the t shirts. Maybe more denims than usual. Maybe something like what is there in this post.

All said and done, I so wish to go back to my loose pants and short tops and hippie like dressing sense that Benaras somehow injects in some people. For me that is timeless. Feels like home. I will post later about what I just said, sorry for drifting. Till then you guys have a great weekend. 

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