Category: Your Style

History of the iconic Wrap Dress

Stood the test of time

In today’s contemporary world of fast fashion, it’s rare that a style or silhouette will stay on trend for very long. For any silhouette to stand the test of time, especially in this current, fast-paced industry is quite a feat, and few come to mind. However, there are a few iconic exceptions, one of which is the timeless wrap dress.

While the wrap dress is of course linked with Diane Von Furstenberg and the 1970’s, this particular silhouette was around for several decades prior, and continues to be a staple in every modern day woman’s wardrobe.

The Wrap dress is born.

So how did the wrap dress come about; and how did it manage to not only stand the test of time, but also ever-changing world of fast fashion?

vintage wrap dress pattern

 

 The wrap dress first emerged in the 1930’s designer Charles James was taking the fashion world by storm with his designs he looked upon his dresses as works of art, as did many of his customers. Elsa Schiaparelli also designed several wrap dresses during the 1930’s. By the 40’s Clare McCardell ‘s version the “pop over dress” gained popularity. The dress was Clare’s adaptation to the lifestyle of women during World War II.

 Moving forward 30years to early 1970’s a young Diane Von Furstenberg had arrived in the US .She brought with her a suitcase full of dresses she had created while working at an Italian Mill owned by friend Angelo Ferretti. The simple wrap dress was hardly considered by Von Furstenberg a fashion revelation just a little something she would sell in the US.

While Diane Von Furstenberg did not invent the silhouette she certainly perfected it. Her version is an iconic design in fashion history.

DVF wrap dressLilody wrap dress

Above left iconic DVF modern wrap dress. Above right CoCo & VeVe Lilody Wrap .

http://www.candvboutique.co.uk/lilody-wrap-dress-in-liberty-yellows-293-p.asp

The wrap dress not only fits the body well. It fits perfectly to the lifestyle of the modern woman. It combines beauty and practicality, which is more important than ever in the busy fashion world. An ultimate staple likely to feature on runways and grace wardrobes for many years to come.

I love the silhouette of the wrap it features in a number of my designs. What is your favourite dress style !

 

 

Summer holiday Beach Bag edit.

Bags for the Beach

Summer is just around the corner and there is some beautiful straw beach bags out there !

When choosing your  summer  bag use these 3 handy tips.

  1. Function:  Will it fit all my beach essentials ?
  2. Style : Do you want a back-pack or tote ?
  3. Colour : Do you choose neutral tones to co-ordinate with all looks or go for a pop of colour that really makes a statement ?

I always like a bag that I can use for the beach ,but is also suitable for sight seeing and shopping.

Here is a few of my favourite bags for this summer.

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P00170904Frill straw beach tote

Above left  SAINT LAURENT fringe beach tote

Above right http://www.candvboutique.co.uk/tassel-fringe-summer-beach-tote-263-p.asp

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Above left SOPHIE ANDERSON beach tote

.Above right http://www.co.uk/handmade-straw-woven-bag-265-p.asp

If you like something smaller and pack light for holidays try our gorgeous frilly clutches in vibrant colours . http://www.candvboutique.co.uk/frilly-straw-hot-pink-clutch-305-p.asp. Handmade in Bali and exclusive to C&V in the UK.

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How to wear Ruffles. Spring/Summer key-trend .

SS-16 Catwalks

Frills in all their fancy where in abundance on the spring/summer catwalks. They came flouncing on sleeves ,bouncing on hemlines across bodice ruffles ,all with triumphant effect.

How to wear frills/ruffles

To avoid looking too sickly sweet or over the top ,DON’T go all out frills head to toe . This look could be reminiscent of your child hood in your best party frock.Get a more subtle look with a yoke blouse or ruffle trim shirt (try our Betty Blouse ) ,team with a pair of boyfriend jeans. Or tuck a frilled shirt into a high waisted pencil skirt (Annia ruffle blouse works well for this look )    http://candvboutique.co.uk/annia-ruffle-blouse-46-p.asp#

Retro Betty dress
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Flamenco Frills

There are pieces out there that really make a statement. Flamenco frills featured on the runway shows of Alexander McQueen ,Balmain ,and Balenciaga. High necked bodice silhouette with full length skirts and ra-ra layered ruffles.

Get the look rara ruffles

For me I love the delicate structure of the ruffle.It adds a touch of femininity and glamour to my wardrobe. How do you like to wear this seasons key-trends . Have you got a favourite ruffle dress ?

Know Your Body Shape

Tips and tricks to dress for your shape.

Do you struggle to accentuate your waist ? Need to add height to your small stature ? Are your shoulders wider than your hips ?

We are all your unique in shape,just as we are in personality. Getting your clothes to work for you is all about knowing your body shape’s proportions.Fashion is all about finding the right shapes that fit those proportions well.

Key body shapes
Key body shapes

Here is a quick guide to the Key Body shapes and finding fashion that flatters your shape.

How to find your body shape.

Measure yourself around.
a) your shoulders ,b) your bust, c) your waist ,d) your hips

Now you have your measurements you can determine your own body shape.

The Principal Body shapes are .

  • pear
  • hourglass
  • inverted triangle (top heavy)
  • rectangle (straight up and down)

The Pear

Your hips are wider than your shoulders 
Best asset :Statistically pears have flatter Tums than most.
What to wear:
A fit and flare dress,will show off how little you are on top and be roomier from the waist down for your curvier bottom half.

Celeb Pears include
Beyonce ,Shakira,Kim Kardashian.

Hourglass

Your shoulders and hips are around the same size, with a very defined waist.
Best asset : Their waist
What to wear :
Choose anything which draws the eye to the waist. A pair of High waisted jeans. A wiggle dress will really accentuate an hourglass figure.

Celeb Hourglasses include
Marilyn Monroe and Scarlett Johansen

Inverted triangle

Your shoulders or bust are larger than your hips.
Best asset : The chest area
What to wear :
Fitted jackets with nipped in waist and flared bottom look great. They define the waist and flare over hips to create the illusion of lower body curves and will help balance out your broad shoulders.

Celeb Inverted triangles include
Angelina Jolie and Naomi Campbell

The Rectangle

Your shoulders bust and hips are around the same size.With no defined waistline.
Best asset : Height rectangles tend to be statistically taller.
What to wear :
Try to broaden the shoulders and hips and taper in the waist with an A line skirt or a 50’s fit and flare circle skirt.

Celeb Rectangles include
Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss.

Do you dress for your body type ? Let me know in the comments below !

Which Celeb is the same body shape as you ?
Which Celeb is the same body shape as you ?

Edith Cherry’s Must have leather Bow Bag !

Angie is the designer behind the brand Edith Cherry.

Based in Liverpool,Angie makes all her bags herself with leather in neutral tones to vibrant and bold colours. Edith Cherry bags has a bag that is just the colour for you.

Her signature bag is her leather bow clutch and is a C&V Boutique favourite.What better way to accessories your outfit with a statement clutch bag in a contrasting colour to your outfit in soft luxury leather. Look no further than Edith Cherry.

Angie also has a range of cuff bracelets & headbands.

We are pleased to be stockists of  Edith Cherry Leather Bags.

To Find out more about Edith Cherry   Facebook : Edith Cherry  

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