For most of my life, I have never been a big fan of classic styles. I always thought they were too stuffy, conservative and traditional for me. I always liked a loud, edgy, sexy style so classic seemed like the opposite of what I was wanting to express through my clothing. But as a got older, I started to take a different view of classics. For me today, classic means versatile; something I can wear with many different looks, multiple different styles and will work regardless of what is on trend at the current moment. I am a firm believer now that every closet is greater and more cohesive with at least a few classic pieces, no matter what your preferred style is. Below are the three ways I like to incorporate a classic style into my wardrobe and the histories behind their long lasting style!
I invested in a good trench coat during my junior year of college and four year later I still am rocking it! While trench coats go in and out of being “on-trend” the never go out of style and have a long history dating back to WWI! Pre-WWI, the British military wore “greatcoats” as their uniform. These wear heavy, long coats that were made of a wool-like material and very rigid. In WWI, these became very impractical as solider were in trenches caked with mud. Some soldiers would even cut the bottom of their greatcoats to make it easier to manurer in! Out of this problem the trench coat was born. Now soldiers had a short, lightweight, breathable, flexible coat that they could wear on the battle field. Leave it to the fashion industry to make an every day look from a British military uniform that has lasted us decades!
Berets are totally on trend right now and if you invest in a classic style and color it can last you for years to come! Berets are one of the older fashion accessories dating back all the way to the Bronze Age (3200-600 BC) where beret-like hats were shown in art work in Italy and Denmark! Between 400 BC and the 13th century, flat floppy hats were worn by the poorest class because they were made of felt which was a warm and cheap material. By the 1500s, berets were as we know them today and worn by the farming and artists class which were again the poorest class. A lot of political groups make berets their statement from the Black Panthers to specialized military groups. For whatever reason you wear them today, they are absolutely chic!
Round shaped sunnies
Although eyeglasses haven’t been around has long as berets, they have had about a 700 year rein! During most of those 700 year, glasses were mostly round shaped which has made round glasses and sunglasses an icon look. During the 1960s, the round shape made a comeback due to the anti-consumer movement where people were thrifting and reusing vintage sunglasses, reviving the classic round shaped sunglasses once again. Being a big fan of 60s style trends, round sunglasses are one of my favorites. I love them especial because they are classic while still having a rebellious natural about them!