March 14, 2016

FASHION & WORLD WAR




 After visiting the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, I was completely inspired to blog about the clothing worn during the world wars. After some reading, I thought it would be intriguing to demonstrate how these garments trickled down through history to now become what we call in today's society a fashion trend.

As we know, during war times, uniforms were a weapon for survival. Soldiers needed to protect themselves in order to maximize their performance out on the battlefield. Therefore, uniforms had to be resilient to weather, battle and also had to be perfect for camouflaging purposes. 

Let's start with the combat boot, which has gone through a lot of editing during the world wars. Every style of combat boot varies by country because of different weather conditions. Before the combat boot, soldiers were wearing service shoes with canvas leggings which provided no ankle support, this was a huge problem that led to many injuries.



A major issue was water getting into the soldiers' shoes which caused Trench Foot. This is a painful condition of the feet caused by long immersion in cold water or mud and marked by blackening and death of surface tissue. Walking became difficult and could lead to gangrene which would result in amputation in most cases.



The combat boot was modified many times during the wars, they varied in length to prevent water from going inside. Other modifications were made to provide better ankle support.


Along with the evolution of the world, the combat boot became a trend, especially with the goth, punk and grunge movement. The Doc Martens brand would be the primary example of this look utilized as a fashion expression, you can find a wide variety of "Docs" available in so many colors and prints. It's amazing! 

There are so many stylish combat boots out there, adorned with buckles or studs, also available at your desired height of heel and in your choice of color. See below as an example:


This is the evolved flight suit which is now a fashion trend known as a jumpsuit.


This military inspired jumpsuit look dates back to world war flight suits worn in the cockpit. These uniforms were padded, made of leather and fur since planes were not heated and temperatures in altitude were known to be deadly. 

Some of these suits were even electrically heated to keep bomber crews and pilots warm. With the advance of technology, less padding and bulkiness was needed, therefore the jumpsuit became very thin in fabrication.


Here is an example of a flight suit worn at the beginning of the world war era, it is bulky and heavy to keep pilots warm in high altitude.


The quilted cotton winter field dress worn by the Korean military was warm and lighter than the bulky US winter uniforms. Their advantage was an increased life expectancy out on the war zone which was very crucial.


For military purpose, the winter field dress is padded and easier to move around in, it is also least likely to snag on things. Today, this is worn as a spring or winter jacket. Fashion is still functional, however the garment is now seen from a marketable fashion perspective.

We must commemorate the makers behind war time garments, those were the true "hero designers", women designed to protect the soldiers that served and protected our country. This post is a reminder to the truthful backstory and sacrifice behind fashion in today's society. Luckily, we can now wear these "looks" because we want to and not because we have to.



LEST WE FORGET.


Photos: Source Unknown

March 10, 2016

SPRING MUST-HAVES!


Spring is right around the corner and it's time to shop! After going to the Winners & Marshalls press previews in January, I have been eager to stuff my closet with new fab finds. While I wait for the snow to melt away, here are my top 5 picks for the upcoming season: 


Neoprene Crop Top, 59.99$






Structured Zip-Up Skirt, 29.99$


Printed neoprene dress, 59.99$


Choker with Jewel Detail, 29.99$



Suede Strappy Sandal, 129.99$



Share your latest finds on Instragram by using the hashtags: #winnersfabfinds & #lovemarshalls



March 6, 2016

IK HOU VAN JOU



Hello Fashionistas, I spent Valentine's Day weekend in Amsterdam and it was amazing. Honestly, if I had to choose a city to describe my style identity, it would be Amsterdam. 

Fashion in the Netherlands is intriguing, as people cycle everywhere, their bikes become an integral component to their personal style. Subsequently, you can spot fashionistas wearing all black on a hot pink bike, wearing an orange tuque and electric blue gloves. It's such a cool experience, just sitting back and watching all the artsy cyclists zip by and wait at the dock to board on the boat, perhaps going to work or just meeting with friends. That's everyday life in Amsterdam! If I lived there, I would definitely get a flaming hot pink bike with a papaya print all over it, just so I could easily spot my bike among all the others.

One more thing, vintage shopping is also reasonably priced, unlike shops in Paris and London. I spotted amazing turquoise leather gloves for only a whopping 10 euros! How awesome is that? My favorite shop was Laura Dols located among the "9 straatjes", the eccentric shopping hub of Amsterdam.


Organic dinner in a greenhouse at Restaurant en Kwekerij De Kas 


Amazing Valentine's Day dinner in a cozy bed at Supper Club, the best experience yet! 


Vintage shopping at the Waterloopleinmarkt, rummaging through the endless amount of treasures.



We stayed at the Mandela Huisje, which is a glass house commemorating the iconic Nelson Mandela, it is founded on love, respect & unity. I definitely recommend booking this haven for your next getaway in Amsterdam, after your stay in the Mandela house, a tree is planted in Indonesia with your name on it. 



Homemade breakfast at the Mandela Huisje on Valentine's Day.


My valentine's day gift from my partner in crime, this gorgeous dress I have been coveting for a while is from Dorothee Schumacher.


After doing a boat tour with the funny, Those Dam Boat Guys and going to the Anne Frank Museum we made sure to hit the Tassen Museum, which is the museum of bags and purses. 





I could not leave Amsterdam without trying this tasty deutsche delicacy named "Poffertjes" at Pancakes Amsterdam.


Looking for a cool cocktail spot? You must stop by Sky Lounge, try the Skull cocktail. 


I can't wait to go back to Amsterdam! Check out my Instagram for more pictures, @marciabcreative.


Photography: SDB