Attention all Fashionistas and Fashionistos! We are going to end this week with a little history lesson (cue groans), but it’s fashion history so how boring can it really be?
1. True or False: Those Ray-Ban sunglasses you love and adore were created back in the 1920s as a way to reduce headaches and nausea for pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps? Answer: True.
2. True or False: That trusty green military jacket you can now buy at any retail outlet dates back to before the American Civil War. Answer: True, and the olive green style was the most adopted style amongst military men worldwide after that.
3. True or False: In the 1970s, Vans produced wool-lined canvas and rubber mukluks for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Defense. Answer: True.
That wasn’t so bad was it? I’ll admit to being a bit of a history buff. But even without initially being armed with these facts, and having to do a little research, I still found this Fashionista’s outfit to be commanding.
This Fashionista pulls together a bunch of once men’s army apparel, and puts a spin on it to create the perfect subtly girly outfit. She sticks with a simple pair of dark denim shorts as her base and builds from there.
Underneath, her movie graphic tank top caught my eye with its bright colors and recognizable figures. I love how a typical “boy” movie can be turned into a subtly girly statement piece. Graphic T-shirts are a clever way to show your mood without overdoing it. The cropped tank top is perfect for any summer day, even if the weather is in the midst of clearing out a rainstorm for some rays of sunshine.
What really drew me into this Fashionista’s look was the fact that she takes classic pieces, originally made for military men, and makes them her own. Once only a men’s military uniform, military jackets are now an amazing fashion piece for men and women. It’s light enough for a summer day, and is perfect to shield yourself from any surprise bouts of rain on the walk home from campus. Her Ray-Ban Wayfarers are a classic statement piece that protect her eyes from any sun that decides to peak out from behind the clouds. Even this Fashionista’s shoes have a typically male-only history, but the times have changed. Thanks to the radical women of the 1970s and 1980s who brought Vans out of its Southern California extreme sports niche and into the mainstream market.
How To: If you don’t already have a graphic tee featuring your favorite characters, here’s this Fashionista’s find. Grab a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and a military jacket for added flair. Finish off the look with a pair of classic sneakers, like these Vans, and you’re ready to go!