Stylish Dressers from Yesteryear.

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Fashion goes round in circles.
At least to a certain extent, the fashions of the past will become the fashions of the future.

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When we look back to photos of the post-war era of 1940-1960, all we see is classy people that definitely knew how to dress.

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Source: vintage everyday: 50 Vintage Fashion Photos That Reveal Just How Awesome People Used To Dress

Woman in a Blaze of Colour.

Image Credit: Photograph by Stanislav Shmelev, Winner of Competition.
Photographers Comment: I took this picture of a woman in her traditional clothing in Cartagena, Colombia.
Comment from Paul Goldstein, Judge: The blaze of colour from every angle, the boldness of the picture, taken from behind, which gives it so much more allure and frankly a superb get up.
Did I mention the colours?
Oh, and that looks suspiciously like a Nokia.
Source: Readers’ travel photography competition: March – the winners | Travel | The Guardian

Dressing to the Nines.

tophats_0007Meaning: Dressed flamboyantly or smartly.
Origin
Nine is the most troublesome number in etymology. There are several phrases of uncertain parentage that include the word.
Examples are, cloud nine, nine days’ wonder and the infamous whole nine yards. We can add ‘dressed to the nines’ to that list.
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The most frequently heard attempts to explain the phrase’s derivation involve associating the number nine with clothing in some way.
One theory has it that tailors used nine yards of material to make a suit (or, according to some authors, a shirt).
The more material you had the more kudos you accrued, although nine yards seems generous even for a fop.
Another commonly repeated explanation comes from the exquisitely smart uniforms of the 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot, which was raised in 1824.

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The problem with these explanations is that they come with no evidence to support them, apart from a reference to the number nine (or 99, which seems to be stretching the cloth rather thinly).
The regiment was in business in the early 19th century, which is at least the right sort of date for a phrase that became widely used in the middle of that century.
The first example of the use of the phrase that I can find in print is in Samuel Fallows’ The Progressive Dictionary of the English Language, 1835.
In his entry for the phrase ‘to the nines’ Fallows gives the example ‘dressed up to the nines’ and suggests that it “may perhaps” be derived from ‘to thine eynes’ – to the eyes.
Not bad as a hypothesis, but without any evidence (and I can find none) ‘may perhaps’ is as far as we can go with that.
What counts against the above explanations, and indeed against any of the supposed explanations that attempt to link the number nine to some property of clothing, is the prior use of the shorter phrase ‘to the nine’ or ‘to the nines’, which was used to indicate perfection, the highest standards.
Read more via Dressed to the nines.

Celebrity Pics by Cecil Beaton.

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Photo: Marilyn Monroe.
Sir Cecil Beaton was a favorite photographer of celebrities and aristocrats.
Cecil Beaton - celebs (4)Katherine Hepburn.
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H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Andrew.
His famous subjects included leading ladies such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey and Katharine Hepburn.
Cecil Beaton - celebs (25)Ingrid Bergman.
Source: vintage everyday: 25 Gorgeous Black-and-White Photos of Female Celebrities Taken by Cecil Beaton

Hair & Makeup from the 1920s.

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 Four beautiful examples of the 1920s Hair and Make-up most fashionable styles.
Although popular conceptions of the Jazz Age suggest that every fashionable woman bobbed her hair during the 1920s, some women did keep their hair long.

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 Bebe Daniels, 1920s.
Long-haired women did not customarily wear their hair loose; rather, they pulled it back to the nape of the neck and wound it into a smooth chignon or knot.
See more images via vintage everyday: Vintage Women’s Hairstyles – Fabulous Pictures of Women’s Hair & Make-Up from the 1920s

Henley Regatta Fashions from the Past.

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Oxfordshire hosts something called the Henley Royal Regatta—“one of the quintessential British events of the summer season,” according to WWD.
Apparently it’s quite an occasion and has happened annually since 1839.
Consequently, old photos are an absolute treasure trove of bygone ladies’ fashions.
1329077599229397393Boaters en route to the regatta, 1886.
Lady, sit down in that boat or you’re gonna topple us all into the drink:
Some Classic, Corseted Regatta Fashions from Days Gone By
Here’s a colorised glimpse:
1329077599293399185via Some Classic, Corseted Regatta Fashions from Days Gone By.