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The 28 Best White Sneakers for Women in 2020

Picking out the perfect pair of white sneakers is no mean feat—like most fashion staples, there is an overwhelming number of trendy riffs on the style. Who can forget the time when [Stan Smiths] peeked out from underneath every street style star’s trousers, and you couldn’t walk around New York without seeing both tourists and […]

Brooklyn Pop Star Yaeji’s New Video Is a Love Letter to Korea

For most the video, though, Yaeji and her friends (which include Kim, Han, and Jung, as well as fashion designer Jihyung, videographer Mija, New York-based Nicole Kim, who DJs as NK Badtz Maru, and Berlin-based Mobilegirl), are all wearing the grass green Yaeji Guild...

What It Was Like Inside the First-Ever Virtual Gala, Hosted on Zoom

First entertainer of the night was Anna of the North, who logged in from her home in Oslo despite the time difference. Guitar in her lap, a smile appeared on her singing lips as she read the encouraging messages coming through. At the close of each song, Larry,...

Missing Broadway? Here Is How to Watch a Classic Musical or Play at Home

Kiki & Herb, Live at the Knitting FactoryThe cabaret scene becomes a duller, safer place whenever this duo—a terrifying singer and her long-suffering accompanist, created by Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman —are absent. Now you can have them right in your...

Chris Evert on How “Tennis Has Stepped Up” in the Time of Coronavirus

As a temporary field hospital is set to open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens next week to help handle New York’s spike in COVID-19 cases, we chatted with six-time Open champion Chris Evert about the pandemic, the city’s...

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The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Bella Hadid, Jared Leto, and More

The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Bella Hadid, Jared Leto, and More

With much of the world on lockdown, Instagram has opened up a portal into the lives of celebrities and fashion folk as they shelter in place. Bella Hadid posted a series of self-portraits from the comfort of her bed, dressed in a nubby, yolk yellow zip-up by the New York-based label Bode. Here, the accessories […]

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5 Work From Home Outfits That are Comfortable and Chic

5 Work From Home Outfits That are Comfortable and Chic

As we continue our social-distancing pledge, the Vogue staff is working from home for the foreseeable future. This article is part of our This Week on Zoom column, where one Vogue editor shares their WFH outfits from the previous workweek—from the waist up, of...

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Why I’m Skipping My Skin-Care Routine in Isolation

Yesterday, I cried about retinol. (It takes very little to set me off lately.) I had read an Instagram caption suggesting that the current global pandemic provided the perfect opportunity to introduce some of the more irritating ingredients to one’s skin-care routine—retinoids, chemical peels, concentrated acids. Who cares if they eat away at the precious […]

How I’m Reconsidering My Birth Plan Because of the Coronavirus

Home birth is something that I had previously filed under “N/A,” but Hill’s book helped me understand exactly what happened to my body during my first birth and realize that even though I thought it was a great experience, it could have been even better.Quietly, and...

Legendary Shoe Designer Sergio Rossi Dies From Covid-19 Complications

Sergio Rossi has died from complications of Covid-19 at age 84. The Italian shoe designer had been hospitalized for a few days at the Bufalini hospital in Cesena, Italy. “Today everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of...

The 13 Best White T-Shirts For Women According to Vogue Editors

How do you find the best white T-shirt? It might seem like a simple question, but tracking one down that checks all of the boxes, from fit to comfort, is quite a feat. After all, the more minimal a clothing item is, the more its flaws become glaringly clear. Nobody...

12 Best Craft Kits For Adults in Need of a New Project

After nearly three weeks in self-isolation, it's likely that you've already puzzle-swapped your favorite jigsaws, baked homemade banana bread, sweat through a retro Jane Fonda workout tape, FaceTimed your college roommates, and binged season one of Tiger King.Now you...

Fashion Facts

Eyebrows on fleek

Nowadays, any self-respecting fashionista will never leave her house without just the right makeup done. And when we talk about the right makeup, we mean flawless eyebrows. While bushy eyebrows are a trend today, fashionistas during the Renaissance period used to shave them off. Take Mona Lisa for example.

No models, dolls only

Since the 1500s, fashion designers show off their clothing line by creating a mini version to put on little dolls. There were no real, human models until 1853.

Skirts are an ancient fashion

Although still widely used today, skirts are the second oldest garment in history, predated only by the loincloth. Plus, skirts were not intended only for women. In fact, during 1600 to 1700s, both men and women wore them. You can even wear a bodyshaper under your skirt to look fit. Check out the Reviewscon Guide for amazing shape wear for women.

Denim fact

For over 7,000 years, cotton fabric was used for clothing. For one bale of cotton, 215 pairs of jeans can be made. The word “jeans” came from the cotton pants worn by the “Genes,” a local term used to describe sailors from Genoa. Meanwhile, the word “denim” most likely originated from a French material called serge de Nimes, meaning serge from the French seaside town of Nimes.

The first sneakers

During the late 1800s, people wore shoes with rubber soles called plimsolls, but they were crude. The US Rubber Company came up with more comfortable rubber shoes with canvas tops during 1892 and called it Keds. The shoes were named sneakers because the soles were so smooth that they allow the wearer to sneak around silently. By 1917, the sneakers began to be mass-produced.

The Marquis Converse also produced its first sneaker on the same year and called it Converse All-Stars, a shoe made just for basketball. It was endorsed by basketball superstar named Chuck Taylor, and the shoes became known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars.

Buttons on jacket sleeves

It’s unlikely that a war dictator would contribute something to fashion. But during the Napoleonic wars, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered that his army’s uniforms must have brass buttons on the jacket sleeves to prevent his soldiers from wiping either their nose or mouth clean with their uniforms. Bonaparte must have cared so much about good hygiene. Nowadays, buttons on sleeves are retained as a design.

Lotus shoes

For a thousand years, the Chinese culture regarded small feet as beautiful and was necessary for women in order to get married and to have a better life. It was a common practice for them to bind women’s feet as early as five years old to keep their feet small. They used lotus shoes, which are small, triangular embroidered footwear used to show women’s pointy feet.

Since it affected their ability to walk, having lotus feet was a status symbol and is only practiced by the wealthy because they don’t need to work in the fields. Nowadays, it is utterly rejected in China, having the last lotus shoe manufacturer close it business in 1999.

 

Wearing black

During the 19th century, if you wear black and you weren’t mourning for the death of someone, you will be considered dangerously eccentric. The women of the Victorian era were expected to dress in black mourning clothes for two years after their husbands’ deaths, and that started the tradition of wearing black at funerals in the West.

British hat

The most remarkable item in British fashion is the hat, which they usually wear on formal occasions. It may be odd to see weddings and garden parties in the UK having guests with no hats. Ever wondered why? This fashion tradition started when Queen Elizabeth I mandated a law in 1571 that required anyone over the age of 7 to wear hats on Sundays and holidays. The queen must have loved hats so much that anyone who refused to follow her law would be fined.