It’s Hip to Be Square

While certain trends on campus may seem mundane and typical, it’s important to understand where these trends took root. On any campus in America, you’ll find many students in baggy sweatshirts/sweaters often paired with leggings or jeans and a pair of boots. When the weather begins to dip below the 70s, campuses in the South will be populated with trends to suit the new burst of chilly weather. Some students may play with layering, while others bring out their favorite coat to make any outfit more stylish. But with tests and assignments piling on before the winter holidays, comfort seems to be the main concern when it comes to what to wear during the day.

Sloppy Joes: 

In the 1940s, the market for teen’s fashion became increasingly popular. Teens began to stray away from the mainstream dress of adults and began to adopt their own fashions. It was popular for teenage girls to wear loose, baggy sweaters that were called sloppy joes.

Cubism:

Cubism began in the early 1900s as a form of art intended to break away from the norm and create a new style. Sharp geometric shapes and breaking up objects to their more simplistic forms were characteristic of Cubism. There are many subdivisions of Cubism, some are more simpler, while others are more complex. The sweater worn by the student in the above photo does not completely embody everything that cubism is, but it does show the importance of geometric shapes and sharp lines as an obvious characteristic of this art movement. Cubism has been easily translated into the fashion of the past and present.

Sonia Delaunay: Cubist artist, below are some of her textile designs that are similar to the sweater worn in the above photo.

Cubism Today:
Art movements, such as Cubism, still impact fashion today. Below are examples of designs that have been inspired by cubism.

Withstood the Test of Time

This week has been an incredibly unexpected burst of cold weather. After forgetting to wear a jacket on campus earlier this week, I truly learned the impact a jacket can have. Luckily, the cold weather has inspired some students to dress in something other than Nike shorts and a t-shirt. So in the spirit of cold weather, I gravitated toward warm apparel.

The Pea Coat:

In the 18th century, the pea coat was created as a uniform for many European natives to keep warm during cold weather. The double breasted aspect of this coat was intended to keep body heat in and keep sailors warm. In the early 20th century, the pea coat was adopted as a cold weather uniform coat for the American military.

Characteristics of the pea coat include: double breasted, 3-6 buttons, wide lapel, and slant pockets. Most early pea coats were made of wool, but today the pea coat can be made from other materials as well (such as the one in the photo above).

In the 1940s (post WWII), the peacoat, as well as other military inspired fashions, emerged as a popular jacket for civilians. It was extremely practical because it could be worn at both casual and formal settings.

In the 1960s, Yves Saint Laurent, took the pea coat and altered it to include over-sized flap pockets, a wide, flat collar and high cut arms.

Today, the pea coat is a staple coat for many men and women. While there has been minor changes to the pea coat over the last centuries, it has remained popular and has withstood the test of time. Every winter you are likely to see pea coats of all colors in the stores you shop at and on the people you pass on the street. The pea coat is the equivalent of the loyal friend who will always be there no matter what. Today, you may find a pea coat with a hoodie, made of sweatshirt material, with ruffles or with sleeve embellishment. Here are a few I particularly enjoy:

Fun Fact: Jackie Kennedy Onassis made the pea coat such an icon that many people refer to women’s pea coats today as the “Jackie-O” jacket.