A kind of a hat with a brim and a characteristic indented crown along the head. The name comes from Fedora Romanowska, the main character of a play written by a French dramatist, Victorien Sardou. A fedora was invented in the 20th century, and meant to be worn only by men, but now it’s equally eagerly worn by women, including Keira Knightley. The hat has become a part of the history of pop culture – it was an element of Indiana Jones’ look, and the famous Blues Brothers.
A model of a hat that is traditionally made from the plaited leaves of the Carludovica palmata plant. Despite appearances, id doesn’t come from Panama, but from Ecuador. The deceiving name was invented during the construction of The Panama Canal, when the hat became popular in the US. The quality of the hat depends of the number of fibers an inch (counted horizontally and vertically) – the thicker the better 😉 A real panama is made out of one piece and has no seams. The best panamas, called superfinio are so durable that they can carry water and so flexible that can be pulled through a ring and go back to their natural shape afterwards. This kind of a headpiece is most often made out of natural fibers, or whitened ones, and has a characteristic black band around. Clark Gable, an actor, used to wear it a long time ago, and Rachel Zoe wears it today.
3. BUCKET HAT
A hat of a fisherman. It has a wide and down sloping brim, and characteristic seams. It was associated with a lake holiday, and now it’s one of the hottest types of a hat. It’s promoted by young streetwear fashion brands, lik KTZ and OBEY. Rihanna has a whole collection of them – starting from a glossed red one, up to a rosy canvas one. Such a hat can be worn with a casual look, a miniskirt and a sports hoodie, for example.
Also called „boater hat”. A straw hat that you can know from Renoir’s painting Luncheon of the Boating Party. The association isn’t accidental. Canotier in French, and boater in English mean the same. A straw hat worn in the 19th century by the upper class reminded the French sailors’ hats. It’s got a typical round brim and a completely flat head. It’s woven out of the fibers of rice straw. In some of the London schools it remains an element of the school uniform up to now.
II. SUMMER CLOTHES
Light shoes with a grass, string, or juta sole. The surface of the shoe is most often sewn out of canvas. They have its origin in Spain – the name (Span. Espardenya) comes from the kind of grass that is used to create ropes. Espadrilles are perfect for summer – airy, comfy, and more elegant than sneakers. They are worn, among others, by Mary Kate Olsen, Chiara Ferragni and Katie Holmes. My favorite ones are the colorful ones from Fendi with funny appliques and prints.
It’s a controversial backless model with an open toe. They remind boots with their uppers cut evenly at the top, up to the heel. Even though you can either love them or hate them, they’re an absolute hit for the SS 2016 season. They became popular thanks to, among others, Sportmax. Celebrities fell in love with them – from Rihanna, to Olivia Palermo.
These shoes remind moccasins, but have a tougher sole and a bit higher heel. The meaning speaks for itself – first shoes of this type were worn by Norwegian farmers, who were looking after their lazy cows on the fields. In the 30s American students used to put one penny into the so called penny loafers, which let them use the payphone. Is that true? I don’t know, but one thing is for sure – loafers became the favorite kinds of shoes of the upper class, and now appear on the streets as a comfy and fashionable option for the summer. Among loafers one can find both classic moccasins (with a buckle by Gucci), tassel loafers, and high-heeled ones. They look best set with Paul Smith style cigarette trousers.
1. ESPADRILLES Oas | 2. ESPADRILLES Tommy Hilfiger | 3. ESPADRILLES Only | 4. FLIP-FLOPSMissguided
5. FLIP-FLOPS Topshop | 6. FLIP-FLOPS Alberto Zago | 7. MOCCASINS Baldowski | 8. MOCCASINS bon prix
9. MOCASSINS Michael Kors
A classic two-pieces swimsuit. It consists of briefs and a bra. Designed for the first time in 1946 by Louis Reard, it was an answer to „Atome” by Jacqeues`a Heima, advertised as „the smallest swimsuit in the world. Yet a bikini started being popular after a few years, among others thanks to the movie „And God Created Woman” with Bridget Bardot, who wore it on the set. In the sixties they were eagerly worn by pin-up girls, and in the 90s by Naomi Campbell on the cover of „Sport Illustrated”. Retro bikinis are very popular this season, especially the ones with high waist briefs.
A low-cut, one-piece swimsuit. One of the most sexy options to wear to the beach – it accentuates the body, but in a more creative way than a classic bikini. Proper excisions can perfectly model your body – it can accentuate a waistline, or make your shoulders slimmer. They can be asymmetrical, decorated with laces, or a net applique. A monokini is worn, among others, by Kylie Jenner, Eva Longoria, and… me (check it out HERE) 😉 But is you don’t want to get tanned with stripes, try not to sunbathe in it. It’ll be a good choice for a pool party, or a lazy Sunday under a sunshade 😉
A bikini with a top instead of a bra. It’s a good solution not only for those who don’t like to show their belly. A tankini is worn by a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Miranda Kerr, and a perfect model, Doutzen Kroes. It gives you many possibilities – you can go for a model that reminds a crop top, an embroidered shirt, or a red carpet like one. I’m totally captivated by Anna Kosturova ones.
IV. HOT CUTS
It’s a kind of a neck that ends in the middle of your shoulders. It looks a bit as if it was deliberately falling down. It’s usually draped with a frill and a rubber that holds the fabric. This season blouses and off-shoulder dresses are offered by many designers, from Prabal Gurung (a minimalistic version) to Chloe (a romantic style). A blogger, Olivia Palermo, and an actress, Dakota Johnson are great fans of such a cut. It can be also called carmen, with the name coming from the title of an opera by Georges Bizet – traditional Spanish necks look exactly like this.
A summer jumpsuit with short legs. First it only referred to children’s clothing, but in the 70s, similar models, at the beginning made out of terry fabric, started being worn by fashionable (and adult) girls. Today they can be found in a casual version, made out of, for example, airy cotton, or luxurious ones (silk patterned Dolce&Gabbana rompers). These are often worn by Taylor Swift to the red carpet, and by J Lo when she goes shopping. They look well teamed with espadrilles (see #1).