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Wearing Pretty

Before I tell you what I saw in the mall (you can guess) I want to share this memory of the ladies clothes that were so popular not too long ago. These are Laura Ashley clothes, but in the same era were similar designers going with this loose, feminine, comfortable style. Just wearing it made you feel adequately covered (but not frumpy or sloppy), confident and happy. The colors and prints were so harmonious with God's creation, whether or not it was intended. There was something very wholesome, sweet and yet serious about these clothes. They depicted dignity. Do you ever wonder who dictates styles to us and who decided the women in this decade would not be able to find pretty clothing that also felt good to wear--clothing that was no nonsense but feminine? Women still wear these clothes, because 25 years after the style was replaced, they are still in good condition. There should be sewing patterns for the dresses in both the pictures here. I wonder who decided there would be no more Victorian clothes available for women who preferred them, and why there are not more choices of clothing of different eras. Some ladies do not like the unlovely, unflattering clothes that are presented in stores year after year. This is another dress of the 1990's that would be suitable to wear today: These clothes were made of high quality cotton and not of the synthetics we find in stores today. The garments did not cling and you didn't always have to be tugging at shoulders and waist. This was the first Laura Ashley pattern I ever owned. One thing that made these clothes so well liked was they suited women multi-generationally. Mothers, daughters and granddaughters all wore them and there was no special youth style section in the stores. The sizes were varied but the styles suited everyone and were liked by women all over the world. This was an outfit in a 1990 Victoria Magazine that was hard to find, But eventually I collected similar pieces from thrift stores and giveaways to create this set which I think exudes softness and sensibility: Blouse: Goodwill, not worn, $5.00. It would have cost me quite a bit more back in the 1990's. Cardigan: Walmart, $5.00. The Laura Ashley cardigan was originally 6 or 7 times the price or more. Skirt: given to me from an estate sale. It is not a Laura Ashley brand but a very similar design, with tucks along the hem. Slippers/shoes: $5.00 at WalMart. One reason I did not own many Laura Ashley things was their price. Dresses were often $80.00 to a hundred dollars, so it made more sense to buy a pattern for home sewing. However now these clothes are surfacing in the thrift shops at cheaper prices. It's just a pity they are not "in style," because now they are affordable. I am happy to see many young women developing their own style and leaving the current fashions behind. No one should allow the current trends to dictate the way they dress. We have not been to a mall in years, but decided to walk through one this week. The place was almost a ghost town, with many shops empty. The window displays were as you see here: Is all this supposed to be pretty? My husband asked how anyone could think this is pretty on a woman. There were certainly no admiring gazes from passers-by. Young women were not giving any of it a longing look. They are tired and bored of it all. It has been the same old torn clothing for several decades has it not? Yet someone keeps pushing this style. When almost every woman learned how to sew, they had more control over the fashion. I realize not everyone can or wants to sew anymore, but there are still alternatives to this wretched mess. Many of the prettier clothes have gone to catalogs: Blair Catalog The Paragon Catalogue Aloha Outlet Catalog The ugly clothes have been prominent for so long that ladies feel silly and out of sorts when wearing anything pretty. Maybe one of the reasons so many shops in the mall have moved out is due to lack of selling those boring, drab things that women have had to wear and look at for so many years. There is no reason we cannot change the fashion by wearing lovely blouses like this: More Laura Ashley from Etsy and EBay. From an older catalog: The style was loved equally by girls and grandmothers. I often saw families in church sitting together with the women wearing these cheerful dresses. No one made fun of them like they do today: they were high fashion and very expensive. These next pictures are from the recent April Cornell catalog: A pattern I am going to order online: many of these dresses were made of fine wale cordoroy or polished cotton or cotton velveteen. Patterns I am going to order. Issue of Victoria with the Laura Ashley fashions: More Laura Ashley:

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Carolyn Forbes/Textile Resource

Welcome to Carolyn Forbes Antique Textiles & Vintage Fashion! We specialize in antique textiles, laces and embroideries from near and far as well as antique and vintage fashions spanning the centuries. Check here often for new listings!

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“The Bord de rivière au printemps (Riverside in Spring) dress. An Art Nouveau gown designed by the French architect, painter & sculptor, Victor Prouvé. An exquisite dragonfly, tall irises & river weeds tangled in swift water decorate the silk. Musée de l’École de Nancy, c. 1900.”

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White wear for ladies, misses and children

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Classical Lace Wedding Bridal Dress, Retro Appliques Wedding Bridal Dress.W36

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