In fashion, we are constantly looking back to history for trends, and reinventing old styles.

You might recognize these looks from the runways in 2019, but do you know where they come from?

Here is your guide on all of the most important terminology you need to crack the fashion history code!

Time to brush up on your fashion history terminology! Photo By Seven Sisters’ Style

1. Petticoats:  These garments were worn in the Victorian era (late 1800s-1900) and were part of a woman’s long process of getting dressed. They helped create the appearance of a fuller skirt under their gowns. Some had fancy details including embroidered designs, lace and ribbons. Depending on the season, they would be manufactured from cotton, linen, or wool (“Petticoat”, Dictionary.com).

Petticoats over the years

The tulle and layering in this collection is very reminiscent of Victorian petticoats; Viktor and Rolf Spring 2019 Couture; Vogue Runway

2. Oxford Bags: These were the original wide-legged, high-waisted trousers. They gained popularity during the 1920s, especially with rich male students who attended prestigious universities like Harvard and Yale. (Nosowitz, 2017).

Looking classy in Oxford Bags; from Bettman; Getty Images

Back and baggier than ever. Decades later, we are loving this silhouette! Not only is it comfortable, but super flattering as well; Toga Spring 2019 Ready to Wear

3. Bermuda Shorts: In the 1950s, just about everyone had a pair of these versatile shorts. They were fashioned after trousers but ended just above the knee. They came in an assortment of colours, patterns and prints (“Bermuda Shorts” in Merriam-Webster).

A pattern from the 1950s detailing a men’s pair of Bermuda shorts

A 2019 version of Bermuda shorts from Todd Snyder’s Spring Menswear Collection; Vogue Runway

4. Letty Lynton Sleeve: These dramatic, oversized sleeves made of tulle were popularized in the 1930s when Joan Crawford wore a dress by the designer Adrian in the film Letty Lynton (“The Letty Lynton Gown”).

A still from the 1932 film Letty Lynton

They’re back! Rodarte’s Spring 2019 Ready to Wear featured variations of the Letty Lynton sleeve; Vogue Runway

5. Taffeta: This fabric has been around since the Edwardian era, but with our love for the 1980s recently, we can definitely see why this shiny textile has been spotted on the runways again. It has a crisp texture and can be made from silks, or synthetic fibres. (“taffeta” in Dictionary.com).

A purple taffeta prom dress from the 1980s; Jessica McClintock x Gunne Sax

Bella Hadid in a purple tiered taffeta skirt; Alberta Ferretti: Spring 2017

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