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Obsolete Fashion: Muff-ling the Cold

As someone whose lemming-minded fingers tend to follow each other into numbness, I’m rather intrigued by the now-defunct hand warmer known as the muff.

Dating back to the 16th century, the muff is a cylinder of hand-warming coziness with an …

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Obsolete Fashion: Making Courting a Breeze


“Flirtation” by Frédéric Soulacroix

You know those situations where you’re stuck outside at some event, say, a free concert in the park, and the heat is so crushing that you fold up a piece of paper and use it to …

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Obsolete Fashion: Put a Posie Ring on It

According to the movie Grease, summer is a time for falling in love. So, let’s take a trip through the timeline of love to find out about a token from its history!

In the 17th century, if lovers weren’t …

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Obsolete Fashion: 'Cap'-italizing on Chic

Image via Flickr user Gatochy

When it’s a burning summer day and I’m ready to cool in the pool, I scramble into my swimsuit and jump on in. But, say it was 1959. What would be wrong with the imagery above? …

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Obsolete Fashion: Along for the Riding Habit

Images via Wikimedia Commons.

Back in the day before cars, people rode horses places. Duh. But did you know women had a specific ensemble exclusively for riding horses?

With origins burrowed back in the 17th century and an end …

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Obsolete Fashion: Don’t Ridicule This Reticule

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In a recent Fashion Dictionary post, commenter Nanne introduced me to the strange and wonderful fashion artifact known as the reticule purse. Before reading Nanne’s feedback, I was unfamiliar with the historical accessory. However, …

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Obsolete Fashion: My, What a Lovely Jabot!

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If you were to pull a Bill and Ted and time machine back to, oh say, 18th-century France, to the home of some aristocrat, you’d probably see some dude dressed in a fancy waistcoat with a mess …

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Obsolete Fashion: What Do You Know About the Zibellino?

Examples of the zibellino in  “Portrait of a Lady” by Bernardino Luini and “Antea” by Parmigianino.

Whether you’re a Renaissance Classicism connoisseur, a Medieval hygiene expert, or simply someone who sat through Art History 101, you’ve undoubtedly seen today’s …

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Obsolete Fashion: Bustling About

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If this post’s title conjured images of screaming Manhattan sidewalks or catching rush-hour trains, you’re not alone. Despite a short-lived revival in the 1940s, the bustle now only exists in period films or old fashion sketches. So, …

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Obsolete Fashion: Take It or Sleeve It – The Leg o’ Mutton Sleeve

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Imagine this: It’s 1832. A highly fashionable woman is calling upon her dear friend. She glides through the wallpaper-clad hallway en route to the sitting room. When she arrives at the doorway, she pauses, turns 90 degrees to …

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