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A fascinating look at the most popular fashion trends of 2017 from all over the world.

If you like to stay on top of  fashion trends , looking at  runway shows  is a great place to start, but they’re not always indicative of popular trends in countries around the world. Lucky for us, the folks at fashion retailer  Long Tall Sally  researched the  top trends worn all over the globe . Not only is it interesting to see the trends people in other countries love, but the results also provide a little fashion inspiration for your wardrobe. With the help of a trends expert, Long Tall Sally analyzed thousands of global trends via  street style  images, local influencers and Instagram posts. The trends were then cross-referenced with  Instagram  data from the last 12 months. The top trend in each country was determined by looking at the most frequently used trend-related hashtag. For example, in  Seoul, South Korea , oversized sleeves were determined to be the top trend, with 15,638 hashtags. In  Bangkok, Thailand ,  millennial pink  was all the rage, hashtag
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A fascinating photo history of women's fashion.

The buzz around  New York Fashion Week  is always exciting. It's wonderful to see people from all over the world gather together for their love of fashion. It makes you realize how important fashion is. One of the first things we do in the morning is decide what to wear. Whether we're heading out for a day of leisure or getting ready to make a big sales pitch, our clothes help us tell our story throughout the day. Fashion has always been key to how women have presented themselves to the world, and how society has wanted to present women to the world. From  panniers  that emphasized wide hips to shoulder pads that emphasized "power," the fashion of the time tells our history in great detail. Read Article:


From humble beginnings to present day, we chart the history of  haute couture . 1858 : English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth established the first haute couture house in Paris, championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term ‘fashion designer’ – an artist in lieu of the basic dressmaker. 1868 : Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture was first established as the safeguard of high-fashion. Designers were required to earn the right to label themselves a couture house according to certain specifications. These were later outlined in 1945. 1908:  The phrase “haute couture” was used for the first time. Read Article:

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The fascinating history of ear piercing.

Men and women alike have been piercing their ears for cosmetic and ritualistic purposes since time immemorial. When did people first start piercing their ears? What reasons have different cultures had for engaging in the ancient practice of ear piercing? How is it that ear piercings have remained one of the most popular types of body piercings throughout time? What types of ear piercings can you get today? We answer these questions and more in this  History of Ear Piercings . Read Article:

Watch a slideshow about the history of the skirt, from the 1900s until now.

The  skirt  may be a mainstay in the closet of any fashion girl, but the essential wardrobe piece has one of the longest histories in the category of clothing. After the loincloth, the skirt is the  second-oldest garment known to mankind . In ancient times, both men and women wore what we recognize today as a skirt, but over the years, it became predominantly a women’s garment in Western cultures. While its endless iterations can be traced back to the first days that humans decided to dress by tying cloths around themselves, the past hundred or so years are rife with dramatic changes to the skirt from decade to decade. Read More:

History of the Wearing of Clothing

The wearing of clothing is specifically human characteristic and most human societies wear some form of clothing. There is no information about when we started using clothes but there are ideas why. Anthropologists think that animal skins and vegetation were adapted as protection from weather conditions. Read Article: