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The term v-waist refers to a style of waistband applied to pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, underwear, and other various types of clothing. High point of the garment is at the natural waist level on the right and left sides of the hip; the low point is located in the center of the abdomen, leaving a "V" shape at the front of the waist. The angle of the "V" shape varies depending on the use of the garment and the desired level of dramatic effect. It is typically a design used in female clothing, but can also be seen in certain types of pants for men.
Also known as the basque waist, the v-waist style is used in a variety of fashions and functions of clothing. It is a popular design for exercise wear, performance outfits, detailing on dresses, and mini shorts. The v-waist style is often used in clothing that is intended to accentuate a healthy figure. It is a flattering style of waist band because it visually elongates the torso and emphasizes a slimmer shape.
The v-waist design has been utilized by western culture for centuries, but has become increasingly popular throughout modern fashion trends. It is used in a wide range of markets, including high-end couture, as well as affordable exercise wear. With the wide-spread emphasis on physical activity in many cultures, this specific shape has become a common style in exercise clothing. Also, many formal dress designs incorporate the basque style into the detailing of the waist. It is a subtle way to create a slimming effect and enhance the shape of several different body types.
Another common application for the v-waist design is in dance-wear. It creates a fashionable detail, allows for greater mobility, and provides an attractive design for performances. Many cheerleaders, dancers, and other performers use the v-waist style in their outfits. It is almost exclusively used with tighter clothing in order to provide the desired aesthetic effect.
Although the v-waist is a style intended to create a slimming silhouette, it is typically not used for trying to cover any overweight problem areas. Many other fashion styles do a good job of concealing parts of the body that commonly cause self-consciousness. The v-waist style, however, is mainly used for different applications and is best at accentuating a healthy figure.
Authored by Tricia Ellis-Christensen and can also be found here: http://is.gd/B7QZXR
Boyfriend cut refers to women’s clothing that are cut loose in the style of menswear. The look achieved when wearing a boyfriend cut sweater or jeans is as though you borrowed an item of clothing from your boyfriend’s closet. The roomier garments that your boyfriend might wear are often quite comfortable, resulting in the deliberate raiding of closets of boyfriends, brothers, husbands and dads. Since the look is popular, some women’s clothing is now boyfriend style, which must come as some relief to the many men out there whose clothes are regularly pillaged by fashion or comfort conscious females.
For centuries, gentleman have been taught to offer their own sweater or jacket to females who might feel chilled by nighttime excursions. This no doubt led to the discovery by many women that a nice roomy jacket or sweater can be a wonderfully comfortable thing. In the past century, women may have been a little reluctant to return a politely offered sweater. Wearing a boyfriend’s sweater, particularly a letter sweater was often a mark that two people were dating. So the idea of men’s clothing on women as particularly related to boyfriends, results in the term boyfriend cut.
Yet the boyfriend cut and menswear designed patterns for women were distinctly out of fashion for a time. Women’s suits in the early 1980s were frequently imitative of men’s suits. The boxy cut, shoulder pad filled jacket worn by female professionals in the 1980s was often called the “linebacker” style, because it did nothing to flatter a woman's shape. Gradually, by the late 1980s, trends in women’s professional wear shifted toward clothing that fit the female form and was tailored to accentuate curves.
Another trend in the 1980s were the very recognizable leggings, often worn with a big shirt. Naturally the cheapest and easiest way to find a big shirt was to take one from dad, brother or a boyfriend. There were also certainly boyfriend cut big shirts specifically manufactured for women. Yet it was often fun and easier to wear one from a male acquaintance.
Both boxy suit jackets and the big shirt and women’s legging styles began to decline in popularity. This didn’t mean women were any less inclined to steal the occasional item of clothing. For most daily wear, though, more fitted clothing was preferred.
In the 2000s, leggings have been reintroduced, and also low-waist jeans, more often seen in men’s clothing for the last few decades, are now often called boyfriend cut jeans. Big shirts are becoming popular again, with boyfriend cut sweaters or big shirts marketed specifically as boyfriend cut clothing. No doubt fashion trends will change in the future, but women will always have a use for large cut clothing, meaning, if they can’t find it in stores, men should guard their wardrobes with care.
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