Fashion trends inspired by the national heritage of the specific country, the customs and traditions always look exciting, bright and with loads of personality. On the other hand, it’s always a bit tricky to be able to wear such trends the correct way, since they require special techniques of mixing and matching garments and accessories with each other, as well as some important style rules that the fans of the folk fashion trend should stick to. To make it clear for you, today we are going to present some important fashion tips on how to wear folk fashion correctly and come up with creative and statement-making looks!
History of Folk Fashion
Folk style is one of the most creative and youthful flows in the fashion world, having gained popularity still in the ‘60s. Now it is exercised more and more frequently especially in the summer collections of popular fashion designers. It was back in 1976 that Yves Saint Laurent demonstrated his view of the national costumes and their modern interpretations in fashion. There exist a wide number of different styles and vibes of the folk fashion trend and each person is free to choose just one option out of them being more suitable and comfortable. Comfort and harmony are the most important factors that should be taken into account here.
Characteristic Features of Folk Fashion
The folk style has become the fave option for many ladies. And one of its main peculiarities is that it includes some ethnic inspired details and vibes in it very often. One can find details and elements from very many nations and cultures in the silhouettes of this style, be that a belt with a special ornament, a headband, or just some prints. The influence of folk vibes makes the overall image second-to-none and unique, and looks pretty extraordinary. The best option is to pick a cultural vibe of one single nation, not mixing too many of them together.
The basic silhouette of the folk style is the trapeze dress, characterized by the relaxed and slightly effortless feel. Such dresses are described by the specific synthesis of those national features and costumes and not just the mere imitations of the originals. At times the main hit of a look can be a single detail, revealing the influence of the garment being under Indian, Scandinavian, Russian, Latin or other nation’s style influence.
Folk style is ideal for the casual looks for home and walks, since the garments of this style generally fit the body nicely. Being made of natural fabrics, they not only copy the national costumes but also add some characteristic features to them. This is the reason why many of the designers opt for such exciting vibes especially for the summer collections.
Blouses adorned with ornaments, designs, headbands, cotton pants and many other pieces are the key details for folk style. They are the clues that add some mystery and softness to the images. That’s why another trick suggests using the ethnic inspired details of an old piece of clothing for remaking a certain type of garment to spice it up a bit. This is especially true about the blouses.
The national costumes of the world nations and cultures have their specific characteristic traits, typical only of them. It can be a shade, a type of fabric, a type of embroidery, or anything else. As a rule, the national costume is made of a specific type of fabric and more preferable coming matched with bright shades or some neutral overtones. Shades like black are very rare here, and as for the accessories, beads, lace and geometric bijou are more frequently used. The details are no less important here, carrying an important part of the overall philosophy of this or that nation or having some symbolic value. Those can be metallic, wooden or stone elements. Handmade details or garments in general are the other descriptive element of the folk style.
The skirts of the folk style are described by their diverse forms and looks. However, what unites them is that they never appear to have short shapes.
As for the pants, they are generally made of natural breathing fabrics, like cotton and linen to enable the body to breathe and just get trapped inside. In case of western inspiration, they may be tightened with an elastic band on the bottom. This way, they can be both narrowed for the bottom or left wide.
When it comes to folk style shoes, a big diversity of options can be found here too, coming with sandals, heels and flats, boots, open toe shoes, and many more. Lacing, crisscross patterns and wooden platforms are all characteristic features of this style. The principle of making everything with natural materials is preserved here as well. Thus they come made of leather, suede and jewels.
The youthful style is totally compatible with the folk elements. Those details can come with decorative handbags made of leather or suede, while the other fabrics and details will spice up the looks even more. If the styles of the national costumes are similar to each other, they can be combined. This way the hippie style is directly linked to folk. Nowadays the styles of Indian, Chinese and Japanese cultures are especially prevailing in the folk looks. In addition, it was the hippie style that gave birth to the folk as a separate flow of fashion. The philosophy of being close to nature is present in both directions and many of the design details are based on that ideology.
The designers make use of stylish elements from African, Indian, Latino American and other ethnic cultures. Looking at the costumes it’s not difficult to guess which style and culture they belong to.
Creating an ethnic inspired image is not really difficult. For instance, if you want to create a Latino inspired look you may just add a checkered shirt to jeans, a leather jacket, a Sombrero and a silk handkerchief fastening it to the belt. The bright shawls and beads are characteristic of the Russian culture, while metallic bracelets and earrings, fringes and other details like that generally go towards the Asian cultures.
A Scottish skirt is a usual piece nowadays, but in the past it was a part of the Scottish national costume only. Celts were the people, who wore it and then it was made of furry fabrics.
Other characteristic features of the patterns and prints of the folk style is the range of floral embroideries. They can have a huge diversity of interpretations, coming in rich shades and featuring images, catchy pictures and prints, or being introduced with muted, subtle options for more humble looks. When coming put on sheer fabrics, they look really magnificent.
Rich tapestry is the following curious aspect of the folk style, especially when coming with abstract details. The motives and the styles of expressing those patterns are also diverse, including both legendary scenes and images or just representing some national design patterns.
Appliques and baroque inspired details represent the following noteworthy aspect of the folk fashion style. Coming with innovated aspects like transparency plays and bold shapes and designs like V-necks, they make really cool and bold combinations with folk fashion.
Having suitable makeup is the last detail you need to pay attention to when opting for the folk style inspired garments.
The diversity of the cultures may even extend to Indian Saris and gypsy clothing.
Summing up the cultural diversity of the folk style, we can speak about the Asian folk fashion including the Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai vibes and those of other Asian countries. As for the European folk, we can speak about Norway, Finland, Scandinavia, Greenland, Spain and other countries for loads of creative details. The characteristic feature of these cultures is the strict geometrical approach and the warm natural materials. Finally, the Slavonic group of folk fashion is characterized by the influence of Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, and other cultures.
Overall Key Details of the Folk Style
If we were to bring together all of the descriptive elements of this style, we could make a list that goes as follows!
1. Natural Materials and Fabrics
This is as we noted the primary condition for comfy and good looks. Leather pieces and close-to-nature looks are the primary aspects of these looks.
2. Straight or Trapeze Shapes
The following thing that should be noted is the overall shape of the garments, thus belonging to the trapeze or straight shapes. Those can be:
• Blouses with wide sleeves, long or short, collars of various forms, adorned with ruffles, fastened with a belt or a ribbon, decorated with designs and having different folk symbols on them.
• Skirts of knee length or lower, yet totally excluding the tight fitting mini options, those with flouncy shapes or other details like that. The most important detail is the freedom of movements.
• Sweaters and jackets with big and effortlessly knitted textures, having Norwegian or Scandinavian design details and other traits like these.
• Pieces like blanket overcoats having boho inspired details and vibes, making great accompaniments with lace dresses, chignons, and leather boots.
• Maxi cardigans being perfect for maxi dresses and accessories like golden chokers
• Capes finishing the magical and fairy-tale like effect of the combinations
3. Flat and Comfortable Shoes
Flat shoes or options on not too high heels reveal the final aspect of the folk style, again coming made of natural materials like suede, fur, leather, and adorned with metallic details at times as well.
These were the basic characteristic aspects of the folk style, which manage to make it a unique and cool fashion direction both for the popular fashion designers and houses and for stylish ladies always following the fashion trends and developments. So try out this style and enjoy the benefits of comfort plus good looks formula to the full!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
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