Keeping Up with Lace Up!
Keeping Up with Lace Up!
‘Started from the bottom, now I’m here’ can be the lingo for the ‘lace up’ trend that has totally upped its game since the beginning of times when it had just started to appear on the footwear! Look at it now, it has reached all the way up to the cleavage!
It all started with basic shoes with laces – the Oxfords and Brogues – and later got incorporated into garments. The Lace-up trend was seen on ‘corsets’ in the past, which kept women in a caged outfit as far as the garment’s silhouette was concerned. Back then, the outfit had a lace-up closure, a metal structure to support the body, which was tight and must have had hurt the wearer. By 1800, the corset had primarily become a way of supporting the bosom, as the waist was raised to just under the bust line. Corsets made the torso look slim but this was not its primary purpose. With the end of Victorian era, world war took place, breaking women free from the tied-up and restricted silhouettes but the lace-up detailing did not die away, it was then seen in the lingerie women wore and gave the regular lingerie a touch of sensuality.
Much later, in the 90’s, fetish fashion became popular and corsets made a comeback once again, often worn as an outer garment rather than an undergarment and by 2010 it gained popularity in the fashion scene.
However, in the 70’s, amidst the sultry lace-up relationship of corsets and lingerie, the ABBA teens had already got people something interesting in terms of lace-up trims by giving them a very bohemian make-over.
We are sure, the people who love classics must be aware of the ABBA teens and the very famous song ‘Mamma Mia’! If one takes a closer look, one would see Agnetha Fältskog from the band donning an interesting lace up jumper. The video, which was released in 1975 eventually topped the charts in 1999 when it came out as a musical, grossing over 2 billion dollars!
A major 70’s throwback, the lace-up trend, has been picked up from Agnetha’s look in Mamma Mia. Besides, other smashing 70’s trends like flared denims and bell sleeves have suddenly resurfaced and become popular among fashion enthusiasts and influencers alike.
Upping the Game
These days, the lace-up trend is not only being incorporated in blouses, tops and shoes but also used as detailing in different forms. Lace-up details are being used by several designers in their collections in different ways. The 2015 Resort collections across the globe saw some major lace-up detailing on the runway, while the fall 2016 had the trend dominating the scene. The Resort’ 2017 collections also carry a noticeable hint of the trend.
From being used as an aesthetic back closure for fastening the garment at the rear to a chic detailing element in the front, the lace-up trend has made quite a journey. Now, it is also being used for detailing in skirts, shoulder patches, blazers and as a design element put intricately to create an interesting element on a silhouette.
Since the beginning, lace-up detailing has been in the fashion scene in some form or the other and in recent times, it has been a fashion staple of celebrities.
Be it bohemian for a free bird, simply chic for a professional or a sensual style for spreading one’s charm, the lace-up trend incorporated in one’s style never disappoints!
Whether one’s waist needs accentuation or one wants to discreetly flaunt the cleavage, lace up detailing can always be trusted. The trend that is making the rounds this season is the Laceup!