williamsburg fashion

colonial gown trivia

things we learned from abby the milliner, who wears colonial clothing every day at work:

  • women’s stays are generally quite comfortable if they’re worn correctly. if they’re laced wrong or they’re slightly out of place, they can be so uncomfortable that it’s impossible to focus on anything else. the reenactors in the shop will actually go into another room and completely undress in order to correct their stays. 
  • stays are great for improving your posture. a lot of the reenactors get aches when they first start wearing them, because they’re using certain stomach and shoulder muscles all day. 
  • the kerchief that women wear around their necks and tucked into their gowns isn’t normally a problem, but it can prove bothersome when a corner in the back comes untucked. the women in the shop called this “getting a draft,” and it’s enough of a problem that a friend of abby’s in the shop (who had no idea what we were talking about when abby called her over) warned abby off of touching her kerchief with a sharp “don’t untuck my kerchief!!” 

and, finally, my favorite fun fact:

  • stays creak in warm weather
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H&M Loves Rockaway

We were invited to H&M  #SummerStartsNow  party with artist Tali Lennox. It celebrated summer by showcasing the brand’s current seasonal collections last night with H&M Loves Rockaway. 

Over 200 VIP guests came out to Diviera Drive in Williamsburg, to celebrate the ties between Fashion and Art by seeing Tali create on-site illustrations. The exclusive event featured laid back beach styles like tropical printed shirts and dresses, fresh white denim, and tons of vibrant colors perfect for mixing and matching.