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The Freedom That Comes With Pockets

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The fanny pack, the book bag, the velcro arm band. Women stuff money in their bras, credit cards in their socks, cell phones in the waistband on their sweats. What’s a woman need to do to get a decent pocket around here? For years, ladies and clothing manufacturers have struggled to come up with a comfortable way for women to transport their belongings, while men jackets come with about five different compartments for concealing anything from money to a flask to a weapon. What gives? If you’ve ever wondered why women can achieve the right to vote, but can’t find a pocket on their jeans, here are some of the weird histories behind pockets.

Seventeenth Century
The seventeenth century’s equivalent of the woman’s purse was far from ideal. While men had the luxury of pockets sewn into their garments, women were left to wrap a sack with a string around their wastes and tuck it under her gown, and petticoat, making it extremely hard to access, and not very flattering.

Eighteenth Century
Enter the hip pouch. This device consisted of two sack-like patches attached by strings which could be wrapped around a woman’s waist over her clothes, apron like, acting as two makeshift hanging pockets. These were often elaborately embroidered and could hold anything from cakes to jewelry.

Nineteenth Century
Styles changed in the nineteenth century when the voluminous dress silhouettes were slimmed down into a more Grecian inspired look, leaving no room for pockets. Says Elizabeth Morano, a professor at Parsons School of Design, “Think of the neoclassical dress. It’s straight up and down. The line of the clothes changes completely.”

Enter the purse. The reticule, as it was called was a tiny bag that women carried in their hands. As time went on, these accessories began to become more elegant, and eventually became status symbols, but served no purpose, since they were too small to carry money and most of the money handling was left to the men. Large reticules were frowned upon, as they were considered symbols of working women. Fashion historian Barbara Burman says, “The frustrations and limitations of women’s access to money and ownership of property were neatly mirrored in the restricted scope of their pocket.”

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20th Century
The early 20th century brought the woman’s trouser and with it more complications. While women now had a pocket-friendly clothing item, apparently pockets weren’t friendly to the female silhouette.

So even if the trousers did have pockets, chances were they were so small as to be barely functional. According to a 1954 quote from Christian Dior, “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration.”

The 70’s brought a small wave of relief when menswear inspired pieces came into vogue, with baggy clothes, such as modeled by Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, coming into vogue. However, when the 90’s borough a rise of designer hand bags, we were back to square one, plus low rise pants didn’t help matters much.

21st Century
And now we arrive at the present. Big pockets have been popping up on big dresses on red carpets, but we have yet to see skinny jeans capable of handling an iPhone. What can we do and how much longer must we sacrifice for fashion?

If you have any ideas about a solution to the pocket problem, you may want to get a patent. Let us know your thoughts.

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How to Design Your Home Around Your Favorite Color – Vine Vera Reviews

Decorating and designing your home and incorporating your favorite colors into the mix is something many women take great pleasure in. Not only does it put a piece of you into the home, but it also allows you to be surrounded by colors that make you feel something. Happy, calm, peaceful, or otherwise, colors have a way of influencing our feelings and thought processes throughout the day. Vine Vera would like to give you some tips on designing your home around your favorite colors, and how you can go about doing it.

Image of a yellow colored living room with the main entrance in the background.

Go With Your Favorite Colors
Opting for your favorite colors is the number one thing you need to do to make sure you love the end result. Be sure you choose carefully when it comes to wall colors, because it can be quite difficult to cover up certain colors of paint – such as red, dark blue, and black, among others.

A beautiful bedroom inspired by the red color.

Choose Colors that Make You Feel
Choosing colors that you not only love, but ones that make you happy, feel at peace, or calmed, is also equally as important. There are certain colors that can persuade your mind into feeling a certain way, for instance:

  • Blue hues – These types of colors promote tranquility, peace, and calm
  • Reddish hues – These types of colors promote health, love, intensity – which may not be a good option for those who are easily angered or fierce in nature
  • Greens – Promotes possibility, prosperity, and a renewed outlook
  • Yellows –promotes happiness and peaceful feelings
  • Orange tones – promotes happiness and an optimistic outlook
  • Purple hues – This color has the ability to promote prosperity, luxury, and prestige

Orange and gold colored kitchen

Pair Contrasting Colors To Achieve Your Desired Look
When choosing furniture pieces, it’s best to choose neutral wood, earthy tones, and those which you can pair with colorful accents to achieve your desired color splashes. The reason being is, if you decide you would like to change the color scheme of the room, you don’t necessarily need to run out and buy new furniture – unless, of course, you want to. When you choose colors, opt for ones you love – and contrast or complement them with colors that they go well with, such as:

  • Gray and White – these are both neutral colors that go with anything, so these are great as staple piece colors that you can build the rest of your room around. Example: white couch with red accessories
  • Red and blue colors contrast well and work together very well
  • Green and orange contrast but work well in addition to one another
  • Purple and green are contrasted colors, but look spectacular together – vary the degree of depth
  • Blue and yellow complement one another well
  • Pink and green complement one another
  • Orange and gold complement one another

And so on and so forth. You can choose warm colors with other warm colors, or cools with cools. In rare instances, you can match a cool and warm together and make it work, but sometimes the colors will clash. It’s all about finding the balance between the two colors and what looks good to you.

Beautiful use of color to add some character to the bedroom.

Choose Items You Can Add Color Around
Rather than opting for bright colored furniture pieces, add the colored items as accents in the form of throw pillows, art, blankets, rugs, flowers, or shelving. You will be happier in the end if you don’t need to buy new furniture when you get the desire to change the color scheme depending on the season or even just on a whim.

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