These are the circumstances in which the suffragettes come into the picture. The movement is most commonly associated with the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), led by the Pankhurst women: mother Emmeline and daughters Christabel and Sylvia. Their methods of protest ranged from peaceful tactics (hunger strikes) to more militant actions (letter bombs, vandalism). They also chained themselves to railways with belts that formerly belonged to lunatics in a mental asylum. The only way the policemen could detach them was to lay hands on them, which was seen as very distasteful at the time.
Contrary to what the press wanted people to believe, suffragettes dressed in a very feminine way. They wore flowing A-line skirts (generally ankle length), blouses with high collars, and straight coats, all in dark colours to emphasise the seriousness of their cause. But their clothes needed to fit their lifestyle – they had to be easy to move in and warm enough for their marches in the winter. As the movement expanded, a signature suffragette uniform – first presented in Hyde Park – emerged: white, shorter, loose-fitted dresses without corsets and shoes with lower heels that today we would call ‘kitten heels’. Much like political parties, the suffragettes developed a colour scheme. Their colours were green (symbolising fertility and hope), white (purity) and violet (dignity); the first letters read together make: Give Women the Vote. Even the smallest details of their outfit matched this colour scheme; wearing jewellery – especially brooches – was very popular, and (much like the cocarde in the French Revolution) showed sympathy for the movement.
A play on the stereotype that suffragettes are miserable and manly shapes popular perception of today's feminists as well. Never before the era of the suffragettes – or ever since, for that matter – has fashion been so controversial and so widely used to convey a political message. Suffragettes genuinely changed the way women lived and dressed in the early 20th century. Sadly, their true ambition – getting the right to vote – was only fulfilled after the First World War, since inconveniently, only men who had been residents for at least 12 months could vote until then, crossing out most of the soldiers fighting overseas. But that’s another story.
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Interesting Fact: I used to have a column
Favourite item of clothing: Shoes
Vintage adidas sports jackets are always easy ways to quirk up a plain outfit – block colours have also made a massive comeback this season – see American Apparel for an example of how to wear the block colour shirts.
Interesting Fact: I was born with teeth,
Favourite item of clothing: My camel coat
Interesting fact: I was in a Mexican Jail for three days, for a spelling bee mishap
Favourite item of clothing: I love my Stan Smith trainers.
With an interesting bottom half of an outfit, always tone down the top half for balance. Vintage shoes are always a good investment and can be relatively inexpensive. Novelty tights spruce up any outfit.
Interesting fact: I was the under 11 UK chess champion
Favourite item of clothing: Anything that’s my grans
Interesting Fact: I have an interesting relationship with Avacados
Favourite item of clothing: This jacket/ cardigan
Mid-length Cardigans are set to be massive this Autumn – especially in patterned wool. Carla Jenkins Photo credit: Carla Jenkins
Changing of the seasons: Valentino is unafraid to toughen up an old classic.
Back in black: Devastee offers a monochromatic take on pop art with telephone and perfume bottle prints.
How we live in Tokyo: Tsumori Chisato’s line brims with neon colours and a comic book feel.
As for how to pull off these trends off the runway, retailers such as Lazy Oaf, Zara, and Missguided (just to name a few) have their own perfectly curated collections to help you find your footing in the world of kooky prints. While head-to-toe prints may create a huge impact and guarantee that your presence will be acknowledged, the more timid may opt to test out the prints trend in a more subtle way. The easiest way to do this would be through accessories, in the form of a hat, scrunchie or even shoes – offering just a hint of print to a more classic outfit. Not yet convinced? For those of you willing to test out fall’s prints trend but not quite ready to step out of the plaid comfort zone, look to variations on the houndstooth pattern (plaid’s edgier cousin) as a stepping stone to this season’s game changers. Rachel Abreu Photo credit:http://josephscissorhands.blogspot.co.ukhttp://blog.patternbank.comhttp://www.vogue.co.ukhttp://iamelodie.com
Smart CasualSmart Casual is frustratingly vague as far as dress codes go, as it requires a degree of personal judgement based on the location of the event, people attending and even the weather (a very important factor to take into consideration at St Andrews.) Smart Casual can typically be defined as the sort of outfit you would wear at a dinner party or out for drinks with friends - nothing to formal or fancy, but still smart. Depending on the situation, jeans may or may not be acceptable, so my suggestion for men is to wear a shirt, blazer and chinos. There are many options for the ladies, anything from dark jeans and a blouse to a mid length dress with a fitted jacket could work.With such a wide variety of events due to take place in St Andrews this year there will be many opportunities to dress to impress - and if you get it wrong, don’t worry, everyone will be having too much fun to care about what you - or anyone else - are wearing! Heather Taylor Photo Credits:Nicolas Genin (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsManfred Werner (Tsui) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons