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Shweshwe into Summer

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Shweshwe into Summer

Summer's arrival is quickly becoming more and more imminent, and along with its approach we may find ourselves pulled to the organic urges to clean and get rid of the old, bringing in a refreshed and energized outlook on the upcoming months. What better time then to sort through your current wardrobe and revitalize it with something unique and vibrant?At Theresa Cotton, we are excited about the arrival of our S/S collection, which features the much loved cotton prints from South Africa Shweshwe. Shweshwe is a printed dyed cotton fabric which has its origins in traditional Sotho-South Africa and Lesotho-clothing. The...

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The Versatile Shirt Dress

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The Versatile Shirt Dress

The Shirt Dress, also known as the ‘Shirtwaist Dress’ has been around since the 40s. As with many designs featured on Boudoir and Beach, this style was originally not a fashion item as such but was practical in its function. It wasn’t until the 50s that The Shirt Dress became couture after Christian Dior worked his magic and created a full skirt, notched collar and ¾ length sleeve dress, aka the ‘Shirtwaist Dress’. This was part of Dior’s ‘New Look’ collection, post-World War II. Since then The Shirt Dress, although appearing at first as a simple design, developed various styles throughout...

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The Am to PM Shift

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The Am to PM Shift

In this month’s blog we’re exploring another iconic dress shape: The Shift Dress. It may have risen to fame in the 60s but the shift dress existed as far back as the 20s – notably the ‘flapper dress’. So called the ‘shift dress’ because it was easy to move (shift) around in, it was also known as the shift dress due to the movement it represented. With women’s clothing generally having been very restrictive, the shift dress counteracted this by providing women with freedom to move. It signified the rise of the strong and independent woman. The flapper may have...

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It's A Wrap!

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It's A Wrap!

Trends come and go. Styles fall in and out of fashion. And yet, the wrap dress is always on trend. Yes, variations exist with different fastenings, necklines, lengths and fabrics but the premise is always the same: wrap dresses are timeless. Originally created in the 1930s, the wrap dress is a style for every woman. Back then designer Charles James called it the ‘taxi dress’ because he wanted a dress that “a woman could slip into- or out of – in the back of a cab”. A very risqué attitude at that time! By the 1940s the wrap dress had...

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7 tips for packing for a weekend break!

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Ah the joy of living in Asia and having such amazing places on our door step for a weekend break! But do you ever find yourself under/over packing or getting to your destination and feeling like you don’t have anything to wear? Don’t let packing drag you down; follow my top 7 tips for some stress-free packing for a hot climate. 1. Think about fabrics The best fabrics to choose when travelling are cotton, silk and linen. These beautiful fabrics will, not only keep you cool, but with the right cut they will also look effortless and expensive. When designing...

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