February 16, 2011

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion - Church Fashion

Church has always been the place where we dress to perfection...

This set of photos was provided by fellow blogger and shopaholic, Chandra of MoMoMod.com.

The beautiful couple hugged up in the first picture (dated in the late 1980s) are Chandra's parents. Dad is looking suave in his bow tie but her mom is stealing the show! I simply adore the lace gloves and pillbox hat. Now, I see who is responsible for inspiring Chandra's love for hats and fascinators.

The picture on the left shows Chandra (on the right) with her parents and sister. I love how the girls are wearing nautical-inspired dresses. With nautical being popular in fashion right now, it's pretty amazing to see how trends come full circle every few years.

Clearly the ever popular phrase "You can't know where you are going, unless you know where you have been" applies to life AND fashion. What do you think?

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Blogger Kim {The Stylish Life} said...

I remember dressing up for church and not liking it that much, lol. Chandra's family looks so nice. Those sailor dresses were to die for back then. I had a a whole sailor ensemble when I was six - couldn't tell me NOTHING!!!! LOL!

February 16, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous sartoriography said...

I love how the history of "dressing" for church has been such a strong one in many communities. These photos are perfect for showing that off. I grew up in a rural community in the South where everyone went to church (or at least it seemed like it) and no one was ever dressed like a slacker. But then, most people weren't dressed like sailors, either. Too bad for them, because Chandra and her sister are CUTE!

February 16, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Chandra @ShiftC said...

Kim, I remember having a white/navy sailor dress, too. My mom just enjoyed dressing my sis and I alike. People would ALWAYS ask if we were twins.....ha! NOPE!I somehow came out as a light bright!

Sartoriography, growing up it was nothing but the best for church. I still think like this and attempt to go to church in my best. I still think my mom did a great job dressing our family for church.


February 16, 2011 at 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too can relate to the sailor dresses worn by you and your sister. They were such a signature piece for just about every black princess, I love them still.

Nice pictures Chandra.

February 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger ChiTown Fashionista said...

I had a sailor dress as well. It's so amazing to see how we, from all parts of the country, were dressing the same when we were younger.

February 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM  

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