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Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Cheerfulness of Pom Poms


Folklore AW15
 


 
Pom poms are on everything these days from shoes to handbags to tops they are being used as the cheeriest trim that has come along in quite a while. It is about time another captivating trim came along to stand on par with fringe for this season’s swingiest embellishment. I will never get over fringe and I even get giddy just thinking about. That is one of the reasons I have never blogged about it. Not only am I obsessed with fringe but to let loose my emotions about it might possibly turn out to be too over-the-top.

Fendi SS15 Collection

 
 
Fendi Resort16
 
Sophia Webster Heels


Gucci; Source
 
Brian Atwood Suede Pumps; Source

I will, instead, champion pomp poms. I don’t get as giddy about them but they sure do make me smile. Quite a lot, in fact. Something about pomp poms make me quite gleeful. I am not sure about the reason that propels this gleefulness I feel but it is must be catching on like fire because they have invaded the fashion world.

Celine Resort15 Collection

 
Tse AW15 RTW

 
Tse AW15 RTW
 
NYFW15
 

Ports 1961 AW15 RTW



Topshop; Source
 
Pom poms were used like tassels are now to embellish everything from pillows to clothing in the 1960s so just like so many other types of trims it should be no surprise that they are having their moment, again. They are also really cute, in my opinion.
Below  are some glimpses of streetstyle looks featuring pom poms. I will let you be the judge of whether they are charming or not.


 
From Milan15 FW
 

 

 




From the Louis Vuitton 2015 Collection





I never in a million years, as the old saying goes, would have thought that I would now be singing the praises of pom poms as a fashion item. When I was in high school pom poms were mostly associated with the girls that cheered on the football team. We referred to them as pom pon girls because of the plastic handled pom poms they used to shake during their rally cries which were comprised of rhymes they created to cheer on the high school sport teams. Even now I think of pomp poms as sort of an instrument high girls carried to accompany their rhymes. When they shook them at the same time they made a sound that I found to be somewhat of a very pleasant but otherwise indescribable sound.

You may have noticed by now that I keep using pom poms and pom pons interchangeably. There is a reason for that which you may already know but, if not, if you are still reading you will soon discover below.

Let me share a few interesting facts about pom poms (or pom pons) as a cheerleading accessory:

Pomp poms carried by cheerleaders in the 1930s and 1940s were commonly made of crepe or tissue which was not always practical because the weather was not always dry during games. As you can imagine, the pom poms would quickly self-destruct if it rained or snowed during outside sporting events.

Lawrence Herkimer, whom manufactured pom poms in 1953 when he founded his cheerleading supply company, created a handle for pom poms and also changed the name of the cheerleading accessory to pom pon when he learned that pom pom had a negative connotation in Hawaii.

Fred Gastoff, in 1965, began making pom pons of vinyl or plastic streamers to resists the weather.

Now, please stay with me, as I share the facts about pom poms as a trimming for fashion items.

Materials such as cotton, wool and even feathers can be used to create pom poms.

Other names for pom poms that are used to trim clothing are toories or bobbles. Who knew?

The word pom pom is derived from the French word pompons. This was another surprising fact for me but it makes perfect sense! The word just rolls off the tongue. I studied the French language for years and also French history. How could I not have known this? Forgive me my friends from Frances as well as my friends who may not be from France but have such a great appreciation of the language and culture.


I had best say goodbye for now as I don’t want to become a bore.

Please let me know what you think about the rising star of pom poms in the fashion world. Are they too cute for words or do you just want them to go away?
Aigner AW15 RTW


Shiatzy Chen AW15

I hope you are all doing well my friends. Thank you for your continued support and kindness. My blog has grown so much, because of you, since I started it .

Thank you so much for letting me share my love of fashion with you.


Note: Images, unless other noted, are credited to Pinterest.
 

75 comments:

  1. Una gran selección de esta divertida tendencia! A mi me encanta hacerlos!!
    Un gran post Sharon!
    Besitos, Emi

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    1. Hello, Emilia:

      Thank you. I am pleased you like the looks. It was very enjoyable doing research for this post. I really learned so much about pom poms.

      Sharon

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  2. oh how much I love pom-poms. especially on shoes and bag but hey, actually on everything =D
    www.thefashionfraction.com

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    1. They are cute. I really like them on shoes. They add such a fun touch. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, Michele. I really appreciate it.

      Sharon

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  3. Thank you for the fashionable background on the pom pom. When I first saw the poms and tassels I thought they were incredibly fun. I am, however, concerned they are being over-used. The industry often over-kills. Wouldn't you agree? I feel the same for off the shoulder - a style I loved loved for many many years. I hope this current assurgence doesn't destroy my love for this look.

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    1. I hope it doesn't either, Glenda. I think pom poms covering an entire piece is a bit too much but there are some who like the whimsy of it. Personally, I think just an accent here or there like how Tse incorporated it into their collection is just the right touch.

      Sharon

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    1. I do too. That is when I love them the most.

      Sharon

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  5. I don't think I'll ever wear poms poms but I think they are really cute and youthful! Especially on shoes! Haha <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. I can relate. There are some trends I don't like. Pom poms are at their best on shoes.

      Sharon

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    1. So true! I hope your week is going well.

      Sharon

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  7. OMG those blue shoe furry pom poms!!! I'm going to DIY these myself!!! :)

    Tatyana x
    Secret little Stars
    www.secretlittlestars.com

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    1. I am in love with those shoes too. I hope you do try and complete a DIY post on your blog when your done. I would love to see a photo when you are done.

      Sharon

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  8. Oooh I love this trend because it is very cute!

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    1. It can be Gail. I love them as accent pieces. Some designers overdo it when they put them over an entire garment. I like them as embellishment on shoes and bags.

      Sharon

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    1. Thank you, Patti. I appreciate your comment. That is the reason I continue to blog. I will visit your post as well. I can't wait to see your latest OOTD post.

      Sharon

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  10. Wonderful collection!
    Have a nice week!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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    1. Hello, Angela.

      I am happy you like the collections featured here. I try to pick out images that will well represent the post I do. Enjoy your weekend.

      Sharon

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    1. It is a really cute trend. Great to hear from you, as always, Maggie. Enjoy your weekend.

      Sharon

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  12. Love this post Sharon as always!

    Sabrina | GYPSY T▲N

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  13. Great post!
    I would really love for you to check out my latest post:
    Kaiyo Aino Blog

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    1. Thank you. I visit your blog, as well. Let's keep in touch.

      Sharon

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  14. Beautiful pieces,they are stunning

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    1. Thanks. I am so glad you like them.

      Sharon

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  15. really nice post!

    www.fashi0n-m0de.blogspot.it

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  16. Oh those pom poms are so fun! :) xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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    1. They sure are. Thanks for visiting, Lena.

      Sharon

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    1. Then I have met my goal. Thanks for the comment. I hope you have a great week.

      Sharon
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  18. This collection is absolutely gorgeous!
    Have a great week!
    Natallia Jolliet
    http://www.alexphotographygeneva.blogspot.com/

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    1. Glad you like it, Natallia. Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great week, as well.

      Sharon

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  19. I'm a total pom pom addict and all these images of them tickled me pink! I absolutely love the grey belt with various sized pom poms. Who knew poms could look so understated in monochrome?!

    xo Cristina

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    1. They are irresistibly cute. I sure did not expect them to become such an explosive trend.

      Sharon

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Selene. I am so glad you visited my blog.

      Sharon

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy your weekend, as well.

      Sharon

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    1. Hello, Valeria:

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Sharon

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    1. They are too cute. Thanks for the comment.

      Sharon

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  24. The pom poms look super cute!
    http://fridaynightstyle.com/

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    1. They are adorable. Thanks for commenting, Olivia. Have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  25. I love the mini pom poms that I've been seeing everywhere - they are so fun!
    xo Annie
    http://www.collectiepassions.com

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  26. Okay, I'll be honest, while reading this I was like "nope, I don't think I could ever get on board with this trend." BUT those shorts and that skirt near the end of you pictures were adorable! You may have just made me a convert!

    Have a good one!

    Jess

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    1. I like just a touch of pom poms such as a added to heels or a handbag. I just can't help myself. They are so cute. I am so glad you visited and appreciate your comment. I hope you have a great week.

      Sharon

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  27. Pom poms are so adorable haha, I'm not sure I'd wear them but I think they're so cute! Lovely post!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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      Sharon

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  28. I'm a sucker for anything fluffy :) adore ~ <3

    & Thank you for your sweet comment on my post
    Have a wonderful week ahead

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    1. In this case me too, Gigi. Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Sharon

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    1. I know. They are beyond fabulous.

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  30. They need to grow on me, to be honest ;-)
    Though I guess it all depends on how they are applied, I do like them on that white coat and the Gucci shoes. Slowly getting there! I definitely enjoyed the vocabulary lesson, thank you!
    XO,
    Izzy
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  31. I totally agree with you! I always thought pom poms were kind of tacky but they look really cool in some cases! I love how they are added tastefully to the white jacket and pants. Super cute:)
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Olivia. A little bit of pom poms go a long way.

      Sharon

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  33. I would see it as no detail on the shoes però..mi would like the Stock Exchange


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    1. Than you for your comment. I really like pom poms on shoes. They are so charming.

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  34. Beautiful post :)
    http://www.francescagori.com/en_US/not-for-ordinary-people/

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  35. They are so fun and stylish. Love it on bags the most. I've also seen them doubled and still looked fab.
    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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    1. They are so cute. I like them on bags and shoes. Thanks for stopping by, Idu.

      Sharon

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  36. oh how much I love pom-poms. especially on shoes and bag, my favourite are Karlito pon pon By Fendi
    http://www.francescagori.com/en_US/not-for-ordinary-people/

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  37. I love the pom poms, especially on the shoes and on the handbags!
    xo Alessia

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    1. They are very fetching. Thanks for the comment, Alessia.

      Sharon

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