History of the Trend: Holographic

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Holographic products are nothing knew but I swear it’s seriously changed recently all thanks to SimplyNailogical who has basically coined the term “Holosexual.” Every time I see holographic anything, I instantly think of her YouTube channel. If you don’t know what holographic is, here is the definition: “A illuminescent pattern that diffuses light in rainbow patterns.” And many clothing and beauty company use this in various ways. From just the packaging to the entire product. Some products also claim to be holographic and are not. They do not have the entire shift of the rainbow but have a duo-tone shift instead.

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When Did it First Appear?

Holographic clothing comes from the invention of holograms, which was in 1947 by a scientist named Dennis Gabor. Over the years the technology developed and become popularized in the 1970s. Where it made a leap over into fashion. And continued to be used in the 1980s at clubs as it resembled disco balls. Holographic material was also really huge in the 1990s as it looked almost futuristic.

Holographic Today

Today you can find both beauty products and clothing almost everywhere. Some cruelty-free products that claim to be holographic or use holographic packaging are the following:

  • Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette
  • Milk Makeup Holographic Stick
  • ColourPop Pearlized Highlighter in Monster
  • Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Prism
  • NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Snow Rose
  • Bite Beauty Opal Lip Gloss
  • Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow
  • Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Topper in Frost Bite
  • Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
  • Anastasia Beverly Hill Moon Child Glow Kit

None of these products are actually holographic as they do not reflect the entire rainbow, but they are still beautiful in their own way.

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How Pair Holographic Clothing?

The best way to pair holographic clothing is much like metallic clothing. Here are just some rules to follow, but do as it is fashion, you honestly could do whatever you wished:

  • Pair it up with neutral colors like black and white.
  • To make the look more luxurious, add jewels like navy or burgundy.
  • Holographic tops pair nicely with black leggings or a pair of jean shorts.
  • If you’re wearing a dress that is either full holographic or has a holographic pattern, try to keep the accessories to a minimal.
  • Pearls have a muted holographic look as they have a subtle rainbow sheen to them, so they can help give that holographic look to your outfit.
  • Pastels also help balance out holographic looks.
  • Other metallics with holographic article of clothing can give a futuristic look if you keep everything else very bare including your makeup.
  • If you’re not feeling bold or confident to wear it as your main eye catching piece of clothing, you can wear it as a statement accessory such as stilettos, chunky neck-piece, or an envelope clutch in holographic leather.
  • A transparent holographic garment can act as a layering fabric. Simply wear it over any patterned or printed layer beneath and upgrade a simple print with a glistening reflective sheen!

How would you add the holographic trend into your everyday routine?

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