Have you ever looked through old magazines or books? Perhaps a past yearbook? The one thing that is sure to catch your eye is the differences in the styles worn then versus our styles now. Over the decades fashion has changed dramatically and will continue to do so. Women tend to be more daring and love to express who they are. As a result we have various styles of fashions, as well as, new styles created to push the buttons of what society deems the norm. Below are brief examples of how women’s clothes have changed over the ages.
- The 50′s apparel – women dressed up in maid-like dresses with floral patterns. The younger women wore fluffed out dresses and skirts with petticoats underneath. This was also the era for the infamous poodle skirts. They were matched with collared, short-sleeve shirts and accent with a ribbon worn on their heads or pointed glasses. In the late 50’s the renowned mini dresses and maxi length skirts emerged and continued into the 1960’s.
- The 60′s apparel – This era was influenced by the hippie revolution. Women wore bright colors and funky patterns. Their clothes were loose fitting and usual just fell straight down. Dresses were a mixture of short and long. Usually the hippie dresses took the longer length with the tie died bright patterns. Also in this decade was the introduction of bell bottoms and peasant blouses.
- The 70′s apparel – The disco era. Bell bottoms were still very much popular but the material of choice moved on to polyester. The dresses and skirts were long and had ruffles. Blouses were just as loose and commonly had the same floral designs like past eras.
- The 80′s apparel – The 80′s era included a variety of styles. Most popular were the shoulder pad shirts and faded skinny jeans, accented with fingerless gloves; the rocker decade. This decade was also known as the exercise era. It is when a lot people were into wearing bright colored spandex and leg warmers.
- The 90′s apparel – This era marked the rise of miniskirts and bare midriffs. Skin was truly in. In addition the use of bright colors and denim continued to be popular and was frequently worn. On the other side of the fashion plane was the grunge style. This style was best recognized by the baggy shirts, loose pants and sweaters wrapped around women’s waist.
While today’s fashion trends seem to be unique, most are inspired by all the styles of the past and current music genres and celebrities. For example fashionistas try to develop new ideas and draw out new concepts, but you can usually spot some influence of a past decade’s wardrobe. Likewise in each era you can see the influence of what types of women’s clothes were considered popular at the time. This isn’t to say we don’t have anything new or can’t seem to make our own designs. It just merely states that there have been so many different styles incorporated already. And while women may like chic and new ideas, they also like the comforts of styles they are used to.
Brielle has always been interested in fashion and the fashion industry. She recently wanted to take a look back at some of the past trends and share some of the most memorable trends with others.