Thankfully, 2020 is just a few short days away from ending. Buh, bye! That means we already have one year down in the decades of 2020s, and what a ride it’s been already. So far, the major trends of the 2020s have been personal protective equipment and loungewear. But remember how fashionable life was before? We’re about to take a trip down memory lane and explore some of the best trends in fashion over the past 12 decades.
Modesty was key in the early twentieth century. A highlight of the 1900s were the elegant “Gibson Girl” dresses. These dresses were beautifully embellished with intricate details like floral accents and lace. Often these dresses were paired with hats and gloves.
With the start of World War I, there was an evident shift in the fashion trends of the 1910s. The trends of the 1910s showed a lesser influence on the styles of the royal or upper classes, and a greater appreciation for everyday civilians. This can be seen in the decline of “S” shaped garments like the “Gibson Girl” dresses and more natural shaping to clothes.
Cue the swing music! The 1920’s are known for being the “Roaring 20’s.” The people of the 1920s loved to party, and how could we blame them? They went through a pandemic as well-the Spanish Flu, which took the lives of more than 50 million. The 1920s emphasized simplicity in fashion, which can be exemplified by the iconic flapper dress, formally known as “la garçonne.” Even more iconic, Coco Chanel rose to fame during this decade!
The 1930s were defined by midi dresses and Oxford shoes! Midi dresss came in a variety of fun prints like floral and polka dotted, and were almost always paired with dainty art deco inspired or pearl earrings. Gloves were still paired with outfits, though they eventually began to phase out.
Now entering the age of Charlie Chaplin and the Slinky! Though the 1940s were filled with the struggles associated with World War II, women were still expected to look prim and proper at all times. Trends of this decade included everything plaid, as pictured above. However, the most desirable look of them all was the hourglass figure. Skirts and pants alike were designed to give women the highly sought after trait. Women also wore shoulder pads and were often caught wearing bright red lips!
How scandalous! In the 1950s, women’s fashion got a little less modest and a little more revealing as skirts began to hit just above the knee! Women in the 1950s were almost always seen wearing cinched skirts, and cropped sweaters and cardigans. Just picture the Pink Ladies from the hit movie Grease!
Jackie Kennedy truly embodied what fashion was in the 1960s. For many women during the 1960s, wardrobes were comprised of brightly colored shift dresses that were often paired with low heels or flats. For those that wanted to ditch the dress, necked button-up shirts were accompanied by slim fit pants. More eclectic fashion choices are best exemplified by the Go-Go-Girls.
You could say that fashion was hip in the 1970s! Twas the era of the Brady Bunch and Saturday Night Fever. Fashion trends that were “stayin’ alive” included flare legged pants, collared shirts and track suits! Popular prints included plaid and stripes. Women still favored bright colors, and accessories like pearl necklaces often added a preppy touch to outfits.
Fashion in the 1980s was totally tubular, so it makes sense that many of the trends of the 80s have been making a comeback recently. Women in the 80s loved big hair, and staple pieces like biker shorts, that were often paired with crop tops or oversized jackets and crewnecks. But of course, no outfit in the 80s would be complete without leg warmers and some chunky neon bracelets!
The fashion of the 1990s was extremely complex, but one simple word defines it very well: grunge! Though grunge was only big for a portion of the nineties, it is still iconic and deserves all the recognition. Grunge styles of the decade were defined by staple pieces like oversized plaid flannel button ups and Doc Martens. Sound familiar? We thought so!
The 2000s were 20 years ago now. Crazy right! The 2000s were dominated by trends like low rise pants, Juicy Couture track suits, crazy layering and shoulder bags. Style icons of this decade include Paris Hilton and the Olsen twins? Want some more info on the fashion trends from this decade? Check out our article on it here!
Though the 2010s are only just two years behind us, why not reflect on some of the pieces that redefined fashion as we know it? The 2010s gave rise to the skinny jean, which throughout the decade was paired with sweaters and even crop tops and body suits. Popular shoes included Converse and Toms, and major fashion icons included Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad.