Have you ever wondered what the fashion was like the year of your birth? Well here is a little fashion info about trends that were popular way back when the dinosaurs roamed the land. Just kidding! From stunning fashion icon Audrey Hepburn to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith I’m breaking down the fashion from every year starting with 1950.
Fashion Icons: Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and Audrey Hepburn
The beginning of the 1950s is where the beginning of consumerism started. Style and clothing finally became popular which marked a historic era. Women were expected to look a very certain way. There were not many ways to be original. Different versions of the same look were made and nothing else. Matching dresses for mothers and daughters as well as matching sister dresses were common. Teen culture also began to emerge later on with dresses for prom and dances becoming popular. Towards the end of the 1950s things got sexier with tighter clothes for women and leather jackets for men. This was a very fundamental era and an ever changing one.
Fashion Icons: Audrey Hepburn and former First Lady Jackie Kennedy
The mini skirt trend was started which helped women get rid of the conservative style from the past. It created quite a stir, but was finally accepted. Length was no longer an issue. Military style dresses were defined by and heavily borrowed from the Royal Military Men’s Uniform in 1960s. They were characterized by high collars, over sized gold buttons, epaulets and royal colors like purple, red and blue. The little black dress donned by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s also became popular. This trend is so timeless and still popular today. As they say, you can never go wrong with a little black dress.
Fashion Icons: Diane Von Furstenberg, ABBA, and Cher
The early 1970s was similar to the 1960s, but more vibrant. A fashion revolution occurred in the 1970s. Polyester was the popular material and everyone wore brighter colors than the next. It was the same trend as the 1960s, but exaggerated. By 1973, most women were wearing high cut boots and low cut pants. By the late 1970s the pant suit, leisure suit and track suit was what most people were wearing. Every woman had a cowl neck sweater in her closet and every man had a few striped v-neck velour shirts.
Fashion Icons: Prince, Blondie, and Olivia Newton John
Fanny packs were incredibly stylish back in the 80s. They were made of nylon and ripstop. Male ponytails were very popular as well, made trendy by Steven Seagal and Eric Roberts. Four-finger rings were also worn a lot with words like LOVE and HATE on them, a staple from the hip hop era. Last, but certainly not least, shoulder pads were extremely in, worn by the one, the only Prince (R.I.P.) and, of course, the oh-so fabulous scrunchies.
Fashion Icons: Madonna, Will Smith, and Britney Spears
Let’s start off with Madonna who made the cone bra, by Jean Paul Gaultier, so popular on her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990. Generally, in the 1990s clothes were colorful unless you were going for a grunge look. Air Jordans were popular and both genders wore baseball caps. The go to hairstyle was mullets. In the late 1990s urban style became very popular not just in the big cities. A lot of things had changed since the 1960s.
The Early 2000s
Fashion Icons: Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff, The Olsen Twins, and Raven-Symoné
Some of these trends might be more remembered. Shiny cargo pants were very popular as you can see above in that Vanity Fair photo of popular teenagers back then. Beaded wire chokers, headbands, and bracelets were also worn by many. Jersey tops with rhinestones and eyelet holes anyone? Also, bohemian trends were becoming popular with everything from dresses to maxi skirts on celebrities. If you were born in this era ask your parents about it.
I hope you enjoyed reading about old fashion trends. Comment on and like this post if you enjoyed it. Until next time!