Fashion trends throughout time


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1920s: The Flapper

The end of WWI brought more freedom to woman in the United States. After the 19th amendment was passed on August 18, 1920, a new type of woman was formed known as the “flapper.

In an article titled “American Fashion Through the Decades,” they wrote, “Women began to wear looser fitting garments while hemlines rose to an unprecedented knee-length level, abandoning the more restricting and uncomfortable fashions of the preceding decades.”

During the later half of the decade, the flapper style dress and cloche hat were worn together.

In the article, “The Most Influential Fashion Trends, Decade by Decade,” Hilary George Perkin claims,

Flapper ensembles are instantly recognizable as the look of the 1920s, and it’s easy to see why: With their relaxed drop waists, ornately beaded designs, and feathered accessories, the trends of the era have enduring appeal.”

My family and I got to experience how the dress roughly by deciding on dressing up and taking pictures during the previous Holiday. We found it very fun and exciting to dress up! Left to right: Hli Xiong, Hnub Xiong, and Phanary Xiong. Photo courtesy of Hnub Xiong.

My family and I got to experience how the dress roughly by deciding on dressing up and taking pictures during the previous Holiday. We found it very fun and exciting to dress up! Left to right: Hli Xiong, Hnub Xiong, and Phanary Xiong. Photo courtesy of Hnub Xiong.

 

Women began to to wear shorter skirts, accessories, and cutting their hair to show society a new perspective. Photo from Venngage.

Women began to to wear shorter skirts, accessories, and cutting their hair to show society a new perspective. Photo from Venngage.Women began to to wear shorter skirts, accessories, and cutting their hair to show society a new perspective. Photo from Venngage.

Women began to to wear shorter skirts, accessories, and cutting their hair to show society a new perspective. Photo from Venngage.

1930s: Bias Cut Gown

In spite of the Great Depression during this time period, it was a time to experiment what kind of dresses could be made on a budget, and how fashionably one could dress on top of that.

Perkin wrote, “While the American public was reeling from the Great Depression, the silver screen became a welcome site of escapism. There, film icons like Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, and Joan Crawford dazzled in glamorous gowns and tailored skirt suits. “

Bias cut gowns, created by Madeleine Vionnet, were made out of velvet or silk satin primarily to wear for the evening. This type of gown was a technique that allowed fabric to drape over the body.

Designers promoted the dress cuts through Hollywood.

The Vintage Fashion Guild wrote, “The full length garden party dress with picture hat, the striking wool suit with portrait fur collar, the grand negligee – these were all part of the Hollywood in the 1930s look as well.”

Dresses in the 1940s fit the waistline and draped over the body. Photo from Pinterest posted by Historic Costume.

Dresses in the 1940s fit the waistline and draped over the body.
Photo from Pinterest posted by Historic Costume.

1940s: Utility Clothes & the Bikini

During the early 1940s, squared shoulders, narrow hips and skirts ended below the knee. Clothes worn were inspired by utility clothes. Tailored suits were also popular.  Photo from Glamour Daze.

During the early 1940s, squared shoulders, narrow hips and skirts ended below the knee. Clothes worn were inspired by utility clothes. Tailored suits were also popular.
Photo from Glamour Daze.

Despite the utility style, after WWII, there was a new look replacing the wartime utility fashion. The new style embraced femininity with rounded shoulders, shapely bust lines, and closely-defined waistlines. Photo from University of Vermont.

Despite the utility style, after WWII, there was a new look replacing the wartime utility fashion. The new style embraced femininity with rounded shoulders, shapely bust lines, and closely-defined waistlines.
Photo from University of Vermont.

The Bikini:
“One of the less predictable consequences of wartime was the increasing popularity of the two-piece swimsuit, a result of fabric rationing enforced by the U.S. government beginning in 1943,” wrote Perkin.
The Bikini:

French designer Louis Réard introduced the bikini today. Cutting the bottom half below the waistline which was not popular until decades later (today). Photo from What to Wear.

French designer Louis Réard introduced the bikini today. Cutting the bottom half below the waistline which was not popular until decades later (today). Photo from What to Wear.

Fashion Icons

There were many fashion icons such as the Jackie Kennedy style. It was simple, clean, well fitted with matching accessories

According to Vintage Dancer, “She [Jackie Kennedy] wore dresses without collars, and jackets that buttoned only with one large top button. she wore sensible low heel shoes (although many women still preferred high heels). She was the last woman to wear hats, a pill box hat, as a necessary fashion. Jackie O’ put a lot of care into her look, and woman in the USA and abroad copied her style with enthusiasm.”

After her husbands assasination, she was no longer in the public eye.

Although Jackie Kennedy was no longer in the public eye, Brigitte Bardot gained attention and was the total opposite.

“Brigitte was tacky, cheap, bold, and even silly. her 1959 pink gingham wedding dress with white lace trim was so unexpected and gingham and lace became the new trend,” wrote Vintage Dancer.

1950: New Look
The blouse was fashionable in the 1950s which could be worn with skirts or pants. The ‘New Look of 1947 influenced this decade with non padded round shoulders, bust lines and closely defined waistlines. Flowy and blowy skirts were also popular.

Different types of dresses during this time period are dirndl, full,jumper, collar,long and slim dresses.

Blouses or short jackets were worn with the dresses. Many of the blouses were sleeveless or had really short sleeves.

1960: Fashion Icons
There were many fashion icons such as the Jackie Kennedy style. It was simple, clean, well fitted with matching accessories

According to Vintage Dancer, “She [Jackie Kennedy] wore dresses without collars, and jackets that buttoned only with one large top button. she wore sensible low heel shoes (although many women still preferred high heels). She was the last woman to wear hats as a necessary fashion. Jackie O’ put a lot of care into her look, and woman in the USA and abroad copied her style with enthusiasm.”

After her husband’s assassination, she was no longer in the public eye.

Although Jackie Kennedy was no longer in the public eye, Brigitte Bardot gained attention and was the total opposite.

“Brigitte was tacky, cheap, bold, and even silly. her 1959 pink gingham wedding dress with white lace trim was so unexpected and gingham and lace became the new trend,” wrote Vintage Dancer.

1970:: Platform heels

Jeans got wider, heels got taller, and synthetic fabrics flooded fashion stores during the ’70s,” wrote Perkin.

Fashion in the early 1970s was an exciting era containing elements on the 60s exaggerating them.

“It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that a fashion revolution occurred in the 1970s,” claimed The Retro Waste.

Tunics, culottes and robes became popular and it became hard to tell which dresses were meant to be worn at home and which dresses were the ones to wear for a night.

Photo by Frank Barrett from Getty Images

Photo by Frank Barrett from Getty Images

 

2000:

Jumping two decades to the 2000s and today, fashion started becoming a combination of all the previous decades.

Some clothes are crop tops, vests, blazers, halter neck tops, v-shaped jumpers, low waisted jeans and skirts according to The Fashion Folks.

One example of a fashion icon was Lauren conrad.

Lauren Conrad led the way with her basic, yet cute, style where she embraced cute skirts, blouses, blazers, dresses and tights. She went for skinny jeans most of the time and kept the fashion simple with a leather jacket, scarf or a trench. Often quite colorless and more in sophisticated shades of navy, beige and black,” wrote The Fashion Folks. “Flannel shirts grew in popularity and so did the use of boots and socks. Cardigans, as we know them today, were also emerging and became a fashion staple to count on.”

Conrads simplistic fashion style gained attention in the early 2000s.  Photo of Lauren Conrad from the Fashion Folks.

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Conrads simplistic fashion style gained attention in the early 2000s.
Photo of Lauren Conrad from the Fashion Folks.

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