Fashion trends have been around since the beginning of time. I mean, leaves were the it thing way back when Adam and his chick Eve were walking the runway. Hair, makeup, clothing, shoes, ideal body shapes all change with time making the evolution of beauty incredibly interesting. I happen to feel like I got shit eras when it comes to fashion. I mean? Super huge shoulder pads would have for sure been my look of the century making the late 80’s and early 90’s my dream fashion era. I LOVE glamour, big hair, eyeliner, and sequins. Basically, I wish I were Joan Collins. Anywho, I thought it would be kind of cool to expose you to the major fashion trends of the 20th Century. From the corset to the grunge flannel, here are 100 years of killer, bad ass fashion statements.
In the 1900’s the ideal womans body type was slender and tall with voluptuous bust and wide ass hips. This physique was created and enhanced by the ever so comfy corset.
When it came to beauty, defined eyes, a delicate mouth with an exaggerated cupids bow, short(er) hair that was curled and ultra feminine was the look of the 20’s. A boyish figure was most desirable. Chicks with flat chests and petite slender builds were ideal then making the drop waist the decades biggest fashion trend. That trend had a small comeback in the early 90’s. I vividly remember Laura Ashley designed a few dresses I wore with the ever so non-flattering, drop waist.
Ah, the era of makeup! Pancake foundation, creme blush and nail polish are invented. Hair was tossed with careless waves and Hollywood glamour was born. Lips and lashes done the hell up created The Vamp look and women were ultra feminine with a more sexy shape and there was serious emphasis on sex appeal.
The war and Great Depression toned down women’s fashion a bit but certainly not entirely. The sexiness of the 30’s evolved into a more utilitarian look. Chic fashion was upon still us, but skirts became a bit longer and a more natural waist line came back in style. Fur was very popular and so were women wearing pants. This was of course brought on by women working.
I do not think there was decade in the 20th century that saw as many changes and options in fashion trends as the 50’s. Super feminine dresses accentuating the waste lines were as popular as dresses with no waist lines at all. Very defined busts (pointy titties), small waists, and shapely rumps were kind of the thing.
Holy hell, the 60’s were something else! The beginning of the decade was reminiscent of the 50’s while the end was the polar, frigging opposite. Bright colors, more skin, patterns galore, slender shapes took the decade by storm. Tie dye and psychedelic ensembles rocked the nation.
Flamboyant is an understatement. Patterns and polyester were best friends and the fabric of choice. Mod style and hippie fashion took this era by storm. The pants were tight and the heels were high. Bell bottoms, track suits, robes, and culottes were some of the must have pieces of the decade.
The beginning and the end of the 80’s were almost as bi polar as the 50’s. The early part of the decade had you dressing like a tennis pro while the end had you wearing florescent colors with crimped hair and leg warmers. Parachute pants, huge chunky sweaters, sequined shoulder padded gowns, and bangles were all worn in addition to hair bigger and bangs higher than ever seen before. The 80’s, in my opinion, fucking rocked.
This is when the grunge and alternative look took over the country. Flannel and plaid shirts were worn, unbuttoned, over a t-shirt with a pair of torn up jeans. Piercings and tattoos quickly became trendy in the 90’s and so did pale faces and choker style necklaces. Chunky sweaters were pretty cool in the 90’s too. Oh, and Berkinstocks. Once the grunge obsession faded, glam style returned. Floral print dresses, anything with spaghetti straps, satin shirts, permed/Jen Aniston hair, fresh faces and round framed glasses were cool as hell back then.
100 years of fashion has me yearning for more! How fun was that?! Stay posted for Millennium fashion and beauty trends. I am on it and boy, oh boy, do I have something in store for all of you. Mad love, TSPeepers!
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