Looks from the Past Decades

Ever wondered about your looks if you lived in another decade. 16-Year-Old Ohio State University student Annalisa Hartlaub had a question that many of us have probably pondered at one point or another – what might she have looked like if she lived in some other decade of the past century? Hartlaub answered this question for herself in a school assignment for her photography class in which she went through nearly a century of fashion trend changes, comparing mainstream and counterculture fashions of every decade from the 1920s till 2010s in her “Counter // Culture” project.

I’ve always been fascinated, and a bit infatuated, with counterculture and how it shapes society and mainstream culture as well,” said Hartlaub to HuffPost. “So I decided to mix that interest with my love of fashion, makeup, and photography to create something.

It’s interesting to observe how, in many cases, a given decade’s mainstream culture was heavily influenced by the counterculture of the decade before it. And why not – aren’t counterculturalists usually the heralds of the next era? It’s also striking to see how rich with fashion variety the last century has been and how short 100 years of fashion looks can seem when they’re portrayed like this.

If you’re looking to recreate a retro look anytime soon, Glamourdaze has also created some beautiful illustrations to different decade looks and I have melded them with Annalisa’s pictures to help  guide your next vintage fashion adventure. With the  help of Vision Direct, the outfits have been accessorized with the correct vintage style  frames.  Looks like Annalisa has done a good job of capturing the look of each era.

1920s

1920 looks

1920s women's outfit

The look: The 1920s was all about straight cuts and a focus on modernist, geometric prints. There was also a focus on intricate decorative bead and sequins as well as flattering silhouettes.

Frames: Round sunglasses were popular in the 1920s with many famous Hollywood stars photographed wearing them.

1930s

1930 looks

1930s women's outfits

The look: 1930s clothing was full of glamour and style with elegant, well-tailored looks. The decade was all about femininity in women with day dresses that had modest tops and wide sleeves. Shoes had thick heels, full coverage and ample straps.

Frames: Influenced from Hollywood, the horn-rimmed glasses had a thick round shape and became trendy in the late 20s and into the 30s. They were a signature piece of actor and comedian Harold Lloyd, who was very famous in silent films.

1940s

1940 looks

1940s women's outfit

The look: 1940s clothing for women was based after utility clothes that had been produced during war rationing. Typical clothing included squared shoulders, narrow hips and skirts that ended below the knee.

Frames: Cat eye glasses became the frame of choice for many women by the late 1940s. Developed in the late 1930s by Altina Schinasi the Harlequin eyeglass frame was popularized by Hollywood movie stars like Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly .

1950s

1950 looks

1950s women's outfit

The look: 1950s fashion for women was full of colorful prints, glamorous shapes, voluminous skirts and tiny wastes.

Frames: Just as in the 1940s, cat eye glasses continued to be popular for women in the 1950s. The sharp angles of the frame had a lifting effect on the face.

1960s

1960 looks

1960s women's outfit

The look: 1960s fashion mirrored the social movements of the time and broke many fashion traditions. Culottes, go-go boots and box shaped PVC dresses were popular for women.

Jackie Kennedy with sunglasses

Frames: The First Lady of the United States in the early 1960s, Jackie Kennedy (later Onassis) was the most photographed woman in the world, making her over-sized sunglasses stylish at the time.

1970s

1970 looks

1970s women's outfit

The look: 1960s fashion mirrored the social movements of the time and broke many fashion traditions. Culottes, go-go boots and box shaped PVC dresses were popular for women.

Frames: The First Lady of the United States in the early 1960s, Jackie Kennedy (later Onassis) was the most photographed woman in the world, making her over-sized sunglasses stylish at the time.

1980s

1980 looks

1990s

1990 looks

2000s

looks of the 2000s

2010s

2010 looks

Now take a look at this video. Do her looks compare favorably?

100 Years of Fashion

Then Glamourdaze gives us a unique look at Paris fashion through 140 years (1877-2015) at a Parisian cafe….a moving carousel trip through time in Paris from the Belle Epoch era to 2015.

It’s always fun to compare the decades in different ways. In this infographic we look at Partywear. The 20s, the 50s, 60, and 70’s all showed great change, while the 30s and 40s were more subdued.

With so many innovations condensed into so few decades, women’s fashion took a breather in the 80s, Fashion has been about recycling older trends rather than inventing new ones. The 80s, taking a cue fr1877om the 70s sanctioned androgynous looks among men and women. As women adopted masculine clothing, men adopted feminine clothing.

There has been one singular event that has shaped the fashion world since the end of Cold War. Global trade took great strides and fast clothing retailers emerged. Clothing has become more available and affordable. As a result, women are reaping the joys of innumerable fashion choices. Due to the rise of “celebrities” and “influencers,” the look of past decades is now more defined by these individuals. But individualism and personal style is still valued above all else, thus, it is harder to find era-defining looks anymore.

womens party wear 1920-2010

Remember your High School days. I certainly do. Here are  looks from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and Now

 

Finally posted on Huffpost, Flick  and fashionsite.

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