Even those who despise fashion cannot exactly run away from it because fashion is about externalizing what lies inside the spirit of a society during a certain period of time, and that externalization will eventually reach even the most reluctant person out there, it doesn’t matter if that person will be reached only thirty or forty years later. The fact is we don’t see people dressing as ancient Greeks in modern and civilized societies. Let’s then take a look at the most influential fashion trends from each decade.
1900 – Corsets:
Corsets were the thing back there, a woman who didn’t have one would feel like a cursed outcast unable to require respect or appreciation. They were often tight to death, but hey, what’s life without sacrifices?
1910 – Black Hats:
Black hats were always sort of popular, but the world saw an amazing growth in the number of people wearing black hats, including women. I say only “black hats” because the hats used to vary regarding sizes and shapes.
1920 – The Peacock Look:
I’m talking about that extravagant look composed mainly by a somewhat baggy dress, ornaments on the head and a huge fan made of feathers. You couldn’t call yourself an elegant woman if you didn’t wear something like that.
1930 – Discretion:
It was only natural that after the reign of carnival outfits somber look would’ve gained the love of women. It’s all part of the cycle of life. In the 30’s women decided to be taken more seriously and started to dress with more discretion and self-respect. It’s like they were saying they were not peacocks.
1940 – Bikinis:
Feeling they may have been hiding more than it was necessary to hide, women jumped on the bikini bandwagon in the 40’s for the joy of men. They continued to show they were serious persons, but they made others remember how beautiful they could be.
1950 – Fancy Dresses:
What he had in the 50’s was a type of brief XIX century renaissance regarding women’s wardrobes. All the big and fancy dresses returned to fashion, toned down, it’s true, and filled the rooms and halls with pleasant visions of celebrations and femininity. The war was over and the future was bright.
1960 – Miniskirts:
The miniskirts set the fashion world ablaze and pushed it in a direction it may never come back from except if something really huge and bad happens to all mankind. I shall remember the reader though that the miniskirts of that time were not at all like the ones we see today. What happened to miniskirts over time is pretty similar to what happened to the bikinis.
1970 – Revealing clothes:
This was a trend in the making since de 40’s. Women seemed to accept that the purpose of clothing was not quite exactly to hide their bodies but to show in a beautiful, sexy and/or laid-back way parts of it. In other words: sure, clothes are there to hide the body, but also to show it right.
1980 – Leggings:
Life in the cities became more frantic, people needed to move faster. It was also in the 80’s that the Gym subculture exploded. Women adapted to that reality with the leggings, which by the way are being widely used even today.
1990 – Casual Visual:
The 90’s were years in which both men and women thought “you know what, I’ll dress randomly”.
The result was a simple yet messy look, the kind of visual one would normally use only at home while waits for the clothes that are in the washing machine.
2000 – Casual Visual Reloaded:
The idea of dressing casually was a good one, many appeared to have thought, so in the 2000’s they just got rid of the random factor to try and make truly stylish combinations.
2010 – Executive:
I know our decade is not over yet, but I just want to point out one of the fashion trends we have right before our eyes, and that is the mania people have nowadays to dress like executives. Even many of the casual looks have an executive touch to it. Pay attention and you’ll notice that, especially in big cities.