Fashion Through The Decades
The biggest reason why fashion is continually changing is that society has become more accepting of advocating how everyone is able to dress as they please without being pressured or judged. Although there is still a way to go, there have been multiple protests and movements within fashion which have shaped the fashion of today. Many current fashion trends are recycled from the previous decades – here are the trends that dominated each era, from the sixties to the nineties.
1960s: Miniskirts Rebellion – The miniskirt was a flirty, rebellious garment becoming a cultural icon in society. It conveyed a newfound freedom for confident women to embrace their bodies and protest against the so-called ‘obscenity’ of showing legs.
1970s: Bell-Bottoms – During the early 1970’s, females started to express their individuality through quirky flared bottoms – much different from the boyfriend jeans we would throw on nowadays. These would normally be worn for everyday summer weather or at a Saturday night disco. Sometimes women would even pair it with a vividly patterned top to complement the plain black bell-bottoms.
1980s: Neon Suits – The 1980’s jazzed things up with many vibrant suits and unique afros, creating one of the most eclectic eras of fashion. Amongst the mismatching suits, the continuous number of parties meant it was necessary to have a closet full of anything suitable, formal and elevating. The late 80’s brought jackets and blazers as a staple in women’s wardrobes – from short and swingy to long enough to be worn with stretch trousers.
1990s: Anything Plaid – The 90’s trends can mainly be viewed in movies and TV shows like Friends or Clueless and many of your favourite 90’s characters wear the trends which are repeated today. It marked the return of minimalist fashion – after a decade of radiant greens, a much more toned down and sophisticated style was adopted. However, subcultures were very diverse with grunge enthusiasts obsessed with black leather and chokers, whereas hip hop dancers wore white t-shirts underneath coloured cropped vests. My most-loved film from my childhood is Clueless where I got inspiration for my own style. Cher and Dee are still iconic role models and the designer did a spectacular job with every single outfit. To describe their look in one word it would clearly be preppy.