Fashion conscious across the globe are always all looking for the next best trend, trawling through magazines and following fashion weeks to catch a glimpse of the upcoming trends to ensure their look is always on top. But, have you ever thrown your favourite item of clothing away, only for it to come back in fashion a few years later? You’re not alone! We’ve taken a look back at fashion through the ages, and the timeless trends that never go out of style.
Fashion through the ages
The Flapper Girl
Known as the roaring twenties, the 1920s fashion trends are more commonly associated with the ‘flapper girl’ fashion. Throughout these years, women wore dresses all day, every day, through rain and shine.
1920s dresses were sleeveless, shapeless, ankle to knee length slip gowns accented with beading, sequins, fringe and feathers. Rich pastel tones and jewels made any gown expensive and most were matched with headbands, shawls, long pearl necklaces and arm bangles.
The ‘New Look’
The ‘New Look’ trend was introduced by Christian Dior in 1947. The look celebrated the end of the war and gave women the opportunity to put some fun back into their wardrobe, the look itself focused on an hourglass figure, shoulders were soft not squared while fabrics and petticoats were used to create bountiful, calf-length skirts.
The Pencil Skirt
Another popular look of the fifties included the high-waisted pencil skirt, known for its sleek and slender look this suited those who didn’t follow the ‘New Look’ trend and is still a favourite today. Both looks incorporated delicate prints and patterns and were accompanied by the ever-popular ‘pin-curl’ hairstyle. This look can be seen on women today, who still replicate the 1950s look.
The Mini Skirt
The 1960s also known as the swinging sixties saw the debut of the ever-loved miniskirt, revolutionary to the women’s fashion scene, this design saw for the first time, hemlines being taken over the knee. The timeless trend has evolved over the years and is seen in many season collections today.
The Little Black Dress
Known and adored globally, the LBD (little black dress) is better recognised for its appearance in the 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s worn by Audrey Hepburn. The sleek, flattering and sophisticated style ensures that this ultimate classic trend will maintain its popular status for decades to come.
Flares and platforms
The days of Cher and ABBA, were epitomised by two trends, flares and platform boots. Although flares were first introduced towards the end of the 60s they hit their peak in the 70s, with the trend continuing to fall in and out of the fashion scene.
The high-waisted flares were more commonly paired with platform boots, a trend that has been seen in very recent autumn/winter collections for a host of popular brands.
Whether you were a fan or not, the decade-defining shoulder-pads were a huge fashion trend in the 80s, used to create the illusion of a broader shoulder line, women indulged in this trend in all different styles of tops and jackets.
From Justin and Britney to Bwitched, the 90s saw the trend of the double denim come to fruition. The pairing of denim shorts or jeans with a denim jacket to match. The look wasn’t for everyone; however, it has found its way back into our shops today and is adored by celebrities and adolescents alike.
The Pleated Plaid Skirt
The 90s also bought with it a fan favourite, the pleated plaid skirt, famously worn by Alicia Silverstone on the 1995 film Clueless and a favourite of Jennifer Anniston on her run in F.R.I.E.N.D.S the pleated plaid mini skirt was usually paired with knee-high socks and a polar neck jumper. Another timeless trend that is still seen in many collections today.
The noughties saw Boho-chic, a look not too dissimilar to the hipsters of the 70s, this style saw women wearing floaty skirts paired with textured gilets and wide belts. The Boohoo look is still popular today with spring/summer catwalks still including those long floating items perfect for a summer getaway.