Women’s Fashion Evolution Throughout Decades

Women’s fashion has evolved a lot throughout the years. The vintage clothing and accessories that we appreciate today have gone through numerous changes due to socioeconomic scenarios, political changes, and technological advancements.

Fashion depicts a lot about society. The high-street fashion of the time portrays social, economic incidents that are influencing the people. For instance, during the Great Depression, cheap, synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon were made to meet the needs of everyday folks. Dresses were simple, collared, and hair was kept short. Women were involved in War, so a luxurious lifestyle was a far cry.

Again, during the famous Hippie movement, the anti-war slogan was “Make Love, Not War.” Silhouettes were expressive with prints and slogans. Flowy romantic fabrics with edgy accessories like hats, boots gave a bohemian look. Think Phoebe Buffay from FRIENDS! Her style was effortless, expressive, and truly 70s bohemian vibe.

After World War II, there was a severe shortage of textiles. Thus, the early 1940s style was straight dresses, with boxy jackets (often men’s). It wasn’t until 1947, when Christian Dior introduced his “New Look,” things changed. This look with a few other French designers completely revolutionised the fashion industry.

The New Look was completely a 360 degree from the 30s fashion, and it continued to dominate the market till the 60s. Skirts and dresses were made fuller with a cinched waist to give a feminine look. People got interested in dancing, and thus Swing Dresses came into play. The pencil-skirt look was also popular, particularly among the young urban crowd. Separates became popular and decorative hats were introduced to complement the look. Overall, there was a conscious effort to make the looks more feminine and body-hugging.

There are many milestones in the fashion industry. Picturing them gets you more innovative about retro dresses.

Scroll down below to find more about women’s fashion evolution throughout the decades. And if you like something, visit Banned Retro—your ultimate shopping hub for retro clothing and vintage accessories!

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