Tracing back to the aboriginal times, it can easily be inferred that human beings attained their civilized form through transformations and evolution over the course of human history. The people of primitive times were not aware of the things that are considered pivotal and the basis of human lives. Take, for instance, the clothing of the humans of modern-day. It has changed leaps and bounds. The aborigines had no clue whether to cover their bodies with some cloth. As time passed on, humans developed some sense of covering their bodies, and cut to fashion styles started to creep in as well.
The progressivism era in the United States transformed the living standards of the Americans upwardly. This allowed people with the cushion to follow the trends and fashion styles of those times. Before progressivism United States took all their aspirations and inspirations from United Kingdom. After Progressivism, it flipped the other way. The fashion industry upward mobility initiated post World War. The Jazz Age in the late 1950s can easily be called the turning point in not only in terms of fashion but also in other aspects of life. The fashion styles of different decades had a unique outlook.
Let us now have a look at the different fashion styles that prevailed in the last five decades.
Fashion Style in the 1970s
In the early 1970s, there was a visible gap between what was designed in that era and what people preferred to wear. The initial years of the decade were dominated by ankle-length gowns, hot pants, casual wear (Sports), Sweaters, cardigans, and Jeans. The sweater was the first choice and the dresses followed it. The mid-70s fashion styles were ruled by T-shirts, sweaters, and Jeans ignoring the midi skirts designed by the then designers. The tight-fitting of the clothes was outdated and was taken over by much looser fitting clothes. Tube dresses were in demand and slim skirts with straight-leg pants were the norm. In the late 1970s strapless tops, bust darts, midriff seams, cummerbunds, waist cinchers, and formal dressing were the most dominant fashion styles. Also, the casual wear went out of the limelight; people were keener on wearing formal tailored suits.
Fashion Styles in the 1980s
In the first part of the 80s, the designs did not change completely. The legacy of the 70s continued with minor changes according to the preferences of the wearer. The hemline length was totally up to the women’s preference, some reached out for long and others for a short length. The sports attire, Bermuda shorts, and T-shirts were the prevalent wear. The Japanese designers took over the fashion industry-leading role and designed dresses with a length long enough that one size fits all was the usual. In the mid-80s, the long, full wool coat burgeoned on the scene in the fall of 1986 as everyone’s favorite fashion. The big coat overshadowed long flaring skirts, skinny knee-bearing skirts, pants, bulky sweaters, shirts, blouses, and even jackets. The late-80s witnessed news in fashion in 1987 was the reappearance of the short skirt. It was the preference of every woman and teen girl of that time to wear short skirts. The hemline hardly reached the knee height and in some cases mid-thigh. Furthermore, a variety of skirts was introduced for consumers who did not feel comfortable exposing their legs.
Fashion Styles in the 1990s
Designers around the globe focused on the jacket as the main contemporary dressing. Denim jackets and leather biker’s styles attracted the youth. The usual way of dressing up was wearing a longer jacket with a skirt which covered up for the short skirt. Casual wear included T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, and jeans. Many designers introduced longer skirts but the introduction of long skirts did not sit well with the time and demands of the people. In the mid-90s the era of the “grunge” style began. The specific grunge style comprised of jackets, vests, sweaters, skirts, scarves, and footwear like hiking boots. Sportswear like casual jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tennis shoes (i.e. sneakers, trainers) was acceptable for many occasions. Sportswear ruled the fashion style around the globe. Some of the women wore fitted tops over t-shirts or tank tops, while jeans featured embroidery and other decorations.
Fashion and clothing styles in the 2000s
The low-rise jeans were the most popular wear in the youth circles around the coutries. Scrunchy Shirts were also ruling in the early-2000s. Then there those Yoga Pants which were also famous among middle-aged women. These pants provided comfort with fashion. For a few years in the 2000s, custom T-shirts had become a norm and part of the fashion and clothing styles. Some people would get their names printed on the T-shirts and would often wear matching shirts. The era of Denim started, normally people would associate Denim with only jeans and jackets but Denim had started making denim hats denim skirts, denim dresses, denim jumpers, and denim vests.
Fashion Styles and clothing in 2010 onwards
Long-sleeve wedding dresses had acquired space in the fashion industry largely due to the Royal influence. The wedding of the Pippa Middleton had spiked up the fashion and demand for long-sleeve dresses for weddings. Also, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Merkel had worn a three-quarter sleeve dress. It also had an influence on fashion styles and clothing. Skinny jeans were introduced by Denim and it was overwhelmingly embraced by the consumers of the fashion. The fabric was such that it ensured fashion along with comfort. As the fashion around the world moved towards casual wear and comfort, the Yoga pants were the talk of the town and were most popular for almost all the youth. These were high-stretched pants that were most comfortable for the wearer. In the mid-2010s, clothes like hoods, Bathing Ape, dresses with the color of the skin were prevailing. It caught the attraction of the people. Then there was streetwear which the most casual line of clothing. People accepted it open arms as it guaranteed them the comfort and fashion simultaneously.