Fashion by the Decade

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Fashion

Family Room volunteer Mary Hart modeled an Eileen Fisher fashion from local boutique Expressions at the Spring Blooms! Fashion Show and Dinner, a benefit for VNA’s Janet S. Munt Family Room that was held on Thursday, April 6.

Family Room volunteer Mary Hart modeled an Eileen Fisher fashion from local boutique Expressions at the Spring Blooms! Fashion Show and Dinner, a benefit for VNA’s Janet S. Munt Family Room that was held on Thursday, April 6.

Local comedian Autumn Spencer fills the role of emcee.

Local comedian Autumn Spencer fills the role of emcee.

What goes around comes around…and when it comes to fashion trends this year, the wheel seems to just go round faster and faster. Fashion designers have long borrowed from the past, but this year, there is something from every decade. 

Betty Woods, McClure Miller VNA Respite House Capital Campaign Committee member, walks the runway in an Eileen Fisher fashion from local boutique Expressions.

Betty Woods, McClure Miller VNA Respite House Capital Campaign Committee member, walks the runway in an Eileen Fisher fashion from local boutique Expressions.

The 1920s and 1930s. Pajamas were all the “cat’s meow,” and not just for sleeping. The relaxed look was a hit on the resort scene, and once again, fashion designers are playing the pajama game. Expect to see lots of robes on the beach and waist less flapper dresses.

The 1950s. The decade when glamour girls graced pin-up posters sporting sweetheart swimsuits, cropped tops and shorts. Gingham was the freshest of prints as it is once again. 

The 1960s. The model Twiggy was the darling of this decade and her pixie hair cut is making a big comeback. Ditto for Vidal Sassoon’s geometric styles as well as big bouffants. But there was also fashion rebellion in the ‘60s with everything from thigh-grazing miniskirts to sweeping maxi dresses. Psychedelics and tie-dyes were hip much like they are again.

The 1970s. Bohemian style carried right over from the ‘60s. Annie Hall was the funky fashion icon. Jumpsuits were popping and then disco fashion hit an all-time high  à la “Saturday Night Fever” and “Flashdance.” Think asymmetrical hems, off the shoulder tops, bell sleeves, exaggerated platform heels, wide-leg jeans, chokers and fringed suede saddlebags.

The 1980s. The polished power suits of the Dynasty crowd took center stage in this decade.Rock stars ruled with glammed up shiny lame jackets, ruffled shirts, satin pants and glittery sequins. 

The 1990s. Fashion becomes more and more fun as designers juxtapose “downtown with uptown” style taking their cues from streetwear. It’s all about the high-low mix.

2000+.  Activewear hits the streets and the cocktail circuit. Puffer jackets are layered over party dresses and turtlenecks top ball-gown skirts. 

There is something for everyone and a price-point to match. There are no more fashion “rules” – individual expression is what modern fashion is all about.

 

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