Observing how people’s clothing has evolved and changed in response to historical developments is fascinating.
Some of the most well-liked styles are timeless classics that seldom, if ever, “go out of style”. And instead, undergo slight adjustments to stay current. “Fads” are generally those items that are trending for a single season and then forgotten.
Almost about until the next one comes around. The popularity of an item of clothing might be indicative of a person’s socioeconomic standing. Or their taste in cultural artifacts like music.
Global phenomena like war and the economy can also have an impact on the fashion industry. For instance, during WWII, people were rationed fabric and had to make do with what they had to perform in their wartime obligations.
Clothing and accessory trends from the 1920s through the 1990s were a window into the prevailing attitudes of the day and a window into how society had changed.
The Next Level N1540 V-neck shirt and the Gildan G880 men’s polo are two examples of classic styles that will always be in demand. No matter the year, the climate, personal tastes, or anything else.
Fashionable Dresses and Skirts – Including Mini, Maxi, Pleated, and Pencil
Skirt and dress fashion has seen significant shifts and variations from the 1920s to the present, even within each decade. Skirt and dress hemlines increased, and waistlines dropped to the hips in 1920, barely a few years after World War I.
This evolution coincided with the rise of boyish flapper styles that came to symbolize the roaring twenties as a time of excess and revelry. Hemlines were the longest from 1926 to 1928, but with the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression, they shrank again to more modest proportions (below the knee or lower).
The ’30s saw a renaissance of women, and Hollywood elegance was celebrated. Bias-cuts and diamante embellishments were common on chiffon and velvet evening gowns. Dresses of the 1930s were slim-cut and had wide shoulders and a belt around the waist for a more informal look. Until World War II broke out, the glitzy style of the 1940s was epitomized by floral designs and accessories trimmed in real fur.
During World War II, expensive textiles like wool, silk, and nylon were highly controlled and women’s skirts and dresses were typically fashioned of viscose and rayon. From 1942 to 1947, it was against the law to use excess fabric while producing an outfit, therefore skirts and dresses were often fashioned from whatever was lying around the house.
With the economic boom in the 1950s, glamour grew fashionable once more and A-line and pencil skirts were particularly popular form-fitting designs. Dresses of the era were often knee-length or tea-length and adorned with ruffles or lace.
The late 1950s and early 1960s saw the introduction of both mini dresses and maxi skirts. Short-skirted dresses in the mod style with bright colors and patterns were all the rage. Loose, free-flowing, and very long skirts and dresses were the height of style in the late 1960s and early 1970s, thanks to the hippie movement.
Dresses with slim silhouettes, billowing skirts, and glittering fabrics were popular with disco music and dance. Again, as the 1980s began, fashion changed. The length of skirts and dresses grew once again, and they became more somber and streamlined.
Women’s business suits with straight, conservative skirts and broad-shouldered, boxy jackets became popular. As more women entered the professional labor field. Celebrities like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Molly Ringwald from the movies and the music industry had a major impact on fashion in the 1980s.
Early on in the 1990s, hip-hop and alternative music set the tone for fashion. This was a shift away from skirts and dresses toward more casual appearances. Although short and sometimes provocative skirts and dresses were common. Especially toward the end of the decade, loose and flowing dresses and long denim skirts were also noteworthy trends.
Tops, Shirts, and Other Shirt-Like Garments
The jumper blouse debuted in the 1920s and quickly became a fashion staple. Cotton or silk jumper blouses often featured a sailor collar. It went perfectly with a skirt and was always accompanied by a belt or sash. A chemisette was often worn with a low-cut V-neck shirt during the roaring twenties to encourage modesty.
The decade also saw the rise of the tank top and the popularity of knitted long-sleeve shirts with rounded collars. The most common types of tops worn by men were polo shirts, dress shirts, and sweaters.
Going into the thirties, feminine blouses had V-necks and long bow ties attached around the neck. Additionally, sleeveless blouses and knit shirts of satin and linen were popular.
Nylon and silk were great substitutes for rayon and viscose formal tops throughout the war years. While terry cloth, linen, and even canvas were great for casual tops. Women in the workforce wore button-up shirts in a military manner during World War II. And members of the American Woman’s Auxiliary Corps wore complete uniforms.
Women’s fashion trends shifted again after the end of World War II and continued to do so into the middle of the 1950s. Styles with a round neckline, such as polo necks and those with short or long sleeves, were also quite common.
In the ’50s and ’60s, dolman sleeves were all the rage for tops. Blouses with ethnic prints, turtleneck sweaters with ribbed necklines, and boat neck top all found their way into the mainstream during the 1960s.
Also, “wild” motifs were common on shirts of both sexes. Hippie fashion made Indian cheesecloth shirts, peasant tops, tunics, and jackets fashionable for both men and women of the era. And vividly colored shirts and blouses with psychedelic patterns were trendy from the late sixties to the mid-seventies. Suede, leather, vinyl, and plastic for tops as space-age and futuristic designs became increasingly popular.
T-shirts and polo shirts gained acceptance as casual tops in the 1980s. While boxy tops with shoulder pads, blazers, dress shirts, and sweaters dominated the formal and business-wear markets.
The decades of the 1980s and 1990s saw the continued popularity of oversized shirts. The 1990s were a time of increased commercialization in the fashion industry. Along with designer labels appearing on the exterior of clothing to enhance status and trendiness.
This fad is still going strong, as the Next Level N1540 is a popular choice among fashionable casual shirts. As women’s fashion evolved sexier in the ’90s, halter and crop tops became more often worn.
Since the late 1980s and into the 1990s and present, T-shirts and other forms of clothing with snarky catchphrases, humorous graphics, or pop culture references have been increasingly common.
That’s all! It was a fact that fashion trends changed with time. People used to dress up according to their culture and according to the latest trend. If we look around the world in 19’s century and now in 20’s century, fashion is quite different from the old ones, and in the next few years the fashion trends might change according to tradition.