Vintage Clothing Index
There was a time when people may have shied away from wearing vintage clothing because it was not considered a cutting edge fad. But wearing vintage clothing has become a huge fashion trend. Those who choose to sport vintage clothing designs can feel more comfortable and attractive in them or maybe they are just in love with the design itself. Most of these vintage clothing designs can be indexed by the era in which they were most popular.
One of the most popular trends from this vintage clothing era was the flapper look. This consisted of shorter, knee length skirts and less constricting blouses. They did not accentuate the chest or waistline and normally only sleeveless dresses were seen. Hats were also included in this type of vintage clothing and the hair was cut shorter to complete the look.
1930 to 1945
Although shorter hair and hats still dominated fashion trends in the 1930’s, a return to a more conservative, less racy look took hold. The vintage clothing of this time period included a skirt hemline that was lowered to mid-calf and a waistline that appeared higher and closer to the chest area. Sleeves were
either pleaded or padded to appear larger.
1945 to 1960
The vintage clothing seen at this time included hemlines which stayed at mid-calf level but the waist was synched in, for a curvier look. Although most necklines on sweaters and blouses were not lowered, women preferred to accentuate the chest by wearing push up bras, which produced pointed and uplifted breasts. During this vintage clothing era, women also began to incorporate more pants into their wardrobe.
1960 to 1970
When it comes to vintage clothing, there was never a more transitional period than the 1960’s. Basic, earth-tone colored material was replaced with bright colors and patterned prints and hemlines went mini. Conventional attire was put on the back burner and replaced with a more feminine and revealing look. At this time, vintage clothing bared more skin than ever before.
1970 to 1980
The vintage clothing produced in the 1970’s was most definitely Disco inspired. Bell bottomed trousers were in style for both men and women and to complete this look, platform shoes were needed. Just like the vintage clothing from the 1960’s, most of the fashions revealed more skin. A good example would be the introduction of the halter top, which was basically a triangle piece of material that only covered the breast area.
1980 to 1990
The 1980’s vintage clothing era can simply be described in one word, colorful. Solid, bright colors that included pink, red and turquoise dominated fashion. Bell bottoms were replaced by straight legged parachute pants and most blouses had thick padded shoulders. Another popular 1980’s vintage clothing trend was appearing athletic. Bright, patterned stir-up pants and leg warmers were commonly used as everyday clothing.
1990 to 2000
Vintage clothing from the 1990’s was mainly inspired by grunge rock. Colorful blouses were replaced with tee shirts and flannels and faded out and torn blue jeans were the norm. The vintage clothing from this era was supposed to be loose and baggy and looking disheveled and messy was in style.