Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Find Your Best Fashion Era

One of the benefits of wearing vintage is that you can choose the clothing era that best suits your body and your style.

With that in mind, I am attempting to create a master chart to help customers pinpoint the fashion decade that fits them best. I have so much I want to say about this topic, and I’m trying to get it all on one sheet, so it kind of ends up looking a bit like the Dr. Bronner’s soap bottles, the ones with the little tiny writing all over them.

With that in mind, here is a first pass at a handy guide to finding your best fashion era:

find your best fashion era

And here is where I break it down, one or two dresses per decade.

First up, the 1920’s:

The cut is straight, not curvy. It falls from the shoulders and de-emphasizes the waist.

twenties flapper dress

The 1930’s:

The waist returns and the cut emphasizes a womanly body.

thirties dress

The 1940’s:

The cut is structured. Focus is on shoulders and waist.

forties ladies suit

The 1950’s:

It’s an hourglass cut with a slim waist and full skirt, sometimes called “fit and flare”.

fifties dress

The early 1960’s:

Like the 20’s, the cut is straight and falls from the shoulders.

early sixties suit

Also the 1960’s:

The waist is de-emphasized in a sheath or sack shape.

sixties dress

The 1970’s (Hippie dress)

The bohemian 70’s are all about loose, flowing fabrics.

seventies dress

The 1970’s (Career Lady dress)

While the hippie 70’s are done in natural fibers, career lady 70’s dresses utilize man-made fabrics for their drape and ease.

seventies dress

The 1980’s:

The 80’s take the shoulders-and-waist 40’s, adds some fit-and-flare 50’s,  exaggerates the proportions and throws in lots of detail.

eighties dress

And one more go at the 80’s:

Did I mention shoulders? And waist?

eighties dress

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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