Vintage clothing trends reflect the diversity and creativity of fashion from the 1920s right up to the 1980s. With such a wealth of styles available in vintage fashion stores you would be hard-pressed not to find an item that did not suit you perfectly.
In the 1930s the flirtatious bias cut added glamour and elegance to dresses and evening gowns, and marked the return to a more lady-like silhouette. The classic dress styles that we associate with Ginger Rogers are timeless pieces that wouldn’t look out of place today.
Women’s clothing adopted a more masculine look, mainly due to the influence of WWII. Fabrics were scarce and so garments were borrowed from the wardrobes of absent men and tailored to fit a woman’s figure. The 1940s swing dress was also born, allowing enough room to dance the jitterbug.
This decade saw the return of European haute couture and a revival of feminine styles which highlighted the hourglass silhouette. Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe also influenced the latest addition to a lady’s wardrobe. Circle skirts and a-line dresses which were tight around the waist were fashion favourites whilst wiggle dresses meant that women were embracing their voluptuous curves.
The fashion of the early sixties retained the more conservative and feminine styles of the 1950s. Shift dresses, suits with short boxy jackets and full-skirted ball-gowns for the evening were the fashion of the time, reflecting Jacqueline Kennedy’s elegant choice of wardrobe. Indeed, it was the First Lady who contributed to the popularity of the pillbox hat. It was only in the mid-sixties that youth culture began to influence fashion trends, prompting the creation of Mary Quant’s daring mini-skirt and the bold, streamlined clothing worn by the Mods. Towards the end of decade the Hippie movement made its appearance, bringing along with it bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed tops, headbands and sandals.