Vintage fashion: The reinventing and More-is-More 1980s

October 16, 2014 | Vintage Fashion | 0 comments

After the flower power and wide flare 1970s, it’s time for the second-last episode of the retro fashion series: back to the 1980s!
The red line of the 1980s was: “More is More”, but please No More DISCO. Big hair, more make-up, more color, more color with more make-up and even bigger hair. Anything was possible! It didn’t start out like that though. We started the 1980s quite neutral with colors like brown and tan. Probably because everyone had to catch their breath from the previous dazzling and headspinning Disco years.
There was a little revival of the 1940s in the beginning of the 1980s. You saw slightly high waistlines featuring blousons and padded shoulders. Velvet material was also extremely popular. Lace got a more robust look and feel, because it was often combined with for example leather. And then there was MTV. Remember the good old days when MTV was actually …

Vintage fashion: The flower power and wide flare 1970s

August 17, 2014 | Vintage Fashion | 3 comments

There we are again with the seventh episode of the retro fashion serie: the flower power 1970s. When you think about the 1970s what comes to mind? I immediately think about freedom, hippies, men with long hair, wide pants, platform boots and ofcourse DISCO.
The 1970s era was once again an era of revolution. It all started in 1969. Remember that I talked about Mods in my retro fashion 1960s article? Well in the 1970s Mods and hippies kind of blended together. The 1970s were once again an era of very bright and vibrant colors and short dresses. The hippie style of the late 1960s inspired the popular boho look. So we went from short skirts, to long loose maxi dresses and tunics made of natural materials. The men version of the boho look included bright colored shirts with flower patterns. It was also time to loosen up. Literally, because flared pants …

Vintage fashion: The “Great Depression” 1930s

August 3, 2013 | Vintage Fashion | 0 comments

After the roaring twenties we’re moving on to the next retro fashion episode: the 1930s! This decade started with “The Great Depression” which effected all aspects in life, including fashion. “The Great Depression” mood was applied into fashion by military inspired shouldered clothing and low, functional heels.
During the 1930s, popular Hollywood actresses like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow introduced a more feminine, glamorous, sophisticated look. The short dresses from the 1920s flapper look were replaced with waist dresses and backless gowns that emphasized the female curves. For the everyday look, women suits became quite popular.
Also sunbathing became more common and beach fashion was adjusted to this development. Swimwear became briefer and often had a scooped back, so women could show off their tanned backs in the evening.
A trip down to fashionable 1930s lane…

 
The backless gown | 1930s

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