October 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
The fashion of the 1980s integrated a never-before-seen look that incorporated some of the utmost eccentric styles yet amongst generations. The 80s were heavy; heavy makeup, heavy hair and heavy metal. Both women and men sported an abundance of eyeliner, leather and tight pants that emulated one of the decade’s profound ideals of “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.” The 80s introduced outlets, like underground club scenes, icons Madonna and Michael Jackson, which would greatly influence this legendary fashion.
Clothing for women styled voluptuous shoulder pads, often with jewels or fringe to add to the artistry. Many tops were often bunched at the top while bottoms were skin-tight. Hairspray became a pivotal household item; hair was ratted high for women (and some men), bangs were wispy and sprayed vigorously to perfection. Few styles from the 70s carried on such as leotards and mini skirts, however were slightly altered. Leotards were worn as part of the “workout” craze, often on top of leggings; the aerobic-enthused movement sported sweatbands, high ponies and neon colors. Leggings were not only worn for working out, but also seen underneath mini skirts with heavy legwarmers above tennis shoes.
Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” swept the nation as every teenage girl and young woman was now mirroring her glam look. Women were wearing fingerless and lace gloves, fishnet stockings and infinite multiples of beaded jewelry. Madonna also infused the trend of lingerie as outerwear, a multitude of lace bras and bra straps were always styled.
The base for men’s fashion was very similar to that of women’s, leather, dark colors and big shoulders pads. Men that weren’t so in to the rock n’ roll scene has medium-length hair and mustaches. Michael Jackson was a huge influence for men, wearing a lot of reds and blacks as well as the statement-piece, his single glove.
October 23, 2014 § 1 Comment
Infused with geometric patterns and bold colors, the fashion of the 60s introduced never-before-seen styles and trends that were being imported from abroad. Influences on trends were still stemming from cultural movements; however, society was now mirroring the looks of fashion icons and magazine pages. Icons such as British fashion designer Mary Quant introducing the mini-skirt, Jackie Kennedy with her pillbox hat and The Beatles shagging their long hair into America, all took the nation by storm.
The start of the decade for women’s fashion was highly influenced by Jackie Kennedy. The First Lady represented class and femininity, and females doted upon her elegance and demeanor. Alongside the pillbox hat, she trended pastel suits with short jackets that hosted large buttons. For casual wear, the style was capri pants and waist hugging shirts.
For women in the mid 1960s, closets were populated with must-have mini skirts, dresses and go-go boots. The trend was called Mod and it was flooding fashion magazines, swimming in from a young “modern” group in London. The Mod epidemic emulated the outbreak of pop culture; false eyelashes, pale lip color and big, big hair. Many dresses were velvet with collars and thick cuffs. If not velvet, the outfit was blinding with color and geometric shapes and patterns. Necks were cut high and so were pants. Pants were fitted tight and designed with colorful, cheery prints. Shoes were rarely found without a heel, stilettos grew extremely popular. Oversized sunglasses were worn all the time and usually held a round or oval shape.
Men were greatly influenced by British rock bands such as The Beatles. Hairstyles were long and shagged, while suits and dress shirts sported color and various prints. If not wearing a tie, some men styled neck scarves that would often match their suit or stand as the color boost against a monotone dress shirt.
October 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
While time transitioned into a new decade, the fashion of the 60s followed as well. The once Mod look transitioned into a more hippie look, where jeans, mini skirts and shirts became frilled. As the decade would close, a huge pop-culture influence would sweep the nation and introduce an unstoppable trend.
The early 70s for both women and men maintained a vast majority of late 60s styles, yet slightly tweaked them. For the first time ever, the 70s welcomed a style that could be perceived as unisex; for both genders it was fashionable to wear fitted blazers with a subtle flare at the hip. Pants had the same idea, tight in the thighs and flaring slightly at the ankle. These pant suits were versatile, coming in suede, velvet and leather, as well as several different prints and colors.
For women, these pantsuits, as well as other tops, had a deep and somewhat revealing neckline. Outfits were tight and displayed shape and skin quite easily. Other trends for women’s wardrobe included sequins, halter-tops, short and tight shorts, leotards, tube tops and wrap skirts. Fur was also reintroduced, alongside turbans and antique styles.
While much of the 60s style is attributed to British influences, high doses of the 70s can base their fashion on one movie, “Saturday Night Fever.” With flared pants and leather already merging into the scene, the disco-frenzied hit would only escalate these trends. As the movie’s star John Travolta became the newest fashion icon, flared pants for men grew as well as large voluptuous afros. Men rarely left the house without their brown or black aviator glasses, along with their suede or leather shoes.