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Old School Meets New School Fashion

Want to see how old school meets new school fashion? If you’d like to take a quick glance back through history, this is the post for you!

If you are someone who is fashion forward and knows the trends from the past backward and forward, you’re certainly going to appreciate this post! Let us examine and take a closer look at the old school fashion trends while staying trendy in the present.


Old School Meets New School Fashion

Fashion is basically the most popular mode of expression. It shows the ever-changing style of clothes worn by those with a desire to express culture and individual personality. A fashion trend happens when others follow the same clothing style and it catches on on a large scale. But did you know that some of the old school fashion trends are still very much alive and wearable in today’s generation? It just a matter of how you wear them.

Kudos to the people of freeshippingcode.com who have created the impressive infographic that shows how the old school fashion trends are still very much alive and wearable in today’s fashion society!

 

Old School Meets New School Fashion | Fashion Trends : 100 Years of Fashion

Fashion trends throughout history have come and gone. Some of them really great, others so terrible that they should be buried and left for only someone with a time-traveling Delorean to find. We are going to take a look at a few of the best trends from decades past and show you how they are being incorporated into today’s modern style in this old school meets new school fashion post!

Fashion Timeline

1920s

Men

Notable trends of men in 20’s were the Zoot suit, the Oxford bags, pinstripe suits, tuxedos, knickerbockers, two-toned shoes, the newsboy flat cap and the bowler cap. The slim fitting tailored suit with a vest was also an essential part of men’s wardrobes, they often added a tie and pocket square for a touch of color.

Women

Women gained the right to vote and started joining the workforce in the 20’s, new avenues were suddenly available to them. The flapper embodied this new found spirit, making statements both in fashion and with the wild way they lived. While most women didn’t choose the lifestyle, they did favor the clothes. The loose low waist, knee height hemline and sleeveless look became a huge trend.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

 

  • Light colored tailored jacket and vest. Add a pocket square for a touch of class.
  • Dark skinny or straight-legged trousers.
  • Two-toned oxford shoes. Go sockless.

Women

  • Low plunging neckline for a modern twist.
  • Dress or a skirt with tops works. Silhouette should be similar to the original flapper.
  • Simple closed-toed heels

1930s

Men

During the early 1930’s men had to be frugal, due to the depression. Men still wanted to appear to have a large wardrobe, so they bought suits that they could mix and match. Throughout the summers wearing a colored jacket with white pants was very popular amongst men with money.

Women

Women returned back to a slightly more modest and feminine style. With fitted hips, mid-calf hemline, high neckline, and wide shoulders. One of the most recognized looks from this time was the puff sleeve. Giving outfits a more womanly look, than the shapeless style of the decade before.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

  • A Navy blazer.
  • Navy goes well with most colors.
  • Light colored pattern shirt. Keep the pattern simple
  • Light colored Chinos. White looks great in the summer.

Women

  • Simple blazer with puff sleeve. Don’t go too big with the puff.
  • Well fitted bottoms. This gives balance to the volume on top
  • Closed-toed heels

1940s

Men

After WW2 ended in 1945, men were looking to express their relief and have a little fun with their style. They found it in the light-hearted Hawaiian shirt, which saw widespread domination for the rest of the decade.

Women

Fashion was put on the back burner for the most of the 40’s due to WW2. After the war, Christian Dior probably had the most impact on fashion with his “New Look” collection. Focusing on emphasizing women’s hips, giving the appearance of a tiny waist, full bust and using an excessive amount of materials to make lavish skirts.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

  • Hipster Sunglasses
  • Modern Hawaiian Shirt
  • Shirt should be fitted
  • Fitted chinos or jeans
  • Roll the cuffs.

Women

  • A simple top. Tuck-in in to accentuate your waist.
  • Thick belt to break up the outfit
  • Open toed heels.

1950s

Men

Conformity was the name of the game for men in the 50’s. it was young men or teenagers who were making fashion statements, the two biggest trends were preppy and greaser. The preps went for a neat tidy look, while the greasers wore black leather jackets, white T-shirts, and jeans.

Women

Women 1950s | Old School Meets New School Fashion
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Consumerism was alive and well in the 50’s, women were now able to afford new styles. The mature conservative look owned the fashion runways, but the everyday woman wanted casual wear. This led to woman wearing pants, pedal pushers, Bermuda shorts, sports wear, and off the shoulder dresses.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

  • Black leather biker jacket.
  • Layer up for extra style.
  • Black or blue jeans.
  • Skinny or straight legged is best.
  • White sneakers.
  • This is good for a casual look.

Women

  • White blazer
  • Match it with a simple T-shirt.
  • Bermuda shorts.
  • Bright colors or a patterns add visual interest.
  • Flats or heels with will with this style.

1960s

Men

Men’s clothing changed a lot during the 60’s, individuality and diversity were reflected in designs. Ties, belts, lapels, and collars got wider and the flare pants were gaining in popularity. The Mod look was probably one of the most well-known trends from this time, it was hip, sharp and streamlined with solid colors.

Women

The early sixties were more classical and conservative. While the late 60’s were bright colors, tie-dye shirts, tunics, and short skirts. The mini skirt invented in 1965 by Mary Quant was extremely popular among the youth and was a way to individuate themselves from the adults.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

  • Roll top sweater.
  • Colored is better that neutral.
  • Tapered trousers.
  • Denim or black will go best.
  • Desert boots.
  • Popular in the 60’s and still look great today.

Women

  • Oversized sunglasses.
  • Preferably 60’s inspired.
  • Brown suede mini.
  • Pair with a white V-neck t-shirt
  • Ankle boots will finish this look.

1970s

Men

The 70’s style saw several different styles throughout, hanging onto the swinging sixties and hippie culture in the early half of the decade. The second half of the decade was looking to disco and punk rock for their inspiration. Patterns were also a big deal in the 70’s, psychedelic, polka-dot, plaid, and checkered were all in at some point.

Women

 

Woman in the 70’s could wear anything they wanted, relaxed cotton dresses ethnic patterns, hippie fringing, and high-end couture designs. High waisted bell bottom jeans were a significant part of the hippie counterculture and was their way of rejecting the straight legged corporate world.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

  • Checkered blazer and white shirt. Go for a darker blazer.
  • Light neutral chinos.
  • Roll the cuffs.
  • Low cut sneaker
  • Low Chucks work well

Women

  • Blouse in a lighter wash of denim.
  • Tuck it in.
  • Flared jeans.
  • They should be high waisted.
  • High heeled boots. Helps avoid pant drag.

1980s

Men

The 80’s went through many different trends, new wave, punk, and yuppie were some o the more notable styles. The T.V. show Miami Vice also had a huge impact on what men wore, sporting pastel or light colored suits, plain t-shirts, and loafers.

Women

Women’s fashion in the 80’s was questionable at best. Neon colors, massive shoulder pads, and leg warmers were just a few of the gems we saw during that time. Jumpsuits were another trend that women went crazy for in the 80’s. they had big shoulders, tapered legs, bright colors and were usually made from shiny materials.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

  • Pastel shirt
  • Wear a natural cardigan on top.
  • Pastel shorts.
  • Pastel on pastels look great.
  • Boat shoes or espadrilles

Women

  • Black jumpsuit.
  • Keep smile for versatility.
  • A deep neck adds an element of interest.
  • Gold accessories and shoes. Also keep these items simple.

1990s

Men

The 90’s were known for two major trends, the urban hip hop style, and the anti-fashion grunge look. The idea behind the grunge look was you had to look like you didn’t put an ounce of effort into how you looked. Flannel, torn jeans, and un-coordinating outfits were the main traits of this style.

Women

90’s fashion went through several trends including hip hop, grunge, preppy, industrial, military, and rave culture. Overalls were able to fit into many of these trends. Usually worn baggy with a large t-shirt underneath and possible undone strap for that extra cool factor.

How to Wear it in 2016

Men

  • Red flannel and a white t-shirt
  • Ripped jeans.
  • Choose vintage wash.
  • Low-cut sneakers
  • White is a nice choice.

Women

  • Basic long or short sleeve shirt.
  • It should be a little loose, but not baggy.
  • Distressed overalls.
  • Cuff your pants.
  • Simple flats.

2000s

Now

In the 21st century, we have the freedom to wear whatever we want, because of this mashing styles is very popular. It’s an undeniable fact that we are influenced by the past, perhaps now more than ever before. As we saw in the infographic we don’t just leave trends as they were, they have been improved upon and made to fit into today’s modern fashion.

It is likely that fashion trends through the decades will never totally go out of style. It seems that no matter what, there will always be a way to make something from a previous fashion era popular again. Old school meets new school fashion will be the trend that never gets old!


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