Women’s Fashion Through the Decades

Women’s fashion often reflects what is happening in the world. The one way fashion has stayed the same over the decades is that it is constantly changing and evolving.

The Early Ages of Fashion

Conservative styles were popular in the early 1960s.

The early 60s were more conservative, sticking with more realistic silhouettes, sleek dresses, and classic looks. Mods (modernized styles) were introduced from England in the mid-1960s. Women took the mod style as a chance to experiment with more looks. Instead of women’s usual skirts, dresses, and loose fitting blouses, women wore loose fitting pants that men commonly wore.
Audrey Hepburn was a huge idol in the 60s, her iconic “Little Black Dress” was a big hit. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld said, “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a little black dress.”
During the late 60s and early 70s, hippie styles were introduced. Women often wore super tight t-shirts, short shorts, and bright, colorful patterns. Also, the 70s featured the disco era. Dresses included the wrap dress worn by Diane Von Furstenberg. According to Newsweek, the wrap dress was the “most marketable design since Coco Chanel.”

Rock, Pop, Grunge, and Love

Madonna helped usher in many fashion trends including big hair, lace and fishnet accessories.

Going from hippie, to pop and rock in a decade was a big change. Fashion in the 80s included leg warmers, bright colors, and fitness video inspired styles were popular. Additionally, women also wore lace dresses, fishnet gloves, and large bows in their hair. Huge, voluminous hair was a big part of women’s 80’s fashion.
There were many 80’s pop stars and idols, but one of the most memorable was Madonna. Madonna influenced 80’s fashion by showing that she wore what she wanted and didn’t care if anyone liked it or not.
Moving into the 90s, women’s fashion began to take a turn into grunge and rock. Grunge included flannels, ripped jeans, and really, really straight long hair. Other grunge looks were paired with Converse and chokers. “Attitude is everything,” said Diane von Furstenberg, a famous fashion designer in the 90s.

Present-Day Trends


Bracelets, camo pants and neckties were brought into style by Avril Lavigne.
Bracelets, camo pants and neckties were brought into style by Avril Lavigne.

The 2000s brought in a very mellow era. Fashion consisted of rustic colors and comfortable fabrics. Denim skirts, suede pants, and jeans were all commonly worn bottoms. Crop tops were popular in the 2000s.

A famous singer in the 2000s was Avril Lavigne. People liked her not only for her music, but also her unique style. She wore neck ties with t-shirts, green camo pants, and a lot of bracelets. Lavigne was a very independent figure in fashion.

Fashion always repeats itself and that is what is happening right now. Today’s fashion is a mix of styles from the 70s and 90s. Bohemian looks are trendy, while some looks favor 90s grunge styles. “The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it,” said Diana Vreeland, fashion artist.