A closet that does not collect dust is a complete and total must. Timeless fashions are like a great lip stain: impervious to the weathering by outside contributing factors and subtly instrumental. So often we look back on past outfits with disdain and even at times find ourselves cringing at the thought of bermudas having ever even been in our fashion vocabulary.
However, there are those moments; a cathartic realization that that certain vintage piece tucked away so deeply in our closets has been rendered dateless and absolutely fabulous.
The 1940s emitted complete and total class, and with that came a wardrobe to match this era of elegance. The red lip paired with muted tones has gained ultimate respect, as it has succeeded in carrying through the decades to the current day’s fashions.
The 1950s was notable for tailoring and dawning riding jackets with notched lapels. Such has become a staple for any female of today’s variety in wardrobe. These chic configurations of sharply-fitting coats were even found being adorned by the sensational Audrey Hepburn. Audrey’s keen sense of fragile femininity has influenced today’s fashion culture with soft shoulder blouses and patterned scarfs.
Modern-day Audrey Hepburn
Leather leggings and a tweed motorcycle jacket match the 50s.
The 1960s were an integral part of today’s mod mania. A thick, sultry cat eye and pale lip still even make a bold statement today. Batik fabrics and paisley are also now extremely relative to the present world of fashion. Had fashion icon, Twiggy, known how intrinsic her existence would have been to the runways of today, she might have batted her lush lashes just a little bit more.
The 1970s namely asserted the “hippy” look, as fringe and faux fur dominated most every look. When admiring the runways of today, I can’t help but smile knowing the elemental connection being made to this era of revived confidence. Today’s long knitted cardigans and high-waisted trousers are all reminiscent of this decade.
A boho inspired look
The 1980s resisted the “less is more” motto and instead invested in shoulder pads and excess…well, everything! The most prevalent 80s-inspired staples of today are high-waisted, denim Levi’s® shorts, loose-fitting crop tops and lots and lots of turquoise. While avoiding parachute pants and members only jackets at all costs, channeling only the most relatable trends of this decade will make for a refreshing flashback.
The 1990s geared towards grunge and embodied an effortless sex appeal with denim and disheveled social mantras. The 90s were all about wearing your emotion, quite literally on your plaid sleeve. Maxi skirts and long blazers are also translated to today’s walks of fashion.
A modern grunge look
These styles of expressions have stood the test of time and turned back the hands of the clock with their indispensable and timeless reputations. Fashion is consistently being recycled and repackaged to fit the fads of today. In the great words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, but style is eternal.”