A decade-by-decade look at fashion in the United States



Decade Fashions
1900s
tight collars
lots of lace
long, lightweight "duster" coats
corsets for tiny waists
skirts with trains
narrow shoes for both men and women
lace-up boots for women
straw "boater" hats for men
feathered hats for women
upswept hair
1910s
trenchcoats
narrow "hobble" skirts
draping blouses for women
Middle Eastern patterns
V-neck sweaters
beaded handbags
decorated hairpins
decorated stockings
lace-up boots
bows on shoes
sneakers (worn only for sports)
1920s
cloches (close-fitting hats) for women
baggy flannel trousers for men
long, wide coats
coats that fastened on the side for women
costume jewelry
drop-waist "flapper" dresses
T-strap shoes
sheer stockings
bobbed hair
1930s
patterned sweaters
one-piece wool bathing suits
long, flowing gowns
sandals
fox-fur collars
hats worn at an angle
shoulder pads
wide overcoats for men
rectangular wristwatches
1940s
rolled-up blue jeans
narrow “"drainpipe"” trousers
matching skirts and sweaters
halter tops for women
sleek evening dresses
the pageboy haircut for women
the "pompadour" hairstyle
cork-soled "wedgie" shoes
baggy pull-on sweaters
Hawaiian shirts for men
1950s
white T-shirts
motorcycle jackets
black leotards
Bermuda shorts
pedal pushers (calf-length pants)
poodle skirts
saddle shoes
ballerina flats
full skirts with petticoats
strapless evening gowns
ponytails
1960s
bell bottoms
miniskirts
T-shirts with messages
pale lipstick and dark eyeliner
longer hair for men and women
the beehive hairdo
white vinyl “go-go” boots
peace signs
paisley and Indian prints
1970s
Western boots
lots of lip gloss and blush
T-shirts with logos
denim, denim, denim
legwarmers
pantsuits
earth tones
leotards with wrap-around skirts
the Afro
1980s
frills on collars and hems
bright vests and shirts for men
“power suits” with big shoulder pads
fingerless lace gloves
long fake-pearl necklaces
bangle bracelets
tunics over leggings
big hair with lots of mousse
Levi's 501s
fair-isle sweaters
ankle socks
penny loafers
1990s
designer athletic shoes
designer sneakers
puffy jackets
chain wallets
baggy pants
colored hair
bare midriffs
hooded sweatshirts
mehndi (henna tattoos)
2000s
low-rise pants
blazers
graphic T-shirts
bare midriffs
tank tops
bell-bottom jeans
skinny jeans


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