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Vintage Clothing Styles
The Circular Skirt Dress
Vintage and Retro Clothing
Vintage clothing is making a big comeback. And its not just a particular look from a certain era, its many different looks from three very influential decades.
The 1950s Marilyn Monroe dresses are being worn with the same spiky heels that were popular in the 50s and 60s. With the blurring lines between men's and women's fashions these days,women are turning to retro clothing and the ultra feminine flared skirts, fitted clothing and elegant heels of the 50s glamor girls.
The 50s is probably the most loved decade in American history. We have 1950s diners, numerous 50s music compilations for sale, and blockbuster movies being turned out with the 1950s as the nostalgic setting year after year. A trip to Hollywood will reveal James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe in the windows of all trinket shops. We are obsessed with this decade of innocence and prosperity.
Its only fitting that we should want to recreate this look and have a feeling of comfort and happiness when dressed to resemble this decade of fun.
Audry Hepburn, 1950s Icon
Modern Marilyn Style
The Mermaid Look
High Waist, for a Long Leg Look
High Waisted Pants
Provided one is relatively thin, there is nothing like a long and elegant line created by high waisted pants that slightly flare at the bottom.
Flared pants were first introduced in the 1930s for active women participating in sports. The high waisted pants made a huge impact during the 70s when pant suits, jeans and slacks became standard attire for the average woman. These days women are wearing the 70s retro pants with stripped tops reminiscent of the disco era.
Retro 70s Shorts
The short shorts of the 1970s are sought out by teenagers who search vintage clothing stores for the perfect 70s fit. Modern clothing lines are making an effort to re-create the 70s look, but retro enthusiasts insist that the original 70s shorts have not been duplicated very well in modern clothes.
The look should be either high in the waist or sitting on the waist. Only in the full length jeans were the hip huggers popular.
The Sexy Seventies
Short shorts were given the name "hot pants" in the 1970s and were basically the standard look of shorts from the 1940s through the 80s.
It was not until the 90s that shorts lost their shortness.
Who can forget the retro 70s gauchos? In the mid 70s women and girls alike had to own at least one pair of these interesting pants. They were wide and sat just below the knee.
Gauchos were often paired with boots that were suddenly popular in the mid 70s.
Above is the ultimate mid 70s model. Striped top, high waisted gauchos, and boots. The beret is the finishing touch. A huge brown leather handbag could round out this 70s lady.
The Mini Years
The Micro Mini
The miniskirt was introduced in the 1970s and has never really made a comeback in popularity. There are some eclectic groups of young girls who seek out these retro minis because they were so unique to the time. Unlike short shorts, that were popular in the the 40s and 70s, mini skirts were popular in the late 60s through the early 70s, and floor length peasant dresses suddenly were being worn instead of short skirts.
The original vintage 70s mini is usually well fitted and some flare slightly. They were not at all full as they have been in later decades. The form fit provided a nicer, leaner line and was easier and less embarrassing to manage than many of the slightly longer, but fuller short skirts of later decades. They did not blow up as easily, and when they did, the lack of fullness did not allow them t go up very far.
Many young girls who are just gaining an interest in vintage and retro clothing marvel that the clothes looked better than they do now. Indeed, as you can see from the photo above, the girls are wearing a matching set. This is very flattering and makes legs appear longer and the figure seem leaner. A different color top cuts a line in the center of the body, adding pounds and breaking up the uniform long line, resulting in a shorter and thicker overall look.