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5 Fluctuating Trends In Ladies' Fashion

We will take a look back at some of the fashion fads amongst women in the 20th century, and how these trends may or may not still be around today. These are the 5 items that have been popularized, died out, resurfaced, and/or reinvented. 

1. First we'll start with the Leather Jacket. The leather jacket for women came about in the early 1950s. Originally for the military and designed for men, it wasn't until the 1980s when the leather jacket for women really became popular. The leather jacket made women appear sexy and tough. In the 1990s the leather jacket fad died out for women; although still in use, it wasn't a must have. Presently, leather jackets for women may not be hugely popular, but it seems that it will remain a part of the fashion world for years to come. Leather jackets will always have a quality appeal. But is PU, or synthetic leather, a fashion faux pas like it was in the past? It's not as big of a concern these days, although not as durable as the real deal. Leather jackets are still cool to have and add a nice touch to the wardrobe. They work well with jeans and boots, or a cool maxi dress. Check out a great article by Rachel Lubitz on the history of women's leather jackets here ⇒

2. Next we'll have a look at the tie-dye shirt. We can thank the Hippies during the 1960s for making this bright and colorful shirt popular, although it's been around in ancient Indian, Japanese, and African culture for centuries. It was worn as a symbol of peace and love to protest the Vietnam War. Tie-dye faded out in the 1980s. It reappeared in the 1990s and was in retails shops by the loads. A great summer item, tie-dye shirts and clothing are quietly withholding their spot in the fashion world. Nowadays, they come in fashionably darker hues, and not just those loud and bright colors. Tie-dye shirts look nice paired with denim bottoms or some nice, solid color leggings. Vanessa Rodriguez discusses the chic way to wear a tie-dye shirt here ⇒ Hmmm...makes me want to break out the dye and some rubber gloves!

3. Third, we'll check out the bell bottom pants. These pants were very popular in the 1960s-70s. Bell bottoms have a unique flare or bell-like shape that starts at the knees and extends downward. Above the "flare", these pants were usually skin-tight. According to, because young rebels wanted a more casual, inexpensive look, and did not want to follow the strict rules of dress at the time, they shopped at military surplus stores and popularized the navy bell-bottoms. By the end of the 60s the style died down, but was still worn by hippies. In the 70s, they arose again due to the likes of Sonny and Cher, the singing duo. In the 90s and 2000s bell-bottoms were introduced and re-invented as boot cut jeans, with less of a flare, but wide enough to cover boots (since skinny jeans had taken over and barely reached the shoe). Who knows...maybe those widely flared bell-bottom pants will make a cool comeback!  

4. Fourth, we'll review the fur coat. The fur or mink coat was just about every woman's desire to have! It represented luxury. Fur defined one's social status. It also provided great warmth during the cold months. This item definitely made women feel like queens. It is most likely one of the oldest pieces of clothing (well before the 1990s); since, from the beginnig of mankind, we have been hunting animals and making use of their fur. The fur was usually taken from animals such as foxes, rabbits, squirrels and chincillas. In the 1950s, expensive fur coats were popular amongst movie stars; but, in the 60s it became more affordable and "faux" or fake furs began to spring up. Since the fight for animal rights, which peaked around the 80s and 90s, the popularity of fur began to decline. Many retailers won't allow real fur; however, real fur coats are still around and kicking. It will probably remain a great debate on whether wearing real fur is right or wrong. Whether faux or fox, it is your decision to make. has a great article on the fall of fur here ⇒

5. Lastly, we'll end with the pearl necklace. Pearls have a very ancient history, but we will look at the pearl neacklace in 1990s fashion. Pearls were always to die for and fit for a queen. In the 1920s-30s, costume jewelry became popular and synthetic pearls were introduced. Natural pearls were still around for the wealthy interested in fine jewelry. The need for the pearl necklace died down during the wartime in the 1940s, but by the 1950s the pearl necklace was highly sought after again. Then, the hippie culture of the 1970s saw the pearl necklace dwindle, yet again. In the 1980s, natural pearls, and not fake, were the heart's desire again. Today, faux pearls are common and not as frowned upon. Real pearls are still a luxury but not a must have. The most popular place you may see the pearl necklace today is in a church house. Pearls are very elegant and sophisticated, and will always be around. Check out Pearls: a long history posted by julie at V is for Vintage.

In conclusion, they say history always repeats itself. But...If one of these items has to go for good, which do wish may never return? The: A. bell bottom pants, B. Pearl Necklace, C. Tie-Dye Shirt, D. Fur coat, or E. leather jacket?


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