This upcoming week is one that has been marked in my calendar for months. That’s because this week is a celebration of 50 years of UIC’s Muslim Student Association. As usual, the most important question before any big event is: What outfit will I wear? I’m sure none of us regularly think about why we wear what we wear and what impacts our wardrobe choices, but would any of us be dressing this way if we were in the 70s or 80s or 90s? Probably not. That’s because as the culture, attitudes, and technology of our society change year by year so does fashion. So before I go through my closet and online stores to find the right outfit, lets rewind back to 50 years ago and think what would we have worn in each decade?
I promise I’m not biased but THIS IS THE BEST DECADE FOR FASHION! This is the decade of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The decade of the iconic Jackie Kennedy. The 1960s was a time of social movements and youth revolution; fashion mirrored this. Designers responded to social movements with vibrant colors and new patterns. Even though its been 50 years, so many trends of the 60s are still alive today: vibrant coats and patterns, military style, knee high boots, the pantsuit (this is for you Hillary), and patterned men’s dress shirts and cardigans for men. Just so you all understand my love for 60s fashion, check out these pictures:
1970s: The two most used words to describe fashion in the 70s are Colorful and Revolutionary! These years were called revolutionary because the dominant choice of attire for women in the 70s was pants rather than skirts and dresses which defined the previous years. This decade was full of bright colors, bell bottom/ flare pants for both men and women. BUT WAIT, I definitely see flare pants in every store in the mall today. Just look at this picture of 70s fashion on the left and pants from Akira today (right):
My least favorite fashion decade. Lets just say this decade was very…experimental. From neon to glam rock. Oh and lots of hairspray.
1990s: Plaid shirts, combat boots, leather jackets, baseball caps, sneakers, and choker necklaces. Woah, are we all stuck in the 90s because that description sounds just like 2016!
2000s: ah, so close but so so far away. From denim on denim to Ugg boots to crop tops to track suits. Early 2000s fashion was very messy and constantly changing.
The 21st century rewinded back to the past for fashion inspiration. Most of the fashion trends of today are all from decades ago. Through the 21st century, we see that in the same manner that we learn and build on the history started by others (quick shout out to UIC MSA alumni), fashion takes pieces of the past and uses them as advice and inspiration for the future.