Each decade leaves its fashion mark on the world which we begin to notice more and more when fashion revivals occur.

Did you ever think the chokers and high waisted jeans you wore as a kid would be back in style and worn to music festivals like you wore them to your friend’s 10th birthday party?

Probably not but that’s exactly how fashion works, taking the best bits of each decades fashion trends to create something new.

While we can’t and wouldn’t want to take every item of clothing from every decade onto the next (please nobody bring back the bustle) stand out items from as far back as the Roman era to the Victorian period still help to inspire modern day fashion.

Here are just ten examples of fashion trends from the last 100 years that still appear in contemporary fashion trends.


Outfits from this era were spotted quite a bit in Ireland last year during the 1916 celebrations and while it may not seem like this decade still influences modern day fashion surprisingly it does.

Had people talking about ‘waist trainers’ pop up in your homefeed recently, well that’s not a new thing and while the Victorian era is most associated with corsets it was still in full swing at the dawn of the Edwardian period.

Spot anything else that looks familiar? Maybe around Ladies Day at the races? Large decorated hats were a huge trend back at the turn of the century and often were used to display wealth. The more decorated the hat the higher the ladies status.


The roaring 20s came back into fashion in a big way with the release of The Great Gatsby film in 2013 and has some of the most iconic looks in fashion history.

The rise of silent movies and the lack of men due to the First World War led to women investing more in make up especially dark lipstick and eyeliner.

Corsets were out and loose fitting dresses were in beginning a new trend that would resurface in the 1960s and 1990s. Long necklaces were all the rage in the 2000s while head bands and turbans are a current favourite especially for music festivals.


The golden era of Hollywood meant glamour was in and flapper was out. Loose fitting dresses were swapped for figure hugging ensembles for the perfect sultry, femme fatale feel.

Opulence and elegance was everywhere with furs and satin amongst the luxury fabrics of the day both of which were big trends last year and don’t seem to have lost their attraction in 2017.

Stars such as Billie Holiday made wearing flowers in your hair a top trend which is still in vogue today particularly as bridal headdresses.


With World War 2 calling the men into the battlefield women’s fashion became more practical as ladies took over the jobs previously only occupied by men.

Snappy two piece suits and trousers were on trend while the Victory Rolls hairstyle was not only stylish but also functional as it kept hair out of your face while you worked.

The era marked the beginning of women’s work wear and began a fashion revolution in stylish yet comfortable clothing for women.


The 1950s is an era often referenced by vintage fashion lovers as it changed not only the shape of women’s wear but was the first decade to cater to teenage fashion.

Dior changed the page with it’s iconic new look dress, bringing back into fashion the small waist and big hips look of the Victorian era to a new generation.

Rock n Roll, James Dean and the end of WW2 ushered in a new period in American and eventually world history with the emergence of teenage fashion and lifestyle with young women dressing more youthful and vibrant than their mothers had.


The 60s was a time of experimentation and breaking boundaries and fashion was at the forefront of this brave new world.

Hemlines were raised for the first time in decades and bright clashing colours and graphic prints changed the game when it came to what looked ladylike or appropriate.

Looking sultry and sexy was no longer the look as style icons like Twiggy encouraged young girls to wear shapeless shift dresses and big baby doll eyes.


Charlie’s Angels, disco and boho chic rocked the 1970s making it probably one of the most varied decades when it comes to fashion.

Shapeless clothes were out and hip hugging bell bottoms and form fitting tops were in.

The 1970s made a huge resurgence in the 2000s and is hitting 2017 with a bang with wide leg trousers, embroidered fabrics, turtle necks and knee high boots hitting every store across the country.


The 80s gets a bad rep for being the worst decade in fashion history and yet we steal from it all the time with 2017 set to hit a huge 1980s revival.

You may be thinking didn’t we just have a major dose of the 80s in the late 2000s with neon and spandex leggins everywhere but all indications point to this year being the 3rd coming of the shoulder pad generation.

Structured shapes, bold, bright neons and layered lace are all on trend for this coming year.


The 1990s was the most influential decades when it came to 2016 trends and it doesn’t look like it’s leaving anytime soon.

Oversized, mis matched clothing and graphic patterns took away a lot of the austere look of some of the hot 1980s trends and updated it to a more carefree, youthful vibe.

Almost everything from high waisted acid wash jeans to blazers to tie dye t-shirts have been back on the scene for the last couple of years and by the looks of things the scrunchies and chokers are here to stay.


It can be hard to see the trends of a decade when you’re still in it and back in the 2000s I was fairly sure it was a bit of a nothing decade when it came to original ideas and trademark styles but now looking back on it there were definitely some interesting choices back in the day.

Skirts over jeans, Juicy tracksuits, denim paired with denim, scarves as tops and teeny tiny handbags that were pretty much useless for anything but your flip phone.

Though we may have forsaken our GHDs for a curly blow dry trends like denim, body glitter (Golden Goddess anyone?) and crop tops are still very much in play.


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