The sartorial world is about more than just looking pretty. Fashion trends can be used as social dialogue and can sometimes help change the world for the better. While that good pair of boots or the dress with twirling potential can make some of our hearts somersault in our chests, it’s fashion in and of itself that can be more than just what sits in your closet. It can serve as a social commentary tool.
The trends evolved prove the changing climate, consequences, political, economical and social changes of the state as well. The girls in the 60’s raised hem of their skirts as a result of second wave of feminism, likewise the youth of the 90’s chose ‘non-fashion’ grunge as a ‘No thank ya’ sellout to the ideals of a ‘Man’.
Here, we have rounded up the best trends that changed the fashion world for the better and there’s no stopping now:
The Flappers of 20’s
The decade that changed the gender phenomena as the women got the right to vote and you can always take inspiration of flappers from The Great Gatsby. Oh yes, this was the year when gin was taken out from the cupboards and women were found smoking cigarettes, applying bold red lip shades, kissing men around and baring ankles and shoulders to their mom’s horror. It was the first youth rebellion and their peculiar style reflected it.
The miniskirts of 60’s
The era of 60’s witnessed the second wave of feminism when women revolted largely for gender equality and rights to exercise free speech and expression. As a result, political rights affected their social lives tremendously. The English designer, Sally Tuffin remarks, “ There were just no c;lothes for the young generation. On just looked like their mother.’ And hence came miniskirts to please girl’s right to flaunt their legs not for their future husbands or the society but for the sake of their individual satisfaction. After all, why should boys have all the fun 😉
London Punk Scene of 70’s
Ripped clothes, safety pins holding tattered shirts together, mile-high mohawks: London’s ’70s punk movement was everything furious, fast, and chaotic. These kids were social revolutionaries decked out in tartan and Dr. Martens, brewing a flashpoint of working class unrest. Because of their empty wallets, punks hit thrift stores not as a statement, but out of necessity. They then shocked the upper middle class by tearing off sleeves and fraying pants.
Power Suits of 80’s
Dolly Patron’s 9 to 5 instantly plays in your head when we talk about Power Dressing. All you need to do is slip into a pair of white sneakers, brush back the wings of your hair and you’re all set to climb up the corporate ladder. The power suit was a subtle message of protest. However, they were suiting up in strong lines and all-business silhouettes like their male counterparts, ready to prove that their shoulders could handle the weight of responsibility and success, too.