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What is your favorite decade in terms of dress?

Asked by babybadger (1790 points ) September 26th, 2012

What decade strikes you as the funniest or most ridiculous in clothing style? What did you wear growing up? What do you think was the craziest “in” item to wear?

Although I didn’t live through it, I think the eighties were the best. Big hair and legwarmers = awesome.

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DigitalBlue's avatar

I couldn’t disagree more. I grew up in the 80s, and all of my childhood photos look completely ridiculous – complete with a permed mullet and gigantic glasses.
I like late 40s-mid 50s fashion the best.

babybadger's avatar

@DigitalBlue Aww, mullets were pretty bad haha. I should clarify: I love the girl’s eighties style.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I still dress like it’s the 90s, so I suppose that might be my favorite. The eighth century wasn’t too bad either, though, so long as you’re into minimalism.

chyna's avatar

Girsl had mullets too but even worse was Mall bangs
I hated the 80’s.

Taciturnu's avatar

70s. Pretty eclectic, like my style now, but I dig the late 70’s disco duds the best.

JLeslie's avatar

I would say the 90’s. But, I really liked my 80’s hair. Ugh, and I kind of like the 70’s a lot too.

Fly's avatar

Easily the 1920s. I love the glamorous and luxurious art deco/nouveau styles, as well as the simple drop-waist dresses. It really was the height of fashion.

The 80s and 90s, on the other hand…let’s just say, gag me with a spoon.~

babybadger's avatar

@chyna, I stand corrected. :)

DigitalBlue's avatar

@babybadger I’m a girl. :P

babybadger's avatar

@DigitalBlue ahhh so I really messed up, I obviously don’t known as much about the era as I thought I did, so sorry! I think maybe I thought girl mullets were called something else, I’m not sure. Again, I’m really sorry!

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Fly You might be too young to remember the good part of the 90s. I’m thinking of the early part of the decade when minimalism and the anti-fashion movement were big in the alternative scene.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Another vote for 20’s, that or I go with perhaps some generic 19’th century retro look. There was certainly more effort back then for sure. I wonder what they would make of the T shirt.

JLeslie's avatar

@SavoirFaire What I liked about the 90’s was the monochromatic look, and fairly tailored styles. Tahari was a favorite of mine. I still kind of dress like the 90’s. Once in a while bouncing into the 70’s.

blueiiznh's avatar

Love the Roaring 20’s and Flappers

CWOTUS's avatar

Late 1960’s to the mid-70’s.

Birth of the miniskirt! It had to be then. Women started burning bras. That didn’t hurt a bit, either. I liked bellbottoms, and jeans started to be more than “dungarees”.

Disco killed groovy fashion.

babybadger's avatar

@blueiiznh The flappers were so awesome! That was the point when young women began to make their own rebellious decisions about clothing – it was such a turning point in young culture. Thanks for bringing that up!

dxs's avatar

Whenever I see an old photo of someone from the 80s, it’s always such an awkward photo, especially the hair-dos that they had. Their clothes seemed to have really passionate colors that seemed to contrast eachother. And one is almost always wearing tight pale jeans. I can remember wearing awkwardly colored shirts as a child as well, along with jean jacket-pants outfits and I grew up in the 90s. It’s hard to tell the difference between some of the styles of the 80s and 90s since I was young. I wonder what people will think about style today in 30 years. Will my pictures be as awkward or will I have lived through it to understand it? I don’t really follow today’s style of people my age since I seem to value nonconformity, but it’s more or less the same, just minimalist.

Fly's avatar

@SavoirFaire I don’t have many personal memories of it, but I know the look quite well. You’re talking to someone who loves fashion- while I can appreciate minimalism, the “anti-fashion” of the 90s is just not my cup of tea. And grunge certainly didn’t do the 90s any favors.

filmfann's avatar

Flappers and Zoot Suits ???? The 20’s!

blueiiznh's avatar

Then again there I almost forgot about The Inquisition Inspired Fashion

chyna's avatar

^perv

blueiiznh's avatar

^^ made ya look

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I vote for the 70’s. Big hair, leisure suits, and porn dude mustaches. Those lapels were bad.

Symbeline's avatar

I vote for the eighties, but I was too young then to really partake in the fashion. But big puffy hair, ripped up pantyhose and slutty leather jackets with zippers everywhere, I would have been so into that haha. Plus, neon. Lol.
The 80’s Goth fashion was great too. Then again most of what I know of the eighties is what I see in movies, so my appreciation of the fashion is probably slightly inaccurate.

I grew up as a kid and a teen in the nineties, which was the beginning of a lot of different fashions, although many of which I never had much interest in, unless it was something Goth.

Speaking of which, not related much, but I’d also like to point out how interesting it is to see the evolution and changes of an ’‘alternative’’ fashion that lasts for more than one decade.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Fly I’ll just take my black t-shirts and go…

wundayatta's avatar

My favorite is yet to come. It’ll be when girls go naked—at least in summertime.

Sorry, I’m not really big on clothes.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

The best decade for style was the 1590s.

YARNLADY's avatar

The 1960’s when women could actually wear pants to work.

Sunny2's avatar

I loved the early 60’s when full skirts and tiny waists were still in fashion. I had a 22” waist and loved the movement of the full skirts. I would have liked the days of Lincoln too except for the dirt those long full skirts must have kicked up.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

@filmfann, zoot suits were from the 1940’s.

As far as comfort goes, the clothes we have now are just fine with me (corsets, stiff collars, etc., don’t sound fun for either gender!). But as far as style, elegance, attractiveness, and all that, count me as another vote for the 1920’s.

ucme's avatar

Cowboy times, i’m talking leather gun belts & holsters swung about the hips & all that shit.

Brian1946's avatar

Whatever decade had shorts that went down to just above the knees. I think that was in the 1990’s.

tups's avatar

I think the 70’s and 90’s were pretty cool in clothing.

Magic5678's avatar

I’ve got to say, I love the 50s and 60s! The dresses and skirts make me want to twirl around and around and around! :)

Dsg's avatar

My favorite was the 1800’s. I believe that was the timeframe for the movie Pride and Prejudice. I love the big, flowing dresses. So feminine and beautiful. The men dressed so fancy and romantic. I love the white shirts with the jackets. I love the dancing back then also. Just all together Romantic!

CWOTUS's avatar

I forgot (how could I forget?) one of the things I loved about the 70s: hot pants!

Dsg's avatar

I have to say the 1920’s was great for dance. The flapper’s outfits were definitely in a style of their own….the headbands and boas. Very unique.

Dsg's avatar

Talking about the 20’s makes me think of The Great Gatsby. What a great book!

rojo's avatar

Most ridiculous has to be the 80’s
Coolest has to be the laid back braless anything goes tie-dyed 60’s although the bosom enhancing attire of Crete circa 2700 BC sure gives it a run for its money.

jazmina88's avatar

I love the classic elegance of the 40s and 50s!

iphigeneia's avatar

Definitely the 1830s Romantic fashion. Crazy hair and gigantic sleeves for the ladies, coloured waistcoats for the men. Too ridiculous not to love.

lingerieluver's avatar

I think I love the 50’s & 60’s, when girls & ladies wore ‘high-waisted nylon panties(briefs)’ and were pictured in the SEARS Catalogs that my mom would get regularly. It was considered ‘being
modest’ by not showing a females pelvic area(from her waist down to her panties ‘crotch’). I find them “VERY EROTIC & SEXUALLY AROUSING”. I love my wife to wear them, as well as, myself. Full nylon briefs are almost 100% of my collection(which I wear)

wundayatta's avatar

@lingerieluver That’s really quite specific a taste. Do you have any idea how you acquired that taste?

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