Decade-by-Decade Vintage Fashion Looks

Get the look from the 1920s to the 1970s –


Whether you’re a vintage clothing fan or just love retro styles, it’s always fun to take a bit from the past and incorporate it into your wardrobe. Each decade had iconic styles from the well-tailored looks of the 30s all the way to flamboyant outfits of the 70s. With an interesting slant toward accessorizing with the correct vintage style  frames, this summary is contributed by those clever purveyors of spectacles at Vision Direct, who have published a short history of glasses.

If you’re looking to recreate a retro look anytime soon, you can find some beautiful illustrations below to different decade looks. Let them help guide your next vintage fashion adventure.

The 1920 Look


The look: The 1920s was all about straight cuts and a focus on modernist, geometric prints. There was also a focus on intricate decorative bead and sequins as well as flattering silhouettes.

Frames: Round sunglasses were popular in the 1920s with many famous Hollywood stars photographed wearing them.

The 1930 Look


The look: 1930s clothing was full of glamour and style with elegant, well-tailored looks. The decade was all about femininity in women with day dresses that had modest tops and wide sleeves. Shoes had thick heels, full coverage and ample straps.

Frames: Influenced from Hollywood, the horn-rimmed glasses had a thick round shape and became trendy in the late 20s and into the 30s. They were a signature piece of actor and comedian Harold Lloyd, who was very famous in silent films.

The 1940 Look


The look: 1940s clothing for women was based after utility clothes that had been produced during war rationing. Typical clothing included squared shoulders, narrow hips and skirts that ended below the knee.

Frames: Cat eye glasses became the frame of choice for many women by the late 1940s. Developed in the late 1930s by Altina Schinasi the Harlequin eyeglass frame was popularized by Hollywood movie stars like Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly .

The 1950s Look


The look: 1950s fashion for women was full of colorful prints, glamorous shapes, voluminous skirts and tiny wastes.

Frames: Just as in the 1940s, cat eye glasses continued to be popular for women in the 1950s. The sharp angles of the frame had a lifting effect on the face.

The 1960s Look


The look: 1960s fashion mirrored the social movements of the time and broke many fashion traditions. Culottes, go-go boots and box shaped PVC dresses were popular for women.

Frames: The First Lady of the United States in the early 1960s, Jackie Kennedy (later Onassis) was the most photographed woman in the world, making her over-sized sunglasses stylish at the time.

The 1970s Look


The look: 1970s fashion for women was flamboyant with bodysuits, mini dresses, hot pants and maxi and platform soled shoes.

Frames: Popular frames in the 70s were bold and chunky. Frames were bigger and bolder and also a lot lighter due to technological advances.

Don’t let this decade define your wardrobe when there are so many great styles from the past to choose from. So release your inner hippie, disco queen or flapper – have fun with these retro styles!

That’s all !
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This article was contributed by Vision Direct. These beautiful drawings were created by fashion illustrator Dylan Bonnet.