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Decades of Style: 10 Summer fashion trends that are getting a stylish comeback

From the 1920s to 2010s, let’s take a look at the iconic styles that are worth recreating


There may be a lot of uncertainty about these next few months, but one thing’s for sure, nothing can stop you from putting on those classic summer outfits. As temperatures rise, it’s high time to take off those coats and grab those jean jackets. Through the summer colors, to the breezy fabric, this is probably the best time to restock your wardrobe with some fun prints. 

With fashion continuously developing, sometimes it can be great to look to the past for inspiration. Who can ever forget Grace Kelly’s iconic yellow beach look with cat-eye sunglasses in To Catch a Thief or Audrey Hepburn’s iconic LBD on Breakfast at Tiffany’s. So if you’re looking for new looks to inspire your next outfit, here are 10 vintage summer trends that are getting a comeback. 

The 1920s: High Waist

A pair of high waisted bottoms or a skirt with a bulky belt paired with a tank top or a one-piece is a classic way to look effortlessly chic. This look was popularized in the summertime of the 1920s and a century later, it’s back in style. Also, one of the hottest trends of this summer is the high waisted bikini, also looks cute layered with a sheer beach tunic for that extra edge!

The 1930s: Wide-Leg

From beach day to a night out, a pair of wide-leg pants is the perfect base for any summer look. Do simple with a plain white tee or bolder with a printed blouse. Just tuck these into your pants and finish the look with a simple belt and you’re good to go. 

The 1940s: Button-Down Knot

Channel your inner 40s style icon by taking that button-down shirt you normally use for work and giving it a summer flair, simply by unbuttoning the bottom buttons and tying into a knot! A super simple way to transform one of your wardrobe basics. This will go perfectly with a good pair of denim shorts or classic jeans, and can also be a perfect coverup for your swimsuit when you’re off to the beach. If you want something a little more flirty, pair your shirt with a cute midi skirt for a gorgeous day look.

The 1950s: Sweetheart Neckline

Needless to say, a sweetheart neckline will always be in fashion. It’s perfect for any body type and has just the right amount of feminine touch. This shape looks beautiful in ANY print, whether you want to fashion a  floral maxi dress or a Sophia Loren inspired fit-and-flare dress for that 50s bombshell look.

The 1960s: Crochet

Iconic as she is, Twiggy started a crochet craze that will make you ready for any summer occasion. A crochet cardigan can transform any look to go from drab to fab and also looks amazing paired with a simple one-piece swimsuit. Pair a fringed crochet long vest with a body-fit above-the-knee dress for that extra feminine look. You can even try making your own Twiggy-inspired crochet masterpieces at home. 

The 1970s: Off-Shoulder

Off-shoulder dresses and tops still remain a summertime wardrobe staple. A woman's off-the-shoulder dress or top is a surprisingly versatile fashion choice. After all, there isn't just one style option: You can go casual in a top and shorts, rock a midi dress look for an evening out, or choose a sleek bodycon or maxi dress for formal occasions. You can never go wrong with an off the shoulder top and a pair of boyfriend jeans. If you want to go full-on '70s, finish the look with a pair of platform sandals.

The 1980s: High-Cut 

Take the high-cut leotards that ruled the '80s fitness world and try them out in swimsuit form this season. Both flattering and easy to wear, high cut one-pieces are giving bikinis a run for their money this year. These can be paired with almost anything, kimonos, shorts skirts, or even a nice pair of wide-leg pants for a night out.   

The 1990s: Slip Dress

From Kate Moss to Sarah Jessica Parker to Cher in Clueless, the “It” girls of this decade created an era of Calvin Klein slip dresses. Just as chic as it was back then, the slip dress gives the look of effortless glamour and sophistication. Versatile as things can be, you can wear it with a pair of strappy heels, a matching clutch, and statement earrings for a night out, or wear it on top on a plain white tee and with a pair of white sneakers for the daytime. Whatever you do with it, you will definitely look 100% fashionable and 100% timeless. 

The 2000s: Animal Print

Let’s be honest, some of the trends during this era were somewhat questionable. But from leopard to cheetah to snake, animal prints will always and forever remain in fashion. To try out the animal-print look, get your hands on this beautiful cover-up, or take a look at our animal print summer dresses and maxi dresses, perfect for these summertime months.

The 2010s: Athleisure

Activewear is indeed growing faster than any other fashion category in the market. With streetwear taking over, women are ditching their heels for a pair of sneakers, skirts for a pair of leggings, and blouses for an oversized sweatshirt. We are now living in a time when comfort can meet style and vice versa. Merge fashion with function with cute outfits in sweats material - we can’t think of anything better :)

To wrap it up

Take a look at the pages of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, and chances are you’ll recognize something the models are wearing as a piece you probably once wore. Now, we’re seeing apparel that once seemed dated made fresh again for a new generation of trend-hungry consumers. Some trends withstand the tests of time and will forever remain as stylish, and some come back with a vengeance. Either way, there’s nothing like looking back to the style icons of the past to pave the way for the style of the future. Taking inspiration from back then and adapting it to the current times is the best way to remain stylish. The thing is, retro and nostalgia are always in fashion– it’s just a matter of how you reimagine it that resonates.


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