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5 Outfits To Help Channel The Style Icons From The ’50s To The ’90s

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Western chapter.

Since 2019 recently came to a close, I believe it is important to reflect on the past. In my opinion, there is no better way to do that than reminiscing over classic fashion worn by those who turned heads back in their day. These ensembles are definitely not found in your grandma’s closet, but they do withstand the test of time. Take a moment to develop that new aesthetic you’ve been longing for, and your wardrobe will thank you (no DeLorean needed, ofc). 

1. 1950s: Audrey Hepburn

Well before her beloved role as the LBD-wearing Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Audrey could still be seen sporting a chic all-black ensemble. Despite the fact that this image is from over half a century ago, it’s still a very stylish look and is perfect for a casual evening out. In Miss. Hepburn’s words of wisdom, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

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2. 1960s: Jane Birkin

This classic white tee and boyfriend jeans look is spiced up with a pair of hot pink open-toed heels. This adds the pop of colour commonly found in 60s modernism to the outfit. It goes to show that you don’t need to have deep pockets (much less, a Birkin bag) to feel glam. 

3. 1970s: Farrah Fawcett 

Dreaming of Coachella? Well, you can thank this Boho Babe and decade for the highly-coveted hippie style it’s inspired by. Pair a flower crown with this gorgeous getup and you’ll be ready to get that festival ’gram (or to chill on UC Hill in the upcoming warmer months). After all, 2020 marks the start of The Age of Aquarius…

4.  1980s: Winona Ryder 

Pre-Stranger Things (2016), Queen Joyce (er, Winona) was busy initiating revenge for the nerds alongside a young Christian Slater—um, yes—in cult-classic, Heathers (1988). The eccentric fashion of the ’80s can be hard to pin down, as it is extremely diverse in fabrics, colours and prints, but the cardigan/crop top/skirt combo is still prevalent in today’s trends. Not to mention, it’s also a cozy yet cool choice for a Netflix marathon with bae. 

5.  1990s: Drew Barrymore

Monochromatic black makes a fierce comeback in this punk decade on this Scream (1996) queen and it is rock-solid. The pairing of a printed sundress and sneakers is a great balance of sporty and femme. Throw on a leather jacket, and you’ve got an amazing day-to-night look to go out with your fave chica. 

In review, having style doesn’t necessarily mean keeping on top of whatever trend graces the runway this season. In fact, taking the risk of bringing back what is old and making it new again is something that is welcomed—and even required—of the most prominent influencers of the industry. Like the new decade, your style, too, is a blank canvas ready to be designed. 

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Eden is a second year student at Western University pursuing an Honours Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature with a Major in Theatre Studies. In the future, she aspires to write and to act on stage and for tv/film. In her free time she can be found baking, Netflix-watching, reading something by Fitzgerald, or fuelling her caffeine addiction.
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