What People Were Wearing the Year You Were Born

Let's embark on a 100-year street style journey, shall we?

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Ah, throwback fashion—is there anything better? Actually, yes: When that throwback fashion reminds you exactly where you came from. Here, click through 100 years of street style, find the year you were born, and cringe/laugh/reminisce. You're welcome.

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1916

This lovely Victorian lady would never get lost in a crowd with *this* hat.

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1917

Can we just agree that if Beyoncé lived 100 years ago, this would definitely be a part of her wardrobe?

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1918

The great-grandmother of the midi skirt makes its appearance in 1918, with the must- have accessory of the season: the pointy black umbrella.

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1919

Nobody would be spotted at high tea without an umbrella, a wide-brimmed hat, or white gloves. Preferably, all three.

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1920

For 1920, this thoroughly modern look is basically the 2004 equivalent of the Mean Girls miniskirt.

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1921

Photographic evidence that the roaring '20s were the epitome of elegance.

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1922

The woven skirt is a standout piece, but it looks even more chic coupled with the gloves that may or may not have inspired Lady Gaga's 2015 Oscar look.

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1923

There's no such thing as too much fur, clearly.

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1924

The fur hula hoop trend continues to grace the streets in 1924.

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1925

These youthful ladies hit the town, modeling some flapper costume inspiration: beads, hats, and skirts your squad will be copying next Halloween.

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1926

The bold bows, along with sassy pointy-toed pumps, tie these looks together.

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1927

Between the sophisticated sun hats and the lace detailing on the skirts, 1927 is the year of garden-party chic.

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1928

A pleated knee-length skirt can easily be paired with a Taylor Swift-approved bob and bold lip combo.

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1929

Flowy pattern play and oversized floppy hats are the name of the game.

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1930

Here we see the (slightly more modest) lacy ancestor of the red carpet naked dress.

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1931

These washerwomen expertly coordinate their on-trend looks, slaying those neck shawls along the way.

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1932

Whoa, wait a minute...is that a pantsuit she's rocking? With the cinched belt detail, this is an impressively contemporary look for 1932.

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1933

Structured, embellished shoulders complete these delicate looks, which might get you in the mood for a spot of tea and scones, TBH.

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1934

This houndstooth ensemble just screams "step into my office."

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1935

Throwing on a long fur coat and coordinating hat was clearly the move back in 1935.

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1936

These sunbathing beauties show off beach glamour in its original form.

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1937

Animal-inspired, bold-patterned coats aren't going anywhere in this decade.

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1938

Accessories clearly take the reign here—just see: the pom pom beret, fitted blazer, and heeled loafers. And we're happy to report that cute dogs are still a trend.

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1939

A-line skirts quickly replace the pencil skirt suit, giving the legs just a bit of breathing room.

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1940

Stripes: making backyard lounging stylish since 1940.

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1941

Fur rules once again, pictured here with coordinated accessories: a boxy bag and an elegant pointed hat.

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1942

The USA creates fireworks in the fashion world in 1942, inspiring bursts of patriotic touches.

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1943

A walk in the park requires a dash of springy florals, no matter what Miranda Priestly would say.

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1944

Ruffles are absolutely everything in this look, and wedges give it a modern feel.

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1945

These skirt-suited ladies are literally on their way to rule the city.

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