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 more than 100 years of street style, find the year you were born, and cringe/laugh/reminisce. You're welcome.

Gibson Girls
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1905

Ruffled sleeves and waist-cinching bows were the defining features of dresses during this time—oh, and corsets, of course.

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Lady Cyclists
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1906

Something makes us think that these bicyclists would be horrified (or enthralled...?) by today's current bike short trend.

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Doucet [Misc.]
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1907

Conservative necklines were of the utmost importance in the Edwardian era. It even became fashionable for woman to take it a step further by adding a lace bib on the front of their dresses.

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Redfern [Misc.]
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1908

How very Cora Crawley from Downton Abbey? Embroidered velvet or silk robes were all the rage, as fashion began to shift towards more free-flowing styles in the early 1900s.

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Paquin [Misc.]
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1909

Elaborately beaded dresses, like this one by the designer of the decade, Paquin, were common for formal evenings.

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Elegant Ladies
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1910

High necklines, cinched waist dresses, and ostrich feathered hats were the name of the game for Edwardian fashion.

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Woman wearing spring dress
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1911

Coming out of the Edwardian era, boxy suits became a new wardrobe staple, although the high neckline and gloves remained key.

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1900s 1910s TURN OF...
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1912

A wide-brimmed sun hat covered in elaborate flowers and ribbons was the ultimate accessory in 1912.

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Fashion in the races. Deauville (Calvados), on 191
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1913

Opulent materials, like lace, muslin, and ostrich feathers, were seen as symbols of status in 1913.

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Eton Grounds
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1914

Wearing either a fur or ostrich stole on top of your many petticoat layers was the height of fashion, no matter what age you were.

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Stripes And Smiles
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1915

Women's bathing suits became a little bit more stylish around 1915, as designers started making them in a variety of cuts and patterns.

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1916

This lovely 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 jacket would definitely have been 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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