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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Schoolgirl-inspired fashions capture the best of both worlds at the time—pants and skirts, and never without a cardigan.

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Christian Dior [Misc.]
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Christian Dior led the charge for the fashionable A-line silhouette that added emphasis to a woman's hourglass figure.

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The return of the pleated skirt, with ankle-strap heels to boot.

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Behold, a distant relative of harem pants! The first-ever bubble hem hits the scene in 1949.

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Shoulder pads make their fashion debut with this coat and skirt set. And of course, more leopard print.

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Printed wrap dresses accessorized with embellished hats and white sandals dominate the summer street style in 1951.

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Skirt suits still steal the moment in 1952, updated with a chunky beaded necklace and shoulder bag.

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These impeccably dressed ladies take the teeniest, tiniest bags with them on a stroll.

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The skirt suit is slowly evolving with the addition of a cape, an early source of style inspiration for the countless celebs who wear capes.

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Baskets are not just for Easter anymore. They happen to be the go-to accessory of 1955.

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Coats get longer and bags finally get bigger in 1956. Holiday shopping has never looked so fab.

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A fun silk neck scarf and a matching skirt-and-jacket combo is just what any modern woman needs to get her through the day.

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The veiled hat: allows literal shade to be thrown any time, anywhere.

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Automatic shade: the sequel. This look is just proof that tossing on a trench and black sunnies is the way to make sass happen.

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This woman is also trying to figure out how she'll walk in the longest, pointiest shoes you have ever seen in your life. Podiatrists everywhere are thankful that trend didn't last long.

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<p>Silky trapeze silhouettes are the newest trend to blow up in 1961. </p>
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Silky trapeze silhouettes are the newest trend to blow up in 1961.

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Just casually sitting on a car in a plaid skirt and scarf set, NBD.

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<p>That hat though. And finally, a bag that is big enough to *actually*<em> </em>hold things!</p>
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That hat though. And finally, a bag that is big enough to *actually* hold things!

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The art of the trapeze coat swings back in action in 1964, with a classy updo to match.

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This woman struts her stuff in a bold-collared, long peacoat and a signature '60s high pony.

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The poncho officially becomes an evening staple when paired with sexy, strappy heels and a high-volume do.

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Street style gets a Shakespearean makeover with lacy cuffs, lacy collar, and buckled black loafers.

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A look you could totally get away with in 2016: fitted turtleneck, plaid skirt, and high boots.

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The mini dresses and long, layered necklaces are cute, but those patterned tights are straight fire.

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Corduroy bell-bottoms? A couple of years ago we would have said no way, but these might just be reincarnated in 2016.

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Who were you in 1971 if you didn't hit the streets in a psychedelic kimono set?

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Ah, the pure essence of the '70s, namely that powder blue suit and matching ruffled shirt.

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If it weren't for the addition of black tights, we would totally be getting Dukes of Hazzard vibes from the denim shorts and button-down combo.

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