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.


This lovely Victorian 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 would definitely be 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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Throwing on a long fur coat and coordinating hat was clearly the move back in 1935.

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

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

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

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Stripes: making backyard lounging stylish since 1940.

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

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

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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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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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1974: when something your great aunt knitted meets street chic attitude.

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Only in the '70s could you look like a human banana and still be runway-ready 🍌 .

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Flares are very much still present (it is the '70s after all), this time combined with long wool jackets, scarves, and a beret to add a touch of sophisication.

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Long wool coats make yet another appearance, as these original hipsters show us how the beanie is done.

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Every dancing queen needs a belted striped mini dress to let out her inner disco diva, right?

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This Farrah Fawcett-inspired sunny beach ensemble rounds out the '70s quite well...because you can never go wrong with bright yellow platforms.

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Blue and red color blocking was 100% a thing back in 1980. As were mom jeans and leg warmers, in case you couldn't tell.

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Don't you miss the days when you could go out in a puff-sleeved belted leo? Just ask your mom, she'll tell you.

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A never-before-seen pic of your aunt and uncle heading into a Journey concert. So *that's* why that leather jacket looks so familiar!

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Never mess with a woman in head-to-toe pleather.

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Now here's the '80s look we dreamed of in every Molly Ringwald movie. Side note, who decided to do away with pockets that could actually hold our belongings?

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As the song goes, in 1985 there was Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana. And it definitely holds true for these lace-gloved Madonna fans.

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Blue on blue—1986 was a monochromatic time.

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This dress might actually still be in your mom's closet. (Whether she can still get away with it is not our decision.)

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The choice to wear heels while shopping seems misguided, but the idea to match the two daughters in Madeline-inspired outfits is genius.

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We reached the peak of floral on floral in the '80s, but mother-daughter outfit coordination has certainly outlived this era.

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Crop tops, tight dresses, and sequins galore—today's trends are still taking notes from the 1990s. (And we're still copying their poses, too.)

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Friends who nail the light-wash jeans trend together stay together.

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An all-white ensemble for the win. With an oversized jacket and pants, a high waisted belt, and an umbrella without rain, walking the dog has never looked better.

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We won't tell anyone that she raided grandma's closet for this head-to-toe look—including the bright white hat and a small, over-the-shoulder bag—because in 1993 standards, she definitely worked it.

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You "can't touch this" look, no matter what you do.

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This is 1995 nightlife fashion at its finest: a white mock-neck tennis dress with cutouts paired with white sneakers. Cue "This Is How We Do It" blasting through the speakers.

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The late '90s were the days—when your look could include denim cutoffs and knee socks or citrus fruit print flares and no one would judge you in the slightest.

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Jeans got even lighter as the decade wore on, and bikinis became even more acceptable as shirts.

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1998 was the year of the "midriff" top: Britney Spears-tested, parents-unapproved.

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Mixing just about every color of the rainbow in one outfit is completely allowed in 1999. In fact, it's encouraged.

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