There's nothing better than throwback fashion, especially when it reminds you exactly where you came from. From flappers in the 1920s to jean skirts in the early aughts, click through more than 120 years of street style, ahead, to see what people were wearing the year you were born. You're guaranteed to cringe, laugh, and reminisce.
The beginning of the Edwardian age brought fashion looks like the S-bend corset and style standards of the "Gibson Girl," which were carried over from the last decade.
These cool cats and kittens wore a trend popular in the western world. Broad hats decorated with feathers and other materials were thought to be a staple alongside "Gibson Girl" hairstyles.
Pouter pigeon blouses and trumpet skirts were all the rage in 1902.
Believe it or not, wearing your underwear inside out didn't start in Mean Girls. The camisole, which is still used today in modern forms, was a sleeveless undergarment for women usually accompanied with frills and lace.
Frothy afternoon dresses started gaining popularity in the 1870s, but really started to peak in the 1900s. Stiff collars never looked better.
Ruffled sleeves and waist-cinching bows were the defining features of dresses during this time—oh, and corsets, of course.
Something makes us think that these bicyclists would be horrified (possibly enthralled...?) by today's current bike short trend.
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.
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.
Elaborately-beaded dresses like this one by the designer of the decade, Paquin, were common for formal evenings.
High necklines, cinched waist dresses, and ostrich-feathered hats were the name of the game for Edwardian fashion.
Coming out of the Edwardian era, boxy suits became a new wardrobe staple, although the high neckline and gloves remained key.
A wide-brimmed sun hat covered in elaborate flowers and ribbons was the ultimate accessory in 1912.
Opulent materials, like lace, muslin, and ostrich feathers, were status symbols in 1913.
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.
Women's bathing suits became a little bit more stylish around 1915 as designers started making them in a variety of cuts and patterns.
This lovely lady would never get lost in a crowd with this hat.
Can we all agree that if Beyoncé lived 100 years ago, this jacket would definitely have been a part of her wardrobe?
The great-grandmother of the midi skirt makes its appearance in 1918 with the must-have accessory of the season: the pointy black umbrella.
Nobody would be spotted at high tea without an umbrella, a wide-brimmed hat, or white gloves. Preferably, all three.
For 1920, this thoroughly modern look is basically the 2004 equivalent of the Mean Girls miniskirt.
Photographic evidence that the roaring '20s were the epitome of elegance.
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.
There's no such thing as too much fur, clearly.
The fur hula hoop trend continues to grace the streets in 1924.
These youthful ladies hit the tow modeling some flapper costume inspiration: beads, hats, and skirts your squad will be copying next Halloween.
The bold bows, along with sassy pointy-toed pumps, tie these looks together.
Between the sophisticated sun hats and the lace detailing on the skirts, 1927 is the year of garden-party chic.
A pleated knee-length skirt can easily be paired with a Taylor Swift-approved bob and bold lip combo.
Flowy pattern play and oversized floppy hats are the name of the game.
Here we see the slightly more modest lacy ancestor of the red carpet naked dress (opens in new tab).
These washerwomen expertly coordinate their on-trend looks, slaying those neck shawls along the way.
Whoa, wait a minute...is that a pantsuit she's rocking? With the cinched belt detail, this is an impressively contemporary look for 1932.
Structured, embellished shoulders complete these delicate looks, which might get you in the mood for a spot of tea and scones, TBH.
This houndstooth ensemble screams, "step into my office."
Throwing on a long fur coat and coordinating hat was clearly the move back in 1935.
These sunbathing beauties show off beach glamour in its original form.
Animal-inspired, bold-patterned coats aren't going anywhere in this decade.
Accessories clearly take the reign here—see: the pom pom beret, fitted blazer, and heeled loafers. And we're happy to report that cute dogs are still a trend.
A-line skirts quickly replace the pencil skirt suit, giving the legs just a bit of breathing room.
Stripes: making backyard lounging stylish since 1940.
Fur rules once again, pictured here with coordinated accessories—
a boxy bag and an elegant pointed hat.
The USA creates fireworks in the fashion world in 1942, inspiring bursts of patriotic touches.
A walk in the park requires a dash of springy florals, no matter what Miranda Priestly would say.
Ruffles are absolutely everything in this look, and wedges give it a modern feel.
These skirt-suited ladies are literally on their way to rule the city.
Schoolgirl-inspired fashion capturred the best of both worlds at the time—pants and skirts...never without a cardigan.
Christian Dior led the charge for the fashionable A-line silhouette that added emphasis to a woman's hourglass figure.
The return of the pleated skirt with ankle-strap heels to boot.
Behold: a distant relative of harem pants! The first-ever bubble hem hit the scene in 1949.
Shoulder pads make their fashion debut with this coat and skirt set. And, of course, more leopard print.
Printed wrap dresses accessorized with embellished hats and white sandals dominated the summer street style in 1951.
Skirt suits still steal the moment in 1952, updated with a chunky beaded necklace and shoulder bag.
These impeccably dressed ladies take the teeniest, tiniest bags with them on a stroll.
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 (opens in new tab).
Baskets are not just for Easter anymore. They happen to be the go-to accessory of 1955.
Coats get longer and bags finally get bigger in 1956. Holiday shopping has never looked so fab.
A fun silk neck scarf and a matching skirt-and-jacket combo is what any modern woman needs to get her through the day.
The veiled hat allows literal shade to be thrown any time, anywhere.
Automatic shade: the sequel. This look is proof that tossing on a trench and black sunnies is the way to make sass happen.
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.
Silky trapeze silhouettes are the newest trend to blow up in 1961.
Just casually sitting on a car in a plaid skirt and scarf set, NBD.
That hat though. And, finally, a bag that is big enough to actually hold things!
The art of the trapeze coat swings back into action in 1964 with a classy updo to match.
This woman struts her stuff in a bold-collared, long peacoat and a signature '60s high pony.
The poncho officially becomes an evening staple when paired with sexy, strappy heels and a high-volume do.
Street style gets a Shakespearean makeover with lacy cuffs, a lacy collar, and buckled black loafers.
A look you could totally get away with in 2016: fitted turtleneck, plaid skirt, and high boots.
The mini dresses and long, layered necklaces are cute, but those patterned tights are straight fire.
Corduroy bell-bottoms? A couple of years ago we would have said no way.
Who were you in 1971 if you didn't hit the streets in a psychedelic kimono set?
Ah, the pure essence of the '70s. Namely that powder blue suit and matching ruffled shirt.
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.
1974: when something your great aunt knitted meets street chic attitude.
Only in the '70s could you look like a human banana and still be runway-ready.
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 sophistication.
Long wool coats make yet another appearance. These original hipsters show us how the beanie is done.
Every dancing queen needs a belted striped mini dress to let out her inner disco diva.
This Farrah Fawcett-inspired sunny beach ensemble rounds out the '70s quite well. You can never go wrong with bright yellow platforms.
Blue and red color blocking was 100 percent a thing back in 1980, as were mom jeans and leg warmers in case you couldn't tell.
Don't you miss the days when you could go out in a puff-sleeved belted leotard? Just ask your mom, she'll tell you.
A never-before-seen pic of your aunt and uncle heading into a Journey concert.
Never mess with a woman in head-to-toe pleather.
Now here's the '80s look we dreamed of in every Molly Ringwald movie. Who decided to do away with pockets that could actually hold our belongings?
As the song goes, in 1985 there was Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana. And it definitely holds true for these lace-gloved Madonna fans.
Blue on blue—1986 was a monochromatic time.
This dress might actually still be in your mom's closet. (Whether she can still get away with it is not up to us.)
The choice to wear heels while shopping seems misguided, but the idea to match the two daughters in Madeline-inspired outfits is genius.
Mom and daughter team match
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.)
Friends who nail the light-wash jeans trend together stay together.
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.
You can't touch this look, no matter what you do.
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.
The late '90s were the days—when your look could include denim cutoffs, knee-high socks, or citrus fruit print flares and no one would judge you in the slightest.
Jeans got even lighter as the decade wore on, and bikinis became even more acceptable as tops.