What People Were Wearing the Year You Were Born

Let's embark on a 120-year fashion journey, shall we?

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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.

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1900

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.

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1901

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.

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1902

Pouter pigeon blouses and trumpet skirts were all the rage in 1902.

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1903

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.

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1904

Frothy afternoon dresses started gaining popularity in the 1870s, but really started to peak in the 1900s. Stiff collars never looked better.

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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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1906

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

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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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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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1909

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

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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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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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1912

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

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1913

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

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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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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 all 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.

1924
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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 tow modeling some flapper costume inspiration: beads, hats, and skirts your squad will be copying next Halloween.

1926
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1926

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

1927
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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.

1929
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1929

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

1935
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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.

1937
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1937

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

1938
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1938

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.

1939
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1939

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

1940
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1940

Stripes: making backyard lounging stylish since 1940.

1941
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1941

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

1942
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1942

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

1943
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1943

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

1944
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1944

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

1945
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1945

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

1946
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1946

Schoolgirl-inspired fashion capturred the best of both worlds at the time—pants and skirts...never without a cardigan.

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1947

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

1948
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1948

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

1949
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1949

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

1950
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1950

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

1951
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1951

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

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1952

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

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1953

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

1954
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1954

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.

1955
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1955

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

1956
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1956

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

1957
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1957

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

1958
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1958

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

1959
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1959

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

1960
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1960

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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1961

Silky trapeze silhouettes are the newest trend to blow up in 1961.

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1962

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

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1963

That hat though. And, finally, a bag that is big enough to actually hold things!

1964
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1964

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

1965
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1965

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

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