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.

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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.

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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.

1952
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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.

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1956

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

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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!

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1964

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

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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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1966

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

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1967

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

1968
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1968

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

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1969

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

1970
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1970

Corduroy bell-bottoms? A couple of years ago we would have said no way.

portrait of an unidentified model dressed in a two piece, print trouser suit as she poses on the streets of manhattan's chinatown, new york, new york, august 1971 a pedestrian walks behind her the clothing, a chinese inspired design by john weitz, was featured in this fashion shoot for new york magazine photo by susan woodgetty images
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1971

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

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1972

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

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1973

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.

portrait of an unidentified model, dressed in an ankle length crocheted coat with a black felt hat, as she walks along west 12th street in manhattan, new york, new york, 1974 the photo was taken as part of a fashion shoot for women's own magazine photo by susan woodgetty images
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1974

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

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1975

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

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1976

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.

1977
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1977

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

1978
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1978

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

1979
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1979

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

1980
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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.

1981
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1981

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.

1982
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1982

A never-before-seen pic of your aunt and uncle heading into a Journey concert.

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