Dress 20th C. and Get Featured in the Yearbook

Paw Print Staff

Halloween 2016 falls on a Monday! That means students get to dress up for the ENTIRE day, living out their fantasy secret self from sunrise to sunset. Do you have a costume yet? Well, skip the superheros, witches and fairies this year and do something original. Dress up to celebrate an era of fashion from the 1900s. The 2017 yearbook is going to feature the entire 20th century’s fashions and they need students to model every decade. Check out the list below for some ideas and then create your perfect costume. To be included, stop by room 203 on the 31st to have your picture taken.

1900-1910s “By Gone Era”                           

Women wore giant, broad-brimmed hats, trimmed with masses of feathers and occasionally complete stuffed birds (!) or decorated with ribbons and artificial flowers. Up-dos of wavy hair (Gibson Girl) were fashionable, the hair swept up to the top of the head (if necessary, over horsehair pads called “rats”) and gathered into a knot. Gowns were long and showed off small hour-glass waists which were maintained with corsets early in the era, relaxing into a narrower waistline later in the period.

Men mostly wore suits with long coats, boots and top hats.

1920s “Flappers and Gangsters”

Women bobbed their hair, abandoned the corset completely, while the hemline on dresses rose to mid-calf. Straight-line chemise dresses topped by the close-fitting cloche hat became the uniform of the day. Flapper dresses were often fringed to swing wildly as the women danced the Charleston.

Men wore suits (similar to today) and topped off their look with the fedora, bowler hat or a trilby hat.

1930-1940s “War Era Elegance”

Men’s fashion suits included heavily padded chests, enormous shoulders, and wide flowing trousers, the Zoot suit, with very high waists, pegged trousers, and long coats. Also, men wore their uniforms since they were often in the military fighting to keep America and Europe safe from dictators.

Women wore simple suits with bold color accents, tailored evening gowns with matching jackets designed with wide shoulders. During the day, they wore ensembles (matching dresses or skirts and coats) and the handkerchief skirt, which had many panels, insets, pleats or gathers. Also popular were the clutch coat, loose, poncho-like sweaters called sloppy joes, full, gathered dirndl skirts, short bolero jackets, capelets, and dresses cut with fitted midriffs or seams below the bust.

1950s “Rebels and Swinging Skirts”

Rock ‘Roll dominated the Fifties.

Men wore black leather jackets, white t-shirts with the cuffs rolled, blue jeans (bottoms rolled too), boots and greased, pompadour hairstyles, while women wore sweater sets, poodle skirts, ankle socks, folded down with saddle shoes.

Western wear was popular as well, and included blue jeans, western shirts and a skinny bolo tie. The wealthier also wore the “professorial” look with vests and jackets with patched elbow, and bow ties.

1960-1970s “From Jackie O Classic Elegance to Woodstock Wild”

A lot of styles dominated in the 60s and 70s. In general, popular items included culottes, go-go boots, box-shaped PVC dresses and other PVC clothes, bell-bottom jeans, tie-dye, and batik fabrics, as well as paisley prints, boxy suits, and pillbox hat. Women wore false eyelashes and wore their hair long and parted in the middle, while men grew long sideburns.

The Space Look honored the space age with trouser suits, white go-go boots, goggles, and box-shaped dresses whose skirts soared three inches above the knee and came in fluorescent colors and shiny fabrics such as PVC and sequins. The mini dress was usually A-line in shape or a sleeveless shift. For work, men wore tailored suits, which were topped by anoraks.

The Mod style was similar to the Space Style and included very very short miniskirts, tall, brightly colored go-go boots, monochromatic geometric print patterns such as hounds tooth, and tight fitted, sleeveless tunics.

The Hippie style included flared trousers and bell bottoms, ponchos, moccasins, love beads, peace signs, medallion necklaces, chain belts, polka dot-printed fabrics, and long, puffed “bubble” sleeves. Both men and women wore frayed bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, Jesus sandals, and headbands. Women would often go barefoot.

The more elaborate Psychedelia sported velvet or brocade double breasted suits, frilly shirts, cravats, wide ties and trouser straps, leather boots, collarless Nehru jackets. The slim neckties of the early 60s were replaced with Kipper ties exceeding five inches in width, and featuring crazy prints, stripes and patterns.

1980s “All That Glitters vs. Too Cool for School vs. Ivy League Snobbery”

Wildly varied, fashion fell into even more categories than the 70s. Heavy Metal meant long hair, leather rocker jackets (biker jackets) or cut-off denim jackets, tight worn-out jeans, and white, high trainers (sneakers) and badges with logos of favorite metal bands.

Preppy kids wore neatly ironed button-down Oxford cloth shirts, Ascot ties, cuffed khakis, and tasseled loafers, Keds, or Boat shoes. Pastels colors dominated, especially in turtleneck sweaters for girls and polo shirts with designer logos for the guys, cable knit cardigan or argyle pattern sweaters tied loosely around the shoulders. Everyone added volume to their hair. Women wore shiny costume jewelry, such as large faux-gold earrings, pearl necklaces, and their clothing was frequently covered with sequins and fake diamonds.

Punk sported multi-colored Mohawks, ripped skinny jeans, band tee-shirts, and denim or leather jackets. Usually the denim jackets were adorned by safety pins, buttons, patches, and several other pieces of music or cultural memorabilia. Doc Martens were de rigueur.

The New Romantics featured streaky bold eyeliner, spiked hair, clothing designs that referenced historic eras, and celebrations of glamour for both girls and boys. Similarly, the Pirate look had full-sleeved, frilled “buccaneer” shirts often made of expensive fabrics, paired with gold-braided Hussar jackets and high-waist baggy trousers which tapered at the ankle. Prince sported this look, though his music was significantly different from the British New Romantics sound.

Aerobics/Dance fashion celebrated the rise of exercise dance classes and movies like Flashdance and and television shows like Fame. Women wore featured ripped sweatshirts, leotards, tights, sweatpants, and velour tracksuits, leg warmers, wide belts, elastic headbands, and athletic shoes.

Madonna popularized the Street Urchin look consisting of short skirts worn over leggings, necklaces, rubber bracelets, fishnet gloves, hair bows, long layered strings of beads, bleached, untidy hair with dark roots, headbands, and lace ribbons, brassieres worn as outerwear, huge crucifix jewelry, lace gloves, tulle skirts, and “boytoy” belts. Don’t forget the gloves, fishnet stockings and short, tight Lycra or leather miniskirts and tubular dresses paired with cropped bolero-style jackets. Many people permed or dyed their hair in bright and vivid colors.

Western Gunne Sax dresses were popular for girls and rocked the prairie girl look in short cowboy boots, colorful mixed fabric dresses with lace-up designs and flounced skirts edged in lace.

While females worked the eccentric urban look, dressing like Madonna, men followed Hollywood’s Miami Vice look which sported sport coats, Levi 501s, Hawaiian shirts, shell suits, hand-knit sweaters, sports shirts, hoodies, flannel shirts, reversible flannel vests, jackets with the insides quilted, nylon jackets, gold rings, spandex cycling shorts, cowboy boots, and khaki pants with jagged seams.Men wore t-shirts underneath expensive suit jackets with broad, padded shoulders. They skipped the socks.

Finally, Michael Jackson was also a big influence with his matching red/black leather pants and jackets, white gloves, sunglasses and oversized, slouch shouldered faded leather jackets with puffy sleeves.

1990s “Tattoos and Music-Inspired”

With the exception of the school girl style, everyone seemed to get tattoos, the design dependent on the individual fashion statement.

In reaction to the monied Preppy and Miami Vice looks, and the excess of gold jewelry, Grunge championed flannel shirts, ripped jeans, mom jeans, Doc Martens, combat boots, band t-shirts, oversized knit sweaters, long and droopy skirts, ripped tights, Birkenstocks, and rugged hiking boots.

Hip-Hop popularized over-sized baseball jackets, baggy jeans, bomber jackets, Baja Jackets, and tracksuits.

Evolving out of the Street Urchin style of the previous decade, Emo/Goth rocked black leather trench coats, frilly poet shirts, winklepickers (super pointed shoes!), velvet blazers, long black hair, fetish clothing, and tight pants were a common sight on both sexes, and girls often wore Victorian inspired corsets, lace gloves, Demonia boots, and short leather skirts.

Punk/Skater fashion meant spiky hair (like REALLY spikey so use hair gel), black hoodies, and baggy pants in black or red Royal Stewart tartan.

Not tied to any particular music genre, the Sexy School Girl trend consisted of women wearing tartan mini kilts, undersized sweaters, short slip dresses, baby doll tees, knee highs, thigh highs, miniature backpacks, overalls, tights, pantyhose, and chunky shoes.