Fashion in the 1960s

Op Art, Pop Art, Miniskirts and Mod ; Bobs, Boots, paisley and eye-liner four inches thick . . . “The Swinging Sixties” and “The Roaring Twenties” were the only decades to be given names that instantly conveyed the lighter side of life. They both experienced expansion, major social changes, daring young fashions and new styles in popular music, art and(…)

Fashion in the 1970s

Fashion in the early 1970s seemed to have little rhyme or reason; while both sexes were wearing tie-dyed shirts, ‘unisex’ bell-bottoms and second-hand military attire (for an ironic-yet-stylish comment on the Vietnam War), women were also wearing mid-calf hemlines and granny dresses. Women began to wear Hot Pants and ra-ra skirts (but not bra’s – they burned them(…)

Fashion in the 1980s

The early 80s were all about BIG. Everyone needed bigger hair, bigger muscles, bigger breasts and bigger budgets to pull the whole thing off. Think Brooke Shields and George Michael’s eyebrows, Flashdance–inspired big sweaters with widened necks, Dynasty and Dallas shoulder pads and huge legwarmers or socks ballooning at the ankles. This “big” look was a scary fashion nightmare. And to make(…)


Fingerless Gloves

Girls had lace, boys had leather, but neither had fingers. No longer for cardboard-box-dwellers anymore, fingerless gloves were the super-cool street style of the 1980s. There was the cut-off style where only the fingertips were gone, or the complete fingerless style where the glove ended at the knuckle line, leaving your fingers free from constriction.(…)


Move over bellbottoms, here comes something that looks . . . the same? Many people consider the slow spread of the pant leg to be both a bellbottom, and a flare, but don’t be fooled: there are differences. Flares are a more subtle shape than the wide bells that had dominated the early 70s. When(…)

Freezy Freakies

The winter gloves that would produce little cartoons characters on them – if it got cold enough. Unfortunately they only seemed to work when it got to 30 below zero! Children across the USA resorted to sticking theirs in the freezer .

Gaucho Pants

An early 70s look stolen from the gaucho (the traditional cowboy of Argentina), these wide-legged short pants were the hottest things to wear with your Dingo boots. Gauchos (the pants, not the cowboys) had very wide legs, and were styled like the skort – the legs were so full and short that they almost made(…)

Go-Go Boots

In 1964, futuristic designer André Courrèges sent a model sashaying down the runway in a white mini with matching white, ankle-high boots. This new boot did away with the pointy-toe and skinny stiletto heel of the 1950s, instead pairing a square toe with a short, square heel. The go-go boot capitalised on the new space-age(…)

Granny Dresses

Mini-skirts and hot pants guaranteed an eyeful, but the granny dress buttoned up and covered everything but the head and hands. The granny dress was a style first embraced by the flower-child hippie for its romantic illusions and simple form. It alluded to a distant past, before the machine age -a look worn by the(…)

Granny Glasses

Despite their name, granny glasses were a fashion statement of vibrant youth. Also known as Ben Franklin glasses, the specs first started appearing in the mid-1960s in California. They adorned such famous faces as Roger McGuinn of The Byrds (who actually claimed credit as creator of the glasses) and John Lennon, and rapidly became a(…)


Plaid shirts were the livery of grunge, and had every band from Seattle to Sheffield looking like a bunch of depressed lumberjacks. Designer Marc Jacobs integrated the grunge look into his Perry Ellis collection in 1993, and Anna Sui and Isaac Mizrahi co-opted the baby-doll fashions popularised by Hole singer Courtney Love and Babes in(…)

Gypsy Blouses

A light cotton top, gathered at the neck line and bottom. The string at the neck usually had little bells on the end. Worn with a matching midi-length skirt, elasticised waist with a tie cord and bells on to match the top, frilled at the bottom.

Gypsy Chic

Bohemian beauty Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac was a gypsy princess who brought the ethereal dream world of fairies to her fans. Her eclectic style of romantic vintage clothes and elaborate ethnic shawls epitomised the gypsy chic look of the era that she helped define. Stevie floated around in chiffon angel sleeves and romantic handkerchief(…)


Elvis may have been known as “The Pelvis” but his big pompadour hairdo was just as famous as his swivelling hips (it just didn’t make that neat rhyme). High, off-the-forehead hairdos were a classic style throughout the centuries, but it took the rock and roll teens of the 50s to turn them into an unforgettable rebellious style. The(…)

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