Style Through the Decades

March is Women’s History and I’m so proud to team up with Kristen Fanarakis of Senza Tempo for Style Through the Decades.  Our love and appreciation of vintage fashion is a constant influence – her with design and me with style.  There was a time when women’s wardrobe was very concise and selective, and fast fashion wasn’t even a thought.  Senza Tempo‘s philosophy of timeless luxury wardrobe essentials that are made in America is something that more women are embracing.

We are at a pivotal time in history where women are again at the forefront, voicing our opinion and standing up for our rights.  Fashion comes in cycles and so does history.

Kristen wears necklace from Croghan’s Jewel Box, rings from Gold Creations, Andrea wears earrings from Croghan’s Jewel Box, rings from Gold Creations

In the 20’s women finally liberated themselves from their wardrobe and way of life.  Corsets and modesty were traded for shorter lengths and leaner silhouettes. The era was known for decadent parties and a carefree attitude and the wardrobe reflected that.

The 30’s – 40’s were a more understated glamour. Hollywood starlets influenced the trends and everyone wanted to duplicate the look.  The introduction of the ensemble – the matching top and skirt, was a popular style.

The ultra feminine hourglass shape reflected the idealized look and attitude of women in the 50’s.  It was a complicated mix of conservatism and glamour.  Shorts and pants were finally staples in women’s wardrobes.

Kristen wears earrings from Croghan’s Jewel Box, rings from Gold Creations

The 60’s were a varied contrast of prim and proper to another rise in liberation and style.   In the early 60’s the decade reflected the elegance of Jackie O.  The first lady set mainstream trends and became a style icon that is still relevant today.  Women were becoming more socially conscious and wanted to be agents of change.  Later in the decade women pushed the envelope by experimenting with style.  The mod, futuristic look was their nod to progression.

Kristen wears earrings from Croghan’s Jewel Box, rings from Gold Creations

Andrea wears Columbus neck collar from Jahde Leather Atelier

The rebellious spirit of the 70’s influenced everything from fashion, to music, to a more liberated lifestyle.  Music heavily influenced the styles, especially rock n’ roll and disco.   With the rise of social consciousness women began to develop a personal style rather than being dictated by the elite fashion houses.

The saying is so true – “What goes around comes Around” and what’s old is new again.  As we progressed, the 90’s were influenced by the 60’s and 70’s and now in 2018, the 90’s are trending.  I’m so grateful I am surrounded by forward thinking women and many who are entrepreneurs here in Charleston.  Ladies, we’ve come a long way, but we still have so much work to do.  At least we can do it in style and look good doing it!

Photography by Nicole Mickle,  Makeup – Elina Mille at Bellelina Studio, Hairstylist – Lauren Elise Hall at Updos for I Do’s, on location at Vintage Lounge,  earrings by Jahde Leather Atelier


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