Monday, November 21, 2011
Vintage '50s beach editorial vs. Lover the Label swimsuit. Comparing swimsuits was so easy, especially when vintage designs are really popular right now.
A 1950's dress pattern vs. Aya's pretty frock. Similar full skirted design and belted waist.

I guess you could come to the conclusion that fashion has changed a lot over the decades, but the core classics have remained the same (with slight variations). Full skirted sun/dresses, high waist bikinis, vintage prints, classic Hollywood ball gowns and simple yet daring makeup and hair haven't really gone astray. Most of the time they have just been temporarily replaced (ahem, cue the Twiggy era).
One of my favourite past-times is collecting similar outfits and comparing them between the years difference. I've discovered that it isn't very hard at all to find dresses, hair styles and other things nowadays that are similar {and sometimes identical} to what the rage was way back when (I'm talking the '40s, '50s & '60s). The little collages are just a few examples of how much fashion has stayed very much the same and how classics will always be classic. My favourite is the swimsuit comparison. How did you guess?  

Liz Taylor's gorgeous ball gown vs. modern day collections. Very similar neckline style and printed chiffon.
Marilyn Monroe's cat-eye glasses vs. an editorial with a main feature of red cat-eye glasses.

Pictures courtesy of Pinterest, Lover the Label, weheartit and Strawberry Koi.


Elanor said...

very lovely "then and now"s! i like this a lot. it's very true that core classics, as you said, remain. xx

Aya Smith said...

It's so fascinating the way fashion has evolved, and this is a considerably recent evolution! Think about the Renaissance and Victorian eras.... goodness!

Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

zansot said...

its funny when you realize that fashion evolves, but evolves on some basis and past still inspires some of the biggest designers. stunning!

Agnes Deer said...

That is absolutely a wonderful post! I love vintage inspiration and the collages you have put up are just it!

Kailey said...

What a gorgeous post! I absolutely love the pictures you have selected ^^

Kyla said...

I love this post! You always see "vintage-inspired", but it's nice to actually see the comparison. You're right, some classic shapes will never go out of style, and I'm glad for that!

Call me M said...

Really nice post! Fashion does its circle, and old trends return again!
It's a nice thing!
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Jess said...

This is such a clever post! Because designers always reference stuff but to actually see the images side by side is really interesting. What a wonderful blog you have here. Followed for sure.

Kyla Makay said...

CUTE! :) I love vintage.

Unknown said...

I love Vintage and I'm in love with the white swimsuit!

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Vale ♥ said...

I am a vintage style lover and I just love my cat eye glasses :)
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SomeoneLikeYou said...

Such lovely comparisons! Sometimes I can't chose what I love more... the original versions or the modern ones! xx

DC2NYCo said...

<3 your comparisons! We used to do it in fashion school for projects!
But I always loved looking into old magazines and find vintage/modern looks!

Check out my look of the day

Blossomnbird said...

I adore 50s style...
Your blog is lovely too!

Marise said...

I feel like fashion is always repeting itself but always adding new items and concepts! Now we see a lot of 40s, 50s and 60s style outfits but the truth is that they don't look exactly the same as the ones wore back in time. They're always a bit more exciting, new inspirations are added that come from films, music, art, culture in general! That's what I love about fashion. We can wear those things we saw in other person or in other era, but we will always change it somehow!

Michelle's Style File said...

Wonderful! Funny how it all comes back around.


Fictitious Fashion said...

Nice pictures :)and the 50's style was so fun..
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your wonderful comment der.. You would see the tutorial probably by the end of this week :)
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Maria Elyse said...

I love seeing how timeless, classic styles endure throughout the years. Even styles from the Victorian era still have people being inspired by them...buttoned ankle boots, high, ruffled collars, accentuating waist lines...
I wish clothing wasn't so disposable to the majority of people. I wish people would really embrace both modern and "vintage" styles as much as they do the trends.
Anyway, lovely then-and-nows, Maria! Your blog never ceases to inspire me. ♥

Maria Elyse

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Monique said...

Loving those dresses

Fleur said...

Love your blog and those pictures, your compparison are really interesting :)

Unknown said...

It's so fun to compare the decades like that! You found some super good ones. I love the last one with marilyn monroe! I want some lip glasses like those!

Lindsey A. Turner said...

What a fun post! Love these photos!

Lindsey Turner

Caroline S. said...

this is so lovely, I mostly prefer the "then's", actually, but I'm an obsessed vintage lover, after all :]
Good idea, let's follow each other. xxxxxxx