American fashion has changed over the last decade more than anywhere else. American fashion is ever changing and more unique that anywhere in the world. Fashion in American is always changing and updating, making it different than any other country that has traditional fashions that are never changing.
Fashion in the 1950’s consisted of poodle skirts and leather jackets. Clothing at this time was all about impressing the opposite sex. Teenage boys stuck to the leather jackets and slicked back hair for the rebellious look or the “good guy look” which was penny loafers and a sweater. Teenage girls wore knee high length wide length skirts with button up shirts and ribbons in their hair. Women also wore pencil skirts, which are also knew length and tight fitting skirts. Woman wore gloves are were thought of as to be “lady like” and never wearing pants besides in physical activities.
Fashion during the 60’s was a lot like in the 1950’s, knee length skirts, gloves and the more classy look. The looks remained the same but with patterns on dresses becoming more bright and bold. Colors were becoming brighter with flower patterns and other new pattern on dresses. Silk dresses became the style with “pillbox hats”.
In 1970’s fashion changed to a “hippie style” were bell bottom jeans and tie dye shirts. Mexican style loose shirts were most popular, with platform shoes. Miniskirts were the newest fashion with woman clothing becoming more revealing. Bold new designs that had never been tried before were showing up everywhere with large, bright, bold patterns. With “flower power” designs and tie dye flowing colors. Men wore loose baggy fitting clothing, with trousers and jackets with large collars. “Disco fashion” with glitter and bright going out clothes also became big.
During the 80’s fashion changed to a “Madonna” or “Material girl” style. Women teased their hair, added lots of bright make-up to accompany short, tight fitting, bold, latex skirts and shirts. Shoulder pads were worn to give a more masculine look on women. Ripped sweats and sweat bands were also popular among teenagers. Pop culture was a great influence on fashion during this time. Music singers and movies such as “Flash dance” and music such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” inspired all fashion at the time. Large plastic frame glasses also came in style during this era. This was the most drastic change in fashion compared to all the other era’s.
In the 1990’s the “grunge” or alternative fashion became in style due to the musical influence at that time. Tank tops, and tube skirts were still big from the 1980’s. Punk and Goth clothing was big with black, brown and darker color clothing. Mini dresses and shorter dresses became in style still using Madonna’s influence in the 1980’s.
Fashion today is a mix of other cultures, styles, colors, patterns, and textures. Fashion is inspired from anything and everything. It is very diverse and ranges in every way possible. It is also the 4th largest industry in the world. Making billions of dollars every year between the people working designing clothing, to retail selling it.
American clothing and make up is greatly influenced by each other. Clothing and make up have changed greatly over the past decade. During the 60’s and 70’s make up was bright colors over the eyes and on the lips. Girls with large teased hair to complement the fashion of the time. During the 80’s and 90’s and the “grunge rock” era, make up changed to darker black eyeliner under and above the eye. Today, make up is much more natural with browns, and neutral colors for the eyes and lips, compared to era’s before with bright red lips, and blue eye shadow.