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Before the First
World War fashions
did not change very
quickly. Men wore dark
suits. They had short
hair and moustaches
were popular. Women
wore long dresses with
a very narrow waist.
They had long hair.
In the Roaring Twenties dresses and hair became
much shorter. People saw women `s knees for the first
time! A straight figure with very wide legs called Oxford
In the 1930s and 40s
hair, dresses, and
coats became longer
again. Men’s fashion
didn’t change very
much. Men wore a
suit , a tie and usually
a hat, too.
Moustaches went out
In the 1950s people were
richer and teenagers spent a lot
of money on clothes. Men wore
long jackets in very bright
colours and very tight trousers.
Brightly patterned dresses with
tight waists and wide skirts and
short socks were popular in
women’s. both men and women
wore shoes with long pointed
toes. The women’s shoes had
high stiletto heels.
The 1960s were the time of the
mini-skirt and long boots. For the first
time in the twentieth century men had
long hair - the famous Beatle haircut.
In the late 1960s and the early 70s the colourful hippy
style was in. women wore loose maxi-skirts or maxi-dresses. Men
wore jeans and brightly coloured skirts or T-shirts. Very long hair
was fashionable for men, and beards became more common.
The late 70s brought
teenagers with punk hairstyles in
red, blue, purple, and green, and
brightly coloured makeup.
In the late 1980s and early 90s
loose, casual clothes were in fashion-baggy
trousers, a loose sweatshirt, and a baseball
cap (usually back to front) Sports clothes like
tracksuits were very fashionable too.