The looks of each decade sure did change a great deal. The prevailing trends of the time in women’s fashion (and body shapes) reflected the role of women and lifestyles. If you are interested in learning how fashionable body types have changed throughout the years, continue reading this article.
Body Shapes Change Over Time
The 1920s – Petite yet Sensual
This decade was the time of the flappers – women who wear little strappy dresses that were straight and came up above the knee for a flash of a garter. Being short was the ideal of this time, as well as rather flat-chested and having no curves. Louise Brooks was a well-known entertainer of that decade.
The 1950s – Curvaceous Beauties
Fast forward a few decades to when women emphasized their full curves. Softness and a more voluptuous frame were popular then. The hourglass figure is one that many women wanted the most, and some even ordered “Bust Cream” through the mail. Marilyn Monroe is a well-known model and actress from this decade.
The 1960s through 1980s – Lean Is In
There was pressure to be thin that began in the 1960s with models such as Twiggy. Curves were considered to be okay, but slim hips and a small stomach were ideal. This trend led the way for the fitness craze of the 1980s when some models put out their own fitness videos and spandex was quite popular. Leggy women who were a bit on the taller side were seen as the most beautiful in the 1980s. Aerobics became a big hit, so women were always trying to be more fit.
The 1990s – Super Thin
Supermodels were extremely thin, and this set the ideal to diet and work hard to maintain a trim figure. Athletic bodies were not so much “in” anymore. An androgynous, “waif” look was in all of the magazines and billboards.
Modern Looks – All about that Bass
Women love the big booty and relatively curvy look now. Body positivism is all over the place, with a trend towards accepting everyone for what makes them uniquely beautiful. Workouts that focus on increasing arm muscles and toning the rear area are extremely popular.