Our favorite part about looking at what people wore 50, 60, or 70 years ago is not the ability to point out what’s so different about our styles. We’re much more interested in our similarities. And recently one particular decade of fashion history made us realize just how little has actually changed when it comes to the ebb and flow of fashion trends. In fact, we’d be willing to bet that a lot of the styles you emulate today were the same ones women in the 1940s wanted to wear, too.
The decade itself saw a wealth of iconic looks, including Katharine Hepburn’s penchant for high-waisted trousers and tailored pieces, as well as Dior’s New Look, which came in the later part of the decade but forever remained a fashion reference. And there’s much more beyond that.
Take a look ahead at just a sampling of the 1940s fashion moments that speak directly to modern women, and shop some pieces inspired by it.
Up next, take a look at a love-it-or-hate-it style decade with an influence that can still be felt today: the ’80s.