Beauty fads through the ages – Part II

Last week we provided you with a look at beauty trends from early Egyptians times (the days of Cleopatra) to the early twentieth century (the Roaring 20’s). Today we’ll complete our timeline, bringing it up to date;

  • 1930’s to 1950. This was an era in which women became more body conscious than ever before, and attention focused on dietary issues. The fashions of this period put the focus on arms and legs. The padded stretch cotton bra was introduced. Dior and Schiaparelli provided designs that accentuated feminine curves. Hairstyles also became more feminine, and different hair colors were associated with certain actresses.

  • 1950’s. The hourglass figure, á la Marilyn Monroe, was popular. Hair was kept relatively short, in soft, wavy styles. Rollers appeared as the girl’s best friend. The complexion of the time – peaches and cream.

  • 1960’s. Fads included the Twiggy look (rail thin). At the same time, fashion involved two competing concepts: the hippie flower children; and the swinging women of the decade.

  • 1970’s. Thin was in. And Farrah Fawcett hair was the rage, revolutionizing the way women wore their hair. The 60’s miniskirt became the micro-mini.

  • 1980’s. Aerobics and fitness, as well as over the top fashion, marked this decade. Big hair (the bigger the better) and hairspray were the watchwords when it came to hairstyles.

  • 1990’s. Lots of different styles appeared in the 90’s, including the grunge look. Lycra was introduced, and the bare midriff coincided with pierced belly buttons. The biggest hair phenomenon was the “Rachel cut,” after Jennifer Anniston and her character on Friends.

  • The new millennium. As we move into current times, styles are wide-ranging, and for those who follow the trends, more and more choices are emerging. This includes the renewal of some fashion trends of the past, with many women opting for a more natural look.

If you look at a particular decade, or a particular era, in isolation, it may seem that each time period is unique, and to some degree that may be true. Certainly, women of today are far more likely to visit a cosmetic surgeon, or to consider other, non-surgical cosmetic procedures, than ever before. The cultural standard of feminine beauty has gone through a host of drastic changes over the centuries, although if you look hard enough, you’ll see that many older styles and trends have a habit of showing up, albeit in a modified form, years, and even decades, after they first appeared.

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