Style, Fashion, and Beauty

Style Icons of the Decades

Where would we be without style icons? Someone has to start the trends and really pioneer them for everyone else to grab on. Trendsetters didn’t just start in the early 2000s when everyone plucked 90% of their eyebrows and wore hip hugger jeans. These iconic women trace back to the 1920s and evidently set the path that fashion would follow some 90 years later.

1920s – Coco Chanel

The founder of Chanel, but you knew that. With her classic scent and timeless tweed jackets she’s still influencing the industry today.

1920s Coco Chanel

1930s – Ginger Rogers

Known for her legendary dance moves alongside Fred Astaire, Ginger was constantly changing her style. She was often experimenting with various hairstyles such as curled up-dos and straight bobs, but wowed the world with a different evening gown for every occasion.

1930s Ginger Rogers

1940s – Ingrid Bergman

A personal favorite, Ingrid Bergman perfectly captured the essence of the 1940s especially as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca. Midi skirts, wide brim hats, tailored suits, Ingrid wore it all.

1940s Ingrid Bergman

1950s – Audrey Hepburn

Audrey’s style was so influential, it is still being talked about and mimicked to this day. Her wardrobe in Roman Holiday, Sabrina and even some in Breakfast at Tiffany’s were all Givenchy. This relationship pushed Audrey to be a continual force in the fashion industry.

1950s Audrey Hepburn

1960s – Twiggy

Twiggy, real name Lesley Hornby, rose to fame in the 1960s. She became an overnight sensation thanks to her longer than life eyelashes and pixie short haircut. Short hair hadn’t really been a trend since the 1920s and Twiggy decided to take the bob one step farther and go shorter.

England, December 1966, British model Twiggy poses for the camera  (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

1970s – ABBA

Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid revolutionized 1970s fashion by bringing in their own Swedish flair. They took the trends to a whole other level with sequins and metallic accessories.

1970s ABBA

1980s – Princess Diana

How is it possible to summarize Princess Diana’s style? She was classy and rocked shoulder pads like no one else. Need I mention how her wedding dress inspired the rest of the 1980s weddings.

1980s Princess Diana

1990s – Cher Horowitz

A fictional character, but an inspiring one. Her gym clothes had more style than most in the 90s and did you see her rotating closet? I’m also sure that no one else had a computer that picked out their outfits for them every morning.

1990s Cher Horowitz

2000s – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Colored sunglasses, butterfly hair clips, chain belts and incredibly small purses. The Olsen twins had it all and are still influencing us with their envious fashion lines.

2000s Mary Kate and Ashley

Present Day – ?

It’s hard to pinpoint one person, since social media is so huge in today’s world there are hundreds of style icons out there in the world. I’ll leave this one open ended and let you decide. Who do you think influences today’s style the most?