The term “teenager” wasn’t widely used until the 1940’s. Clothing options were typically either made for “girls” or “small women.” Regardless, teens always created their own trends and fads. Vintage teenage fashions favored brighter colors, shorter hems, and looser fits. They also borrowed menswear and made it their own. Teenagers are, and still are, the trend setters for everyday fashion. While I might question some of the current teen fashion trends I have to remember every generation questioned the choices of their teen population. It’s a right of passage for adults to question and teens to be the source of those raised eyebrows.
Last week I shared a few pictures of vintage teenage fashions on social media but I didn’t post as many as I wanted to… so for this roundup I added a few more. Enjoy!
1910’s – Teens dressed in walking suits with a full skirt, blouse and jacket. Hemlines were a little shorter, hair was long until her age moved her into “women” status, and hats smaller than her mothers. This photo is a perfect contrast between women and teenager.
1922 Teenager Hats. Before the cloche boom teens were fond of sun hats, turbans, musketeer hats, and toques. Learn about 1920s hat styles here.
1924- The transition from boy to man began when he was allowed to wear full leg trousers instead of knickers. Teen men were small versions of their fathers. The flat cap was a signature hat for boys although many also had a felt hat for dressier occasions. Learn more about 1920s teen boys fashion.
The Kennedy trio in the mid 30s as teenagers; John, Bobby and Teddy. Teens of the 30’s embraced casual clothing like plaid shirts, gabardine jackets, and duck pants.
1947 Teen “peasant dresses” in pink and white. Frills and ruffles made dresses look more youthful. Learn about 1940’s teen fashions.
1947- Yellow peasant dresses in gingham check, another cute youthful fabric.
1947 Green and white peasant dresses and dirndl skirts and tops. Read all about the peasant style.
1940s Teens colorful swing dancing dresses. Ample arm/shoulder room with puff sleeves and wider skirts for swinging movement.