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05 October 2008 @ 03:09 am
New York - A History of Street Fashion  

These are from New York Magazine's 40th Anniversary issue. I thought they might serve as some inspiration! Beneath the cut are some wonderful photographs of fashionable New Yorkers from the 60s to present day. 

The era of the really, really mini.

Late Sixties
Three variations on what the young art crowd wore.

The Afro, celebrated.

The midriff, a focal point of the seventies. (right)

Once the province of go-go dancers, white boots indicated modness.

The Love Story effect. (right)

A widely imitated Jackie O. look: giant glasses, scarf-wrapped head.

A military-hippy mashup.

Before it was a PETA target, fur was a status symbol. (right)

Good-bye, business suit; hello, leisure suit.

Everyone did the Annie Hall look, including Brooke Shields. (right)

Late Seventies
In discoland, glam and girlish elements blended.

Late Seventies
Club kids and punks. One wore Lycra, the other, leather.

The hourglass—puffy shoulders and a hip ruffle.

Early Eighties
Post–Official Preppy Handbook, David Letterman’s rumpled chinos and rep ties were boyishly sexy, not dorky

Bare skin, bleached hair; nighttime’s hard edges became round-the-clock wear.

Big shoulders! (center)

And then there was that infatuation with the Southwest. (right)

Heavily accessorized and worn with jeans, the familiar tweed jacket became young again.

Equally prevalent: uptight and tailored, or bulky Japanese-influenced layers.

Adults wore cartoons, in all seriousness.

Socialites were reliably glossy and exuberant in their silhouettes. (right)

Late Eighties
The Dress for Success era; no-nonsense suit, matching bag and briefcase.

Big hair! (right)

Tight, short, red, and worn with heels; this was evening glam.

Early Nineties
And on the street, clothing barely touched the body. (right)


Men’s underwear becomes outerwear. (bottom)

David Bowie and Iman in his-and-her power suits.

Minimalism, embodied by Carolyn Bessette. (right)

Diddy, the swelegant hip-hop dandy.

Our favorite color. (right)

Marc Jacobs’s finely tuned secondary line mainstreamed vintage-eclectic mixing.

Trend OD: Murakami Vuitton bag, trucker hat, way too much pink. (center)

Real sex columnists don’t wear tutus. (right)

Birkin and Chanel, just two of the status bag’s expanding universe.

Skinny jeans, quirky hats, and...the era of the really, really mini again. (right)
h a n n a h: Fashion >> Floppy Hatthisglasnost on October 5th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed looking at all these! Great post.
Voldemorticia: NYC nighteasy_peasy_24 on October 5th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yes. Thank you. New York magazine is the best thing in the world.
Lisumthingyousaid on October 5th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I love this! Thank you.
sara miriamdeehazel on October 5th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
the 80's were the best decade ever. in terms of fashion and music. <3
the 70's and 90's not much. lol
anna_the_skank on October 5th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aw I'm the exact opposite.
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Dreamboat Ainsley: i feel it allsouthseas on October 5th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
i love this! very intresting.
everything from the 80's to the 2000's made me laugh.
Д.: mr presidentd_kuzmina on October 5th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
1968 i miss you
1977 i miss you so much
C. Parkshirogirl on October 5th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I was born in 77' as a result all my baby pictures feature me wearing something brown or velour or both. Haha.
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Ash!webofglass on October 5th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wish I was around during the mid to late seventies. Dunno why, just do.
\m/xuperher0 on October 8th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
Me too, 'cept I do know why. I mean, the fashion, music - it was a total powerhouse kooooooool.
C. Parkshirogirl on October 5th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
God I hated being a teenager in the early 90's. They didn't accurately showcase how horrible it was on the casual wear front. Patchwork babydoll dresses, doc martins, the rise on pants still going way up to your navel but loose. *gag* It was way more Kelly Bundy and way less Cindy Crawford.

anna_the_skank on October 5th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but with every decade they tend to gloss over the blander styles and showcase the nicer stuff.
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alice doesn't live here anymorelondoncrown on October 5th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)

thank you for the post :)

i miss the sixties and early 2000s
some of the 80s were okay, but im not a 80s lover much anymore
Janachristina6644 on October 5th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
The community needs more posts like this :)
bumtupacashakur on October 5th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
sooo great! that first shot is beauuuuutiful.
kalliepinkykinz on October 5th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
beautiful. such a great outline.
Pick Me Up On Your Way Down: autumn vogue greydoll_hospital on October 5th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
brilliant post, thanks for sharing
Bittersweetinthestill on October 5th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
I love this, thank you!!
ERRATICArose_yuille on October 5th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading that; thanks so much!
Tea K.H.greentea_fairy on October 5th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Funny, how everything went downhill.
Wild, wicked, slip of a girl;onthetide on October 5th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
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For real. :(

We need a fashion time machine.
lustdecadencelustdecadence on October 5th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
yes yes yes!
this post is amazing!
<3monchoufleur on October 5th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Just a note- but the bulky, layered look from the early '80s probably came from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, rather than Japanese streets (Hobo & Buffalo collection, 1982). If you watch Mclaren's music vid for the song "Buffalo Gals" you can see girls dressed in the look.

K: [fashion] lounginghjordis on October 5th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I loved this. New York is made of win.
christiana kamikazebrooklyn_bound on October 5th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
this made my day
so i set fire to our bed.edible_couture on October 5th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
<3 Grunge forever.

I also think the dude at the end is probably one of the best looking men ever.
love like cupid: b & wlovelikecupid on October 5th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
im bringing the afro back
& i <3 <3 <3 the 1980's girls sandals!
new___noisenew___noise on October 5th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
60s and 70s..yes!
80s and 90s...not so much.
Killing me won't bring back your GODDAMN HONEY!bowied on October 6th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Really great post.

I guess the Brenda Walsh look was more popular on the west coast.
Jasmine Ariel: witchboxof_stars on October 6th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
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God I hated the porn star/pink overload look of the early 2000s. :/
dis bitchpopartpistol on October 7th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
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Agreed. Especially the Von Dutch and really, really low rise jeans. Oh, shudder.