The term “teenager” wasn’t widely used until the 1940s. 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 rite 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!
1910s-1920s Teenager Fashion
1930s-1940s Teenager Fashion
1950s Teenager Fashion
Learn more about 1950s teen girls’ fashion.
Debbie Sessions has been teaching fashion history and helping people dress for vintage themed events since 2009. She has turned a hobby into VintageDancer.com with hundreds of well researched articles and hand picked links to vintage inspired clothing online. She aims to make dressing accurately (or not) an affordable option for all. Oh, and she dances too.