In the fashion world, past trends are constantly being recycled. For instance, the patterns and styles from the 1980s have seen a resurgence in modern fashion. Bold shapes and bright colors are as relevant today as they were a quarter- century ago. And then there are fashions that never go out of style. Take blue jeans, for example. Blue jeans have been around since 1873 and while the styles have changed throughout the decades, today’s average American owns seven pairs of them.
Here are some more fun facts about fashion through the years:

  • The skirt is the second oldest piece of clothing, outdated only by the loincloth.
  • The average American spends roughly 4% of their annual income on clothing. In 1950, the average American spent 11%.
  • Up until the early 1900s, it was common for both boys and girls to wear dresses.
  • It was once considered taboo to wear black unless one was mourning.
  • World War II brought about fabric rationing. This, coupled with a need for women in the workforce, made it more socially acceptable for women to wear shorts.