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30 Iconic Fall Fashion Trends Through the Years

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Polka dot dresses

Polka dot everything are often associated with a period in the ’50s, but polka dot prints, including on tops, blouses, and swimsuits, have been around since the ’20s.

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Front-buttoned skirts

Light front-buttoned dresses are popular in the summer. But button-front skirts, a ’70s trend, are becoming once again a hit in the fall. They come in all sizes – mini, above the knee, and down to the ankles — and have a cool retro vibe.

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Ripped jeans

Ripped jeans — with or without a leather jacket — were very popular in the late 1980s, made fashionable mostly by rock and heavy metal stars. As is the case with many fashion trends, ripped jeans have come back in style and are common items in clothing stores.

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Bold and bright colors

1980s’ fashion can be characterized by a few words — big, bright, and bold (and heavy makeup). Pink, blue, yellow, and red were experimented with in endless combinations, along with big jewelry as accessory.

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Faux fur, or fake fur, was a popular fashion trend in the mid-1990s. Animal rights activism was on the rise, incrasing awareness of the fur trade and associating it with animal cruelty. Designers responded by creating outfits from fabric that imitated fur. People liked it, perhaps not just because they were cheaper.

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