Travel Style From the Decade You Were Born
Packing for a vacation is one thing, but planning what to wear while in transit requires an entirely separate bag of tricks. Throughout the years, travel style has morphed apace with the trends of the era: long, heavy dresses at the turn of the century, fanciful frocks in the 1910s, and cloche hats and shortened hems in the 1920s. It's all led up to the intense layering and comfort-first styles of today. Onward, for a full breakdown of travel looks throughout the last century.
Throughout the 1910s traveling women wore more practical versions of the garments they sported in everyday life. And bonus: they often boarded the train without the cumbersome underskirts so popular in the decades before.
The 1920s' emphasis on extravagance and liberation meant travel attire became with pearls and topped decorated hats. Oh, and hemlines were much shorter. Typically masculine shapes, knee-length dresses and cloche hats became a travel staples.
While the '20s were all about opulence and boyishness, the '30s embraced lightweight fabrics that more generously showed off travelers' figures.
Travel wear in the '40s consisted largely of small-print dresses and an onslaught of accessories. Think hats, gloves, purses, scarves, and jewelry.
In the '50s, defined waists and pencil skirts were the norm.
Posh shift dresses and low heeled shoes dominated in the '60s.
The '70s brought a more casual style of dressing for both genders. Traveling in trousers (particularly the favored wide-leg styles of the era) became increasingly popular.
Travel attire continued become more and more casual, so in the 1980s, the era's famed power suits (shoulder pads! double-breasted blazers! pant pleats!) didn't often make it onto the plane. Still, there were plenty of high-waisted, acid-wash jeans to go around.
In the 1990s, travel style was pared-back, marked by minimalist shapes and roomy jeans.
In the 2000s, travel style was all about layering. And unnecessary sunglasses, from the looks of it.