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Jubilee Fashion - What We Wore 1952 to 2012

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just around the corner, we thought we’d take trip down memory lane to see how times and fashion has changed since she took to the throne 60 years ago. They say fashion goes in cycles and that’s really apparent now, as the high waists and structured tops of the 1950s are back again for 2012. [caption id="attachment_2648" align="alignnone" width="750"] 1950s[/caption] When the Queen took to the throne in 1952, the average waist size for a woman was 28" (today it's 34"). Swimwear was low on the leg and high on the waist and fashion was glamorous and feminine. The style icons of the day were the impish Audrey Hepburn ans sexy Marilyn Monroe.   [caption id="attachment_2649" align="alignnone" width="750"] 1960s[/caption] By the swimging 60s, bikinis and swimsuits were a little more risque, but the silhouette was still quite structured. This is the decade when women became more adventurous with their style, with the boyish Twiggy and ultra-feminine Brigitte Bardot at opposite ends of the fashion icon spectrum.   [caption id="attachment_2650" align="alignnone" width="750"] 1970s[/caption] The 70s tend to be referred by those who can remember it as the decade the style forgot, yet many of the trends, like free flowing maxi dresses and hippy chic, have come right back around and are as popular now as they were 35 years ago. Long, sun bleached hair, cropped halter tops, flared jeans and flip flops were the summer wardrobe staples of the day at the time of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.   [caption id="attachment_2653" align="alignnone" width="750"]1980s 1980s[/caption] The 80s was all about big shoulders, bright colours and making a statement with your clothes and make up. Fashion was a lot more androgynous, with women like Annie Lennox leading the style innovators. Swimwear got skimpier and triangle tops with string bottoms were big news throughout the decade.   [caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="750"]1990s - today 1990s - today[/caption] Over the last 20 years, fashion has become loads more eclectic, with the extremes of the 70s or 80s fading away. As far as swimwear goes, the options are broader than ever before; swimwear designers have taken inspiration from the last 60 years and brought them up to date with their own twists. This is a great era for the sheer choice available to us. Wonder what's in store in the next 60 years?  
1950s image credits : 1953 swimsuit - Deutsche Fotothek. 1950s Women in swimwear - Schwadten
1970s image credits : Redhead on beach - Mike Powell, Women on boat - Phillip Capper, B&W women in bikinis - Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-J0510-0025-001 / Franke, Klaus / CC-BY-SA
1980s image credits : Women under shower - Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1986-0729-032 / Hirndorf, Heinz / CC-BY-SA, Women on beach - Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1984-0805-003 / Weisflog, Rainer / CC-BY-SA, Annie Lennox - Helge Øverås
1990s - today image credits : Kate Moss - Deon Maritz, Model in white bikini - Max Bosio, Juliana Imai - Tiago Chediak