Retro trousers are so stylish
Trousers have been in fashion for women for over a century so there’s lots of eras and styles to choose from. Vintage high waisted trousers crop up again and again over the decades so they are a good option for a general retro look. These can come in lots of cuts, patterns, colours or fabrics.
Womens vintage trousers in the 1920s and 1930s
Going back in time, trousers in the 1920s were wide legged and high waisted. In the 1930s, beach trousers were all the rage. They came in bright colours, fun prints and light, silky fabrics. Nautical styles with buttons imitating sailor trousers were popular. They were usually very loose and wide too, in a culotte style, often looking a bit like a long skirt. For an authentic look, wear with a simple vest, halterneck top and matching cape. Add a sunhat or beret with some sunglasses.
In the 1940s trousers became more about something practical that you could wear doing manual work, because so many women worked during the war. So look for trousers in dark colours, browns, blacks or greens, and heavy warm fabric like tweed. Land girl’s trousers were wide enough to move in but not so baggy as to get in the way. For some work they wore trousers that were more like jodhpurs.
In the 1950s, jeans for women came into fashion in a big way. It was a stylish, though daring, casual option. Tapered synthetic slacks with a high rise and middle crease was the smart choice. Another favourite way of wearing trousers was as the mid leg capri pants that looked so good on Audrey Hepburn.
In the 1960s women were still wearing neatly tailored trousers with a tapered leg and crease. They could come in mamny colours and fabrics, like velvet for special occasions. They were usually cropped just above the ankle and often had a small split at the hem.
The 1970s were, of course, most famous for flares and bellbottom trousers. Colourful trousers, patches and embroidery were popular. It was also the decade when branded jeans started to be fashionable. They became an expensive, must have item.
The 1980s were a decade where the impact of jeans grew even more. Leggings and other sportswear like shell suits in pastel colours also became classics of the 1980s.
You could choose baggy printed trousers from the 90s in a light fabric, in bright colours. Team with a crop top or t shirt for a casual look. Jeans were ripped at the knee or distressed.
All in all, whatever kind of vintage trousers womens you choose, wear them with pride and a sense of style!