Sunday Reading: Style Icons From The Past

Style Icons from Past Decades

Like a sunset, fashion icons emerge and fade away. As quickly as they rise, new style icons will emerge. Some icons attempt tenaciously to hold on to their titles, aiming to use the media and strange publicity stunts to remain in the limelight. Other icons simply adhere to the changing times and relinquish their throne.
Regardless if an icon tried pugnaciously to retrain their title or not, these style divas remain among the best. From Audrey Hepburn to Madonna, each managed to draw a throng of photographers and reports everywhere they went.


The one-time “Material Girl” may continue to draw in huge crowds, but her heyday remains in the epoch of the ‘80s. Her rush to stardom was thanks to her singing abilities, especially with hits that discussed taboo topics. Despite her controversial songs, Madonna managed to allure audiences with her somewhat lurid dress sense and sexy physique. Leggings, denim, and yes, those iconic pointy bras placed Madonna at the forefront of her time.
Young girls started to replicate the look, mixing together leggings with skirts, T-shirt vests and even vibrant jewelry to draw attention. Girls went from trying to be neat and well kept to provocative and a bit messier. Her songs won her praise, but her fashion sense earned her a place among the most influential icons of the past.

The Spice Girls

In the ‘90s, girls everywhere were trying to mimic the look of Posh, Ginger, Scary, Baby, and Sporty Spice. While the girls from west London managed to win plaudits from fans for their singing, their style of dress managed to make girls change their fashion sense.
Each girl encompassed a different look, making for the perfect offering of varying styles of dress. Sporty Spice displayed her jeans and tracksuits, while Posh managed to appeal to the girly girls. Style sense aside, The Spice Girls managed to propel the notion of “Girl Power” everywhere around the world, from Australia to the United States.

Aubrey Hepburn

Famous for her little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Audrey Hepburn remained in the media spotlight well into the late ‘80s. Hepburn was the iconic feminine woman of the ‘50s, and while her sleek, curvy body won her praise, her mixture of both casual and dress attire won her cheers from the media.
One day you could see Audrey sporting Capri pants and the next she could don a dress wearing the hottest jewelry. Her acting career also made her the object of affection for many men, staring two notable movies –“Roman Holiday” an ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
These ladies may have had fashion consultants with design degrees, but they had wonderful help to make them famous for their acting or singing careers as well as their style of dress. While today’s icons may remain popular, one day, they, too, will be replaced.


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