People say that fashion always changes and they are right, of course. You would probably find someone being quite out of ‘fashion’ if they came before you in a sailor’s dress. But it was ‘in fashion’ 100 years ago. Teenagers have always played it ultra-cool with their fashion, being the rebel as they are.
Here’s how young people dressed 100 years ago:
Once upon a time, they used to wear the traditional headdress and drapery all around their body. Imagine the change fashion went from then to now.
Wearing the traditional sailor shirt for men and the white dress from women was the fashion statement then. Now, it’s only suitable for costume parties.
3. China and Nepal
Carrying so much jewellery on themselves must have made life so cumbersome. Perhaps, it was their culture so we shouldn’t judge. At least, teenagers in China were better off wearing normal school sweaters and long skirts.
Comfortable and free, these jolly young lads and ladies haven’t really changed much of their fashion statement. Only, the black-and-white photos take us back in time.
5. Ireland and Scotland
For the Scots, a bit of fun won’t be a problem so these teenagers are just having their fun times in airy dresses. But, Ireland holds strong to their tradition and has selected a very special, but currently antique dress code for her children.
6. Albania and Romania
Staying true to the traditional gipsy tradition, these teenagers have loose and comfy clothes on. In the picture of a pair of girls, the one standing on the left turned out to be the famous Mother Teresa later on in life.
Chosen to be geishas when they grow up, some of the teenagers went for the traditional kimono. For the ones going to school, there’s the once famous ‘sailor’ uniform. Can you spot the anchor on their dress?
8. Mexico and Argentina
The traditional worker’s look appears smart on the boys of Mexico. But what about the serious looking girl here? With a big headdress and traditional dress, she is determined to rule the world one day. She does too – as Frida Kahlo.
Spaniards make themselves look sharp as ever. These teenagers look like they have a nice amount of maturity already. You can’t really identify their age.
10. Estonia and Poland
These Estonian girls are really keeping it up with the coolness factor (though we know smoking is never cool). For Poland, the girls go for a much plainer fashion.
11. Cyprus and Greece
Almost with soldier-like discipline, the man really keeps it up with his fashion. In Cyprus, the school looks calm with the traditional school uniform representing unity!
The family looks united with their similar white dress. It’s clear they love each other. The teenage boy looks handsome in that tuxedo – not much has changed there, though the hat seems to have gone out of fashion with the suit.
13. Luxembourg and Austria
The sailor dress strikes back. It seems to have been quite a fashion statement in Europe. The girl looks serene in her white dress.
The wild look of the Indian girl is really powerful. She looks like she could hold her own. The teenage boy looks quite scholarly, but the suit with the shorts is a very unusual fashion choice.
15. New Zealand and Australia
The Aussies know how to be free and look great. The women look happy and seem like they are going to watch a cricket match. The New Zealander just looks like someone brought out from New Zealand – carrying her tradition along with her.
The picture of Walt Disney represents the artist well. With the beret and the tuxedo, he looks ready for some revolution. The Native Americans held their own fashion too, even though they felt like strangers on their own land.
Cutting edge – that’s how the Belgian men like to look with their tuxedo and bow. The women don’t go behind with an early form of LBD covering them up.
With a beret cap and a traditional black dress for women, the people of the Netherlands look like they live in farms and are closer to earth than most of us.
19. Finland and Sweden
Beautiful and elegant – the Swedes have the best of both worlds – the beautiful gown and even the powerful sailor dress, both have been tailored for women.
Russia likes to go completely when it comes to fashion. So, you get the beautiful girls looking lovely in their dresses and the complete sailor dress, including the sailor’s cap for the boys.
The French have always topped the world when it came to fashion. With a beautiful white dress, the French girl greets us with her instrument. And then you have the sharp and fashionable teenager – no wonder, his fashion sense would lead him to become the founder of Lacoste.
Keeping it diverse, Filipinos have kept both traditional pieces for their women and have also gone through some urbanization to bring in a bit of the European fusion gown.
The Italians are not going to stay back with regards to fashion. Representing their imperial and agrarian past, these Italians keep looking like descendants of the famous Romans.
It’s clear that fashion has changed a lot. Due to globalization, it might have become a lot similar all over the world. But that is not the reason why we should not look back at the past and relish the thought that we have come so far!