Body Image Through The Ages

Countless blogs and magazines write about how to dress for your body. Here's an idea, take dressing cues from a period when your body was the fashionable ideal. The following list of Western fashion is broken down by body part, like in Extreme Beauty. If an era isn't mentioned, then that body part was virtually ignored and unaltered in that time. Of course you can expect more in depth looks at these periods from me and my Polyvore magic.

Small breasts: Regency, 1930s, 1960s, 2000-present
Large breasts: Eighteenth century, Victorian, 1940s-1950s, 1990s
A flat chest: Late Renaissance, 1920s

Wasp waist: Eighteenth century, late Victorian, 1950s
Rounded belly: Late Tudor, Regency, early Victorian, 1960s (trust me)
Flat abs: 1990s-present

Large hips: Eighteenth century, Victorian (and derriere!), 1950s, present
No hips: 1920s, present (Yes, now has a confusing view of hips so embrace what you have.)


Alison said…
Ooo, I like this concept. I think I best fit early Victorian. Large breasts and round belly. I'm looking forward to your polyvore sets... Think you might do this one?
Caitlin said…
Cool idea! I don't really fit any, or maybe I fit all? I have a flat belly, large bum and thighs, small chest...who knows!
Jael Paris said…
I haven't figured out yet if I'm going break this down by body part or time period.

Mix and match, Caitlin! I have very 1950s hips but not the 1950s chest.

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