Throwback to Grad: An Evolution Through the Years

February 23, 2017

With Gown Town and grad season coming into full effect, we wanted to take some time to tribute the evolution of gowns through the years. These serious throwbacks remind us that what’s considered trendy today has certainly changed over time.

In the 1940s, poufy sleeves and long gowns took grads by storm.


In the 1950s, sleeves were deflated and were a bit more form fitting. Gowns were shortened into tulle skirts. We recognize this as the tea length skirt.

Women in the 60s loved their big hair and high waists. This dress style was known as the empire silhouette.

The 70s fashion was all about fun and flowy fabrics. Maxi dresses were extremely popular, no matter what the sleeve style was!

In the 80s, anything went as long as it was metallic! Having some slight sheen was a must! If you didn’t radiate you weren’t doing it right!

The 90s seemed to be pretty reminiscent of the 80s. Grad dresses were a bit more showier and definitely a bit more shorter than the 80s.

The early 2000s to 2010s showed a lot more minimalism and simplicity with dress choices. Preference went to spaghetti straps, strapless or halter tops .

Fashion is ever changing and we are excited to share what trends are current for 2017! Stay tuned!

If you have a #throwback from grad that you would like to share, we would love to see it! Enter to win our Grad Throwback contest for a chance to win a $25 GC to Marlborough Mall. To enter, post your photo on Instagram with the #mbmthrowback, tag @MarlboroughMall and don’t forget to follow us! Contest ends February 28th, 2017. 

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