Fashion Discussion Post: What Is Your Favorite Fashion Era in Period Piece Films?

Ready to be non-Indian and superficial? This is a completely silly post idea, but let us share which historical period clothing is our favorite! In the historical film meaning, not like what they really wore when it was all smelly and stained and stuff. And I will switch to India for the 1960s and 1970s, because those clothes are AWESOME

Jane Austen Era

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lizzie & jane | Pride and prejudice, Pride & prejudice movie, Pride and  prejudice 2005

American Civil War Era

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1890s Era

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Far and Away - Publicity still of Nicole Kidman
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WWI era/Teens

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TBT: Doctor Zhivago (1965) –
Titanic | Titanic dress, Fashion, Titanic costume

Between the Wars

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Downton Abbey, The Final Season: How Will It All End? | 9. Episode 9 |  Season 6 | Downton Abbey | Programs | Masterpiece | Official Site | PBS
Just Skirts and Dresses: Miss Lemon wardrobe files: 8. Green pieces | Poirot,  Agatha christie's poirot, Hercule poirot


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1960s Indian

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1970s Indian

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Woh Ladki Hai Kahan | Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy | Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy |  Javed Akhtar - YouTube
Cinésthesia: From the archive: "Om Shanti Om"

Two questions:

Which is the funnest to look at?

1970s India! Crazy colors, crazy patterns, crazy hair, SO FUN!!!!

Which would you actually want to wear yourself?

Jane Austen era!!!! Empire Waist dresses are super comfy, at least compared to the other options here. Also, no girdle.

17 thoughts on “Fashion Discussion Post: What Is Your Favorite Fashion Era in Period Piece Films?

  1. I have a soft spot for the 1910s through the 1940s, beautiful lines with a minimum of frills. Most fun to look at is hard, but I guess I’d go with the formal gowns in 1910s on the strength of Downtown Abbey and a few period films, just gorgeous.

    To wear I’d say 1930s, thinking maybe a Katharine Hepburn style pant for comfort.


  2. I love looking at 1950s people. I can’t say why. I just think they are so cute! But for actually wearing. I’m gonna go with 2021 and the fact that all body types are allowed to wear leggings and it is acceptable. True they don’t leave much to the imagination, but they are comfy, no chafing, and practical. It is like people are suddenly allowed to just be people. Men should get in on this, everyone should be allowed to wear leggings.


    • 1950s people are cute! There’s something really soothing to me about this perfect little 1950s life. Which of course was only perfect on the surface because underneath it was hiding racism and war fears and so on and so forth, but who cares! The surface is so pretty!

      Ditto on leggings! And really, it’s a return to the original clothing. Used to be long knit stockings and tunics in Olden Times. It’s only in the past few hundred years people started wearing stupid pants. Actually, the Jane Austen look is closer to 2021 than the 1960s look is. Long heavy stockings/leggins under long loose tunic type tops.

      On Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 11:26 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Interesting, being closer to Jane Austen than the 1960s! That brought to mind one of my least favorite items of clothing, the mini skirt. Functionless except for the male gaze. I saw an ad today, I can’t remember what it was for, but it had an outdoorsy woman, thin but normal looking looking at some view with her foot a rock perhaps mid hike or something. She wasn’t wearing leggings, she was wearing skinny jeans that were SO TIGHT they went up her butt crack. I think the ad was marketed towards women, but I assume it must have been for women who WANT to hike, but haven’t, because no actual hiker wants to hike in pants going up their butt! She shoulda worn leggings. And I wonder who finalized that ad?


  3. Most fun – American Civil War era
    Would wear – WWII era, the dresses looks so good, elegant but seem comfortable.
    Most boring – Jane Austen era.


    • I do like the idea of hoop skirts! It just looks so powerful, swinging around knocking folks over.

      On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 4:06 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. I want knee breeches. Maybe not to wear, though they would make a fun costume for an evening. But when combined with all the other fanciness that goes with them, they can be even more fun to look at than 70s Indian. Less risk of eye cancer.


    • Ooo, knee breeches and a fun brocade jacket and white silk stockings would be a great look!

      Also, you could put your son in knee breeches!!!! Make him look like a Royal!!!!

      On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 6:09 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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