What fashion era are you from?

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Have you ever wondered why you have more in common with your parents' or even grandparents' fashion tastes than those of your peers? Take this quiz to find out which fashion era you fit into.

If you have a love for hats, peplum and ultra-feminine silhouettes, you're influenced most by which decade?

The 1940s saw women's fashion change from pure function to a true feminine art form. Ladies accessorized with hats and different hairstyles, creating unique but distinctive looks for this pivotal decade. Peplum -- an additional section of fabric that appears below the waistline -- also helped to influence this decade's signature styles.


You can't wait for summer so you can break out your trusty pedal pushers. What decade made these pants iconic?

In the 1950s, women almost never went anywhere without looking their best. Pedal pushers -- figure-hugging pants worn with feminine flats -- became popular with younger ladies who wanted to be casual yet tailored.


If you like to wear large, collared shirts in bold prints and colors, what decade are you most inspired by?

The 1970s had many trends that most people would rather forget, but funky collared shirts still remain a staple today.


If you're a girl who's comfortable wearing a miniskirt one day and a maxi-dress the next, what decade are you inspired by?

The 1970s offered a wide range of fashion choices for women. A variety of skirt lengths, patterns and mix-and-match ensembles were all chic in this decade.


You still love your leather jacket, T-shirt and jeans, a la James Dean. What decade would you feel coolest in?

"Rebel Without a Cause" set off a frenzy in the 1950s for many reasons. Donning T-shirts in public -- instead of underneath overshirts -- was arguably the most dramatic and lasting fashion statement of the 20th century, and it all started with Dean's iconic movie.


Your hemline is mini and your look is mod, including bright colors, loud patterns and go-go boots. What decade speaks to you the most?

The 1960s brought a newfound independence for women, with bold fashion statements to go along with it. Showing more skin, along with big hair and accessories, spoke to ladies who weren't afraid of speaking out.


Your oversized plaid shirts and combat boots scream Seattle grunge. What decade (and its music) still inspires you?

Bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam created emotional music that spoke to adolescents everywhere in the 1990s. Clothing trends bucked the status quo during this decade. Vintage and used clothing, ripped jeans and the overall grungy look snubbed many other fashion statements of the time.


If a tailored, three-piece suit is your daily attire (by choice), you would fit right in to what decade?

Suits were considered casual outfits during second decade of the 20th century. Instead of looking suave, it would be said that you were "dandy," a common slang word at the time that meant one was both stylish and cool.


You know where a cloche is worn, and dressing as a flapper girl for a night on the town is your signature style. What decade most inspires you?

The Roaring '20s was a time of excess and risque clothing. Flapper dresses offered a shorter hemline, beading and bare arms. Cloches -- close-fitting hats -- were also all the rage.


A colorful Hawaiian shirt collection is the pride of your wardrobe! During which decade did these breezy tops become popular?

War rationing made for a gloomy start to 1940s fashion, but the influence of the Hawaiian islands made it to American shores. Designers learned how to overcome drab styling by introducing bold, tropical patterns.


Even if you're a slave to fashion, you'd be remiss to don this decade's most popular skirt, which was renown for making it extremely difficult for wearers to walk.

Hobble skirts were popular in the 1910s. As you can probably tell from the title, these skirts made it almost impossible to walk.


You may have put your leather pants away, but polos and khakis have been a staple of your fashion sense since which decade?

For men, the 1980s embraced a ridiculous amount of over-the-top looks. (Neon tight pants and pastel suits anyone?) However, some '80s trends did stick and are still fashionable today, such as khakis and polo shirts.


You still rock skinny jeans and maxi dresses, worn with wedge sandals and oversized sunglasses. Which decade keeps you looking good?

The first decade of the new millennium included a hodgepodge of fashion trends from years past, including maxi dresses, wedge sandals, oversized shades and perhaps the decade's most enduring trend, skinny jeans.


You love clothing with ruffles, lace trim, an empire waist, deep colors and elegant styling. What decade originated these clothing accents?

The Great Depression limited women's spending, but it didn't stop designers from finding ways to enhance ladies' clothing. Small changes such as accent fabrics and varying hemlines kept garments interesting and varied.


Knickerbockers aren't just the name of a basketball team to you! You like to wear these unique shorts that were popular during which decade?

Knickers, as they were called, were trouser like shorts that came in various lengths and were popular with college students in the 1920s, leading the way to the first baggy pants craze.


If your wardrobe is all about leggings, tunics and a ridiculous amount of accessories, what decade are you still living in?

The fashions of the 1980s were oversized, overdone and garish. While many of the trends from this infamous decade have seen a recent resurgence in popularity, thankfully, over-the-top is still, well, over-the-top. So if you're wondering if you should add a few more accessories to an already overdone ensemble, unless you find a time machine, the answer is no.


Are you a guy who lives in skinny jeans or tailored suits paired with hoodie sweatshirts and high tops? You may be a hipster who's most moved by which decade?

All a hipster needs is a two-day beard, a pair of skinny jeans, high tops and the latest Apple product to feel cool. Though the hipster's style can be traced back to the early 2000s, it's a trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.


You're a lady whose style is minimalist and sleek, with a lot of designer labels in your closet. What decade do you take fashion cues from?

Maybe the overdone '80s were too much for fashion designers. The '90s brought tailored, feminine looks to women's fashion, along with a love for designer brands and names.


Suits with suspenders fill your closet. What decade's fashions do you most admire?

The Great Depression was a dark time, but clothing managed to evolve and stay stylish. In the 1930s, luxury suits were worn by those who could afford them, and they included high-waisted pants held up by suspenders.


You're not afraid to wear a turtleneck or a Nehru jacket. What decade brought these fashion trends to men?

Fashion for men in the 1970s was not limited to leisure suits and polyester. Some trends, such as the Nehru jacket, have never become overwhelmingly popular, but have nonetheless remained a dependable and respected fashion staple.


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