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International Women’s Day: Fashion inspiration through the ages

We pay tribute to the many achievements of women by celebrating 5 female fashion icons over the last 50 years.

Friday 8 March marks International Women’s Day; a day dedicated to working towards gender equality.

While we could easily celebrate the work of women in any field, we’ve chosen to round up some of the most iconic female fashion icons of the last 50 years, not that we need reminding how revolutionary they were.

From Nancy Sinatra and Jane Fonda to The Spice Girls and Sienna Miller, feast your eyes on the all-important trends and styles of each era, many of which are back in fashion today.

Find out where you can shop these looks below and don’t forget to take a full advantage of our discount codes and promo deals to save money along the way!

1960s knee-high boots

After “These Boots Were Made For Walkin” topped the charts in 1966, Nancy Sinatra became known for her big hair and go-go boots.

Can you imagine a world in which this girl’s boots weren’t made for walking?

Nancy’s legacy still lives on today, with sales of the knee-high variety still very much alive!

Check out our favourite styles from top fashion providers below!

Beige Snake Print Knee High Heeled Boot
Beige Snake Print Knee High Heeled Boot

Pretty Little Thing

1970s tie-dye

Groovy! The 70s are well-known for activism and the hippie movement and clothing was no different. Think colours, more specifically tie-dye.

Original free-spirit and Canadian musician, Joni Mitchell loved a bit of tie-dye and we don’t blame her.

The trend has gone full circle and come back in fashion this spring, which means you shouldn’t have any trouble finding what you’re looking for!

Check out our fave tie-dye looks below and remember you can find these groovy patterns on almost any piece of clothing or accessory you want!

Stradivarius STR tie dye high neck long sleeved top
Stradivarius STR tie dye high neck long sleeved top

ASOS

UO Pastel Tie-Dye Boyfriend Shirt
UO Pastel Tie-Dye Boyfriend Shirt

Urban Outfitters

1980s neon

Fashion in the 80s was influenced mainly by music. Women’s hair and jewellery were big and their makeup was bright with lots of colours.

Women wore a lot of fitness clothing, including those fabulous bright tights.

The leader of this neon trend was none other than Jane Fonda, the original queen of keep fit. She made bright highlighter leg-warmers and leotards as important to the decade as power shoulders.

Shop our top neon looks now!

ASOS DESIGN sweetheart midi tea dress in neon
ASOS DESIGN sweetheart midi tea dress in neon

ASOS

Neon Orange Ribbed Roll Neck Midi Dress
Neon Orange Ribbed Roll Neck Midi Dress

Pretty Little Thing

1990s platforms

The 90s are back in fashion and we’re so here for it.

Back then, many women wore jeans and slogan tees along with Converse. But a certain platform shoe is what we’re thinking of, brought to our attention by none other than The Spice Girls.

As luck would have it, platforms have made a comeback, giving us the perfect excuse to bring a bit of “girl power” back into our wardrobes.

Platforms now come in boot, trainer and sandal form so you’ll find a pair for every outfit!

2000s cowboy boots

We can all remember wanting a pair of those embroidered cowboy boots in the noughties, thanks to the gorgeous Sienna Miller.

Just over 10 years later, that pointed-toe, low-heel, notched leather western look has staged a comeback as something subversive, sexy and most importantly, wearable in real life.

So whether you’re kicking up country dust or shopping around the city, you’ll be able to do it all in these modernised cowboy styles from our favourite retailers.

White patent croc curved heel cowboy boots
White patent croc curved heel cowboy boots

Missguided

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