By. Nicole R.

Whew! Fashion has changed a lot over the last 50 years and the Girl Scout uniform has survived all the changes. In the 1950’s women and girls dressed fancy and wore charming clothes with bows, flounces and frills. They even wore gloves, hats, and tailored suits but in the swinging 60’s, those traditions were broken. The frilly dresses were replaced with culottes, go-go boots and pillbox hats. Stiletto heels and mini skirts were popular. Clothes were no longer pale, tone shade colors (like the men) but were bright and colorful. 

            In the 1970’s, women had the freedom to wear what they wanted. Popular items were the micro mini dresses, maxi dresses, halter necks and catsuits. We can’t forget the disco fashions – like hot pants, spandex tops, bell bottoms, trouser suits and platform styled shoes.  

Then, came the 80s & 90s with loose shirts, fitted trousers, shoulder pads, leggins and dancewear.

That leads us to today which really brings back a lot of the previous styles like the “hippie look” and even the vintage look. Girls wear everything from high tops, skinny jeans, and hoodies to pea coats, knee high boots and preppy polo shirts.  As they say, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Such is true for fashion in the last 50 years, and for the classic, chic and prestigious Girl Scout uniform!

photo credit: Girl Scouts of Gateway Council volunteer, Deanne Dunlop. Neptune Beach, Florida.  

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