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Back-To-School Fashions Throughout The Ages

Fashion sure has changed throughout the years, but the excitement of picking out a first-day-of-school outfit sure hasn't. Take a look back at the styles of years' past and get your dream back-to-school outfit for up to 70% off at Nordstrom Rack.

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1920s: smocks, collared shirts, and short 'dos.

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Playing sports in tights and smock dresses seems less than ideal, but these gals made it look good.

1930s: long dresses and tights, hair bows, and varsity sweaters.

Style in the 1930s starts to relax a bit, but imagine how long those flawlessly coiffed curls and pencil-thin eyebrows must've taken to perfect!

1940s: patterned blouses and dresses with pretty detailing.

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The 1940s introduces separates with feminine touches, like this blouse with 8,000 buttons guaranteed to make someone late to class.

1950s: short-sleeve tops, wool blazers, and flats.

Comfort in the 1950s was a thing of fiction with those restrictive skirts and those wool jackets that were oh, oh so itchy.

1960s: A-line skirts, knee-highs, and cardigans.

These schoolgirl preppy looks are super cute, but what kind of sorcery did they use to keep those knee-high socks from falling down?

1970s: wide-leg pants and peasant tops...

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In French, bell bottoms are called "pattes d'éléphant," which means "elephant legs." Aren't you glad we don't live in a time in which we have to wear elephant leg pants?

1980s: neons and big hair, spandex, and high-tops.

If you could pull it off, power to you - but we're glad our spandex days are behind us.

1990s: paisleys and stripes, colorful tights, and grungy oversized tops.

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The '90s may seem like they were simpler times, but have you ever tried to pair a paisley shirt with your daily go-to flannel? That's as difficult as fashion should ever get.

And later in the decade: giant jeans, wallet chains, and goth realness.

Heavy-metal music and accessories went hand in hand — hard look to pull off if you're clumsy.

Today: statement necklaces and a statement top.

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