The era of 1950s wedding dress is over.
In fact, you can dress like one.
That’s thanks to new research from the University of California, San Diego, and the University at Buffalo, which finds that, in general, older women are dressing more like their older selves.
The researchers used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Survey of Family Growth to find that the average age of an older woman who is married or cohabitating is now about 52.
But as women age, their bodies are changing.
According to a survey from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, nearly one-third of women aged 50 and older in 2015 were still living at home.
And they are not just living in their own homes.
More than half of these women were married or living with a partner, with the rest living with children or in a temporary relationship.
“This is a period when women are making more and more of a choice to dress differently and more and so are the choices that they make about what they wear,” says study co-author Christine Breen, an associate professor of sociology at UC San Diego.
“That’s one reason that the younger women have been really active in fashion.”
Breen and her colleagues looked at trends in bride attire across different time periods and different eras.
They looked at dresses worn by white, black, and Hispanic women who were married, cohabiting, or living separately, and also those worn by older women who had married or lived with a different partner in the previous 10 years.
Women in their 50s and 60s were most likely to be wearing 1930s-style gowns and skirts, which were popular during the 1920s and 1930s.
They also wore dresses that were similar to those worn in the 1950s, with some variations.
Older women wore dresses in more conservative styles, such as the 1920’s-style skirt.
Older and more conservative outfits were more popular in the 1960s and 1970s, when women were dressing more conservatively.
For instance, more than one-quarter of women in their 60s and older said they wore skirts that were more like the 1920-style skirts worn in those decades.
Breen says this may be due to the fact that the women of those eras had fewer options when it came to what they wore.
“The 1940s-era women that were wearing skirts, they didn’t have as many options,” she says.
“It was pretty limited.”
Breece says that older women also had more choices when it comes to hairstyles.
The 1960s-themed hairstyles were more common among older women.
Breeza says that, although women of that era were more likely to have a hairstyle like the modern hairstyles, this trend has changed over time.
“Women have come to understand that hairstyles are more culturally and historically relevant and appropriate,” she said.
“We’re seeing that women of the future will be wearing more and different hairstyles.”
Breesen says that she thinks this trend will continue, and will even become more common as more people live in urban areas.
“People will live in smaller homes and they’re more likely not to have their hair done as much as they did in the past,” she explains.
“In terms of what the hairstyles look like, I don’t think that’s going to change much.”