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Vintage photos of being in style in N.J. logo 8/15/2019 By Greg Hatala, For NJ Advance Media

Greg Hatala/For NJ Advance Media

Vintage photos of being in style in N.J.

Harper's Bazaar posted a gallery on its website ( in 2016 about the worst fashion trends through the decades. While "best" and "worst" is arguably a matter of individual taste, there are some apparel choices that are hard to defend.

About women’s patterned tights of the 1960s, Harper's Bazaar's Lauren Alexis Fisher said, “Whoever thought that multi-colored, multi-patterned tights would flatter ANY HUMAN'S legs was seriously mistaken.” She also made mention of the baby doll dresses popular in the '60s. Fisher said, “Being an adult is pretty terrible but dressing like a small child is equally terrible and next-level creepy.”

She also called out the MC Hammer pants in the 1980s. But seriously, who besides MC Hammer actually wore them? More widespread were the sweaters-tied-around-the-neck of the same decade; as she noted, “Put the sweater on … or take the sweater off!”

Still, plenty of fashions from days-gone-by were well worth wearing. Here’s a gallery of vintage photos of stylish folks through the years in New Jersey. Scroll to the end of the gallery for links to other galleries you might enjoy.

Courtesy of Michael Perry

An unidentified young man and woman posed for this photo in their fashionable beachwear in Atlantic City in the 1950s.

Courtesy of Carrie Webber Hook

Carrie Webber wears high waisted pants and tie front printed midriff on high school graduation night in Lodi in 1973.

Courtesy of Rosemarie Vassoler

Three stylish students were waiting for the school bus in Lodi when this early-1950s photo was taken.

Courtesy of the Montclair Historical Society

Saddle shoes and bobby socks were in style when this photo was taken at the YWCA of Montclair-North Essex in Montclair in the 1950s.

Courtesy of Amy D'Apice

Honey Williams and her daughters, Rita and Doris, have their Easter finest on in this photo taken in Gloucester City in 1960.

Courtesy of Bobby Cole Photo Archives

Mrs. Ian Newman and her daughter, Lauren, were biking around Westfield when this photo was taken in 1971.

Courtesy of Bobby Cole Photo Archives

From left, Vicki Calhoun, Derek East, Shelby Keaton, Barry Snell and Viki Lee Jones made up the East Orange High School Student Council in 1973. Their clothes reflect the fashion of the day, with plaids and patterns contrasted with solids.

Courtesy of Bobby Cole Photo Archives

Woodrow Wilson Junior High School students dealt with fads in dress and beauty technique in this photo taken in Clifton in 1971. Included in the picture are, from left, Kathy Garcia, Robin Bartlett, Patty Pontier and Lori Kievit.

Courtesy of Carl Harris

Smartly dressed members of the Harris family sit for a photo on Atlantic Avenue in Matawan in this photo from the 1950s.

Courtesy of the New Jersey Historical Society

Who knew marbles was such a sartorial sport? The 11 young men in the photo were members of the South Orange championship marbles team; they are joined by community house director Chauncy Owens (standing, wearing glasses) and manager of operations Tony Zuzuro (standing, center).

Courtesy of Betsy Noaell

Peggy Sammons was at the pinnacle of style when she posed for this photo on H Street in Seaside Park in the 1920s.

Courtesy of Sandy Leonard

This group of teens showed that flannel shirts were the style to be seen in when this photo was taken at the Delaware Water Gap in the mid-1970s.

Courtesy of Bobby Cole Photo Archives

Livingston's first female mayor, Doris Beck, throws out the first ball at a charity softball game in Livingston in 1975 while sporting a stylish pantsuit.

Courtesy of Haddonfield United

Two models wear the latest fashions in front of the Cherry Hill Inn in Cherry Hill in this photo from 1965.

Courtesy of Cindy Groat

An unidentified pair wears the swimsuit styles of the day in Atlantic City in 1934.

Courtesy of Brenda Reamy

Nancy and Brenda Reamy in classic "sizzler" dresses in this 1972 photo from River Edge.

Courtesy of Vintage Bergen County

Two sisters are in style in matching winter coats on Cambridge Avenue in Saddle Brook in the early 1970s.

Courtesy of Brenda Dostie

Emily Rigler and Pearl Goldsmith wear rompers while riding bikes in this photo taken in Spotswood in 1940s.

Courtesy of Bill Barnaskas

Dressed casually in this photo taken in Lyndhurst in 1970 are Rich Jarvis, Bill Paterno, Jim Belfiore, Ted Roberts, Vic Fonseca and Bob Davis.

Courtesy of Bobby Cole Photo Archives

Susan Paules of Westfield models a new outfit from Saks in Springfield in this photo from 1976.

Courtesy of Louis Filardo, Jr.

Louis Filardo Jr., left, and Jim Giunta are on the cutting edge of fashion after graduating from Roosevelt School in Lyndhurst in the 1970s.

Courtesy of Haddonfield United

Haddonfield Memorial High School freshman class officers in the fashions of the time from the early 1930s.

Courtesy of Vintage Bergen County

In this photo taken at a block party in Hasbrouck Heights in 1958, The Vitones are tearing it up for local youths who are dancing in the streets wearing the styles of the day.

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Vintage photos of fashions and styles in N.J.

Vintage photos of styles and fashions in N.J.

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