The 1920s were all about narrow hips and small boobs.
By the 1920s, ladies were abandoning their corsets for rubber girdles, which meant less pronounced hips and an all-over less curvy figure.
It was the first time that slenderness was really prized, too. Instead of having clothes be made to fit your body (as was the case before), you now made your body fit the clothes that were produced. Additionally, clothes were now beginning to be labeled by size, and we all know how that went.
By the 1930s, curves were coming back again — kind of.
According to a Life Magazine article, the ideal body type for a woman in 1938 had "round, high bosom, a slim but not wasp-like waist, and gently rounded hips." While it's a far cry from the extreme hourglass body types of the past and closer to our ideals now, it's quite a departure from the more narrow figures of the 1920s.
The 1940s were all about the pinups.
Broad shoulders were a big deal, as were artillery-inspired shapes (um, pointy missile bras, anyone?).
By the 1950s, the hourglass was seriously in vogue.
The '30s and '40s might've been all about angles, but the '50s brought a major curve revival. Weight gain pills were a big thing, and because this was the era of Playboy and Marilyn, big boobs and curves were allll the rage.
But by the '60s, a leaner body was back in fashion.
Curves were thrown for a real curveball (I'm sorry) by the '60s. A leaner, 1920s-style frame was cool again. Slim, long legs were huge, and short shift mod-style dresses were super popular.
One of the biggest icons of the time was Twiggy, who was applauded for her "androgynous" look and thin frame.
The '70s and '80s were all about slim, toned, and athletic bods.
Farrah Fawcett, Jane Fonda, and the SUPERS were major sources of body inspiration during this time. Basically, if you were tall, fit, and athletic, you were a mega-babe.
By the '90s, we were idolizing Kate Moss.
In the '90s, everyone was idolizing a look dubbed "heroin chic."
While that's skinny-shaming (a body type can't promote drug use), the '90s were all about thinness.
The 2000s were all about being thin, being tan, and being blonde.
Thinness was still a big deal in the 2000s. Tanning was huge (remember Jersey Shore?) and Paris Hilton ruled over us all.