SS 2012 Trend Goes Vintage: Chevrons + Zig Zags

Christian Dior S/S 2012, Alexander Wang S/S 2012, and Carven S/S 2012. Source: Elle Canada.

Fashionologie, a respected authority on all things fashion, has stated that chevrons and zig zags are in for SS 2012. And it’s true! Chevrons, zig zags, aztec motifs and tribal styles were all over the runways. Having a vintage bias, of course I’m going to look to vintage fashions to check out this SS 2012 trend. This isn’t the only time these styles were popular!

Bolligen, Switzerland coat of arms.

From the 50s onward, chevrons and zig zags appear regularly in fashion. But these motifs are much, much older than all that. Chevrons are first known to appear on archaeological pottery found in Crete, Greece dating from 1800 BC. More recently, chevrons were found on medieval coats of arms.

But let’s parade through some recent fashion history of the chevron from the 50s…

50s chevron dress available from CreatedAndCollected.

50s metallic chevron party dress available from VintageFrocksOfFancy.

From the 60s…

Cheerful yellow 60s chevron dress from NodToModVintage.

60s mod nautical blue chevron dress from neonthreadsdesigns.

From the 70s…

70s chevron maxi dress by soulrust.

70s chevron dress by theVintageSideShow.

And finally the 80s!

80s chevron dress available from RaleighWoodTreasures.

80s chevron dress available from QuinceVintage.


I hope you can find some inspiration here!

x Rena


  1. Yes! I’m so glad chevron is becoming a trend, I love the pattern!

  2. Captivating Lingerie Boutique says:

    50 chevron dress- i’m totally in love with it.

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