Then and now: Evolution of trends from 1929 to 2019 Jordan Lewis

A lot has changed since the first issue of The Miami Hurricane was published almost a century ago. Everything from the music people listen to to the clothes people wear to the kinds of entertainment people enjoy has evolved. But how? The Miami Hurricane set out to find out. Below you'll find the top trends in politics, fashion, music and baby names– then versus now.


1929: According to the fashion history timeline produced New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, fashion of the 1920s was marked by shorter hemlines, simplicity and accessibility. Womenswear began to reject the formality and multiple layers in favor of comfort– giving birth to the “la garçonne” look that we now call the flapper. Following the same trend, evening gowns and haircuts got shorter, sportswear became daywear and the combination of department stores and cheaper materials made high fashion available to the everyday woman.

2019: It is no secret that fashion repeats itself. This year, the biker shorts and fanny packs of the 1980s took the world by storm, pairing up with snake prints and asymmetrical hemlines to takeover everything from streetwear to high fashion.

Most popular songs

1929: The Hurricane could find no conclusive evidence of one single most popular song of 1929, but an overwhelming number of sources did identify the following songs– "When You're Smiling" by Louis Armstrong, "Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips" by Nick Lucas, "Maybe, Who Knows?" by Kate Smith, "Dream Lover" by Jeanette MacDonald and "Ain't Misbehavin" by Fats Waller– as a few of the top contenders.

2019: Though the year is not yet quite over, the top five songs of 2019 so far include: Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved," Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care" and Ava Max's "Sweet but Psycho."

Biggest political issue

1929: The stock market crash of 1929 was undeniably the hottest political concern of the year, as it sent Wall Street into a panic and was followed by the biggest economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world– The Great Depression.

2019: With 2020 elections getting closer, debates over what the most important political issues are is heated. According to a Pew Research Center survey, health care costs, education, the environment, Medicare and assistance for poor and needy people are the top priorities among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. Conversely, 7 out of ten Republicans name terrorism and the economy as their main concerns.

Most popular baby names

1929: Both babycenter.com and babynames.it identify Robert and Mary as the year's most popular names for baby boys and girls, respectively.

2019: According to goodhousekeeping.com, this year's most popular name for girls is Emma and Liam for boys.