Average Cost of Dresses Through Time


Shelby Reed, reporter

According to https://www.in2013dollars.com, these are the cost of each century of dresses. 1920s-$15.49, 1930s-$20, 1940s-$20.36, 1950s-$30.01, 1960s-$34, 1970s-$52.75, 1980s-$66.87, 1990s-$87.27, 2000s-$68.03, 2010s-$76.25, 2020s-$68.31.

Through these years, the price of dresses have changed drastically. The difference between the cost in the 1920s and the cost now is $52.82. In the 1990s, the cost was even higher than it is now. Over the years, the changes have been back and forth because in the 2000s the cost was just .28 cents lower than now in the 2020s. From the 1980s to the 1990s, the cost went up $20.40, yet when the 2000s hit, the cost wet almost all the way back to where it was in the 1980s. Between the 1920s and the 1950s, the cost to buy a prom dress doubled. “It was very pretty looking through all the dress options and find it so much easier to rent a dress than buy it,” says Victoria Reed. When looking at these prices, many people would say that’s a good price on a dress back then, because to most people now, that much money isn’t a problem. But for people back then, they had to have $100 to make themselves feel like they had a lot of money when now $100 is hard to even buy groceries for a family. Dresses have evolved through the years by so much and have had so many different styles for each century.