Vintage American Dorm Decor

Vintage American Dorm Decor

During the summer before freshman year, I carefully picked out the perfect accessories for my soon-to-be dorm room in San Diego, from a really cute duvet to an "Endless Summer" poster (I dreamed of being a surfer girl). Then I met my roommate. Her idea of sophisticated decor was plastering photos of nude or nearly nude fashion models on every available inch of wall space. 

I'm sure I could've learned to co-exist with our clashing styles, but the roommate took the fashion spreads to heart and walked around naked or nearly naked whenever she was in our postage stamp of a room. As did her friends during sleepovers. She eventually moved into a different suite with an equally clothing-averse pal, and I got a new roommate who arrived with nothing but sheets and a plain comforter, which was just fine by me!

Ah, college life. 

Decorating a first dorm or apartment can be a really big deal. Even if your parents let you go wild with your bedroom as a teenager, the rest of the house was still their territory. A dorm room, where presumably you'll be spending a lot of time studying and entertaining, is a chance to assert your own independent style — and learn to live with what other people consider awesome. (I'm talking about you, pot-leaf poster and tie-dye bedspread!)

When I saw this post about vintage dorm rooms on ModCloth's blog, I was delighted to learn that American college students — in this case, young women — have been decorating their dorms since they first set foot on campuses. What a great snapshot of popular styles through the ages! Click on over to the original post to see a few more awesome photos. 

What was your dorm style? If you're about to start school, how much time have you spent imagining how you'll decorate?

(Images: 1. Pitzer College Archives, 2. USF Archives, 3. UW Madison Archives, 4. Pomona College Archives, 5. UW Madison Archives, all via ModCloth

ATVideo of the Day
Group 12 Created with Sketch. Untitled-2 Untitled-3 rss