Seventeen magazine is turning 65 this year and some of you may have seen this September 1944 cover that is going out to subscribers as a way to commemorate the milestone. This got me thinking that a) we probably won't see many more magazines make it to the 65 year mark (if they haven't already) and b) sometimes I wish that our subscriptions would, from time to time, just come with a retro cover from some period in their history. (God, am I feeling wistful this afternoon, or what?) Considering how dull many of us find US cover options to be these days, wouldn't it be a lovely surprise to open your mailbox and see an illustrated Vogue cover from the 20s, Bianca Jagger from the 1974, or anything of the supes from the 80s and 90s. Instead of Leighton Meester, you'd get Jean Shrimpton from a 1965 Harper's Bazaar. Oh, and all the delicious old W's. Yum. There are even a bunch of celeb covers that I wouldn't mind revisiting. Of course, I realize this is never going to happen. But it's a fun thing to think about on a gloomy, humid Thursday afternoon. So what would be your picks?
We Rank the September Covers
It's a truth universally acknowledged that September fashion magazine covers are the most important of the year. With fall just around the bend, September issues are packed to the brim with the newest trends. (They're also packed with advertisements, essential to a magazine's survival.) And if there's one thing you can say about this year's September covers, it's that the good covers are great and the bad ones are truly horrible. Notably absent from the bunch are Vogue Paris and Vogue Italia, whose cover images have not surfaced yet, but are sure not to disappoint. Click through to see the best and worst of September's covers!