Even the most popular fashion trends eventually run their course, right? Think again. Let’s face it – your beloved-turned-embarrassing clothes and accessories may have migrated to the costume bin over the years, or maybe they even found their way to the donation pile. Totally fair. But even we can’t resist hanging onto some of those “outdated” styles, finding ourselves unable to let go of the memories we created in them, or how great we looked in them, or both. Thankfully, those hopeful hoarder moments are about to pay off.
Your old trends can become new ones
About to do a total overhaul on that closet full of low-heeled flip flops and denim skirts? Maybe we should think twice before letting go of some of those old-timers. Those gone-but-not-forgotten, used-to-be-cool gems, still hiding deep in the back corners of your wardrobe may just be right on the verge of their next big moment in the spotlight. After all, how can something really “run its course” when it’s actually taking laps around a circular track? That track used to take a few decades to get all the way around before something would eventually resurface, effectively giving a whole new generation a fresh take on an old look. But with social media in the digital age, that track is shrinking by the literal minute. In the time it used to take for a new magazine to go to print with the next spring fashions, there have easily been thousands of posts showing us the world’s most beautiful fashionistas flaunting all the latest styles, and it’s all right at our fingertips.
Not only is the round fashion trend track getting smaller and smaller, but the rate at which we drift around each corner is also rapidly increasing. This comes as good news when we’ve been holding out hope for a favorite older style, waiting for it to resurge and claim its inevitable revival. Think about it: just a few years ago, a neon fanny pack, a pink hair scrunchie, and a too-small cotton blend sweatshirt (sans hood) came together to comprise the perfect Deb costume, from “Napoleon Dynamite.” If you saw the film, you know she was not exactly a fashion-forward, trendsetter – quite the opposite. Her outfit was actually meant to make us laugh. Cut to: a decade and a half later, we can pair that exact ensemble with some high-waisted mom jeans and a pair of puffy athletic sneakers, and we’ve got ourselves a beyond-trendy look that’s nothing to scoff at.
Bell-bottoms, statement earrings and denim jackets galore
If we really think about it, today’s generation has hit the style jackpot. When it comes to matching, it appears the new rules are: “What rules?” And since the information age simply does not allow the time it used to take for fashion trends to circle back around from long ago, it seems the newest approach is to pluck out our favorite looks of all time, no matter the decade. Score! Almost nothing is off the table (thanks, hipsters!), and what’s “new” these days is often a revamped mash-up of what came long before.
We can simply look back at our top picks from over the years to extract and enjoy the best bits from each and all of them. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to give an old look a fresh spin, we’ve got you covered. Fan of the ’60s? Thank goodness tie-dye is timeless. Missing the ’70s? Luckily, bell-bottoms, or “flare” jeans are circling back, once again. We could even give those jeans some intentional holes or colorful patchwork for extra credit. Still hanging onto some ’80s statement earrings? Pair them with a denim jacket and a floral print tea dress for a knockout throwback combo. And of course, it is undeniably clear that the ’90s are back in full force: platform shoes, plastic woven chokers, baby doll dresses, crop tops, triangular metal hair clips, big hoop earrings, mini backpack purses – basically, if a Spice Girl wore it, we can rock it. Since these are the looks that evolved to the color tinted sunglasses, velour tracksuits, camouflage and animal prints, nameplate necklaces, and button up cardigans of the 2000s (all of which are also enjoying a not-so-long-awaited comeback now), perhaps we should keep an eye out for dresses over jeans and tight button-up vests next.
The apparent phasing out of individual trends in favor of this ever-evolving combination of styles truly opens up an endless world of possibility. This is great news for those of us who simply won’t let go of what we like, no matter what we’re told is “in.” We know we look good, because confidence never goes out of style.