I was born in 1977, so I was a (mostly) cognizant being during the 80s. I wasn’t a terribly fashion-forward being since I was quite wee, but I saw the 80s clothing trends go by me and they soaked into my consciousness. Neon and leggings, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and destroyed jeans, piled-on jewelry and cropped tops. These were the trends of my childhood, even if I didn’t wear them back then.
I wear them now. OK, I don’t wear neon much because it doesn’t work with my palette, but the rest? Oh yes. I adore 80s influences completely without irony. I’m also perfectly content to trot out my floral dresses and combat boots from the 90s, and still own much of what I wore in the 00s.
Originally posted 2011-10-10 06:30:11.
When I first became aware of fashion trends, they were irritatingly fleeting. Back then, you needed to identify a trend, procure the item in question, wear it for the appropriate amount of time (anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months), and then discard it. The discarding step was essential to sanctioned fashion trend participation. If you continued to wear a trendy item beyond its trend window, you became the subject of much behind-the-hand snickering.
Oh, how times have changed.
And for the better! Trends still cycle in and out, but they do so on a much longer timeline. Style mavens, celebs, and fashionistas can be seen wearing trendy items years after they were introduced and marketed. Trends stick around longer, can be interpreted in many ways, and encompass a huge variety of items and styles.
Originally posted 2013-04-24 06:41:03.
Anne had this great request:
So, I’ve tried the skinny jeans – they’re not all that great on me. Boyfriend jeans make me look kind of stumpy. Boot legs jeans are really the best fit for me but they’ve been around for quite a while. How do you make them look fresh?
I believe I own a pair of boot cuts, but they aren’t exactly my go-to. I do denim bottoms but they’re frequently stand-ins for leggings and therefore skin-tight and paired with tunics. I firmly believe that boot cuts are a classic style, great on many figures, and well worth wearing despite skinnies being more prevalent. But I’m going to have to look to my blogging friends for some contemporary bootcut inspiration.
Originally posted 2012-07-12 06:20:51.