You’ve heard the expression “everything old is new again”? (Which, unfortunately, does not apply to people! ) Well, it’s true in the fashion world. With one or two little twists, perhaps, to keep them modern, many of the looks we see each season either take their inspiration from past styles or copy them outright.
The first trend that comes to mind concerns denim. There are so many styles in jeans now that take their inspiration from past styles. Look at the resurgence of “bell bottoms”; now they’re referred to as “flares”. Whether they’re modest, like boot cuts, or wide, wide bells, they are one of the hottest looks now, worn by supermodels and fashionistas all over. Of course, they don’t suit all body types. The wider the opening at the hem, the taller the woman they flatter. However, petite women who want to wear the look can adapt it to suit themselves. Less of a flare and a chunky-heeled shoe make a chic look for those who feel they are “vertically challenged “.
Back in the 1970’s jeans and slacks were worn with varying waist types. The same is true today. High-waisted pants are once again very popular and they do flatter most body types. If you have a long waist, they give you a little goose in the caboose. However, if you feel that a high waist is not your thing, as some short-waisted ladies do, another style that’s being worn again are LOW-waisted slacks, and lots of fashion’s “it” girls say the lower the better. Remember that look from the 1980’s? It’s back!
Another example of a trend that was informed by previous years is the color blocking that has been seen everywhere in the last few seasons. Large geometric swathes of bright color have been popular and the color combinations are lovely-reds with pinks or orange, blue with green and the ever popular black and white. And speaking of the ‘80s and ‘90s, once again we’re seeing padded “power shoulders” like the ones worn in business suits or the costumes on “Dallas”. I can’t wear these shoulders-never could-because I have very broad shoulders already, but smaller framed girls look very impressive in them.
Let’s not forget shoes, ( like I ever would )! The chunky heels that look so modern right now take their inspiration from the clog-style of the 1970’s and I, for one, welcome them back! They are more comfortable than stilettos but give height as well as stability and pair well with maxi dresses or wide-legged jeans. The kitten heels that are all the rage were popular in Audrey Hepburn’s day. And some stiletto designers, like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, have used the same heel shape for 30 years.
So you see how the wheel of fashion turns. Will all the styles of yesteryear come back? No. But the classic ones will. Which is why we at Style Savvy always quote Coco Chanel when we say “trend” is today, but “style” is forever!