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I always remember my mum saying “I wish I’d kept my old clothes as it’s all back in fashion again now.” I keep thinking the same as I see teens today rocking the familiar trends of the ’80s and ’90s. Fashion trends seem to repeat about every 20-30 years, perhaps as the designers take inspiration from their parent’s generations. Nowadays “Vintage” or “Retro” is a style in itself, of course!
Take a look at these style trends that have returned again (or perhaps never gone away?):
Coloured Jogging Suits
Oh, we loved our jogging suits in the 80s- the brighter the better! They usually featured stripe details or at least one “crazy patterned section”, such as in the red jogging suit I’m modelling above. Here, on a family day out I’m wearing my joggers casually with trainers. However, I remember loving pairing this jogging suit with a pair of black boots for smarter occasions. Of course, joggers have always continued for sport and leisure use. We also used to love tracksuits and shell suits! It took me ages to forgive my mum for ironing, and therefore burning, my favourite shell suit!
Jogging suits have now become staple “loungewear”. Rebecca loves cosy loungewear and it’s easy to see why. This Lilac Joggers set is lined with fleece so really warm and comfortable to wear- perfect for chilling in after a hard day at school.
This Lilac Cropped Long Sleeve Sweatshirt High Waisted Skinny Joggers Fleece Loungewear Set (Reagan) (in size 14) is currently available for £24.99. The crop top can be tied and worn shorter if desired but Rebecca likes wearing it long and oversized- 80s style. Team with pastel rainbow hi-tops for a retro look! “If only I’d kept my lilac jogging suit…”
Mom Jeans and Acid Washed Jeans
Wow, the jeans of the 80s! We loved to wear them high-waisted with a belt. New dying techniques meant stone-washed were replaced with acid wash jeans. I had a love-hate relationship with this pattern. My sister embraced it, I seem to remember she had an Acid Washed Denim Jacket as well as jeans. The double denim look! My own acid-washed pair were embellished with a Roger Rabbit patch. I loved to wear it with those cartoon-adorned reversible sweatshirts that were all the rage in the 80s- remember them? They’ve come back again too. I think for our generation, seeing 80s clothes return, makes us feel so nostalgic.
Rebecca loves jeans and would love to wear them but she has sensory issues and can not stand the texture. We’ve tried wearing jeggings or skins underneath jeans but she never finds them comfortable. Thankfully she can still join in with the acid wash pattern trend thanks to these Black Acid Wash joggers.
I love this variation of the staple in most wardrobes, black oversized joggers. These Black Oversized Acid Wash High Waisted Drawstring Cuffed Joggers – Eileen (size 14) are currently £11.99. They look edgy while feeling lovely and soft. Go all 80s and team with a rib bodysuit top and biker boots!
Blazers have been worn since the 1800s. It is thought that they were first worn by the boating team of St John’s College, Cambridge in the 1820s. A few years later, the captain of the HMS Blazer dressed his crew in navy-blue, double-breasted jackets, complete with distinguished Royal Navy brass buttons, in order to welcome Queen Victoria on-board the ship. In the 1950s British students altered their school blazers to make them stylish and by the 60s they were adopted by the Mods. The blazer has long been a staple in office wear and also a fashion piece.
I couldn’t find a photo of my older sister or me in our blazers but I always remember my younger sister loved her “mini-me” versions of my mum’s smart jackets. Here she’s also matching colourwise with my Dad in his Welsh rugby shirt, bless him.
Blazers are so versatile, they can be thrown over leggings, trousers, jeans a skirt, or a dress and instantly bring an outfit together. I love to wear a velvet blazer as a “going out” jacket. Wear a blazer teamed with a floppy hat a la Blossom style.
Rebecca likes to wear oversized blazers. This Pastel Blue Oversized Long Sleeve Button Up Blazer – Petra (size 12) is currently £21.99. It features long sleeves and a button-up fastening – all in a luxe, oversized fit. It’s also available in pink- so you can channel your inner Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde”.
We’re finding the weather is still quite warm this autumn so a blazer is a very handy light jacket when you’re not quite ready for a thick winter coat yet.
Rebecca’s also a fan of the preppy look. She wears her oversized blazer with a pleated mini skirt. This White PU D-Ring Frill Pleated Mini Skirt – Gina (size 12/14) is currently £16.99.
The Timetable of Style
Personally, I tend to just wear what I like rather than what’s considered to be in fashion, but I do find it interesting how our tastes change over time. Laver’s law attempted to make sense of the timetable of style:
Indecent: 10 years before its time
Shameless: 5 years before its time
(Outré)Daring: 1 year before its time
Smart: ———-Current Fashion
Dowdy: 1 year after its time
Hideous: 10 years after its time
Ridiculous: 20 years after its time
Amusing: 30 years after its time
Quaint: 50 years after its time
Charming: 70 years after its time
Romantic: 100 years after its time
Beautiful: 150 years after its time
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What fashion styles from your youth have returned?