Fashion in Limbo: Trending Styles going on Repeat

Alexis Jeter
Staff Writer

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USC Upstate student, Miriam Martin, poses for the camera in 1969

Ever heard the phrase: History repeats itself? Well, so does fashion. It repeats itself every other decade. It may surprise many, knowing that the fashion people wear now are updated versions of styles from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. No fashion ever disappears. It comes back as something new to those who never grew up with that particular style that was popular in another decade.

For instance, print dresses, pencil skirts, thick-rimmed glasses, oversized sweaters, and “onesies” are some examples of fashion that are popular today. According to Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, fashion is not really moving forward because designers, about every fifteen years, are recycling them.

 They commonly take old designs and add extra flair to it to make it appealing to both older and newer generations.

Thomas Simmons, a sophomore at USC Upstate, noticed the repeated trends in today’s pop culture. “Right now, it looks like we’re back in the late 80s,” Simmons pointed out. “Skinny jeans…the leggings, bright colors and such,” he added.

Not only are the clothes reinvented, but hairstyles are reused and updated as well. The fro, bob styles, asymmetrical styles, bangs, and big hair are all coming back as something more retro and fun to exhibit personality and artistic expression.  Adding highlights, colors, or hair gel can revive an old look and make it seem brand new.

However, nothing is actually “new” unless you are Lady Gaga and have a peculiar taste in fashion like she does. No matter what comes off as “new fashion”, it is from another point in time, it was recycled, and it will always come back to inspire a new wave of fashion.