What do the 1960s, early 2000s, and 2015 have in common? Bell-bottom jeans, to start. Hippie Chic is making a comeback, yet again! I have no complaint about this; I have a wardrobe full of brighty, flowing dresses and dangly earrings. I love the dewey, bronzed summer goddess look made popular by legends like Brigitte Bardot and Farrah Fawcett. Summer festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo are today’s answer to everyone who is decades too young for Woodstock.
But I digress. Last night, I went shopping with my mom after we realized that the only formal dresses I owned were from eighth grade, junior year of high school, and prom. I tried them on (she made me) and they all still fit, but that doesn’t mean I should be wearing them! We must have tried on thirty dresses between the two of us, but what struck me was how many different styles we tried, styles spanning multiple decades from the current and past century. I started thinking about how trends come back around. There are so many cute outfits my mom used to have that I wish I could borrow! And then there are some articles of clothing that are so ridiculous, so uncomfortable that they seem like they’ll never come back en vogue, and yet somehow, the evil rib-cracking corsets of the 1500s have now been reinvented as “Waist Trainers” and are frequently seen on the Instagram accounts of celebs like the Kardashians and Kim Zolciak of Real Housewives. Brandy Melville now sells chokers and crop tops a la 90s waif-grunge style, and I am madly in love with my Doc Martins.
I like that we recycle fashion. It creates a connect between generations, and brings back beautiful things into the world that for no apparent reason were deemed ‘uncool’ or ‘outdated.’ It is fascinating how fashion is decided, but it is more wonderful that we can simply decide to bring things back. There is so much permanence in life, so much we can’t change. But we can always change our clothes 🙂