Even if your wardrobe boasts a new spring/summer 2016 collection, it’s more than likely that today’s most popular fashion pieces may have been around the block once or twice already.
From shoulder pads in the 30s to power dressing in the 80s, trends are never mutually exclusive to time eras. More often than not, the trends that we see on the high street are not as original as we may think!
One major summer staple of 2016 has been the cold-shoulder trend. Whether this ranges from the complete ‘off-the-shoulder’ or the most recent ‘cut-out’ tops, this trend makes its re-emergence from the 60s. Most notably, Brigitte Bardot pioneered this look and subsequently this style of garment is often referred to as the ‘Bardot’ style.
Turtlenecks were huge last winter, and although they were even bigger in the 90s, the trend is said to originate from Medieval times. Between 13th and 15th century the turtleneck style was worn by knights under metal breastplates. Having reappeared in the 1800s, the trend also made a comeback in the 50s and 60s – with Audrey Hepburn being seen as an icon for the style.
Palazzo pants, culottes, and high-waisted trousers have undergone a revival in recent years. These statement pieces from the 80s saw their debut during the 40s and then again in the 70s.
The shift dress is commonly associated with the 60s, as Mary Quant revolutionised the mini skirt, the style of dresses was upturned – around 6 or 7 inches above the knee. However, the silhouette and cut from 1920s shift dresses are nearly identical – showing fashion’s repeated cycles of trends.
Showing that twice the denim is twice as good, an abundance of celebrities have been sporting the denim-on-denim trend in recent months. The 90s and early 2000s saw a drastic a surge in this trend – remember Britney Spears’ and Justin Timberlake’s matching denim ensemble?
First created in 1873 Levi Strauss, the dungarees were popular amongst 19th century labour workers. Rachel from ‘Friends’ sported the look during the 90s, and dungarees even made their way into the 2015 DKNY campaign with Cara Delevingne.
These repeated trends have shown that fashion is cyclical – so hold on to your hand-me-downs; you may just be next year’s biggest trendsetter.
TNT Fashion Alexia Hendrickson
1. (Bardot top) – What Olivia Did
2. (Gigi Hadid) – Colours Vision
3. (High waisted jeans) –idressmyself
4. (Dungarees) – Topshop
5. (Bardot top) – FLIP
6. (Fringe jacket) – Mon Style by Manon Mejers Styling
7. (Orange culottes) – Hello J
8. (Pink culottes) – The Local Collective
9. (Blue bardot top) – Ann Lee
10. Turtle neck – Nothing To Wear
11. (Audrey Hepburn)– jonkey jonkerson