It’s inevitable! Fashion is a big recycler of trends, so don’t be surprised if your daughter rummages through your wardrobe — just as you have, with your mum’s. With a few tweaks and updates, what’s past will eventually be current and “in” again, such as the following trends!
Crop tops became popular in the 80s, first when Madonna wore it in her Lucky Star music video and then when the aerobics craze started sporting it too. (Of course, if you want to take it even further, you should also credit generations of sari-wearing Indian women and Middle-Eastern belly-dancers!)
Not long after, in the 90s, fresher pop-culture icons like Britney Spears and Liv Tyler brought it back by wearing this midriff-baring wardrobe staple in their music videos and movies. Today, while the not-so-new trend is, well, trending, our more body-positive fashion industry has made it accessible to more body types.
Who can blame the fashion industry — from high street labels like Topshop to renowned brands like Miu Miu and Valentino — for bringing this back, time and time again? It matches with everything, and when paired right, can elongate the body and highlight your silhouette.
The choker goes way back. During the 1700s, French women wore red ribbons around their necks to pay tribute to those who were beheaded, and this trend spread to Europe. Jewelled pendants were added to make the somber accessory more fashionable and wearable, and these chokers were quickly adopted as an exclusive style for the elite.
In 1940s, the trend — though a simpler black band — came back as a symbol of power for women in America. And if you think they look uncannily like dog collars, you’re right; a magazine ran a fashion feature on “Dog Collars: Girls revive a dowager fashion of 40 years age”. They are also called “colliers de chien”!
In came the 90s. From large jewelled chokers to feminine lace versions or a more fun, rubber “tattoo” ones, this trend was a hit with both celebrities and kids around the block. It died down after the naught years, though it never really went away — because honestly, they are just shortened necklaces worn high — but are now ~ officially ~ all the rage again!
Remember when Spice Girls ruled the world and every athletic girl formed a deep connection with Sporty Spice? There’s also the chav culture, most commonly associated with hooligans who donned slouchy sportswear, such as tracksuits and zip-up jackets, from labels like Adidas, Reebok and Lonsdale. Track pants were something you’d wear even when you weren’t planning to break a sweat!
Now, athleisure is a thing. Pairing running shoes with jeans may have been a fashion no-no in the past, but the lines between sportswear and style have been blurred. Comfort is “in”.
Gosha Rubchinskiy’s 2017 collection
Beyonce launched Ivy Park, an activewear clothing line. High-fashion labels like Paul & Joe and Alexander Wang has revealed luxe tracksuits. Fila releases its SS16 collection of nostalgic sportswear, and in the same vein, Russian label Gosha Rubchinskiy presented his sportswear-influenced line-up, which included collaborations with no-longer-popular-but-reemerging activewear labels like Kappa and Sergio Tacchini.
Is it all coming back too fast and too much? Start off with easier to handle, casual looks such as the fun and vibrant collection by Adidas x Rita Ora.
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