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The 20's are tending. Wait, make that the 60's, hold on, the 50's are back, followed by the 80's and finally the 20's again...
This bizarre image is the commonplace in fashion. What's in yesterday is back tomorrow. Which can make many fashion newbies (even myself) scratch their heads; desperately seeking reasons why this wackiness prevails. As those ugly flares you're about the throw out could be trendy next year. Yet you'll be saying goodbye to them by next spring. So I guess you could say, everything will be back in style in at least one moment of time. Tis the law of the fashion curve:
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It's simple: the item is introduced, picked up by a few, lauded by the mass, steadily ignored, then finally admonished altogether. Its fate now in the SALE section in the deepest of bargain store pile ups. To be literally ahead of the curve, you'll have to show a bit of confidence in your wear. After all, confidence is the one accessory all fashion mavens require. Cheesy sayings aside, this isn't saying you need to wear a zany gold sequin suit that borders Gaga - if that's your thing feel free - it is just having the guts to don that one piece of couture that may just bat a few eyebrows and make that trend-hunting girl turn her head in awe.
Yet, by the laws of the curve, whatever attire you dare to wear will ultimately be worn by the hoi poloi in no time. I know all to well of this horrific fate. For years Doc Martens, ombre, contrasting fabrics, tweed, bow ties, button downs, trilbies (I could type all day) have all been statements in my wardrobe. I can still recollect the day I bought my first pair of Doc Martens only to have my mum warn me that white docs are a little bit too out there. But now, everyone wears doc martens, and bow ties, and tweed. They've all been de-individualised by the fashion slaves.
What is the style of the noughties and teenies?
A reason many designers look to the past for inspiration is for nostalgia; a homage if you will to the ways of old. But you could even stipulate that this is the fashioners' desperate attempts to turn back the clocks to the decades of style. When you say the 60's, you think of skinheads, mods and everything skinny. What do you thinks of the 21st century 'teenies'? Anything? All but an amalgamation of reinterpreted trends from decades past. Speaking frankly, this is all we have. Unless Nike track suits paired with reebok trainers scream the teenies and noughties then I say bring on a Back to the Future (but not part III) style decade of retrograde fashion.
By incorporating these ancient trends with something new, they now seem, well, brand new. Allowing the new generations to re-experience their fashion history, though, do they actually understand it? It's a case of jamais vue. What used to be 'in' is being rinsed and repeated so many times that it loses all of its meaning. As more and more pieces become mainstream, they lose their original purpose of being beacons of individualism or being the style of a particular era. They'll claim to be wearing it ironically, but really it's just because the recent issue of GLAMOUR instructed them to do so.
So what can you do to beat this cycle of clothes? Wear what you want. Develop your own style. Do not just follow those who just claim to be au courant, endeavor through this populous domain and find the individuals They choose to wear what isn't cool to make it cool. Who cares if your personal style isn't in, wear it! Staying away from shell suits - everything's wrong about them - as long as you wear your clothes with style and confidence, you can pull it off.