Comeback Fashion Trends

If you don’t think your mother is the trendiest person you know, then we have bigger problems on the horizon than you might think, or you might be under a bewitching spell in which the women who gave you life isn’t cooler than millennial pink – Which she is.

But maybe you’re not looking at it right, right? You know those old photographs of your mom, the ones hidden in a box full of nostalgic trinkets and love notes that she keeps hoarded under the stairs. The picture’s featuring her audacious 18-year-old self-frozen forever in time, in her seemingly dorky outfits, in which she sports too many ruffles, a pair of sneaker and show-stopping earrings. Literally encapsulating what can only be seen as a mix of poor decisions and ravishing youth. Everything about this photo makes your mom feel bad, regrets about her hairstyle and the passing of time. However, as you look at this slightly saturated photograph of your young mother, you can’t help but think of only two things. Damn. My mom was fine and second, god, she was trendy, where are those clothes now?

These thought always come with a sense of surprise as you question the style of a woman who is obsessed with Tupperware and the presenter of strictly come dancing. But fashion just like history repeats itself. With the looks, your mother still questions today quietly returning to the catwalks all over the world. Although fashion has come a long way, a cycle of repeated nostalgia still runs through the trends of today, making a massive reference to the era’s of the past mainly the 1970’s & 1990’s. The beauty of fashion in that it’s not an exact science and it is more about creative expression and feeling than it is about accuracy, so it can often be difficult to pinpoint why these trends keep repeating themselves. We’ve seemed to have unanimously come to agree that fashion has a 20-year trend cycle, and with culture evolving faster each year what was cool in the 70’s became hot in the 90’s and is now being reimagined 20 decades later yet again.

What does this exactly tell us about the fashion of the near future? Is it our inner millennial nostalgia holding on to the simplicity of the past? How many throwback Thursdays and flashback Fridays do we need to punctuate the language of our generation and curate a retrospective of our greatest hits? Do we forever keep raiding the cupboard of our mother’s past to stay on trend? What in the good name of innovation is going on? Is it time to take off our retro rose-tinted glasses and become true innovators of style or are we entangled in a complex behavior wherein we are continually cribbing from someone else and where no original idea is possible. No need for department stores when you have thrift stores right?

With so many unanswered questions posed and not nearly enough answers, where do we turn or is having no answers the point, with no definite idea to box us in one direction, one look? Should we continue to be magpies, picking things, we like from different generations only to construct them together into one mixed polygamous marriage of the noughties, bohemian rock & roll, and modern minimalism. The answer is as simple as this; fashion lets you be the most-in-your-dreams version of yourself, leading you down different rabbit holes. Each one offering a wonderland in which we get to assign our self-roles and become the characters we choose – even if it is temporary. With an elaborate fashionista riding inside our brain that demands the most over-the-moon make-believe extra wardrobe. The choice of what makes up that closet is entirely yours, with no right or wrong choices only fabulous ones. Whether you choose to channel the audition 18-year-old who gave your life, celebrities that grace the covers of fashion magazines, Kim Kardashian or all three, the seam of the fashion industry is forever evolving, with different eras and culture woven together, remixed and reimagined. It’s not what you have that important but how you choose to wear it.

Now if you’re looking for inspiration or just curious to see what my mother once thought was cool, here are five trends from 2017 that we have seen before, trends reimagined and making waves across the globe once again.

Fanny Pack/Bum Bag

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It’s been more than twenty years, and the name still hasn’t settled comfortably, yet the trend is back and way chicer than that of its original 1990’s counterpart. With the fashion industry revival of the ‘fashion pack.’ Once again opting for a hand’s free bag this time taking a more luxurious approach, the new luxury bag seems to have shed its dorky reputation and adopted a somewhat cooler one that oozes style and convenience. This year it has ignited billboards and runways across the world featuring on campaigns of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Armani. No longer the practical tourist-like accessory the Fashion Packs are now worn with a fresh over the shoulder styling trend that has been worn by some of Hollywood’s most prominent young style icons. If you’re not planning your outfit around your recently unarchived fanny pack, then you’re doing it all wrong. And although being a Hollywood style icon may be a far cry from the wardrobe I currently possess but I know my mom would definitely approve of a safe, convenient way to keep my things and they say a mother is always right. Fanny pack/bum bag (still weird) for the win.

Merch Tees

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The Merch Tee is the new bell of the ball, the longtime wardrobe staple of the openly cheeky while the shirts themselves may not be anything new, it a trend that is adaptable, versatile and current. Trends like this aren’t easy to come by and thus we hope this is a trend that never leaves us. While Merch Tees have spent most of their existence relegated to the bottom drawer used for lazy girl sleepwear, and gym and laundry day’s only it’s nice to see our off-duty favourite get a makeover – really it’s about time too. Their birth of this revitalised trend started during the political sloganeering of the American election cycle and suddenly the runway featured an array of political wordy tee’s and slogans. Fashion took wearing your heart on your sleeve to new heights letting their opinions and concerns be heard through their clothing adopting a social and political conscious that is just as catchy as it is cool. Although the The Merch Tee have come along way from days of being souvenirs, and keepsake from your favourite band but with brands, designers and stores all jumping on the Merch Tee bandwagon we’ve seen our favourite staple remixed into our favourite fashion statement.

Military

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Military is one of those trends that has been relieved time and time again, experiencing a dizzy evolution in this past half century, from the likes of Jane Fonda and John and Yoko in their matching military surplus military wear has always been a part of the fashion vernacular. As we welcomed the digital age, we thought t the military era would soon be a thing of the past. With the takeover of tech and nuclear weapons filling the interest of the army the military no longer battles it out on the field. Today instead they sit in a room waiting to push a button that will see to the end of their enemies. This change has had an impact on what military uniforms requirements are as well as how we and the fashion industry see military wear.

However, thanks to combat simulations games like paintball and Esports we can relive our nostalgia of Military and the new impact that these simulation games have on the uniform of combat wear. The tech influence has seen the modernization of military wear through the evolution of these combat games, with the ability to play online, place bets on your Esports game or meet new allies from around the world. Military is no longer a nostalgic uniform of the past, but rather a fashion statement of the future, more of a philosophy than a passing trend, military intertwines and reinterprets a rebellious and sophisticated style, one of control and determination. The trend sparked revival during the American electoral process in which designers embodies the ideologies of ‘soldiering through’ times that are tough by creating an exterior feeling of strength and security.

Gen Z Yellow

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Colour & light have been the watchwords for the 2017 fashion season. For most of 2017 scrolling through social media platforms was like a constant blur of pink, featuring, pink walls, falls, shoes, interior exterior, accessories, filters, you name it, we saw it in pink. The color is known as ‘millennial pink’ has muted and expanded to include a variety of different shades and hues through the year. The paradox which made pink so great is the ‘girly, girl baggage that it’s associated with was reimagined as a symbol of feminism and resistance. Just like millennial pink before it Gen Z yellow has slowly infiltrated our subconscious, reinforcing its subtle charm as the trend suddenly sneaks up on us and suddenly we’re obsessed, and our social media platforms blur into the sun, becoming one melting hot pot of different shades of yellow. Gen Z yellow is the natural evolution of millennial pink; it maintains the same eye-pleasing softness and sweet tones of millennial pink had but without the childlike sentimentality. It speaks to the 1950 lemon meringue aesthetic; the color is both ironic and consent. Gen Z yellow is both modern and nostalgic, bring about a zesty energy and optimism. Yellow is known to be one of the least flattering colors out there to wear; this adds to its desirability as 2017 has been the year of both trying and caring but entirely for your agenda.

Cyborg Chic

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It’s been a long time since the sunglasses well was reinvented or even remixed. You know what your mom always says “If it’s not broken don’t fix it” and for so long the world listened until now. Sunglass have the potential to completely transform an outfit, often losing credit for making an outfit feel super chic and cool. 2017 saw a collaboration that evolved the sunglasses wheel, with a collection by Adam Selman and Le Specs. The collection featured a marriage of the retro cat eye silhouette with a cyborg inspired futuristic chic, so contrast they work. Projecting a kitschy-colourful but glamours and graphic look all at the same time, a trend that is both edgy and understated. There newness was quick to be gobbled up by bloggers and celebrity’s a like. This trend once again place homage to the past, staring at envious at my mother’s wardrobe at sixteen and swearing that I’ll keep all my clothes and accessories for my someday child. This trend is one that lets your drugstore glasses look like they’ve come straight from the runway and anything from a vintage shop suddenly become better than anything you can buy in a store.

May Outfit Posts

May was busy. In fact, May was an extremely busy month. It was filled with press shows, events and family time, and it also featured some sunshine, and weather that was decidedly sunny – hurray! That said, it almost ruined the Bank holiday by pouring with a rain storm that can only be described as biblical, which was a shame, as the Friday before the Whitsun bank holiday was hot, hot, hot. I was in Wales for the Bank holiday and have to say we had two nice days, and in Britain, two out of three isn’t bad.

In terms of my wardrobe, May was filled with lots of my vintage and charity shop buys as I finally embraced my summer wardrobe.  There were a few new pieces, including my white skirt from TK Maxx that has a fifties prom feel, and the lovely Topshop dress that has a Bardot style neckline and a lovely silver thread running through it. But in general, this has been a month of bargain spotting, from the culottes that I got thinking they were a skirt, pricely sum £2.49, to the Louboutins that almost had me salivating (£25), and the red 1980s pleated skirt that is so lovely and cost just £1.99 from a Compton Hospice shop. I love having fun with fashion and generally think I have more fun rummaging than I do shopping the High Street.

What did you get this month? Do you ever vintage or charity shop?

Father in Law’s Birthday meal

Top Charity Shop Skirt TK Maxx Bag Sonia Rykiel Shoes Vivienne Westwood Necklace Primark

New Season Launch at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Top and Culottes Charity Shop Shoes Clarks Bag Vintage

Joe’s special Class Assembly

Jumper Charity Shop Bracelet Bombay Duck Skirt H&M Shoes M&S

Funny Girl Press Night

Dress Charity Shop Bag Vintage Shoes M&S

Wedding shopping with my Brother

Top Primark Skirt Vintage Shoes Dorothy Perkins

School Run and working from home

Jumper M&S Skirt Tu Shoes Charity shop

Shopping

Jumper Tu Skirt F&F Clothing Shoes River Island

Sunday Lunch

Dress Vintage Bracelet Vintage Shoes Office

Traveling back from Wales

Top New Look Skirt Charity shop Sandals Clarks Basket TK Maxx

Wet Day in Wales

Kagoul New Look Top Primark Skirt Dorothy Perkins Sandals Clarks Bag Vivienne Westwood at OD’s Designer Clothing

Sunshine in Wales

Necklace Vintage Top Primark Skirt Topshop Flip Flops Store 21 Bag as before

School Run

Top Charity Shop Skirt Vintage Shoes Vintage Ferragamo Necklace Kleshna

Date Night

Dress F&F Clothing Shoes Louboutin (Charity shop find)

Sunday Lunch

Dress 1970s vintage Shoes Vintage Ferragamo

Tommy Press Night

Jacket 1980s vintage top and coated skinnies Primark Necklace – gift from hubby Shoes Primark

A day in Barmouth

Necklace Topshop Top and shoes Primark Skirt Charity shop

The Verdict Press Night

Dress Wallis Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Imelda May at the Symphony Hall

Necklace – Gift from Mom Jumpsuit Primark Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Joe’s football presentation

Dress Joanie Clothing Bag Vintage Shoes Clarks

dress Topshop
Shoes Givenchy vintage

Vintage Fashion Finds

It seems an age since I brought you a post looking at my vintage fashion finds, but lately, I find myself wearing more and more vintage pieces. I don’t have a favourite era when it comes to vintage finds, and I tend not to wear them in a particularly retro style, preferring to mix the vintage and the modern to create looks that could work anywhere, at any time.

Vintage is still relatively easy to find if you know what you are looking for and where to look. Charity shops often have vintage sections now, or the stuff is just nestling on the rails, in particular labels like M&S (look for those St Michael labels) and Dorothy Perkins (this is a store that has been going for years and years.) 1980s fashions are not always classed as vintage, but as 1980 is now almost 40 years ago I think they definitely pass, and these are easy to find – so many large shoulder pads, elasticated waists and belts and large prints to be picked up really cheaply.

I find most of my best finds in charity shops, this month alone I have found a Burberrys (not Burberry until quite recently) classic mackintosh and a pair of lotus brown leather platforms from the 1970s. The Burberrys Mac was £15 and is an amazing buy, whilst the shoes were £4. (You can see both below). My favourite town for real bargains is West Bromwich, where £1 seems to be the average price paid. I once got an Escada polo neck jumper for £1 and almost ran out the shop as I felt I should’ve been wearing a stripy top and a mask, it was that much of a steal.

There are so many preconceptions about vintage. One is that you can only buy vintage if you are size 8. This is frankly untrue, there are some amazing plus size pieces out there, and, as you can see from my piccies, I haven’t been a size 10 in years. Another preconception is that the clothes smell. I find that most of the stuff I find in charity shops has been laundered, and if not, it is worth a dry clean for the saving you are making, and the feel of buying something original, that no-one else will be wearing,

Featured here are some of the vintage buys I have picked up in shops. My fave vintage shop is Ego, based in Lincoln. It’s where I found the lovely Edith Flagg blue dress from the 1960s that is just so lovely. I teamed it with Mary Portas for Clarks shoes (another charity shop find) and a modern Topshop clutch from this season – proof you can mix and match your eras with ease.

Do you ever shop vintage?

Charity shop finds, a vintage blouse (1970s) and a pleated, school style skirt. (1980s?)

Early 1960s Edith Flagg dress from Ego (£14) worn with Mary Portas for Clarks shoes (charity Shop) and Topshop Clutch bag.

Modern outfit from H&M and Day Birger et Mikkelsen worn with 1970s Italian leather vintage shoes.

1970s day dress, £1 from West Bromwich charity shop.

Early 1980s pleated skirt, £1 from charity shop, worn with Carvela 1980s shoes (£1.99).

1970s Bettina of London dress from Charity Shop (£4.00)

More Vintage Finds

Skirt £1.00. 1970s.

Vintage Jaeger Knitwear

Lotus brown leather 1970s platforms £4.00

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