Fashion trends will never leave, no matter how hard we try

A high-class Rococo woman fascinated by a woman’s baggy fashion of today
A high-class Rococo woman fascinated by a woman’s baggy fashion of today
Isa Peters

“Cheugy,” “slay,” “it girl,” “chic,” and “cringe,” are all words meant to describe the fashion we love and hate. But what determines if a style is ugly or cute? Ask a teenage girl from the 1950s and she will tell you that Christian Dior’s “New Look” will make you “ginchy.” Ask a teenage boy in the 1980s what he thinks of pleated trousers on every occasion and he’ll that you must be trippin’. No matter which era, you will always see that some people loved the fashion of the time and some would not mind if it disappeared forever. So let’s walk back in time and see how much our fashion has changed and how much has surprisingly stayed the same.

The 1990s JNCO jeans and 2020s baggy jeans
The 1990s JNCO jeans and 2020s baggy jeans

A known example is the baggy jeans of the 90s. Gen-Z loves the 90s and skater aesthetic, so it is no surprise they would enjoy the baggy pants that highlighted this era. There are so many pros that come with them. They are comfortable, non-restrictive, give you a cool silhouette, and go with almost anything. What made JNCO jeans so unique was that they passed the normal definition of baggy; they were like curtains for pants, which to your average teenager, is exactly what is needed to feel as unique as possible. These pants look so cool and slightly funny. If you were considering buying some of those radical pants in the modern day, just be warned that you might have to save up since they now start at $250. As NCT U would say “In my baggy, baggy, baggy, baggy, baggy, baggy, jeans.”

The 1910s corsets and 2010s waist trainers

When thinking of fashion history, one popular item that could come to mind is corsets. Corsets have a controversial history, even though most uses before the 1890s were for more practical use. The corset has been used to modify the body to a “perfect” shape in the past 100 years. It was first seen in the 1910s with women snatching their waists to the heavens because of the new and improved “Gibson Girl,” a new look on modern American beauty. But these new corsets had health complications because of how tight they were. This led to the misinformation that all stays, corsets, and other support garments throughout history have been oppressive. The Edwardian corset faded into the dark until Kim Kardashian introduced waist trainers to the general public one hundred years later promising an hourglass figure and a flat stomach. Which, unlike the Edwardian period, fell out of popularity very quickly. 

Georgian face patches and 2020s Starface patches

Historically, beauty marks and acne have not been what most people, especially nobles, would turn to when they think of “beauty.” An overlooked part of the well-known Rococo era is how many beauty patches they used. From stars to crescent moons, the French women of the time covered their faces in cute little shapes. According to Collectors Weekly, these patches were used to cover up blemishes and highlight their white skin. They seem kind of random though; why make all these shapes when you can have a normal circle that looks realistic? That was the general opinion until about a year ago when Starface Patches became all the rage. The little yellow, blue, and Hello Kitty star pimple patches are a major hit for teens and young adults. They look silly, making them fun to wear out and about. It is a fun resemblance between French aristocrats and American teenagers

1940s womens overalls and 2010s art fashion aesthetic
1940s women’s overalls and 2010s art fashion aesthetic

WWII is known as a huge era of change, both politically and culturally. Since many men were off across the sea fighting, women needed to help out back home which meant taking traditionally masculine jobs in the military, offices, etc. Consequently, this also meant ditching the dresses and introducing pants. For the first time, women were allowed to wear long pants. Overalls and jumpsuits were a major fashion trend and a new way of living. Slowly, they faded into the dark when men came back home and women returned to a more “traditional” way of life. Overalls have been in and out of fashion since then, but I distinctly remember around 2015 when the Tumblr Art aesthetic was blowing up. Tumblr in general was (and still is) a popular site for people in any fandom, so when one user made Sailor Moon-inspired outfits, these overalls and high-waisted pants blew up overnight. 

1980s Velour tracksuits and 2020s Nike tech

The 1980s were known for its big, slightly ugly at times, fashion. With a bright blush up the cheekbone, obnoxiously permed hair, and hit-or-miss fashion. One fashion trend that survived surprisingly well is the velour tracksuit trend or just the general tracksuit trend. There was a revival in the 2000s and now with the Nike Tech suit, something about matching jackets and pants attracts mankind. Walking around the halls of any high school, you will see teenage boys wearing or talking about Nike Tech suits, which is not too far off from the stereotypical bright neon tracksuits that identify the eighties.  

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Isa is a sophomore, a Perspectives reporter, and on the Black and Gold podcast. She is excited for her first year on the Journalism team! When she’s in the podcast room you can see all the ideas flowing out of her head and simply just enjoying being with friends. She is a passionate artist, music lover (specifically K-pop), and avid movie critic on Letterboxd. When not in the podcast room she’s on the sidelines cheering with the Varsity Dance Team or in her room reading about Jo March’s adventures.

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