Welcome to my first fashion editorial column for GetOutLB!
This is where I’ll be sharing my thoughts and insights about:
What`s In…What`s Out…and What’s the Deal with Fashion Today!
Let’s get right to it, shall we! Why on Earth use style (and I use the word loosely) from the 90’s to influence today’s fashion trends! It so boggles my mind.
Here’s the thing about trends; As soon as something is recognizably “IN”, it’s already on its way OUT. I’ve always saved my favorites, not so much waiting for the styles to come back, but with the hope that I’ll lose those extra inches in my waistline (mind you, I am never giving up my Oreos and milk), to be able to fit into them again.
Here we are, back around to the 90’s style of fashion with buzzwords like “minimalistic”, “Casual”, “Androgynous”, and “Sport-Lux”, just to drop some labels.
For those of us, old enough to call it the “olden days,” our memories of ’90s fashion were basically a mish-mash, which changed almost yearly. The most significant era in the 1990s was the rise of the grunge influence, which saw men dressing like their favorite rock stars, wearing branded t-shirts, jeans and leather boots or hi-top Converse shoes. Flannel and cold-weather wear ran amuck in every region.
As I search my memories of the 90’s, I recall some of the other clothing styles and accessories that were quite the rage. Girls wore E.G. socks with canvas Keds sneakers, tie-dyed and Hawaiian prints, neon-colored plastic discs that bunched a girl’s shirt to one side, slap bracelets that covered have of each arm, mini-backpack purses, and hair worn long and in a side ponytail. Then for the guys, there were L.A. Gear sneakers that blinked lights with each step, Nike was a big brand, fisherman hats, baseball hats with tags left on, and overalls were considered “the thing to wear”, and spiked hair was a must. Lastly, who could forget…? Well, actually I would like to forget, the famous fanny pack, which never caught on with me. Whew! And not to worry, it’s not coming back!
Today’s fashion trends that were influenced by the 1990s, can be seen in clothing style details such as the big shoulder, large chunky costume jewelry, ankle-length hems, and leather skirts for women. For the men, we see white oxford shirts, cable knit sweaters, baseball shirts, and old West Point cadet jackets that are back in vogue. (OH, how I loved, love, and always will love that certain something about a man in a uniform)
So! Once we get past all the ‘90s style revivals, you might be asking yourself what the next fashion trend buzzwords you can expect to hear and see buzzing around? Well, you didn’t hear it from me, but the biggest fashionista buzzword is “Wearability”! Now, isn’t that just fashionating?
Here are some of the other future fashion buzzwords: “Big Data”, “Tech-Wear”, “Holographic Chic”, and “Dimensional”! I ventured to ask some of my stylishly fashion aware friends, and fashion industry professionals at my recent trip to the California Market Fashion Design Job Fair, what they thought about trends. The majority agreed that the antiquated notion of “fashion trends”, which can be defined as the regurgitation of styles from the past, will be replaced by “personal style”! (Which is actually another trend, but perhaps with more practical sustainability)
Fashion repeats itself, so nothing ever goes completely out of style. With that being said, make sure to check out my next article in GetOutLB. I’ll be filling you in on the best clothing stores to shop in Long Beach, to help you create your own “personal style”.
And remember, fashion trends come and go, but originality never goes out of style. Be creative and always remember to be yourself regardless of fashion fads.