We all know the age-old saying, history repeats itself. We know, we KNOW. But somehow, when it comes to fashion, we all gasp with surprise when an old style is resurrected from the fashion graveyard and makes its way to the tip-top of the trend scape. Something about burying a hideous fashion statement is almost too monumental to ever imagine undoing, but time and time again, the fashion folk always return to the archives for modern inspiration.
This year, we’re experiencing all kinds of fashion flashbacks. Not just one decade has made a comeback—not even two. Three decades are taking over the storefront windows, and it’s hard to tell what time period we’re in at this point. Between the positively posh vibes from the ‘60s woman’s wardrobe and the folky ‘70s that is sticking around for a few more seasons, we thought we’d be totally retro for a while. But then the ‘90s came back, too.
As far as the Sixties go, we found a Fashionisers rundown that compiled the looks from Kate Spade’s Spring/Summer display: “The numbers displayed were beyond bright: colorful doll-dresses, floral midi circle skirts, puritan-collar short roll-up-sleeve white shirts, horizontal-striped midi A-line and tube skirts of sequin and silk fabrics, pink floral bell-dresses with ruffled skirts as well as a black bold short guipure black dress, a lightweight chic floral overall…” It’s tough to say no to the ‘60s, and luckily, many more affordable brands are catching onto the trend and creating similar silhouettes that won’t break the bank.
Then there’s the Seventies, which appeared for fall last year and are still holding on to their moment. So if you were late to the disco for fall, you have a chance to redeem yourself this spring. The ‘70s fabric taking over the style scene is unseasonable suede, so it’s actually better to opt for a knock-off version because the material will be lighter and you won’t have to sweat your way through summer. Lyst’s approach makes it easy to browse by price point, and judging by the options displayed there, it looks like suede festival boots are a big hit.
And last but not least, the beloved Nineties. Millennial babies know that the ‘90s are simultaneously one of the most questionable yet nostalgic fashion eras, and we’re embracing the comeback moment with arms wide open. Choker necklaces are taking over the accessory game, like WhoWhatWear reports. It’s great because if you’re really crafty, you can make your own by tying ribbon around your neck, just like you did as an 8th grader.
We all know fashion can be cyclical, but it’s kind of wild to see how everything has really come full circle!