Fashion is temporary. The hottest trends tend not to last long, maybe a few years or more. Remember Heelys? The shoes with wheels embedded in the soles that allowed you to skate around all of life’s responsibilities? They’re more than a little dead no and are unlikely to make a comeback. Not every bit of fashion dies so hard, though. Many trends from the seventies, eighties, and nineties are popping back up in our current culture. Fashion changes though, and you can see how the trends from the past have melded with our current ones to form new genres of fashion. Let’s peruse a few of this years more subtle, but more permanent trends.
These portable pouches dominated the world for years back in the eighties. You weren’t hip unless you had one of these straddled across your hip. The pouches were typically simple, just a rough fabric pouch with a horizontal strap meant to be wrapped around the waist for easy access. After the eighties? They were nowhere to be found, believed to have gone extinct in the 2000’s. Surprise surprise, they’ve made a comeback—but they’ve changed. No longer fabric stretched across the waist, these trendy bags now closer resemble small purses. They are usually worn close across the torso via shoulder strap, come in a variety of fabrics, and have multiple zippers. Doubt the ascension of the fanny pack into modern culture? Ask Gucci—even Gucci has hopped on the fanny train.
Versatile yet easily recognizable. The high top was a staple of the nineties. Though the classic Chuck Taylors and inescapable Vans dominated the market, other varieties of the shoe existed and were popular. High tops were essentially a mix of sneakers and boots. They had the flexible and lightweight soles of tennis shoes with the high, rigid ankle support of a boot. Such shoes were prevalent among the Grunge movement of the nineties. Kurt Cobain famously wore a pair of ratty black Chuck Taylors almost everywhere he went. They never completely died, but since 2010 they’ve gained significant popularity. Right beside Adidas’ unstoppable white striped sneakers, the classic black striped Vans are the pinnacle of teenage fashion. And Chuck Taylors? Everyone has got a pair, so grow a pair and get yourself some high tops.
Tie dye once held a special historical significance to the American people. The psychedelic and wild colors of tie dye were the calling card of new age hippies. The Flower Power movement of the sixties was swinging some serious trends: tasseled jackets, aviators, and tie dye once decorated America’s Bohemian youth. Though considered a major fashion faux pas by some, tie dye is still significant today. Are you and your friends bored? Tie dye some shirts together. Its, cheap, creative, and versatile. No two tie dyes are exactly alike, so you’ll stand out.
Unlike the previous items, this trend only became relevant recently. Oversized shirts were nowhere to be found during the rage that was the 2000s, but 2015 saw the birth of one of streetwear’s most iconic pieces: very, very large shirts. The trend knows no bound: T-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, even winter coats, all have been bloated into the mainstream. The fad stretches across the globe to touch superstars like Kanye, internet icons such as PewDiePie, and many sad looking runway models. The best part? Oversized clothing is easy to find and cheap is you look in the right places. The size of the shirt—not necessarily the fabric or print—is the statement, so any big shirt can catapult you into the sinkhole of streetwear. XXL versions of T-shirts, hoodies, and sweaters tend to be the same price as their regular-sized counterparts, so investing in this fad won’t break the bank. That is, unless you decide to visit Gucci or Balenciaga. Fashion comes at a price, boys.
While not a specific accessory or article of clothing, streetwear is definitely one of the biggest, yet still underground, fads of 2019. Streetwear, like high tops with grunge, centers around hipster and internet culture. The appearance of streetwear is difficult to describe simply due to its diverse components. Streetwear is close to grunge in culture, but it substitutes the ratty, torn look of the nineties with a clean, utilitarian approach. In its broadest definition, streetwear is simply any gettup that doesn’t belong in a formal setting but that clearly took effort and planning. You would see someone wearing it on the street. Solid colors, oversized clothing, and contemporary fabrics and designs make up the bulk of streetwear.