Old Trends Coming Back
By Brad Arata
It is the year 2018, but you wouldn’t be able to tell in terms of fashion and culture. Everywhere you turn, you see remnants from the 90’s, 80’s and even 70’s. Suddenly, you are borrowing your parent’s clothes and asking for a Polaroid camera for your birthday. Old trends are evidently new again and they are everywhere.
Growing out your hair is back in style, just as it was in the 80’s. Actors Chris Hemsworth, Johnny Depp, and Bradley Cooper all have had the slicked back long hairstyle which is influencing the younger generation to grow out their hair as well.
Former Minnesota Vikings pro-bowler Jared Allen once said, “The mullet isn't just a hairdo, it is definitely a lifestyle.”
Every day we see checkered Vans, jean jackets, bell-bottom jeans, dad hats, half shirts, visors, and many more blasts from the past. It is a movement in the fashion world and many young people are loving it. Kids are starting to get creative and search for their new outfits at Goodwill or even in their grandparents’ and parents’ closets.
Trent Helton, a junior at Novato High described the trend.
“I guess it shows that history repeats itself,” Helton said “I just kinda go with what I like and for some reason, I guess subconsciously, I like fashion trends from older generations and have incorporated them into my own style.”
When I was in middle school, I would judge people that wore large, vibrant-colored jackets, and now I am somewhat envious when I see these being worn. People wear attire now that would cause them to stick out in any crowd five years ago. However, today these outfits have simply become everyday clothes.
These outfits give people a way to express themselves, and we should be proud of our level of societal acceptance that allows people to smile in the face of creative outfits rather than laugh at them.
Abner Diaz, another junior at Novato High, shared his opinions on the cyclical outfits.
“I like it a lot. Especially how people can make tons of creative outfits and express themselves through their clothes,” said Diaz.
We see the fashion change with people on every stage, whether it be students around Novato High wearing stylish overalls, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors wearing dress shorts at last year’s NBA award ceremony, or Kanye West shaking the fashion world with his Yeezy merchandise.
Everyday, you see athletes and celebrities wearing extravagant outfits that might have made you scratch your head a few years ago, but now you see the imagination and creativity behind the outfits that take remnants from the pre 2000s in order to make the outfit look good.
Athletes like Russell Westbrook, Cam Newton, Von Miller, and many more almost compete to put together the most ridiculous outfits they can, yet they are praised for being fashionistas and new-age trendsetters, while they pull ideas from generation x’s prime fashion.
The “short-short” style shorts are coming back as well. You would be considered foolish to wear your shorts above your knees while playing basketball in the early 2000s, yet now you see a vast majority of players doing it on all levels. You see it with phenoms like Jaylen Hands, Shareef O’neil, Bol Bol, and Lamelo Ball sporting the short-shorts look, which has clearly spread through to their peers.
A big reason why these trends are being spread is the media. The media has a huge effect on what younger kids wear and when they see their favorite celebrity wearing flare pants, crop tops, and a fedora, they immediately want the same.
Molly Carter, a junior at Novato High weighed in with her thoughts about the topic as well.
“It’s just like any other trend, with the media exposing any new or old trends, anything can come back or go away. It’s like a wave and a ripple effect almost,” said Carter.
Another large part of cyclical fashion trends coming back are in footwear. Sneaker heads are going crazy about the new Yeezy 700s, which are selling for more than $730, but look like an old pair of Saucony shoes that you would see your grandpa wearing.
Vans and Converse are probably the most common shoes people wear today, with the nostalgic checkered patterns popping up frequently nowadays. High tops being the most popular types of shoes back in the pre 2000s are among the most popular now as well.
We also see this in terms of hair, as we see it all over campus. Every other student you see has extravagant colorways and style in their hair. Bringing back the Cyndi Lauper, John Stamos, James Dean type of hairstyles are the new normal. It is a trend that a lot of people would have laughed out about a decade ago, but people now long for these days.
There has been a shift in the culture. Kids have been buying records again and asking if their grandparents have record players. You hear a lot of nostalgic music at dances, concerts, games, and in artist’s music as well. You also see old films being remade and sentiments from old films being incorporated into current movies.
There are a lot of teens and pre-teens today that would tell you their favorite band is Metallica, their favorite movie is Hairspray, they can name the original 151 Pokémon, and they own Polaroid cameras.
Some of these old trends, we all can agree, should stay in the past, but I can see some sticking around for a while. You can now express yourself through your interests and clothes you wear no matter what they may be, and easily find people with similar taste.