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Every season, there’s a resurgence of a trend or trends from past decades. This season, per usual, retro-looks have emerged from various decades, but this season some even coexist in the same garment. Depending on when you were born, you may find yourself dreaming of those too cute overalls you used to love, or recall rocking out in a fringe jacket with your bandmates. Or you might feel like you were born at the wrong time, and wish you could bedazzle in the glitz of the Roaring 20’s, or blow people’s minds with those bold hues of the 80’s.

Worry not! Many retailers offer modern, trendy versions of these once-belittled or even forgotten trends, or you might just  revamp relics you already own. So go ahead and do it! Dig in the back of your closet and pull out some of your favorite fashion from years ago, and/or hit the thrift stores for authentic pieces that have made a roaring comeback.

Who says you can’t relive the past?


BACK IN THE 90’s

90s TLC wearing overallsOveralls
Everyone from trouble-making twins Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, to R&B girl band TLC, to Will Smith in The Fresh Prince was rocking this one-piece denim creation. This season, celebrities of all sorts have been spotted in updated versions of overalls. Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio in TopShop, actress Diane Kruger in Big Star, as well as Liv Tyler, Heidi Klum, Alexa Chung, Miley Cyrus, and Vanessa Hudgens. Designer Rachel Roy has stated that she’s working on a pair to put in her next collection and designers Betsey Johnson and Rebecca Minkoff have admitted to being fans. The list goes on. Believe it or not, overalls are back!
Modern Overalls
The trick is to wear the updated style with a tapered leg, as opposed to the baggy styles that were oh, so cool in the 90’s. Underneath, wear a crop top or tee for a casual summer look, paired with ASOS Denim Overalls in Vintage Wash ($76.36), asos.com or Free People Washed Denim Overall ($148), freepeople.com. For a more girly look, try a chic collared shirt in a pretty pastel shade, as styled with the TopShop Moto Blue Denim Pini dress ($76), topshop.com.


TOTALLY 80’s

Neon dressesNeon
I entered my local Macy’s department store recently, and instantly reached for my shades. Before my eyes were racks upon racks of lurid neon tops and bottoms, bringing back visions of 80s spandex ensembles. If you don’t want to look like you just attended a jazzercise class, try wearing neutral pieces with small splashes of neon, as seen at the Christian Dior Spring 2013 show. For going out on the town, a little black dress with electric 80’s inspired shocks of color will have others thinking you’re their Lucky Star. Try the Quontum Bodycon Dress With Neon Stripe ($47.52), asos.com, or the Versace Cady Memphis lightning flash detail dress ($624), matchesfashion.com.

Neon accessoriesOr add a fun accessory, like a neon necklace or highlighter-bright crossbody handbag. Check out the Blu Bijoux Square Tube Link Neon Bib Necklace in Hot Pink ($39), maxandchloe.com and/or the Tory Burch “Neon Snake” Crossbody Bag in Flash Yellow ($295), macys.com.

Brooke Shields wearing hi rise jeansHigh-Waisted Shorts
Hemlines and waistlines have migrated North and travelled South throughout the decades. In the 80s, nothing came between 15-year-old model Brooke Shields and her hi-waisted Calvin Kleins. Unfortunately, high-waisted jeans quickly developed a bad rap, becoming known known as “mom jeans”, and even inspiring an awesome SNL commercial parody. But once again this summer, high-rise shorts are all the rage! Wear this short and sexy denim trend with anything. Try it belted with a silky button-up shirt for a more polished look, or with this season’s popular crop tops to stay cool during the dog days of summer.

Hi rise shortsA few cute options are the American Apparel Light Wash High-Waist Jean Cuff Short ($58), americanapparel.net and the Wildfox Heather High Waist Shorts in Light Acid Wash, as seen on Vanessa Hudgens ($169), shoptrendboutique.com.


SLAMMIN’ 70’s

Old crochet swimwearCrochet Swimwear
Midriff baring beauties romped about the beaches in the 1970s, in colorful crocheted bikinis. And this year, a slightly more modest crocheted one-piece emerged as a swimwear trend, often in neutral colors. These suits are feminine because of the intricate crochet detailing, but offer just enough of a glimpse of skin to not seem too dowdy.

Modern crochet swimsuitsTry the Robin Piccone 'Penelope' Crochet Overlay One Piece Swimsuit in aqua ($130), Nordstrom.com; the Anna Kosturova Filigree Maillot Monokini ($161), theorchidboutique.com; or the Billabong Shane One Piece ($74.62), pacsun.com.

Fringe Jackson 5Fringe
Fringe was seen on many a 70’s rock star, including The Jackson 5 and funk legend Chaka Khan, often on Western inspired vests, jackets, and pants. This trend has become a staple of summer music festivals, probably as a product of today’s youth paying homage to the legendary 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.

Fringe vestsFor a modern take on fringe this summer, try a crocheted vest with fringe details in a neutral color, to pull over throwback concert tees, printed bandeaus, or colorful tanks. We like the Mango Fringed Openwork Vest ($49.99), mango.com; Free People Stitch in Time Vest ($89.95), freepeople.com; and the Full Tilt Women's Crochet Vest ($22.99), tillys.com


ROARING 20’s

Skip back in time a few decades, and say hello to the sparkling and sophisticated return of the 20s. Thanks to the recent film adaption of The Great Gatsby, drop-waist dresses, art deco jewelry and blinged out hair bands have been seen adding a glamourous touch to 1920s theme parties across the country this season.

20s women wearing drop-waist dressesDrop-waist Dresses
The fashion revolution in the 1920s meant freedom  for women from constricting corsets and annoyingly long hemlines. Instead, loose fitting clothing with drop-waists de-emphasized curves, giving women a more boyish frame, and allowing them to be more active overall. Modern day versions of the drop-waist dress are re-imagined with current trends, lots of lace and bright colors.

Drop-waist dressesFor day, try the Jessica Simpson Tiered Lace Dress ($88.80), nordstrom.com, or the Marc by Marc Jacobs sleeveless dress ($327.32), farfetch.com. For cocktail hour, slip on the Asos TFNC Deco Embellished Dress with Drop Waist ($100.12), asos.com, or the even more glamorous Pissar Nights Beaded Drop Waist Dress (just $198!), nordstrom.com.

The Great GatspyArt Deco Jewels
Emerald baubles and geometric diamond designs were big in the 20s. You can get the same understated look, with the simple yet beautiful Lanvin Art Deco Bangle (459.88), farfetch.com. If you’d like to make more of a statement, glamourize your hands with a Sabine Art Deco Shield Ring ($8.97), piperlime.com; Rachel Zoe Deco Drop Earrings ($260), neimanmarcus.com; and the Shameless Jewelry Gold and Opalescent Crystal Art Deco Bib Necklace ($73), maxandchloe.com.
Art deco jewelry
For a closer look at the breathtaking fashion seen in Hollywood’s latest The Great Gatsby, pick up the Blu Ray edition, which will be released this month on August 27!

 

 

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 149 - September 2018
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