You know that you are getting old when you realize that you are seeing a certain fashion trend again.
It feels like a deja vu moment until you realize, “Oh, I remember – we wore it in middle school!”
It’s funny how skipping the jeans rack at our local Bargain Hunt demanded a recent double take on pinstripes and acid washes, bringing me back to 9th grade.
Speaking of the denim trend, I love the return of high-waisted “mom jeans”.
This time, I really appreciate his support.
Also back from the 70s, we saw lots of wide feet and flares. Of course, if that’s too extreme for your liking, a good ole bootcut will always work. And tucking skinny jean into knee-high or above-knee boots keeps them on trend.
When pantsuits and rompers resurfaced on the style scene a few years ago, I just smiled and thought, “Been there, did that,” realizing that it’s one of those trends I won’t be repeating at this stage of my life.
No matter how cute, I don’t need anything to slow me down when nature calls!
But funny enough, my stylish mother-in-law showed up at dinner recently in a black jumpsuit. I didn’t think it was a overalls until she returned to our table after a long disappearance into the ladies’ room.
When she explained the delay, I laughed to myself, comparing it to childbirth and how we tend to forget the pain.
Fashion repetition and interesting history. I read on a style blog that fashion fashions will last only 3 to 12 months, trends will last 1 to 5 years, and classic fashions will last for 5 to 10 years. Then if you wait about 20 years, the trend will re-emerge.
The 20 year rule is a concept commonly referred to in the fashion industry. And inspiration often appears in the mother’s wardrobe.
I have seen this with my brother-in-law and mother-in-law. Because my mother-in-law has stayed the same size over the years and because she has a lot of storage space, she doesn’t waste much (unlike my mother).
So my sister-in-law and niece enjoyed choosing from the collection of fashion history in her wardrobe.
Fashion historian James Laver has another theory about the life cycle of fashion trends.
Stanley Marcus, of the American luxury chain Neiman Marcus, agreed and used Laver’s Law to store clothes in his shop in the late 60s.
According to this law, when a trend is in fashion, it is “smart”.
One year earlier, this was “brave”. 20 years later, it just got “ridiculous”. 50 years, says Laver, is how long it takes a trend to start getting back into style.
Furthermore, Laver said this law applies to all creative media such as art, architecture, design and music.
Despite cyclical fashion trends, Laver points out there is definitely a purpose for a comeback, if not just a costume. Think shoulder pads.
Inspired by men’s football padding, designer Elsa Schiaparelli created a trendy look in the 30s. Women embraced him during World War II when one in four married women were allowed to work outside the home. It became an important style of dress in the 80s when women smashed the glass ceiling.
And with the rise of women’s movements, like #MeToo, and the largest percentage of women in the US Congress, it’s back.
An article entitled “Fashion Trends and Theory: Repeating History,” explains that the fashion cycle generally goes through five stages.
“First, designers introduce a style, and that style is often worn by selected ‘fashion leaders’, such as famous celebrities. When a celebrity wears a new style, it gets attention from fans and the media. The hype translates into style mass production.
“The public’s interest in developing the style is becoming a popular trend, as more and more people are adjusting the look. Finally, the excitement subsides when the market becomes saturated and people become bored.
“From there, a style is replaced by something new and more exciting, usually introduced by the same famous people and designers.”
Another factor influencing the fashion cycle is the state of the global economy, according to observations found online in Elite Daily:
“During the economic downturn, fashion is a bit of fun – people pay less attention to trends and more to ‘investment pieces’ or classics, like trusty little black dresses or classic men’s white buttons.
“It’s not random influence with a theory, but an economist who is looking at the first correlation between fashion and the economy.
“George Taylor developed the Hemline Theory to explain his findings. In the 1920s, she noticed women wearing short skirts to show off their silk stockings.
“When the market crashed, the hemlines went down and the skirts only got longer. The correlation was evident – a longer skirt allowed women to hide that they weren’t wearing (and couldn’t afford) stockings.
“During the period of economic growth, striking styles such as fur, leather, sequins and shimmer became the center of attention of consumers who wanted to flaunt their wealth. The more dazzling and less practical the trend, the higher the chances of money flowing freely. “
History is interesting and can teach us many lessons. We are wise to record pain and learn from our experiences, as well as from those who have gone before us. One thing I learned is that no matter how cute the shoes are, if they aren’t comfortable, I won’t buy them!
We’ve all heard, “Everything old becomes new again.” Do we really think we were the first to do something?
Solomon, in all his wisdom, said, “What has happened again, what has been done will be done again; nothing new under the sun. “
So why does history repeat itself? Thank God God did not bring up the past to curse but to atone. Yes, thank goodness, God is the redeemer!
And, by the way, gratitude is always in fashion!
Gina Moore, a news editorial journalism major, has run Consignment Marketplace Sales for 26 years and has worked part-time at Treasures. She also enjoys rural cooking, reading and writing about motherhood, life on the farm and how God’s love and study surrounds the population.