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Retro trends from back when, popular again

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Trends keep the fashion industry alive and kicking. Every season designers create new looks or reinvent old pieces long lost to the world of runway. The year 2015 paved a way for retro-inspired trends to wiggle their way into modern closets once again.

At the start of 2015, fashion houses in Paris, London and Milan all agreed on one main theme for their spring and summer collections: nostalgia. 90s inspired crop tops infiltrated the shopping scene followed by plenty of high-waists, rompers and cut-outs inspired by numerous decades of fashion. After touring campus, it’s evident students support this “new” retro trend.  All of these looks will turn heads this fall as you debut your long anticipated layered closets. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, your favorite outfit and jam out in retro style.


Wide-brimmed hats were all the rage in the 1800s for anyone who could afford such a luxury. Women attached elaborate plumes and flowers as a way to mark social status. Greta Garbo popularized the look in the early 20th-century film adaptation of Anna Karenina, bringing mystery to the once garish trend. Fast forward a few decades and the brims became larger and floppier than ever. Style icons Faye Dunaway and Bridget Bardot reintroduced the floppy hat in the 1970s. These suede sun blockers were a staple among the women of the decade. Some even wore them on their wedding day, adorned with ribbon and flowers. Today, women wear floppy hats to add a flair of retro to modern looks.


The cut-out trend may seem fresh, but in reality, it’s an adaptation of crotchet garments dating back to the early 19th century. This “holy” trend caught fire in the 1960s as women wore completely crocheted dresses with almost nothing underneath. Cut-outs became more tasteful as the mod crowd picked up the trend using it to showcase specific parts of the body rather than the whole thing. As the years passed, designers confined the cut-out to the back and shoulders. Nowadays, cut-outs are used as a decorative elements among designers as a way to illicit edginess among the classic looks with holes showcasing almost every part of the body in tasteful ways.


What was once a staple among the adolescents of the 70s is now a must have of every age group in 2015. French designer Jeanne Paquin created a suit using goat suede and wool in the 1930s. In recent years the popularity of suede has crept its way back into closets all over the world, showing its face first in shoes and working its way up to full-fledged business suits and skirts. As a versatile fabric, suede offers high-fashion silhouettes for every figure. Designers recognize this fabric as the perfect fall element, offering women a chance to spice up their warm weather closets.


John Lennon, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix possessed a “circular” sense of trend power in the world of sunglasses. Traditionally these glasses were made of thin wire and small lenses, but by the mid 1970s these groovy lenses grew in size taking on the motto, “the bigger the better.” Designers began to include sunglasses in their collections due to the inadvertent celebrity endorsements. In today’s time, these round shades are seen resting on the bridges of young folk, aiming to channel their inner flower child and groovy senses.

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