When it comes to fashion, certain aspects leave an indelible impression on us. No matter what the fashion police say about them (usually bashing them and calling them “fads”), they come back every 5-10 years.
Then there are certain trends and “fads” that when they come back make people wonder “How the hell did they really go out of style?” This idea is sometimes so strong that instead of slowly sinking and permeating our zeitgeist, they just explode.
These statement-worthy trends can be spotted not only on fashionable actors, stars and the like, but also on ordinary people, who consider themselves to have nothing to do with fashion, i.e. fashion renegades.
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Here are seven of those trends that have made a comeback this decade. The best thing about them, however, is the fact that we simply owned them, deconstructed them, and made them our own.
PS – We loved every one of them
1. Baggy Athleisure
Wearing “ill-fitting” clothes was once a cardinal fashion sin. So much so that, if the fashion police had succeeded, people who wore ill-fitting clothes would have been executed (just a figure of speech, guys). However, the 2010s were the years of baggy sportswear. Either way, athleisure was huge, especially in the late 2000s. However, it just exploded after the decade change. As for baggy sweatshirts and coordinating tracksuits, they just burst into the scene and how. From A-list directors to the most in-demand rappers and musicians, everyone could be seen in a pair of oversized track jackets and pants that looked like they had been repurposed from parachutes.
2. Chunky Dad-Sneakers
Oh my god, where do I start with these…
As popular as sneakers were this decade, chunky dad sneakers were monumental. For something that started out as basic, “non-fashion” pieces, it exploded around the middle of the decade. So much so that this sneakerhead worthy of the name would have at least one pair of chunky dad sneakers, and still in a simplistic color. These sneakers simply symbolized how normcore became the “It” of this decade.
3. Belt bags
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If I had a rupee for every time someone made a joke or two about my fanny pack in the 2000s, I’m pretty sure I could have afforded this Gucci belt bag. This decade, belt bags or fanny packs, as a trend, made one of the most resounding comebacks, especially during the second half of the decade. What was once a very “touristy” and “grossing” thing, could not only be spotted on some of the most religiously followed celebrities, but also on some of the most coveted runways at fashion weeks around the world. One of the main reasons we, as a society, were so attached to the belt bag was not just its usefulness, but the fact that we really rebuilt it to bring it into the 21st century. Just consider the materials – from nylon we’ve moved on to calfskin, khadi cotton, linen, velvet, jacquard and whatnot. And let’s not even talk about embellishments and silhouettes.
4. Oversized suits
For something that was a huge hit in the 80s in the US and 90s in India, oversized suits have had a massive resurgence this decade. Speaking of ’90s suits that have made a comeback, we’ve also seen three button blazers on and off the ramp a number of times, especially after 2017. So their comeback in the 2020s shouldn’t be a surprise. surprise. This decade has seen several “ageing” silhouettes dominate the street. And man, the way jacket collars have been manipulated throughout the decade is just insane.
5. Crazy and quirky prints
Suits, shirts, pants, sneakers – you name it and we can show you a celebrity, or the other wearing something with a wacky, quirky print. And we’re not just talking printed slogans, but a hodgepodge of colors, emblems and patterns. From tie-and-dye prints to psychedelic iterations and animal prints, the 2010s saw some seriously crazy pieces come to life. From zebra print suits to memes printed on t-shirts, we’ve seen it all proliferate in the market.
6. All neon
Neon-colored clothing was conspicuously absent from the market and the streets for most of the 2000s. After all, pastels were our new love back then. However, around the turn of the decade, our craving for all things neon came to an avenue, where it knew no bounds – we had neon colors for everything – sweatpants, jackets, trainers, suits – you know. call.
7. White Low Top Sneakers
Remember our canvas keds, or PT shoes, with those green soles? Would you have believed it if we said that just a decade later they would be one of the most admiring trends? The thing is, just as colorful low-top sneakers were phenomenally widespread, white low-top sneakers were everywhere. Thanks to our love for all things retro, we’ve paired white low-top sneakers with just about everything from jeans to tees to suits.