10 Fashion Trends That Made A Comeback
Fashion is dynamic, changing and evolving with the times, as well as becoming more and more international. Previously, each country had their own distinct fashion—usually their culture’s traditional attire—but thanks to advancements in technology making it easier for cultural exchange, fashion has also turned into an international phenomenon.
However, while it is true that fashion trends change over time, these changes also tend to be cyclical. Some trends may go out of fashion for a while, only to come back into fashion a few decades later. A lot of today’s most commonly seen fashion trends were once popular in the past.
Let’s take a look at some trends that have made (or are making!) a comeback in 2021.
Jisoo looks as sweet as a princess in this puff sleeve top / Image: Twitter
Puff sleeves have actually popped up multiple times in fashion’s long history in various different forms, going all the way back to medieval times. However, it became a properly distinct style during Renaissance Europe.
There was a specific type of puff sleeve that was especially popular, and it was named the Juliet sleeve, after the tragic heroine of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Because of this association, puff sleeves became something of a romantic icon. Even now, tops and dresses that feature puff sleeves tend to have a more feminine and lovely vibe.
Near & Dear Shirring Blouse in White, retailing at SGD115.90 at StyleupK
NCT Dream rock the tie dye aesthetic in teasers for their upcoming comeback / Image: Twitter
Like puff sleeves, tie dye patterns have been a part of fashion for a long time. However, the brightly coloured patterns that we commonly associate with tie dye first became popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Hippie culture is rooted in being anti-war and peace-loving, and the colourful tie dye designs were a way for young Americans to stand up against the status quo. There was a distinct gender divide in fashion during the 1950s, while tie dye designs were rocked by both men and women. Since then, tie dye has been associated with free-spiritedness.
Haechan is no stranger to tie dye, and has also worn the AQO Studiospace Sarrr Tie Dye Oversized T-shirt in Purple, retailing at SGD55 at StyleupK
Dahyun gives off preppy vibes in her plaid skirt / Image: Pinterest
Even if you were previously unaware of this fact, it is unsurprising to learn that plaid is derived from Scottish tartan. However, while Scottish tartan patterns were associated with clans, plaid can be worn by anyone. The origin of plaid likely links back to Scottish immigrants in America, who might have traded using tartan kilts.
Over the years, plaid has evolved to become a quintessential aspect of many subcultures, from hipsters to grunge. Plaid shirts in particular are a very versatile item, and can be styled in different ways to suit various different aesthetics.
Ames Pleats Check Wrap Skirt, retailing at SGD89.50 at StyleupK
Ryujin has worn sweater vests on more than one occasion / Image: StyleupK
Like the name implies, sweater vests are vests that are usually made of knitted material, and resemble a sweater without sleeves. Sweater vests are practical during cool weather, when it may be too warm to wear a knitted sweater, but cool enough to need to keep your core warm.
However, despite their practical use, sweater vests have become more of an aesthetic item. The popularity of sweater vests as a fashion trend peaked in the UK in the 1970s, but it has been brought back into style due to the popularity of various aesthetics, such as prep, dark academia, and high teen.
Romantic Crown Knit Vest in Navy, retailing at SGD79 at StyleupK
Jennie is the first idol who comes to mind when discussing cardigans / Image: Instagram
The cardigan was named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, who was an officer in the British army, who is said to have invented the cardigan by accident, after the tails of his waistcoat were burned off by a fire, turning his officer’s waistcoat into a garment that resembled what we now call a cardigan.
However, Coco Chanel is the one who is known for popularising cardigans for women in the 1920s, as she disliked the way pullover sweaters messed up her hair, and preferred the buttoned design of the cardigan. While cardigans may have been considered frumpy when they were out of style, they have now regained their status as a luxury item, and are an essential aspect of the luxurious and youthful high teen aesthetic.
Opwee Plain Knitted Cardigan in Cream, retailing at SGD79.50 at StyleupK
Winwin showed fans his love for this ADLV hoodie during a video call fansign / Image: Twitter
Hoodies, also known as hooded sweatshirts, were first produced in the 1930s to keep workers in New York warehouses warm. In fact, Champion was the first brand to manufacture hoodies, and hoodies are still one of their best-selling items today.
Although they were intended to be practical wear, they were popularised as casual wear in the 1970s due to the rise of hip hop culture, which also led to high fashion brands embracing the hoodie. In the 1990s, hoodies became more diverse, worn by many different sub-cultures, from academics to skaters. While hoodies are mostly worn streetwear-style in Korean fashion, different hoodie designs may be suited for different styles.
ADLV x Buried Alive Hoodie Headphone 2 Black, retailing at SGD148 at StyleupK
Lia styles her sweatpants with a cropped for for a stylish but comfortable look / Image: Twitter
Unsurprisingly, sweatpants were first intended to be sportswear. Introduced in the 1920s, sweatpants were simply pants that allowed athletes freedom of movement while also absorbing their sweat.
However, the 1980s was an era during which health and fitness was especially popular—just think of all the 80s aerobics videos you’ve seen! While still associated with athleticism, this marked the point where it started to become acceptable to wear sweatpants for leisure. Nowadays, sweatpants are one of the staples of athleisure wear, a style that blurs the line between fashion and comfort.
Celui Huru Cluihr Sweatpants in Grey, retailing at SGD105.90 at StyleupK
For a Lia inspired look, try styling your grey sweatpants with Ames Rimple Crop Cardigan in Blue, retailing at SGD55.90 at StyleupK
Baekhyun rocking a monochromatic outfit with his black bucket hat / Image: Pinterest
While it is not surprising to learn that bucket hats were initially worn by farmers and fishermen to protect them from the elements, did you know that at one point in the 1960s, bucket hats became popular as a ladies’ fashion item?
It wasn’t until the 1980s that the bucket hat was adapted by rappers as streetwear, and this streetwear trend continued to be popular through the 1990s. While they were not as trendy in the 2000s, bucket hats became popular again in streetwear fashion in the 2010s. More celebrities are seen sporting bucket hats, and combined with the growing mainstream popularity of streetwear fashion, bucket hats can now be seen almost everywhere, from the streets to fashion runways.
Fila BTS Project 7 Back To Nature Bucket Hat in Black, retailing at SGD at StyleupK
Taeyong’s fanny pack is both practical and stylish / Image: Twitter
Back in medieval times, bags were carried around the waist for practical reasons—from convenience, to preventing theft. The modern fanny pack only came around in the 1980s, and hit peak popularity in the 1990s before falling out of fashion. For a good number of years, fanny packs were considered uncool and often associated with tacky tourists.
However, thanks to the rise in popularity of music festivals such as Coachella, fanny packs have become fashionable again. Worn around the waist, fanny packs were perfect for festivals as they did not impede the wearer’s movements, and as demand for fanny packs grew, big fashion brands started producing them as well. Now, fanny packs are not just seen as a festival essential, but as a stylish yet practical choice of bag.
Veteze Studio Heart Logo Hipsack in Black, retailing at SGD69.90 at StyleupK
Sunmi proves that tall girls can wear chunky sneakers too / Image: Instagram
Also known as dad shoes or ugly shoes, chunky sneakers have always drawn divided opinions on the aestheticism of their design. However, they are undeniably popular, and are now worn not just by young Gen Z-ers, but also by millennials who want to relive the nostalgia of the chunky sneakers trend in the 1990s.
Fila is one of the brands that comes to mind when discussing the chunky sneaker, but did you know that the original Fila Disruptor design was first released in 1996? With international superstars such as the Spice Girls sporting chunky sneakers, it’s no wonder that they became so popular amongst teenage girls. And now, as 90s and other retro fashion come back into trend, chunky sneakers have become cool again.
Fila Korea Disruptor 2 Tapey Tape White Shoes, retailing at SGD140 at StyleupK
Fashion trends are dynamic and ever-changing, but these changes are often cyclical. Trends that were once in fashion might go out of fashion for a while, but eventually they come back into fashion for various different reasons. A lot of the fashion trends that we know and love today are also repeated trends from past decades.
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