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Brief Guide Through Fashion Cycles (and how they Recycle)

We’re all aware of the fact that the fashion is always recycling and that the trends are always coming back in different forms. Is it because the designers are out of ideas, or because some things are just too good to let go, but need some improvement?  We will never know. Some trends are getting worse every time they come back (please dear designers, some things should be left in the 80s!), while others are to die for and we love them. Since the world should be all about love, today we are going to talk about those we loved and still love. Enjoy.

1900s to 1920s



In the beginning of the 20th century women were obsessed with corsets and tailored dresses which created the illusion of an hourglass figure. The main goal was to accentuate breasts and hips. Sounds familiar? Over the last few years, women are getting crazy about those sick things called waist trainers that can “help” you achieve that look by squeezing their ribs and organs. If there is something that should be left in the time period it was invented – this is the thing.

When it comes to 1920s, ladies became bolder and a lot more creative. Things like wine lipstick, smoking, drinking and short hair took their place under the spotlight. Needless to say is that the red lipstick is always coming back, just like the women’s desire to do whatever the hell they want.

1930s to 1950s



You have probably heard about, or tried out the half-moon manicure. Do you know that it originated in the 1930s? The same goes for French manicure which was worn by Tallulah Bankhead in the 30s. It gives a certain classic, elegant and timeless touch to one’s personal style.

The summer’s over and done with, yes, but one quick question: did you wear a high waisted bikini this summer? You probably did. They’re so amazing, right? Well, they originate from the 1940s when women finally became more bold and decided to show a little bit more skin in the summer, instead of hiding under those one piece swimsuits.

In the 1950s Brigitte Bardot started the trend of nude lips, which has made a huge comeback lately. Many celebrities, especially Kim Kardashian are enchanted by this trend. Not to mention the “A line” skirts – really popular among the teenagers at the time; the playsuits and fabulous lace dresses which were adored in Hollywood; cardigans and ballet slippers – all originated in the 1950s. Oh, and I almost forgot about the cat-eye sunglasses. Do you know who made them popular? Okay I’ll tell you: it was one and only Marilyn Monroe in the movie How to marry a Millionaire.

1960s to 1980s



Things like Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1960s) hair updo are always going to be trendy, since it’s the staple formal hairstyle. And another thing also came back which is the twiggy eyelashes movement, embraced by many worldwide known designers all over the fashion shows lately. When it comes to clothing, the biggest trend were bell bottomed jeans that stayed trendy through the seventies as well, and which are, as it seems, making a huge comeback in fashion world; but  in a much more improved and sophisticated design.

Seventies, on the other hand, were the times of disco, pantyhose, denim overalls, blanket scarfs, cat eyes and voluminous natural curls (for our fellow chocolate girls). All these things are again getting a huge popularity again today, especially the natural curls – since this is the era that finally embraces natural looks.

1980s are times that shouldn’t be mentioned ever again. The era of spandex pants with matching shirts, hairspray and leg warmers is something that left a mark on all of us. Only the blue eye shadow managed to find its way back in the branded shadow palettes and become a thing again.

1990s to 2000s



Well, well. Where should begin? It is almost like we are in the nineties again. They took over everything. The “futuristic” pink or blue hair trend? Type “Gwen Stefani 1990s” in the google search bar please. Black leather jackets? Do I even have to say anything about this one? Not to mention all the other basic items like denim jackets, boyfriend jeans (in those times there were Levis 501), Chuck Taylors (which were originally made for basketball players but became a huge hit among the teenagers) and oversized hoodies. Welcome back loves!

When it comes to 2000s many people would think that society was just joking with us. But some things are still present like velour tracksuits, UGG boots (finally the time for them has come) and statement jewelry – and thankfully, nothing else.

Now that you think about it, designers actually have such a hard time when they want to think of something new. We’ve probably seen it all. The point is, whatever you do, be creative and don’t be afraid to try something new (or old).

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Also Read: Fashion Trends Then & Now


  1. vidya

    November 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Such a great and interesting post. Thanks For sharing it.

  2. Richa Kamal

    November 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    So true. What goes around comes around.
    I think all the trends were good it is just the interpretation which has not always been great.
    70s though is my favorite with all the suede and button down skirts.
    Richa | Fancier’s World

  3. Nai Mullins

    November 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I just explained this to a client. It’s kind of pointless to throw out style trends once it has run its course because it hasn’t completely. It always starts over within a couple years. For example, now I’m OBSESSED, completely GAGGING, over Bomber Jackets but they originally became a “trend” in the 80s.

    Everything gets recycled after it once was someones “fashion faux pas”.

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