Wednesday, September 25, 2013

All things old become new again!

A fried of mine recently posted a question to our little Facebook group about the high waisted jeans fad that's apparently happening - asking us all - yea or nay?  I say nay - but that's because my response was "You mean people wear things other than business suits and yoga pants?" - the two things that most often need to be cleaned from my closet. I'm mostly not kidding.

Just in case you're not familiar, here's a look as shared by one of the other lovely ladies courtesy of Lucky:
I secretly love #5, but they just wouldn't be comfortable for me.  The best thing that could have happened to a tall girl with a shortish torso was mid and low rise jeans.  

You won't see many fashion posts here.  It's quite likely this may be the only one ever.  I've never been much into fashion.  I'm a comfort girl.  I really even only wear heels because it's kind of a requirement for work. Flip flops are my favorite, and we all know that's a big fashion no-no.  At the core, I'm what I would call a "classics" girl.  Give me a pair of well fitting jeans, a white t-shirt, some Chuck Taylors and I'm happy.

Or if you want me to dress up (meaning no jeans - not fancy, Breakfast at Tiffany's style) I'll swap out the t-shirt for a white button down, the jeans for some wide leg khakis, maybe a blue blazer or cardigan, and some flats.  If I have to get really, Saturday evening wedding style dressed up, that's simple.  L.B.D.

Fads aren't always "fashion" though, are they?  They're just... fads.  According to Wikipedia:  fad is any form of behavior that develops among a large population and is collectively followed with enthusiasm for some period, generally as a result of the behavior's being perceived as novel in some way.[1] A fad is said to "catch on" when the number of people adopting it begins to increase rapidly. The behavior will normally fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone.[1]

When I think of the word, I still think of neon clothing (made it rounds again recently, right?), Keds and Reebok high tops, pegged jeans, big hair, slouch socks, parachute/Hammer pants, stirrup pants, popped collars, and scrunchies.  Ahhh... scrunchies, how I love thee.  Seriously - what else can keep a curly mop under control without breaking off every strand of hair?  Maybe for you, it was leather and lace a la Madonna, or preppy - a sweater wrapped around your shoulders and all!

I knew plenty of people who wore their hair just like this back in high school.  I was never lucky enough to get my bangs quite that high, but the wings?  I had them down pat.  Just ask my brothers who still like to make fun of that hair.

   I guess I haven't paid much attention to fads for a few dozen years!

Yep - I would be a child of the '80s, or 90s, whichever you prefer.  It's funny how we associate things like this with particular decades, and then you see photos or a movie set in the following decade and some things are still hanging around.  Like big hair.  Ladies around the world, or at least the US, were still rockin' the big hair well into the '90s.  (Or if you've got curls like me, you still do!)  And flannel. Love me a nice soft flannel on a cold winter day.  No pastels, please, give me blue and green or red and black.

I'm not wishing scrunchies back into the world, though I have been known to make a late night run to the store sporting one, and was absolutely horrified when I realized it, but there is a time and place for them. Like in your basement completely alone where no one can witness the horror!

So what fad do you wish would make it's round again?

Oh - and if you are into some fashion, especially vintage, check out Wise Brunette - a happy little blog full of vintagey fashion advice, tips, and lots of other goodies!

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  1. That is a pretty good waterfall. I heart my yoga pants. I'm wearing them now. I'd love to return to a formal society were heels, hose, hats, gloves and dresses are the norm but I'm soooooo lazy that I'd end up being the 'bad girl' in the jeans and tshirt.

  2. Thanks for the shout out Jona! Personally, I love high-waisted pants. They can be so slimming, especially with a tucked in blouse and a pair of heels (stilettos or wedges). The high waist lengthens the look of the leg, so it's always a good way to appear taller than you are. One of my favorite styles of high-waist pants are one with a wide leg cut at the hemline. Pair it with a simple top and simple jewelry to keep everything in balance and create a slim line silhouette. If you're on the petite side, look for a minimal flared leg in your high-waisted pant, otherwise the look will consume you.
    --- Amanda via The Wise Brunette

    1. Oh, to be under 30 again! I think that's part of it with fads... at a certain age, it just looks like some are trying too hard.

  3. I just read your post to Dillon. Didn't catch the "where no one can witness the horror" comment the first time around -- hilarious!! And.... yea, he made a comment about your hair growing up. I am sure it was completely in style, though. Next time you talk to him, ask him how many pairs of sunglasses he has now! We just battled over Oakleys vs. Raybans because he needed the perfect match to his suit for a wedding we went to! haha.


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