People always say that fashions from the past always return. I remember my daughter asking me why I ever got rid of those bell bottoms and beautifully embroidered peasant blouses. It’s pretty clear that following the latest fashion trends often means looking at the past. So, should you throw those things away that you once loved and cherished? While we constantly hear about the benefits of decluttering, fashion experts say if we hold on to items long enough, there’s a good chance they’ll become popular once again. In fact, fashion experts say trends cycle back about every 20 years, and predict that looks that were popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s are now poised for a comeback.
In addition to Y2K-esque influences, current fashion trends focus on easy-to-wear items that will continue keeping people comfortable during Zoom meetings, but also ensure they look put together when they venture. Here’s a look at some of what’s trending.
• Ripped jeans: Distressed jeans have now paved the way for big 1990s rips in lighter-washed denims. Kids are now donning what their parents wore while attending college decades ago. And while you’re updating your jeans, check out the high-waisted, wider-legged “Mom” jeans, which are becoming more popular than skinny options.
• Chokers: Chokers were one of the quintessential accessories of the 1990s. Tight around the neck, these necklaces were made from stretchy fabrics, leather cords, or even beads. They’re at home at a music festival or a night out on the town.
• Patchwork prints: Fashion experts say patchwork offers a more delicate take on the flannel of early 1990s grunge attire, providing a romantic touch, while still casual and edgy.
• Sporty and hip-hop trends: The look of sports bras and athletic pants is returning, along with athletic-inspired hoodies, track pants, and footwear that is casual and comfortable. Overalls are another effortless style that’s made a comeback. They look great with heels or casual sneakers.
• Cropped cardigans and tops: Showing midriff is back. Stores are stocked in cropped tops that are just as cute with lounge-worthy sweatpants as high-waisted jeans.
• Sweatpants: Fueled by a year of spending time indoors learning virtually and working from home, sweatpants and leggings were the go-to staples for daily dressing. When heading out now, many are trading muted gray or black for candy-colored joggers.
• Bulky footwear: If you have a trusty pair of clunky shoes put away, dig them out. Top Trends Guide says 1990s shoes, such as square toe heels, combat boots, platforms, and thick-soled sneakers, are back.
Experts say fashion trends will look familiar this year, as many looks trace their roots to the late 1990s and early 2000s.