History definitely repeats itself when it comes to fashion. Every new year brings a fresh batch of styles that pay homage to old looks, even though it is common for certain pieces to stick around for a while. Talk about items like the ’70s print maxi dress and disco-era metallic tie-front shirt that we’re seeing pop up everywhere.
We are fully embracing these fashion trends with everything we have, and simultaneously taking styling advice from some of our favourite stars and influencers.
We have round-up some of the popular trends you should have in your wardrobe, and reintroduce you to these familiar looks. Scroll down to brush up on the now and then that’s back again:
Our pick: Faux Fur shirt
Fake fur, also called faux fur, is known as pile fabric, which is engineered to have the appearance and warmth of animal fur.
It was first introduced to the market in 1929. These early attempts at imitation fur were made using hair from the alpaca, a South American mammal. In the 1940s, the quality of fake furs was vastly improved by advances in textile manufacture technology. However, the true modern fake furs were not developed until the mid-1950s, with the introduction of acrylic polymers as replacements for alpaca hair.
Faux fur has increasingly become more popular for fashion designers to incorporate throughout their collections.
Our pick: Micro minidress of the 1960s
This dress is a dress with its hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 10 cm (4 in) below the buttocks.
While very short dresses have existed for a long time, they were officially not called “mini” until the 1960s. Figurines produced by the Vinča culture (c. 5700–4500 BCE) have been interpreted by archaeologists as representing women in miniskirt-like garments.
The mini was introduced by Andre Courreges in 1965. He felt that clothes were not keeping up with modern trends and wanted to introduce something that was modern, streamlined and easy to wear. Courreges created the A-line skirt that did not cling to the body and was worn with white boots.
Our pick: Print Body-Con Sheer Top
The early 1990s brought us a new style, a bodycon top/dress and became extremely popular.
A bodycon top is an article of clothing designed to literally hug your body. These dresses are crafted from stretchy materials that are meant to be tight-fitting, conforming to the shape of your body.
In the early 1990s, Hérve Peugnet, the designer behind the label Hervé Léger, introduced the world to bodycon dresses. The name “bodycon” refers to “body-conscious” or “body confidence.” With either definition, these dresses were designed to show off a woman’s figure. The fabrics are thin body-hugging materials that easily stretch across a female’s silhouette.
Our pick: Cropped Mocknecks Like They Wore in the ’70s
Like most things that were in fashion, cropped mocknecks have made a full resurgence – this time in a cropped way.
The early history of the crop top intersects with cultural views towards the midriff, starting with the performance of “Little Egypt” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Although the crop top started gaining prominence in the fashion industry during the 1930s and 1940s, it was largely confined to swimwear at the time.
It was not until the sexual revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s that it started to achieve widespread acceptance, worn by celebrities such as Barbara Eden and Jane Birkin.
Our pick: Double-breasted blazer
For centuries, the double-breasted jacket has been a unisex classic.
The blazer is traditionally a thigh-length, double-breasted jacket, tailored in either black or navy lightweight flannel. The blazer is positioned between the formal suit jacket and the casual sports jacket. Worn without matching pants, the blazer is looser and less structured around the shoulder and chest than the suit jacket.
One traces it to the red “blazers,” or bright sporting jackets, worn by the boating team of St John’s College, Cambridge in the 1820s. Another pinpoints the year 1837, when the captain of the HMS Blazer dressed his crew in navy-blue, double-breasted jackets, complete with distinguished Royal Navy brass buttons, in order to welcome Queen Victoria on-board the ship. Or the jacket may have acquired its name from the “blazes,” or stripes, of country club jackets in the 1870s.