Fashion is cyclical by nature. Each season when ‘new trends’ are introduced, we’re really just reintroducing refined versions of trends that once existed.
The past couple of years have seen the return of some of the most memorable trends belonging to past decades.
Makeup looks worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are being donned by today’s Emma Watson and Taylor Swift.
The high-waist pants that ruled the 90s have now become a staple for all fashion lovers.
Here’s our list of some of the most classic trends from the last decades that have made the strongest comeback.
Berry lipsticks were huge back in the 90s and have made a strong comeback. The darker, plum shades are no longer reserved just for winters as A-list celebrities have been sporting them in the hot days of summer too.
The best way to wear the deep, sensuous shades is to keep the rest of makeup soft so all the emphasis is on your dark sultry lips.
Berry lipstick is perfect for when you’re short on time and you need a quick fix. Find the shade that best suits your skin tone, swipe on some mascara along with some highlighter to accentuate the cheeks and you should be good to go.
This time they come with a lot of oomph that complements the plunging necklines of high-fashion and embellish off-shoulder looks.
The cat-eye look epitomized women’s fashion in the 60’s. All the actresses back then donned thick black eyeliner with the winged sides to mimic cat-eyes. The retro look made a comeback a couple of years back with a little more variety in the form of double wings, the Middle-East inspired Cleopatra eyes and so many more.
You can keep it very delicate and simple with a single sweep of eyeliner on your top lashline or make it very dramatic by smudging it to create the smoky-eye effect and adding false lashes.
Corsets were controversial back then and still are now but that isn’t stopping women from picking one up. The purpose of the corset is to give the illusion of the tiny Scarlett O’Hara waist. Back in the day, they were known for restricting women’s rib cages, forcing them to undergo rib removal surgery and causing them to blackout frequently.
This time corsets come with a spin. They are no longer confined to the overly sexual, burlesque wear or hidden shapewear. Victoria’s Secret model, Gigi Hadid has been photographed in outfits that have integrated the traditional corset only this time they aren’t as tight nor as uncomfortable. They are made of fabric which allows them to stretch while tucking in any unflattering lumps.
Other celebrities like Rihanna and Victoria Beckham have been spotted in corset belts, as an accessory to be worn on top of a shirt. Corsets were also a prominent accessory on the ramps of some of the world’s most eminent Fashion weeks for 2017.
High-waist pants were just regular pants in the 80s and 90s. With the invention of the more stylized and comfortable, low rise pants you wouldn’t expect the older high-waist pants to ever return but they have.
An improved version of the older high-waist pants took the fashion world by storm. High-waist pants are now more flattering, they are made to fit better around your bottom with stretchable material to emphasize your hips. The pockets are no longer over-sized and there isn’t an excess of fabric around the crotch either. These revamped pants are here to stay.
The return of crop tops made everyone nervous. Crop tops were one of the most iconic looks of the 90s but as they make their comeback, they leave many wondering how much midriff to show, how appropriate are they for the occasion and whether their bodies can actually pull them off.
To make them more wearable by everyone, crop tops have comeback with a twist. They aren’t as ‘cropped’ as they used to be. They can be very chic provided they are worn correctly. Pairing them with high-waist bottoms prevent you from showing too much skin, keeping the look classy and clean.
Celebrities of all shapes and sizes have been pulling off crop tops with high-waist midis, culottes, short and trousers.
What goes around definitely comes back around.
Don’t be surprised when you see neon of the 80s and the baggy pants of the 90s make a return on the ramp soon!