Out with the old, in with the new – is a concept that is applicable to almost all aspects. Everything, but fashion. In 2018, it is certainly not ‘old-fashioned’ to be wearing old fashion. The adoption of classic fashion styles from the 60s to the 90s are widely adored by people, including your favourite celebrities and fashionistas. Vintage and retro styles have been so influential that fashion experts are expecting these trends to remain in the fashion world for a long while. So how can you keep it classic yourself? Keep reading to find out what Chums recommends.
The Sixties was mainly dominated by the Vietnam War and the liberalization of Civil and Feminist rights, which inspired the generation of youths to focus more on other more positive elements, like creating fashion trends. The fashion trends established back then is the origin of what we see today.
1. Colors, Prints and Patterns
The 60s will always have its strong association to bold colours, prints and patterns. This style was well-loved throughout the decade and has made a comeback in 2018. Rather than a monochromatic colour scheme, choose eccentric tones. You can create a fashion statement using a combination of colours and pattern. For your choice of colours, start with something bright like yellow or red, and work your way to finding secondary and tertiary colours that match it. If you are not sure what colour to go with, try using a colour wheel. Whatever you come up with, the use of colour, prints and patterns are to show off a bold style and to make you stand out from the crowd.
2. Bohemian Chique
We have seen this popular fashion style become more and more popular, especially at festivals. The style, also known as hippie or boho, consists of crochet, statement jewellery, maxi dresses and peasant tops. This style was donned by pop stars back in the 60s, creating the ‘barely there’ appearance, using minimal clothing to look effortlessly beautiful. If you want to try out the bohemian chic fashion trend, try picking out vests or flowy clothing and pair it with beads or silver jewellery. You can also add soft, natural curls to your hair accompanied by small braids to complete the look.
Punk Rock 70’s
WIth the 60s having such vibrant and bold trends, it was a hard act for the 70s to follow. Nonetheless, this era has provided us with some of the most versatile and influential styles. The boldness was still very much the fashion motto of the 70s, but instead with calmer, earthier tones.
1. Glam Rock
Glam rock is a style that continues to inspire a lot of designer labels today, one of the more recent examples include The Saint Laurent collection. The period was known for its use of turbans, mini dresses, studded platforms, fur and biker leather jackets. The fashion style was loved by many as it was bold like the 60s but with a darker, glamorous twist. If you want to recreate this glam rock look, start by keeping your outfit simple and tasteful like a band tee with a mini skirt or shorts; add in the glam detail by putting on a statement fashion piece, like a leopard coat or a glittery blazer; and pair with platforms and sunglasses.
If you like glam rock, you would enjoy punk fashion even more. The punk fashion in the 70s began gaining its popularity as the punk rock music genre became more popular. Their choice of fashion pieces involved using dramatised pieces by wearing ripped tights, a lot of accessories and most importantly the use of dark makeup. If you want to try this look out, use dark colour tones like black, blue and purple and match it with clothing pieces that have a distressed texture like rips and tassels.
The 80s was a period that encouraged a lot experimental fashion trends. While this was the time when some of the worst fashion trends were born, it was also the era that birthed two of the most beloved fashion style: glitz and glam and denim. From shoulder pads to sequins to fur, these are just a handful of the fashion trends we have adapted into the fashion style we have today.
1. Fur and faux fur
The rise of fluffy clothing is a trend loved by many at the time, wearing it on top of a simple outfit gives it an extra boost in lux and uniqueness. These can come in different forms (long or cropped) or in different colours (from block to prints). The versatile nature of this fashion piece is why you should incorporate it to your wardrobe. If you want to give it a go, wear something simple like a black bodycon dress and pair it with a leopard patterned fur coat.
After the glitz and the glam in the 80s, the recession took place in the 90s. The fashion style is far more stripped down and simple, a complete opposite from the previous era.
One of the most representative fashion trends of this period was denim. This style of fashion was highly popular due to its easiness to incorporate to any outfit choice. For denim, you can choose from jackets, jeans, vests and shirts and it will go well with any colour of any style. If you are looking for a casual appearance, pair your denim jeans with a t-shirt, tuck it in to elongate your legs; or for a more sophisticated appearance, wear a nice shirt to go with your jeans.
Fashion may be different across the different eras, but they have all been highly expressive and fun. Now that you know all the main trends of different eras, you know what it takes to keep it classic. Go ahead and style your next outfit, and roll with the fun, authentic vibe.