A Nostalgic Future: How to Borrow from Past Trends

kim kardashian

The rules of fashion seem to occasionally turn back the hands of a clock to trends of the past. This season, there are a few trends that are clearly borrowed from past style movements. From minimalism and grunge to bohemian, a nostalgic influence can be seen everywhere. But there is a style dilemma, years have passed since the first release of these trends. That means fashion has evolved and learned from styling mistakes. So if a trend is introduced a second time, it must be worn differently.

Now there are some rules to borrowing from past trends that should be followed or else you will risk looking like a fashion victim. If you are having trouble trying to take a modern approach to a vintage piece, look to fashion bloggers. Most likely the style bloggers you follow will be wearing a trendy piece with something borrowed from the past. For example, you might see a blogger wearing a pair of vintage Levis mixed with this season’s plaid top. The plaid top is something that is resurfacing, as a second attempt of the grunge trend. Paired with skinny jeans or vintage Levis you can welcome this trend into the modern world of style.

1. Pair a past trend with something that is timeless. Try jeans but stick with classic cuts. Try a bootcut or straight leg pair.

Via Hudson Jeans
Via Hudson Jeans

2. Use one trend at a time. If you want to wear a bohemian statement necklace, leave the grunge style top and minimalist jacket at home. An overload of any trend leads into style victim territory.

Via Forever 21
Via Forever 21

3. Make sure a past trend can fit comfortably into your wardrobe. If you have to buy many other pieces just so an item can fit, you probably should leave it alone.

Via Forever 21/Hudson Jeans

 

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