Fashion is evolutionary because of its cyclical nature. Across time and eras, what is considered fashionable goes into hibernation, only to make a full return decades later. According to experts, fashion’s lifecycle is in five stages: introduction, increase, peak, decline, and obsolescence. And more often, ladies’ fashion benefits more from these comebacks. With a global fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion, there may be reasons things go out of style and make a comeback. Here are some of them.
3 Reasons Why Fashion Trends Repeat Themselves
- Designers take inspiration from the past
According to experts in the fashion industry, designers take inspiration from several sources to create their pieces. In putting together these fashionable pieces, some are obliged to go back in time. It may be from their parents’ style back in the day or stories about certain cultures decades ago. All these feed into the overall outcome of their statement pieces that ultimately become trends in the modern age. There are many examples to explore on this subject.
From 2021 through 2022, corset dresses made a strong comeback in the fashion industry. It has re-emerged after slipping into the obsolescence stage after the middle ages. Currently, corset dresses have moved away from the runway to public wear. It has become popular with wedding gowns and other formal ladies’ clothing.
- A need to modernize past trends
Sometimes also, people take inspiration from a need to modernize old clothes. These people are not necessarily trained designers. On the contrary, designers have admitted to learning from public trends in the past and in recent times. Therefore, when more people start to dress in a particular way, a trained designer will often pick up on the style undertones and create a fashion trend. This may be a style that held sentimental value from a decade ago. And even though it may not conform with current times, you can wear it with a twist.
According to fashion news, this is how bell-bottom pants made a comeback. They were hugely popular in the 1960s through to the 1970s. In the early 1990s, they still had a presence, but by 1988, they disappeared altogether. Then again, as expected, they made a comeback in the late 90s and stayed. When asked why bell bottoms made a strong comeback and never seemed to disappear even in 2020, some designers attributed it to several reasons. They believe the flared out cut from the knees downwards creates a beautiful silhouette. Therefore, no matter a person’s body size or height, bell bottoms elongate the wearer’s figure to create a sleek look. As fashion blogger Margie Crumpton of Jackson MS puts it, these comebacks may be a sign of nostalgia.
- Pop culture influence
Normani, Jorja Smith, and Ella Eyre are examples of current pop artists with a never-dying love for the retro style. They take vintage clothing to a new level and help create fashion trends inspired by different historic eras. Their recreations make these fashionable pieces appealing for the 21st century and ultimately set trends for the youth.
So, if you have clothing that seems out of style, you may want to hold on to a few. You never know; they will make a comeback.