Fashion to Laugh At
Do you remember looking at pictures from your parents' and grandparents' generations and giggling and teehee-ing at some of the styles they wore?
It's interesting to see which styles still look good after all these years, and which ones just look kind of goofy.
My grandma's cat eye glasses, the button-up blouses tucked into full skirts, leggings with too-big sweaters, classic high heeled pumps....none of those are anything to laugh at, and in 2013, are items that you might well see worn on a walk around town, and not only by the 'alternative' crowd.
On the other hand...the short shorts that my dad and uncles wore? Or the huge glasses with clear plastic (yellowed) frames that covered half of your face? Matching acid-washed denim jackets and pants? The gaudy color-blocked polyester windbreakers and the excessively puffy shoulder pads? Looking at them from the 2013 perspective, these trends automatically tend to look dated and slightly laughable.
Yet at the time, I have a feeling that all of those people in their red, blue, and yellow windbreakers and their shoulder pads were not looked upon as oddities.They dressed appropriately for their time.
Sometimes, I wonder what, in 20 or 30 years, will be considered the great unfortunate fashion trend of the 2010s. Will it be chevron? Will it be sequins?
I doubt it would be polka dots or chambray, those come around so excessively often, I don't think they're ever out of style for more than 3 minutes at a time. (I've had at least one denim shirt or shirtdress in my closet for the last 22 years, I think)
I'll wear sequins and colorful skinny jeans all I want, but I also like to take the strategy of wearing clothes that aren't particularly stylish, and then I'll never look totally out-of-date. Take this lovely outfit, for example. It's the one Auntie Letchimi bought me on our last outing together. I definitely don't look like I stepped out of the pages of the latest magazine, but I love the color and patterns and I have a feeling that tunics, pants, and scarves will never look up-to-the-minute trendy, and they'll never look out of date either, so it's a win-win situation.
Cast your vote below for which 2010s trends we might just look back on in a couple decades and think, "Man, we sure thought we were hot stuff...but we look kinda funny now!"