The Random Writings of Rachel: Fashion to Laugh At

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I also like to take the strategy of wearing clothes that aren't particularly stylish, and then I'll never look totally out-of-date.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and I have a feeling that tunics, pants, and scarves will never look up-to-the-minute trendy, and they'll never look out of date either, so it's a win-win situation.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!"

delirious rhapsody

32 comments:

  1. I remember seeing pictures of my parents during their teen years and laughing at their outfits, but clearly remember going in hte attics, to get the same clothes that a few year prior made me laugh, to wear them to school (during my teen year) Strange that fashion goes like that, trends come and goes.

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  2. I often wonder this myself. I don't like to think that I'm influenced by trends, but I know that I am. Certain "trendy" items look sort of...ugly to me, at first. But then once I see them worn confidently so many times, I end up liking them and occasionally, purchasing them. Wallabees were this way for me, in college. I'm not sure if those are popular where you live, or if you even know what I'm talking about - but they were considered "trendy" among the college and just-out-of college crowd where I went to school, a crowd which I am now slightly too old for. I still love them anyway. Ugg boots are also a trend that I wasn't too keen on, at first, but which I now love. I haven't bought a pair yet, but probably will. I know that they can be very polarizing - people seem to either love them or hate them. So those same people who hate them now will probably look back in a few years and laugh. But then some people will probably continue to wear them forever. I might be one of those people. Like those women who are my mom's age and still feathering their hair, Farrah Fawcett style. I'll stop rambling now.

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  3. You and Deanna have similar styles today! Why I didn't get the memo? :)

    I think about fashion trends sometimes as well. On one hand, I laugh at my parents' fashion, but on the other hand, like you said, they were fashionable in their time. Also, my mom had some fantastic dresses - I wish she kept them, for my sisters and I!

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  4. i will wear something and my mom will comment on how she had something JUST LIKE THAT 30 years ago. i do think some women's trends repeat. but both my dad and peppy's dad had shorts in a rainbow of colors. peppy's dad would mow the yard in short corduroys. i really hope that stays in the past!

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  5. I think the biggest thing people will look back on and cringe at is the current trend of dropped crotch pants. They look ridiculous on EVERYONE. Blech. But I definitely think you could wear your outfit at any time!:) Love it, and all the layers.

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    1. Those dropped crotch pants were my first thought at ridiculous styles! I agree so, so much.

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  6. Oh my those puffy shoulder pads. They made me even cringe way back. Same goes for the hammer pants. I am with Cate, they do look rediculous on everyone.

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  7. What a great post! Very insightful and thought provoking. And this is one if my favorite fashion week outfits EVER!!! You look so, so cool!

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  8. I hope it's the Chevron, Statement Necklaces, and Guys in skinny jeans. Ugh to them all.

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  9. It's cool how fashion recycles every decade or so. Some people hate it but I like throwbacks for the most part.

    I love your outfit today! It's one of my favorites from your fashion week!

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  10. Guys wearing such baggy pants that the waist is around their knees! Just Why??? How to they walk with a belt at their knees? That has to go.

    I absolutely love today's outfit! It's so fun!

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  11. I love your beautiful curls! They seem so wild and untamed today, like a wild rose in bloom!!! I also love your outfit.

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  12. I really like the outfit that you are wearing because of the colors! I really don't go too much with what's in. I mean if I try it on and it looks good on me, then I'll wear it. I don't try to go for the style, I go for what's comfortable and cute, of course :)

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  13. I love the red pants! Such a fun colorful outfit.

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  14. I love how true to yourself you always are in your outfits. That's one thing that NEVER goes out of style. :-)

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  15. I keep hoping that guys pants where the crotch is down past their knees and they have to waddle to walk will fade into the darkness. For some weird reason they just stay around. Honestly...how comfortable can it be when you pants are down past your bum? I thought pants were meant to cover the bum.

    Anyhow...enough of that. You look brilliant here. And it will never go out of style. And added bonus...you don't need to waddle when you walk! : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  16. The colors are AMAZING. Total style inspiration!

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  17. Your dress is really pretty, and it looks great with your background. I could definitely see these pictures being pulled out years from now and being admired for your beauty.

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  18. I have definitely thought about this before. Because not many of us would knowingly walk around in ridiculous outfits to be laughed at years later. I'm sure there are plenty things that we are wearing now that people will cringe at later. I sort of having a feeling that some of the pattern-mixing going on these days won't hold up for years to come.

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  19. i actually like this outfit and yes i have plenty of these pictures. should totally post them some day!!

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  20. It's definitely an interesting thought! I bet it will be all the frills and bows that are really popular right now. But who knows?!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  21. I am foreseeing (or maybe just hoping) that leggings as pants will look silly in 10 years. :P

    Totally agree about fashion trends. I can remember seeing my all of my grandmas in pictures and thinking their dresses looked silly, but as the vintage trends have been coming around I've noticed I've been wearing clothes more and more like theirs. :)

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  22. My mom was pretty unhappy with the fact that I chose to wear tights for my engagement pictures. But I LOVE tights! I count down the last days of summer till I can wear tights again. They make me happy. So what if not everyone likes them... I like them. So there *stamps feet and sticks out tongue*

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  23. great post! I've wondered the same things many times. I think the chevron is definitely one of them...I'm sick of it. I own one chevron something and it's a dress that I reviewed. I love the dress, yes, but it's all I want chevron in my house...it's everywhere!

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  24. It's quite hilarious to think back to acid wash anything. I still don't own any chevron. Not sure how long it will be around, even though it's everywhere right now. Oh, and I love your outfit! Fabulous colour!

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  25. So true! Although I love looking back at photos from the 50s and earlier and seeing the women look so glamorous! Thanks for sharing your look with Three-fer Thursday :)

    xo Bethany
    www.perfectlycoutured.com

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  26. LOVE that outfit...so wishing I could pull it off like you did!

    I nominated you for the Sunshine Award on my blog!

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  27. You'd like right at home in Berkeley -- but then, we're in a very Indian neighborhood, and what you're wearing could have stepped right out of any of the nearby shop windows.

    I like mixing some of my vintage or retro garments with other obviously modern/on-trend ones, to make the whole thing less tied to any sartorial era. I don't go for the "Look at me I'm so retro!" unless I'm specifically dressing up period for swing dancing or somesuch, and it definitely comes off as too costume-y for professional wear in the conservative world of medicine. However, a high-waisted pencil skirt a la 1941 with a sheer, easy-fitting blouse (& cami under) that's oh-so-2013? A perfect, timeless mix, methinks.

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  28. My vote is for guys wearing skinny jeans and chevron.

    Both of those need to stop. Like now.

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  29. I just wanted to post I love those red jeans! So awesome!

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  30. I remember those pictures that you speak of!! My kids look at me and laugh now.

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