HIS & HERS LOOKS BACK ON SOME OF THE MOST UNUSUAL FASHION TRENDS…
Trends often make the spotlight most prominently when they’re a bit quirky. Something unusual, something different from the trends that the fashion world would normally go for. Think Britney and Justin sporting the double denim trend at the 2001 AMAs, or those massive platform trainers worn by literally every nineties girl band. Alongside ladies high waisted jeans retailer, Trilogy Stores, we’re looking through the most unusual trends through the years and who captained them.
Madonna is often cited as the pioneer of the underwear-as-outerwear trend, thanks to her Jean Paul Gaultier cone-shaped corset, but we can’t help but feel Superman was the real original underwear-on-the-outside trendsetter. Lindsay Lohan was also once seen on the catwalk with a black corset top layered over a white shirt — paired with a bootcut jean of course. More recently, we’ve seen the Kardashians bring the trend back with a ‘mini corset’ worn around the waist to show off curves over a loose shirt dress. Other celebrity influencers have also taken on the trend, although they’re not as big as some of the trends we’ve seen.
Denim overalls were also a pretty hot trend. A low-maintenance look made famous by the Fresh Prince and other nineties celebs. If you wanted to look uber cool, you’d wear it with one strap undone.
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The Nineties and mid-Noughties loved the cropped trouser look. For a jean — pedal pushers were definitely in and they were either denim or a pale pastel shade. This denim trend was rocked by fashionistas at the time including the Spice Girls and Christina Aguilera. It seems this one is coming back around too, with many celebrities sporting their designer cropped jeans – Jennifer Lawrence wore them with heels and a sheer top for Dior’s SS17 Paris show and Selena Gomez has been spotted in a pair, teamed with patent loafers and a casual white shirt.
Cropped combat trousers also proved to be a hit. The members of British girl band, All Saints, were a fan of this fad and rocked cargo pants, crop tops (having your midriff on show in the 90s was compulsory too, apparently) and trainers with the tongue out of the trouser leg.
Another trend came with two-piece tracksuits, such as the velour Juicy Couture. It was Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton who started this trend off. Britney even had her bridal party dressed in two-piece tracksuits ahead of her wedding to Kevin Federline. Then, they became slightly over-worn by more Z-list celebs and fell off the radar…
Thanks to the Spice Girls, platform shoes were all the rage once. Whether they were white tennis shoes, lace-up boots or sandals, they had to have a huge platform to allow you to stomp around. We’ve seen this trend return with Rihanna’s range of Puma platformed trainers and (for something more alternative) Gucci’s rainbow platform metallic sneakers that are currently on sale.
And then there were jelly shoes. It is thought that they were invented due to a leather shortage during World War II, leading to a French shoemaker creating shoes from plastic. This is one of the trends that has come and gone throughout the years, with a surge of the shoes in 2002 and another rise to popularity in 2009.
Trends tend to come back around eventually, so it’s likely we’ll see some of these past quirky trends making a return to our wardrobes. And, there’s bound to be many more fads to come that we’ll cringe at before buying into.
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