Welcome back to the ‘60s

Retired fashion trends are reborn in today’s pop culture

Created date

April 6th, 2018
four different combinations of 60s inspired outfits

Welcome to the 60s!

These days, being “fashion-forward” requires looking to the past. As thriving twenty-year olds and hip teens hit the streets with winged eyeliner, wide-brimmed hats, and bell-bottomed jeans, it’s clear that today’s trends are yesterday’s ideas.

The outburst of unbridled self-expression in the 1960s inspired a variety of fashion statements, from the polished and conservative look still influenced by 1950s fashion, to bold declarations of individuality driven by the impactful social changes in the era.

Traditional and unconventional

Both extremes harbored trends that 2018 fashionistas deem worth keeping. From the more traditional ‘60s approach, modern style has borrowed beehive updos, pinup-type dresses, and most commonly, the winged eyeliner and false lashes combination.

At the same time, the unconventional style that began in the ‘60s brought about a current trend impossible to ignore: bohemian. Boho, or the bohemian look, began in the ‘60s and continued in the ‘70s, but has come back to totally command pop culture. From flowy maxi dresses and floppy hats, to mandala wall tapestries, boho has become a guide by which today’s younger generations design both their wardrobes and their homes.


After the ‘60s jump-started the rebellious era, the ‘70s took the “no rules” to a whole new level, evident in the styles that decade created and current fashion has now adopted. The ‘70s popularized tassels, laces, and platforms, all prominent features in today’s style. But perhaps the most up-and-coming look in fashion originated in the ‘70s: bell-bottoms. Slowly creeping back into popularity, the bell-bottom, or flair jean, at first seemed headed for extinction as the skinny jean came into power. But lately, the bell-bottom is making a reappearance in contemporary looks, which may skyrocket a rededication to this stylish era.

Sometimes considered a fashion disaster, the ‘80s actually originated some styles that remain incredibly popular in fashion right now. Once everyone looks past the bright color explosion that gave the ‘80s its reputation, it’s clear this era still holds prominence in today’s wardrobe essentials. In every up-to-date youth’s closet are two forms of pants: leggings and ripped jeans; we can thank the ‘80s for that. Premiering the skater skirt, bold makeup, and perhaps contributing to today’s bodysuits, without this era’s fun trends and outrageous experimentation, no one would have discovered today’s “normal” looks.

After all the glitter, the ‘90s brought forth the grungy and preppy styles, still so cute and relevant today. Pretty much everything from the ‘90s remains: flannels, chokers, dark lips, high socks. To sport the minimalistic look, ‘90s style lovers wore slip dresses and graphic tees. Now we wear t-shirt dresses, graphic tee crop tops, and crew socks with Converse shoes. Look outside, it’s like the ‘90s never left.

Retired vogue is back

It’s hard to believe that some of the most popular looks in current fashion are actually old news, just recycled. Whether you’re 18 or 80, today’s must-have looks most likely sat in your closet.

So what is it about those older styles that inspired us to revitalize retired vogue? Think of it this way: Fashion and mirrors have something in common—both reflect what stands before them. The ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s were times of blossoming social change; a growing freedom; the beginning of the rebellious years. Evident in the fashion, teens and young adults dressed to fit the societal mood. Their style illustrated the communal craving for uniqueness, free-will, and fun. Those values remain in 2018 ideals. Today, young adults still want their clothing to demonstrate who they are and what they believe in. Our fashion senses match up because our passions align. We support the same messages that, for years, we’ve literally worn on our sleeves.

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