We remember the 70s and 80s as a whirlwind of colour and outrageous styles from backcombed hair to double denim and flares. If you look closely you will see not much has changed. Inspiration is constantly taken from past trends that will continue to be loved for generations to come, including ours.
The influence that past decades have on today’s fashion is endless with each wave of fashion bringing new and fresh ideas. The 70s introduced floral patterns and corduroy jackets while the 80s brought us neon sportswear and over the top shoulder padded blazers. A favourite of our generation seems to be the trusty Flares that can be adapted for almost any occasion. Flares have been around for a long time, but they really took off in the 70s and it seems history is repeating itself today. Chunky trainers are another blast from the past. You only have to take a quick glance around Newcastle campus to see the number of students who opted for a pair of chunky trainers that morning. Chunky trainers were a massive trend in the 80s and are making a comeback today. Who wouldn’t choose to go for comfort and style?
So where can you get your hands on some of these not so dated styles? Most high street names will have collections with subtle or some not so subtle nods towards the fashion trends of the past. In today’s fashion world, inspiration is taken from multiple iconic decades for fashion allowing for a mashup of the best trends we have seen.
A classic go to will always be the online clothing store ASOS which is constantly refreshing their collections and always hitting the mark on current trends. ASOS will provide you with a non-stop stream of sweatpants, chunky trainers and flares offering the best brands of the 80s including Reebok and Nike. Another great high street store is Topshop which is overflowing with floral patterns and much-loved brands in sportswear including adidas. A consistent style that TopShop offers is the classic wrap dress that was originally introduced to the world by Diane Von Furtstenburg in 1972. The wrap dress has remained popular through the decades and still holds strong today.
In this day and age, we are fortunate enough to have fashion at our fingertips, being able to shop online and find inspiration on social media. If you fancy getting some inspiration there are an abundance of fashion Instagram accounts brimming with styles straight out of the 70s and 80s. A look-book into the past may be exactly what you need to spice up your wardrobe. We may think of our generation as a world away from that which our parents grew up in. In many ways it is, but when it comes to fashion trends, we are far more similar than we think.
So this Mother’s Day take a moment to appreciate how much our mothers really have done for us.