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Style Advice: How to wear a Trend for the Second Time

This post is aimed at those of us who probably remember cassettes.  And the power of Grey Skull. If you don't, you can stop reading right now.  I'm not talking to you.

I wore neon socks in the 80's along with matching fingerless gloves.

And I wore ankle grazers when they were called pedal pushers/clamdiggers/cropped pants, too.

I relaxed because Frankie told me to and I remember when skinnies were called drainpipes.

These are all signs that you've probably seen most fashions come and go.

I was excited to see the return of the Mac, sorry, I mean the culotte last year, and sad to see it reviled as the ugliest trouser shape know to womankind.

I'm not sure if I'm as excited to see that the 1970's are going to hit us smack in the arse of our skinny jeans this coming season.  If the fashion mags are to be believed, high-waisted bell bottoms and um, lacing is going to be the shizz.

If you've already worn these fashions once, it sticks in your craw to wear them again and it's difficult to do so without looking like you've just been wearing them since the 70s.  Ok, I was only 8 when I had my first pair of flares (and matching waistcoat - fashionista in the making) but the thought of wearing them again has me frankly terrified.

I've thought long and hard about this dilemma and I've got the following tips on how to re-wear a look from your youth without looking like you've been stuck in a time capsule.

Dilute the Trend.  This is the most obvious starting point to re-wearing a trend.  If, as a 40-something women, you rock up at the school run in bell bottom jeans, fringed waistcoat and cork platforms, chances are you are going to get asked more than once whether you're on your way to a fancy dress party.  This is not a good thing.  

Pick just one part of the trend that appeals to you the most and wear that one.  If you have the legs for  flares, go for it.  If you fancy a bit of suede fringing on your handbag, go for that.  Don't do it all.  Even the coolest amongst us can't do a trend head to toe.

Mix in your signature pieces. We all have pieces that we wear all the time in the knowledge that we look and feel great in them.  These might change with the seasons and as your style evolves, but nonetheless, people will recognise you as "you" when you wear them.  

For me, it seems to be slouch/drop crotch pants.  Friends will often tell me that they saw a great pair whilst out shopping that they're sure I'll love.  So, if I wear going to pick a piece of the 1970's trend, I might choose a pair of platform boots and pair them with my slouchy pants.  See?  All of a sudden, you're rocking the trend, but you're still dressing like yourself.
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Wear it with confidence. And of course this applies to pretty much anything you ever wear.  If you feel great, you will look great and radiate confidence.  Andrea Tonkin, stylist and blogger at says "Dare to wear, and smile if they stare" which is such a great mantra.  

Confidence is always the best accessory

Don't let others dictate what you wear, if you fancy trying a trend for the second time round then by the Power of Greyskull you should absolutely give it a try!

What do you think of wearing a trend you've worn when you were younger?


  1. I declared I'd not do chambray again after wearing it first time around in the 90s and guess who is rocking a linen chambray tea dress this season? In fact, my list of "I said I'd never wear . . ." is quite long . . . I may blog about that!

  2. I'm a huge fan of 70s fashion, just not on me. I'm close to calling 2015 the year of living dangerously, one questionable outfit at a time.

  3. The power of Greyskull- that made my day! My 5 year old has recently discovered "Pee-Man" as he calls it, and loves it. As for 70s trends, I found a fake fur trimmed denim coat that I swore I would never wear again in the back of my son's closet (it was mine when I was at university) and yet I felt great when I put it on last weekend!


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