Isn’t it great when things come back into fashion? There has been a welcome resurgence of certain fashions recently. What are they? And just why do we love them so much? Frankly, there are some trends that are established, and fashions and accessories that never really go away. Take the humble bow tie, for example. No longer just for evening wear, it is the perfect neck accessory for the discerning, fashion-conscious male.
And then there are classic accessories like the umbrella. It can be cute and fun, or elegant and classy. But what other fads and trends are starting to make a comeback?
Who can forget the wide shoulders from the 80s? Exaggerated they may have been on Dynasty and other soaps but the shoulder pad brought many things to many people. Giving the silhouette a squarer, cleaner definition at the shoulders meant many people found the shoulder pad gave a wonderful slimline effect to their physique.
The shoulder pad is back but no, you don’t have to wear them high and wide like the 80s. Just a little extra padding at the shoulder is enough to help you wear that wrap round top or dress with confidence.
We have no idea why anyone would fall out of love with umbrellas but they did, for a while, become an afterthought. Designers have, thankfully, realised the error of their ways and now the classic umbrella is sitting alongside other accessories, from the hat to the scarf.
With all kinds of shapes to choose from, classic umbrellas can be colourful or understated, with long, curved handles or back-in-your-bag compact. Perfect!
The choker is a necklace or neck accessory worn high on the neck, drawing attention to an often underrated area of the body– the soft, supple curve that is the neck.
Once the favoured accessory of the cowboy, this piece of elegant neckwear is back in fashion today. It gives a beautiful, elongated look to the neck.
And there is choice, choice, choice when it comes to chockers. Opt for black lace with small diamante detailing or go the whole hog, lining the base of your neck drawing attention to your décolletage with a diamond-studded choker.
An essential accessory all year round but the mirrored sunglass look you could be forgiven, is a little passé.
Again, another throwback to the 80s, the mirrored specs have made a return in the last few years. If you want to be bang on trend then opt for mirrored aviator sunglasses and watch the iconic film that is ‘Top Gun’…
The pretty slip dress
Some call it the lingerie slip dress and it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but there is something delicate and classy about this pretty little number.
Akin to the slips that your Grandma used to wear, these dresses are perfect for when you want to make a more subtle but still sexy statement. Opt for black to keep it elegant and leave the see-through stuff for the Kardashians.
Yup, lace. And it’s not just for wedding dresses, either.
Lace was once seen as one of the most old-fashioned materials you could possibly use. Reminiscent of your Nan’s net curtains, a lace top or a lace overlayer on a wedding dress would have been laughed off the catwalk at one time but not now.
Lace is back. Bringing a very feminine touch to all kinds of clothing from off-the-shoulder tops to shift dresses, it adds the delicate detailing that turns something from ordinary into ‘something a little different’.
Bright. Luminous. Show-stopping. In a world of grey, there is no denying that the pops of neon colours we have seen gracing the catwalks are a welcome interlude.
You may think that only certain people can wear it well but the thing we love about a neon colour is its universality if that is even a word.
Neon coloured – the techno-pinks and the lime greens, for example – can make us looked tanned and pretty chic, we have to say. From neon coloured shoes to popping-coloured tops, choose wisely and unlike the trend back in the 80s, rather than dressing from head to foot in day-glow colours, opt for key items and use it sparingly.
Wide leg jeans
Wave ta-ta to your drainpipes, the wide leg jean is back. Hiding a multitude of sins, these baggy trousers are so very easy to wear that really they are not a trend but a staple of everyone’s wardrobe. But that’s just our opinion!
You could be forgiven for thinking that because the festive season is not so far off, that the return on the humble sequin is more a sign of the impending party season than a returning trend.
In some ways, it is but the sequin for too long was the preserve of the dance school and on-stage performances. It was seen as the poor relation of the glitz and glamour of evening dresses, spelling tacky rather than classic chic.
That’s has changed with the sequin having a makeover and making a strong comeback. From ‘in your face’ dazzling tops to subtle detailing on party wear, the festive season is the excuse to dazzle in sequins but you’ll also find that they are hanging around far beyond the New Year.
Ruffle detailing has a Spanish flavour to it, especially on the sleeves of shirts and the like. It has been pushing itself back into favour with the humble shift dress enjoying a little tweak with the off-the-one-shoulder look in recent months. And this detailing has started to extend to ruffling too.
However, don’t think fluffy ruffles, think understated, slightly ruffled detailing and you are there!
And finally, double or even triple denim. Mix and match the finish and colours, do what you want, because it seems that denim can do no wrong. Double it, triple it, do what you want – just don’t forget your classic umbrella!