Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fashion Review of the Last Decade

The decade has just ended and we are once again starting out on a clean slate. Nothing much or drastic has changed since the new decade has just begun and we are still in the first few weeks of the brand new year. However, it is fitting to go through the last decade's trends in fashion to see if these will recur or will we have a totally fresh approach in the world of fashion.

The last decade's fashion saw the emergence of recycling the trends prior to it most notably from the 90's. During the first few years, 90's fashion was evident. However, at this time, it was more refined. Prevalent in this year as well was stepping away from the unisex style of dressing. The more "woman approach" was now being embraced as skirts and dresses become more in-style.

The youth played an important role in fashion during these times specifically in the early 2000's. Emo and hip-hop style were the in-thing mainly because of the rise of emo bands and new hip-hop artists. These artists have influenced the way people dress and live. Hoodies and sweatpants were among the most popular garments used last decade. You see Eminem wear these types of clothing and other hip-hop moguls as well. Baggy pants and lose denims were also common and are not only worn by men but by women as well. This type of style however was again based on the 90's fashion.

Emo style, on the other hand, is associated with wristbands and spiky hair. Sometimes, this is accompanied with dark eye shadows and black fit shirts. Blink 182, and Green Day were among those who influenced the youth for this fashion.

By the late 2000's, the more urban style fashion was introduced. Women and men were encouraged to be more feminine and manly in terms of choosing the style of clothes. Sophisticated garments such us black pants and black dress shoes became popular. There was quite a shift of fashion style in hip-hop when Kanye West introduced the lesser youthful hip-hop style. Loose shirt and pants were now replaced for a more manly look. Power suits were also worn at this time. Usually, these kinds of clothing are used only during formal occasions. Yet, these became popular and are widely used even during casual events.

If saggy clothes were fashionable in the 90's, during this decade, tight jeans became widespread. Designer jeans were more popular at this time. Of course, what is fashion without the accessories? During the last decade, fashion was also associated with designer glasses, both for men and women. The "geek look" was something people have wanted to portray. For guys, in particular, baseball caps were extremely popular for teenagers. However, these kinds of caps cannot be bent so they stay as they are.

For sure there were still a lot of fashion trends that were rampant during these years. These are just a few examples and are the ones that became such a widespread phenomena that almost everyone was into it. As we get into another decade, we ask what kind of fashion we are looking at. Will we be going back to the trends last decade or even three of four decades back? Or will we be embracing a new craze? One thing is for sure, whatever is in fashion now, and we are sure to follow it.