Fashion taken back in time

Sara Rahman, asst. a&e editor

Some fashion trends just never go out of style, and this is true about 70’s and 80’s trends, Fashion Teacher Melissa Pfister said. Vintage graphic tees, leather jackets, bright neon colors, and voluminous blowouts are all in right now, just like they were 50 years ago. 

Pfister believes the revival of these familiar trends is due to a concept known as the Fashion Cycle. 

“[The Fashion Cycle is] a theory that fashion trends from 20 [to] 30 years ago tend to reinvent and recycle themselves,” Pfister said. “[We’re] starting to see some of the 70’s and 80’s influence [in current fashion] as well.”

Sophomore Ryan Phare mentioned another reason this trend is rising could the season of Netflix’s hit show, Stranger Things that came out this summer. Characters such as Eleven, Mike Wheeler, and Steve Harrington can be seen wearing lots of denim, leather and patterned shirts throughout the show. 

This supernatural show is set in the 80’s, revolving around a small town in Indiana that experiences paranormal events, Phare explained. The new season of the show focuses on a group of kids in their early high school years, Phare explained. She elaborated that based on the setting and timing of the show, characters are seen modeling true retro fashion.

“I think that a lot of people saw [80’s fashion trends in Stranger Things] and were like, ‘Oh I like that’ and [the trends] started coming out more,” Phare said. 

As popular as these trends may be, not everyone is on board with clothing from the 70’s and 80’s. Clothing like low rise pants and bell bottoms might seem a little uncomfortable to some, sophomore Jocelyn Park explained. 

“I like everything except low rise jeans,” Park said. “I feel like they are uncomfortable and I don’t find them very flattering.”

All in all, 70’s and 80’s trends seem to be coming back in today’s media, and it can be refreshing to see how they have been modified since they were last popular, said Pfister.

“It’s fun when trends that we’ve seen before come back to life in a new, fresh way.” Pfister said. “I think it’s a fun way to connect with people.”