One of the million reasons why I am so drawn to fashion is the inevitability of its nostalgic repetition. At its very core, it is pretty much cyclical in nature. It’s only a matter of time before an outlived fad becomes a fashion statement once again.
I find it genuinely intriguing how people ricochet between fickle love and indifference for their current sartorial preferences; the elusive and unpredictable nature of fashion keeps me on edge. Just as the new “it” thing has been declared, hung over and flaunted by modelesque runway figures, already at the other side of it, you can’t help but wonder: What’s next?
Take for example the “ugly sandal” or the Birkenstock trend, perhaps dating even further back to ancient Jerusalem days as Man Repeller’s Amelia Diamond blatantly puts it. Quite frankly, it does not serve to flatter your bottom region at all; if anything, it can make your feet look stumpy. And although there’s nothing inherently elegant about it (no offense to the sandal, though I’m sure it’s immune to such derision), it adds character to an outfit. It tones down an otherwise dressy ensemble.
Enter Kate Moss in all her vulnerable teenage glory in the iconic editorial shot by the late Corinne Day (circa 1990s) which seemingly elevated the sandal as a fashion staple.
Kate Moss by Corinne Day
A little over a decade later, it is making quite the comeback (as seen on Miranda Kerr, whose legs remain unfazed and golden despite the sandal’s lack of aesthetic appeal): it is the perfect accessory for a look that’s gunning for understated rebellion or non-conformist casual. Since then, it has created a prominent divide in society: you either love it or hate it.
But like most things, it’s so easy to get on the bandwagon especially if Miranda makes it look that good.
Miranda Kerr by Alasdair McLellen
Carpenter dungarees are also coming into its own fashion renaissance. From a 50’s barnyard uniform, to red-carpet worthy, my childhood jumper sure has turned up its game. Although some might say that the perfect accessories for this article of clothing might as well be a straw hat, a harmonica, or a banjo, this country-staple does not seem all that misplaced in the city as big screen favorites Emma Stone and Keira Knightley take a leisurely stroll in their own effortlessly-chic dungarees.
Emma Stone (image via Glamour)
Keira Knightley (image via Glamour)
With this kind of turnout in current fashion, I am curious as to what vintage trend is next on queue…