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Fashion: In style then, in style now

What is old will be new again. We always hear it but how true is that phrase? Very true, especially with today’s fashion trends.
While the craziest of trends die forever, the trends we never forget always make a return with an adjustment to modern times.
So what retro fashion trends have made their return that you will need to be on trend this year?
Round frame sunglasses
A couple of years ago we saw the return of the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers and the return of the classic cat-eye sunglasses. Now we see the return of the round sunglasses reminiscent of the glasses the late John Lennon wore. While you can get them in eyeglass form, you can also get them in sunglass form for any style. Ray-Ban offers them in metal frames in classic or mirrored lenses. You can also get a slightly larger version of the shape in different styles from Louisiana eyewear designer Krewe du Optic.

Off-the-shoulder/Cold shoulder tops
While turtle neck tops returned last year, showing off the neck and shoulders have made a return this year. Thanks to Lady Gaga’s Old Hollywood Glam off-the-shoulder black velvet gown from this year’s Golden Globes, the trend is making a huge return. The return of the trend comes from not only the more structured off-the-should looks of Old Hollywood but also, the softer off-the-shoulder trend from the ’70s that included a touch of ruffles. From tops that show just a little peek of the shoulder to dresses that completely expose the neck and shoulders the trend of showing just a little bit of skin is back in.

Tie-Dye is back just in time for Spring Break. While you may remember the neon tie-dye looks from the ’90s, the trend had returned in softer shades. The key to this trend is a one color tie-dye of a combination of soft pastel colors. What has always been fun about tie-dye is that fact that if you can’t find something you like, you can make your own. If you are really looking to be on trend with tie-dye this year, try making your own piece with the combination of this year’s Pantone Colors of the year, serenity and rose quartz.
Denim on Denim
Remember the denim outfit trend from the early 2000s? The denim jacket paired with matching jeans or skirt. Where we went wrong then was the over embellishment with metallic stitching and rhinestones. Now we have slowly eased back into the denim on denim trend. The chambray shirt made its return, and then the denim jacket and last year was the return of overalls. Now you can return to pairing your denim jacket with your favorite pair of jeans or skirts again without fear. Just stay away from the BeDazzler.

This is a trend from the ’90s that, like the denim from head-to-toe, was done without self-control. The original trend went overboard thanks to acts like Ma$e and Puff Daddy (now known as Diddy or P. Diddy or Sean Combs or whatever he’s known as now). The trick to the return of this trend that may help it stay around longer is to limit yourself to one piece and stay away from crazy metallic colors. Many of the runway shows have paired silver metallic pieces with solid pieces, mainly white. You can also try a gold metallic piece if silver is not your color.
So hit up your favorite vintage clothing boutique, thrift store or your mom’s closet and see what you can find, because you don’t have to dig too deep into your pockets to be on trend this season.


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