It is a hard-hitting fact that history repeats itself and those who do not learn history are doomed. One of the hardest things about fashion trends is that the fashion that we are bragging about today is fashion that was considered outdated and was trashed a few decades back. In simple terms, the fashion trends that we had in the 70s and 80s are the fashion trends that we consider cool in 2017. This is the unanswered mystery that prevails in history.
The theory of recurrence:
Not many of us know that there is a widespread theory, in whatever field you think it belongs to, that talks about the factors that are involved in the ideology of ‘history repeats itself.’ Though this theory, named as ‘Historic Recurrence,’ focuses primarily on the political concepts, there is no doubt that it applies to fashion trends as well.
80s Fashion Trends are back!
A lot of people who study the history of fashion have concluded that the fashion will rule a couple of years from now will be the fashion trends that prevailed in the 1980s. They have also asked the people of the 80s not to worry about the trends of their period dying because the fashion trends of the 80s are here to stay. ‘Come on 80s is so close, how it can repeat?’ is what most people think. If you are thinking so, you are wrong as well.
But before I burst the bubble, I want to say something weirder than the previous point I made. We are repeating the fashion that existed in the 60s and 70s. In that case, I have a feeling that the 80s fashion is comparatively better and less embarrassing to repeat. You still don’t believe? Google for yourself the trends that existed a half a decade earlier, and you will be able to spot almost all the western outfits that we feel cool about today. Right from costumes to accessories, footwear to hairstyles we are almost repeating everything.
Few people feel that if fashion is only a repetition of what the world has already witnessed, then there will be no scope for new fashion. I have a theory for that as well. I wouldn’t go to the extent of claiming that history repeats itself completely but at a percentage that is quite conceivable. So if I say that 80s trends are the ones that are going to rule 2017, we still have a lot of people alive who have seen 80s and are seeing the 2000s. These people will be able to tell us at what percentage the recurrence happens. I am a 90s kid, and I have a mother who keeps bragging that she was already a part of the fashion that we brag about today. Though I ignore it, the fact that she is really unaffected by the fashion that is trending today annoys me a bit.