The display is now called ‘All Back in Fashion’ and shows the surprising range of fashions that the young (and not so young) want to wear in 2018. The swing towards vintage and “make do and mend” has influenced a wide section of the population. Clothes from every era have a place on the high street with many vintage styles, from the 1920s through to the 1980s, being reproduced by chain stores.
Styles popularised by film stars from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, such as Marlene Dietrich, are happily worn for parties and evening wear today. You only have to look at the outfits at events like the Oscars to realise that vintage styles are always on trend. Unfortunately, you have to have the right figure to pull off the silks and satins cut on the cross, or on the bias, that cling to every curve!
Styles from the 1940s, such as seamed stockings, sweetheart necklines and brogue shoes, alongside 1950s flared skirts, fitted waists and short cardigans are available in specialist retailers, as well as vintage and charity shops. Many charity shops in trendy towns have separate ‘vintage’ departments where pre-1980 clothes demand a high price tag.
Culottes from the 1960s, and harem pants from the 1970s, are back in fashion at the moment. As are shift dresses, false eye lashes, flat pumps and platform shoes. I never foresaw that the Crimplene and polyester fabrics, which I detested in the 70s and 80s, would ever rear their ugly heads again. However, here they are again in all the fashionable shops. I hear rumours that shoulder pads could also be making a resurgence again this year, although hopefully they won’t be as large they were in the 1980s.
And, who would have expected that scratchy, tinny, vinyl records, that have to be turned over every 15 minutes would be back in vogue. What is the world coming to!