Recycled Style


Acacia Harrell

Style and fashion have always been something I’ve been passionate about. I wouldn’t say I have a very distinct style or that I only wear a certain type of clothing. All I know is I love to find interesting clothing pieces with unique patterns and odd styles. I love that fashion is something that is always changing.
However, the more I think about the statement, “style is always changing,” the more I realize that’s not really true. I think a better word is “circulating.”

The other day my mom and I were talking about how interesting it is that in 2018, I am wearing clothes that she used to wear when she was my age, in 1997. In the ‘90s, of course, “mom jeans,” “boyfriend jeans,” cuffed pants, big hair with bangs, mini-skirts, overalls and hoops were all everywhere.

All of a sudden, in the early 2000s, a lot of those classic looks died off and skinny jeans, bell bottoms, low waisted pants, skirts over jeans, tracksuits, crop tops and denim were in.

In middle school, I would have never even thought of wearing high waisted jeans because I thought they were old fashioned and definitely NOT cool. It wasn’t until the end of my sophomore year that I personally caught on to the wave of ‘90s fashion.

“Its a lot of fun to mess around with different [clothes] and different eras,” states sophomore Benet Bouchard. Photo by: Sarah Clench
Even how and where I have shopped for clothes over the years have changed significantly. I used to be mortified when my mom dragged me to the Goodwill, or any thrift store for that matter, or told me about all the great deals they had. I thought wearing used clothes made me a loser and the only way I could be cool is if all of my jeans were from Hollister. Now, thrift stores are the only place my friends and I shop and we would be mortified to pay retail prices. Sophomore Benet Bouchard stated, “A lot of different styles have come back that I’ve picked up on.”

I just think it’s cool how styles and trends recycle themselves. Maybe one day, ‘20s fashion will be back and young women will be chopping off their hair and dressing like “flappers.” Maybe I’ll walk onto a high school campus to pick up my grandkids and everyone will look like they’re straight out of the movie “Grease” or maybe, god forbid, we’ll all start wearing skirts over our jeans again just like they did in the 2000s.

Anyways, moral of the story is, don’t make fun of what your parents used to wear in their teens because the rules of fashion say that you’re likely to be wearing the same things in a few years time.