When have fashion mistakes turned into fashion statements and trends? Or, are someone’s fashion nightmares others’ sidewalk showstoppers? As the world bubbles into a new-normal following COVID-19, fashion experimentation seems to also be at an all-time high. Instead of a rigid list of what to wear and how to wear it, wearers are embracing a new notion of fashion: that anything can be fashionable, because who cares? What once was deemed as weird, is now suddenly trendy. Who’s to say what fashion mistake today might be tomorrow’s trend?
Embracing this new era of fashion, let’s take a look at six possible past fashion faux pas turned into current fashion trends.
The scarf top
Who would have thought that a piece of cloth tied around one’s chest could be this summer’s hottest top? While it is unclear who originated wearing a scarf as a top, Queen Nefertiti of Egypt is said to be the first wearer of the scarf. Worn under an extravagant jeweled headpiece, Nefertiti created a timeless trend. Fast forward to ancient Roman times, scarves were used as “sweat cloths,” wicking away sweat while men were engaged in physical labor. While the purpose of wicking away sweat still remains in these hot Summer months, scarves have once again changed their proposed use. Worn as a top, the opportunities for styling are endless and up to the wearer. It is hard to imagine Summer 2021 without the scarf top; though, the creation of the scarf top had to have been born purely from a creative “mistake.”
Peek-a-Boo. Oh, the love and hate relationship with Y2K trends. Possibly the most infamous trend born out of the 2000s-era had to have been the whale tail. Created when low-rise jeans were the only option, wearers had no other choice but to rock their exposed underwear. Honoring the cyclical nature of fashion which invites the re-emergence of Y2K trends, we are already seeing glimpses of the whale tail trend coming back as low-rise jeans become increasingly popular, for their hip-hugging comfort, yet again. From Bella Hadid to Emily Ratajkowski, the number of peek-a-boo sartorial moments are increasing.
Show Your Straps
Remember when one would never dare to show their bra strap? Well, time surely does a number on what is deemed fashionable and acceptable. Now, in 2021, it seems that bra straps have turned into the latest accessory. Even Acne Studios adorned their latest collection with an exposed bra strap. Perhaps, this recent acceptance was born out of recognition that bras are a choice and not always necessary.
Bare the Chest
Thankfully it is not the end of the world, but it might be the end of wearing bras as we know it. While lace bralettes remain quite popular, gone are the days of needing to wear a push up bra. Rooted in the anti-bra movement, this feminist style rejects typicals conventions of beauty. From Kendall Jenner to Jennifer Lopez, these celebrities have shown that it is perfectly acceptable, and even natural, to showcase this part of the body.
Clashing Colors and patterns
Whoever said polka dots don’t go with stripes, red and pink do not go with orange, and florals don’t work with checkered patterns, has not met 2021. Did it take a worldwide pandemic for wearers to realize that mixing and matching clothes can be empowering? Gone are the arbitrary rules of what is in, what is out, what is allowed, and what is prohibited. Dare to clash; after-all, if Hailey Bieber is doing it, it must be working.
Remember when a baggy T-shirt was relegated to sleepwear only? In 2021, sexy does not only mean slim-fitting. While in the past, comfort and sexiness lived on opposite ends of the fashion spectrum, the oversized trend fuses the two. So, go ahead and pair an oversized T-shirt with biker shorts or a pair of jeans. Who would have thought that the world’s most comfy outfit could be one of the sexiest and trendiest?
There is no rhyme or reason for why certain fashion “no-no’s” become trends. However, a common theme among these six seems to be their celebration of the body’s natural elements, and a celebration of one’s individualistic style. How wonderful is it that being comfortable is becoming more and more trendy?
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