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Trends: Leave It in the Past or Bring It Back?

Every generation has its own trend. Some started a while ago, others are new to the spotlight and some are coming back for another round. The question is, should they stay or should they go?

 

Trend: Mullet hairstyle 

High Point: ~1980’s

Should we keep it?: No.

Why: Some men sport long hair while others have a good classic cut. The mullet is a weird and off-putting hairstyle that is neither one. Mullets look odd, almost like a LEGO person wearing the wrong head. When people look at the mullet from the front, they might think, “What a nice clean cut,” but then the mullet-wearer turns around, and onlookers do a double-take and don’t know where the nice clean cut went. The mullet is an unattractive combination of two styles, such as a tuxedo for a black tie event and a hippie-love protest happening next to a traveling van.

 

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Trend: Rollerblading and roller skating

High Point: 1970’s and 1980’s

Should we keep it?: Yes.

Why: Roller skating was actually invented in 1735 by John Merlin and was improved on throughout the years by multiple people. Eventually it led to a type of shoe-skate. They were adjustable skates that people could put over their shoes and tighten with a key. From there, the skates developed into the ones we know today. Not only are they a great form of transportation and exercise, they are a part of a culture, a culture that loves to soar down streets, hill-bomb neighborhoods and spend quality time with friends. There was even a song made about the old-fashioned roller skates called Brand New Key by Melanie.

 

Trend: Vintage dresses (~1950’s retro)

High Point: ~1960’s

Should we keep it?: Yes.

Why: They are classic beauty; like old classic cars. They are also super attractive with form-fitting torsos, sexy halter tops, adorable little buttons down the front or back, wonderful colors and patterns and a skirt made to flow through swing dance.

 

Trend: High-waisted jeans and pants

High Point: ~1970’s

Should we keep it?: Yes.

Why: High-waisted pants first came into style when women became workers in factories during World War II. They were practical and cute. No one can deny that the cultural icon, Rosie the Riveter, made working hard in jeans look amazing. 

 

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Trend: Neon-colored clothes

High Point: ~1980’s

Should we keep it?: No.

Why: If the horrible colors themselves don’t make you go blind, the bad clothing style will. Neon lights were a huge thing in Las Vegas around the 1930’s. Eventually the “colorful” ideas moved into clothing styles for party-goers. Granted, the colors definitely stand out, but not in a good way. The full neon clothing style is in-your-face ugly. If it were a couple dashes of neon color here-and-there for some fun and brightness it would be a lot better, but sadly it was the entire outfit. Unless you want to find yourself being dragged across a high school essay, stop dressing like a highlighter.

 

Trend: Fanny packs

High Point: ~1980’s-1990’s

Should we keep it?: No.

Why: I am NOT going to touch that Fanny (pack)! Fanny packs make anyone who wears them look like a grandparent. People already have backpacks of all sizes to carry things in and backpacks sit in a comfortable place – your shoulders – and not on your hips or rear end, like the fanny pack. Fanny Packs are a pain in the tuchus, literally.

 

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Trend: Letterman jackets

High Point: ~1950’s

Should we keep it?: Yes.

Why: They used to be a staple of high school. Earning the letter through hard work and determination gave students a sense of self-pride and school pride. They were comfortable and durable, but sadly it is extremely hard to find these jackets anymore. Woodson has letters, but no jackets to put the letters on. That should change.

 

Trend: Dabbing

High Point: ~2015

Should we keep it?: No.

Why: There’s nothing like taking a random sniff at your elbow-pit and sticking your other arm out like a demented superman trying to fly. It’s dumb and about as weird as deciding to suck a thumb in the middle of class.

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