Whilst watching an episode of TOTP2 (I think we were waiting for something better to come on tv) my older sister Chloe, my younger brother Sam and I got to reminiscing about the ‘good old days’. I always forget how amusing it is to watch TOTP2 purely because of the fashion and the audience who really know how to boogie! And my parents are strong to defend the dance moves on the programme, arguing that all we do these days is sway on the spot and occasionally move our arms. Their generation weren’t afraid to let loose apparently! I can just imagine Caroline and Mark being possessed by some insane seventies tune on the dance floor.
And when it comes down to it, I really wish that if such things as time machines existed, that I could go back in time purely to experience the fashion from past eras. When I look at pictures of my parents as young adults they look effortlessly cool. For my dad, there’s a distinct resemblance to Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys Rock n Roll fame and my mother worked the sixties look to perfection. As Chloe and I agreed, our teen years fell in the nineties….possibly THE most horrendous decade for fashion in existence!
What was everyone thinking, seriously?! Oversized was a big look- from puffa jackets, to huge scrunchies and baggy trousers. Just a quick brainstorm of my wardrobe back in the nineties results in the painful memories of neon orange Adidas Shell-suit, platform shoes (we have the spice girls to thank/blame for that) and some kind of hideous skirt and trousers combo. And don’t get me started on my lime green pedal pushers. It really was the decade that fashion forgot.
The sixties however is a different story for fashion altogether. Shift dresses, tiny bikinis and the mini-skirt to name but a few all rocketed into fashion. It was an era of development and progress for fashion. It’s often the case that at a time of great historical change, fashion makes huge steps forward. Fashion ultimately imitates life. In the sixties, many fashion traditions were broken, mirroring social movements during the period. It was all about big impact from psychedelic prints, monochrome and blocks colours. Little details like peter pan collars, caps and false eyelashes were designed to wow. Go-Go boots, culottes and PVC were all cutting edge and therefore hugely popular. The hippy movement inspired a wave of youths to don flares, paisley prints and tai-dye. Art and creativity were promoted; body art was the best way to achieve this whether in the form of a smiley face or a peace sign!
Fashion icons from that period are still firmly cemented in the most influential dressers today. Jackie Kennedy famous for her pillbox hats, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy still frequent many young girls’ walls acting as forms of inspiration.
It is so fascinating to discover from which eras certain looks have evolved from. Whether from the glam rock days of the eighties, to the flappers of the 1930s or the Debbie Harry pop starlet look of the 70s. Nowadays, I believe that we are living in a very fashionable time. I doubt that my little sister will look back to her teenage years and think she looks as bad as me and Chloe did in the nineties! There’s no doubt that we are lucky enough to have both highly established and esteemed designers and young, promising designers who are creating some of the most innovative designs ever seen, but we should always be grateful to those from the past who have made fashion what it is today- amazing!!