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Trends and Tech Making a Comeback

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By Olivia Harlow

Fashion operates in cycles, as fads come and go.

 

Similarly, tech (sometimes) goes through a revolving door. Although some inventions are replaced forever, other “vintage” techniques come back with full steam. 

 

So, don’t get rid of those bell bottoms quite yet, and don’t oust your entire VHS collection. Those ripped jeans, flannel shirts, and film photographs might not be “in” forever, but they’re certainly in now — and they were “in” many years ago.

 

  1. Plaid: Flannels, flannels, and more flannels. These lumberjack-esque buttons-ups are non-gender conforming, comfy as heck, and easy to match. But, in addition to Urban Outfitter’s collection of diverse colored shirts, plaid-print mini skirts and sweaters are also taking wind once again.
  2. Choker Necklaces: The choker, a 90s must-have, has risen from the grave. These tight-fitting pieces of jewelry have been upgraded with clasps and dangly pendants, as well as remained true to the elementary school’s favorite: a stretchy, plastic loop.
  3. Disney Classics: Chances are you have — or used to have — an extensive collection of Disney movies on VHS: Aladdin, Cinderella, and Jungle Book, to name a few. Well, with the expulsion of the VHS — R.I.P. — these Disney favorites are making a comeback on Blue Ray and DVD, as well as streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
  4. Jumpsuits: Consider it an elegant onesie. This shirt-and-pant combo piece of clothing is now a work go-to, and a last-minute wedding ensemble. Don’t be afraid to match it with disco boots and side ponytails — we hear those are also making a comeback.
  5. Vinyl Records: It’s pretty clear that vinyl tunes will never go out of style. As streamed music takes over the world of CDs and iPods, the vinyl ain’t goin’ anywhere. There’s something about the sound quality and experience of a vinyl album that stirs sweet nostalgia and amplifies the listener’s experience. It just can’t be replicated by AirPods and Beats by Dre.
  6. Sweatpants: I mean, how could sweatpants ever not be in style? Comfy and cozy is key in any decade, and these soft cotton pants sure know how make their wearer happy.
  7. Film Photography: Although digital photography is certainly the most modernized way to take pictures, for some, it’s just not quite the same as film. There’s something special about curating your photos and not seeing how they turned out until after they’re printed. Which leads us to…
  8. Scrapbooking: While it’s certainly important to digitize old photos, putting frames into a tangible book is a timeless way of storing your favorite memories. So, print that film, get out the scissors and glue, and prepare to get crafty!
  9. Cher Hair and Mullets: Apparently, Cher is America’s fashion icon all over again. 2019 is a time for straighteners and keratin. For dudes, the man bun is still considered dreamy, and — unfortunately — the mullet has even crawled back into some punk grunge circles.
  10. “Mom Jeans”: High-waisted denim, with ripped knees and sometimes wide legs, are back in style. Worn for informal work outings, music festivals, and casual dates, these are an everyday must-have piece of attire. No wonder Mom loved ‘em so much! (Oh, and don’t forget the Fannie Pack!)

 

While some trends and tech go and stay gone, chances are your favorite 70s, 80s, and 90s items will make new appearances, just as so many have before them. Cling to your favorites, and be patient. And in the meantime, browse Grandma’s photo albums and watch Dad’s prom videos to get some inspiration. 

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