Last spring and summer saw the emergence of many micro fashion trends that quickly rose and fell. From certain patterns to fabric cuts to jewelry, many summer styles will be left behind in the cold months ahead. Already, many stores are offering hotter clothes alongside fashion styles that date back to the 90s and 2000s. Plus, brand new looks are also being introduced. Many trends fade while a few new ones begin to flourish – will these new trends last longer than passing trends?
Trends that are lagging behind
Although it may seem difficult to guess which clothes and accessories will be popular in the future, fashion industry cycles and trends can be easy to follow. Many high-profile names in fashion release their fall trend forecasts in mid to late summer to create excitement and draw attention to particular items. The summer fashion scene has seen many short-lived trends that won’t survive beyond a few months. With the apparel industry’s massive manufacturing capacity, it’s now easier than ever to order apparel online and have it on your doorstep within days. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, online shopping has exploded. Not only have store closures forced consumers to turn to online ordering, but social media trends have introduced the “microtrend” into fashion.
For those unfamiliar with the new fashion term, a microtrend can be defined as “a style or item of clothing that explodes in popularity, only to become old news a month later.” Loud psychedelic prints, puffy “cottagecore” items, patterned crochet tops and large acrylic rings have all received viral attention on TikTok, spilled into stores around the world and are now flooding sale sections and thrift stores. However, microtrend cycles have notable drawbacks. First, they encourage overspending on socially short-lived items. Second, they aggravate the damage fast fashion industry and harming the environment while exploiting workers. Third, they perpetuate an idea of “good clothes” and “bad clothes” that changes weekly, if not daily.
Fortunately, the end of summer has seen a halt in the continuous cycle of micro fashion trends, with many consumers now aware of the wasteful loop. Microtrends thrive in the summer months thanks to the summertime popularity of bright colors, loud patterns and flashy accessories, and as we head into fall, we head into new fashion cycles.
The return of trends
According Vogue Magazine, some of the specific items that will gain popularity in the fall are leather jackets, baggy jeans and loafers. The surfacing of “preppy punk” brings back more plaid skirts, knee high socks, combat boots and black layers. Ultimately, a mix of form-fitting and oversized clothing that mixes 90s and 2000s trends will be considered. in the style. The re-emergence of certain trends is no surprise, as it is a general rule in fashion that trends repeat themselves every 20 to 30 years.
Grungy 90s styles and colors are returning just in time for fall: instead of focusing on statement pieces, fall fashion lends itself to more basic outfits including cardigans, jeans, sweaters , turtlenecks and solid color leather. These items play a starring role in fall and usually come in muted or neutral colors that can be worn in more combinations and therefore thrown in less frequently. Due to the weather in the colder months, fall and winter fashion also prioritizes function and uses accessories to spice up outfits. Hats, scarves, shoes and puffy jackets are where color and variety are expected this season.
Along with the popularity of the boots, the long-running Converse shoe will be seen on many feet. Jewel-toned blues and greens along with pops of brighter yellow will add a lighter feel to darker outfits. The influences of the 90s will be there with chains added to the clothes, very long sleeves and knit materials. 2000s trends will include babydoll tees and zippers, as well as more fitted silhouettes.
Criticism of fashion trends
While the return of trends from years past is a natural cycle in fashion, many are not so happy with the reappearing trends of the 90s and 2000s. In recent years, fashion has shown greater acceptance of different types and sizes of body, unlike more vintage clothing which was geared towards a specific look. Returning bodycon silhouettes feature low-rise pants, bodycon dresses and tighter materials, all of which have been critical to bring back the negative ideals of an earlier period.
While a certain “body type” is considered “in” now, the 90s and 2000s idolized taller figures with slimmer waists, especially women. Bringing back clothes made with this idealized and very specific framework in mind is damaging unless fall fashion trends are reinvented to flatter everyone. Linking fashion trends to certain body types creates the idea that body types are fashionable and that one day your figure will be seen as desirable and one day it may not be. Separating the “ideal body” from our ever-changing fashion is key to demonstrating that bodies are not trends and should not be idolized or condemned.
Fall will bring back classic looks while hopefully leaving negative habits in the past. The return of more basic items and warm colors will surely bring great outfits, and new trends will certainly develop over time. However, it is important to pay only reasonable attention to fashion, because overvaluing clothes has greater repercussions. The most important lesson is to see clothes as a form of self-expression, and above all, to have fun with what you wear.