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History repeating: 5 trends that are back in fashion

History repeats itself, fashion does too.

By Rachel Dean

We have all made cringe-worthy fashion choices that will come back to haunt us, and while we hope such trends will never return, they more than likely will as many of our current high street 'new arrivals' will show.

Take a look at some of today’s most popular fashion trends and see how everyone’s favourite fashionistas have adapted these styles into their lifestyle.

MOM Jeans

One of the biggest trends of the past few seasons has got to be the return of ‘MOM jeans’.

The term ‘MOM jeans’ to describe high waisted, loose fitting jeans was coined in between the denim’s periods of popularity due to the thought that they were ill-fitting and unflattering to the female physique.

They began to be seen as outdated and uncool and ‘something mothers would wear.'

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Monica and Rachael in Friends (Warner Bros)

This style of denim was popular in the 80’s and 90’s with Levi’s advertising their own in a ‘Sears Wish Book’ in 1989.

The jeans also featured in 80’s/90’s television, notably the sitcom Friends in which characters Rachel Green and Monica Geller were dressed in the loose denim in several of the show’s earlier episodes.

Today’s celebrities have started to make MOM jeans cool again – a favourite with model Emily Ratakowski in particular.

The style can now be found in many high-street stores with Topshop being the most popular choice.

Emily Ratakowski embraces the MOM jeans (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Take-Two Interactive)
Emily Ratakowski embraces the MOM jeans (Getty Images)

Crop Tops

Surprisingly enough, crop tops have been a thing since the 1940’s.

Despite the restrictions and stigma placed on women in terms of their fashion choices, the crop top was actually quite popular during this decade. The style of top was often paired with very high waisted skirts to give the impression of an hour glass figure for those who didn’t have one and to accentuate the shape of those who did.

Today, crop tops are trending again, and with similar ideas to women of the 40’s – many pair them with high waisted jeans, trousers, shorts or skirts.

With an endless amount of styles, crop tops have definitely made their way into most girls’ wardrobes.

Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez are just two celebrities out of many who are avid wearers of the crop top, whether it’s casual wear or occasion wear.

Ariana Grande (Getty)

Selens Gomez (Getty)

Oversized Denim Jackets

Bringing it back to the 80’s again with the oversized denim jacket which was a very popular trend during this decade.

They were popular amongst many celebrities, ranging from Whitney Houston to John Stamos.

Also, I’m sure the majority of 80’s kids will remember Tiffany’s look in her music video for I Think We’re Alone Now, too…

Despite giving the impression that you’re wearing you parent’s clothes, there must be something rather cool about the oversized look as it has been a reoccurring trend over the past few years.

Model and fashion it-girl Kendall Jenner is often spotted sporting this particular trend.

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Platform Shoes

Dating back to around 220 B.C, the platform shoe made its first of many returns to the modern world of fashion in the 1930’s with Salvatore Ferragamo’s 'The Rainbow' - apparently made in honour of Judy Garland’s famous song Over the Rainbow that featured in The Wizard of Oz (1939).

The platform’s next big comeback was in the 1970’s, namely the disco era when – as impossible as it sounds - both men and women got their boogie on in the extremely high shoes.

The trend died for a little while until the Spice Girls reintroduced the shoes in the 1990’s – a bold fashion choice, but, what else would you expect from the 90’s?

Now over 20 years on, the platform has returned with a new name, the ‘flatform.’

Even the fashion-forward Rihanna has been inspired by the trend, recreating the style in her ‘Fenty’ collaboration with Puma.

Fenty Puma by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

The Bohemian Look

Believed to be in existence for over 200 years, the bohemian style is one that will probably never leave the world of fashion for too long, if even at all.

One of the most important moments for bohemian fashion was during the Woodstock Festival of 1969 which seems to have had significant influence over festival attire today, in particular, Coachella.

Actress Vanessa Hudgens attends Coachella Music Festival (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Coachella’, actress Vanessa Hudgens’ style portrays the modern bohemian look.

Boho style can be found all year round on the high-street, however, in the time leading up to Coachella, H&M releases their ‘H&M Loves Coachella’ range with extremely affordable price tags while other stores see an increase in the colourful, flowing, alternative style.

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