Monday, January 29, 2018

What is a Fashion Fad ?

What is a fashion FAD. 
 It is a style that is enthusiastically accepted for a short period of time and then falls rapidly into disuse.

A great example that many of you may remember would be the men's polyester leisure suits of the 70's

The leisure suit gained popularity by offering an inexpensive, fashionable suit which could be used in formal business and on the disco floor.


How about a fad from the 50's!  
Black and white shoes associated with young girls and teens wearing poodle skirts.
Yes, "saddle shoes".
I remember the nightly ritual of carefully polishing them.






Think of the 1980's.  A new Ivy League look originating with the wealthy New Englanders was copied by young people all over the country eager to have that "preppy" look regardless of their lack of "old money" or trust funds.



Thanks to this 80's fad, polo shirts and khaki pants are still part of the national wardrobe.


Also when we think of the 80's we remember the oversized shoulders for women's wear.  At the time, some felt that the power dressing shoulders gave an authoritative look to women in a male dominated work environment.  I always thought that it was an effort to make a women's hips appear smaller.





There are even earlier examples of broadening the shoulders with the use of puffed sleeves in the 1890s





But what about now?  
I have been reading some interesting articles about what some fashion  gurus believe the fashion fads of 2007 to 2017 to be.

For women, I believe that the look to be remembered is the ripped jean, not just at the knees, but everywhere.  The look has been around for several years.  Is it ready to fade?




A couple of fads to watch to see if their popularity fades in the coming year:

Harem pants


Peplum waist
They were very common in the last year to decorate the waist.  They appeared on almost all the tops including jackets, dresses and shirts.  Will the look be short-lived?



As for men................
There seems to be a growing audience for what is called the man romper or jumpsuit or RompHim.
I didn't see this coming, did you?
This all in one look may not be all that bad!  I found some that, to me, are actually "manly" looking:


Sheehan & Co. summer jumpsuit
With a tie-front waist, button front and long sleeves, this romper has a relaxed, lived-in design that makes it ideal for beach trips or weekend errands. The dark olive green is a solid reference to the garment’s utilitarian history too. $285, 



Sheehan & Co. summer jumpsuit.



Mr Turk Keller short jumpsuit

With its chest-patch pockets, beige hue and light herringbone pattern, this short jumpsuit has some serious ’70s vibes but with a fun, modern feel. This one might be perfect for wearing to a pool party in Palm Springs. $348, 



Mr. Turk Keller short jumpsuit.




Fads are fun to think about and reminisce.  Some may fade for a few years and then re-appear.  Others are here and then gone forever.

I'm still waiting for the return of Jantzen sweater sets!