A decade has come and is almost gone and each decade is usually marked with a few major fashion trends that we can all look back on and say oh that is so the 60’s or so the 80’s and this past ten years is no different. It seems, thanks in part to the internet, trends are disseminated very quickly and many originate with celebrities. Here are few major trends that will define the past decade.
We can thank Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen as well as Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe for bringing us this hippie inspired trend. Key items of the boho look included oversized sunglasses, fringed purses and boots, long flowy skirts, crochet halter maxi dresses, wide leg pants and loose, oversized layers of tees, sweaters, scarves and skirts.
We all embraced a super casual look with the help of Juicy Couture and Ugg. Who would of thought a velour track suit paired with suede and sheepskin snow boots would be the height of fashion? Juicy and Ugg reigned supreme and outfitted many a chic fashionista. Women were wearing their track suits with their diamonds and furs and college girls wore their Ugg boots with their Abercrombie mini denim skirts. It was the first time in a long time something so casual and comfy became so fashionable.
All About The Midriff:
Celebrities were all about showing off their toned abs this decade. This trend made it through in terms of women working super hard to make sure their tummies looked as toned as the celebrities they saw.
Denim, Denim and More Denim:
Designer jeans reigned supreme this decade and pushed the envelope in terms of price and fashion. It became acceptable to wear jeans to everything from movies to cocktail parties. New designer denim companies popped up every year offering more styles, colors and more expensive prices. We used to pay $50-$60 for a pair of jeans and it became commonplace this decade to pay $150-$250 for a nice pair of jeans. Skinny jeans became the style du jour and a major must have for every wardrobe. Designers also threw at us slouchy, rolled boyfriend styles and super wide leg jeans. Thanks to this decade designer denim is firmly cemented in high fashion.
Leggings and Tights:
Leggings and tights were major fashion must haves with tremendous staying power. I am pretty sure we will still be wearing both into the next decade.
A Tale of Two Heights:
The past decade went from one extreme to another when it came to shoes. Ballet flats became a fashion staple but also shared closet space with sky high platform heels.
High End Meets Low End:
High end met low end this decade when it became fashionable for women to wear their high end pieces with cheaper, more fashionable items from stores like Target, H&M and Old Navy. Target really got the trend going by hiring Isaac Mizrahi to design for them and then by adding subsequent up and coming designers like Thakoon and Rodarte. Lela Rose designed a line of shoes for Payless and Karl Lagerfeld and Jimmy Choo joined forces with H&M to create lower priced yet still fashionable merchandise.
Lela Rose for Payless