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Cycles of Fashion Style

Updated on February 20, 2008

You may have heard the idea that fashion never really goes out of style because it will make a comeback at some point. Basically, style is history—you want to know what will be coming into style? Then you need to look into the past.

Gap Uses Audrey Hepburn to Promote Skinny Jeans

J-Lo in Bell Bottoms

Fashion Mags on Amazon

They said bellbottoms would never make a comeback.

I remember feeling so annoyed with my mom when I was in high school because she hadn’t kept any of the tops she wore as a teenager in the 1970s. I would have killed for her old shirts—that’s right, twenty years later and they were back in style.

Bell bottoms were all the fashion for men and women in the 1960s and 1970s, but they made a bit of a comeback in the mid-1990s (much to my mom’s horror). In fact, even now the pants are popular, but they aren’t quite as belled at the bottom. Today they are called bootcut or flare-leg pants. There are distinct differences between the disco bell bottoms and current-day bell bottoms, but the general idea is still there. In fact, I don’t buy full length pants if they don’t have some sort of flair at the bottom (I’m just not a tapered or straight leg kind of gal).

That is pretty much how fashion happens—old styles are recycled and made popular again. Remember in 2006 when the Gap began using Audrey Hepburn in their ads? Scenes of Hepburn dancing in the 1957 film Funny Face represent the style the Gap wanted to sell in 2006. That means that the fashion of 1957 made quite the comeback 49 years later. Is this timeless fashion, or recycled style?

What is style?

Is style about the clothes you buy, the haircut you have, and the makeup you use? Or, is it about how you wear it. If your style reflects how you wear your clothes, how you do your hair, and how you apply your makeup, then nothing really ever goes out of style. It simply becomes your style.

There are fashions ins and outs, dos and don’ts, but who can keep up with it all? I love playing around with my personal style. It is fun to figure out how to reintroduce an older piece of clothing into my newer wardrobe. I enjoy figuring out different ways to wear my scarves depending on the outfit I wear. So, what is my style? It’s me.

What’s your style? Share your style with us by leaving a comment in the box at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the second Hepburn video below--it is pretty hot.

Audrey Hepburn Gap Commercial

Audrey Hepburn Funny Face Dance Set to Modern Music


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