You probably can’t recall who said it, but whoever first uttered that fashion comes full circle every 30 years or so was not too far off.
This season on the runway is reminiscent of the flowing 70s in both fabric and style. We are seeing much more of the long skirt and much less of the micro mini.
Materials like silk and chiffon, which tend to flow and gather, are much more popular for Spring 2008 than fabrics like cotton or denim which tend to hold shape and stay stiffer in appearance.
Fashion trend alert: feminine, feminine, feminine!
The word for the season is feminine, feminine, feminine! The exception to this seems to be in outerwear, where rubber is oddly in style. Take woollies range of patterned Wellingtons, as a case in point.
Someone out there finally thought to provide appropriate footwear for the rainy summer days looming ahead. Indoors though, thin little belts, hats, and scarves are the order of the day.
Fashion trend alert: metallic, sequined clutch bags are in!
Accessories like metallic bags and clutches, as well as sequins and some of the longer pencil skirts can still be worn with confidence. Dresses with colour blocks are still around as well, left over from last season and still cute. Headbands are another popular accessory as well.
Fashion trend alert: sheer fabrics & scarves combined with dressy, patterned takkies?!
Sheers are in this year as a fabric style. Pairing a sheer shirt over a camisole with denim jeans is a great casual look. In fact, a sheer scarf works with almost, but especially cute is the above-mentioned shirt and jeans with a little scarf and dressy takkies.
“Dressy takkies” are another big hit this year, which will keep your feet happy as you get to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.
Low-lying, patterned variety takkies with ties that sport the best of brand names are the most popular for the young trendsetter.
Fashion trend alert: animal prints and colours are back in a big way!
Big bold prints such as tropical themes and jungle prints are back. For whatever reason and it seems to happen every several years, tribal and jungle themes like leopard prints and zebra stripes make their way back to the runway.
This year is no exception. Colour is back and black is out, at least for now. Last year, brown was the new black and this year it is muted silver and grey that’s all the rage when you want to opt for a non-colour.
Fashion trend alert: pointy toe-pumps, chunky heels, buckles & chains!
Pointy-toe pumps are back! Not that they ever really went out of style, but they certainly came second to the flip flop, the ballet slipper, and other such cutesy flat footwear, along with the rounded toe pump.
Bigger, chunkier heels, longer boots and heavier accessories on the shoes themselves such as thick buckles and chains should be on your radar for footwear.
Fashion trend alert: tinted RayBan Wayfarers
Still popular are the ever-present round and dark sunglasses that cover most of your face.
The tinted blue lens, which seemed to disappear for a while, is making reappearance and is more suited to a smaller frame than oversized shades.
The RayBan Wayfarers, so popular in the 80s, also seem to be making a comeback this year.
Fashion trend alert: designer jeans of the zipper-ankle and straight-leg variety
Last but by no means least, there could not be a fashion article written about what’s hot for 2008 without mentioning jeans.
Designer denim continues to be the hottest thing around. As for jean style and cut, the zipper-ankle and straight-leg varieties that were popular in the 80s are making a comeback.
This season proves to be an interesting and eclectic mix of 70s and 80s styles. This may seem contradictory, but the feminine nature of the season’s styles pulls from flowing 70s fabrics and cuts and seems to just use a hint of 80s metal and accessory – and it’s a hit.
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Megan Hazel is a freelance writer who writes about trends and fashion topics for consumers.