7 Things You'll Regret Tossing, According to History
Have you ever heard your mother lament that she wishes she hadn't gotten rid of a "trendy" piece in the past, upon seeing you wear the trend in the present day? (Probably on multiple occasions, right?) As you know, history repeats itself, especially when it comes to fashion. These days, it seems that every year brings with it a new decade to revive. For example, last year's '90s craze is currently making way for this year's '80s resurgence.
When editing your wardrobe each season, it can be tempting to purge it of "trendy" pieces that you may be tired of wearing or that may not feel as fresh as they did last year. But history has ultimately shown that the most significant trends will likely return. To find out what the current trends are that keep coming back, we reached out to Rati Levesque, the chief merchant at top online luxury resale store The Real Real. (Its inventory is a fashion girl's dream.) Levesque is on the cusp of returning trends and gave us a slew of insight into which trends you should hang on to. After all, wouldn't it be nice to wear or pass down your very own vintage pieces when they come back around?
Keep scrolling to see which trends you'll regret tossing, according to Levesque (with both historical and present-day street style examples), and shop our picks for each!
Drag the arrow to the left to see the trend being worn in present-day…
"Shoulder-baring frocks can be dated back to the Victorian era when they were paired with lace, frills, and hooped hems. We are now seeing some really exciting versions of this style, particularly in reworked button-down shirting," Levesque says.
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"We are finally seeing the comeback of the '90s slip dress. As a newer trend with less history, we have been able to play with such a wide range of outfit formulas. There is still so much we can do with this piece, so I am holding onto mine for the next few seasons," Levesque says.
"Originally made popular by Levi's, this trend has made an appearance in every decade from Marilyn Monroe and an early Winona Ryder to Rihanna. Their high-waisted nature is so flattering on the bum—they are the ultra 'cool-girl' staple. I have seen great adaptations from Acne and Brock Collection," Levesque says.
"Platform shoes were originally established in the '40s but really didn't become popularised until the '70s. They are such a fun way to play with height without the pain of a stiletto," Levesque says.
"Sheer is another trend I don't believe our fashion history has completely fleshed out. While the 1993 photographs of Kate Moss in a sheer slip dress will never be forgotten, recently it seems the industry has gotten really creative in its uses of the fabric, from strategically placed mesh inserts in athleisure to sheer red carpet dresses with embellishment," Levesque says.
"There has always been a version of the statement earring trend throughout history, and there always will be! A great example of this revival is the major '60s-era icon, Twiggy. Costume or fine, statement earrings are the only piece of jewellery you need right now," Levesque says.
"Introduced in the '40s, this is when women were getting really fearless in straying from dress and skirt pieces and wearing something that was actually comfortable! I'm always on board with a trend that has such an empowering history," Levesque says.
Have you ever tossed something, and then regretted it when it came back in style? Tell us in the comments!