A Blast From the Past

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A Blast From the Past

Abrielle Cunningham

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Fashion trends like shoulder pads and leg warmers are a thing of the past, but mom jeans and hair scrunchies are making a comeback These items were popular in the 80s and 90s and have recently made a comeback with young people and teens in high school. With Instagram influencers displaying themselves in colorful hair ties and popular stores like Urban Outfitters selling mom jeans, it’s no wonder they’re popular again.

 

Just a few years ago mom jeans were considered a fashion catastrophe, along with bell bottom jeans and shoulder pads. However, students at Waterford High School are joining the mom jean team. Senior, Cat Saucier says, “I love mom jeans because they’re more comfortable and they overall have a good aesthetic.” According to Racked, a news site, the jeans became popular again in 2013 when a fashion site invented a new word called, “normcore.” Racked, which primarily writes about fashion and shopping, describes normcore as, “A concept whereby dressing ‘normal’ is actually the scariest, and therefore the coolest thing.” This idea was paired with millennials dressing “as their parents” and thus the old fashion became new again. Normcore has gone beyond jeans though, as new outfit styles like “vintage” have become a popular search on sites like Pintrest. People are now seen wearing “vintage outfits” and pairing the style with modern pieces as well.

 

Meanwhile, colorful and patterned scrunchies are also being seen around school. Sophomore, Hannah Linder likes scrunchies because “You can find colors to match all your outfits and they make great accessories on your wrist.” Linder, like many others, has found outfit inspiration through social media. Many hair accounts on Instagram, with thousands of followers, have posted models flaunting the scrunchies with their new hairdos. The hair ties are considered versatile because of the variety of colors they come in and the lightweight feel they have when putting hair back. They even some in different textures such as velvet, cotton and certain types of spandex materials.

 

In addition, both these pieces can be found for relatively low prices at local malls and super stores like Target. A 10 pack of scrunchies at Target can be found at only $6.99 and due to the versatility of mom jeans, they can occasionally be found at second hand stores like Goodwill.  However, if you’re looking for a certain brand or are willing to pay more, brand new jeans can range from under $30 at American Eagle to just under $100 at Urban Outfitters. Trends such as these help define a time period and symbolize youths. The use of different styles and colors are allowing more young people to express themselves while still fitting in with the newest fashion. A perfect balance that still seems to follow the normcore concept.

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