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Rachel's Ramblings

Yech! 1980's are back, in terms of new clothing fashions

Is it the 80's? They say fashion is cyclical, but one would think that over time, the bad fashion would stay restricted to time era that it infected in the first place, and not keep rearing its ugly head with the "trendy" label each time.

I am a child of the 80's and I did not love it. Remembering the fashion from that time period makes me shiver with contempt. Who wears leg warmers in the summer, let alone in public? Side ponytails, yeah, I wore my fair share of those, and yes, I wore layered fluorescent colored clothing. Getting the socks to look just right took me hours.

Now, I see the ostentatious fashion of my youth making a comeback. It was not that long ago that women were strangling their ankles with pants that look similar to the newly fashionable "skinny" jeans.

Just when we had liberated our ankles from the confines of a denim world that had been in style for decades, we revert back. Gone are the flared or bootcut styles that are flattering on most women. They are being replaced with tapered-leg jeans that only look good on model-thin, perfectly-proportioned individuals.

Based on fashion magazines from England, the trend of skinny jeans may be fleeting, but American fashion differs from that of the Brits. Americans have their own definition of what is trendy, and perhaps skinny jeans are here to stay.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think all the fashions from the 80's were a bad thing. For example, the mullet became an American classic of what not to wear. The prevalence of the business in the front and party in the back haircut has taught most people that some styles should be avoided. Maybe skinny jeans will be the next mullet.

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