STORY BY BERTHA BUSH
Ah, the fall season is here once again. The weather is cooler, the leaves have changed from green to colors of the sunset and pumpkin-flavored foods are all the rage once again.
Like the seasons, old fashion trends make their way into our lives. This year, we’re putting away the high-waisted shorts and crop tops of the summer and trading them for oversized sweaters, skinny jeans and boots.
The trends we are seeing this year are reminiscent of decades before: the high-rise trend began in 50s menswear, where the pants sat at the belly button.
That trend made its way in the late 70s, the 80s and early 90s. Oversized sweaters were popular in the 90s as well.
Kelsey Konecky, a senior secondary education major from Lincoln Nebraska, notes that her mom has kept all of her clothes from her past.
“I don’t buy the things that are trendy because they just come back in style and my mom still has her vests from the 70s and the 80s,” she said. “I have these big comfy sweaters because my mom just kept them forever.”
In 2015, it’s all back. This year, ponchos, high-waisted jeans and even pleats have made a comeback. In the fall, comfort is a really important part of what we choose to wear.
Senior public relations major Megan Auren from Apple Valley, Minnesota puts together an outfit centered on pleats.
“Pleats are nice in jackets and in skirts. Pleats are beautiful
paired with tights and small heels or short boots-I know short boots are in style this season-so that’s a great option. And then a fitted tucked-in top to accentuate the pleats, and a sweater and jewelry and accessories. Scarves are great.”
We live in a highly technological age where we can find all sorts of inspiration by searching for trends on Pinterest or Instagram.
Maggie Dickman, a junior magazines major from Le Mars, Iowa has a blog and finds ideas from apps, other bloggers and Fashion Week.
“All of those trends stem down from fashion week. There’s autumn and winter (shows) in the spring, so you can start planning ahead, and they can put their collections out. I’d say the biggest thing is studying the trends from fashion week, which a lot of the time are very out there,” Dickman said. “(Learn) how to tie those key pieces, key trends, and (make) them wearable, something that you can put into your own wardrobe without stepping too much outside of the box.”
Dickman has also seen 90s grunge pop back into the scene.
“It’s cool to look back to those and combining your favorite parts about each decade or part of history. When I think about 90s grunge, I think about leather and grungier pieces,” Dickman said. “I just picked up this 70s inspired top, even if it’s that texture or print and something like that contrasting those to kind of give a 70s fun vibe and pairing it with leather and something edgy.”
What everyone seeks in the fall is comfort, and every year it seems to look different from the last.