Flash Back from the Past

Fashion itself has a life cycle. Each trend has a sneaky way of resurrecting itself, there is no such thing as a dead trend. There are thousands of trends I can talk about, and analyse their new entry into the market, but I will be here forever, so let’s focus on a bit of the 80s.

The 80s have made a huge come back in the fashion world today, pieces are inspired yet modernized from the exciting era. Lately a specific male fashion culture has been seen on the streets everywhere. Advertised and sold in almost any shop you can think of. What is this trend? Denim, denim and a whole lot more denim.

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If we look at the above examples regarding denim shirts and jackets, you can clearly see the evolution of the trend. We have gone from a loose fitted jacket in heavy denim, to light weight denim shirts and more figure hugging jackets. None the less all silhouettes are following the same trend. The above examples clearly identify the similarities in colour, dyes and bleaches. Guys you want to dress to impress – go for this look, girls will absolutely love the sight of you, which is never a bad thing when you trying to get that one girls attention. We all know you are;)

As well as jackets and shirts we have seen a reoccurring trend in the different jean silhouettes of the 80s

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Ok so looking at the bottom picture above we have some semi loose fitted jeans, with either a straight or bootleg bottoms from the 80s. The first few pictures display some of today’s trends, mainly all fitted in one way or another whether it’s by the ankles of the entire leg. The tightness and three quarter look that is pulled off by guys when rolling their jeans, is extremely similar to what you saw 30 years ago, as well as the straight leg cut which is slowly making a comeback. The texture and feel of the denim has evolved to a softer, stretcher fabric making it more durable. Skinny jeans are sexy, everyone knows that right?

So that’s my post in a nut shell, very analytical today I know, but a few explanations will never harm anyone. Enjoy your day everyone. Watch out for a few more posts in the future.

Out Tai ❤

The Sophisticated Bend Down Market

In case you’re not familiar with the term “bend down” it’s a huge thrift market in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – my home town. Although you can find designer pieces it is an experience that not everyone is up for. My great passion of vintage and thrift has taken me to several different markets, some better than the rest.

My vintage adventures finally lead me to Neighborgoods! Where do I even start… the vibe, the people, and the clothes – all to die for. I walked around the lovely market and found myself upstairs, in what they call the fashion “department”. Luckily I found it full of second hand beauties along with the new, the fancy and the downright fabulous.

I ran into some of the most interesting, weird and quirky individuals I have ever met, all with a little touch of vintage, whether it was an entire outfit or merely a piece of jewellery. One of my favourite quotes of the day was said by a quirky, different and bubbly girl. Through her little bouts of giggles she managed to say “Want to be original? Wear unicorn shoes”.

Our blog was initially inspired by Neighborgoods, so me being able to go there and experience it myself was pretty awesome and finding something I loved there made it that much better. From hundreds of ballet pumps to crazy unique sweaters, I was in my element. Rozanne and Pushkin – one of my favourite brands and stores, has a permanent place in the heart of Neighborgoods, what makes them unique is not only that they have their one of a kind pieces but that they have a few thrift gems, or thrift inspired pieces. If you are interested go follow them on instagram, I do and I love it.

Thrift shopping is a specific style which only attracts a certain market in the fashion industry. Thrifting is an easy way of finding one of a kind original pieces, a simple way to look unique and creative. Vintage sweaters, coats and girly dresses were the most popular garments on display, I mean who doesn’t love a frilly frock every now and then? The most common places where people usually thrift are markets such as Neighborgoods, Hospice’s, SPCA stores and garage jumble sales.

Thrifting has become quite the trend in the recent years. This trend saw a major rise in 2013, with the release of Macklemore’s infamous track “Thrift Shop”. This was the first time that thrifting caught major light in the Hollywood scene, making it cool to recycle clothing and trendy to buy second hand items. I can’t really decide as to whether it’s a good thing or not, yes – it encourages recycling and it is most definitely the most eco-friendly clothing option. This new rise of thrifting would definitely help the environment, which is always a move in the right direction, however, in the name of personal style and fashion, is it good or bad? I can’t exactly come to an exact conclusion, on the one hand it encourages consumers to become “sheep”, mindlessly following as trend without thought, do they even realise they’re being eco-friendly or is it just the following of a trend for the sake of the trend? And on the other hand, it’s pretty great seeing people stray from the corporate side of fashion and supporting smaller stores for a great cause.

All in all I love thrifting and vintage, be it a trend or not.

 

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