We may have reached peak revival. The fashion world is currently under the spell of four different decades: the 70s, 80s, 90s and present. (The early 00s are starting to elbow their way in too, much to my dismay but that’s a conversation for another time). Our reference points are all over the place but I kind of like it. Remember the episode of Friends when Rachel makes the trifle, mixes up the recipe and accidentally adds a savoury layer? It’s a complete disaster but Joey still devours it because what’s not to love about custard, jam and meat? Individually they’re all delicious, so why not enjoy them together? (If I’ve completely lost you there firstly, we probably can’t be friends, and secondly let me refer you to the scene I’m talking about.)
Cherry picking from different decades is a surefire way to get the best of both, or all, worlds. Sleek 90s tailoring perfectly balances out 80s excess; a current-season deconstructed shirt will sidestep any possibility of you looking like a 70s throwback when you don your favourite new flares; no-fuss straight leg jeans are the ideal partner for a high-neck ruffled blouse. There’s no fun in restricting ourselves to one era per outfit when there’s an entire history of fashion triumphs to call upon at any given moment. Much like Rachel’s trifle, let’s mix all those incongruous elements together with aplomb and a complete disregard for the rules. You never know, you might love it.
My wardrobe is a veritable smorgasbord of different eras, thanks to my fairly sizable, and ever expanding, vintage collection, so I can mix and match to my heart’s content. Today’s combination was an 80s crop top, found recently at a vintage kilo sale, 90s style jeans which I took a pair of scissors to and cropped, and white ankle boots which are a big SS16 look, thanks to Celine. Three very different reference points coming together in one very pleasing outfit. To paraphrase Joey Tribbiani, what’s not to like? Crop top? Good. Bootcut jeans? Good. White boots? Good!