Looks

The Retro Shock Wave

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This week’s look features vintage styles from an array of decades and celebrates the collective greatness of post-modern fashion. When the elements of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s combine together, it creates something strangely familiar and all-together fabulous. The eclectic styling is pure fun and the various pieces pay tribute to some of the most eccentric fashion trends in American style history.

The cat-eye sunglasses (Artifaktori) embody the playful, mod style of the 1960s. In their time, cat-eye frames broke the mold, and this coral colored adaptation continues to do so today. Adding some groove and flare is the loose-knit lilac cardigan (H&M). Here the fringe frenzy is in full swing; a salute to the 70s diva and disco crazed. The chartreuse stilettos with a metallic heel (Guess) electrify the outfit with a dash of the 80s, while the vintage woven satchel (Gucci) elevates the look like a true Material Girl. Meanwhile, I’m living the 90s teenage dream in my high-waisted body-con skirt (BCBG Max Azria) and black crop top (American Apparel)-my touch of irresistible pop sugar.

Usually we recognize our style choices as a form of self expression; however, fashion is not a singular experience. While how we dress tells our individual stories, it also signifies the development of trends over time. We are only able to push the fashion envelope in 2015 because of the style making and risk taking fashionistas that came before us.

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