Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wardrobe Deja Vu

Hello Beautiful!

Is your wardrobe having deja vu? With fashion's ever-revolving door, trends we thought were dead and buried in the back of our closets have come back. Here are some fads I know I never thought I'd wear again — and how to revive them if you so choose.

The Crop Top

Call Brenda Walsh and Kelly Taylor — the crop top is taking over the catwalks faster than you can yell "Donna Martin graduates!" But this isn't your Tiffany Theissen brand of belly baring: At Balenciaga and Miu Miu, skin was exposed in a tight strip that only showed the rib cage—no baby tees or belly jewels allowed.

The Plaid Flannel

If your parents never let you dress like Courtney Love in high school, there's still time thanks to Hedi Slimane. The new creative director of Saint Laurent Paris showed a provocative Fall 2013 collection where shredded black nylons, oversize cardigans, and iconic plaid flannels were de rigeur. (Besides being the apparent muse, Love is now the face of the collection's campaigns.) Grab your Manic Panic and get to work building "My So Called Wardrobe."

The White Eyeliner
Say "Ciao, Manhattan!" and hello to white eyeliner: This Edie Sedgwick staple came back into the spotlight at Marc Jacobs' and Moschino's Spring 2013 collections. Makeup artist Francois Nars created the look on model muse Ruby Jean Wilson, but the favorite for pigment and long-lasting wear is Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Snow. Do a basic cat-eye with black liquid liner first, then add a strong line of white just above it, add heaps of mascara (clumps okay if you're going for Edie's madcap glam look) and you're a Factory Girl!

The Perm

Nobody puts Baby in a corner, but they can blow-out her hair… right? Apparently not, according to a slew of reports that perms are back. But this isn't Jennifer Grey's curly bob—it's a new process with more gentle chemicals designed to emulate the perfect Boho waves of Blake Lively and Rachel Zoe without the heat-damage of a curling iron. And if your stylist goes too far with the look, you can always call Teen Witch and beg her to fix it.

The White Heel
We all remember Carrie Bradshaw's white heels in Paris—and how they turned from a fashion "do" into fashion "doo-doo" thanks to an unlucky walk near some dogs. But that hasn't stopped Prada and Jil Sander from sending white shoes down the runway, and making "watch your step" a literal edict for street style stars in Milan and London.

Prada Patent Leather Platform Sandals, $850; neimanmarcus.com

The Bootcut Jean
When Regina George ruled the school in 2004, the choice denim of her minions was a classic five-pocket bootcut. But thanks to The Strokes and the women who loved them, skinny jeans soon conquered the scene and the fashion world hasn't really looked back—until now. Hudson, Paige and even Burberry have bootcut jeans in their current collections, and they look great with almost everything. (Just remember Regina's golden rule: On Wednesdays, we wear pink.)

The Trucker Hat
Laguna Beach stopped airing new episodes in 2006, but its legacy is apparently alive and well, even if you don't read Lauren Conrad's adorable lifestyle blog. The proof? A sudden resurrection of the trucker hat, once worn with glee by Californicators, Brooklyn Hipsters, and Lindsay Lohan—way back when she was famous for being an actress. Somehow, the trucker hat appeared on last year's Marc by Marc Jacobs runway and now Roxy and ASOS have taken up the torch. Wear it while blasting your Phantom Planet CD at full volume…

Sick Girl Multi Colored Ombre Snapback Cap, $58.19; asos.com

Colored Mascara
Attention, rave babies: Colored mascara is back, but it's a bit more sophisticated than you remember. This time around, the chosen hues are plums and violets (not neon green—sorry!) and they're meant to bring out the natural flecks of green and gold that are already in your eyes. Try BeneFit Bad Gal Mascara in Plum (best for brown and green eyes) and Clarins Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Plum (best for blue and gray eyes).

Benefit BadGal Plum Mascara, $19; benefitcosmetics.com
Clarins Instant Definition Mascara, $24; clarinsusa.com

The Logo Sweatshirt
Back in the '80s, Benetton and Esprit sweatshirts were the playground equivalent of a Birkin bag. Now the label-emblazoned sweatshirt is back in the style spotlight thanks to street fashion icons like Susie Bubble, who wear their giant Kenzo knit tops with such frequency, they've even got their own Tumblr tag.

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