Alyssa Parish of Francesville describes her style as retro — inspired primarily by trends from the ’80s.
“I am into skinny jeans and vests and I just got a new pair of boat shoes,” the 14-year-old said.
Alyssa and other students shopping for back-to-school clothes may be surprised by the clothes their parents wore at their age. Some of the trends from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s are in stores and influencing today’s fashion for back-to-school.
“Today’s fashions are definitely being influenced from the past,” wrote Marla Shavin, Macy’s spokeswoman, in an e-mail. “The whole boho chic/hippie look is coming back (and) that is a throwback from the ’80s.”
Alyssa knows the power of vintage and even borrows some of the long necklaces, bangles and bracelets from her mom, who used to wear them back in the ’80s.
But what’s funny about the retro look is that no matter how hard teens may try to distance themselves from their parents, there is a fashion lesson to be learned by peering into closets from way back when.
When Alyssa’s mother, Stephanie Parish, was 14, she was wearing popped collars, skinny pants, high-waisted pants and military trend jackets with buttons.
Similar to today’s fashion, what you wore said something about you.
Some teens from past decades stayed in the center of the fashion spectrum, sporting the popular “prep” look, while others ventured out and did their own thing.
Parents and grandparents can easily reminisce about how fashion could speak volumes about a kid going back to school, even before they opened their mouths.
“When a guy wore a leather jacket, Elvis inspired bright-colored dress shirt or tight jeans, they were considered a hood,” said Alyssa’s grandmother, Diane Lumley, who was Alyssa’s age back in 1967.
Many of these styles are coming back into fashion — even the styles Lumley wore.