When some hear the phrase "life cycle," they might reflect back on their biology class and define it as the phases that animals and humans undergo throughout life.
But fashion trends follow a similar “life cycle.” In fact, many teenagers have been exposed to the same clothing trends their parents wore 40 years ago.
"We would wear big legged pangs with our platform shoes, and straight jeans opposed to skinny jeans with wallabies in the '70s," said Patrice Sanders, mother of Bailey Sanders ('16) and Middle School Crosswalk teacher. "I also see familiar clothing styles at La De Da in downtown Roanoke.
“There are many comfy and loose shirts that remind me of the embroidered gauze shirts I used to wear as a teenager. Another trend today is the curled hair which I believe is a takeoff from Farrah Fawcett hair."
The bouncy curls, which first premiered in Charlie's Angels, are achieved today with a wand curling iron. While moccasins were not a common trend during the '70s, Sanders remembers having fringed purses which continues a commonly used accessories for teenagers of this day and age.
The high-waisted jeans featured in Urban Outfitters stores, American Eagle and practically every store nationwide are not a new idea developed by designers on the runway. This style of jeans and jean shorts was first hip in the '70s and '80s.
This past year has re-introduced the lace-up boots for women. The classic mid-calf, lace-up leather boot was as popular between 1900 and 1910 as it is today. While the boots may have been more feminine looking nearly a century ago, the same basic design is still being used in the 21st century.
Other styles of shoes that have been recycled include ballerina flats from the '50s and penny loafers from the ‘80s. Both styles of soles can be matched with a pair of cute jeans or a nice dress, which makes them very realistic shoes.
Western boots have also become quite popular among all ages of women. Yes, we all know that cowboys and cowgirls wore these iconic boots, but how did they start to reappear everywhere in this day and age. I just purchased my first pair of cowboy boots after pleading to my mother that I was behind on this bandwagon trend. These boots were actually the "in" shoes during the '70s.