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From the backlash against too casual business clothes to the embrace of all that glitters, the year past made official the shift from prosaic to polished dressing.
In fact, if we had to use just one word to define the year in fashion, we’d go with “glamorous.”
The year 2000 was all about extravagance. She who had the gold definitely ruled. The Midas metal gilded clothes and accessories, cosmetics, hair products, and even home decorating fashions. We hadn’t seen such flaunting of wealthy trappings since the Carrington clan clawed their way off the set of Dynasty.
All that gold provided a shock after the cool, silver toned, minimalist ’90s. But it certainly looked well with the suit, which also made a strong showing last year after years of neglect.
Animal themes also prowled through most fashion categories.
Fur trims (real and faux) showed up on every conceivable garment, from bell bottom jeans to plush sweaters. And fur coats made a huge comeback. We knew this for sure on Christmas Day, when we saw a lady in a full length fox coat seated with her family in the economy class section of a Toledo bound airplane.
Speaking of furry beasts, animal prints pounced on American fashion, gracing headbands, purses, luggage, scarves, blouses, dresses, skirts, shoes you get the idea. With the possible exception of men’s ties, animal prints dominated fashion in 2000. Given that they originated as a cheap imitation of fur, it’s easy to understand why prints and fur would rule together.
Leather (plastic and real) completed the animal product triumvirate. Leather or pleather skirts and pants sold well in all sizes, with jackets remaining a fashion classic.
Other trends included 1970s styles, such as peasant tops and prints, bandannas for teenage girls, bell bottoms, hip huggers, clogs, and ponchos. Dark denim provided a strong image after years of stone washed, acid washed, and otherwise color quashed jeans. Vintage dressers looked as far back as the 1940s.
And let’s not forget the tankini bathing suit, which stormed the country’s beaches. Let the young and the fatless have their thongs; the tankini, which features a tank top and panty sized bottom, works for everyone else and everyone else bought them in swarms. Glamour magazine proclaimed the suit a plus for plus sized women and the venerable Land’s End catalogue featured a tankini on the cover of its May issue.
The two piece suit even made an appearance on the front page of the Blade’s Jan. 2 edition when a woman wore one into the frigid Maumee River for the annual New Year’s Day dunk at Waterville.
But the year wasn’t all about the past. Styles may have been retro, but fabrics, especially the new microfibers, were very 21st century.
So what’s next? Fashion forecasting can prove tricky, but here are our best guesses:
Bell bottoms may remain trendy, and we’re still seeing hip hugger styles, but several sources say you can bet on the return of the ’80s.
Exhibit A: Designers are again putting “structured” shoulders on jackets. While they hardly resemble the linebacker type shoulder pads from the mid ’80s, they’re still a strong indicator that strong clothes are on the horizon.
Exhibit B: We have a president named George Bush.
Exhibit C: The New York Times recently published an article on the return of preppy clothes. It doesn’t get more 1981 than that.
Color, and plenty of it.
Around the time Seattle grunge band Nirvana changed the way radio sounded, clothes lost their color. The vibrant jewel tones of the late ’80s and early ’90s gave way to muted, and often muddy, earth tones. It was a tough time to be a “winter” or a “summer.”
But in the last year or so, bright colors have begun a comeback. Fuchsia and orange are big, and turquoise is showing up more and more. Based on what we’re seeing, we predict more color to provide some punch for all those millennial neutrals.
However, keep the teal jacket in the closet that shade of blue green is still out.
More grown up clothes.
Business casual will probably continue on some level, but employers are less likely to tolerate sloppy casual. We’ll go out on a limb and predict professionals will wear more suits, or at least jackets with better quality slacks and shirts, as they realize such clothes command respect.