• 07/07/2023

8 Old Fashion Trends That Died but May Come Back in 2023

Old Fashion Trends That Died but May Come Back

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The fashion world is constantly changing, but sometimes trends get an unexpected second life. It’s time to look back in time to anticipate what everyone will wear in the next few weeks and months. There are so many old fashion trends that died but could resurface. Check out a few of these moments in fashion history to learn more about your potential future wardrobe.

1. Faux Fur Coats

For most of history, fur coats were wardrobe staples, but it became cheaper to mass-produce faux fur in the 1960s. Everyone began wearing them until the years passed and people moved on to new designs.

Now faux fur coats are likely becoming popular again. Supermodel Hailey Bieber recently sported one during Paris Fashion Week, which got everyone talking about how great it looked over her mini dress. Add this type of winter coat to your capsule wardrobe to dress for any occasion with minimal investment.

A woman wears a cheetah print faux fur coat, a black dress and black sunglasses.

2. Pleather Dresses

Pleather was huge in the 90s, then died out as people moved onto the denim era of the early 2000s. You’ll likely see it come back soon for more than just for a fun picture or a throwback party. Pleather dresses are reappearing at nightclubs and fancy restaurants because you can dress them up or down.

3. Velvet Pantsuits

You might think of the 60s and 70s when you picture velvet, but it’s coming back in a big way. Celebrities wear it in numerous outfits, including pantsuits. Actor and activist Sophia Bush wore a striking blue pantsuit this year while in New York, signaling a new age for the stylish fabric. Match your next pantsuit with a comfortable pair of heels and you’ll be ready for a business meeting, dinner with friends or a party.

4. Sequins

When was the last time you walked out of the house in an outfit covered in sequins? It might seem like an outdated idea, but it’s all anyone’s starting to talk about. Ever since Taylor Swift showed up at the Toronto Film Festival in a gold sequin dress and made the whole place shimmer, people are looking at sequins differently.

Think about matching sequins to your fashion preferences to revamp your look without changing the style you love. Sequined headbands, tank tops and shoes are just the start of how you can wear this old fashion trend as it comes back.

A woman wearing a sequin skirt and striped top.

5. Tracksuits

Casual athleisure has made a seemingly permanent return to everyone’s wardrobe in the last few years. Try a tracksuit on for size when you’re tired of leggings and stretchy shirts. The queen of 90s tracksuits — Paris Hilton — started wearing them again this year with a velour tracksuit just before a TV appearance.

Use a stylish tracksuit to hack your travel budget and wear something fashionable in airports between destinations. You’ll feel comfortable, save room in your suitcase and have money left for adventures. 

6. Corset Tops

Fashion trendsetters Kourtney Kardashian and Bella Hadid made headlines this year with corset tops in sheer white lace. Layer your preferred corset top with a leather jacket for an edgy style or curve-hugging pants for a night out on the town. It’s a stylish way to stand out in the crowd, even if the trend borrows from famous 90s outfits.

7. Claw Hair Clips

From her hairstyle lovingly dubbed “the Rachel” to her extensive use of claw hair clips, Jennifer Aniston was a 90s hair icon. Now, her favorite hair accessory is making a comeback. They’re such a multipurpose item and come in various colors and styles for every taste. You can use them in an effortless style that won’t leave marks on your hair or to hold sections of your hair when blow-drying or styling.

8. Fanny Packs

Fanny packs have been on the scene since the 50s, originally advertised as a tool for cross-country skiers needing to keep their food and ski wax. In the 80s and 90s, fashion brands locked onto the accessory and added it to their release of athleisure wear. For many years after, the fanny pack became a running gag.

However, people are again noticing the usefulness of these hands-free bags, and celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kendall Jenner are sporting them on the streets. Update the look by wearing the fanny pack in a crossbody style rather than around your waist.

Watch for Old Fashion Trends that Died

These old fashion trends may have died, but they’re coming back in big ways. See if they’ll match your style preferences or upcoming events to create the perfect outfit based on what makes you feel incredible.


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