RetroFuture Pants Dance
Just when you thought your jeans couldn’t get any skinnier, we’re seeing a resurgence in bell bottoms.
A lot of contemporary fashion has had a retrofuture feel, a shiny recapitulation of old things from other eras—the skinny jeans themselves a nod to silhouettes from the time of Audrey Hepburn. At least in California, the beautiful fairy-hippie-indigena-starchild girl at Burning Man has become a look and archetype all its own, more of a nod to the seventies.
As fashion tends to follow economic trends, I think that active liberal youth of America is looking to the last generation of people engendering wide desire for progressive change and taking inspiration from what we imagine it was like to be in their shoes—or, in their pants. Literally.
Now that we’ve gone down the road of socioeconomic explanations, a thought begs to be acknowledged: there are only so many ways to shake up full-length pants! Make them high or low rise, wide or straight or skinny legged- if you’re feeling exotic, you can even go for the low flying crotch of the genie style pants you see in places like Barcelona and India.
But it’s a fixed spectrum. It’s the Pants Pendulum, if you will. We will keep recycling and revisiting styles that have been done before because if we are honest with ourselves, there are only so many ways to skin a cat. We’ve pegged all our old jeans and now, its time for something new! But hang on to your skinnies—in another decade they’ll be right back in.