Can't wait until The 80's Awaken...
by Abby Ponticello
Staff Honorary 90's Kid
The classic defense invoked by mothers since the beginning of time has once again come around to haunt us. In our futuristic year of 2016, fashion seems to be moving more and more in the direction of throwbacks. The scrunchies and chokers that have been collecting dust in my basement since my sister outgrew them in 1998 have once again become trendy items. For the cutting-edge modern teenager, selecting an appropriately fashion-conscious ensemble requires no further effort than tuning in to an episode of Boy Meets World or taking a nostalgic flip through the liner notes of the first Spice Girls album. And being the hip New York-affiliated college students that we are here at Fordham, we seem to have been bitten particularly hard by the 90s bug. Strolling across campus during the period when classes change over, one is confronted by a plethora of cropped shirts paired with high-waisted bottoms, a shocking number of Doc Martens, a sea of denim, and enough flannel to clothe a stadium full of lumberjacks. In other words, Jennifer Aniston is rejoicing somewhere over the fact that her Rachel Green character from Friends is once again a modern style icon.
The trend of wearing chokers in particular has reached the status of an epidemic. For the past few years, the choker has gradually been making its way back onto the fashion scene. Today, they are literally everywhere. What’s interesting about the choker is that it actually has quite a long history in popular fashion that dates back far beyond its iconic revival in the 1990s. The concept of the choker was born in the 1790s in Revolution-era France, when women tied red ribbons around their necks as a tribute to those murdered at the guillotines. Over the course of its history the choker has served as a trademark garment of prostitutes, a famous accessory for ballerinas, and an important symbol for high-society aristocrats. However, the garment’s most notorious turn in the spotlight was in the 90s. Iconic celebrities ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow to Britney Spears rocked the classic look at every high profile occasion imaginable. Recently, A-list celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Rihanna have become champions of the choker craze. After a few decades away from the public eye, chokers have once again begun to symbolize one’s status as being at the forefront of fashion.
Luckily, the popular 90s trends that have made their resurgence in today’s fashion have so far been limited to classic pieces like the choker, denim jacket, and Doc Marten shoe. This is something to be glad about, because for all of the fun and whimsical ensembles that the 90s had to offer, there were also definitely a host of things that had better be left forgotten in the far, far back of DJ Tanner’s closet. If aggressively low-rise jeans or tinted sunglasses reappear on the scene we’ll all know for sure that we’ve gone just a step too far. But the way I see it, there are definitely worse style eras that our generation could’ve chosen to revive. I mean… the 80s? Chokers are one thing, but if someone tries to bring back shoulder pads in a few years I for one will be rioting in the streets. However, for the time being, I think it’s safe to say that we can all kick back in a crop top and a pair of striped Adidas and enjoy reliving the years of our babyhood.