Aside from the imminent inner cry and panic I’m getting right now (talk about feeling old), this trend is pretty darn great. In a casual meets cool kinda way. Plus a slap in the face from reality. You know you’re practically ancient when you’ve witnessed & done the trend second time around.
But… maybe, just maybe practice makes perfect you know. Besides, no trend has ever come back without a slight reinvention, so there you have it. If the 90’s had me wearing plaid flannel shirts tied around my waist for less of a style purpose and more for a comfort meets practicality reason, usually with sneakers or Doc Martens, today I can wear just about any long sleeve top (or jacket for that matter) tied around my waist with any type of shoes. Heels please! Oh and skirts & dresses work too. Okay I may have to refrain my style wilderness and not wrap a plaid shirt around some posh cocktail dress, but a jersey one par example does sound pretty great actually.
Could it be that with age comes wisdom? Or maybe a dose of je m’en fiche‘ism you know, which actually is the icing on a cake when it comes to personal style. 2014 definitely comes with the latter for me. I’m still as crazy as fuck, and based on my selfies sorta immature.
Although, apparently we live more in the 90’s than in 2014, I’m still surprised the SHIRT AROUND THE WAIST trend made it. For me, it’s clearly a what? situation. Not complaining a bit though. Back in the day it was done cause we were all kids you know. I never saw my mom tying up long sleeve tops around her hips. 14, 15, 16, 20 year old kids/teens living in the times of Beverly Hills 90210, Kurt Cobain and Seattle grungy fashion/music/art scene. The times of Liv Tyler, Alicia Silverstone, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp & Kate Moss, supermodels…
Everyone was rockroll and depressive, rebels without a cause, who tied up flannel old shirts around our ripped jeans or cutoffs because it was cool to be uncool. It was practical. Why carry them, or pack them in backpacks (which too made a comeback go figure) when wrapping them around ourselves was so much easier.
Back then it was mostly a case of PLAID & FLANNEL around our bums, rather than jackets or any long sleeve. Rarely done for style’s sake, a red or brightly patterned in checks flannel popped fantastic against jeans and a plain tee. 2014 is apparently in tears over this grungy incredibly cool decade, that everyone from kids to close-to-40-year-old-fashionstas are doing or repeating it. My mom still refuses to.
It started off from bloggers (that’s what I think anyway) who’ve seen it on off duty models, no older than 19, who’ve seen this on pop stars their age, who were styled by those who’ve been there and done this trend 1st time around.
Now every woman who loves fashion and works in a domain that allows her to dress to her moods is practically an unstable fashion maniac who’s effing all the rules, Do’s and Don’t’s that come with age, job description, or God knows what other idiotic criteria. It’s a time for us to feel liberated and dress the same way as our kids. Is that OK, I wonder?
Why not, really. I think it’s incredibly 2014ISH to be any age and have the balls to wear whatever the fuck you please. From crop tops to minis to sneakers, baseball caps. It’s fashion. It’s fun. It’s a form of expression, that does not come with an age limit. So yes, today’s girls and women alike wear shirts tied around their waists, cause it looks great.
- It can be any top with long sleeves, although the plaid flannels still capture the whole style better. Having said that you can get the negligent effortless casual look with any type of shirt (NOT a crispy white tuxedo style though) from plaid to denim to even leather jackets or bombers.
- Use it as an accessory. A pop of color against a plain or monochromatic outfit. Keep the top simple (color or print wise) and go crazy, if you can’t help yourself, with trousers, skirts, shorts and shoes.
- Shoes wise, ANYTHING goes, not just sneakers or Doc Martens. Flats, boots, and incredibly sexy heels.
A look at some great street style pics for inspiration. :) Perhaps it’s our hunger for fashion gone wild, hardly ever wrong for that matter, or maybe we just didn’t get enough of this style from back in the day. Or maybe we’re just a tad oh-so-wise (yes I am avoiding the other age implying word) and have to let this one go. It’s the 2014 hipster kids’ turn now.
Still, that don’t mean we can’t join in. 30’s are the new 20’s right? Does that card still work by the way? Hello… Anyone…