The Top Trendsetters: Quirky Fashion Trends And How They Began*

*This is a collaborative post*

There's been many quirky fashion trends over the years, some of which have been more eccentric than others. Who can forget pop power couple of the noughties, Britney and Justin when they sported double denim to the 2001 AMAs? (Double denim has actually seen a comeback lately with Little Mix also sporting denim overload.) And how about the infamous platform trainers worn by girl bands of the nineties? I was (NB. still am) a huge Spice Girls fan and desperately wanted a pair of Emma's platform buffalo shoes. Didn't everyone secretly?

In todays post, with the help of retailers of Rixo Dresses - Trilogy Stores, I'm investigating some of the quirky fashion trends from over the years and also how they came about. Without further adieu, off we go;

On The Top

Underwear worn as outerwear was made famous in the nineties by queen of pop, Madonna. Her cone-shaped corset which was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, never made it to the high street. In hindsight this was perhaps a blessing. Lindsay Lohan was also once seen on the catwalk with a black corset top layered over a white shirt, paired with bootcut jeans. In 2018, it was the Kardashians who brought back the trend with a ‘mini corset’ worn around the waist to show off curves over a loose shirt dress. Other celebrity influencers have also taken on the trend, although they’re not as big as some of the trends we’ve seen.
Denim overalls were another quirky fashion trend which was a more low-maintenance look made famous by the Fresh Prince and other nineties celebs. Wearing these with one strap undone would mean you looked uber cool.

Cropped pants

Who remembers cropped trousers? A top trend between the nineties and mid-noughties, I only have to say 'pedal pushers' and it'll no doubt bring memories flooding back for many of you. These - especially in a jean fabric - were definitely 'in' and popular shades were either denim or a pale pastel colour. This denim trend was rocked by fashionistas at the time including my faves - the Spice Girls and Christina Aguilera. It seems that this one may be coming back around too, with many celebrities now sporting their designer cropped jeans. Jennifer Lawrence wore them with heels and a sheer top for Dior’s SS17 Paris show and Selena Gomez has been spotted in a pair, teamed with patent loafers and a casual white shirt. 
Cropped combat trousers were also hugely popular and would feature regularly in teen magazines such as Shout, Bliss and Sugar. Talk about a blast from the past! British girl band, All Saints, frequently wore this look. They were fans of rocked cargo pants worn with crop tops. Apparently it was compulsory to have your midriff on show in the nineties! This look was completed with trainers, always with the tongue out of the trouser leg.
Two-piece tracksuits were also worn a lot - think velour Juicy Couture. It was Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton who started this trend off. Britney even had her bridal party dressed in two-piece tracksuits ahead of her wedding to Kevin Federline. Then, they became slightly over-worn by more Z-list celebs and fell off the radar…


As I mentioned earlier, platform trainers were a big trend, again started by every girl’s fashion icons - the Spice Girls. Whether they were white tennis shoes, lace-up boots or sandals, they had to have a huge platform to allow you to stomp around. I actually had a pair of platform boots - with a five inch heel I might add - but sadly I never quite learned how to walk in them properly and so after a couple of wears, they took up residence in the dark depths of my wardrobe. We’ve seen this trend return with Rihanna’s range of Puma platformed trainers and (for something more alternative) Gucci’s rainbow platform metallic sneakers that are currently on sale.
And finally, how could we forget jelly shoes? Oh how I loved these!! My sister wore hers constantly. It is thought that they were actually invented due to a leather shortage during World War II, leading to a French shoemaker creating shoes from plastic. This is one of the trends that has come and gone throughout the years, with a surge of the shoes in 2002 and another rise to popularity in 2009. No doubt jelly shoes will make a comeback again as will many other unforgettable fashion trends. There’s also bound to be many more fads to come that we’ll cringe at before buying into.

*Photos via Pexels  

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