By: Kaylee Nordt
People have a sort of love-hate relationship with change. We try hard to fit in while wanting to stand out from the crowd. There is a fine tight rope that we walk in order to master such a contradictory feat. But what really creates all of this change? Well, here are a few theories about how and why change happens.
There is a pendulum that is constantly swinging back and forth in fashion – between high and low hemlines, tight and loose fits, you get the idea. But there is only so far we can go before we have reached the most extreme point and must turn back around. We all adore our skinny jeans and yoga pants. If we are being honest with ourselves, many of our pants cannot get much tighter, so where do we go from here? You guessed it. The pendulum has swung again and wide leg jeans are on the rise. This does not explain every change though.
Take a look at the Lacoste Polo shirt for example, or Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. These trends involve the trickle-down theory, which means the style starts with the elite and wealthy and moves to department stores. We will find an insane array of the 1929 famous tennis player’s polo shirts in every color and fit you can think of. Kate Middleton’s wedding dress had duplicates put into production within days of her wearing it.
You might ask though about things that everyone owns. The trickle-across theory will help explain that. The little black dress that came from Cocoa Chanel is no different. It seems that this beloved dress has trickled across through every social class and fashion group. It is a fashion change and style that we as society have accepted. No one class owns the exclusive rights to our favorite dress, it is just an expectation that we have all accepted wearing it and for the most part, loving it.
There is a song called, ‘Everything Old is New Again’ and even that idea has s theory: Laver’s timeline helps us explain acceptability of a style and when it is time to move on. It is that time again that those Birkenstock sandals that were once so ‘out’ are now considered ‘in’ again. Laver’s can also tie in to explaining our shifting erogenous zones where fashion changes by covering and exposing different parts of the body over time from the ankles, to our newest sensation, the crop top and our midriff. This sensation is changing other things like where the waistline of skirts, pants and shirts are now placed and where the hemlines of our favorite maxis fall in order to still show off our newest Birkenstocks. Have you really thought about your feet and where the inspiration of footwear comes from?
Take the Timberland work boots that were involved in the trickle up theory that started with construction workers wearing them for practical purposes and trickled up to our favorite celebrities sporting them. All this change can make us dizzy but we still want more. So, do you think change is a good thing?