7 GROOVY RETRO STYLES FROM HISTORY
7 Groovy Retro Styles from History – Have you ever heard a song on the radio, and it transported you back in time? Or maybe a movie you saw in high school caused you to think about your ex. When you become nostalgic, you can relive memories and even emotions. Nostalgia is one reason many people love to go back in time and think about fashion trends they once embraced or a favorite hobby they used to have. This going backward in time is often referred to as retro. Many people love to bring their favorite retro styles back to the present. So what are some of the coolest and grooviest retro styles in recent history? Keep reading to find out!
1. Big Hair
Hairspray. Lots and lots of hairspray is what it took for girls in the 80s to achieve big hair. Along with hairspray, the hair was ratted and teased to achieve the ultimate height. Thanks to the influence of the 80s hair bands, like Bon Jovi, Poison, and Cinderella, even guys wore their hair big. If you graduated in the 80s, there is a good chance you were rockin’ some big hair!
2. Grunge Fashion
Most people associate grunge fashion with flannel shirts and low-rise ripped jeans. But this retro style of fashion also consisted of t-shirts with slogans, combat-style boots, and printed granny dresses. Grunge wasn’t just all about the clothes, however. Music was a huge part of the grunge scene. Bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam helped to popularize grunge fashion in the early 90s.
If you ever had a plant hanger that looked like a bunch of knots woven together, you probably lived in the 70s. This is when an art form called macramé became a huge craze. Most people attributed macramé to hippies and beatniks. However, many households during this decade probably contained at least one thing made from macramé. It could have been a wall hanging, purse, jewelry, or even an article of clothing. If you love macramé, you’ll be glad to know that this art form is coming back in style!
4. Roller Skating
Number 4 of 7 Groovy Retro Styles From History is Roller Skating. In the United States, people have been roller skating since the 1930s. It wasn’t until the 1970s, however, that roller skating became a historical phenomenon. Most people roller skated for the fun of it, but some used their skates as a mode of transportation. Roller skating got even crazier with the creation of the roller discos. The roller skating trend continued into the 80s. Throughout both decades, roller skating rinks became the most popular hangout in town for kids, teens, and adults.
Have you ever done the backspin or headspin? What about the float or windmill? If so, you were definitely busting some serious breakdancing moves! This energetic style of dance is usually performed to hip-hop music. While it was hugely popular during the 80s, the origins of breakdancing go back to the 1970s. This type of dancing was trendy among African Americans and Latinos. Many breakdancers performed for crowds on the street. A majority of hip-hop artists still incorporate breakdancing into their performances.
6. Leather Jackets
While leather jackets were worn in both World Wars, they didn’t become fashionable to wear until the 1950s. This was when Marlon Brando wore a leather jacket in The Wild One. James Dean followed suit when he wore a leather jacket in Rebel Without a Cause. Leather jackets didn’t only make movie stars look cool. Rock and roll artists also starting embracing the trend. The Beatles, The Ramones, and Elvis Presley all famously wore leather jackets. Even female rockers like Blondie and Joan Jett loved this look.
7. Dining Tables
If you like shiny, bright dining tables, you’re in luck. This retro style from the 1950s is coming back! Dining tables from this decade were usually made from chrome, glass, or Formica. They also came in a variety of colors. It was common to see bright yellow, vivid red, pale green, and pink dining tables in kitchens and diners all across the country. And of course, these bright, shiny dining tables all had matching chairs!
If you could bring back any retro style, what would it be? Is there a retro style that is back that you wish would just go away for good?
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