By: Tiffani Haynes and Melva N. Lloyd
This has been a hell of a decade, from political to pop culture, yet the fashion world has played it’s part too. We’ve seen some great fashion trends come and we’ve watched some horrible ones go.
Here are the decade’s fashion trends according to SMG.
Leggings – Let’s be honest, leggings can only be one of two things: your best friend or your worst enemy. Sure, there are basic leggings that are meant for lounging purposes, maybe you can pair them with a nice cardigan; but whoever the genius (and I use that term loosely) was who decided to incorporate animal prints and geometric shapes onto the spandex style pants should lose their job.
Grillz – Nelly may have turned the idea of silver and gold mouth-wear into a hit song but that didn’t make it ok for everyone to flaunt. Rappers decided that the idea of “blinged out braces” made their music videos/lifestyle more appealing, but in all actuality it only impaired their speech and made them look down right silly.
Jersey Dresses – There are reasons why men and women don’t wear the same clothes. Back when jerseys of your favorite NBA team were the thing to have, you either wore them a size too big or you didn’t wear them at all. But then a new phenomenon came about and the jersey dress was born. Who could forget Mya’s UNC jersey dress that she wore in her Best of Me (Remix) video? We all wanted one, but never had the guts to actually buy one…thank God.
Velour Suits – By the year 2000 J Lo and Diddy took a horrible fabric and capitalized on it. I don’t know what the fascination was with the extra baggy/too tight sportswear but for a while it seems as though everyone swore by it. They seemed comfortable, but if you spilled as much as a drop of water on the suit, it dried up in a heartbeat and the stain that was left behind looked more like a burn. So what was the point?
Urban Wear – Remember FuBu? Enyce? Ecko Red? Yea I try to forget them too. Sagging jeans, bandanas, custom football jerseys (cough.FuBu.cough) are a thing of the past…at least I hope they are. And let’s not forget du-rags underneath the fitted baseball caps, Nike sweat bands paired with everyday attire…need I go on? Unless these brands of urban wear choose to grow just as the fashion trends are, I suggest we leave it all behind.
Baby Doll Dresses– The baby doll dress came on the scene and what seemed like a maternity look with it’s high under-the-cleavage waist line became the summer dress for everyone. From the short baby doll dress that stopped above the knee to the long maxi dress that touched the floor, the baby doll look was in. The dresses came in these bright, fabulous colors with every print and flower pattern imaginable. They were simple, cute and kept you cool…they were a must for every girl’s summer wardrobe.
Graphic Tees– While Ed Hardy might have made a business out of the graphic tee, they popped up on everyone and everywhere in all styles, colors and brands. There was a time when a graphic tee, some jeans and a pair of sandals (sneakers for the fellas) was a great out and about outfit. From political statements to repping a brand name, everybody had something plastered across their chest. Remember the “Jesus is My Homeboy” shirts? Even the good Lord made his T-shirt debut.
Uggs– These chunky, comfy boots have managed to sneak their way into every closet. Doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a short denim skirt, leggings, jeans or a dress, Ugg boots have been paired with them all. It also doesn’t matter the weather. Wear them in sunny Cali, hop a plane and fit right in the cold Empire State, they’re just that damn good. Ugg was created in Australia, an ironic place for such a warm boot, well a boot period. Yet they adjust to your body temperature, so they’re great in any weather. Uggs are like great bras, they change lives.
Hats– Hats, of all kind, made a huge leap into the fashion world in the 2000s. At one point it was the trucker hat, with Ashton Kutcher as almost a spokesperson for the cap. You were hard pressed to find that man without a trucker hat on for a while. Von Dutch even made them popular for everybody. That company took the trucker hat phase and ran with it. Then there was that horrid period where everybody wanted to be a cowgirl/cowboy. There were cowboy hats and boots galore. And yes, black people wore them too. Don’t believe me? Nelly’s “E.I.” and Destiny Child’s “Bootylicious” are evidence enough.
Skinny Jeans– Yet few fashion trends have changed the dynamic of clothing as much as the skinny jean. Those skin-tight denim deathtraps are seen on everyone, young and old, men and women alike. On the right body type, skinny jeans maximize curves, show off the booty and just plain look good. Again, on the right body. But these days, everybody’s finding them to fit their body type. And they aren’t just blue or black either, neon-colored skinny jeans took over for a minute. Just about everybody had a pair. Even men. There’s not a performance you won’t catch Lil Wayne in a pair of skinny jeans, even the teenage-group New Boyz came out with an album about them. Skinny jeans are the new jean. Come out with a pair of boot cut or (God forbid) flare jeans if you want to, you’ll be ridiculed.