Do You Want Crimped Hair, Flares & Tie-Dye To Make A Comeback? Survey Says YES!

30 May 2013 by

The speed of fashion is so G-Force fast that comebacks are comebacks before they’ve even gone anywhere. In recent years the comeback spectrum has been overpopulated with throwbacks from the 1990s – dungarees, Buffalo boots, crop tops… - and according to a survey from, there’s still quite a few of this decade’s biggest faux pas tickling your 2013 tastebuds. But what would you like to see return to the fashion landscape? Would you have voted for hair scrunchies or bandanas? Hmm.

Here’s our opinion on what’s been given the thumbs up for a comeback… 

1. FLARES = 51%

Victoria Beckham and Karolina Kurkova have both been recently spotted in flares

The number one comeback spot has been awarded to flares. We’re not surprised TBH, it was a few weeks ago that we documented the resurgence of this trouser trend. Victoria Beckham can’t stop wearing her Chloe ones, and we’ve never denied that a good denim kick elongates a gal’s legs.


Scrunchie wars: Paula Abdul vs. Ashish

Taking the second spot is the ‘big hair scrunchie’, a trend we’ve noticed amongst mini hipsters who didn’t do them the first time round. We’re not quite sure what is the difference between ‘small hair scrunchie’ and ‘big hair scrunchine’ – they’re all kinda big, right? A ‘90s classic originally loved by school girls and Paula Abdul, now appropriated by Ashish for Spring/Summer 2013. OK, rendered in black and worn with some ‘tude this can actually look cute.

3. BODYSUITS = 47% 

Body Editions bodysuits are more than acceptable

In some ways the bodysuit can be an incredibly practical wardrobe player, in other ways (we’ll leave that to your imagination) it’s not so practical. Ultra-cool Spanish fashion insider Raquel Franco has redefined the jersey piece with her onesie-dedicated line, Body Editions. We give this one our full approval – they’re so good for sheer layering and streamling under super-tight pencil skirts and jeans, too.

4. OVERALLS = 42%

Boilersuits... Charlize yes, BoJo notsomuch

Dungarees and boiler suits have long been creeping back into fashion. In particular, MiH’s boiler suit (as spotted on Charlize Theron) was an instant sell-out after being featured in Grazia’s Fashion Charts a few months ago. Since then it’s now arriving in more colourways and elegant navy for next season. To be worn with heels and in a soft, loose fabric. This should not be Phil Mitchel territory.


Madge and Tyra Banks have both been known to go crimpin' cray

WHAT? No. This is one hair trend we can’t ever imagine wanting ever, EVER again. Even Madonna couldn’t pull this off at the very height of the crimper’s fame.


Alicia Keys in a pretty horrendous ruffled shirt vs. Balenciaga doing ruffles the right way

What does ‘ruffled shirts’ mean? Sounds like something a party-ready Nancy Dell’Olio would wear to make the most of a shimmying samba strut over to the tropical punchbowl. Not sold. However, we are big fans of the ruffled skirt and minimalist top combo – think Balenciaga.

7. BRIGHT TIE DYE = 29% 

Chloe Norgaard and Rodarte give tie-dye some cred

If Isabel Marant can make tie-dye cool, then there's potential in this one. Sidestepping the acidic versions from the past and opt for something subtler– like Raquel Allegra’s pastels paired up with navy or brown, available at Matches - is a good idea. Young and free spirited types can take a cue from rainbow-haired model Chloe Norgaard or the Rodarte sisters, because this bold retro print has been given their stamp of approval. Not to be worn with dreads/peace signs/no deoderant.


RiRi and Axl Rose are both with the band(ana)

Something Rihanna is championing right now – the bandana as headband. We’re not sure we’re cool enough and cannot erase images of Axl Rose accessorizing his with some, err, briefs.


Jessie J and Fearne Cotton like zig zagging

Goodness gracious! What's with all the gross hair things? Too time consuming and likely to fall out of place almost in an instant. Not to mention totally EWWWW. You may have guessed this: it's not happening.

10. CHOKERS = 16%

Iviana Carpio of Love-Aesthetics has chosen the choker

A chunky minimalist metal choker – think Eddie Borgo, Balmain, Celine… - is high up on our accessorizing to-do list. However, if this choker comeback is more about fabric strips or those strange expandable tattoo things, then it’s a no.

So what's YOUR verdict? 


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