Lately, the green mentality has us all repeating “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” The concept goes beyond our consumption of food and packaging to the way we shop for and style our clothing. Thrift stores are more popular than ever and vintage designer-wear speckle the Red Carpet nearly as much as pieces pulled from the most recent runway shows. Street trends dig up their inspirations from just about every era that isn’t “current,” mixing ’90s grunge with ’50s tailoring and everything in between. With a little bit of courage and a good sense of history, the fashion-forward are looking backwards making “throwback” more than just an Instagram hashtag.
With temperatures that are seeking a throwback to summer, this Fashionisto created a look that tips its hat (literally) to the ’80s. The pairing of jorts with a bright-hued shirt is straight out of the ’80s, with a modern sensibility. Rather than being too tight, his shorts look lived-in and comfortable. He avoids falling into ’80s stereotypes by complementing the tight, tucked in top with a loose button up. The colors are more exaggerated in this Fashionisto’s not-so-subtle bright blue Converse high-tops which are given an edgy, modern twist with their leopard interiors. He finishes off his look with a few more throwbacks: a summer-ready fedora and some white-rimmed wayfarers. His whole look is a mix of modern and ’80s done with enough intelligence to stand out on the street in the best way.
If you want to create your own throwback, you’d be best served following in this Fashionisto’s footsteps. This doesn’t mean you have to try out the ’80s, of course. Instead, try to do as he does and mix a past era with a few modern touches. Invest in a little Mad Men millinery with slim-cut suits to bring your look into fall and mix it up with some leather or metal in the shoe or belt. If Justin Timberlake can do it, so can you. If that’s too put together for your liking, try grunging it up with a nod to the punk: a rip or patch in your denim, some studding and maybe a even a combat-style boot. Make sure that if you try this one out, your modern twist keeps grunge from being too grungy.
Remember to emphasize fit and tailoring, no matter what trend you try. There is a whole lot of history to mix into our everyday fashion, boys. However, don’t forget the one unbreakable rule: zooba pants will never be a good idea.
Hint: If you aren’t sure how to best rock the throwback, start by shopping your father’s college closet. Even if dear old dad didn’t keep a gem or two for you, odds are good that you’ll find something to be inspired by! A great flannel, a quirky bow tie, even a vintage T-shirt can all be great jumping off points.