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Blast From the Past: Fashion Rewind

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Illinois State chapter.


 This year has been a whirlwind of new trends and some not so new…styles that we thought were WAY in the past are making their way back on the roster this season. Birkenstocks, Mom Jeans, and Doc Martens are just a few of the retrospective wardrobe staples that are coming back with a fashion force. Thrifting and raiding the back of Mom’s closet (Holla!) has been the reoccurring actions of savvy fashion lovers to find those once “Ew Mom you WORE this?” turned “Rad” pieces in the hopes of rejuvenating their personal style. I have been that Fashionista these last few months. I can’t get enough of all the come-back styles…proudly inheriting my mother’s dated Doc Martens. With that, here are the three most dominant trends I have noticed to be recirculating in countless polaroids and magazines…

Enjoy these oldies but goodies Fashionistas/os!


Birkenstocks: The fact that I can remember my mother strolling around in these during my GRADE school years is the definition of ‘retro’. These laid-back sandals originated in Germany and were created for comfort purposes. They are offered with a belted suede or leather buckle and come in various strap styles. With Birkenstocks you can even select a specific type of ‘footbed’ that will accommodate your high arch or flat foot. Comfortable AND stylish? I need no more convincing!



Mom Jeans: OK….I am loving this style of denim. Let’s hear it for the moms on this trend! A cohesive mix of high-waisted/ boyfriend jeans, the Mom Jeans are the perfect combination of relaxed and chic that can be worn from day to night. A light acid wash is sure to wow (pictured below) when paired with your favorite graphic tee and sandals. You can snag a pair of the mom-inspired denim at Urban Outfitters as well as Nordstroms- or have your luck at a thrifting extravaganza- you may get lucky!




Doc Martens: Ahh Docs…we meet again. These edge-tastic boots have hit an all-time high that has yet to subside. Every shoe store I have walked into these last few months have had a plethora of these wondrous soles on display. Although they have gone through a little re-vampment (color wise), Doc Martens still have the same classic silhouette. My mother has graciously passed her 1990s pair down to me after digging them out of the dreary corner in the basement (score!), and they have been such a joy comfort and style wise. 







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Cassie Zimmer

Illinois State

Hi! My name is Cassie Zimmer and I am a writer for HerCampus Illinois State. I am so excited to have just joined an awesome group of ladies to share my love of writing with. I am a fashionista who loves keeping up to date with the latest trends in the fashion industry. I hope to write articles that will be enjoyable for the fans of HerCampus to read and will hopefully take something away from the information I provide.
Mackie Kelleher

Illinois State '21

Mackie Kelleher is a sophomore at Illinois State and is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Writing. In her free time, she loves to watch Netflix, read, and work out. She is a huge Starbucks lover and you can always find her there studying!