SCHS students stay stylish by recycling fashion trends from past decades


Courtesy of Eddie Perez

Senior Eddie Perez wears a patterned button up shirt “to give it (the outfit) a casual present-day ‘50s style.”

Iconic eras ranging from Greasers to Britney Spears have made a comeback in the fashion world. Many students wear looks inspired by past decades for various reasons.

According to the article “Why Styles Return Faster than Ever” on, recycling fashion trends is not new. Certain styles of decades in the 20th century have come back every 30 years or so.

“It’s a way to kind of live in those decades,” junior Elisabeth Mejia said.

Senior Eddie Perez enjoys the old school style inspired by the ‘50s and ‘60s.

“My decade-inspired (out)fit would be light washed cuffed jeans, a striped button-up with a white undershirt complemented by a pair of black Old Skool Vans to give it a casual present-day ‘50s style,” Perez said.

According to several students, the ‘90s and 2000s era has recently come back into fashion. Freshman Janna Andaya is one of many students who are fond of the bold yet laid back style of ‘90s outfits.

“I mainly like the way they can mix different colors and patterns together and how a simple outfit can have a lot of depth in it,” Andaya said.

Senior Danyah Al Wardat engages in many 2000s fashion trends mostly because of the nostalgia and favor of the culture back then.

“Honestly, it’s not really an inspiration. It’s more of that’s how I grew up and I love it, and it’s more original than the fashion of today, ”Al Wardat said.

One of the biggest influences in bringing back styles from the past is the rising trend of thrifting. According to Perez, thrifting and shopping for vintage clothes has become popular in youth culture due to the affordability and trendiness.

“Everyone loves the old school aesthetic,” Perez said. “Thrift culture is growing stronger because of how retro and cheap the style is.”

Thrifting is not the only way fashion from past decades can be affordable. Students can take a blast to the past by going through a parent’s closet. Junior Tyler Haas is one student who engages in ‘90s trends and likes to wear his parents’ old clothes.

Social media has also played a big part in creating the decade fashion trend. Many students are inspired by the vintage aesthetic they see on Instagram and other platforms. Senior Shannon Wong looks at Pinterest and YouTube influencer Ashley Alexander to find looks she can incorporate into her style.

“At first, it didn’t really occur to me that I was using trends from other decades,” Wong said. “I used to think that it was what was trendy nowadays, and I pretty much adhere to anything I think looks like my style.”

While fashion now has been inspired by past decades, Wong believes previous trends are still expressed differently in modern day.

“Our fashion is different in how we put them together and style certain items of clothing to make it unique to our own decade,” Wong said.