Retro Trends aren’t Just Nostalgia: Here’s Why (Part Two)

"Why Retro Trends Aren't Just Nostalgia" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

In the last post, we talked a bit about retro being a need and how past decades were more creative, starting with the 80’s look.

Yet with all the creativity in the 80’s and past decades in general, how could this topic be just one post? It isn’t! So let’s keep taking a look at why retro still rocks, picking it up with 80’s accessories.

80’s Accessories

Though we previously talked about the 80’s look, accessories still deserve a shout-out. Here are just a couple of reasons.

Huge, Colorful Hoop Earrings and Swatch Watches

"Why Retro Trends Aren't Just Nostalgia" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

There were a lot of accessories that had their hey-day in the 80’s, like huge hoop earrings.

"Why Retro Trends Aren't Just Nostalgia" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

Swatch watches were the watch it seemed everyone had — and no, the watch shown may not be a Swatch, but it’s similar. Swatch did become popular in the 80’s, as did Bongo, Guess and a lot of other great brands.

 

80’s Culture

"Why Retro Trends Aren't Just Nostalgia" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

80’s culture in general was just fun. Think about it: This was the era of carting around boomboxes with synthesizer music. It was the era when exercising was fun, thanks to the aerobics craze. And if anything should be dreadful, it would be exercise, right? Still, the 80’s found a way to make exercise fun.

Okay, there are some fun types of exercise out there right now, but do they compare to aerobics?

Back to the 70’s

The 70’s had just as much style as the 80’s — and a lot of it can be found in 70’s culture, which was anything but mundane.

"Why Retro Trends Aren't Just Nostalgia" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

The 70’s brought us the lava lamp, a style that is still loved today. You see a lava lamp, and how could you not think of the 70’s? It’s simply not possible to separate the two.

 

"Why Retro Trends Aren't Just Nostalgia" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

Not to mention that the 70’s brought us disco. See again how the word “boring” could never be used to describe past decades? And this is true of just about every decade before the 70’s — it doesn’t stop there.

The Verdict: The Present Day is Missing Something

While the new millennium has given us a ton of technology, the present day is lacking in some way. And we’re looking to the past, in a sense, to make us feel better. Sure, we have apps for everything, can find out what’s going on anywhere, and have all the information we need at our fingertips — so why are we still seemingly discontent with the present? Because there was a lot of creativity that used to be embedded in our daily routines without us even realizing it.

In a way, we’ve lost it — and at least for now, the best place to find it is in the past.

Follow Artistically Writing by Email

Advertisements