All Grown Up
Today marks the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts of the USA, founded in Savannah by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. While we all love the cookies, the benefits of scouting — including leadership and youth development — are endless. The Girl Scouts marked many milestones in my childhood and teen years, so it’s only fitting that I revisit some of my favorite past trends and update them for this millennium.
The Side Pony Grew Up to Become –> The Side Braid
Want to play outside with the big kids, but need to scrape the hair off your face? Enter side ponytail. The side braid is the best I-rolled-out-of-bed-but-have-a-big-girl-job style and takes just a few seconds and bobby pins to create.
Hypercolor Grew Up to Become –> Neon
Whatever happened to that crazy trend where your body heat created “fun” patterns in different colors? It matured a bit, got introduced to a classier crowd and was born again as the new neon. And from lips to fingertips, it’s so hot right now.
The Skort Grew Up to Become –> The Romper
I haven’t personally tried out the updated version (I fear the saggy-butt effect), but I rocked a mean jean skort in the ’90s. My fave?: The orange-and-purple gem with Minnie’s face along the bottom edge. Straight-up gangster at La Petite Academy.
Stirrup Pants Grew Up to Become –> Jeggings
This is the trend I miss the most — anchoring my stretchy pants into my shoes was right up there with those plastic T-shirt clips I coveted. Lucky for me, jeggings have hit the runway and are here to stay. Get a pair with extra stretch, so they feel surprisingly similar to the OG version. Oh yeah.
Jellies Grew Up to Become –> “Adult” Jellies
The first form of torture my feet ever knew are now available in women’s sizes too. If you’ve been craving an awkward waffle-pattern imprint and sunburn for your toes, these are just the thing. Plastic – on your feet – now.
Which trends from your childhood have you reinvented? I’m eager to find an appropriate update to my famed collection of slap bracelets. Rock on.
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Tags: 80s trends, fashion, girl scout cookies, girl scouts 100th birthday, hypercolor, jeggings, jellies, neon trend, rompers, side braid, side ponytail, skorts, slap bracelets, stirrup pants, t-shirt clips, wittyburg
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