A recent New York Timesstory reported that today’s post-college first jobbers were incensed at having to work long hours! With low pay! And no benefits! Um, isn’t that just called paying your dues . . . something we did 20 or 30 years ago, sans smartphones, Wi-Fi or tablets that allowed us to work from virtually anywhere?
This deja vu “news” story got us thinking about all the other ways this generation is actually just emulating ours: From beauty trends to TV shows, the following slides illustrate who was original—and who’s just imitating.
Twenty-somethings behave as though they discovered dry shampoo. And while we too love recent versions of this style-extender, such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, a blend of natural ingredients with a lemon verbena scent. . .new? No way.
Psssssst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray debuted 50+ years ago. This original dry shampoo still gets the job done, thanks to a mix of alcohol, aluminum starch and, of course, fragrance—which explains why it’s still a popular pick today.
How do twenty-somethings keep their hair looking presentable? With routine visits to one of today's ubiquitous blow-dry bars—like Drybar and DreamDry, to name two—where they can choose from a menu of blow dry and styling options that deliver days of great-looking hair. However, the concept of visiting a salon once or twice a week in an effort to make daily styling simpler actually dates back several decades.
Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the latest coming-of-age dramedy, Girls, covers the lives of four twenty-something BFFs trying to make their way in New York City. But tackling tough issues for the under-30 set is hardly innovative; this theme has been a small-screen standard since at least the 1960s.
The often-bumpy transition from adolescence to adulthood has been fair game for TV sitcoms and dramas for decades. To wit: Eight is Enough, The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch, all of which chronicled the trials and tribulations of teens and twenty-somethings.
By now you've probably witnessed the latest dance craze (thanks to YouTube): The Harlem Shake, versions of which have been seen by over 75 million viewers. But do twenty-something honestly believe they created this trend?
Fun as it may be, The Harlem Shuffle can't possibly compare to the Macarena, the Hustle, the Electric Slide, or—hello!—disco, without which weddings, sweet sixteens, bar mitvahs and other milestone celebrations would be just big, boring get-togethers.
Back in 1977, Diane Keaton set a style trend with the vintage menswear pieces she wore in her portrayal of Annie Hall. Soon after the film was released, the popularity of men’s clothing and pantsuits worn by women surged.
Adorable, up-and-coming actress or supermodel (think Julianne Hough or Karlie Kloss, pictured left) cuts her enviably long locks into a short, edgy bob and spawns a nationwide hair trend. New? Not so much . . .
In the 1990s, who among us didn’t consider cutting her hair into Meg Ryan’s famous choppy crop? And before that, Jane Mancini’s long pixie on Melrose Place . . . and Princess Diana’s choppy short style . . . and Doroth Hamill’s feathered bowl cut. Have we made our point?