8 Top Trends We’ve Seen Before

Why do so many twenty-something trends look familiar? Because they are. Keep clicking for proof that what’s new . . . is actually old.

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A recent New York Times story 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.

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DRY SHAMPOO

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.

 

 

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DRY SHAMPOO

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. 

 

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THE WEEKLY SALON VISIT

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.

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THE WEEKLY SALON VISIT

Back in the day, woman who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) style their own hair had a similar option: A wash and set at their local salon.

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THE COMING-OF-AGE CHRONICLE

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.

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THE COMING OF AGE CHRONICLE

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.

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CAFFEINE BOOSTS

How to make it through a 60-hour workweek? Caffeine, of course! These days twenty-somethings get their fix from energy drinks and 20-ounce cups of Starbuck's beverages. Novel? Meh…

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CAFFEINE BOOSTS

Back in our day, our beverage of choice was a greenish, citrus-flavored bullet packed with caffeine and, for good measure, sugar. Oh, Mountain Dew, what would we have done without you?

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DANCE CRAZE

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?

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DANCE CRAZE

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. 

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MENSWEAR

You look fab in your pantsuit, Alexa Chung, but you owe this actress a debt of gratitude…

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MENSWEAR

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.

 

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IT BAGS

These days, no under-35 celeb would dare be photographed without an oversize designer bag. (Case in point: Khloe Kardashian clutching a YSL Muse bag.) But . . .

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IT BAGS

They’re just following in the very stylish footsteps of Jane Birken and Grace Kelly, who not only carried fabulous bags but had those carry-alls designed and named for them! 

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CHOPPY BOBS

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 . . .

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CHOPPY BOBS

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?

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First Published Thu, 2013-03-21 09:50

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