A decade of style

CHARLIE BOND TAKES A LOOK AT THE TRENDS THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME

RAY-BAN WAYFARER
The Original Wayfarer sunglasses were created by Ray-Ban in 1952, but the late 2000s saw a resurgence of interest after several celebrities were spotted sporting vintage versions. As a result the Original Wayfarer got a relaunch, and its successor the New Wayfarer was introduced – a slightly updated shape but with many of the same original features. And ten years on? They’re still one of Ray-Ban’s biggest sellers.

ANKLE BOOTS
The ankle boot was spotted on all the A/W08 catwalks and pretty much haven’t left our feet since. It’s hard to imagine what we wore before, but it’s probably best to forget the shoeboot which was also big circa 2008, or the time people wore UGGS with everything, including velour tracksuits…

BALLET FLATS
In 2008 a shoe revolution was happening – people were ditching their courts and loafers in favour of something altogether more dainty. The ballet fl at shoes became the celebrity go-to shoe, and Chanel championed the accessory in their 2008 shows. 10 years on, and we’re still sporting the ballet pump, although we’ve learned not to wear them out in the rain…

ATHLEISURE
One of the biggest trends of the past decade has been the athleisure movement – that’s gym clothes worn as everyday items – yes – even to work! Without a doubt, the revival of Adidas’ iconic Stan Smith shoe has played a part in this trend continuing to dominate season on season. Worn with everything from formal dresses to jeans, and spotted on celebrities, influencers and style icons galore, this is one trend set to stick around.

MAXI DRESS
Although a long dress has been a style staple from decade to decade, 2008 saw the maxi dress rise up the fashion ranks to become a wardrobe must-have. At the time, fashionistas wondered what would stand the test of time – the maxi, or its sister hemline the bubble. We think we know the answer now…

LEATHER BIKER JACKET
We know the leather jacket trend precedes 2008, but the current style of a cropped coat with asymmetric zip has been in vogue since 2008, when it was paraded on catwalks by the likes of Baleciaga and Alexander McQueen. Ten years on, the leather biker is more popular than ever, due to its ability to add a stylish edge to any outfit. Although, according to style experts, we should now be embracing ‘double leather’ and wearing with leather trousers…

JUMPSUIT
An 80s wardrobe outcast and a style piece previously seen on parachutists returned to much apprehension in 2008 – was this just a giant Babygro? Would we ever be able to wear an all-in-one stylishly? Well, clearly the answer was yes because now the jumpsuit trend is bigger than ever, with some women even opting to have a wedding jumpsuit rather than dress.

SKINNY JEANS
Partly to do with supermodels coveting them, and partly down to emo bands rocking the tightest denim available, in 2008 skinny jeans became the most desired legwear around – and in 2018, they’re still the most popular jean on the market. Last year, Topshop revealed they sell a pair of jeans every 10 seconds globally – with the Jamie jeans their most popular style.

MULBERRY HANDBAG
A decade ago we all wanted to get our hands on a Mulberry, and to be honest, not much has changed. The Mulberry Bayswater, which launched in 2003 still remains the brand’s biggest seller, coveted by the likes of Kate Moss. In 2016, it was modernised to include a new logo, a lighter feel and a smaller postman’s lock plate.

BOYFRIEND JEANS
When actress Katie Holmes stepped out in a pair of boyfriend jeans in 2008, fashion followers were dubious – why exactly would someone wear baggy, unflattering trousers in public? Clearly, Katie was on to something – boyfriend jeans are still on-trend, and now, Mom jeans have joined the family too…