The cone-shaped ‘bullet bra’ was popular in the 1950s and worn by film stars such as Marilyn Monroe. Actress Lana Turner was even named the ‘Sweater Girl’ after she wore one under (you guessed it) a tight sweater in her debut film They Won’t Forget.
This bold look quickly became much-sought after, and saw ordinary women on the street wearing pointy bras under their sweaters.
The look was briefly revived by Madonna in 1990 during her Blonde Ambition world tour, but this time it wasn’t quite such a hit with the general public, and much to everyone’s relief, we aren’t expecting the average woman to stride around with her chest jutting out again any time soon.
At some point in the mid-1980s, the shiny, fluorescent, matching jacket-and-trouser combination of a nylon 'shell suit’ somehow stopped being something only athletes in sports stadiums wore as ‘track suits’, and became de rigeur for everyone on the high street.
If we’re being honest, the 1980s were a time when we all apparently woke up one morning without a shred of fashion self-respect, but it’s pretty safe to say shell suits were the worst of a bad lot.
Let’s hope designers don’t decide this a must-have revival in the near future. I always wondered whether people get a bit hot wearing one, like a boil-in-the-bag meal…
5 fashion trends we want revived
Cropped denim jackets
Unless you wore a cropped denim jacket as a lean teenager then this was a trend that never suited anybody. Denim and cropping = wishing to be youthful and looking a bit try-hard.
A longer line denim jacket under a classic polo neck sweater or crisp white shirt is just about fashion acceptable.
But I’m pretty sure that any kind of crop top should be consigned to the fashion history bin.
If you want to look like a swashbuckling pirate, then go ahead and continue wearing over-the-knee boots.
Granted they looked cute on Biba shop girls in the 1960s, less so when they were came in scruffy black suede in the 1990s. They need to be retired and only worn in pantomime in our view.
We are not over the heel
Hands up who spent the 1970s wearing oversized, flared, bell-bottom trousers? On the naughty step you go. They didn’t look good then, plus they made us all trip over our feet frequently, and they certainly wouldn’t look good now either.
Fortunately, probably because of the high price of fabric now it seems clothing manufacturers aren’t keen to revive this trend for oversize trews either. RIP extreme flares…
Are there any trends you’re pleased to have seen the back of? Or perhaps you disagree with this list – let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Saga readers say...
'They may be a no no for us crinklies, wrinklies and crumblies, but if you are young and the right shape ,why not?' - Anne, via Facebook
'My jeans had some serious flares when I was a teenager. They always ended up being badly frayed.' - Janice, via Facebook
'Don't ever bring back flares. Leave them in the 70's!' - Maz, via Facebook
'No more coathanger shoulders please!' - Kat, via Facebook
'I used to wear bell bottoms with little bells sewn on the bottom of each leg when I was a teenager, until the day I was the trail layer for the cub group to follow through the woods and found at the end of the day that the cubs weren’t following the signs I was leaving, but were following the sound of my bells instead.' - Caroline, via Facebook
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