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Old 04-15-2018, 09:11 AM
 
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Ive definitely noticed the same thing.

You could literally pull an average group of people off the street today, put them in a time machine and send them back to the mid to late 90s, and they would NOT stick out at all.

It seems like we have plateaued for the most part, starting around late 90s/ early 2000s.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:20 PM
 
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The 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s all had distinct styles unmistakable for any other time, aside of course from a few years into a bordering decade. The 00s and 10s though, not so much? The only difference I notice is the 00s still had a lot more of the 90s left over, and weren't as influenced by the 80s which have made a partial comeback as 80s teens are now the current middle aged people.

Do you think the entire first 1/3 of the 21st century will more or less be similar to today? 2012 isn't hugely different from 2002 and it's hard to imagine 2022 being that different from now.

Do you think the 21st century won't be changeful enough you can tell what decade it is by the fashion, maybe just if it's early, mid or late 21st century?
I know this post is a bit old, but it's a very interesting subject that's rarely talked about. I'm big on trends and decadeology and I had to sign up asap when I saw this post...

"Although, I do think there are some small changes between the 2000s and 2010s, like say if you are compared 2012 to 2002, I'd say the music and fashion today is definitely more flashy and colourful and resembles the 1980s more in some ways. And yeah, the 'current' feeling began well before January 1, 2010, probably by 2008 if not as early as 2006."

You got it. You're on the right track.

"The 00's still had a lot more of the 90's left over." Correct. A lot of trends left over from the Late 90's bled into the 00's, hence why some people refer to the 00's as "The Naughties". However, the subtle, underground 80's influence began in 2005 when skinny jeans, multi-colored neon sneakers and other retro 80's gear hit the market. This lead to the creation of Emos, Scenesters and Hipsters in early 2006.

(Sidenote: Before the 80's revival in 2005, there was a subtle 70's revival that took off in the Mid 90's and lasted until the Late 00's... The fad consisted of 70's earthtone colors ike red & beige, headbands, turtlenecks, chest-stripe/chest-band shirts in the style of vintage ski sweaters, women's flares, women's platform shoes, etc...)

Timeline:


Pre-2005: 80's babies are growing up and 80's nostalgia slowly becomes popular through fashislon, music and the media.

Late 2005: Skinny jeans and retro 80's clothing hits the market to be swept up by 'alternative' folks.

2006: The creation of retro 80's alternative subcultures like emo, scene and hipster.

2007: Kanye brings back shutter shades smiliar to the ones from the music video "Obsession" by Animotion, 1984.

2008: Inspired by Kanye's retro 80's shutter shades, big black plastic 3D movie glasses are invented, and kids poked out the lenses to become retro 80's hipster geeks like Kanye and Pharrell. Since then, black border glasses have gradually gotten more popular over the years and increasingly bigger in size, and more retro each year... Glasses have gotten so retro that kids today in the Late 2010's are wearing Malcolm X glasses, and Steve Urkel glasses...

2009: The New Boyz did the retro 80's scene look. Scene is basically just the bright, colorful and more retro version of the emo style. Their style consisted of bright, sometimes mismatched colors, studded belts, 80's patterns (like checker and zebra) and of course skinny jeans. The New Boyz really helped make the retro 80's, emo/scene hipster nerd style go from unique alternative fashion to mainstream...

2010: More kids start wearing skinny jeans like the New Boyz.

Kanye brought back the 1980's Shag haircut, but instead, it spawned the taper fade twist out, which became popular by 2012/2013, popularized by Odell Beckham Jr. The taper fade and the mohawk also spawned faux-hawk (sharkfin) mullets -- A rare trend mostly sported by Mexican kids.

Jersey Shore brings back the fade, the taper fade, the mohawk and the pompadour. (But the pompadour didn't catch on with the normies until 2013 when Robin Thicke released Blurred Lines. I'll get to that later.)

2010/2011: Justin Bieber ruins emo hair and the emo style, resulting in SOME emo kids shaving their head or they styling their hair in a mohawk or a weird Skrillex cut. Also, hipster fashion starts catching on and faux-vintage becomes more common in department stores like Target, but the emo style is still very popular and prevalent.

Although Deadmua5 was first, Skrillex popularizes the Dubstep sound and the trend in Pop music lasts until 2013.

Indie Hipster music becomes popular through artists like Florence and the Machine, Foster The People, Cage The Elephant, Adele, etc...

Adidas revives tracksuits in March 2011.

2012: Drake makes beards popular, hipster fashion is officially maistream across the nation, hipster fashion sweeps all the department stores, plaid shirts and shorts are a must-have that year since 2010, more people switch from baggy to skinny, emo/scene/goth/gangsta clothes are removed from all department stores, and gangsta gear stores (like Citi Trends for example) shut down within the next 6 years.

2013: The hipster fashion trend reaches its climax until 2018.

Skinny/tight, high-waisted pants are the standard pair of pants.

Neon or colored running shoes as casual shoes are the latest fashion, as part of the new "Athleisure" or "Normcore" trend.

Retro 80's tribal patterns and floral patterns are all the rage until the end of the Mid 2010's.

Justin Timberlake's undercut, Robin Thicke's pompadour, a short Skrillex/Hitler cut like DanTDM and 'free-form dreads' (aka the twistout) with a taper fade like Odell Beckham Jr. are the standard male hairstyles. While "ombre hair", pastel hair, Skrillex hair or side hair is popular with the females... And a big twistout for the black chicks, sometimes with the tips dyed.

Mid 2010's: Jake Gyllenhaal's man-bun catches on, the lumbersexual hipster fad reaches its peak and black Nike Free Runs (and its copies from other brands) are popular by the Fall of 2015.

Fast forward to 2018: Not much has changed and we have yet to see anything new and different in fashion for a long time... However, the annoying, cliché, SJW hipster style seems to be past its peak, although it's clearly still the mainstream, standard style that defines this decade. Mostly 2012 and after.

Typically, the fashion, music and overall culture of the PREVIOUS decade doesn't start to fade until 2 - 3 years into the new one.

So in conclusion, yes, the 2000's and the 2010's definitely have their own distinct style. This decade will be remembered for hipsters, Trump-hating SJWs, third wave feminism and annoying PC culture... The average male in the Mid - Late 2010's looks like Billy Mays, Drake, Rick Ross, Death Grips or DanTDM.

The average female is a Kardashian/Jenner wannabe in a strange, nerdy, Taylor Swift/Carly Rae Jepsen style, retro, "Boho" hipster outfit. Everyone wears skinny/tight pants with low-cut or high socks and the standard glasses are retro, nerdy and oversized.

Everything in this decade is very hipster-oriented, including buildings and interior design. It resembles Starbucks, wooden floors, wooden ceilings, dull colors, strange art, etc... For example, if you look at a modern or re-modeled fastfood chain or department store, (McD's, BK, Wendy's, Walmart, Jewel Osco) you'll notice a certain pattern -- They all use the colors red, beige, brown and gray on the outside and inside. (May vary depending on the place)

What these places all have in common is that they all resemble a coffeeshop! You know, for the Millennials! 'Cause APPARENTLY we're all freakin' hipsters!... And if you look at a mall that's been re-modeled recently, you'll notice it ALSO looks a bit like a coffeeshop! Look at the colors and the wooden floors. Every modern house, every building and every place of business's decor is designed to be hipster-oriented for those hipster Millennials... So yeah, there you have it. The 2010's in a nutshell. The hipster era.

Aside from war, politics, disasters and attacks like 9/11, some decade-defining things that people remember the 2000's for are Teen Pop, the early Britney Spears/J-Lo look, the Pop Punk Garage Rock sound, Emo music, Emo & Scene fashion, Guido fashion, ghetto-fab gangsta fashion, (think early Eminem) fitted caps, embroidered jeans, (Ed Hardy, Coogi, True Religion, Fat Albert Fubu, etc.) Snap-Rap, Crank Dat songs Juking/Juke Music, Shockwave/Flash games from the Early - Mid 00's, 'the Nokia brick' (as kids call it now), flip phones, etc...

I could go on forever. The Late 90's and the entire 00's is my favorite time period. Everything was great up until 2012/2013, when 2010's culture finally kicked in...
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The 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s all had distinct styles unmistakable for any other time, aside of course from a few years into a bordering decade. The 00s and 10s though, not so much? The only difference I notice is the 00s still had a lot more of the 90s left over, and weren't as influenced by the 80s which have made a partial comeback as 80s teens are now the current middle aged people.

Do you think the entire first 1/3 of the 21st century will more or less be similar to today? 2012 isn't hugely different from 2002 and it's hard to imagine 2022 being that different from now.

Do you think the 21st century won't be changeful enough you can tell what decade it is by the fashion, maybe just if it's early, mid or late 21st century?
Auto-tune has a lot to do with that. Auto-tune is software developed in the late 1990s that help people with bad or mediocre voices sound pitch-perfect. The music is artificial and highly computerized - spawned off of some server in a recording studio. By contrast, older music vocalists did not have the help of computers. Auto-Tune software did not exist in the 1950s to mid 1990s. This 1970s scene shows the dawn of the Apple desktop computer. Back then, there was no Google, Facebook, 64 bit operating systems, cloud computing systems, Java, Python, Informatica, Matlab, etc. The vocalists couldn't rely on computers to enhance sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxthr3fq-EI

Another factor is distinct social change. The 1960s had the youth counter cultural revolution with Anti-Vietnam War protests, the Civil Rights Movement, etc. The early 1970s had the same. The mid 1970s had discos. Much of the 70s to early 90s had heavy metal Rock N' Roll with roots traced back to the youth counter culture movement of the 60s and early 70s. The hip hop scene exploded in the 1980s and into the 90s.

Vietnam War:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEuCJFccAsI

Civil Rights Film - Native Americans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh-JoW_8qw0

The "British Invasion" of the 1960s led to a pattern of music being transplanted to the USA which continued in the 1980s with New Wave. Recall Kavanaugh's fight after the UB40 concert (LOL).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpfWORQWhU

But from 2000 on up the music sounds pretty much the same. A song by Justin Timberlake a couple of years ago pretty much has the same tone and style of his earlier hit in 2003. Similar analogies apply. Music talent has suffered. There are exceptions, but it's not like it used to be.
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