In Che Eyewear’s July blog, we’re throwing it all the way back to ‘The Wonder Years’. That’s right, the era that gave us spaghetti straps, crop tops and Saved by the Bell – the late 80s and early 90s. Just late enough to avoid neon leg warmers and sweatbands, this slice of sartorial history was all about bold shapes and slim cuts – slinky dresses, wire-rimmed glasses and the mini-est of mini skirts.
Earlier this month, Che Eyewear’s Director Rose Crulli went on a reconnaissance mission to the ODMA Fair 2017 (Optical Distributors & Manufacturers Association of Australia), observing optical trends emerging in the second half of 2017. As you may have guessed, Rose noticed a head-nod to the early 90s, influencing accessories across the board. As geek-chic continues to dominate in Australia’s style stakes, round, wire-rimmed collegiate frames are en vogue – and it’s these shapes that are reemerging amongst fashionistas and influencers. Reminiscent of the ‘Clueless’ era, these ‘barely there’ frames contemporise any look, giving it a studious, seriously on-trend twist.
Want in on the throwback trend? Rose suggests two unique pieces from the Che Eyewear Vintage Collection: the Rolling Image Optics Varsity frames, and the Outlaws 485. “These ‘ivy league’ inspired frames are real favourites of mine – and our customers love their modern take on nostalgia, too” remarks Rose, reflecting on how popular the wire-rim look has been of late. “I always get clients in asking for something special and unique, and these 80s frames are certainly that,” she says.
And it’s not just the eyewear arena bringing it all back in the 80s/90s stakes. While we’re not too sad to wave a permanent goodbye to some old favourites (hello, Hypercolor!), there’s plenty of subtle throwbacks dominating Fitzroy’s boutiques at the moment. From chokers to lingerie-inspired formal wear, Melbourne designers are taking inspo from those bum-bag-clad glory days. For more ways to incorporate a nostalgia for the recent past into your wardrobe, find out what’s making a comeback here.