When it comes to clothing fads, some people wholeheartedly embrace them. To them, fashion by its very nature is no more than a series of constantly evolving trends. To be fashionable, is by definition, to be current with the latest fad.
There is also a school of thought that opposes the wholesale adoption of trends. This group essentially believes that there are certain tried-and-true, “timeless” and classic looks that inherently look good. To them, the trendy fashionista is more concerned about appearing hip and current than he is about the actual appearance of the clothing itself.
My own sympathies lie with the latter approach. While I think clothing fads and trends offer an advantage of disrupting monotony, they can often lead to absurd results when taken too far. If you slavishly follow fads, you will come across as no better than a style-lemming; and if clothing is supposed to express individual artistic style, then there can be no greater offence than this.
That’s why in retrospect, rock stars often look so ridiculous, as they are the most caught up in adopting the latest fads. When fads lose their currency, the tide comes in, and their absurdity is even more apparent.
Anyways, with that in mind, here are my selection for the best fads and trends of the ‘00 decade:
All of that changed this decade. With young professionals returning to old-school tailoring, there was an interest in these dapper outfits.
Aside from David Letterman (and those people who were wearing suits over 10 years old), nobody wore double breated suits in the late 90's and early part of this decade.
Suddenly by the end of the decade, just about every Paris and Milan and fashion house was designing double breasted suits, often with a modern twist.
3. Formal and casual wear cross-breeding
During the middle part of the decade, it became quite fashionable to mix up formal wear with casual attire. It was not uncommon to see guys wearing tuxedo jackets, pants and shirts (not to mention suspenders, bow ties and even velvet or patent leather shoes).
Undoubtedly, some of the chief designers propelling this trend were Canadians Dean and Dan from DSquared.
4. Designer Jeans
Though commonplace now, going back 10 years, it’s hard to fathom guys willing to wear jeans made in Italy (or Japan), let alone shelling out well over $250 per pair.
Though there was a designer jeans craze in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the fad was limited to womenswear. It never seeped into men’s wardrobes.