Wearing the Past

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Wearing the Past

Seniors from the class of '84 are pictured at an annual school dance for their final Y's Tales yearbook.

Seniors from the class of '84 are pictured at an annual school dance for their final Y's Tales yearbook.

Photo Courtesy of the 1984 Yearbook Staff

Seniors from the class of '84 are pictured at an annual school dance for their final Y's Tales yearbook.

Photo Courtesy of the 1984 Yearbook Staff

Photo Courtesy of the 1984 Yearbook Staff

Seniors from the class of '84 are pictured at an annual school dance for their final Y's Tales yearbook.

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It’s strange to see in a world so modern and advanced fashion from years past, years where Instagram wasn’t even a thought, where the internet was only for the rich and where pajamas were only meant for inside.

Ignoring the massive addition from 2005 and the recently installed Plasco System, York doesn’t look all that different: There are ponytails held up by scrunchies and outfits of denim like we are in the ‘80s. Turtlenecks combined by a thick belt and high waisted jeans resemble life in the ‘70s, and overalls with the straps folded down as if we are the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The ‘70s, a decade known to be filled with “hippies” fighting for social justice, is one young adults today gravitate towards. For all one knows, we “tree hugging Millennials” and Gen Z kids are the closest thing modern society has to hippies of ‘60s and ‘70s. We share a love for warm toned turtle necks paired with pants up to your bust to accentuate the length of our legs, but we also share the same passion to be heard loud and clear on issues that touch just a little higher than our waist band.

“It is exactly how it is today,” said Thomas Klatt, Class of ‘79 and current JV wrestling coach. “The burn outs wore flannels the Jocks wore jeans-the only thing that is that different is that York had a smoking section back then.”

Perhaps “Stranger Things” helps us relate to the ‘80s by showcasing all the fads from the generation of the cabbage patch kid. However, it seems as if students of York have disregarded the flamboyant shoulders pads, the hair that could touch the sky, the glittered eyelids of students and have focused instead on the outfits of the social outcasts, the stoners, or the shy girl in the back of A215.

“I remember the preppy guys would always wear Izod shirts with the collars up and girls loved Louis Vuitton,” Karin Carani, Class of ‘86, said. “Now I notice things like Converse, Doc Martens, and Louis Vuitton all making comebacks.”

Photo Courtesy of the 1989 Yearbook Staff
York Student from the ’80s embraced the sun as she was pictured for the 1989 yearbook.

“That’s so ‘90s,” is all teeangers hear today. A time that doesn’t seem that far away, but in reality was almost 30 years ago, was a time of ripped acid washed jeans, combat boots, and anything Chicago Bulls. The ‘90s threw away the ‘80s cabbage patch kid and created the beanie baby; however, teens nowadays are not ready to throw away any trend from the ‘90s. We are keeping the combat boots, we are continuing to make ripped jeans more distressed, we are laughing over snap bracelets, and we are contributing to the insane technological advances that started in the ‘90s with the internet.

“In the ‘90s I remember overalls and Doc Martens were everywhere,” Lauren Deangelis, Class of ‘99 and current physical education teacher, said. “Chokers and flannels seem to be coming back.”

The 2000s was a rough time for fashion; however, teenagers today have grabbed hold of a couple trends from that era. We have thrown away the graffiti print that covered almost every piece of apparel and the constant layering of shirts. The chunky UGG boot has somehow managed to slip onto the feet of kids today as well as rubber bracelets on our wrists.

“Layering was huge. Now it’s crop tops, but layering was huge,” Anne Lepore, Class of 2009 and current English and special ed teacher said. “I remember one boy wore two polos and popped both of the collars…hopefully that will never come back.”

Today, a time of advancement in technology happens to take a halt in the fashion world, and we instead look towards eras past. Combining trends from numerous decades, we have created something unique, something that pays tribute to the decades that have helped us become the accepting and diverse society we are today.

Photo Courtesy of the 1981 Yearbook Staff
Graduates from the class of ’82 are pictured walking along the IC train tracks in the 1981 Y’s Tales Yearbook.

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