Time Travelling Trends: 5 Old Fashion Styles Making a Comeback

Whether it’s a hit television series or top music band, discover how popular culture has inspired fashion trends to turn full-circle.

Fashion tends to go around and around in a loop, with certain "Old fashion" styles making comeback appearances every decade or two.

One of the driving forces behind this are films, television, music and other key figures in popular culture. With this in mind, we’ve assembled some of the very best time travelling fashion trends that have taken a ride in Dr Who’s Tardis.

How many of these old fashion styles have you seen before?

The trendy waistcoat

Rewind to England’s epic run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and you’ll fondly remember Gareth Southgate’s wonderful waistcoat, as well as David Beckham's impressive fashion show at Harry and Meghan's Royal wedding; 2019 was a fantastic year for the waistcoat!


In recent years, it’s been nothing but a nice addition to a suit. However, there’s been a gradual push to make the almighty waistcoat a statement piece of clothing.

Back in 2009 when Mumford & Sons released their debut album, Sigh No More, men started to admire the band’s waistcoat fashion. However, the resurgence of the old fashion styles from the 1920s and 30s has only just started to become the norm, with high-street retailers finally stocking them as a standalone piece.

The tailored suit



From 1920s Peaky Blinders clobber to the classy Kingsman film suits, there’s been a real calling for gentleman's fashion in the past few years.

A crisp white shirt with a burgundy tie and sharp, tailored wool blazer is a truly timeless nod to a more civilised time.

The Oxford shoe



Gaining popularity at Oxford University in 1800, the Oxford shoe has evolved over the past few centuries. While they’ve remained a customary sign of style throughout the years, people are finally putting them at the top of their wish lists.

More recently, the Kingsman film series has played a pivotal role in growing the popularity of this beautiful style of shoe.

And with the third film set to be released later this year, there’s no better time to purchase a quality pair for your wardrobe.

The comfortable dressing gown



Think Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the 1980s and Sir Roger Moore as 007 in Live and Let Die. While the luxury dressing gown has never really disappeared, it’s certainly dipped in and out of fashion.

Ever since Robert Downey Jr sported one in Sherlock Holmes in 2009, designers have been developing the look and feel of the classic cotton dressing gown.

No longer will you need to get dressed to take a parcel from the postman. Just get up in one of these beauties and lounge around all day watching the latest boxset. This old fashion style is definitely one to take o. Board for those colder winter nights coming up.

Graphic jazzy prints



‘Logomania’ swept through UK men’s fashion in the noughties, with everyone desperate to showcase what amazing brands they could afford.

However, the Zac Morris/Screech Powers jazzy Saved by the Bell shirts is taking the place of the logo. Think bold graphic designs with the occasional floral look. Adding colour to an outfit is celebrated instead of frowned upon.

This craze has really started to go mainstream thanks to the hunks on ITV2’s Love Island.

Has your outfit choice ever been inspired by popular culture? Let us know in the comments below. Or check out our blog all about BBC's popular drama "The Peaky Blinders" : How to dress like a Peaky Blinder

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