It’s time to dig deep into your closets and pull out the fashions from yesteryear. That’s because today’s trends may be something you’ve seen before. Everything from food to entertainment is taking a cue from earlier decades. And some of these “new” ideas have health benefits as well.
Food and Drink
Macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, and anything made in a Crock-Pot are part of the resurgence of interest in “comfort food.” The Food Network website has recipes for comfort food and other home-cooked recipes. But Crock-Pot cooking doesn’t have to be heavy and calorie-laden. Delish offers some good-for-you slow-cooking options.
While cocktail bars are no longer the latest thing, the Moscow Mule is a blast from the past that has recently been getting attention. The drink, originally whipped together in the 1940s, blends vodka, ginger beer, and a wedge of lime. The kicker, though, is the copper serving mug. Esquire magazine charts the drink’s history in its “Drinks Database.”
Men’s hats are making a comeback, marrying vital protection from the sun’s rays to the cutting edge of fashion. Actor Bryan Cranston wore a porkpie hat with menacing authority in the chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-dealer hit TV program, Breaking Bad. And when Justin Timberlake started wearing a fedora, actor Johnny Depp and singer Bruno Mars followed suit.
Recently elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got a boost in popularity from the Afro hairstyle of his teenage son, Dante. After a TV ad featuring Dante garnered media attention, the mayor told the New York Daily News that Dante grew the ’60s-style ‘do in honor of guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The retro style even got an appreciative nod from President Barack Obama, who joked at a fundraiser for de Blasio that it was “the same hairdo as I had in 1978.”
Music and Baby Names
Speaking of rock ‘n’ roll, vinyl records sales are up 32 percent since 2012, according to Slate.com. Seventy-five percent of those sales in 2013 were rock albums. You might be able to impress your grandkids by dusting off your copy of Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii.
Names on your family tree are finding new favor with today’s young parents. Parenting magazine reports that Victorian-era names are appealing to new parents, who are calling their daughters Clara, Sophia, Emma, and Isabella. The top boys’ names are Jacob, Mason, Ethan, and Noah.
The moral of the story? Don’t throw anything away. Yesterday’s trends are tomorrow’s hot-ticket item. Even if you can’t wear it anymore, it might fetch a good price on eBay. And if you didn’t keep it, and want to find it again, follow these tips for online shopping.