Fashion trends come and go — then often return decades later. Today we are witnessing a complex mashup of styles inspired by both the distant and recent past, which includes grunge-era flannels, cargo pants and wired headphones that nod to the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.
Fast fashion can be blamed for this muddling, but the democratization of influence is also a factor. The traditional tastemakers of culture — celebrities, movies and magazines — still hold sway. But the power of those institutions must now compete with social media reality, as almost anyone can achieve an audience online and shift what’s in vogue.