Each season, fashion from past years is brought back, but modified. This winter, the 50's and 80's were a big inspiration for the fashion industry. Leggings, big hair, big shirts, neon colors, clashing patterns-you can see the resemblance, but there is a huge difference. The past influences the future, in all aspects of life-including fashion.One of the reasons I am so interested in fashion, is that it is a sort of metaphor for life, or a visual of life. For example, the past influences the future, and you can really see that in fashion. Fashion is a way for us to express ourselves, it is something we can see, that has more meaning than just beauty. It is a form of art that can show you the past and present. Fashion is something that we all see, but all interpret differently.
Thrift stores are a great place to find inexpensive clothing from the past and sometimes the present. If you modify thrift store finds, as the fashion industry does, you can be at the height of fashion, without emptying your wallet. If you find the original source, you can get it for less, like I said in my High Fashion, Low Price: Military Inspired post. Since you probably don't have a time machine, a thrift store is a great way to stay on top of fashion, without the high price.