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Stephanie Castillo, Contributor
May 17, 2012

Fashion Flashback: 10 Fads from My Childhood

Jelly shoes? Chokers? Bandannas? Columnist Stephanie Castillo takes you back to the good old days. By Stephanie Castillo
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Stylewise Childhood FadsOkay, fine. I’ll admit it. I love boy bands.

There, I said it!

Recently, I’ve been introduced to the jailbait that is One Direction (no judging!) and it has brought back a flood of memories from my boy band years. I’m a child of the ‘90s—the era of five-man pop groups with over-the-top costumes and cheesy lyrics. NSYNC and BSB, anyone?

As unpalatable as this genre might be to some music purists, I’m secretly thrilled about the return of the boy band. Whenever your childhood comes back to haunt you, an inescapable sense of nostalgia takes over. Some long wistfully for the age of innocence, when we weren’t glued to the Internet or i-Gadgetry. Others think of how far we’ve come—from Encarta to Wikipedia, for instance. Most people just feel old.

Me? It’s all of the above, supplemented with the embarrassing recollection of my biggest fashion disasters.

But now that I think about it, fashion didn’t have to make sense when you were a kid. Figure-flattering? Versatile? Practical? To put it in Tagalog, ano yon? At that age, all we were thinking about was having fun—and being like the kids on Nickelodeon.

This probably explains why the biggest fads in my childhood are the most baffling today. When I flip through old photos and I see myself posing all proud in awkward ‘90s attire, my reactions alternate between hysterical laughter and gut-deep cringing. W.W.I.T.—what was I thinking?!

All I know is that it was fun while it lasted. Old fads are just like boy bands, you see. First, you can’t live without them, and they just make so much sense. Then, before you know it, they’re over—and you shelve them as the remnants of your past life. And then, when enough time has passed, and you’ve seen enough of the real world to feel tired and old, you’ll revisit them with good humor and maybe, just maybe, a little more fondness than you anticipated.

So, without further ado, here are 10 fashion fads that made a splash during my wonder years. Somehow they manage to make me feel completely ancient and completely adolescent at once!

(Flashbox photo from Clarissa Explains It All courtesy of Nickelodeon. All gallery photos from Polyvore, unless otherwise stated.)

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  • aoshi_01 May 17 2012 @ 10:02am Report Abuse
    omg spot-on! especially on the body glitter! hey you forgot the doc martens... they're baaaack...
  • abbey May 17 2012 @ 07:21pm Report Abuse
    hahaha i can so relate! hayyyy those were the days.. =)))
  • Stephanie Castillo May 21 2012 @ 10:43pm Report Abuse
    Hi aoshi_01,

    You're right, I forgot! Maybe it's because I never thought I could pull off combat boots. Hehe.

    Hi abbey,

    Thanks for reading! :)
  • pringles111 May 22 2012 @ 10:40am Report Abuse
    i wore almost everything on the list... disaster haha
  • Jenfosgie May 28 2012 @ 02:32pm Report Abuse
    Those bandannas! Haha feeling cool ako every time I am wearing one! I can still remember the very first time I joined our tour when I was in grade 5, ah yeah! I am wearing one during our tour at E. Aguinaldo's House! And yes! I admit it! I had that choker necklace too in the same grade. haha And feeling ko girl na girl at in na in ako that time!
    OF course the scrunchies!! Waah! The brighter the cooler! with matching two pig tails. Remembering those days makes me grin. Baduy pala ako. hehe

    Nice column anyway!

    I enjoyed reading!
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Stephanie Castillo is a freelance writer and fashion stylist. Her column, Stylewise, appears on FN every Friday... Read more...
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