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Chrissy Ford and Brandon Adams shop at the vintage clothing store Rigobeagle, in Glendora. Warren Belteton, assistant store manager, said what they have at the Rigobeagle is original and most of the clothing is not expensive. / photo by Naoko Yokota

Chrissy Ford and Brandon Adams shop at the vintage clothing store Rigobeagle, in Glendora. Warren Belteton, assistant store manager, said what they have at the Rigobeagle is original and most of the clothing is not expensive. / photo by Naoko Yokota

by Melinda Sanchez
Staff Writer

When walking down the street, a mother and daughter see an outfit in the window. The mother says, “I remember when I used to wear that.”

As frightening as it may be, that is all part of fashion. What goes around comes around, and then back again.

From everything from platform shoes to bell bottoms and capri pants, the 90s was a compilation of the entire 20th Century’s fashions.

Noelle Reyes, Sales Associate at Urban Outfitters in Pasadena, said, “There are so many past trends that are coming back again, and the really big thing is mixing them all together.

“People seem to be more concerned with comfort as well, and find things that allow them to feel good, and look great.”

The vintage style that can include anything from the ’20s styles and later trends can be found at stores like Urban Outfitters in Pasadena, Aardvark’s in Pasadena, or The Rigobeagle in Glendora.

According to Warren Belteton, assistant store manager of the Rigobeagle, many of the vintage clothing stores get their product from trade shows or distribution centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York.

He said, “What we have [at the Rigobeagle] is original; at Urban Outfitters, it’s new, but it’s a replica of the real thing.”

Many of the clothing and decorative items found at Aardvark’s or at the Rigobeagle are not expensive. Belteton said, “We try to keep in mind that high school and college students don’t have tons of money, so our prices aren’t that bad.”

“Increasing trends that bring back the past eras include animal prints, gold accessories, scarfs, halter tops and wrap skirts,” said Reyes.

Young adults who do not want to look like the grandma next door can find ways to keep the returning fashions upbeat and flavorful by adding accessories or just by mixing styles.

“The Japanese style is a big thing coming back,” Reyes said, “and if you want to spice it up you add something else from another era, or something that signifies you as a person.”

The mismatching trend has also made its returning debut. What was once called a “major fashion no-no,” can now be claimed brilliant.

Reyes said, “Another thing to try would be the prints with stripes and flowers, and a totally harmonious yet clashing color scheme. Don’t be afraid to wear bright colors. It’s in.”

Belteton said, “The greatest thing is looking outrageous, and getting away with it.

“Tye-dyes and bright colors are great and it’s OK to be daring.”

Looking for the perfect place to fix your fashion itch? Search online to find complete guide to the best clothing store websites, and places to shop in L.A.

Don’t be a fashion victim in the year 2000, go out and be bold with the best looking in style and comfort.

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