Our Favorite Trends, Then & Now

If a lot of this summer’s trends look a little familiar, that's because they've been around before. But, as much as we love retro styles, there's a huge difference between looking chic in your crop top and looking like Kelly Kapowski in one (no offense, Tiffani-Amber!).
To help you navigate that fine line, we ID'ed the seven coolest comeback trends — as worn by our favorite vintage goddesses — and, we'll show you how to wear 'em even better, right now. After all, there's an important distinction to be made between throwback and throw-it-back.
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The Slip Dress
Yes, Kate Moss is a goddess in her '20s-meets-'90s bias-cut gown. Today's versions of this spaghetti-strap staple feature tiers and lace insets and pastel prints galore — because who says strappy has to mean simple?
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The Slip Dress
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Photo: Jim Smeal/WireImage.
Off-The-Shoulder Styles
Nothing against Chloë Sevigny's stunning top, but off-the-shoulder pieces don't have to look so...flamenco. Try the more pared-down, minimalist versions ahead and avoid all puffy shirt jokes for good.
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Off-The-Shoulder Styles
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Sports Jerseys
As Brit Brit-ably shows, there was a time when sports jerseys were reserved for, well, sporting events. Not so anymore. These days, your mesh tops and athletic stripes are ready to go on and off court. They look best when they're a little boxy, and we even found one with our favorite number on it...
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Photo: George Lange/NBC/Getty Images.
The Granny Dress
Elaine Benes, you're a stunning woman with killer moves, and your little '40s dress and spectator shoes outfit is literally the cutest thing since the atomic age. That said, the long, floral dresses we're wearing this summer are sleeveless, swirly, and a little bit sexier.
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The Granny Dress
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The Granny Dress
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Photo: Keith Butler/Rex USA.
Embellished Boyfriend Jeans
Can we all just take a moment to sigh over Madonna: The Dick Tracy years? Okay, we back? Now, onto those amazing jeans that look like you brought 'em to a slumber party and told your friends to go nuts with the Magic Markers. As great as they are, we love the slightly more luxe, grown-up takes on the trend ahead — the ultimate patchwork jeans and pearl-drenched denim, anyone?
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Embellished Boyfriend Jeans
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Photo: Tom Kingston/WireImage.
The Crop Top
For those of us without Carrie Bradshaw's derring-do, the good news is that crop tops come in tons of shapes and sizes now. From the subtly cropped, boxy tee, to swingy lampshade tops, to a fancypants collared version that shows off even more ab than SJP.
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The Crop Top
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The Crop Top
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Photo: Gaston Paris/Roger Viollet/Getty Images.
The Full Skirt
Vision of loveliness Brigitte Bardot shows that the full skirt is at its best when it's dancing, darlings. Ahead, we'll show you that the midcentury-glamour-girl staple now comes in more down-to-earth versions with sailor stripes, poodle prints, even pockets.
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The Full Skirt
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The Full Skirt
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