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Jewish Baby Boomer10 Jewish Fashion Trends That Baby Boomers Have Seen Come & Go

Frum fashion trends that have come and gone (and some that might be coming back again).

We may be the Eternal nation, but fashion trends have still come and gone through the frum (religious Jewish) world too. In honor of New York Fashion Week, we’ve gathered 10 clothing trends that baby boomers have seen come and go that used to be huge Jewish fashion hits. Some of them are coming back into style again, because as my grandmother says, if you wait long enough, it all becomes fashionable again.

Here are 10 Jewish fashion trends which were once immensely popular in the frum world:

1. Biz skirts: Long skirts with a dropped yoke which then just pretty much fell to the ground. Looking at them again today, I wonder why they were so popular when they had almost no style to them. They were modest, though. There once was a time when biz skirts were practically the uniform for every Beis Yaakov girl (you can still buy biz skirts today in various materials from online frum clothing stores, but you won’t be on trend any more).

2. Hair Bumps: When these were trendy I always heard them called quiffs, but it turns out that we were using the wrong word. A quiff is when there’s a free-standing curl of hair sticking up, a la Tintin. A hair bump is when your hair is pulled back, but the front hair is puffed up in a high bump above the forehead. I remember girls getting through tons of ponytail holders and hair gel as they tried to make their hair bumps higher than anyone else’s. (If it’s any consolation, the late 18th century took this to the extremes, with the Duchess of Devonshire’s hairstyles reaching 3 feet in height.)

I always thought it looked rather ridiculous, but hair bumps are coming back into style again, although this time the trend is to have them further back on the head. Georgiana would feel right at home.

Slouch Socks: I don’t know how slouch socks became a trend, but they certainly were. Pulling up your socks, then pushing them all back down again was the only acceptable way to wear socks for a major portion of the 80s. Slouch socks were the coolest when worn in multiple different colors to match the outfit you were wearing. It’s dangerous to say never, but at least let’s say that thus far, they haven’t come back into fashion.

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