For everyone who lived through the ’80s and ’90s, you are reading this with dread. The scrunchie, the most ubiquitous hair accessory trend of these decades, is making a come back. No, no, no, no, no. But, yes. It’s been trying for the past couple years (even showing up on runways), and it actually has some traction now. I speak the truth, however hard to believe. But if you have tween/teen girls, you know of which I speak.
You’ve heard the saying, “If you’re old enough to remember wearing it once, don’t wear it again.” I don’t think that’s always true. It usually just takes a different approach to how you first wore the trend. Neon? Flare pants? Rolled jeans? If you’re on round two of any of these, your best bet is to modify how you once wore them, as there are ways for teens and more mature adults to wear these trends. As my college roommate said, “I’ll never not tuck and roll!” when rolling her jeans in the morning … but of course she stopped, and she’s now rolling again.
That said, the scrunchie has no way to be modified. If you are older than say … 25, this look is a no-go. I’m sure there are many women, including this writer, who still have a few scrunchies around, in old bags from the days of yore. They are great for putting your hair up to wash your face. Besides that? This accessory has a time warp and stigma attached that you can’t shake. It’s from a time of high-waisted jeans, torn at the knee with tank tops and plaid flannel shirts worn with Doc Martens … oh wait. That’s today, too. If you lived through the ’80s and ’90s, the scrunchie look is dated, and it’s as simple as that! Leave it to those who haven’t had the chance to wear these before. Anyone born after 1990 … go for it (and do expect anyone older than you to smirk … we can’t help ourselves!).
Some recent photos on Instagram showcasing scrunchie fashion — what separates most from their ’80s and ’90s counterparts? Most lack bangs.
This begs the question: are butterfly clips coming back, too?