Hindsight Fashion: The Plaid Shirt Belt

16 Feb

Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.

This week’s Hindsight Fashion is: The Plaid Shirt Belt.

Don’t let the name mislead you; The Plaid Shirt Belt was not a belt at all, but instead a Plaid Shirt tied around one’s waist like a belt. The style led you to believe that the wearer was actually at one point wearing the shirt, removed it and tied it around their waist so as not to lose it. But, more than likely, the wearer just decided to tie the plaid shirt onto their waist as an additional accessory to add to their outfit. The look was often paired with some of our previous Hindsight Fashions, such as The Baby Tee, The Leather Necklace, and Mom Jeans.

The Plaid Shirt Belt belonged to the grunge fashion style that was so popular in the early 1990’s. In the 90’s incarnation of grunge, the more wrinkly, dingy and baggy, the better. You really wanted to look like you had put as little thought into your outfit as possible. This worked out nicely because whenever you would tie your plaid shirt around your waist, it would significantly crease and stretch the arms of your shirt, making it look even worse if you actually chose to wear it on your body.

The major benefit of The Plaid Shirt Belt was that it served as a cover-up, hiding all of one’s flaws and imperfections on the back side. Skirt too tight? Tie a shirt around your waist! Hole in your jeans? Grab your plaid shirt! Fell in the muddy mosh pit at Lollapalooza? Plaid shirt it is.

At some point in time, tying a shirt around one’s waist went from being super hip to a major fashion faux pas. Maybe we’re all collectively embracing our curves and no longer wishing to swaddle them in baggy flannel. Maybe we’re just not hitting the mosh pit like we used to. Or maybe we all just decided to purchase actual belts. Whatever the reason, The Plaid Shirt Belt has remained a relic of 90’s fashion. It may have served us all well at the time, but I think we can all agree that this one is best kept right where we left it. (Sorry, Mary Kate.)

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