Every hipster with a passion for ironic colored animal print owes Will Smith an Instagram of a thank-you note at the very least. What he and his castmates did for modern ironic dressing has got to be one of the most valuable, marketable aesthetics in the entire history of television at this point.
Just two years ago the New York Times credited Elaine Benes with pioneering the coolest fashion trends of the season: “‘Seinfeld’ was decidedly anti-fashion. But now, if you happen upon an old episode, Elaine just looks cool — and of-the-moment,” the paper declared. (Translation: if you were anyone at nightclub on a weeknight in downtown New York in August of 2010, you were dressing like Elaine Benes.) Opening Ceremony would totally stock an ironic Elaine line now.
Pictured left: hipsters at a “Hey Dude” 90s party.
14. The Wonder Years
A preppy clothing line like Ben Sherman could have totally cashed in on the classic American, slightly nerdy looks that Kevin, Winnie, and Paul wore. There’s something endearing about looking like your mom still picks out your clothes at Sears.
Blossom was always too goofy to look like she was trying too hard, even though her kooky grandma outfits looked laboriously complicated. Artsy teenage girls without a musty attic to raid would have begged for some of the crazy vests and hats she wore on this show.
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