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If you’re not feeling the fashion trends that hail from the pre-’70s era, have no fear; there is something for everyone this season. There are just as many equally cool items from more recent fashion eras that are making comebacks. One fashion blast from the past that is doing a repeat performance is the safety pin.
The safety pin has been around for years, but everyone remembers them from their stint in the ’80s. Back in the ’80s, the safety pin was used as a rebellious, anti-fashion symbol that was embraced by younger, streetwise male and female fashionistas who were into the punk rock scene.
The safety pin can actually be called a functional item that transitioned to fashion. It’s still often used to fix things temporarily, and its roots stem from traditional Scottish kilts. It’s still considered stylish and preppy for an oversized safety pin to be worn on plaid skirts, but during the ’80s, safety pins in all sizes took an interesting turn for both fashion and function. Safety pins often were holding torn and ripped garments together and doubling as decoration. You could buy items with pins already on them, but more often it was a DIY creation and style.
This time around the fashion block, the safety pin is being deliberately used as part of the design. Safety pins are still considered kitschy and worn today by fashionistas who are working the retro ’80s punk look, but this still-functional item is getting a big ticket, high-fashion look it didn’t have before.
The safety pin is showing up in very impressive lines as embellishments, findings, and adornments on clothing, handbags, jewelry, and even footwear. He isn’t the only one, but designer Marc Jacobs has practically adopted the oversized safety pin as his signature for his fall/winter line, and I am in love.
I had a slight run-in with safety pins on jewelry back in the ’80s. I will probably skip the jewelry this year, but some of these designs are so clever and creative, I definitely plan on working this trend this time around.