Like a mirror reflecting society’s cultural and socio-economic changes, Hong Kong fashion trends offer raw glimpses into history at a specific time.
In the past century, Hong Kong has drastically transformed itself from a refugee haven to a textile manufacturing hub to the global financial centre it is today; and sure enough, its ever-evolving apparel has been the crucial visual marker of it all.
Let’s take a trip to the past and rediscover some of the most defining Hong Kong fashion trends over the decades. Who knows – they might just make a triumphant comeback in the next fashion cycle.
Acid washed denim
‘80s acid-washed skinny jeans, denim shorts, and backpacks flooded the internet in 2012 and it seems to be making a comeback once again.
With international luxury brands like Alexander Wang, Chloé, and Miu Miu adding it into their collections earlier this year, will acid-wash be the mom jeans of 2021?
Chokers & beret
Chokers and beret hats are inherently retro accessories. However, they look very trendy and stylish when worn by a series of beauties in the past.
Except for the photo colors and makeup of the last century, these fashion items look fresh and youthful, even from today’s perspective.
Two-piece or crop top is one of the typical costumes of Hong Kong fashion in the 80s – 90s.
Young people at that time often followed the trend of combining crop tops with high-waisted jeans or raw shoes to enhance their figure and height significantly or more nicely, which could be combined with skirts.
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Monochromatic one-piece dress
Besides the youthful, personality, and dusty fashion style like crop tops, two-piece tops, 90s fashion still carries the gentle and elegant colors of the ladies.
Accordingly, long, monochromatic one-piece dresses will be the perfect choice to help evoke Hong Kong fashion inspiration for the wearer.
Like the statement that “…Hong Kong fashion is both “modern” and “playful” in addition to classic Chinese lightness”, leather jackets are favored by both men and women in Hong Kong in particular as well as people all over the world.