I’m pretty sure that up until this year, cord was reserved solely for science labs, supply teachers and tributes to That Seventies Show…
But how ahead of the curve everybody was- I raise a glass to you, you trendsetters. I remember writing about this Zara pair last autumn and feeling like I’d found a real high street good ‘un, and wasn’t I right (absolutely not being smug, I promise).
Gradually adding in this pair from Swedish Hasbeens in the height of winter last year- perhaps I was more attuned to what was to come than I actually realised (not always one to subscribe to a trend, perhaps there was something other about Ashton Kutcher I loved other than his smile). Fast forward to September 2019, and I can’t move for jumbo and needlepoint- so much it’s gotten to the point where I’ve had to sit myself down and truly ask, ‘but how many cord suits are too many for one wardrobe’ (the answer, in case you were wondering, is indefinite).
I was speaking to Joe about this at a recent Arctic Monkeys gig, but I’m wondering whether we’ve gone a total 360 on ourselves, with everything culturally from photography, style and music. Watching the show on the big screens everything was filmed as if it had been snapped straight out of a seventies back issue of TOTP- flares, kirakira-esque stars et al. The same goes for the whole album- it’s an interpretation of the future from the past, and in some way I feel as if we’re playing up to the pasts’ version of what was expected of now- from silver boots to social media- just with a few technological advances in-between- scanned film is more desired than an Instagram filter, and in a way- it’s refreshing that the way things were is such a coveted desire in an age of hectic change.
And sometimes I do feel like nostalgia governs more than future trends dictate. What goes around comes around has never felt more prevalent, and for that I am certainly grateful for my ever-growing cord collection. So thank you H&M for this cord suit of dreams, and thank you to the seventies and first-time-rounders for doing it so well that we now want to do it again- this girl is very grateful.