The Waist-Tied Sweater: Another '90s Trend Rears Its Head


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Channeling Brenda Walsh at Jean Paul Gaultier, J. Crew and Christopher Kane.

We thought the trend of tying your sweater around your waist had been retired, or at least relegated to dorky dads and reruns of '90s teen dramas. Apparently we were mistaken. It showed up again on the runway this season—not once, not twice, but three times—which, as statisticians and fashion writers will both tell you, is a sure sign of a trend.

At J. Crew, a Fair Isle sweater came knotted around a sparkly blue sheath, while Christopher Kane's skirt with a wraparound leather element evoked a girl tying her boyfriend's motorcycle jacket around her waist. Meanwhile, Jean Paul Gaultier's tied sweater was built in to a sweatshirt dress.

Creepers, babydoll dresses, and chokers have all been enjoying a revival in recent seasons, so perhaps it's not surprising that yet another one of the decade's sartorial signifiers has resurfaced. But is this one better left on the runway?