Ok let’s take a look at a couple of pictures first.
This is the trend now. Cropped tops, skinny jeans, tank tops. And now look at this photo.
DOES IT LOOK FAMILIAR?! If you’re a 1990’s or 1980’s baby, then this is something you’re aware of, except for this attire that probably is a cross breed of semi-formal top crossbred with your typical cycling shorts with a splash of colored socks and just a few more and you got yourself a mutated form of a male cocktail dress.
Or this poor excuse for a pair of pants. Some Pinoy trend in 2019 probably doesn’t need to be set eh?
However, if you’re reading this and you’re still in high school or college… I am betting money that most of you are going, WTH OMG LOL! These are just a few in the sea of the fashion waves you see now. But there are some that are just not even worth echoing like the infamous, Elephant Pants or Ele-pants. They look ugly now but you should see a group of high school students gathering round and waiting under a gazebo on a hot weekend! I was one of those guys. I even begged their parents to buy me one of these as it was a trend! And no, I won’t post a picture of me wearing that! The trend we follow is what makes a culture HIP.
If your question is why, then my answer is probably we’re just reaching a certain point in our timeline that we went full circle. A whole lot of Pinoy trends that you see today in 2019 or 2018 are basically a replica of an original, or likely an improv of a fad that was popular 10, 15 years ago. So if your papas or mamas utter this line while listening to your favorite song on your mobile phone, “Sus… ganyan na ganyan ang tugtugan namin dati.”, then it’s probably true. However, there are some trends that can’t be replicated believe it or not.
Let’s look at music first eh? Queen can’t be duplicated into a trend not in a million years. Freddie Mercury’s genius lyric play is second to none and if you’re skeptical about the band’s performance altogether, you should see the movie; or better yet, check out their video in YouTube which is dubbed ‘The greatest set ever’. Same with Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears and Pet Shop Boys which had their own genre which is called New Wave. There can’t be no NEW NEW WAVE! Eminem’s style can be replicated but the greatness of his words are just too much! He just happened to decimate a couple of rappers who wanted to trade diss tracks with him. How about OPM you say? Ever heard of the band, Hotdogs? Or the pioneers of the once great Tunog Kalye, Eraserheads? OPM legends like, Rico J. Puno, Marco Sison, Basil Valdez, Anthony Castelo, Cinderella, Ric Segreto and Rey Valera are drifts that can’t be repeated. Have you ever heard a song of that can equal the ‘FEEL’ of Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo (If We Ever Part)?
Rodel Naval is also notable in his own way. Try listen to his song, “Muli (Again)”, or Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (Even If You Leave Me) and give yourself a good time with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Most of the OPM songs you hear today are covers of these legends.
Now, try to understand that the Pinoy trend is shaped like our wee little planet. A sphere that goes round an orbit and spins in the same direction. It might be that the trend has already come full circle, and we’re just recycling our own ideas. We try to add something to it and make something new out of the old trend; but some people who have experienced the same drift will definitely notice that we are just doing the same thing. Some trends even go waaaay back to the early 1920’s (remember the tux? I rest my case). And how about the 1970’s? Those Fros? or the bell bottom jeans? or tie dyed shirts? So, in the perspective of a guy who lived during the 90’s, I’m pretty sure we had it worse. The 90’s were experimental stages. We were trying out new trends that think would work but we ended up as a trend that people would rather forget (RIP Elephant Pants). So take a good look at the things around you and see if something catches your eye, and check it out if someone wore it better back in the 70’s or 80’s. Turn up your internet radios and plug in your ear candies. Now, crack up the search engines and pin your ears back to some good ol’ 80’s music. Link your favorite pop songs to the ones from way back. Or better yet, ask your parents about it. They should have a good grip of these Pinoy trends. Remember, they were once HIP and REAL.