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21st Feb '17 8:00:18 PM YasminPerry
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* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': It's also lampshaded in a commercial for the aforementioned ''What's New Scooby-Doo", in which the gang finds Fred's lucky ascot. As the gang tries to figure out what it is, Fred has a flashback to the time he wore it last and got made fun of by a girl at a party. Velma then deduces it may have been worn around the neck, at which point Fred dejectedly says he's going to wait in the van. The ad had this tagline:

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* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': ** It's also lampshaded in a commercial for the aforementioned ''What's New Scooby-Doo", ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'', in which the gang finds Fred's lucky ascot. As the gang tries to figure out what it is, Fred has a flashback to the time he wore it last and got made fun of by a girl at a party. Velma then deduces it may have been worn around the neck, at which point Fred dejectedly says he's going to wait in the van. The ad had this tagline:
21st Feb '17 7:46:01 PM YasminPerry
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** Although Shaggy's pants were originally (that is, in the 1969 series) drawn bell-bottomed, so not even he is entirely safe. In the 1980s stories with [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], the bell-bottomed ends were gone, inexplicably gaining a red shirt in the process.
22nd Jan '17 2:09:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] was associated with a bowtie long after they were popular. With his return, Geoff Johns has Barry explaining that he had to borrow an old bowtie on the fly for a court appearance where he met his future love, Iris West, for the first time. She liked the look. He said nothing.

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* [[Franchise/TheFlash ''Franchise/TheFlash'': Barry Allen]] Allen was associated with a bowtie long after they were popular. With his return, Geoff Johns has Barry explaining that he had to borrow an old bowtie on the fly for a court appearance where he met his future love, Iris West, for the first time. She liked the look. He said nothing.



* [[ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} Dagwood Bumstead]] once commented to a man on a park bench about how many "weirdos" were walking around the city. That man couldn't help but notice that Dagwood wears a suit with one giant button on the front of it. (Apparently, this is a holdover from the 1920s, although it's a good bet not many Tropers are old enough to confirm this.) Specifically, it's a single shirt stud in a particularly stiff, formal shirt meant exclusively for white tie and tails. It's not meant to be worn with anything else, and is all but extinct even there, with most modern formal shirts taking two or three studs. (The high-waisted trousers and mandatory waistcoat worth with white tie mean that the four-stud shirts used with tuxedos don't really work.)

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* [[ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'': Dagwood Bumstead]] Bumstead once commented to a man on a park bench about how many "weirdos" were walking around the city. That man couldn't help but notice that Dagwood wears a suit with one giant button on the front of it. (Apparently, this is a holdover from the 1920s, although it's a good bet not many Tropers are old enough to confirm this.) Specifically, it's a single shirt stud in a particularly stiff, formal shirt meant exclusively for white tie and tails. It's not meant to be worn with anything else, and is all but extinct even there, with most modern formal shirts taking two or three studs. (The high-waisted trousers and mandatory waistcoat worth with white tie mean that the four-stud shirts used with tuxedos don't really work.)
22nd Jan '17 2:08:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''The Beano'', the artists occasionally tried to 'update' the characters clothes. It usually didn't take (as with ''The Bash Street Kids'' and, to some extent, ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]]''), but subtler changes did (as with ''Roger The Dodger'' getting long trousers).

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* In ''The Beano'', ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', the artists occasionally tried to 'update' the characters clothes. It usually didn't take (as with ''The Bash Street Kids'' and, to some extent, ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]]''), but subtler changes did (as with ''Roger The Dodger'' getting long trousers).



* In-universe this occurs in the film ''The Toll Of The Sea''. Lotus Flower is a young woman living in China during the late 1910s. When she presumes her American husband will take her home with him, she tries to dress her most fashionable. Alas she uses her ''grandmothers'' old fashion book for advice. She looks gorgeous however still painfully out-of-date by several decades.

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* In-universe this occurs in the film ''The Toll Of The Sea''.''Film/TheTollOfTheSea''. Lotus Flower is a young woman living in China during the late 1910s. When she presumes her American husband will take her home with him, she tries to dress her most fashionable. Alas she uses her ''grandmothers'' old fashion book for advice. She looks gorgeous however still painfully out-of-date by several decades.
22nd Jan '17 2:06:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Plot-relevant in ''Film/GoodByeLenin''. As stated below under RealLife, this happened in the Communist bloc. The entire movie is about tricking protagonist Alex's mom into thinking Communist Germany still exists after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thus, everyone who is going to visit Alex's mom is required to take off their Capitalist Germany clothes and put on their Communist Germany clothes.
* [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] in ''Film/TheAvengers2012''. His fashion is hopelessly out of date (long-sleeve collared shirts, maybe with the sleeves rolled up and slacks) which makes him look stuffy and formal compared to Tony or Clint. Entirely justified, given that Cap spent the last 70 years as a [[HumanPopsicle Capsicle]]. Cap himself suggests that his old stripes and stars uniform is a bit old-fashioned. Coulson suggests instead that with everything that has happened, people "might need a little old-fashioned." This noticeably changes as of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and beyond where Steve adopts a more modern haircut and wardrobe to symbolize him becoming more acclimated to the present day.
* In ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'' former pimp Flyguy was sent to prison in TheSeventies and when he gets out a decade later he wears the same outrageous pimp outfit he wore before his arrest: yellow suit with wide leopard print fur trimmed bell bottoms, a wide brimmed hat and clear platform shoes filled with water and goldfish. Instead of looks of admiration as he expects people they point and laugh, making fun of him. At the end of the movie he changes into a cooler (for TheEighties) outfit: a slick, silk grey suit and fedora.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', when Marty returns to the 1880s, Doc Brown from 1955 dresses Marty in what he believes to be appropriate period themed garb. Marty protests the loudly colored faux cowboy clothing, saying "Clint Eastwood never dressed like this". When Marty gets to the past and goes into town, he is quickly mocked for his clothing and nearly gets killed by the bad guys. When 1855 Doc Brown saves him, he asks "What idiot dressed you in this? It could get you shot." Marty then says "Or hanged," then pats Doc on the back and says "You did."
* In-universe this occurs in the film ''The Toll Of The Sea''. Lotus Flower is a young woman living in China during the late 1910s. When she presumes her American husband will take her home with him, she tries to dress her most fashionable. Alas she uses her ''grandmothers'' old fashion book for advice. She looks gorgeous however still painfully out-of-date by several decades.

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* Plot-relevant in ''Film/GoodByeLenin''. As stated below under RealLife, this happened in the Communist bloc. The entire movie is about tricking protagonist Alex's mom into thinking Communist Germany still exists after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thus, everyone who is going to visit Alex's mom is required to take off their Capitalist Germany clothes and put on their Communist Germany clothes.
* [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] in ''Film/TheAvengers2012''. His fashion is hopelessly out of date (long-sleeve collared shirts, maybe with the sleeves rolled up and slacks) which makes him look stuffy and formal compared to Tony or Clint. Entirely justified, given that Cap spent the last 70 years as a [[HumanPopsicle Capsicle]]. Cap himself suggests that his old stripes and stars uniform is a bit old-fashioned. Coulson suggests instead that with everything that has happened, people "might need a little old-fashioned." This noticeably changes as of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and beyond where Steve adopts a more modern haircut and wardrobe to symbolize him becoming more acclimated to the present day.
* In ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'' former pimp Flyguy was sent to prison in TheSeventies and when he gets out a decade later he wears the same outrageous pimp outfit he wore before his arrest: yellow suit with wide leopard print fur trimmed bell bottoms, a wide brimmed hat and clear platform shoes filled with water and goldfish. Instead of looks of admiration as he expects people they point and laugh, making fun of him. At the end of the movie he changes into a cooler (for TheEighties) outfit: a slick, silk grey suit and fedora.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', when Marty returns to the 1880s, Doc Brown from 1955 dresses Marty in what he believes to be appropriate period themed garb. Marty protests the loudly colored faux cowboy clothing, saying "Clint Eastwood never dressed like this". When Marty gets to the past and goes into town, he is quickly mocked for his clothing and nearly gets killed by the bad guys. When 1855 Doc Brown saves him, he asks "What idiot dressed you in this? It could get you shot." Marty then says "Or hanged," then pats Doc on the back and says "You did."
* In-universe this occurs in the film ''The Toll Of The Sea''. Lotus Flower is a young woman living in China during the late 1910s. When she presumes her American husband will take her home with him, she tries to dress her most fashionable. Alas she uses her ''grandmothers'' old fashion book for advice. She looks gorgeous however still painfully out-of-date by several decades.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase'':
** The gang's clothing was updated (and carried over to ''What's New, Scooby-Doo?''). It had a hilarious comparison between present updated Daphne and her old-style Video Game counterpart:
--->'''Daphne:''' Did I really wear that years ago?\\
'''VG Daphne:''' That jacket, with that skirt?\\
'''Both:''' Hmmm...
** Fred and ''his'' counterpart, on the other hand happily reminisce on the relevance of the ascot.
--->'''Fred:''' Nice ascot!\\
'''VG Fred:''' Works for me!



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* Plot-relevant in ''Film/GoodByeLenin''. As stated below under RealLife, this happened in the Communist bloc. The entire movie is about tricking protagonist Alex's mom into thinking Communist Germany still exists after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thus, everyone who is going to visit Alex's mom is required to take off their Capitalist Germany clothes and put on their Communist Germany clothes.
* [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] in ''Film/TheAvengers2012''. His fashion is hopelessly out of date (long-sleeve collared shirts, maybe with the sleeves rolled up and slacks) which makes him look stuffy and formal compared to Tony or Clint. Entirely justified, given that Cap spent the last 70 years as a [[HumanPopsicle Capsicle]]. Cap himself suggests that his old stripes and stars uniform is a bit old-fashioned. Coulson suggests instead that with everything that has happened, people "might need a little old-fashioned." This noticeably changes as of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and beyond where Steve adopts a more modern haircut and wardrobe to symbolize him becoming more acclimated to the present day.
* In ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'' former pimp Flyguy was sent to prison in TheSeventies and when he gets out a decade later he wears the same outrageous pimp outfit he wore before his arrest: yellow suit with wide leopard print fur trimmed bell bottoms, a wide brimmed hat and clear platform shoes filled with water and goldfish. Instead of looks of admiration as he expects people they point and laugh, making fun of him. At the end of the movie he changes into a cooler (for TheEighties) outfit: a slick, silk grey suit and fedora.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', when Marty returns to the 1880s, Doc Brown from 1955 dresses Marty in what he believes to be appropriate period themed garb. Marty protests the loudly colored faux cowboy clothing, saying "Clint Eastwood never dressed like this". When Marty gets to the past and goes into town, he is quickly mocked for his clothing and nearly gets killed by the bad guys. When 1855 Doc Brown saves him, he asks "What idiot dressed you in this? It could get you shot." Marty then says "Or hanged," then pats Doc on the back and says "You did."
* In-universe this occurs in the film ''The Toll Of The Sea''. Lotus Flower is a young woman living in China during the late 1910s. When she presumes her American husband will take her home with him, she tries to dress her most fashionable. Alas she uses her ''grandmothers'' old fashion book for advice. She looks gorgeous however still painfully out-of-date by several decades.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase'': The gang's clothing was updated (and carried over to ''What's New, Scooby-Doo?''). It had a hilarious comparison between present updated Daphne and her old-style Video Game counterpart:
--->'''Daphne:''' Did I really wear that years ago?\\
'''VG Daphne:''' That jacket, with that skirt?\\
'''Both:''' Hmmm...
** Fred and ''his'' counterpart, on the other hand happily reminisce on the relevance of the ascot.
--->'''Fred:''' Nice ascot!\\
'''VG Fred:''' Works for me!
** It's also lampshaded in a commercial for the aforementioned ''What's New Scooby-Doo", in which the gang finds Fred's lucky ascot. As the gang tries to figure out what it is, Fred has a flashback to the time he wore it last and got made fun of by a girl at a party. Velma then deduces it may have been worn around the neck, at which point Fred dejectedly says he's going to wait in the van. The ad had this tagline:
---> Same dog. New Tricks. No Ascot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase'': The gang's clothing was updated (and carried over to ''What's New, Scooby-Doo?''). It had a hilarious comparison between present updated Daphne and her old-style Video Game counterpart:
--->'''Daphne:''' Did I really wear that years ago?\\
'''VG Daphne:''' That jacket, with that skirt?\\
'''Both:''' Hmmm...
** Fred and ''his'' counterpart, on the other hand happily reminisce on the relevance of the ascot.
--->'''Fred:''' Nice ascot!\\
'''VG Fred:''' Works for me!
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''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': It's also lampshaded in a commercial for the aforementioned ''What's New Scooby-Doo", in which the gang finds Fred's lucky ascot. As the gang tries to figure out what it is, Fred has a flashback to the time he wore it last and got made fun of by a girl at a party. Velma then deduces it may have been worn around the neck, at which point Fred dejectedly says he's going to wait in the van. The ad had this tagline:
---> --> Same dog. New Tricks. No Ascot.
8th Jan '17 3:46:44 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'' seems to take place in the 2010s but the titular Marnie dresses in very vintage looking clothes for a twelve year old. Even her [[TrueBlueFemininity colours of choice]] are somewhat dated. Her parents and their peers also dress in clothes that look more like they're fit for the early-to-mid 20th century. [[spoiler:This is because Marnie is a ghost and is fashioned after her childhood in the mid-1900s]].
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* [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] was associated with a bowtie long after they were popular. With his return, Geoff Johns has Barry explaining that he had to borrow an old bowtie on the fly for a court appearance where he met his future love, Iris West, for the first time. She liked the look. He said nothing.

to:

* [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] was associated with a bowtie long after they were popular. With his return, Geoff Johns has Barry explaining that he had to borrow an old bowtie on the fly for a court appearance where he met his future love, Iris West, for the first time. She liked the look. He said nothing.



* While not as pronounced as others here, {{Garfield}}'s owner Jon has [[SeventiesHair hair]], a collar shirt and shoes that firmly put his creation in the seventies.

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* While not as pronounced as others here, {{Garfield}}'s ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s owner Jon has [[SeventiesHair hair]], a collar shirt and shoes that firmly put his creation in the seventies.
30th Dec '16 5:52:23 AM Redmess
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* The Wizarding World in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' tends to be between a couple of decades and a couple of centuries out of touch with {{Muggle}} fashions, leading to an AnachronismStew hodgepodge of clothing depending on the age of the wizard and how much stock they put in [[FantasticRacism holding themselves apart]] from mere {{Muggles}}. Wizard fashions change with the times as well, as illustrated in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. Ron comments on his Yule Ball robes, "Traditional? They're ancient!"

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* The Wizarding World in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' tends to be between a couple of decades and a couple of centuries out of touch with {{Muggle}} fashions, alongside regularly being clueless about the gender-appropriateness of muggle clothes, leading to an AnachronismStew hodgepodge of clothing depending on the age of the wizard and how much stock they put in [[FantasticRacism holding themselves apart]] from mere {{Muggles}}. Wizard fashions change with the times as well, as illustrated in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. Ron comments on his Yule Ball robes, "Traditional? They're ancient!"
8th Dec '16 12:12:58 PM Lloigor
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** Additionally, the Thompsons have tried a few times to blend in when investigating in a foreign country, but their outfits were often too "folkloric", and on at least one occasion, the national dress of the wrong country. Far from blending in, they've been known to attract crowds come to laugh at them. Nowhere more hilarious than in ''The Blue Lotus'', where they come wearing '''17th century Manchu era''' clothes, complete with ponytails and fans [[note]]They were also holding their canes behind their backs as they walked down the street, making all the more funny[[/note]]! The result?

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** Additionally, the Thompsons have tried a few times to blend in when investigating in a foreign country, but their outfits were often too "folkloric", and on at least one occasion, the national dress of the wrong country. Far from blending in, they've been known to attract crowds come to laugh at them. Nowhere more hilarious than in ''The Blue Lotus'', where they come wearing '''17th century Manchu era''' clothes, complete with ponytails and fans [[note]]They fans![[note]]They were also holding their canes behind their backs as they walked down the street, making it all the more funny[[/note]]! funnier.[[/note]] The result?
8th Dec '16 12:10:44 PM Lloigor
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** While Captain Haddock's jacket, turtleneck and naval cap are pretty much timeless and Tintin's plus fours were something people actually wore at the time of his first appearances (less so after World War 2, though), Professor Calculus' stiff high collar was outdated from the start. Like the beards sported by many of Hergé's scientists and savants it hearkens back to the time before World War 1.
** Additionally, the Thompsons have tried a few times to blend in when investigating in a foreign country, but their outfits were often too "folkloric", and on at least one occasion, the national dress of the wrong country. Far from blending in, they've been known to attract crowds come to laugh at them. Nowhere more hilarious than The Blue Lotus, where they come wearing '''17th century Manchu era''' clothes, complete with ponytails and fans [[note]]They were also holding their canes behind their backs as they walked down the street, making all the more funny[[/note]]! The result?

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** While Captain Haddock's jacket, turtleneck and naval cap are pretty much timeless and Tintin's plus fours were something people actually wore at the time of his first appearances (less so after World War 2, II, though), Professor Calculus' stiff high collar was outdated from the start. Like the beards sported by many of Hergé's scientists and savants it hearkens back to the time before World War 1.
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** Additionally, the Thompsons have tried a few times to blend in when investigating in a foreign country, but their outfits were often too "folkloric", and on at least one occasion, the national dress of the wrong country. Far from blending in, they've been known to attract crowds come to laugh at them. Nowhere more hilarious than The in ''The Blue Lotus, Lotus'', where they come wearing '''17th century Manchu era''' clothes, complete with ponytails and fans [[note]]They were also holding their canes behind their backs as they walked down the street, making all the more funny[[/note]]! The result?
13th Sep '16 2:02:14 PM Premonition45
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* Otto in later seasons. He dresses and talks like a perpetual 1980s teenager. He even still wears a portable cassette player on his hip despite the fact that they've been obsolete for years.
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