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2nd Oct '17 12:05:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TheWire'': After spending the last 14 years in prison, Cutty shows up to an interview in a double-breasted sports coat, obviously having not updated his wardrobe since he got out.

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* ''Film/TheWire'': ''Series/TheWire'': After spending the last 14 years in prison, Cutty shows up to an interview in a double-breasted sports coat, obviously having not updated his wardrobe since he got out.



* Lampooned in the rap song "Parents Just Don't Understand" by [=DJ=] Jazzy Jeff and [[Creator/WillSmith The Fresh Prince]] ... the main protagonist claims his new clothes (which his mother bought for him) are hopelessly outdated and uncool, referring to 1963 and ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' as examples of what influenced the styles he'll be made to wear ... this in contrast to the (unstated) hip-hop and grunge styles he wants to wear to school. The idea, of course, is that the school has a dress code and that he is going to school to get an education, and despite this he wants to wear clothing that is inappropriate for any educational setting.

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* Lampooned in the rap song "Parents Just Don't Understand" by [=DJ=] Jazzy Jeff and [[Creator/WillSmith The Fresh Prince]] ... the main protagonist claims his new clothes (which his mother bought for him) are hopelessly outdated and uncool, referring to 1963 and ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' as examples of what influenced the styles he'll be made to wear ... this in contrast to the (unstated) hip-hop and grunge hip-hop styles he wants to wear to school. The idea, of course, is that the school has a dress code and that he is going to school to get an education, and despite this he wants to wear clothing that is inappropriate for any educational setting.



* Think you'll be immune to this if you wear a nice, conservative suit? Nice try. The cut of the jacket, the width of the lapels, and the height of the gorge (the point where the collar and lapels come together) all change drastically over the decades, and it's immediately obvious in a crowd when your suit is not the same as the ones currently in fashion. That said, you could probably get away with a [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel double-breasted '30s suit with a pleated back]] in a way that you couldn't with a hilariously exaggerated '70s number with a wide tie, or an '80s Power Suit. Just hope that you're at the age where you buy most of your business apparel when things are at a happy equilibrium (actually, from a historical perspective, now's a pretty good time to buy lasting suits--everything from the preferred cut of lapels to the width of ties is best described as "middling", and the only really distinctive thing, a preference for simpler two-button suits, is of a piece with a general historic trend towards less complication in menswear). If not, you will look dated for the rest of your adult life.
* Likewise, neckties. Historically, they have varied in width from 1 inch up to 6 inches, according to the whims of fashion. The pendulum has just swung to the point where all those narrow ties from TheSixties and TheEighties are back in fashion, but it's impossible to get away with an ultra-wide tie from TheSeventies in any age. A fairly classic middle-ground lies between 3 and 3-and-a-half inches, but keep in mind that ties have also increased in ''length'' over the past 50 years: they started out at no more than 48 inches or so, but with the near-death of the vest and the ever-lowering trouser waistband, modern ties have lengthened to between 56 and 58 inches, which is much too long for pants worn at the natural waist. Meanwhile, vintage ties are far too ''short'' to be worn with modern, low-waisted trousers. (Creator/SeanConnery's Film/JamesBond probably wore his ties around 52 inches long, which was a typical length towards the end of TheSixties.)
* High-waistedness is coming back for men and women, at least in America, and vests have just become extremely popular, possibly because of ''Series/MadMen.''



* Nurse wearing white uniform with cap. In the United States, this started to be phased out in the 1980's, with specialty units (OR, ICU, Maternal-Child) having color-coded scrubs to make them easily recognizable. Other units started following suit. Now, all nurses wear scrubs, in the hospital and other care settings. However, most nursing schools still have "capping ceremonies" before graduation, because every school has its own unique style of cap.
* Sometimes, clothes that were merely the norm on the street in one age become some profession's uniform. One example would be the habits worn by many orders of nuns -- basically the clothes of a respectable Renaissance-era widow. Another is the 18th-century wigs and gowns worn by British judges and barristers, versions of which are standard across the Commonwealth of Nations, albeit stripped down to varying degrees; also, the non-Commonwealth English-speaking countries of Ireland and the U.S. also use variants (the U.S. version is stripped to just the robe, tossed over standard business attire,[[note]]Usually. American judges caught off-guard (typically, when they had no matters scheduled and expected to get work done in chambers, then had to be called in on an emergency basis) have been known to preside with jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt under the robe. Contrariwise, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the highest court in that state) wears red robes with clerical bands--one of the few states to retain more than the basic black robes.[[/note]] while Ireland retains the full 18th-century kit).

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* Nurse wearing white uniform with cap. In the United States, this started to be phased out in the 1980's, 1980s, with specialty units (OR, ICU, Maternal-Child) having color-coded scrubs to make them easily recognizable. Other units started following suit. Now, all nurses wear scrubs, in the hospital and other care settings. However, most nursing schools still have "capping ceremonies" before graduation, because every school has its own unique style of cap.
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2nd Oct '17 11:56:45 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TheWire'': After spending the last 14 years in prison, Cutty shows up to an interview in a double-breasted sports coat, obviously having not updated his wardrobe since he got out.
2nd Oct '17 10:35:22 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Jughead's hat [[http://learning2share.blogspot.com/2009/04/search-term-jugheads-hat.html was actually in style]] for HighSchool boys in the late Thirties/early 1940s. In TheNineties Jughead got a backwards baseball cap. Fortunately PowersThatBe decided to change his hat back, given that [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/12/18/comic-book-legends-revealed-186/ he was named after it]]. The [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 more modern-looking reboot]] keeps the hat, however the show ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' replaces it with a similar looking beanie.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Jughead's hat [[http://learning2share.blogspot.com/2009/04/search-term-jugheads-hat.html [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whoopee_cap was actually in style]] for HighSchool boys in the late Thirties/early 1940s. In TheNineties Jughead got a backwards baseball cap. Fortunately PowersThatBe decided to change his hat back, given that [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/12/18/comic-book-legends-revealed-186/ he was named after it]].it. The [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 more modern-looking reboot]] keeps the hat, however the show ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' replaces it with a similar looking beanie.
27th Sep '17 12:11:27 PM TMNTFanGirl
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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The titular brothers (and even their father) dress in a mostly 60s pulp fashion. Same goes for Dr Orpheus (who dresses like Franchise/{{Dracula}}, for lack of a better term). All of them have had their outdated duds remarked upon by people who avoid the trope. Dean and Hank have both remarked that their fathers ''forces'' them to wear those painfully out of date clothes. They'd much rather wear something more.... normal.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Northern Water Tribe breaks out old Fire Nation uniforms for the purposes of troops sneaking up on the enemy commander ([[BloodKnight Zhao]]) and assassinating him. It's left to Sokka to point out that those uniforms are so old and out of date that they will never fool the enemy.

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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The titular brothers (and even their father) dress in a mostly 60s pulp fashion. Same goes for Dr Orpheus (who dresses like Franchise/{{Dracula}}, for lack of a better term). All of them have had their outdated duds remarked upon by people who avoid the trope. Dean and Hank have both remarked that their fathers ''forces'' them to wear those painfully out of date clothes. They'd much rather wear something more.... more...normal.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Northern Water Tribe breaks out old Fire Nation uniforms for the purposes purpose of troops sneaking up on the enemy commander ([[BloodKnight Zhao]]) and assassinating him. It's left to Sokka to point (who's from the Southern Water Tribe) points out to them that those the uniforms they have are so old and out of date outdated that they will they'd never fool have a chance of fooling the enemy.
6th Sep '17 10:48:22 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Jughead's hat [[http://learning2share.blogspot.com/2009/04/search-term-jugheads-hat.html was actually in style]] for HighSchool boys in the late Thirties/early 1940s. In TheNineties Jughead got a backwards baseball cap. Fortunately PowersThatBe decided to change his hat back, given that [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/12/18/comic-book-legends-revealed-186/ he was named after it]].

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Jughead's hat [[http://learning2share.blogspot.com/2009/04/search-term-jugheads-hat.html was actually in style]] for HighSchool boys in the late Thirties/early 1940s. In TheNineties Jughead got a backwards baseball cap. Fortunately PowersThatBe decided to change his hat back, given that [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/12/18/comic-book-legends-revealed-186/ he was named after it]]. The [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 more modern-looking reboot]] keeps the hat, however the show ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' replaces it with a similar looking beanie.



* In-universe this occurs in the film ''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.

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* In-universe this occurs in the film ''Film/TheTollOfTheSea''. Lotus Flower is a young woman living in China during the late 1910s.early 1920s. When she presumes her American husband will take her home with him, she tries to dress her most fashionable. Alas Alas, she uses her ''grandmothers'' old fashion book for advice. She looks gorgeous however still painfully out-of-date by several decades.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' [[DownplayedTrope downplays this]] with Caboose. While everyone else has upgraded to Halo 3 armor and weaponry, Caboose still has the defaults from Halo 1. Anyone not familiar with Halo would just think he has a custom helmet.
** Caboose's antiquated and more primitive choice of gear actually becomes a ''plot point'' later on in the storyline.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' [[DownplayedTrope downplays this]] with Caboose. While everyone else has upgraded to Halo 3 armor and weaponry, Caboose still has the defaults from Halo 1. Anyone not familiar with Halo would just think he has a custom helmet.
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helmet. Caboose's antiquated and more primitive choice of gear actually becomes a ''plot point'' later on in the storyline.



** Pretty much everyone's outfit really! Daphne and Velma look incredibly dated when not wearing more modern duds. The only one that could be said to have avoided it is Shaggy, and he's only avoided it out of luck -- pants and a t-shirt just refuse to go out of style.
** 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.

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** Pretty much everyone's outfit really! Daphne and Velma look incredibly dated when not wearing more modern duds. The only one that could be said to have avoided it is Shaggy, and he's only avoided it out of luck -- pants and a t-shirt just refuse to go out of style.
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style. 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.process, though later they were changed to brown again.



* [[DiscoDan Disco Stu]] and his leisure suit on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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[[DiscoDan Disco Stu]] and his leisure suit on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.suit.


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* A downplayed example, but Ralphie still wears his red baseball cap in ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolbusRidesAgain''. Kids still casually wear caps however it's largely seen as a nineties (or rural) fashion.
5th Sep '17 5:45:46 AM major-kumquat
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* Parodied in Music/FlightOfTheConchords. Jemaine and Bret have updated their look, with gelled hair and 80's synthpop-like clothing, which leads to this exchange;

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* Parodied in Music/FlightOfTheConchords.''Music/FlightOfTheConchords''. Jemaine and Bret have updated their look, with gelled hair and 80's synthpop-like clothing, which leads to this exchange;



-->'''Jermaine''': They're not from the 70's, they're from New Zealand.

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-->'''Jermaine''': -->'''Jemaine''': They're not from the 70's, they're from New Zealand.
11th Aug '17 8:24:43 PM karstovich2
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* Sometimes, clothes that were merely the norm on the street in one age become some profession's uniform. One example would be the habits worn by many orders of nuns -- basically the clothes of a respectable Renaissance-era widow. Another is the 18th-century wigs and gowns worn by British judges and barristers, versions of which are standard across the Commonwealth of Nations, albeit stripped down to varying degrees; also, the non-Commonwealth English-speaking countries of Ireland and the U.S. also use variants (the U.S. version is stripped to just the robe, tossed over standard business attire,[[note]]Usually. American judges caught off-guard have been known to preside with jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt under the robe. Contrariwise, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the highest court in that state) wears red robes with clerical collars--one of the few states to retain more than the basic black robes.[[/note]] while Ireland retains the full 18th-century kit).

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* Sometimes, clothes that were merely the norm on the street in one age become some profession's uniform. One example would be the habits worn by many orders of nuns -- basically the clothes of a respectable Renaissance-era widow. Another is the 18th-century wigs and gowns worn by British judges and barristers, versions of which are standard across the Commonwealth of Nations, albeit stripped down to varying degrees; also, the non-Commonwealth English-speaking countries of Ireland and the U.S. also use variants (the U.S. version is stripped to just the robe, tossed over standard business attire,[[note]]Usually. American judges caught off-guard (typically, when they had no matters scheduled and expected to get work done in chambers, then had to be called in on an emergency basis) have been known to preside with jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt under the robe. Contrariwise, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the highest court in that state) wears red robes with clerical collars--one bands--one of the few states to retain more than the basic black robes.[[/note]] while Ireland retains the full 18th-century kit).
6th Aug '17 9:52:45 PM karstovich2
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* Sometimes, clothes that were merely the norm on the street in one age become some profession's uniform. One example would be the habits worn by many orders of nuns -- basically the clothes of a respectable Renaissance-era widow. Another is the 18th century wigs and gowns worn by British judges.

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* Sometimes, clothes that were merely the norm on the street in one age become some profession's uniform. One example would be the habits worn by many orders of nuns -- basically the clothes of a respectable Renaissance-era widow. Another is the 18th century 18th-century wigs and gowns worn by British judges.judges and barristers, versions of which are standard across the Commonwealth of Nations, albeit stripped down to varying degrees; also, the non-Commonwealth English-speaking countries of Ireland and the U.S. also use variants (the U.S. version is stripped to just the robe, tossed over standard business attire,[[note]]Usually. American judges caught off-guard have been known to preside with jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt under the robe. Contrariwise, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the highest court in that state) wears red robes with clerical collars--one of the few states to retain more than the basic black robes.[[/note]] while Ireland retains the full 18th-century kit).
17th Jul '17 4:57:02 PM crazysamaritan
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See also GrandfatherClause. Compare AwesomeAnachronisticApparel, where a character's clothes are so cool that, while they may be out of fashion, they are certainly never out of style. If a character has one oddly anachronistic detail on an otherwise unremarkable outfit, that's BowtiesAreCool.

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See also GrandfatherClause. Compare AwesomeAnachronisticApparel, where a character's clothes are so cool that, while they may be out of fashion, they are certainly never out of style. If a character has one oddly anachronistic detail on an otherwise unremarkable outfit, that's BowtiesAreCool.\n
9th Jul '17 4:06:32 PM nombretomado
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* Dum Dum Dugan's trademark derby hat was already old-fashioned for his social class and nationality during WorldWarII.
* Thanks to ComicBookTime, ComicBook/{{Gambit}}'s costume, with the wrap-around headpiece and leather jacket over actual body armor look, is now becoming a very dated 90s look. It doesn't help that almost all of the other Comicbook/{{X-Men}} have gotten a costume upgrade over the years except for him.

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* Dum Dum Dugan's trademark derby hat was already old-fashioned for his social class and nationality during WorldWarII.
UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* Thanks to ComicBookTime, ComicBook/{{Gambit}}'s costume, with the wrap-around headpiece and leather jacket over actual body armor look, is now becoming a very dated 90s look. It doesn't help that almost all of the other Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Comicbook/XMen have gotten a costume upgrade over the years except for him.
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