Take Two: Seven Comeback Trends We Never Thought We'd Wear Again

The Trend: Flat sandals with socks

The Old Way: As anyone with a coveted spot on Delias' catalog mailing list 15 years ago knows, the only way to wear your Birkenstocks/Adidas slides/Tevas was with printed and rainbow-colored socks—bonus points if you had the kind with individual toes!!—and a good pair of bootcut jeans.

The Update: It's all about pairing irreverent footwear with something more fancy. You don't want your feet to be too distracting, though, so while you can keep the same '90s-inspired sandals, it's better to stick with solid black, white and grey socks this time around.

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Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 2014 (George Chinsee for WWD), Creatures of Comfort Spring/Summer 2014 (Getty Images), Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2014 (Giovanni Giannoni for WWD)

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Number one on the list of excuses clothing hoarders give for their overstuffed wardrobes is that even the most uncool, questionable pieces in their collection are poised for a comeback. Trends are incredibly cyclical, so holding on to everything makes take two a little bit easier—less spending, more wearing. It's a fair argument.

My only rebuttal is, perhaps, that jumping onto a fashion bandwagon is harder to do the second time around. Doesn't it seem like a style regression? That's what I've been mulling over for the last few seasons of shows, which have resurrected the seven fashion fads in the slideshow above—all from my middle and high school days. I can't decide which is crazier about seeing my 15-year-old self's ideal closet walk down recent runways: that '90s and '00s style is back "in," or that I might actually try it again. For everyone out there who feels the same way (or even if it's your first go-round—you still want to avoid looking dated), I've suggested easy ways to update each look, so you're guaranteed to pull it off in a modern way. Click through for a fresh take on seven old trends.

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