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 There is more and more talk about the Great Depression, and still more denial that its 21st century version is fast approaching.  The fashion trends for the fall are expressing what our collective unconscious "knows."  The quote below from the New York Post heralds this new trend.  Expect fashions to get much more plain and depression-era like in the next few years, as this year's is a "lighter" version of the 1930s fashions. 

The duds say it all-- and it's depressing.  Taking a cue from the grim economy, this fall's fashions at Banana Republic, Gap and H&M are featuring a distinctly Depression-era trend of cloche hats, pencil skirts, conductor caps and baggy, vintage-style dresses.  One of the most popular styles appears to hark back to the impish newsboy getup of the 1930s baggy trousers, caps, pinstriped vests, oxford lace-up shoes and utilitarian handbags.

-- The New York Post, July 28, 2008

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