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Below, we outline some clothing trends.

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Hexagon of colours

Some clothing trends

Ever-changing fashions - styles, colours . . .

Types of clothes


The reduction in demand for warm clothes - due to central heating

The decline in popularity of formal wear - such as suits, ties

The decline in popularity of hats

The decline in popularity of skirts and dresses

The rise in popularity of trousers for women

The rise in popularity of new-style footwear - eg trainers

The switch from stockings to tights

The switch from textile handkerchiefs to disposable paper handkerchiefs


The decline in popularity of products using animal fur (ethical concerns)

The introduction of artificial fabrics - eg nylon, polyester, PVC

The decline in the use of metal - and the increasing use of plastics (eg zips)

New types of fastener - eg Velcro



The ever-increasing mechanisation/mass production/automation of clothes manufacture

Costs - A progressive relative decline in the cost of materials, and a rise in the cost of labour

The decline of UK clothes manufacture

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An increasing reliance on imports of clothes from abroad, especially from the developing world - eg India, Bangladesh, China

A decline in the quality/durability of clothes - eg imports from China
(thus impeding the scope for re-use/resale)


A switch from made-to-measure (bespoke) to off-the-peg products

The ever-decreasing cost of clothes (in real terms)

The rise of 'fair trade' products (ethical concerns)

Increased sales of clothes by supermarkets

The growth of bargain clothes shops - like Primark

The growth of discount stores - such as 99p shops, Poundland

The rise of out-of-town retail outlets

Computer mouse (courtesy of SCRAN)

The Internet

The rise of Internet shopping, including clothes

The increasing popularity of auction sites - eg Ebay (including second-hand clothes)

Re-use and recycling

Recycling symbol (coloured triangle)

An increasing emphasis on re-use and recycling :

The introduction of kerbside textile collections by local councils - as part of their weekly waste collections

The increasing popularity of car boot sales (second-hand goods)

The birth and rise of the 'Freecycle' website (second-hand goods)

The growth of charity shops (see below)

See the Re-use and recycling page

Charity shops

Charity shop (courtesy of Oxfam)

The 'professionalisation' of charity shops - eg better shopfittings

The increasing use of paid staff - eg shop managers

The increasing proportion of sales of new goods

The introduction of 'gift aid' on donations of goods - eg by Sue Ryder shops

The increasing use of online sales by charity shops (including donated clothing) - eg Oxfam

See the Charity shops page