Skip Nav
Jennifer Lopez
How Jennifer Lopez Remains an Age-Defying Unicorn
Gigi Hadid
This Gigi Hadid Makeup Tutorial Is Equal Parts Impressive and Insane
Beauty Diversity
10 Black Beauty Innovators Who Are Breaking Down Racial Barriers

Are You Stuck in Another Beauty Generation?

Much like my hairstylist aunt's theory on high-school hair, which states that people eventually go back to basically the same style they wore throughout grades nine through 12, my friend Jonah has a similar stance. His hypothesis is that people's hair, makeup, and clothing are stuck in the era during which they felt their best/most attractive. I found this out the hard way, as he told me that a recent beauty look, which I styled around this Go International One-Shoulder Dress in Ombre Print ($40) was "very 1996." Excuse me, I beg to differ. If anything, it was more '80s, sans claw bangs and turquoise shadow. What about you? Do you agree with the "Jonah Theory of Attractiveness," or is his idea all very "whatever"?

Source

Around The Web

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
robinlh912 robinlh912 6 years
At worst, I'm stuck like 3 years ago when I graduated high school and felt really great about myself physically. Some of my favorite outfits are ones I got back then, but luckily they aren't super trendy. But maybe this is why I'm so adverse to the 90's, I wasn't very happy about myself back when I was a kid.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 6 years
i like the trends now. not so much past generation trends, just not thing.
emososays17 emososays17 6 years
also the thought just occured to me that maybe the woman I go to school with can't afford newer/trendier clothes? but it's been quite some time since the 90's so maybe not, I think she's just stuck...
emososays17 emososays17 6 years
Advah, I agree on Buffy's look! It's so not now but I wanted her look so bad haha
emososays17 emososays17 6 years
I feel most attractive now in my early 20's so I'm a little more up to date. However, it's funny you use a picture from Clueless because when that movie came out I was probably 10 and really looked up to Cher for style and beauty and I think that came across a lot later in my high school look in the early 2000's so in that respect yes I was stuck in another generation. But I think the theory applies to anything whether you looked up to a certain look or felt most attractive at that time. I actually go to school with a woman now who IS the 90's. Brown lipstick, long poofy hair in a scrunchy, big Adidas sweatshirt, tapered jeans, Adidas shelltoes or other huge big running sneakers with the whole ensamble and a Polo Sport bag purse across her body.
shalee55 shalee55 6 years
NO, I'M CLASSIC....NOT A WALKING TREND...I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THE GIRLS OR WOMEN WHO HAVEN'T FOUND OUT WHO THEY ARE....
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
I'm stuck in the 50s and 60s, mainly. Very classy, business-feminine, lots of black, trousers, and blouses. But when i'm hangin out, I also love the 80s and 90s, so i try to mix that in too... n my hair will never change... i had to cut it very short when i was 16 because it started falling out and now its nice and long... want to keep it long forever. haha.
Midnight-Harlow Midnight-Harlow 6 years
I quite into the 50's pin-up way of life.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
Hmm, I know this may be slightly off topic, but while I was in the waiting room of my doctor's office, there was a woman sitting next to me who looked to have just walked out of the 80's. the look suited her perfectly. Her face looked young,so I figured she was 20-something trying to look "retro". The funny thing is, I realized she was getting botox, so she wasn't 20, just a woman that was stuck in another beauty generation!
soapbox soapbox 6 years
Hmm, I know this may be slightly off topic, but while I was in the waiting room of my doctor's office, there was a woman sitting next to me who looked to have just walked out of the 80's. the look suited her perfectly. Her face looked young,so I figured she was 20-something trying to look "retro". The funny thing is, I realized she was getting botox, so she wasn't 20, just a woman that was stuck in another beauty generation!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Your friend may have a point.As for me personally, my current look is completely different from any past look I had. Right now, I think I feel and look my best. My look is continuing to change. I'm trying to grow my hair down to my hip (it's currently past my shoulders). This is the longest I've had my hair in 15 years, and it truly changes my appearance. I'm pleasantly surprised that I'm enjoying my growing locks, and how it changes my look.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Your friend may have a point. As for me personally, my current look is completely different from any past look I had. Right now, I think I feel and look my best. My look is continuing to change. I'm trying to grow my hair down to my hip (it's currently past my shoulders). This is the longest I've had my hair in 15 years, and it truly changes my appearance. I'm pleasantly surprised that I'm enjoying my growing locks, and how it changes my look.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 6 years
No, I try to keep up with trends and also wear things that are timeless. I have a friend who is stuck in the early 90's (she had a lot more money then and so wears expensive clothes from that era). I recently gave her a bunch of updated clothes and new makeup and she looks a lot better.
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
very whatever ...my current haircut is one i never had before ... and i dress in clothes from stores i never shopped in until i graduated from college.
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
very whatever ... my current haircut is one i never had before ... and i dress in clothes from stores i never shopped in until i graduated from college.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Sometimes, I still dress and wear my hair as though I'm back in the early 90s when I was in high school. I can't help it. But, I do dress more like my time now.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Sometimes, I still dress and wear my hair as though I'm back in the early 90s when I was in high school. I can't help it. But, I do dress more like my time now.
Advah Advah 6 years
In theory, yes. In reality, no (or at least it doesn't apply to me): my body and features have changed since high school, and I feel that what (I think) suited me at the time don't necessarily suit me now (clothes, haircut, makeup - liquid eyeliner excepted).I still have a certain fondness for the 90s though - I thought things like Buffy's outfits were SO cool at the time, I can't bring myself to even accept the fact they look a bit dated. I would still dress like her if I could find those clothes in shops nowadays!
Advah Advah 6 years
In theory, yes. In reality, no (or at least it doesn't apply to me): my body and features have changed since high school, and I feel that what (I think) suited me at the time don't necessarily suit me now (clothes, haircut, makeup - liquid eyeliner excepted). I still have a certain fondness for the 90s though - I thought things like Buffy's outfits were SO cool at the time, I can't bring myself to even accept the fact they look a bit dated. I would still dress like her if I could find those clothes in shops nowadays!
Evalicious Evalicious 6 years
I have moved on since HS, my hair is a little darker, and a lot shorter and my makeup routine has changed, and I am in better shape now than I ever was in HS. The only thing that has changed is the $ of things. In high school I could get an entire beauty routine for maybe $150. Now, it would cost me close to $800 to replace very item of my beauty regime.
telane telane 6 years
I didn't vote, because I don't really know! I wear the same style of makeup and hair, but it's not really because I felt more attractive in high school. I'm not all that into looking "made up" - I wear neutrals on my eyes, brown eyeliner, black mascara, and sheer foundation/blush/lip gloss. I also have curly hair, which I feel like I can't really "update" - other people with curly hair know that only a few different hairstyles work with one's curls without making one look like mushroom head or triangle head! I definitely use different products (thank goodness I'm no longer on part-time pay like I was back then!) but overall my natural look hasn't changed much. Can a clean, natural look make you look dated?
glam-sugar glam-sugar 6 years
I'm not but Jonah's theory has quite a bit of merit, I know plenty of people who THINK they were more attractive in high school and still wear the same makeup and hairstyle.
plasticine1 plasticine1 6 years
i wasnt alive for most of the 80s, yet i dress like it. i dont think thats the same thing though, so i put NO
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
I feel most attractive in this decade so maybe that's why my look is up to date.
Latest Beauty
X