Where it began: French designers André Courrèges and Pierre Cardin made mod shift dresses in the 1960s (model Twiggy was a fan), and Halston kept the streamlined silhouette going in the ’70s with monochromatic jersey dresses and stretchy jumpsuits. But in the ’90s it was Miuccia Prada who had the most staying power. Her simple shapes and sparse ornamentation were a welcome palate cleanser after the huge shoulder pads (and hair) of the ’80s, and they’re still popular today.
Why it keeps coming back: “Clean lines and functionality have always been hallmarks of American style,” says Mears. Audrey Hepburn’s Capris are a classic example of this intersection of élan and ease.
How to wear it now: Pick one powerful piece (a geometric scarf, a sculptural cuff) and let it pop against something basic.