Arts and Entertainment

2018 Trends: What Was Old is Suddenly New Again

Nostalgists unite; what was once old is suddenly new again. From fashion to films, 2018 has been the year of the epic throwback. It should come as no surprise considering the rise of the hipster and the resuscitation of the vinyl record. In 2017, vinyl records posted its seventh year of sales growth, with catalogue album sales contributing 59% of that revenue, according to Nielsen data.

TV Shows

From Roseanne to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, 2018 has been a landmark year for the TV reboot. Before Roseanne Barr’s not-so-uncharacteristic meltdown, her namesake show’s premiere had 18.2 million viewers tuned in; eclipsing the starting numbers for NBC’s Will and Grace reboot, which had just 10.2 Million. Then there’s the Vancouver-filmed Netflix hit, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is building on the success of Riverdale to be a permanent feature on my Netflix list.


2018 has seen the resurgence of two items that looked set to have been left on the scrapheap of Mom- and Dad-fashion history. The first was the flared pant. To be honest, they had started making their comeback in 2017, but they really came into their own this year. The second was the fanny pack–although the 2018 fanny pack from world-class designers like Luis Vuitton and Valentino are a far cry from the ones your mom or dad wore in the ‘90s. And let’s face it, a purse gets in the way when you’re trying to capture that photo for the ‘gram or when you’re throwing it down on the dancefloor with your girls.


From the 1960s to the 1980s, the Polaroid was popping. As a ‘90s kid, I only remember little of my parent’s old film camera from vacations, but that was about it. The once dominant force in photography was nearly extinct by the 2000s because of the ease and efficiency of digital photography. But now, the Polaroid is back and better than ever, and whether it is capturing candids of your bestie or the beauty of Vancouver’s mountains, there’s nothing quite like taking a quick snap, printing it, and hanging on your bedroom wall.

Looking ahead to 2019, I’m going to make a bold prediction. I think that we’ll start to see a resurgence of the rotary phone and here’s why. There’s a growing group of people looking to cut back at how much time they spend on their social media and are turning to home phones to help bridge the gap. It’s a growing trend that savvy phone providers are looking to capitalize on by providing services like text-to-landline. And let’s face it, rotary phones are pretty cool.

Reece Mack
Originally from London, England, Reece Mack is a public relations specialist at Jelly Marketing and PR. He is passionate about community and bringing awareness to important issues. His work has been published in Forbes, The Province, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight and BC Business.