As styles evolve, whether that is in fashion, architectural or design, these styles take many different shapes and forms. Retro is something that used to be very popular in the early 1980s all the way to the 1990s, and fell from grace in recent years. However, this outdated style is now making a comeback in some areas, and it may be worth looking again.
Culturally, retro can be considered a trend, a style or even a fashion sense, and back in its hay days it used to be the norm, but now retro is something we think about when referring to the last part of the 20th century. A lot of post-modern art ended up being retro, whether that be in advertising, mass media, or even TV cartoons from that era.
The word itself comes from a Latin prefix and it means backward in times, which in this case is a literal translation. Of course back then, people didn’t think about their modern style as retro, but it quickly became known as that. When referring to a particular style, it needs to be around 15 to 20 years of age at least to be called retro, and is often seen as a work that goes backward, taking in the lessons of the past, instead of a futuristic look.
In the era after World War II, the word itself started to be used more, referring to the recent past. Even in military terms, retro could be used to describe propulsion, such as a retro rocket, which means that the power is applied towards the back. The word itself then started to become more common in modern English, and while it now describes things from just a few decades ago, it stands to reason that our children will think of us as retro.