Lizzy DeningChristmas, 1970s

Tinsel is back in fashion!

Lizzy DeningChristmas, 1970s
Tinsel is back in fashion!
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If you’ve held on to your tinsel over the years, you’re in luck - the 1970’s staple of every Christmas is finally back in fashion for 2017. It was once a major part of the British Christmas, hung from every tree, mantelpiece, archway and classroom until the whole world seemed to glitter. It was a cheap and cheerful way of sharing the festive spirit with minimal mess – and we loved it. We also remember children wrapping it around their necks as fancy boas!

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But in recent years, tinsel has fallen out of favour. It’s been seen as too gaudy, too retro and just not very chic, especially in light of the trend for all things Nordic. Wooden and metal ornaments, candles and stripped back décor has been a marker of Christmas for the past few years, and tinsel relegated to the back of department stores – and our own living rooms!

Now tinsel is having a fashion resurgence. John Lewis has announced that so far its sales of tinsel are up a whopping 90 per cent. In fact, it’s been so popular that they will be holding tinsel tutorials in certain branches, showing shoppers how to hang it. Somehow we can’t imagine those classes taking very long – it’s not rocket science!

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The seventies in general seem to be a big influence on trends at the moment, with Angel Delight sales up 30 per cent in the last six months, and supermarkets reintroducing classics such as black forest gateau and prawn cocktail into their festive offerings.

We say, love it or loathe it, there’s something inherently cheering about a strand of tinsel, and we’re delighted to see a grand old British tradition back in living rooms around the country.