Blog: Crossroads Style

February 21, 2023 Black Influence on Our Favorite Fashion Trends

Black influence on style can be seen everywhere. We recently looked at 3 popular fashion trends that were born in Black culture, but we’re still only scratching the surface. Today, let’s look at a few more ways that Black culture has significantly influenced the fashion we wear now.

Hoop Earrings

Now considered a staple accessory in any wardrobe, hoop earrings go far back in history. Visit a museum of Nubian and Egyptian artifacts, and you’ll find beautiful pieces.

However, Black movements in the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s brought hoop earrings into the modern era, as prominent activist figures like Angela Davis began to wear them again. Hoop earrings were back.

photo of hoop earrings

Nail Art

Like hoop earrings, nail art can be traced further back in history, but its re-emergence into modern pop culture happened in the 1980s.

The runner and icon, Florence Griffith-Joyner, stole the Olympics scene for breaking world records and the fierce nail art she brought to her races. Like art on a new canvas, it opened the gate for this fashion trend to spread globally. See a photo gallery of her gorgeous nail art here.


By now, the term streetwear is known to anyone who follows fashion. Designer houses produce their own lines of it through bucket hats, oversized pieces, and graphic t-shirts.

However, this style of clothing didn’t emerge from the fashion houses. It was introduced to the world in the late 1970s and early 1980s through hip-hop artists from NY and LA who have left an undeniable mark on how we dress today.

photo of streetwear

Again, these are 3 modern trends we can’t imagine missing from the fashion world. Their emergence from Black influences of the past can be seen all around us today.


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