♪ (ragtime music) ♪ – (FBE) Today, you are not going
to be reacting to a video. – (mock disappointment) Oh! Okay! – Uh-huh, okay. I just am filled with trepidation. – (FBE) You are going
to be reacting to fashion. – All right, man, I’m into fashion. Mr. Fashion, they call me. – Oh, I love fashion!
I’m a fashionista. I’m just a plate of fashion, honey. – (FBE) You’re gonna be
reacting to modern fashion. – Yeah, I could use an update. (laughing) – I guess it has its pros, and its cons. Too much glitter I think sometimes. – If only I had their body
and their looks. If I were younger, I would use
whatever they use now. (movie reel clicks) – (FBE) What do you know
about modern fashion today? – Uh, very short shorts. Bare tummies. – Fashion today seems to be, uh,
looking stupid is in. – It seems to be kind of
a confusing potpourri of undecision. – I don’t like the one that is like
when they wear the pants, like, halfway down. As the older generation, you know,
we wear it almost pulling too far out. – (FBE) The first thing
we have for you today is an item of clothing that can be traced
all the way back to the 1800s. – Oh, way back there, in the 19th century. – (FBE) And, today,
they’re as popular as ever. These are jeans. – Oh, okay. Levis? – Okay. These are,
uh, second-rate jeans, I could tell right off the bat. – (FBE) Those are called skinny jeans.
– Skinny jeans, okay. – (FBE) Do you ever wear skinny jeans? – Uh, no. – Too skinny isn’t good. – I would find it uncomfortable.
How do you move? And if you have to sit, you know, do you hike your pants up/down? – (FBE) So the first thing
we have for you today is something that was
really popular in the ’80s and is now back in full force today.
– Oh really? – (FBE) These are patterned leggings. – I like it! It looks cool. – When I go in the stores,
I would grab something like this– (gasping) and then I’d go,
wait a minute, I’m 67. I can’t get away with this anymore.
But I wish I could! – If you were a tiny, young girl,
it would look great. – I didn’t wear leggings in the ’80s. Or maybe I did for PE class or something, but not run around clothing, no. – (FBE) The next thing
we have for you today is a popular type of top.
– Okay, let’s see what we got here. – That’s kind of a fun top. It’s very patriotic. – All right, this for both gender? My daughter pretty much
wears the same thing. – (FBE) Is this something you’d ever wear? – Hey, I wouldn’t wear them. I don’t think these are really apropo
for the elderly, okay, because you’re gonna
hang out and bulge out. – (FBE) The next thing we have for you
is very popular with girls today. – Oh, crop tops. “Babes club”? No apostrophe. – “Babes club.” I don’t know how they wear
the strangest things. – If I wear this, my tummy would come out. – On the young girls, this looks great. A woman of a certain age
can’t have a sleeve like this. – (FBE) And to finish off
the modern wardrobe, we’ve got one more thing for you.
– Yeah, all right. Fashion hat. – The bane of my existence. I never liked baseball caps! – My granddaughter, the way
she wears it is backwards. She says, grandma, wear it backwards! – This is the one I love. Oh yeah. Oh, that’s practical, isn’t it? Well, I guess you’re protecting
your neck from the sun. – If I’m going to wear a hat,
I want a hat that covers everything and the sun can’t get to you. This, you get sun
on the back of your neck, your ears, the sides. As you get older, you tend
to have bigger hats. – (FBE) Well, you might
not want to hear this… – Uh-oh. – (FBE) …but it’s time
for you to try everything on. – (laughing) I can do that. – You’re kidding. – What? No, no, no. Are you serious? – If it’s me, I don’t think–
I don’t think I fit in that skinny jeans! – Everything is so tight. (laughing)
My god, you’ll see my bulges. – You’re talking me about putting on
those particular pants? – (FBE) Yes.
– What, are you kidding? – (Josie) I have to sit down. Old ladies sit down
when they put their pants on. – (Libby) I’m telling you straight out
that this stuff is not big enough. – (Gary) I’ve got to hold my breath here. One, two, three. (grunting) – (Melvin) I guess it’s a good thing
that I wore clean underpants today. – (Johnny) Oh my! Tight. – (Josie) I should have worn my girdle. – (Gary) Whoa! Oh, shoot!
I put my feet into that rip. – (Phil) I think my circulation
is being cut off. Call a nurse, please. – (Holgie) Hey, I think I look great. – (Vera) What a wonderful color
combination you’ve got here. – (Josie) Can I come out?
– (FBE) Yeah, come on out. – These are nice jeans.
I mean, a little light– a good weight. – Actually, these pants fit pretty well. See, I’m not so bad for 75, right? – Let’s go fast because I can
only hold myself in for so long. – (FBE) What do you think now
that you’re wearing modern fashion? – I’m thinking the pants are too tight. – I feel really uncomfortable and exposed. – Maybe when I was 16,
I could get away with this. – I don’t think I’m gonna
wear this to go out. – I like things to be a little longer,
so this gets hidden. – It’s cute if it’s backwards,
I think, huh? And then with this tag on, mm-hmm! – I’m stylin’, man. How about– how about this shot? You want a date? You taking me to lunch? – Do you think I look stylish?
– (FBE) I think you look great. – Tssh! – (FBE) So how would you say
that today’s fashion compares to fashion of your time? – I’d say we had
some goofy looking trends back then as well as today. – Fashion always, um, reinvents itself. – In the 70, you know, the shorts
that both men and women wears is like this short! – People used to be self-conscious
about the hair, and then the dress should be feminine. – Right now, you really have to be
in good shape to wear these clothes. My mother would not have let me
out the house in this. – (FBE) Is there a time in your life
when you wore something that your parents just hated?
– Yes, mini skirts. My legs were really pretty before. – I’m not sure it was
my parents who hated it so much, but the school was very upset
about how short our skirts were. – Colored jeans were just coming in. A friend dared me
to get a pair of red ones, and I got a pair of red jeans, and my parents were very upset. – You’re not supposed to wear nylons
at a certain age, and you were not supposed to wear
makeup at a certain age, so I guess, now that I think back, yes. – (FBE) Why do you think that,
as people get older, they tend to not keep up
with the fashion trends the same way they did
when they were younger? – It’s a hassle. Uh, dry cleaning bill is high. (laughing) – When you’re young,
you want to be fashionable. And as you get older,
you want to be comfortable. – For the majority of people,
though, you know, you start disapproving. “How can people wear that?
How can they do that?” I don’t feel that way. If I could get away
with it, I would wear it! – They go to parties and my younger–
my friends who would say, “Look at that lady.
Wow, she’s trying to look young. It doesn’t suit her.” – They’re not concerned
with impressing anybody or worried about who
is gonna say something or look at them or care. – Things that look great on you at 16
are not gonna look great at 67. Whatever you try on,
even though it may be trendy, you gotta be realistic about, like,
but does it look good on me? – (FBE) And, finally, what do you think
people will think of this style when they get older
and they look back on it? – (scoffing) They’ll laugh. They’ll laugh– and it’ll
all come around again, you know? They’ll get old and go,
“Oh, I wore that in my twenties.” – Most people think their own style,
their music, their culture, their clothing, everything today,
that’s alway the best. Those people in the past,
they don’t know. – Maybe they’ll think it’s okay. Maybe they won’t think it’s that bad. Because, like now, I would
look at myself from before, the clothes that I would wear,
it didn’t look bad. – They’ll probably think,
“Jesus, did I wear that?” Actually, you know, that’s not true. I’m thinking of my granddaughter now. She looks pretty good most of the time. – Thanks for watching
this episode of Elders React. – Want to see more?
Hit that subscribe button. – Goodbye, guys. Can I please take this off now? – Hey, guys, it’s Kyle,
associate producer here at FBE. We’ve had the teens react to ’80s fashion, the elders react to modern fashion– what type of fashions should we have
what generation react to next? ♪ (ragtime music) ♪