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During the hundred-plus years it’s graced the foot of Fifth Avenue, the Washington Square Arch has witnessed a lot of costume changes: from suffragist bustles to beatnik black to summer-of-love tie-dye and fringe. A recent afternoon found cropped, decorated, and otherwise embellished blue jeans (tight) cohabiting with camouflage and cargo pants (huge), accompanied by thick-soled shoes, tiny tank tops, back-breaking rucksacks, and other hallmarks of early-21st-century street style.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 28, 2000

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