Fashion trends are prevalent on social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat, but are also reflected in the clothing choices of students on campus. In college, some students began experimenting with spring fashion items, such as wedge shoes, beaded jewelry, and plaid jackets.
Clinical fashion professor Susan Becker said that for trends to manifest, there must be a supply of the trendy item available.
He also said there must be an absence of a trend before it can return. If there’s a fashion item that people haven’t seen in a while, the item may be back in fashion.
He said a broader culture, such as COVID-19, can affect how people feel and their clothing choices.
“There are ways our clothes exist within a larger culture,” Becker said, “Things like the pandemic, where we wanted to wear things that nourish and care for us and soft. how things like that affect trends. “
He said people on campus can follow trends because clothing is associated with their identity. Many trends develop because people want to identify with a certain group of people, such as their group of friends. Becker said that while some people might like a trend, other people might just wear the trends so they don’t stand out.
He described the circle of influence that inspires people to adopt trends.
“I talk about how clothing is a language and it communicates to other people who speak the same language,” Becker said. “That circle of influence with regards to how trends happen, depends on which circle you are in and what kind of language is spoken among those people.”
Becker said social media is also a great outlet for people to discover trends. You also said that global manufacturing is one reason trends are easier to adopt and quickly extinguish.
“In addition to social media, there is also a shift in manufacturing that has allowed us to meet that greater demand,” Becker said, “because the clothes can be produced at a lower price and for a greater volume overseas than here. “.
As for trends on campus, Becker said dresses like plaid jackets are making a comeback because they were out of style for a while.
“There has been such a one, especially at the pandemic level, that embraces comfy fabrics and knitted fabrics, so something more tailored like a plaid or wool (jacket) would feel very different from what we are experiencing,” he said. said Becker. “There’s that classic lack to fill the presence with something new.”
Down jackets, trench coats, and plaid jackets are some of the fashion items that students wore on campus this spring season.
“Right now, down jackets are back, so I’m going to pick one thing I like from the trends I’ve seen and somehow incorporate it,” said Alyssa Solis, a junior at AHS.
Anika Chakrabortl, a freshman at LAS, said she wants to wear her trench coat more this spring.
“It’s a beige wool coat in contrast to the down jacket I’ve worn (on) many times,” said Chakrabortl.
Sarah Tate, a second year at the FAA, said she likes her quilted jackets and plaid jackets.
Other students claim to have worn wide-leg trousers and straight-leg jeans.
“At the moment, I’d say I’m really enjoying wide-leg pants, like oversized jeans and a graphic hoodie,” said Victor Avitia, a young man at the FAA.
“I really like flare yoga. I really like straight jeans, mom jeans. Now I’m more inclined towards snags, ”Solis said.
“If I wear jeans it’s usually straight leg jeans. I also have some wide leg pants that I like, ”Chakraborl said.
He also said he wants to try on pants with different types of materials, such as work pants. She would like to try wearing pants in fun colors, like pink and green. These colors could make business more casual.
Some students said they love different colors for spring.
“For spring in particular, it’s always the colors,” Avitia said. “I really like a brighter color palette. I like it when people aren’t afraid to experiment a little with color ”.
Avitia likes lime green, light blue, white and pink colors.
Olivia Lynch, a junior at LAS, said she wants to try wearing maxi skirts and more flowing dresses. She also likes pastel colors.
In terms of footwear, some students claimed to have worn wedge shoes, such as Dr. Martens, boots, Converse wedge heels, and wedge sandals.
Tate said she likes platform boots and Converse, and she owns a pair of off-white platform Converse. She wants to buy the Converse Chuck ’70s, which is currently her favorite shoe style.
Emma Haugh-Ewald, a sophomore at the FAA, said her favorite shoes to wear are her Converse platforms. She is also interested in purchasing Dr. Marten platform sandals.
Chakrabortl showed off Dr. Marten Adrian moccasins.
Some students say they want to experiment with jewelry and accessories for spring.
“I’m starting to veer more towards wooden beaded jewelry, like bracelets, necklaces (and) rings,” Tate said.
Brightly colored butterfly clips scattered around her hair or padded headbands in the shape of a tiara are some of the accessories Chakrabortl said she likes.
Becker said that since arriving at university 15 years ago, she has seen a shift in the way people wear fashion on campus.
“I noticed in my time here that there was a lot more variety and a lot more experimentation,” Becker said. “It’s exciting for me as a fashion professor, it’s super fun to watch.”