ARTICLE BY JADA CARTER, JOURNALISM STUDENT:
Do you ever wake up in the morning and throw on the first thing you see in your room? Or do you plan out what you are going to wear an entire day or week ahead? Students at Freedom High School can most likely relate to the first person described, but still make a statement in how they dress. Fashion trends at Freedom make everyone unique in their own way. Whether they dress like they are ready for practice or dress a little more casually, they are still following some type of trend. Even the teachers and staff have a trend where they pay $5 to wear jeans on Fridays. However, when it comes to the students, what influences their everyday style?
Do you like to wear athletic clothing such as leggings and hoodies? Then you might fit under the category of the sporty style. This style can be influenced by professional athletes or having a love for the gym. Maybe people dress this way without even realizing it. This fashion trend is popular amongst the students of Freedom High School probably because we have so many amazing athletes here.
The casual fashion trend is also a popular style. Casual wear refers to a style of clothing that allows people to feel comfortable but also look somewhat professional. Some examples would be wearing jeans, sweaters, t-shirts, sneakers, etc,. Teachers and staff lean towards the business casual style, but plenty of students know how to dress casually.
If thrifting clothes is something you love to do, then it is very possible you already have an article of vintage clothing or even a whole outfit. The term “vintage” refers to something that is old but high quality. So the vintage fashion style includes fashion trends from time periods most of us were not even alive for. What is better than cheap, classy clothing that everyone can afford?
May Guo, a senior at Freedom, finds herself wearing “mainly comfy clothes”. She tries dressing for herself, but she mainly gets “inspiration from people on social media”. As for peer pressure, May has in fact changed her style before “because everyone else did”. So not only was she influenced by social media, fashion trends around school had a part in how she dresses now. When it comes to her celebrity role model, which is Zendaya, May is influenced by her athletic, sporty style that she pulls off so well. May is one of many at Freedom High School whose fashion style is impacted by her surroundings.
Lance Aborde is another senior at Freedom High School whose style was influenced by someone else. He said “My cousins and friends mainly influence my style as I would consider my style to fall between urban-casual and minimalistic.”. For those who do not know, having a minimalistic style means to dress simply. The urban-casual fashion clothing refers to hip-hop or street style. Because Lance likes to make his style his own, he never changed his style because of how everyone else dresses. If there’s one celebrity that does impact how Lance dresses, it would have to be Drake.
Speaking of how celebrities impact students’ styles, Kayla Schankel, a junior, is impacted by Park Gyuri, Ho Yeonjung, Hei Huixiang and other k-drama or c-drama actresses. The fashion trends that grab Kayla’s attention are the Korean and Asian style. Not only is she influenced by types of fashion, she also finds herself becoming amused by styles she sees on Tiktok. She also has “a lot of Pinterest boards dedicated to the aesthetic she wants”. When it comes to trends that are seen around Freedom, she has definitely “followed trends like bucket hats and pleated tennis skirts”. Although everyone has worn this style at least once, she said “I always try to make my style my own at the end of the day by adding personal touches like jewelry or shoes.” So even though there are other people who play a part in how she dresses, Kayla likes to add her own touches to ensure that her style is unique.
It is just as easy to take a style and make it your own as it is to hop on the latest trend happening at Freedom. Whether inspiration is found from your phone or from those around you, there’s a style for everyone.
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