Hannah Barger: Review of fashion trends, from a teen’s perspective

Regardless of trends, everyone has his or her own style. An outfit that’s the epitome of gorgeous to one person might be hideous to another. Because of this, clothing stores carry a wide range of different items in order to cater to almost everyone (and I do mean everyone).
Apr 1, 2014
Hannah Barger

Regardless of trends, everyone has his or her own style. An outfit that’s the epitome of gorgeous to one person might be hideous to another. Because of this, clothing stores carry a wide range of different items in order to cater to almost everyone (and I do mean everyone). 

Because of this, pieces ranging from the hypnotically grotesque to the absolutely fabulous grace the aisles. Every trend has a name and is treated like the second coming, the thing that will forever shake the fashion industry to its core. 

The phrase “street style” is the latest buzz term, and I’m fairly certain it’s just a catch-all phrase for “I loved that girl’s sweater, but I can’t blog about it unless I act like it’s cutting-edge.” 

Despite what I say, I love this concept. Everyone deserves a chance to feel like a fashion god or goddess from time to time. But the fact remains that this trend hysteria is completely hit or miss: either “totally on-point” or “completely tragic.” This is, of course, my opinion and nothing more. 

Totally On-Point: Peter Pan Collars – I’ll start this off on a positive note by saying I’m thrilled to see these back. Peter Pan collars were sent to save us all, making every dress, shirt and sweater just a little bit better. Though this trend is not technically our generation’s to claim (these babies have been around at least one hundred years), modern wearers have made it their own with loud colors and embellishments. Classic black or white are just as favored, though, and carry the added bonus of making you look like Wednesday Addams.

Tragic: Wedge Sneakers – These look like hooves. There is absolutely no other way of putting it. They serve absolutely no purpose, either, aside from costuming for a bizarre remake of Flashdance. Athletic wear and formal wear do not mix. Any attempts to make these heinous clogs classy by adding rhinestones and glitter succeed only in dragging them further into the gutter. Hopefully this trend is on its way out. For the sake of humanity, I hope so.

Totally On-Point: Huge Sweaters – I could write songs about my love for oversized sweaters. They can be worn with anything: leggings so you feel like you’re in pajamas while still looking absolutely perfect; short skirts so you feel like you’re in a movie where the protagonist fights crime and writes poems, or something like that. They’re perfect for days when you’ve just rolled out of bed. Just throw it on and no one will be any the wiser.

Tragic: Cheap Lace – This complaint regards quality more so than style. I love lace, but I don’t love poorly designed, easily snagged lace that has to be thrown out after three wears. Almost every store geared towards the younger crowd is guilty of hawking this stuff, and customers might as well trade in their car payments if they want to afford high-quality material. Stores continue to get away with this, however, mostly due to the irritating notion that teenagers will buy anything. 

Hannah Barger is a senior at Wilson Central High School and plans to major in journalism at Tennessee Tech University in the fall. 

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