By Laura Huskey - Staff Writer
From the bustles of the 19th century to the chain accents of the 2000s, fashion is constantly changing from one trend to the next. Despite this, fashion still continues to recycle and revisit past looks and ideals.
Many have ideal aesthetics or clothing they would like to wear in public but are too self-conscious to dress the way they want because it could go against current fashion trends.
“Fashion is always changing, and honestly, considering how history has been, what would have been seen in a negative light will probably be the biggest thing down the line,” said Hannah Hwang, a liberal arts major.
With fashion constantly evolving, it only seems right that people should be allowed to dress however they want without fear of ridicule. If that means wearing a hoop skirt or a cloak, a crop top or short shorts, then people should be free to express themselves in fun ways.
“I wear whatever I want because it’s my choice, but I know wearing revealing clothes isn’t something super ‘acceptable’ even though it’s 2020,” said Deborah Baer, a high school senior. “Wearing crop tops or short shorts still gets me a look.”
The most important thing about fashion is about being comfortable and having fun. Fashion should be a freedom of expression.
“Fashion is fake,” said Emma Smith, a high school student. “If I want to wear 12 petticoats and a circle dress then I will.”
This attitude in the younger generation is the first sign of people making a change in the concept of fashion.
Throughout the centuries, younger age groups tend to be the forerunners of changes in style. Young adults will create something entirely new or decide to breathe more life into older trends. Fashion is not permanent.
“I also would want to wear old-time stuff, like princess-style dresses or something, but would never do that because it’s not something people usually wear,” Baer said.
Today’s youth are deciding it is time to stop being subjected to society’s ideals of what fashion is.
“There's all this and that, and yet when we see old model cars that are vintage out on the streets, nobody makes them stop while driving to slander them, so why should we do the same with what someone wants to wear,” Hwang said.
Whether it makes you comfortable to wear long skirts, suits, capes or crop tops, be comfortable in yourself and your expression.