Students and staff on campus generally seem to agree that while fashion changes from season to season, it is about showing off their individuality.
Rico Guerra, current student at City College, says, “fashion is a way you carry yourself and how you make your clothes pop.”
Just as Guerra says he believes clothes are about individuality, City College student Karen Liu also agrees.
“Fashion is just personal style,” she says. “It’s how you express yourself.”
City College sociology professor Jason Logan, says he incorporates a “clean, simple, minimalist and comfy” look to reflect his personality.
Robert Denor, manager at Pac Sun says what works for him this season is a casual, simple and underground style.
Denor says that a lot of students on campus are wearing snap-back and trucker hats, ripped jeans and bright colors. He says trends come from the entertainment industry.
Denor says he notices “everybody is wearing bright colors…trying to be a peacock.”
Whether or not students choose or can even afford to keep up with the Kardashians, they can always consider local inspiration when working with a tight budget as they blend threads into artful expressions.
Allegra Voudouris, Sugar Shack sales associate on J Street offers a few tips. Inspired prints on skirts and long, flowing dresses along with soft, sheer fabrics, like chiffon are in, she says.
While color-blocked prints like beige and turquoise, red and orange were big for summer, this fall it’s all about tribal-inspired prints and TOMS shoes, Voudouris says.
Voudouris’ co-worker, Keturah Gibson says Sugar Shack sells classic, plain canvas TOMS at $44. She says the shack’s current seasonal TOMS include different textures like burlap, glitter and corduroy, priced at $54.
Students on a budget can also buy a pair of knock-off Keds at Rite Aid, spending $15 for a trendy look without the brand name flair.
For those interested in vintage or locally made clothes, Cuffs and Thunderhorse Vintage on J Street offer just that.
Cuffs offers an array of women’s skinny jeans and blouses, accessories and scarves. Men can find tweed jackets with leather elbow patches, hoodies and zip-ups. Merchandise here comes from local designers.
Jesse Davis works at Thunderhorse Vintage and says that vests, leather jackets, denim and fanny packs are emerging trends in the local fashion scene. He recommends students shop at thrift stores and just find something to represent individuality as fall approaches.
Thunderhorse Vintage sales associate, Aaron Hood, says the looks of the ‘80s and ‘90s are making a comeback. As the younger generation embraces the mixing and matching of our current day, Hood says he foresees the same will be the case as we approach fall.
Some will follow trends, other won’t pay much mind to them. As fall approaches, Logan plans on buying a raincoat and long-sleeve flannels. Liu plans on wearing sweaters as the season changes.
“I want to be able to pick something and match it easily,” says Liu. “Sleek and simple looks better than shiny and fancy.”