Spring fashion is a bit of everything | Queenswide
The Covid-19 pandemic has influenced our daily lives a lot over the past year: the way we interact with others, the way we work and even the way we dress.
Fashion trends took a complete swing in the year we were locked in and shut down. Soft colors and minimalist patterns were all the rage in the days before we stepped inside our homes, but now glowing neon lights, flashy jewelry, and towering graphics are all the rage.
“Color and fashion have a lot to do with how we feel,” said Anna McFillin, journalism and fashion student at St. John’s University. “We have overcome something crucial in our lives and are ready to go out this summer. Everyone with a vaccine is ready to throw their own fashion show. The forties were an opportunity to experiment with their styles. “
The spring fashion theme this year is hard to pin down and can only be described as plentiful. Clothing trends are developing in many forms this year and are bursting through the door, just like the way people are finally leaving their homes.
Despite the stylish madness, McFillin noticed that most of the trendy outfits she’s encountered this season took inspiration from the decades leading up to this one – perhaps the 2020s got off to such a terrible start that people want to transplant in time for eras before Covid-19 ever existed.
“That’s what’s really cool about fashion – it always comes back,” she says, adding that clothes have the ability to carry nostalgia in their folds. “People hold on to good things, especially after what we’ve been through. [They want] something light and happy.
That means you might see 80s style shoulder pads, aviator sunglasses, oversized blazers, and matching sets. The ’90s are also very popular, as are their tiny rectangular-rimmed sunglasses, baby t-shirts and mini skirts.
Although not so far in memory, the aughts are making a big comeback. Low rise and flare jeans, triangle tops, sparkly hair extensions and kitten heels are just a few of the looks of the year 2000 that will return in 2021.
While this year builds on decades past, it’s not just a replica of previous trends, McFillin said. It’s a conglomerate of what made the old trends great.
“Fringed and vintage denim has been around forever, but that’s how people do it now – pairing it with strappy dresses,” she said as an example.
Bringing new life to ordinary fabrics is gaining popularity, McFillin added. Using scarves as halter tops and tank tops as skirts are just two of the many ways people are showing off their creativity this spring, and are a symptom of the growing craze for savings.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the minds of many people these days, especially young people today. Even in an age when fast fashion is within reach, many are turning to reusing old clothes and reducing their carbon footprint.
“The pandemic has put the world on a slope. The issue of sustainability in all areas was occurring, but at a low level. The pandemic has made people think about the way they live their lives and the services they use, ”said Dr. Andrea Licari, director of the Fashion Institute at Collins College of Professional Studies in St. John’s.
Licari, who bought her first Chanel suit from a consignment store in the 1980s, said the “upcycling” trend is a marriage between a universal love for vintage and a growing environmental awareness.
“There is so much fast fashion that is found in the spoils of the Earth that weighs us down from an environmental standpoint,” Licari said. “It speaks to you, there is something genuine about it.”
Many large fashion companies have recognized the demand for ethically sourced materials and have implemented a collection policy that recycles old clothes – chains like Zara, Uniqlo and H&M have programs that turn old clothes into new or give them to those who need them.
The clothes themselves need to be made more ethically, Licari said, and designers need to be knowledgeable to deliver quality content. After years of advocacy, she and her colleagues successfully introduced a minor in sustainability at Collins College of Professional Studies, which also offers a bachelor’s degree in fashion studies and not just a minor in sustainability. The program studies ways in which fashion can be produced while conserving resources, reducing waste and recycling fabric.
In a way, sustainability has become a trend in its own right, but Licari believes it’s a trend that’s here to stay.
“If you are aware and consciously buy products and feel good, is the feeling of good a temporary feeling that you want? If people are doing the right thing, is it all the rage? She said, pointing out that trends focus on how they make us feel. “That’s how genuine the feeling is when you buy something.”
Nick Reyes, the manager of Bode’s Manhattan store, agreed that trends follow what makes people feel good. While experimentation has played a big part in styles this spring, it has also seen an increase in branded t-shirts from local restaurants, gas stations, and other moms.
“It’s about the idea of taking over New York in a way,” said Reyes, a Queens College graduate. “It’s about wearing something that, on a microscopic level, reveals where I’m from. Why wouldn’t I want to repeat it? “
In addition to revealing parts of who we are, Reyes said the phenomenon could also be linked to growing support for small businesses that have struggled enormously during the pandemic. A t-shirt not only provides a few dollars to a business in need, but also serves as a form of free advertising.
What surprised Reyes the most about this year’s spring trends is the evolution of menswear. While they’re not new to the world, crop tops, jewelry, and makeup have been more popular for men this year, including Reyes himself.
“I have worn rings recently. Before, I would never do that, ”he said. “Men are moving away from traditional men’s fashion to become more feminine, which was normally what men wouldn’t wear … it shows a lot of men are stepping out of their comfort zone.”
Reyes said Harry Styles and other pop culture icons should be thanked for advancements in menswear. The styles have garnered a lot of media attention over the past year for wearing dresses and feather boas, which have been condemned, but mostly applauded.
The general trend for spring 2021, Reyes said, could be simply defined as a bit of everything.