Fashion trends at South

Patriots discuss what influences their fashion choices

Senior Paige Peterson takes a picture to showcase her fashionable dress.

Senior Paige Peterson takes a picture to showcase her fashionable dress.

When COVID-19 first struck Missouri in March, many businesses, restaurants, schools, and other local buildings shut down. This left many students bored while being stuck with nothing to do at home. All of this free time has sparked some new interests for some students. These new interests ranged from video games, like Animal Crossing, to various hobbies and sports. One interest that has gained attention over quarantine is fashion. 

During this period, influencers from all over the world have shared their original outfits/accessories they customized on social media apps like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. Many different clothing styles have gained popularity this year, including streetwear, skater, indie, etc. 

How have the current fashion trends inspired students at South? A few questions regarding fashion were asked to students at South. 

“I really love the attention that Asian Street Style is getting at the moment. It is currently one of my favorite fashion trends because it brings out unique styles from different places like China and Japan,” sophomore Emma Cheng said. 

Throughout this year, Asian street fashion has influenced people from all over the world. Asian Street Fashion is exactly what it sounds like; clothing you see in videos of people in trendy clothing walking down public streets throughout Asian countries. 

Students interested in fashion obtain their clothing in various ways–from shopping in retail stores, buying clothes online, and going to thrift stores. 

“I thrift most of my clothes, but I also buy my clothes second hand on Depop and eBay. On occasion, I buy from Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters, or Unif,”  sophomore Grace Vulgamott said.  

These are some of the many clothing stores that are trending for teenagers at the moment. Depop is a mobile app that people can use to buy and sell their clothing. The app is described as a thrift store at the tips of the fingertips; teenagers love the convenience of finding affordable and unique items. The app has recently gained popularity and currently has a whopping 13 million active users worldwide. In-person thrifting is another trend that has gained publicity. It can eliminate lots of waste, is cheaper, and can lead to lots of cool finds. 

Now that the popular trends have been discussed, how can students who are interested in fashion get more involved with it? 

Wear what makes you comfortable but if you want heads to turn; a little discomfort never hurts anybody,” sophomore Chris Hyman said.