COVID-19 blooming fashion

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The image shows an assortment of masks that are available through an online subscription service. The service allows users to pick their masks based on their interests.

Aly Wenglarz, Print staff

With three months away from in-person learning and any other school-related commitments, some students used their time to work out, recharge or find a job. Others used their time to revamp their closet.

“I really never put much thought into what I was wearing, nor did I have time to really go shopping. During quarantine, I finally had time to look at what clothes I had in my closet. I didn’t like most of them and wanted to change my style, and I shopped online for clothes,” Kaleigh Benson (11) said.

Some students wanted to come back to school and show others that they had “glown up” over quarantine. They wanted to come back and show everyone how much confidence they had gained.

“My outfits are inspired by the way I look in them. I will get clothes that I think compliment my body. I wear what I want to and what I like to,” Lily Haro (12) said.

Students took to using social media more during quarantine as a way of filling up their time. Some students have found social media influencers that inspire their styles.

“Even though I still wear leggings and a sweatshirt to school almost every day, I’d definitely have a different style if I had the money. Lately, I’ve really been liking Emma Chamberlain’s style. Her style is really interesting, but it’s expensive because it’s becoming more popular,” Karina Rivera (11) said.

Students have now also found different terms to describe their style. Terms like Y2K, grunge and soft are all used to describe different clothing aesthetics. Y2K is influenced by early 2000’s fashion and involves a lot of pink, sparkles and crop tops. Grunge is influenced by grunge music and involves dark colors, baggy jeans, chain and skater shoes like Vans. “Soft” is influenced by Korean and Japanese fashions and involves a lot of bright colors, sweaters and skirts/dresses.

“I really like the Y2K style. Personally, it’s not for me though. I think that I look and feel best in more of a soft and grunge combination. Having good style nowadays is hard because there are so many different styles and they’re all super expensive,” Abby Burton (11) said.

Instead of changing their style, teachers and students have opted for simply expanding their style to their masks as well. Rather than treat masks like inconvenient tasks that are necessary to get through the day, some students and faculty have embraced adding a new accessory to their closets.

A lot of people have been against wearing masks, but I decided to embrace it since it is our ‘new normal’ due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ryan O’Dell, English, showed me several masks that he had gotten prior to school starting and that inspired me to go buy several of my own and make them an accessory that I accessorize with to match my outfit for the day. I prefer their [Old Navy’s] masks because they have adjustable straps for the ears, and they can open in a way that allows me to have plenty of speaking room for the projection of my voice inside of my mask. It no longer feels like a hassle to wear a mask. I try to make it a point to try to match my masks to my outfits daily, and I plan on buying the maroon colored pack for my fall colored clothing,” Ms. Amanda Harle, Family and Consumer Sciences, said.