Welcome back to the Trini-Vogue-ian. Fashion — whether you love it or couldn’t care less for it — is part of our everyday lives. Fashion is how we express ourselves and show our personality. It’s also how we choose to give off impressions, whether it’s personal or professional. This year, we want to reflect on fashion over the last few and today and how the evolution has come to reflect a changing society.
As ABBA once said, “The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself.” This seems to be true especially for fashion. Many of the trends popular today, including mom jeans, floral dresses, dad polos and sneakers, scrunchies, Canadian tuxedos and much more, were at the height of fashion in the 1980s and ’90s. The throwback look is becoming more and more popular across the country, including on our campus.
In our special section, you can get a glimpse of how fashion has impacted the lives of Trinity students. Read about extensive shoe collections, the consequences of cultural appropriation and what students are learning about fashion from the classroom.
At this age, we are getting ready to emerge in the adult world where we might be restricted to suits and single-colored blouses for the rest of our lives. We want to hold on to our creative freedom as long as we can so where we can express ourselves with our cultures, talents and collections.
We also want to reflect on how fashion has evolved over time to today. Consumers are more interested in shopping ethically and protecting vulnerable workers from the power of large fashion corporations. In addition, people are dressing more to express their identity and straying from traditional gendered norms in clothing. As our world grows to become more accepting of different sexualities, cultures and identities, more people can dress in a way that makes them comfortable to be who they are.
As always, let us know what you think, Trinity. Your comments and criticisms are always welcome.