Originally published in The Gonzaga Bulletin
It’s weird to look back at the ’90s with a sense of nostalgia, especially as the era surges back into popularity now. Throwing it back to the ’90s has become 2014’s biggest trend in music, fashion and pop culture. Iggy Azaela, one of the most popular new artists right now, based her latest music video for her song “Fancy” off the 1995 cult classic “Clueless.” In it, Iggy and her music video extras wear big hats, bright colors and bold prints matching that of the movie’s characters down to the very last “scrunchie.”
If you think Gonzaga has no clothing connection to a world-traveling hip-hop star like Iggy, then you’d be surprised to know that stylish students here have already adopted spring’s biggest fashion trends. Some of those recently Zag-approved trends include floppy wide-brimmed hats, bohemian pants, dizzying patterns and rounded glasses. All you need to do is take a glance at Vanessa Hudgens’ ensembles at Coachella to achieve the look.
On the other end of the style spectrum, colorful athletic shoes and architectural sandals have dominated the world of fashionable footwear. From the CHANEL runway to the pages of an online blog, New Balance and Nike athletic shoes have been the chic choice to pair with other spring essentials.
Jackson Steimel, a sophomore, thinks the athletic shoe trend can be pulled off a certain way.
“I think the trend can be done well if you keep the shoe design simple and clean,” said Steimel. “A lot of athletic shoes are too busy and overdone.”
Steimel is a connoisseur in streamlined style. His look takes advantage of this season’s hottest color, cobalt blue, by implementing it in his chinos. A colorful button down, inexpensive loafers and a sleek set of sunglasses make him a dapper man.
Senior Molly Dohoney, a San Diego native, loves online shopping at Forever 21 for all of her laidback looks. This California girl loves wearing her wide-brimmed hat with denim and lace for a perfect balance of texture.
“Since I’m so short, pants or shorts with a high waist really elongate my legs,” said Dohoney.
Her printed pants from Forever 21 give her the length she loves and work well with her circular frames. The simple gray top lets the pants take center stage, until she turns around to reveal a cool cutout showing off her Southern California tan.
Like Cher, the main character of “Clueless,” Dohoney favors the color white, which is just as much a trend now as it was in the ’90s. The light fabric of her sundress is something to consider with your own spring wardrobe.
Try a white tee with short overalls for more ’90s flair. A white jumpsuit with statement jewelry is a breathable, yet classy way to bear blanc. You don’t have to look far from your winter wardrobe by wrapping a plaid shirt around your waist for a ’90s grunge look. If you’re a guy who’s a bit wary about wearing something that could be misinterpreted as a kilt around your waist, know that Kanye West pulls the trend off with ease.
Whatever your style is, it’ll be helpful to pick up some of your favorite ’90s movies and TV shows (like “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) and study them closely between finals. This spring and summer fashion is all about reliving your childhood.
Just don’t raid your parents’ closet quite yet. That shoulder-padded polyester pantsuit should not be allowed to ever see this summer’s sunlight.
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