the latest Florida State fashion trends

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On Friday nights, you’ll see a lot of college women walking down College Avenue wearing halter tops, loose-fitting jeans, shoulder bags, and hair clips. Based on these fashion statements, one might think it’s 2002, but it’s actually 2021. Styles that were once worn out are now being rediscovered. 

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There are Y2K styles reemerging as well as other decades, such the 60s, 70s, and 90s. It is difficult to keep up with fast fashion. There are some trends that are certainly notable, but there are also hits and misses. 

HIT: Halter Crop Tops

The first halter neck lines were created in the 1950s and most famously worn by Marilyn Monroe. However, they are now making a comeback among Generation Z women. They are light and breathable, and show the bare back.

“They are fun and flirty especially in the Florida heat,” said senior Lauren Horner.

MISS: Sweater Vests

Sweater vests were a fad in the early 1990s. Princess Diana was a fan. They were a key part of fashion back then and seem to be making a comeback. However, Florida State women are divided on the subject. 

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“Hear me out. Sweater vests are wholly dependent on the outfit they are being put on,” said senior Ruth Artze. “They absolutely have the potential to pull an outfit together but it can also go south.”

“[I am] not a huge fan of sweater vests,”Horner. “I think there is a certain way to pull it off but you have to be willing to work to execute it.”

MISS: Cut-out gowns

Cut-out dresses have become a popular fashion trend this summer. Many women have worn them around Florida State campus, especially on game days. They are great for hot weather but not for every season.

“Just because a dress is revealing does not necessarily make it sexy,”Taylor Richie, a senior at FSU, said the following: 

Female student’s outfit before going to class.

HIT: Mom Jeans 

They are a huge hit with mom jeans. They can be worn for almost any occasion and every body type. They provide confidence and comfort for women. 

“I am pro-mom jeans and pro-bell bottoms! They fit so many different styles and feel much more comfortable to me compared to tighter clothing,” said junior Moriah Richman. 

“I live in my mom jeans!”Emily Boden, a junior. “I am so glad this style is in and I could throw my skinny jeans away!” 

One cannot talk about the high-waisted mom jeans without mentioning the horror of low-rise jeans. 

“If low rise jeans come back, I will ask to be put into protective custody,” said Artze.

It is safe for us to say that mom jeans will continue to be in fashion for quite some time. 

HIT: Shoulder Purses

Shoulder purses are another hit. These purses were created after the Y2K Time Capsule was released. They are light, durable and secure and can be taken out with you.

 “I grew up watching Paris, Nicole, Lindsay, Britney, etc. and seeing all of those trends come back is very fun,’ said Artze, when asked about Y2K trends reemerging. 

As for the general fashion at Florida State, there are many viewpoints to go around.

“I think the girls at FSU dress well,” said Boden. “I do sometimes think it is a little basic, but we are very fashion-forward in comparison to other universities. I think the NYC/LA style is HUGE down here.”

“I love seeing women and other folks on campus express themselves,”Richman.  “There are so many different styles and subcultures — it’s cool to see students find their crowd through semiotics in fashion.” 

Although there are many opinions among campus women about fashion trends, one thing remains constant: Everyone at Florida State is pro mom jeans. “[They] really give women power over what they want to wear,”Horner said. 

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