STORY BY JEFFREY PINEDA
VISUAL OBTAINED FROM PINTEREST
Students at Cypress College revealed the fashion trends they’d like to see more of in 2023 and those that they want to leave behind.
As the year goes by and a new one commences, the year of fashion does the same. In 2022, many got to try on their first pair of Dickies while others studded with their mini black Prada purses; Uggs were selling from left to right and high rise jeans ceased to exist. We also saw a massive shift in the beauty world, where artists were opting for the “clean girl” look instead of the previously popular “insta-baddie” look; the list goes on. It’s safe to say 2022 was the year for trying new things, and it was very obvious in the fashion world.
It seems that 2023 has been teaching us to expect the unexpected, with the weather and fashion trends alike. Tiktok trends are slowly making their way onto our “For You Pages” and into our closets, but before letting influencers control what you buy, ask yourself, “What fashion trends do I love that no one talks about?” and narrow down the styles you want to experiment with this year.
There were several trends of 2022 that many continued to love while others might not be the biggest fans of, the students of Cypress College did not hold back when expressing the trends they are bringing with them in 2023 and the ones they are saying “hasta la vista” to.
Fashion is 100% subjective, and these answers shouldn’t make one love their style any less. Cypress student Josh Kim said, “I think just sweatpants as much as they’re basic and considered basic, I think they’re just timeless for our generation of course. They’re just comfortable, it’s convenient. I think it’s just something that not alot of people would agree with but it’s just convenient.
“Jorts. I mean like just the regular fit ones I guess are alright. I don’t know about jorts; it kind of defeats the purpose. Jeans were made to be durable for when you’re outside and things like that back during the Gold Rush. People like denim but I don’t know about it.”
Jorts or denim shorts were all the rage in the summer of 2022, with celebrities like Bella Hadid and Justin Beiber seen wearing them in the streets of New York. Influencers began popularizing the clothing piece, and people quickly began loving them.
On the topic of denim, fellow Cypress student Allen Alcala said, “I think men’s ripped denim should stay in 2022. I just think the wave of ripped jeans for men is over. Nowadays, it looks a lot better to have non-ripped dickies, denim, etc. It throws off the whole style and looks more fluid without rips.
“In 2023, I really like the loose fitting denim. Loose fitting denim goes hard; some straight-fit or straight-legged denim goes hard.”
In 2016, we witnessed the reveal of two things: 1. the presidential elections; and 2. ripped jeans. Ripped jeans were seen on almost everyone, from celebrity red carpets to college hallways. They were carried in both men’s and women’s sections in stores and are still loved by many. Last year, however, social media saw a change in how people wear their pants. Jeans and pants were becoming wider legged and baggier fitting, sitting below the waistline. Baggy pants are still making their way to the top in the fashion world, and student Hosanna Kim agreed when he said, “I think that baggy pants should stay. That’s like a popular trend that most people should probably come on to.
“Ones that shouldn’t stay…Air Forces. I never liked Air Forces, but I know it’s a pretty popular shoe.” Air Forces were released in 1982, and after 41 years, they remain to dominate the shoe industry with their signature white color and unforgettable Nike swoosh.
To add to the list of shoes Cypress students are leaving in 2022, Birkenstocks and clogs weren’t student Kayla Potter’s favorite fashion moment. Instead, she’s bringing her hair clips with her this new year as she doesn’t see people wearing them enough.
Elementary education major Natalie Almendarez stayed true to her love of halter tops, describing them as statement pieces and very easy to style. “They’re iconic and cute for the summer,” she says. In regards to the trends she’s waving off, Lululemon is one of them as the brand, for her, is very basic and leaves no room for one’s personality to shine through. Despite being known for making sportswear and workout clothes, many Lululemon pieces are being worn as streetwear with their Define Jacket Luon going viral in the beginning of 2022.
Fashion has proven its great impact on pop culture through the thousands of trends that society has seen year after year. It is loud and clear that the students of Cypress College know what they’ll be wearing this year. Whether it be baggy jeans or chunky shoes, there is no guessing what will be hanging on the racks of stores this new year.