Trend Report

Summer Trend: The Classic Neck Scarf

Being from the desert it’s a little hard to imagine me saying to rock a neck scarf, right? Well, truth be told, I’ve rocked a cool neck bandana a couple times despite the heat. Fashion is a sacrifice sometimes, right? But the real reason I fully support this summer trend is because there are so many other ways to wear them. One of my favorite ways is in my hair. It can hide unwashed hair while adding a little something extra to an updo. I really like the idea of adding them to my bag or around my ankle because it seems a little unique.

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Trend Report: ‘Woven’ Bags

I’m a little skeptical of the woven bag trend. I see the appeal. It’s summer and they just scream summer. They are the perfect beach bag. Some of them even look like cute little baskets. They have come back in style time and time again. They are classics, and there are so many different options.

But then again, depending on style, they very much give off a beach bag feel. Also, I don’t really like stabbing myself accidentally with a piece of wicker. I suppose the pros outweigh the cons in this scenario. Maybe I’ll have to give one a go…

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Trend Report: White Sneakers

As someone incredibly type A with OCD just the thought of white sneakers is enough to give me a panic attack. Why? Because I will obsessively try to keep them in pristine condition. “But you own Stan Smiths…” yeah that I’ve worn…a handful of times, and, yes, they are incredibly clean.

That is why I have a love/hate relationship with one of the biggest shoe trends right now: white sneakers. It’s not just white sneakers, but pretty much solid white sneakers for the most part. The ultimate canvas for grass, dirt, and every other stain imaginable. I love white sneakers because they are so pristine, classic, and can be paired with just about anything. They add a little bright pop to the most basic of outfits. They can make the best summer outfits look cool and casual. It’s true I love a good white sneaker…but mostly in theory. Sneakers are destined to be dirty. But since it’s summer and there’s that rule about only wearing white until Labor Day, it’s time to fully embrace the trend. There’s always those Magic Erasers to clean them up right?

I’ve included a bunch of different kinds to match any style. There are pops of color for the scared of solid white crowd, textured, It-Girl approved, and even the classic Keds (for dipping ones toe into the water). Plus the Keds are the most classic summer shoe.

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Summer Trend Report

Every season there is a mountain of trends to keep track of. Even while brainstorming this post I had to dig through more than I could probably recall from memory. Everything from yellow to graphic prints and off the shoulder to stripes will occupying our favorite stores for the next few months. So with that in mind, I’ve chosen four of those trends I can really get behind for summer.

Not into these? I’m also partial to white dresses, white sneakers, and, of course, stripes.

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Styled: Boyfriend Jeans

A good pair of boyfriend jeans are a wardrobe essential. A girl can never have too many different pairs of jeans. Boyfriend jeans go in and out of style, but right make an outfit look relaxed without trying very hard. They are often baggy with a low waist which is a very 90s type of silhouette for girls. Boyfriends jeans can offset dainty pieces like lace or crop tops to add a little something extra to an outfit.

It girls and fashion girls love boyfriends jeans so there’s plenty of places to look for inspiration. One of my favorite ways to wear distressed boyfriend jeans is with a baggy sweater and loafers. It looks effortlessly chic but not too relaxed where it becomes frumpy. There are tons of different washes, styles, and brands to check out so it’s easy to find the right pair.

If you haven’t considered them before or thought they were out of style here is some inspiration to guide you.

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Trend Report: Political Statement Tees

Political statement tees were all over the runway during fashion month. Considering this current political climate it’s not hard to understand why. The slogan tee trend isn’t exactly new. As someone growing up in the 90s and early 2000s, slogan tees where everywhere. I was sent to the office and my mother had to leave work to bring me a new shirt because the middle school deemed my “boyz r toyz” Pinocchio tee against school rules. Now I’ll admit as a 13-year-old that shirt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but everyone wore them. I happily joined in.

The reason we remember these shirts many years later (not because my mom still brings it up as some kind of parenting annoyance) is because we begin to associate people with the messages they are sending. Whether you know the person or not what they choose to display on their shirt makes you create a label of that person. I don’t believe any girl my age is truly “50% angel, 50% devil” and I definitely don’t think “boyz r toyz.” I don’t even know what that means nor how to make a boy a toy. These shirts have a history rooted in the 60s and 70s when expressing your personality was beginning to be accepted by society. There were social causes, catch phrases, and segments of society that subscribe to their own norms.

What originally began as anti-war protest (I love my John Lennon anti-war shirt still) statements has now transitioned into more feminist leaning options. Speaking your stance has become a norm again today though the use of social media and the ways it filters into our pop culture lexicon. The trend walks a fine line because it’s obviously being capitalized on by the fashion industry. They will be seen everywhere especially in fast fashion stores, but there are plenty of shirts out there (some here) that donate their proceeds to charities and organizations that support and further women’s rights. No matter where you get them the idea is the same. You’re speaking your mind, taking a stance, and it’s a message you’ll be proud to share for years to come.

I say that because we have far more photographic evidence than we did in the early 2000s. The messages we send stay around longer than the amount of time I ever wore that dumb Pinocchio shirt. I’m sure you can still get a “boyz r toyz” slogan tee if that’s your thing, but maybe try one of these better, political options instead.

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