Every season, we flock to fashion magazines, malls and high street store likes Topshop and Forever 21 to find out what’s going to be in trend for the next few months. New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham realized in the 1970’s that it wasn’t what was in the magazines and on the runways that was really being worn in the streets, and thus began his column “On The Street.”
Scott Schuman of the wildly popular blog, “The Sartorialist,” also picked up on this and has been photographing street style and trends for up to eight years now. If we were to give this street style trend sighting a trial at the University, it would be very easy to say that one trend that has been bombarding everyone’s closet is combat boots. They have been seen in black, brown, tan, PVC, rawhide, spikes or no spikes, original Dr. Martens or knock off Steve Maddens.
Call them a revival of our 90s grunge roots, but I say that they never left; we just misplaced them for a moment with UGGs, and what a mistake that was. It’s no surprise that these shoes have become as popular as they are when they’re versatile enough to go with any outfit, whether it’s your basic jeans and t-shirt or a flouncy sun dress and you want to give it that sweet, but not too sweet vibe.
Alexandria Saunders, junior and art major, who is often seen wearing her black version of combat boots said she loves them so much because “they can literally go with everything; a dress, a pair of jeans, something formal or laid back. I only have them in black but I want to own them in every color.”
Another trend that has been seen are backpacks, laptop cases, sweaters, skirts and dresses in tribal print. Ranging from sources like the Aztecs, Mayans and other deep rooted cultures, tribal prints come in a wide variety of colors and designs, making it perfect for masses of people to appreciate this print and not have to worry about meeting a friend with the same exotic shirt on.
I discussed this particular trend influx with Anam Parpia, junior and public relations major, who said, “I like tribal prints that mean something and have sacred ink, since I’m from Tanzania. I have an appreciation and see the significance in each print or marking.”
Not to mention, tribal prints can bring out your wild side when going out to enjoy Miami’s nightlife or when you just want to try something more daring when attending classes for the day. If you’re tired of sticking to the mainstream basic colors and want to bring some tribal into your life, check out online sites like Karmaloop or Nasty Gal to find some within your college budget range.