The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

City High students share their opinions on fashion trends of 2017/2018


Maria Buri ’20 modeling high-waisted shorts and crop tops

The hallways of City High are filled with 2017 and 2018 fashion trends, from black and white Vans to colorful scrunchies. 2017 and 2018, the years of Donald Trump’s presidency, the #MeToo movement, and many natural disasters, were definitely a wild ride–and fashion did not disappoint.

One of the biggest trends of 2017 and 2018 was the return of 90s fashion. Chokers, hoop earrings, crop tops, overalls, windbreakers, and scrunchies were staples of the 90s–and are now given new life. 90s grunge fashion, identified by layering, ripped denim, and baggy tees, has also returned in 2017 and 2018.

However, these past two years have also had their own unique styles. Skinny jeans, though slightly dying out, became hugely popular. Meme fashion exploded, creating the popular ironic fashion style — the Balenciaga platform crocs, for example. Embroidered designs, big sunglasses, and other accessories helped fashion to have a unique twist.

Aesthetics, such as “instagram baddie,” became very popular on social media, spurring “niche memes” which often include style inspiration. These niche memes, as well as an increase in online fashion influencers and an increase in cheap online fashion, make 2017 and 2018 fashions more accessible to the average high-school shopper.

But what do City High students really think of recent fashion trends?