As you walk down College Avenue on a Friday night, you will see mobs of collegiate women wearing halter tops, loose fitted jeans, shoulder bags and clips in their hair. One might think it is 2002 based on these fashion statements, but really, it is 2021 and styles that were once thrown away are now resurfacing.
There are not only Y2K styles reemerging, but other decades as well like the 60s, 70s and 90s. Fast fashion can hardly keep up. However, there are definitely some notable pieces that are trending, and among them, there are hits and misses.
HIT: Halter Crop-Tops
Halter neck lines first emerged in the 1950s, most famously worn by Marilyn Monroe, but they have recently seen a re-emergence among Generation Z women. Not only do they show the bare back, but they are breathable and light.
“They are fun and flirty especially in the Florida heat,” said senior Lauren Horner.
MISS: Sweater Vests
Sweater vests were an early 1990s phenomenon, notably rocked by Princess Diana. They were a key element in fashion back then, and they seem to have made a comeback this season. However, Florida State women have mixed opinions on them.
“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,” said 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 dresses
Cut-out dresses became a popular trend over the summer, and many women have worn them around Florida State campus, notably on game days. However, while they are suitable for hot weather, they are not particularly comfortable for every occasion or season.
“Just because a dress is revealing does not necessarily make it sexy,” said FSU senior Taylor Richie.
HIT: Mom Jeans
Mom jeans are a hit; there is no question about it. They are suitable for almost every occasion and body type. They give women confidence and comfortability.
“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!” said junior Emily Boden. “I am so glad this style is in and I could throw my skinny jeans away!”
Of course, one cannot mention the high-waisted mom jeans trend without bringing up the horror that was low-rise jeans.
“If low rise jeans come back, I will ask to be put into protective custody,” said Artze.
It is safe to say mom jeans will be here for a while.
HIT: Shoulder Purses
Another hit on the list are shoulder purses. Coming out of the Y2K time capsule, they have made a huge comeback and for good reason: they are secure, light and durable for going out.
“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,” said Richman. “There are so many different styles and subcultures — it’s cool to see students find their crowd through semiotics in fashion.”
While many women on campus have differing opinions on trends, one thing is definite: everyone is pro-mom jeans at Florida State. “[They] really give women power over what they want to wear,” Horner said.