By Monica Jaramillo
Look in the mirror; clothes on, shoes tied, accessories sprinkled throughout to make the outfit pop. One last look and all of the clothing, pieced together, is ready to make a statement.
Rider is already a diverse campus, but adding students’ sense of fashion and style to the picture takes diversity to a whole new level. When students go to class, they have different ideas of fashion in mind, whether it is wearing a cute dress or going to class cozy in a comfortable pair of sweatpants.
Students have their own reasons for dressing the way they do. Some dress for work and others for sports; some only crave comfort, while others want to turn heads.
Walking around campus is the perfect way to keep up with fashion trends. One person’s outfit may be the next conversation starter; fashion can bring people together.
The runway fashion has slowly started creeping onto campus as the temperature has begun to drop. Since September was fairly warm, some students are still sporting summer fashion staples. But many are starting to bring out the warmer clothing – boots, scarves and other accessories. Military green and camouflage are spreading across the campus, along with graphic patterns. As the months roll by and the weather gets colder, the fall fashion trends will be more popular and become more apparent on campus.
Fashion is a way to express oneself as an individual and stand out and be unique. The late Alexander McQueen once said, “It’s a new era in fashion –— there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”
Many of the trends seen at last month’s New York Fashion Week, as spotted in HarperBazaar.com’s trend report, have already appeared on campus. Here are some of those fall trends seen at the 2013 New York Fashion Week:
This fall is all about bold, distinct graphic patterns.
Leather is a huge staple on runways right now. Rocking some leather allows everyone to release his or her inner punk, and be tough, bold and a little rebellious.
Gray is the new black
Runways weren’t all black or white, but in-between. From charcoal to slate, gray has become the new neutral color for fall.
Be one with nature
Keep warm as the days get colder with cozy knit sweaters, high boots and fur-trimmed outerwear.
Mix and match
Fall is all about color-blocking. Mix colors together and layer graphically-styled hues of black, white, camel and navy to accomplish this fall trend.
Welcome to the Army
Be tough this season with deep, rich shades of camouflage green.
Printed in the 10/2/13 edition.