Students show style trends in fashion choices

Every day, students walk into the middle school with a different outfit, but what is everyone wearing? Fashion is an enormous industry, and styles are constantly changing. So what is trendy at ASL?

Everyone has to purchase clothes, shoes, and possibly accessories and then choose what to put on in the morning. There are popular brands and clothing items in every place in the world, and ASL’s middle school student population definitely has patterns in their fashion choices.

Students buy their clothes from a variety of stores, but there are a few favorites among students. H&M, Nike, American Eagle, Brandy Melville, Zara, Gap, Hollister, Supreme, and Lululemon are some of the most popular clothing stores in the middle school. Additionally, jeans, leggings, t-shirts, and sweatshirts are the most worn clothing items among students. The most popular colors worn are black, grey, and blue. Furthermore, the majority of students described their style as casual, sporty, or comfortable and relaxed.

A popular trend among middle schoolers is Adidas Superstars, Stan Smiths, and Gazelles. Sixty-two percent of students own some type of Adidas shoe (Photo by Anya Tchelikidi).

Shoes are also a large part of students’ fashion choices, and some footwear is favored in the middle school. Eighty-eight percent of survey respondents said they wore sneakers and 24 percent said they wore ankle boots the most. Also, 84 percent said they own Nike, 62 percent said they own Adidas, and 54 percent own Converse. Many said their favorite types of shoes were Roshes by Nike, or Superstars, Stan Smiths, and Ultra Boosts by Adidas.

Students also wear different accessories to complete their outfits. Students said their favorite accessory stores were Topshop, Accessorize, Amazon, Brandy Melville, Primark, and Claire’s. The most popular accessories in the middle school are necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and watches.

The influence of others also plays a big role in student’s fashion choices. Students said they get their style inspiration from their peers at ASL, online media, and shops. Forty-five percent of students said that they might feel pressured to adopt certain styles. Also, more than half of the survey respondents said that they do or possibly feel judged about their fashion choices at times. Thirty percent of students replied saying that they have definitely been teased before about what they wore.

Overall, middle school students seem to like big brands, and there are many trends among style preferences. Also, a majority of students felt pressure to adopt the same styles as their peers. However, every student has the right to dress themselves however they like, and in the end, everyone’s style is unique. 

About Liz Merryweather ('21)

Features Editor (2016-2017)

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