Be basic, be proud, you do
BY STEWART FUSSELL ON NOVEMBER 25, 2014
This year we have seen a sudden shift in fashion here at Rose. My earlier years at Rose consisted of southern this and southern that. We obsessed over preppy brands like Southern Tide, Southern Proper and Southern Marsh, and the list goes on. Of course these things are still a staple for us and the boys still cling to their button downs and loafers, but brands such as Free People have suddenly emerged as “must haves.”
Fashion always seems to come back around, and looks from the ‘70s to the early 2000s are all hitting the mainstream yet again. We are all ‘90s kids after all, well except the freshmen. If you haven’t noticed the sudden uprise of Converse sneakers in the hallways then you are probably blind. You also might wonder why girls wearing chokers again; they look pretty uncomfortable, don’t they? Flowy dresses and high waisted shorts were go-to’s this summer. I am definitely a fan of this hippie style and that Birkenstock sandals are making a come back. These that trends are drawn from the ‘70s and ‘90s, our outfits are definitely giving our parents flashbacks.
Quite frankly, it is difficult to keep up with the newest fashions and it’s even more difficult to afford them. Although brands like Free People make beautiful clothing, they are ridiculously overpriced. Free People clothes are made to look like they are worn out, but it is difficult to find a single item that is less than $50. For some people I suppose this makes the brand more appealing, but for me I feel like I am wasting my money for the sake of impressing people whose opinion I’m not even sure I care about.
We buy all of these clothes because they make us feel like we are different and not like everyone else, when in reality they make us even more like the masses. It is a vicious competition to keep up with the latest styles, but we love it. We all want to be unique, and that is not a crime. Just remember you don’t have to dress a certain way to make yourself stand out. Additionally, it is easy to see through a person who acts like they are above it all. I know you want to sing along to Taylor Swift’s new album just like the rest of us, don’t even try to deny it.
What I’m saying is, wear what you want and own it, even if that means being basic. I own a black string choker and a pair of white converse. I like wearing them, but I can also recognize and acknowledge the fact that I am not totally original. Stop trying so hard to be different, and you’ll find that you are unique and special without all the extra work. Be basic, be proud, you do you.