As spring and a new semester approach, students predict that fashion trends will prioritize comfort and be influenced by social media sites like TikTok and Pinterest.
Jaishree Gupta, a sophomore studying environmental health sciences, said she thinks matching sweatsuits will be popular this semester, as students have gotten used to wearing more comfortable clothing since the start of the pandemic.
“It’s going to be really hard to go back to wearing jeans and dresses and skirts every day,” Gupta said. “At least, I think it will be because I can’t get myself to change out of sweatpants.”
She said neutral colors and '90s fashions will be popular this spring, as she’s seen a lot of these trends on Pinterest.
“I look at Pinterest and I’ve seen a lot of sweater vests,” she said. “Really just mostly '90s fashion coming back and a super girly top or bottom juxtaposed with a more masculine other half.”
Jacob Hester, a sophomore studying dramatic art and music, said he thinks puffer jackets and thrifted items will be popular this semester, as well as bold and colorful pieces.
“When people do get the occasion to go out into public spaces, I feel that they will want to make a statement because you don’t get to as much these days,” Hester said.
Although many students prefer to stick to loungewear for remote classes, Hester still plans to dress up.
“I guess there is this notion that people won’t see you if it’s a virtual class, but I personally like the idea of still dressing up for class because putting on a good outfit that you feel confident and comfortable in just makes you feel better,” he said.