I was scrolling through Instagram one day and I came across a post on a throwback account, @VelvetCoke. It was a compilation of what high schoolers wore in the 60s, taken from LIFE Magazine.
As I scrolled through the account more, I discovered that this account had posts of the same idea but not just of high school students, but of people everyday. There were posts of people in the busy streets of New York City in the 60s, all the way to the rich kids of Beverly Hills in the 2000s.
As I looked at what people wore, I started to notice the styling difference, the different accessories, and even the makeup looks from each decade. With this in mind, I came up with the idea of doing the same but a 2019-present version. Here are few snapshots of what students wear everyday in
The most outfits I’ve seen throughout McMahon are very casual. Many students seem to go for the “laid-back” type of outfits, which you are more comfortable but still look presentable, as pictured here. A typical casual outfit consists of jeans, (ripped or just plain), a basic sweater or t-shirt and sneakers.
Taking a look more closely, especially the style among girls, I started to notice that shoes play a vital part in an outfit. Shoes are the part of the outfit that people tend to notice first. The most common are, Vans, Converse in various styles (ex. color variations, high and low tops), and Adidas Superstars.
These shoes are the most popular among the students in McMahon, but fashion does come with a price. Vans’ prices can range from $50-$80, Converse’s prices range from $50-$100, and Adidas´ prices are from $80-180.
In the picture on the left, we see a few McMahon students with Chuck Taylors and Adidas Superstars on. These are known to be the “go-to” shoes because no matter what outfit you chose to wear, any of the shoes will match.
Now talking about the boys of McMahon, many seemed to go for the athletic and laid-back look. Many boys tend to wear basketball shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt or a sweatshirt. It is a very comfortable look, especially when you’re sitting in two-hour classes all day.
As seen in the picture above, here one McMahon boy. Obviously, he is wearing basketball shorts which is most commonly seen on many of our guys and we can’t blame them. It looks very comfortable!
Sometimes, boys wear jackets over their sweatshirts since it does get cold out and also, in the the building as well.
On good days, many students like to show off their style. Inspired by the Instagram, “street-style,” many go on social media for outfit inspiration. Designers like Virgil Abloh, the creative director of the brand, OFF-WHITE, stepped up the idea of street-style as his designs are seen on celebrities like Bella Hadid, Justin Bieber and many more. Many McMahon students really abide that kind of style and it adds a little uniqueness to the typical everyday high-school wear.
There are two types of ¨Instagram Street-Style.¨ There is the “Parisian It-Girl” look which the outfit focuses only on neutrals and nude colors. The other type is the “NYC Street-Style Look” in which, it consists of overlaying shirts and sweaters, cargo-typed pants and ripped jeans. Many influencers come from New York City and are the main inspirations for street-style.
Taking photos of McMahon students’ outfits really made me notice the difference, and the evolution of fashion in school and in our society in general. Looking back, fashion will always be evolving and I can’t wait to see what it would be like 20 years from now.