It’s Hip to Be Square

While certain trends on campus may seem mundane and typical, it’s important to understand where these trends took root. On any campus in America, you’ll find many students in baggy sweatshirts/sweaters often paired with leggings or jeans and a pair of boots. When the weather begins to dip below the 70s, campuses in the South will be populated with trends to suit the new burst of chilly weather. Some students may play with layering, while others bring out their favorite coat to make any outfit more stylish. But with tests and assignments piling on before the winter holidays, comfort seems to be the main concern when it comes to what to wear during the day.

Sloppy Joes: 

In the 1940s, the market for teen’s fashion became increasingly popular. Teens began to stray away from the mainstream dress of adults and began to adopt their own fashions. It was popular for teenage girls to wear loose, baggy sweaters that were called sloppy joes.

Cubism:

Cubism began in the early 1900s as a form of art intended to break away from the norm and create a new style. Sharp geometric shapes and breaking up objects to their more simplistic forms were characteristic of Cubism. There are many subdivisions of Cubism, some are more simpler, while others are more complex. The sweater worn by the student in the above photo does not completely embody everything that cubism is, but it does show the importance of geometric shapes and sharp lines as an obvious characteristic of this art movement. Cubism has been easily translated into the fashion of the past and present.

Sonia Delaunay: Cubist artist, below are some of her textile designs that are similar to the sweater worn in the above photo.

Cubism Today:
Art movements, such as Cubism, still impact fashion today. Below are examples of designs that have been inspired by cubism.
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Classic

Today is the kick off of being the most creepy person on campus. I browsed the crowds to find a casual outfit to begin my quest of photographing random people and went through the awkward conversation of asking to take a stranger’s photo for a blog. Keeping in mind that the outfit I chose for the day had to be dissected to relate to fashion history, I stuck with something more classic than creative to start with.

POLKA DOT:

Sonia Delaunay, a Cubist artist is credited for popularizing the polka dot in fashion during the 1920s/1930s.Cubism focused on geometric shapes where artists used straight edges and bold geometric shapes. While most of the polka dots of Delaunay’s designs were large and bold, a multitude of sizes are popular today.

CARDIGAN SWEATER:

Believe it or not, the cardigan sweater has been around much longer than you would imagine. The cardigan was named after James Thomas Brudenell, the 7th earl of Cardigan, a British general during the mid-1800s.

BLACK CAPRI PANTS:

Her black cropped pants are reminiscent of the popular black capri pants that Audrey Hepburn wore during the 1950s and 60s.