By: Emily McCaul, Lord Botetourt High School
As our world grows and changes, so do the styles of clothing teens wear.
There is punk, girly, tom-boy, laid-back, preppy — the list continues seemingly forever. But where are today’s teens receiving inspiration for all of their new looks? Modern TV shows and movies are a huge outlet for our society’s teens.
Some particular styles and clothes seen in recent episodes of “Pretty Little Liars” and the movie “The Hunger Games” are riding boots, skinny jeans, colored skinny jeans, colorful scarves and patterned dresses.
Rebekah Broughton, a home school senior and Virginia Western student said, “I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, so my fashion isn’t influenced very much by that. I get most of my fashion sense from people I see at Virginia Western, home, magazines, pictures from the Internet and other social media like Facebook. Scarves and comfy sweaters are my ‘go-to’ right now, and definitely skinny jeans.”
Jordan Epperly, a senior from James River High School, does get inspiration from the big screen. She said, “Last year for prom I wore my hair in a braid like Katniss Everdeen did in ‘The Hunger Games.’”
Ciara Benz, a senior from Lord Botetourt High School agreed. Benz said, “TV and movies definitely influences what I wear, but it mostly just gives me inspiration for cute outfits I can create on my own. I’m not much of a tom-boy – I like to dress girly. I like to wear things that a lot of other people don’t like to wear. I’m not really big on labels.”
No two teens today are alike. Each has his or her own aspirations, hobbies, likes and dislikes. The same is true for how each teen prefers to dress and how much inspiration a teen draws from watching TV shows and movies – a diversity in styles and trends will always be present.