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The 2014 Tumblr Revival

Certain objects have the power to take us back to specific moments in our lives. Popsicles and grass stains may remind you of playing with your childhood friends in the summer, or the smell of chocolate chip cookies might remind you of your grandma. American Apparel tennis skirts, Doc Martens and Arctic Monkeys? 2014 Tumblr. 

It seems like every month, a new trend surfaces on the internet. Over the past year alone, there were countless internet trends like cottage-core or 2000’s style clothing. Although most trends are a repeat of previous styles from decades ago, like 80’s mom jeans becoming popular in 2016, many current trends have started to draw inspiration from the last few years. With TikTok as the main source for these trends, the time periods from which the inspiration is being drawn has gotten more recent and niche. TikTok’s latest victim? 2014 Tumblr aesthetics. 

If you ask anyone ages 18 to 28 what 2014 Tumblr culture reminds them of, you’ll probably get the same answers. Flannels, black and white album covers and nonsensical “deep” quotes were all pillars of this time period. Countless hours were spent endlessly scrolling through Tumblr, reblogging Lana Del Rey quotes or grainy photos of city skylines. Although many of us who were active in the 2014 Tumblr subculture reminisce fondly about it, no one can believe that seven years later it would become trendy again. Here are three ways that I believe 2014 Tumblr culture will make a comeback:  

Clothing

Fashion is one of the biggest ways I believe we’ll see a revival in 2014 Tumblr aesthetics. When you look up “2014 tumblr outfits,” you are bombarded with tennis skirts, knee high socks and Doc Martens. Each of these items was a staple within the community, and can be seen making a comeback right now. If you sit along Speedway, almost every other person you see will be wearing one of these clothing items. 

Music 

Music was a large part of the 2014 Tumblr culture. Arctic Monkeys, Sky Ferreira, Marina and the Diamonds, The 1975, Lana Del Rey and Lorde were just a few of the coveted musicians/bands that were popular during that time. With the release of a new Lana del Rey album and rumored comeback of Sky Ferreira, it’s hard not to feel like there will be a revival of popular 2014 musicians.

Attitude

For many pre-teens and teens, Tumblr was used as an act of self-expression. Communities were created within the platform that catered to all interests. In particular, a large portion of the 2014 Tumblr community found their niche in grunge clothing, indie music and black-and-white grid patterns. Now on platforms like Tiktok, teens are creating their own spaces for self-expression– similar to Tumblr. 

The 2014 Tumblr revival won’t be a carbon copy of what some of us remember from seven years ago, however, I think that there will be tons of parallels in clothing, music and attitudes. Newer generations will put their own spin on the aesthetics that so many of us grew up on. In the meantime, I think it’s safe to say that you can bring out your Doc Martens, American Apparel tennis skirt and press play on A.M. by the Arctic Monkeys!

Harry Styles Love on Tour-Inspired Lookbook

With Harry Styles beginning Love On Tour September fourth, new looks, singing clips and pictures from his concerts will soon fill up our social media timelines. “Harries” everywhere are looking forward to the day Styles arrives at his next venue and performs his best songs, from “Sign of the Times,” to “Falling”. To celebrate his tour, I put together five different Styles-inspired outfits for your inspiration.

As Styles says in his song “Cherry”, for his fans, “there’s a piece of you in how I dress.”

Look #1: Inspired by “Fine Line” Album Cover

Starting off with the most obvious look, inspiration came from Styles’ “Fine Line” album, which was released on December 13, 2019. Because this look might be a little too colorful for everyday wear, events like costume parties would be the perfect place to pull these off. Parties where people dress up as their top Spotify artist have been all over social media lately; having a small, fun party with friends each dressed in their icon’s outfits would be an event to look forward to on a weekend. Thanks to Austin’s wide range of thrift stores, from Texas Thrift to Goodwill, these looks would be very easy and affordable to recreate.

Look #2: Song-specific Outfits

In Styles’ discography, there are plenty of song options to pull inspiration from for a more subtle outfit. For the outfit pictured above, I took inspiration from one of my favorite songs, “Kiwi”, from his debut album “Harry Styles”, released on May 12, 2017. For obvious reasons, the outfit features a range of greens tied in with gold to pull together the color scheme. Though the word “kiwi” is not mentioned once in the song, Styles’ is known for his fruit-titled songs, like “Watermelon Sugar” and “Cherry”. These would be the easiest songs to recreate as outfits, though reading through the lyrics of other songs could potentially spark ideas.

Look #3: Inspired from Photoshoots

Emphasizing the word casual for this business casual look, outfit #3 includes influences from Styles’ personal style. Often, Styles is spotted wearing a colorful suit at events like photoshoots, red carpets and interviews. This outfit would be fun to recreate for a photoshoot day with friends, and you could try a variety of different colors that would achieve a similar look perfectly. I found my look at Texas Thrift located about 10 minutes away from UT campus. Texas Thrift holds various colorful suits towards the back of their store. Though digging through racks is required, finding the perfect outfit always feels like finding a treasure.

Look #4: Concert-inspired

As seen in Styles’ performances, he often wears a blazer or a long-sleeved button-up top. This outfit takes a girly spin on Styles’ concert looks and would be perfect for going out to eat with friends. Though it’s rare for women to wear blazers when they go out, the confidence boost they give is perfect for hanging out with friends and elevating style. This pink blazer also came from Texas Thrift for less than $10, which was the best feeling ever, and it reminded me of Styles as soon as my eyes landed on it.

Look #5: Everyday Merch Outfit

Because the previous getups were for going out or dressing up, this next option is the best for an everyday look and definitely the most comfortable. Bought on the San Antonio date of “Love On Tour”, this t-shirt can be worn multiple ways, from wearing it with leggings to shorts. However, since Styles often uses flare pants, I paired the merchandise with flared jeans to continue to pull from Styles’ influence.

With five different ensembles put together, Styles would definitely approve of each. Hopefully, one look calls to you and pushes you to channel your inner Harry Styles. Take inspiration from one or all looks, for everyday fits or costumes, and have fun dressing up!

Spring 2021 Fashion: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Spring

Spring is upon us and now is the perfect time to get caught up on spring fashion trends! Check out our list of the six hottest fashion trends of Spring 2021 and take your pick of what stylish pieces you’ll be strutting around campus in.

1. Statement Sunglasses
First on the list is statement glasses! Spring is all about enjoying the sun and Austin’s warm weather before the summer heat makes it unbearable. Grab a pair of cool shades, maybe even color coordinate them with your outfit, and head out for a picnic with friends or to one of your in-person classes.

2. Silk Scarves
These stunning scarfs can be found all over TikTok, especially in the super popular “Please Don’t Go” headscarf trend. There are so many ways to style them and unique prints you’re bound to find something that works for you. For a summery look, tie a scarf around your ponytail or fold it into a triangle and wear it like a bandana. To add a little extra something to your outfit, tie a scarf around your neck or tie one to the straps of your favorite purse. Looking for somewhere local to pick one up? Visit Flamingo’s Vintage located just north of campus.

3. Print Button Downs
Looking to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring? Bring back some of your favorite button downs! Rather than wear them buttoned up, pull them over your favorite cami and your all set! Not only are you protected from the sun, you also have something to keep you warm at sunset.

4. Lingerie
Lingerie is no longer just for the bedroom! Some of your favorite pieces might be your new favorite going out outfit. Consider wearing a lacey slip dress or tucking a dainty cami into a pair of jeans. If you’re looking to go a step further, consider also incorporating an underbust corset.

5. Long, Flowy Skirts
This spring is all about statement pieces. Printed long skirts offer modesty and are just flowy enough to keep you cool as temperatures rev up. For an edgier look, pair them with a classic pair of docs. For a softer vibe, throw on your favorite pair of sandals!


6. Anything Vintage
Wearing vintage is all the rage. Not to mention, you’ll never have to worry about showing up in the same outfit as someone else ever again. Wondering what to get? Vintage dresses are a great option if you’re looking for a retro take on a sundress. You can also never go wrong with a bright 80s windbreaker paired with your favorite t-shirt and denim shorts.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and start rocking your favorite spring trends. And perhaps, bring a friend and a mask and check out local thrift and vintage stores for a new piece or two to spice up your wardrobe.

Photos by Ren Breach

Styling Your Unconventional Clothing Items

Go take a look at your closet. Now, push aside your everyday t-shirts and jeans. What do you have back there? An old, billowy white shirt from your Halloween costume three years ago? A pair of green overalls you found at the thrift store and just couldn’t pass up? 

We all have these little items and accessories that find their way into our lives. Be it a costume piece or just something a little bolder than what you typically go for, it can be pretty hard to seamlessly fit these styles into your wardrobe. We asked several of you to share with us the most unconventional pieces in your closet, and how you style them for everyday wear. 

“My mom gave me this shawl (I think it’s called a shawl?) to wear with dresses for mass and stuff. I was drawn to it because this is the type of clothing my grandma would make me but I never thought it looked good on me, especially around dresses so I decided to style it completely differently. I made it into a shirt by adding string to tie it together, but I would suggest sewing on buttons instead, I was just rushing. But I have never worn this just because I literally came up with it right now. I’m thinking I would wear it to hang out with friends at like a fair or a festival. It’s perfect for the summer because it’s super breathable.” – Karla Zamarripa

“I got this Halloween sweater through eBay this past winter. I had recently gotten really into fashion and wanted to lean more into wearing quirky clothing. One brand I really love is Talbots and their themed sweaters from the early 2000s. I’ve always been obsessed with Halloween and when I saw this Halloween themed sweater after scrolling through all the Talbots pieces on eBay I couldn’t turn it down. Even though it’s one of my favorite pieces, it doesn’t get a ton of use. Part of this is because Austin is hot and because this piece is a bit hard to style. I would say it’s a pretty wearable piece for me now that I own more clothing, although I think that its wearability depends largely on how you feel about wearing statement pieces. I’m hoping to get more use out of this sweater in the fall when things cool down a bit.” – Ren Breach

“This denim vest with little embroidered flowers was a thrift find I got for about a dollar. It’s a bit big on me, so I find it difficult to style, but I thought it was too cute to pass up! The fit is made a bit more awkward by the straps on each side– they make the silhouette kind of unflattering from the back when tied. I think I’m gonna try to alter it into something a bit more wearable when I have more free time. For now, I like to pair it with a solid colored skirt or pair of pants and add some cute spring-themed accessories.” – Kunika Trehan

“I made this top after seeing a lot of corset tops on Depop [a digital marketplace app] and Instagram, and I bought all the materials from Etsy! My mom taught me to sew and how to make some patterns because she went to grad school for fashion, she was a huge help whenever I got stuck. I don’t wear it super often– it’s truly not the most comfortable piece and requires you to keep really straight posture the entire time you wear it. But when I do, I like pairing it with a solid pair of pants with a fun texture or silhouette (either flare or bootcut). Overall, it’s not something I find easy to wear every day, but I think it makes me feel more excited for the occasions where I do get to wear it!” – Ira Gulati

Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to pull a neglected piece from the back of your closet and look at it with new eyes. You never know what a big difference some creative styling and a dash of confidence can make!

The Harry Styles era of fashion

Beginning his journey on the X Factor UK in 2010, Harry Styles, former One Direction member, has stolen the hearts of many. Ten years later and he has single-handedly influenced a new era of style. 

Harry’s individual style started to really shine when he began his solo career. Without the boyband stereotype branding him, his personality seemed to show through his clothing. Towards the end of One Direction’s time in the spotlight, Harry stepped out of his comfort zone more and more when it came to press releases, red carpets and touring. His signature look of skinny jeans, Chelsea boots and a t-shirt quickly turned into polka dot dress shirts, flare pants and heeled boots. The bags started to become designer and then everything began to change. 

The change was gradual. He didn’t immediately switch to the style we now know him for today. Starting in early 2017, he began wearing more colorful suits, printed shirts and finally ditched the ankle boots. Once he kicked off the tour for his debut album, a trend started to develop and fans quickly began to catch on. In almost every performance, he was sporting an extravagant suit or a kilt (yes, he did that). It was a sort of game amongst the fandom of what he would wear next and we all looked forward to when he walked out on stage– not only for the music, but the style.

Behind all the great outfits or streetwear Harry has sported, there is a mastermind of style. Harry Lambert, a British stylist, began working with Styles towards the end of Harry’s time in One Direction. Although Lambert usually does editorial pieces, Harry has been one of the very few celebrities he has worked with. An introduction with gender-fluid designer Reed Harris by Lambert really unlocked Harry’s full fashion style. Shocking the world with his ensemble at the Met Gala, it is as if Styles carried the camp theme with him proceeding the event. This trio has crafted truly unique outfits and it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

With his new look, fans and other celebrities all over the country have followed suit in creating more feminine and fresh approaches to their wardrobe. Inspiration outfit videos are almost every other scroll on TikTok and the red carpets are starting to get more and more interesting when it comes to the looks that the men show up in. The boundaries of fashion are expanding and I would directly attribute it to the influence of the 26-year-old curly-headed superstar.

Top “Off-Duty” Look: Rehearsal at The TODAY Show- February 26, 2020

The JW Anderson chunky, colorful cardigan paired with a vintage t-shirt, Gucci denim jeans with a unique cuff and white Vans made me a bit nostalgic. Styles went back to his roots in a way that still allowed for his new style to stand out. His mature yet youthful approach to a rehearsal fit had fans going crazy on Twitter. Also, can you remember the last time Styles walked out in denim jeans? With his hand painted guitar and neck draped in pearls, Styles had everyone googling where to get this cardigan- and by everyone, I mean me.

Top Suit from Live on Tour- April 2, 2018

 Photo by Helene Pambrun

Purple is Harry’s color. There, I said it. This custom-made Gucci glitter suit with the gold glitter accents was a dream during his show in Milan. Giving him a bit more structure than a normal suit, this piece perfectly embodies a major theme in most of Harry’s outfits– glitter.

Top Music Video Outfit- Lights Up

Another trend that Harry has seemed to bring back is the use of suspenders. Dressed in Gucci, this sheer, glittery dress shirt allows for his tattoos to be the star of the scene. Who doesn’t love a good tattoo moment? 

It’s safe to say that Harry’s outfits for the Fine Line tour are much anticipated. I can only predict that his feminine edge will only grow stronger and the desire to come up with greater, more glittery pieces will be a challenge for his stylists.

Featured image illustration by Serena Rodriguez