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As TikTok continues to remain on the App Store (charting at number one of entertainment apps) and phones of millions of Americans, “TikTok trends” continue to dominate popular culture.
In many ways, TikTok today is reminiscent of the height of Tumblr in the early 2010s, a place where trends were born, with teenagers and adults alike taking inspirations from posts online and applying them to their lives, whether it be their closets, vanities, home decor, etc.
With the shelf life of these trends lasting anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, it’s important to get on them while they’re still, well, trendy. With trends like Cottagecore dominating the summer, new ideas and aesthetics have taken over for fall.
Leather jackets - Leather jackets are always in, though leather, blazer-esq, longer jackets, are having their moment currently. Where to buy: Thrifting and online consignment sites like Depop and Poshmark are a great place to start! Also try stores like Princess Polly.
Curtain bangs - Voluminous hair in general is currently very popular on the app, with curtain bangs, a shaggy sort of fringe, providing both volume and facial framing. Lily Klam, a junior government and politics major is a fan of the trend. “It (the trend) encouraged me to have my roommate cut my own curtain bangs,” said Klam. To aid in achieving a curtain bangs (after getting them cut of course) or more volume in your hair, check out Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush.
Tennis skirts - Or skater skirt, cheer skirt, whatever you want to call it. The name is up for debate, but the white tennis skirts that were popular over the summer have continued to make their way into fall. Check out Amazon for some cute options.
Sweater vests - Sweater vests, specifically those with an argyle pattern are currently being sold everywhere as they continue to trend on the app (extra points if you wear a collared shirt underneath). Lots of stores are starting to sell them, including Amazon.
Layering - As a segway from the last trend, layering in general is very popular, especially as we move into winter; whether that be a sweater vest over a turtleneck, a crewneck sweatshirt over a collar shirt, or baggy t-shirts over long sleeves.
Small purses - Smaller purses and shoulder bags have continued to remain popular into the fall, after being popularized this past summer. You can find these bags at stores like Urban Outfitters, Princess Polly and Missguided, though your mom may have some leftover from the 90s and 2000s as well. Activewear sets - As staying home as much as possible continues to remain the safest option, activewear sets are a cute and comfortable trend to support, whether working out or lounging around the house (though as it grows colder biker shorts will probably be swapped out for leggings). Check out stores like Athleta, Gymshark, Lululemon and Aerie for high quality sets.
Eyeshadow as eyeliner - Eyeliner wings are back in style, though many TikTok users have given it a twist, using darker shades of brown eye shadow and thin brushes to apply wings instead. Here is one great option for a brush to use to achieve the look.
Small sunglasses - Small, 90s style sunglasses have made a comeback, in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Amazon, Forever21, and many other stores carry different varieties.
Wide leg jeans - Loose jeans, whether they be wide, flared, etc., are currently very popular, with the idea of big pants trending, seemingly replacing skinny jeans. “I like the baggy clothes vibe because it makes me feel comfortable in public. I usually buy these clothes from Glassons, which I found from TikTok. It’s very simple and basic but it makes me feel good,” said Olivia Romano, a junior public health science major.