As the leaves begin to change, the style at Montclair State University changes as well.
The transition from shorts and oversized T-shirts to baggy jeans and sweaters after the long summer may feel different from past years. Over the seasons, we could say that fashion trends have definitely changed.
Fall styles this year at Montclair State are especially standing out. The new trends now consist of platform converse, ’90s-style clothing, dark to neutral shades and more. We’ve been stuck indoors for such a long time due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Who wouldn’t want to go all-out when it comes to dressing up for in-person school?
Nick Mulkay, a junior television and digital media major, has a unique sense of style and loves to follow the latest trends.
“My favorite style is based on the ’90s. Definitely,” Mulkay said.
You can find Mulkay rocking cargo pants, Nike high-top blazers and a few rings on his hands any given day on campus.
Walking around campus, a lot of students are seen preparing for the cold autumn weather that’s quickly approaching.
Celine Da Silva, a junior television and digital media major, was seen wearing furry boots, bell-bottom corduroy pants, her mom’s old angel print shirt from the ’90s and a faux sherpa jacket. She described her favorite fall trends she has seen this season.
“I really like that older style[s] of clothes are coming back,” Da Silva said. “I love how when the fall rolls around, people start wearing corduroy and turtlenecks.”
Ria Manghani, a sophomore filmmaking major, said her current fall style resembles much of what she might have worn two years ago.
“I would [dress the same], if I had the ideas and pieces of clothing,” Manghani said. “Today, I’ve paired some really soft, cotton pants with a leather jacket with cloth paneling and a black shirt.”
Karsten Englander, a freshman communication and media studies major, can be seen wearing what he considers a different and new fall style for him.
“I’m wearing my fur-lined vans, my workout pants, I have a [Montclair State] crewneck on and I have my orange, Polo jacket,” Englander said.
When asked if he would’ve dressed the way he is seen nowadays in previous years, Englander didn’t think so.
“I would’ve worn all athletic gear, and I think now I just wear more comfortable clothes,” Englander said.
Alex Echevarria, a freshman undecided, explains where she drew inspiration from for her go-to fall outfit.
“I based [my outfit] off of my beret, which is half brown and half yellow/orange,” Echevarria said. “So, it’s from the top-down.”
Echevarria said dressing up makes her feel empowered and like herself.
“I love cottagecore, so anything very earthy or floral; I love it,” Echevarria said.
Noor Alalwan, a freshman psychology major, explained how excited she is to be on campus this semester, particularly to show off her fall-inspired outfits.
“It makes me feel better about myself when I’m dressed up,” Alalwan said. “My recent go-to outfit for fall fashion would be a long-sleeve shirt, layered with a flannel and matching jeans. I also really enjoy wearing sweaters with jeans and converse once it starts to get colder in the fall.”
Alana Beshaw, a freshman psychology major, also enjoys putting outfits together for in-person classes but thinks about comfort when she is choosing pieces.
“I try to dress well,” Beshaw said. “I really only let myself wear sweats once a month, but I’m also not going to come to class in a suit or dress.”
When it comes to her own personal style, Beshaw described what her everyday outfit might look like.
“What’s most important to me is making sure [my outfit] matches my style,” Beshaw said. “I like more casual, masculine — but flattering clothing that are [hippie-like] or alternative. My go-to outfits would include my brown leather jacket and mom jeans.”
Stay tuned for what fashion trends come up next here at Montclair State.