Students style themselves for California winter

Freshman biology major Ayalen Ortiz and freshman educational studies major Sabriyah Chavez have crafted their style from thrifted items, finding black to be a chic fall or winter staple. It’s all about dressing from head to toe, from bows to a statement shirt to samba sneakers, and knee high boots. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook
Freshman biology major Ayalen Ortiz and freshman educational studies major Sabriyah Chavez have crafted their style from thrifted items, finding black to be a chic fall or winter staple. It’s all about dressing from head to toe, from bows to a statement shirt to samba sneakers, and knee high boots. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

April Cambero
Staff Writer

When considering winter style, most people think about layers, sweaters and anything that will keep them warm. Californians have become more creative in curating a winter wardrobe due to the lack of cold weather.

Trends may come and go, but this season students have incorporated color, utilitarian details and trends based on the entertainment culture that inspires their winter wardrobes.

Every season there are different styles and trends that appear, stemming from current events, culture and history. This season utilitarian details, jewel tones and leather are some of the trends. 

La Verne’s fashion forward students found inspiration from these winter trends and applied them to their everyday personal styles.

Ayalen Ortiz, freshman biology major, was dressed in all black recently as he discussed his personal style. He gained inspiration from the Black Panther Movement, he said,  and wanted to incorporate that moment in history to show off his current interests.  

“I really try to incorporate gender breaking stereotypes,” Ortiz said. “I like to challenge gender in my outfits.”

Other students admitted to sometimes finding it difficult to express themselves through style, but they still find ways to incorporate the trends they see into their comfort zones and seem to have fun while doing so. 

Freshman educational studies major Sabriyah Chavez finds comfort in timeless pieces like a leather jacket and white shirt, allowing her nails to stand out as an accessory. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

Sabriyah Chavez, a freshman educational studies major, was dressed in a green top, green nail polish and matching green eyeliner as she expressed her challenge with defining her personal style while also doing school, especially with finals looming.

Still her personal style shined through in her choice of color, which is currently part of the winter season trends.

“I usually do a lot of green nails because most of my closet is green, and I try my best to correlate my eye makeup with my look because I feel like it makes me look better,” Chavez said.

Fashion buyers and stylists have noticed that not many changes have been made from season to season this year and for some generations. Some details have changed and created a new vibe for the season, but a couple of basics seem here to stay for a while.

“For us right now, leather jackets are crazy popular, especially brown leather at the moment,” Alyna Leon, buying trainee at Claremont second-hand fashion shop DeeLux, said. “Everyone is loving brown. Leather is gender-neutral and everyone loves it.”

The media has played a role in setting this winter season’s trends. 

A trend that has been popular online and in stores is the Rory Gilmore – from the show “Gilmore Girls,” which aired from 2000-2007, then was rebooted for limited 2016 Netflix run – cable-knit sweater trend. 

Freshman art major Ayalen Ortiz accessories with necklaces, chains and rings, and even a COVID mask to accentuate his all black outfit. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

Many content creators have incorporated this trend into their online feeds and have influenced other media to embrace this trend for the season and potentially future seasons.

“We’re looking for light sweaters, and right now we’re buying a lot of cable-knit sweaters, like Rory Gilmore-esque,” Leon said.

At La Verne, many students were open to showcasing their own uniqueness and style, and some even inspired fashion professionals for the winter season. 

Nora Youngkeit, cashier at DeeLux, discussed the kind of people who shop at DeeLux and what they’re fashion interests were this season.

“Definitely the people that walk in dress really freakin’ cool all the time,” Younkeit said. “It’s really inspiring.” 

April Cambero can be reached at april.cambero@laverne.edu.

Sheridan Lambrook, a senior journalism major with a concentration in visual journalism, is photography editor and a staff writer for the Campus Times.

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