By Clemence Pluche, Staff Writer
BOYCOT THE FITTED CAPS!
Flashback to the early 90s where hip hop artists as Dr. Dre and Tupac stand there wearing oversized clothes and flaunt their go-to cranial accessory: the snapback. Now flash forward to the present, where members of the underground hip hop clan OFWGKTA (led by Tyler, The Creator) stand there with their recycled accessory: the snapback. They are among many urban artists nowadays who are bringing back the trend.
The return of the snapback has been steadily boycotting the fitted baseball caps of the early 2000s since about 2010. It made its first explicit appearance in Tyga and Chris Brown’s “Snapback Back” in 2011, which interestingly enough is a remix of a Tupac song. So, the subculture is bringing back this trend, and it has taken well to many many other subcultures. It is a favorite of the swagged-out bro, the ironic hipster, the angsty teen, the festival-goer and even the young high-class designer. A cheaper option to the fitted baseball cap, the snapback is really just a stylish option. It’s just that cool.
Although the snapback is a stand-alone accessory, there are many ways to wear it. For the male population, the most common look is a pair of black jeans (skinny, regular – even flared works if that’s your thing) and a graphic T-shirt. It’s pretty basic, but you get the point. For the females out there, the snapback gets a little trickier to wear. You just have to know what you are going for.
Step one: Look at yourself in the mirror (and tell yourself you are beautiful a couple times because I bet you are).
Step two: Ask yourself what look you are going for (you can choose from hipster, high-fashion, grunge or urban street style).
Step three: Proceed to dress yourself. If you chose the hipster style, go for skinny jeans or high waisted cut-offs with some ironic T-shirt or just a plain white one. Wear leopard print platform sneakers if that’s your thing. If you choose grunge, wear lots of black. LOTS of black. Maybe even add a little color with the snapback or a nice flannel, or hey, stick with black, I can’t tell you what to do. And if you choose urban street style, just wear what you like, but please try to refrain from looking like Miley Cyrus. Unless that’s your thing too.
Where to get them? Depending on your price range, here are a couple brands you could get.
For $20-$40: Try HUF, RVCA, Benny Gold, Jiberish, Urban Outfitters, OBEY
For $40-$60: Try Boy London, Club 75, Supreme, BBC
For $60 and onward: Try Stampd LA, Mark McNairy, Braggadocios, and Pigalle.
By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer
If my 11-year-old sister asked me to name the members of One Direction, I would be foolishly stumped. The only one I know of is Harry Styles, and I would not even be able to recognize him on a magazine cover.
A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter, however, I could ring off in a moment’s time, as if I were still a squealing tween who melted at the sound of any track off of Millenium.
Assuming you know who I am referring to since you are still reading, let’s just take a moment to bask in the nostalgic memories of the fleeting 1990s, when we begged our mothers to let us buy the newest Backstreet Boys album and fought over who got to marry the beach blonde Nick Carter.
Though the Backstreet Boys has had a few reunions over the years, their biggest comeback is about to hit us all. According to USA Today, the seven time Grammy nominated pop group has announced plans for a BSB Documentary that is set to be released in 2014. In addition, the BSB is working on an eighth album in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary!
While a part of me is excited for the upcoming documentary, another part feels sad and old. There is a limit to how great this BSB re-vamp will be since pretty much nothing can top the glory of the group’s golden days. Looks like I will be catching this flick not with my sister, who will never find joy in buying a CD, but with my friends, with whom I still break into spontaneous renditions of “I Want It That Way.”
By Hilary Ribons, Blog Editor
I was out with friends recently when some pop-y rifts drifted through the restaurant’s radio, catching my attention and dredging up memories of frosted spiked hair and Britney Spears in her prime.
Tracks from the ’90s.
Officially weirded out by my flashback, I quickly surveyed the restaurant. Everyone was around my age. It then occurred to me: we’re a demographic.
Us twenty-somethings are being recognized as patrons of this restaurant; catered to with music that is no longer popular. Music of a…bygone era.
Just like our parents.
We’re getting old. Like, really old. Old enough to be marketed to separately than the next, younger generation.
This realization has come to me was on the tail end of other trends that I’ve been recognizing lately. On Facebook, people are starting to graduate college. They are beginning their careers, getting married, having kids. It’s strange to witness. You simultaneously recognize the realities of your age and gawk at the status updates in disbelief.
As a kid, adulthood seems so far away.
As a young person, you think there will be a big, momentous, marked step into adulthood.
But in reality, you wake up one day (or, in my case walk into a restaurant) and realize somewhere along the way, you started to get….well, old.
So for all you ’90’s kids out there, here’s a throwback. Remember what you were doing when these songs came out? When they were on the radio? On your portable CD player? Take some time to reminisce, and celebrate your last approximately two decades of life.
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