Bangs. They're Back.

Bangs. They're Back.

To bang or not to bang, that is indeed the question.

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It seems as if we continue to travel back in time when it comes to fashion and trends. Recently, neon colors and ski jackets reminiscent of the 80s have been incredibly popular among the more ~creative~ students here at USC. Along with bolder clothing, hairstyles too are beginning to dip their toes in the water of boldness. Colors, bleach, frosted tips, and most notably, classic curtain bangs have re-entered the picture. Recently, there has been a spike in the number of girls fitting the aesthetic I like to call "soft goth". This aesthetic entails a mixture of dewy skin, clunky shoes, a lot of black, and oftentimes, wispy bangs. I have found that I have fallen victim to this trend and I too have re-entered bangs territory. As it may seem incredibly tempting, I am here to provide a few essential tips before making the bold step and converting to the full vintage aesthetic. As a bangs veteran who has sported the look for more than half of my life, I can safely say they are not always easy but they are timelessly cute. The negatives first:

1. Prepare to be annoyed.  Sometimes.

My new bangs: 2019 version.

Not going to lie. Bangs are incredibly bothersome. I find most of the time I am either pulling them back fully or swiping miscellaneous hairs out of my eyes. While the longer, wispy look is typically the goal and the trend today, it no doubt becomes a little annoying. Above, you can see me with my new look, sporting a soft smile thinking I am just the cutest, softest most emo girl out there. However, as you can see my left eye experienced a world of pain as the bottom pieces of my hair were poking the surface of my eyeball. I look cute but I did not feel cute after involuntarily crying from optical discomfort. You have been warned. While the aesthetic is complete and I absolutely adore the look, having lengthier bangs often leads to them blowing into your eyes when outside or exercising.

How to solve this issue? Bring butterfly clips or bobby pins along with you on windy days or to the gym! They pull the hair from your eyes and avoid creasing.

2. You will look 10 years older one day and 10 years younger the next.

Younger me looking like a child in Paris. I was 16. Photographed: July 2016

Bangs are an enigma. They suit some people and surprise others. They can also age you 10 years and make you look like a mother of three or take you back to your high school or middle school days. As I mentioned before, I have had my fair share of years with bangs. I had them from when I grew hair to when I was 9, and from when I was 15 to when I was 17, and just got them back at 19. I was unfortunate when I was 16 that my stylist made them a little too ~thicc~. They were short, chunky and made me look like I was about 11 years old. Granted at the time I was not skilled in the makeup or style department, I still looked incredibly immature and frankly, a little messy. However. Now that my hair has sufficient layers, I feel much more put together. I am also much more confident and skilled in styling my hair and myself to appear more mature and sophisticated. Bangs are truly what you make them. You can make yourself look younger if that is desirable or you can age yourself in order to appear like you have your life together by wearing proper clothing and styling your hair to a shorter style to match the layers.

3. Have fun with them!

While bangs can be a pain, they are honestly incredibly liberating and just fun. Enjoy them! Style your hair, embrace your vintage aesthetic, pair them with a neon pink quarter zip and time-travel back a couple decades just because you can.

Remember. It is hair. It will grow back! If you decide to take the leap and hate them, they are fairly easy to grow out. But that's a topic for an entirely different article. I hope I helped you decide if you will also convert to this new aesthetic, or convince you all that bangs are definitely in again. I love the look, and nearly everyone (the two people) I convinced to join me on the bang journey loved it too. Best of luck out there to my newly bangin' friends!

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

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It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.

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This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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