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13 Summer Trends That Are A Major Blast From The Past

These thirteen must haves for every girl's closet this summer have been around for decades and finally making it back to stores.

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This isn't the first time any of these fashion trends have been worn, they've all made an appearance in our parents generation and maybe even our grandparents. Even though these accessories are from decades past, that doesn't mean they are out dated a bit. Every time these trends become popular again, we always seem to find a way to make it our own and personalize it. These thirteen trends may have already seen stores, but we're all still rocking them every day this summer.

1. Mom shorts

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Every girl is digging the mom shorts this summer, especially if they're destroyed and frayed. High rise denim is making a serious come back.

2. Belts

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Whether you're accessorizing with a gaudy black leather belt or a simple white shoelace, belts are back.

3. Chokers

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Going out? Going to brunch with your family? Going to an 8 am? There's a choker for all occasions.

4. Tube tops

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Seriously, at this point what girl doesn't own at least two tube tops? They pair perfectly with your destroyed mom shorts and are the perfect simple summer top.

5. Birkenstocks

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I personally vouch for how comfortable and versatile these shoes are. I couldn't survive summer without them in all honesty. The best part about them is that you can rock them with pretty much every outfit.

6. Rompers and jumpsuits

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Summer just wouldn't be the same if girls didn't walk around in jumpsuits like it's 1985.

7. Overalls

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Overalls are back and they aren't just for the country loving girls, they're a summer fashion staple for every girl. Just a tip, they make the perfect outfit when worn with one of your favorite tube tops. Even better when the overalls are cut offs made into shorts.

8. Crop tops

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Does anyone even wear shirts that fit right anymore? Even when I buy a regular t shirt, I make sure to tie it up or cut it off to make it into a crop top. This is definitely a phase, but taking full advantage of it while it lasts.

9. High rise bikinis and one piece swim suits

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You know, those one pieces that were worn by every eighty's female lifeguard in the movies, yeah those are definitely back in. High on the hips and cheeky one pieces are the only way to do a one piece this summer. As well as high rise bottoms for your bikini, very trendy.

10. Bell bottom jeans

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The wider the bottom, the better. Finding a pair with embroidery on the pockets or down the seam is the key to really pulling bell bottoms off this summer.

11. Denim skirts

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Oh yes, tuck that shirt into your high rise denim skirt and work it. They're adorable and retro, just like every other fashion you're sporting this summer.

12. Scrunchies

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Yes, scrunchies are back, but they aren't just cool to hold your hair back anymore. They also double as the perfect summer bracelet. Slide a couple scrunchies on your wrist and the outfit is complete.

13. Jean jackets

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There's been a theme throughout this listicle and it's definitely been denim. So naturally, the denim jacket has made the list. Super trendy and it's literally a must have for every girl's closet. There is nothing better than breaking out your jean jacket after the sun goes down on a summer night.

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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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Gucci’s Commodification Of Cultural Clothing Is A Problem The Fashion Industry Needs To Address

Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them.

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Recently, Gucci faced backlash for selling Sikh turbans as hats for $790. The brand had already come under fire when the turbans were featured in Gucci's Fall 2018 show, especially due to Gucci's use of white models to wear the turbans on the runway. It seems that the previous backlash has not discouraged Gucci from continuing on to sell the turbans for a high price.

Members of the Sikh community were quick to express outrage at the monetization of the turbans, pointing out the religious significance of the Sikh turban. The reduction of the turban to a mere accessory for fashion is offensive enough on its own, but selling them at such a high price only further commodifies an item that is considered sacred to many and would normally not cost nearly as much in the Sikh community.

This incident with Gucci, however, is far from being the only instance where a cultural item has been monetized in the fashion industry. Many have also questioned Zara's new sandals, which bear a close resemblance to waraji, woven straw sandals that were once popular among common people in Japan. The main source of confusion among members of the Japanese community was the price of the sandals, which are being sold at 7,990 yen ($72) while waraji are usually only 200-300 yen (about $2-$3).

Waraji do not appear to have the same spiritual significance as the Sikh turban, but both Gucci's and Zara's attempts to sell these items for much higher prices are all-too-common examples of cultural appropriation. Even if the item does not have sacred or religious value, it is still something that belongs to another culture and should not be monetized in such a manner. Drawing inspiration from other cultures is not harmful on its own if done respectfully, but simply borrowing cultural items and selling them as luxury items at a higher price range is far from being respectful. In these instances, these items are passed off "better" than the original by a brand that does not come from the culture it is borrowing from. Zara should not be given more credit than the people of Japan who used to wear waraji. In the case of Gucci, the turban should not have been touched at all.

The monetization of other cultures is, unfortunately, far too common, especially in the fashion industry. Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them. Hiking up the prices of items belonging to another culture is a glaringly obvious act of cultural appropriation and a trend that needs to stop.

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