A fashion trend, by definition, is a style that’s expected to remain popular for only a short amount of time. Often trends are socially controversial, and tend to inspire intense feelings across generations. (Pro Tip: Don’t mention the word, “Crocs” at a social gathering.)
Whether these emotions are positive or negative will inevitably vary, and can usually be boiled down to which generation “did it” first, or if the trend should have died when it started, and so on.
While trends come and go, an unusual abundance of free time in 2020 led to some drastic shifts in society’s views of what’s “in.”
In order to keep up with the times, it’s often best to go directly to top influencers within the community — cosmetologists are some of the first to catch wind of up-and-coming trends and often have helpful insight on who might be sporting what looks next.
To get an idea of men's styles, Eric Soto and Justin Soto of Trey's Barber Shop in Southington, contributed their inside scoops. While mentioning some standard styles that had gained popularity and remained trendy, the barbers agreed on what they considered the most unique come-back style.
“Mullets are coming back!” Eric Soto revealed.
Regarding the controversial trend, Justin Soto added,“It’s definitely different. We even have older people get them, but it’s more the younger generation.”
From Catherine and Company Salon and Day Spa in Meriden, Jailene Ruiz shed light on her clients preferences of late. After noticing hairstyles reminiscent of those seen first on celebrity influencers, such as Selena Gomez’s curtain bangs and Jennifer Lopez’s chunky highlights, Ruiz commented on come-back styles from the 70s, 80s, and 90s which are all making their way back onto fashionistas' radars across the East Coast.
Regarding the power of online platforms as guides for her clients to draw their inspiration from, Ruiz added, “I think social media has a lot of influence on trends, especially Tiktok.”
Where previously the stylist’s customers would show her inspiration photos from Pinterest, she now will more likely be shown a short one-minute video from the app that has taken America by storm — Tiktok.
While it can seem overwhelming to keep up with the latest fad, it’s always important to remember that style is always in. Personal preference and comfort is a win.
Fashion is a constantly evolving craft that values originality and confidence regardless of trend!
Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves. When she's not helping out in the English department at Maloney High School, she's either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at email@example.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!