Fashion influencers Kaiti Yoo, CashK and Fernanda Ramirez weigh in
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Four fashion influencers share their favorite back-to-school trends.
Puffer sleeves and cargo pants are some must-haves.
Many influencers agree that trends are fun, but not necessary.
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Have you chosen your school outfit yet?
CBC Kids News asked four fashion influencers for some tips on how to stay on trend this year.
YouTube fashionistas Kaiti Yoo, CashK, Fernanda Ramirez, and Rubix Cubix dished on the styles that are trending this year and the ones that just aren’t vibes.
While it’s fun to find out what’s in fashion, many of the influencers said that you don’t have to follow trends to be a fashionable dresser.
Personal style and comfort are equally important.
After reading about this year’s trends, vote for your favorite look in our poll at the bottom of the page.
(Image submitted by Kaiti Yoo, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC)
For Kaiti Yoo, it’s all about rolling up her sleeves this year.
The influencer likes to find tops, dresses and jackets that let her arms steal the spotlight.
Said Yoo, “The puff sleeve is the most common silhouette in my closet. I will never get over how elegant, extravagant and easy they are.”
Her obsession began while she was filming a closet cleaning video for her YouTube channel.
Yoo couldn’t understand why she liked the look of a particular dress and kept buying more of the same items.
They all had one thing in common: puffy sleeves.
“Over time, I learned that because I have a narrower set of shoulders, the flared ‘bloated’ silhouette balances out my proportions, making my head-to-body ratio even,” Yoo said.
“It sounds weirdly scientific, but it’s true!”
Actor Kingston Foster wears a polka dot sleeved dress at the Season 3 premiere of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in Burbank, California. (Image credit: Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images)
Yoo says low-rise jeans are another trend that has exploded from the past.
It’s a comeback she’s been dreading.
“Don’t get me wrong, it looks amazing on others, but I’m personally not a fan of how they sit on my longer bust,” she said.
“I’ll stick to my trusty high-waisted skirts, thank you very much.”
(Image submitted by Ruby Matenko, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC)
Ruby Matenko is excited to start 10th grade this year and can’t wait to show off some of her favorite trends.
She personally loves that low rise jeans are making a comeback.
“If I had to choose between high-waisted or low-waisted, I’d choose low-waisted,” Ruby said.
Paris Hilton, left, wears low-waisted jeans at a premiere in 2000 in Beverly Hills, California. Bella Hadid, right, has her take on the trend at a Balenciaga show on July 6 this year in Paris, France. (Image credit: Frederick M. Brown/Newsmakers/Getty Images and Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
This year, Ruby is seeing many styles and silhouettes resurface from the 2000s.
“People are mixing styles that were popular years ago with what’s popular now,” Ruby said.
Some of her favorite school outfits include a vintage shirt or t-shirt paired with low rise jeans or flared pants.
(Image submitted by Fernanda Ramirez, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC)
Fernanda Ramirez suggests making slacks part of your school outfit, especially a pair of cargo or slacks.
“Wide-leg pants are a huge trend this year and really elevate an outfit,” said Ramirez. “They make you feel so much more put together and look super easy.”
Two recent examples of the baggy pants trend, as seen on fashion bloggers Achieng Agutu, left, in bright orange-red pants, and Jasmine Fares, right, in dark pants. (Image credit: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images and jasminefares/Instagram)
Other trends that have resurfaced include the classic UGG ultra mini boot and T-shirts, which Ramirez said can be made “dress code appropriate” by layering an oversized button-down shirt on top.
Ramirez said personal style and self-expression are important, so there aren’t any current clothing trends she’s not a fan of.
Still, she’s glad skinny jeans are out of the picture and says she won’t be buying any for a long time.
(Image submitted by Kaleb Jackson, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC)
Kaleb Jackson, also known as “CashK” to his followers, shares a love of the Y2K aesthetic and hopes it’s here to stay.
He is a fan of the “skater silhouette” in shoes, usually worn while skateboarding.
Japanese skateboarder Kairi Matsumoto wears Nike skate shoes while competing at the World Street Skateboarding Rome 2022 event on July 1. (Image Credit: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)
Y2K stands for “Year 2000” and refers to popular fashion at the turn of the century and early 2000s.
Some of these include velor tracksuits, metallic fabrics and baby t-shirts.
Jackson said the aesthetic is characterized by colorful, youthful, playful clothing and accessories, which makes it attractive and fun.
It’s also an easy look to get on a budget, as many of these items can be found at thrift stores if you know what you’re looking for.
While Jaskson said recycling past fashion trends is great, it’s still important to feel like yourself.
“One thing I don’t like is people dressing a certain way because they saw another person dressed that way instead of just being who they are,” he said.
Jackson adds, “Fashion is a perfect way to express yourself without saying a word.”
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TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Featured images by Kaiti Yoo, Kaleb Jackson and Fernanda Ramirez, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC