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It seems like nowadays Gen Z kids act very grown up. Instead of playing in playgrounds, they are running around Sephora. Instead of sending notes to each other in class, they are Snapping each other on Snapchat.  Why has this happened to Gen Z, and is it going to cause any lasting effects on the kids?
Maturity Levels are Getting Higher and Higher
Samantha Chang, Staff Writer
Nature has proven to provide great benefits to students especially during stressful testing periods, allowing for students to take their minds off of school for a brief moment in time.
Unwinding with Nature
Sitwat Mian, Graphic Editor
Although people can use peer pressure for good or bad, they can cross boundaries. Freshman Anika Ranadive believes that good peer pressure can cross a line, and there’s a point where it can get too far.   “Sometimes people don’t want to do something and your friends only want to support you,” Ranadive said. Even with good intentions, people should mind others and their space and boundaries.
Pushing Perimeters with Peer Pressure
Dayanna Anton and Aline Gonzalez

The Twists and Turns of Trends

History has been a form of inspiration for artists of all genres, especially fashion. In the 21st century, there is a brand new way of learning about these trends and an entirely new way of consuming style.
Shivu Sathe
The styles of yesterday may not be the same today, why does this happen and what’s coming next?

Scrunchies, jean styles, and platforms have all made comebacks at the turn of this century. Fashion trends that the generations before have loved made a comeback in 2023, each with their own twists. 

Designers, like most people, are influenced by history.  The Italian luxury fashion house known for its over-the-top designs, Moschino, created a spring-summer 2020 collection, for example, that paid homage to Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The creative director at the time, Jeremy Scott, wanted to showcase the bold colors and abstract shapes of Picasso but add his own flair. He created a line that took paintings and sculptures that Picasso made and adapted them into clothing to be worn on the runway. Senior Manasvi Sharma is an enthusiast of old trends and is excited when she sees them returning. “It just really highlights how fashion is just a cycle and when things go out of trend they eventually pop back up,” Sharma said.

In many cases, there isn’t a specific product that makes another round through the catalogs, but rather a variation of the same trend that has been seen throughout the years. Pant styles are a popular example. From straight-cut to baggy and flare, there are so many options that weave in and out of style. Today, flare and baggy are seen more often than the skinny jeans from the 2000s. This is a throwback to the 90s when pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera paired their baggy low-rise jeans with a cropped tee. 

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Skirts are another prime example of how styles within a style change. They date all the way back to 3900 BC when a straw-woven skirt was found in a cave in Armenia. In 16th-century Scotland, kilts were the norm and were primarily worn by men. As time went on, skirts began to shift to the female audience. They began to represent not only the trend but also the state of the world in which skirts were worn. 

The 1920s brought a newfound freedom for women who were now able to drive, vote, and more. This was shown through the Flapper era, a very loose and free time for skirts. When feminism took hold in the 60s, skirts began to get shorter and reflected a new version of freedom from the 20s. In the 1990s to 2000s, mini skirts came on strong and have held the hearts of fashion lovers worldwide. Sharma holds plaid skirts high up on her list, a favorite fashion trend.  “I think they are super cute and versatile,” Sharma said. “I remember seeing a lot of them in older 90s pictures. They can be worn in any kind of way, and they are not stuck to one aesthetic or type of look.”

Style has always been a form of self-expression, especially in times of change, since the dawn of fashion. In the 21st century, it comes back in ways that haven’t been experienced before, and technology makes a difference. In order for trends to be changed and minds to be influenced, a large number of people have to learn about it in a relatively short period of time. Before the emergence of social media, many ideas came from magazine catalogs and word of mouth — or eyes, in this case. The rise of social media influencers has led to rapid shifts in how clothing is worn and what is worn. The style in 2020 isn’t the same as it is today. This is mostly a result of micro-trends, a term used to describe phases in fashion of three to six months instead of the years it normally spent in the cycle. Brands, such as JCPenny, can struggle to keep up, as the standard used to be 20 years per cycle of style.

However, regardless of how fast these trends move, people have always been able to add their own touch. Some miss the slow cycle, while others enjoy and embrace the change. “I would not [want to be born in the 90s] in terms of the fashion,” sophomore Bailey Walker said. “I feel like if I was born in the 90s, I’d only really get to experience the 90s fashion. I feel like there have been so many different decades of fashion, and I have been able to experience a lot of it resurfacing.”

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Shivu Sathe
Shivu Sathe, News Editor
Shivu Sathe is a valued member of staff, always fast and efficient when it comes to editing articles in her role as News Editor. She’s always liked writing, so it was no surprise that she found a home in newspaper and journalism. Although she’s already beginning to prepare for her life as a college student, she enjoys staying active and up to date in terms of what’s going on around Rock Ridge as part of The Blaze.
Danielle Kimpson Kaley
Danielle Kimpson Kaley, Staff Writer
Danielle is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff. In her free time, she loves sleeping whenever she gets the chance. She also watches anime and recently finished “Chainsaw Man,” and enjoys playing the guitar, which she has been doing for six years. She enjoys all genres of music, except country, and her favorite album is “HOPE” by NF. While her favorites change a lot, they have a very similar vibe. Danielle's mom is the reason she joined the newspaper. When her mom found out about “The Blaze,” she was so excited and encouraged Danielle to join the paper.

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