Warde: A Fashion Guide

PSA: This is a fashion guide directed specifically towards the students of Fairfield Warde High School. Depending on just how indolent I feel in a week from now, I might make a teachers edition. Extra emphasis on “might.”

As we wrap up the year, I’m sure you’ve all noticed the drastic change in attire throughout the school year thus far. Students have gone from dressing up in ruffled crop tops and cute jeans to baggy sweatshirts and those $10 sweatpants you bought from SHEIN 2 years ago that look as though they’ve been mauled by a bear. But hey, at least they’ll get you through that 88 minute test in Pre-Calc. So that’s a plus. Or, maybe you’re like me, and you were wearing the oversized sweats to school from day 1. In 80 degree heat. When you had to walk home from school. Hey, I write articles, but I never claimed to be intelligent.

So, I’ve decided to do what absolutely no one asked for and write about it. Because it’s either this, or I can begin to write the AP Modern Euro essay I’ve been putting off for two weeks, and I’m the world’s biggest procrastinator, so the choice was glaringly obvious. I get no sleep, but I get good grades, so it’s good enough for me.

Category #1: “Wait, we have school today?”

To start us off, we have the category we’re all guilty of falling under at LEAST once a week during the hibernal season. Don’t deny it, you know it’s true. You wake up ten minutes before you have to leave, you have those three assignments you forgot to do the night before, and you’re scrambling. This is me practically everyday, so don’t worry, there’s no judgment here.

The Look:

  1. Either a baggy sweatshirt (I’m talking zip-ups) or baggy HOODIES (they are NOT the same thing as sweatshirts. Don’t mix up the two)
  2. Baggy sweatpants, joggers, or boy shorts
  3. Baggy T-shirt.

What can we conclude from this? If it has the word “baggy” in front of it, it can (and will) successfully fall under this segment. So long as it’s not a sweater; those will come up later.

Category #2: “I woke up at 4am for this.”

Here, we have the people who wake up at the crack of dawn to do every possible skin-care routine available to man, spend a good 30-45 minutes on their hair routine, and pick out either some of the cutest or coolest combinations of clothes you’ve ever seen. People may act like you’re trying too hard, but it’s only because they secretly want to be like you, so don’t take it to heart.

The Look:

  1. A crop tops
  2. Jeans (can be mom jeans, ripped jeans, skinny jeans. You name it, it counts.) OR leggings.
  3. Those jacket things people buy from Lululemon. Not quite sure WHAT they’re called, and I’m wayyyy too lazy to look it up. But you know what I’m talking about.

Honorable Mention

  • Suits (very rare, yet somehow also common??)

Category #3: “I have Gilmore Girls on 24/7 and I’m not ashamed about it.”

As you should, honestly. Whether your team Dean (why?), Jess, Logan, or Tristan, we can all agree that Gilmore Girls has a very specific aesthetic. One, which I’m content to say, fits the town of Fairfield quite well during the autumn season. Whether you’re a Fairfield native like me, or you just moved here a year ago, you have most likely been downtown sometime in fall. And, you simply cannot deny that the green looks absolutely stunning in late October/Early November.

The Look: 

  1. Baggy sweaters (see, I told you it would come up later) OR an academia inspired turtleneck
  2. Jeans (HAS to be dark jeans. No light colors allowed) OR if you’re feeling like Chilton Rory, a plaid skirt will do
  3. Headphones. Airpods don’t count.
  4. Converse (High tops only.)

Category #4: “ My Spotify Wrapped consists of Bauhaus and The Cure.”

While I’ve never heard of these bands until I looked them up for the sake of this article, I’m assuming they fit into the category of Goth subculture. According to Britannica, who has saved me numerous times at 12 am when I’m frantically studying for a test I have the next day that I definitely did (not) study for, Goth is defined as “a person who listens to or performs goth music, wears mostly black clothing, uses black and white makeup, and often has dyed black hair.” The gothic style and community as a whole tends to get a lot of backlash and hate, and the people within the community get called “depressed” or “weird” often, especially on social media. But, we aren’t going to do that here, because bullying people based on their style and personal preference isn’t exactly cute. I, personally, think it’s quite cool, so if you fit under this category, keep doing what you’re doing.

The Look:

  1. Black tops (can be baggy sweatshirts, corset tops, turtlenecks, etc.)
  2. Black jeans or at least dark colored cargo pants.
  3. Platform boots (with dark aesthetic / colors.)
  4. Silver bracelets or earrings.
  5. Dark hair color.

Category #5: “The teacher hung my artwork on the bulletin board in elementary school.”

While the Gilmore girls aesthetic tends to fit all the bookworms, this one is for all the artsy kids. If you find yourself resonating with my above statement, you may have a sunshine, happy vibe that you like to reflect through your clothes. Or, perhaps you’re very spiritual. Either or, it’s definitely important to acknowledge just where this style of clothing comes from. I once heard it came from Romanian culture, however, when I looked it up recently, I saw that it potentially stems from Chinese culture. I wasn’t able to find a concrete response, so perhaps I looked up the wrong things. Although, fashion (and what you associate with this category) is subjective, so it’s definitely possible that these clothes are derived from multiple cultures.

The Look:

  1. Long, flowy, floral skirts (or just long skirts with light colors) OR floral dresses.
  2. Patterned, light colored bandanas.
  3. Floral button-down shirts(to pair with the flowy skirts of course)
  4. Sandals

I understand that not everybody fits into a specific aesthetic, and therefore might not find themselves relating to any categories in this article. That’s ok! Your style doesn’t have to have a label, just wear whatever makes you happy. Or, you can always do what I do, and just wear whatever sweats you fell asleep in the night prior. You can judge me all you’d like, but I’m getting an extra ten minutes of sleep in the mornings, so who’s laughing now?

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