Do you choose what you wear or does your culture choose it for you? I am one of the millions of Americans who struggle with keeping up with the new trends of the season. Our society works their hardest to try to persuade us into buying new things for our home, work, and family. The media today has the largest advertisements money can buy and many large companies spend millions of dollars for a one-minute commercial on one of the major stations. Television and magazines elaborate not only on what to wear and when to wear it, but also on what others are wearing such as movie stars, models, and music artists. It is quite evident as you walk around the streets of almost any city or town in America that the line between what was once considered the black style of dress and the white styles has become less and less evident. This is especially true with the younger adults. The baggy pants and shirts with labels and bright colors that were once reserved for the inner city black and Latino kids are now being worn by whites in wealthy suburban neighborhoods blending together as one fashion statement.
The girls would shorten the pleated skirts, shrink their shirts so they fit tighter, and the guys started to sag their dockers and roll their sleeves. They were basically pushing the limit of what was considered acceptable and what was breaking tradition. Hip Hop and urban had now become a large market for young teenagers and people in their early twenties. I think that it is something that is part of our generation, just as tight jeans and slicked back hair were part of the fifties, and bell bottoms and tie-died shirts were the thing . Teenagers went from wearing sweaters sets with jewel necklines, charm bracelets, straight skirts and panty hose, to short skirts, new fabrics such as leather revealed skin. I went to a private school with a very strict dress code and even there you could tell that the new urban fashion was having an effect on the way some students dressed. I lived in a wealthy upper middle class area outside of Boulder, Colorado, for most of my life and over the past five to ten years the change in style of dress for suburban kids has become more and more evident. There jeans were available in relaxed fit, stretch, low rise and even baggy. I don"tmt know exactly how I became interested in these trends or when they came about, but I remember it started when I was in seventh or eighth grade. But even still I see many people in college including myself who still can"tmt help but to pull out the baggy pants every once in a while. Little material on pants, bright colored shirts and more skin showing, became the new fashion. Rap music became the music choice of the suburban teenager as they looked for ways to rebel from their parents. These were the things that white kids saw their favorite musicians or athletes wearing in videos and in movies. As the years have gone by I have noticed that this style of dress is usually limited to high school and middle school kids. Main stream stores such as Dillard"tms and Foley"tms started carrying the underground hip-hop clothes that were once only found in the larger cities.