It seems like every year there are new things everyone goes crazy about. These trends come and go in weeks and never stick for very long. Regardless, some of these trends are near and dear to the hearts of many, simply because they are reminiscent of simpler times. Here are some of the best and most popular during high school for the class of 2022, from 2019-2022.
The rise of TikTok began in 2019, an app where teens and adults alike can make short videos to post to their friend’s and followers’ feeds. TikTok influenced many different fashion styles. Some included beach-centered aesthetics such as the “VSCO girl” which included oversized T-shirts and Hydro Flasks. On the opposite end of the spectrum, TikTok also influenced the “e-boys/girls” look, consisting of lots of black clothes and eyeliner, like 1990s grunge and 2000s scene styles.
With the rise of Coronavirus cases hitting the United States in early 2020, the government imposed a lockdown across the U.S., and hardly anyone had the chance to participate in clothing trends due to the lack of social interaction. This being the case, there was a lot of time to sit down and enjoy a show such as the Netflix reality show Tiger King. This show included exotic animal owners Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin, and their famous feuds over a mirage of things which included the death of Baskin’s husband and Exotic’s alleged animal abuse.
A game everyone went crazy over during lockdown was Among Us, a game where someone is the “impostor” and everyone else needs to find out who it is. This video game became popular quickly but lost its popularity at the same speed.
In 2021, Y2K fashion made a comeback, showing up in almost every high-end store. People everywhere were reliving the early 2000s with low-rise jeans and mom jeans, bright colors, and band Ts. It was a blast from the past. Y2K fashion also consists of wide pants, small baby Ts, chunky shoes, body chains, and butterfly clips.
Unfortunately, a less harmless trend also began to circulate across the United States — Devious Licks pranks, often posted on TikTok. Devious Licks were the act of taking something, most of the time from the school, without being noticed. These stolen objects were anything from bottles of hand sanitizer to soap dispensers from the bathroom.
The most recent trend that has arisen is trying to look two inches taller by wearing platform shoes, specifically, Converse. Some look like regular Converse with a thicker bottom, while others look similar to Moon Boots from the 2000s.
It’s still early in the year, and many trends are yet to come even this summer. Maybe a new style or game will rise to stardom — who knows? But we do know that it won’t stay for long, and then something new will roll around.