Roving Reporter: What are underclassmen wearing on the first day of school?

Freshman, sophomore and junior students showcase their first-day fits on Aug. 31 for the 2023-2024 school year.
Roving Reporter: What are underclassmen wearing on the first day of school?
Junior Henry Hart
Junior Henry Hart

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“It’s fun, it looks good. I like Hawaiian shirts, that’s why I wore it.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“I don’t know. [I usually buy my clothes from] a wide variety of places.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“It always varies… I don’t really care what people wear. I don’t follow trends. Half the time I don’t even know what they are.”

Junior Caroline Lou
Junior Caroline Lou

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I chose to wear this because it was a comfy fit but also I liked it and I think it sets the tone for the rest of the year.” 

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“The shoes are Nike; my pants and my top are both from China because I just got back from China two days ago and then my arm warmers are from Amazon.” 

What are your fashion trend predictions for the school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I really want over-accessorizing to come back, like unnecessary belts or  unnecessary sunglasses. I think that’d be really cool and I’d definitely follow that trend if it happens. Honestly, just wearing whatever you’re comfy in; that’s a trend.”

Junior Lydia Reineke
Junior Lydia Reineke

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I wanted to put a lot of effort into my first day of school outfit because the rest of the year I’m not going to look nice.” 

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“The shoes are from Amazon, my shirt and my jeans are from TJ Maxx [and] my bracelet my friend got me from a small business on Etsy.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for the school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I really want puffer vests, cropped puffer vests, to come back in style. I think layering is going to be back in style as well.”

Freshman Cameron Blake
Freshman Cameron Blake

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I like to dress up. These are basically all new clothes and I wanted to wear them.” 

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“I got the shirt from Old Navy, I got the skirt form Hot Topic, I got the leggings from Target and the boots in the UK. I’m unsure about the coat.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I feel like just by seeing everyone today, I think everything will be more casual and comfy.”

Junior Srikari Vissa
Junior Srikari Vissa

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I was working on my AP work until 12:15 in the morning so when I woke up I just needed a pair of clothes that looked decent, so I grabbed this outfit.” 

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“My shoes are from Amazon. They are knock-off Converse so I like to call them ‘Fonzerse.’ I actually don’t know where my pants are from but I think they might be Amazon too. My shirt is from Aeropostale or American Eagle, I have no idea. And my jacket is my school varsity [tennis] jacket.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for the school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I want bell-bottoms, like ’80s style, to come back. I loved that style and I’d definitely follow the bell-bottom trend.”

Junior Alex Karasoulos
Junior Alex Karasoulos

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I chose to wear this outfit because I had a competition with my sister on who could wear the best outfit on the first day of school. I have been getting more comfortable wearing clothing like this and boosting my self-confidence.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“I bought these clothes from Nordstrom Rack, Hot Topic and Marshalls.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I don’t know, but I would like to wear more pastel colors and emo clothing in general.”

Sophomore Emma Persons
Sophomore Emma Persons

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I just bought new clothes and I put them together. I also wore it because it was comfy.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“Aeropostale, I think Primark and Converse.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I don’t know, I think that we are going to see more of Y2K [style]. I also think that people are going to dress more, since last year a lot more people wore PJs. Yeah I’ll probably follow the trends.”

Sophomore Sophia Lalau
Sophomore Sophia Lalau

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I asked my [12-year-old] brother for advice. I gave him two options for my pants and he said ‘soldier.’ I didn’t know what shirts to wear, so I chose something in the morning.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“My shoes are from Converse, pants are from Macys and I thrifted my shirt.” 

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“Definitely PJs, I’m going to be doing that myself. I also think that we are going to see flare leggings, I saw them a lot today.”

Junior Betsy Bertonazzi
Junior Betsy Bertonazzi

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I chose to wear this outfit for the first day of school because I wanted to be comfortable, but also look nice.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“My shorts I got at American Eagle and my sweatshirt I got at a store in Cape Cod called FatFace.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I’m not really sure about trends, but I probably won’t be following them. I normally just try to dress comfortably.”

Sophomore Claire Deyo
Sophomore Claire Deyo

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I recently got this shirt and shorts. I thought it would be nice to wear.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“I don’t remember where I purchased the shirt, but the shorts are from Marshalls.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I think we’re going to lean back into sweatpants this year. I’m probably going to wear them too, honestly, because I’m a big fan of them.”

Sophomore Cooper Davis
Sophomore Cooper Davis

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“My friends forced me to. I was going to wear a sweatshirt and sweatpants, but they told me to wear this.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“The jacket and pants are from Old Navy and the shirt is from American Eagle.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“Probably baggy jeans.”

Sophomore Bella Dossantos
Sophomore Bella Dossantos

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I chose to wear this for the first day of school because I was in a rush this morning and it’s the first thing I saw.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“My shirt is from Target, jeans are American Eagle and my shoes are from Nike.” 

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I think the trends will be any type of flare pants and oversized shirts.”

Junior Ella Poultney
Junior Ella Poultney

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I chose to wear this for the first day of school because I wanted to make a good impression.” 

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“My jeans are from Hollister and my shirt is from Cotton On.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I think the trends will be sweatshirts and sweatpants, flare leggings and neutral colors.”

Freshman Sabrina Lynn Rosa Mesite
Freshman Sabrina Lynn Rosa Mesite

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“It’s the style I’m getting into right now and I like to stand out from the other kids.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“The shirt is merchandise from Colorado, the jeans are from Old Navy, flannel is a thrift store find, fish nets are from Hot Topic and the boots are from DSW.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I’m not sure because you never know what to expect when it comes to what people are wearing, and I don’t think I will be following these trends because I like to stand out.”

Junior Emma Burns
Junior Emma Burns

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I was not sure what to wear because I don’t like wearing tank tops to school because I feel naked, but it’s kind of hot, so this is my best t-shirt option. So I picked this, and I wore these pants because they match the cut of the t-shirt.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“The shirt is from Target, the jeans are from an online store and my Converse are from Converse.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“People really like the flare leggings and I think those are going to stay around. Maybe some sweaters, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of sweaters…I’ll follow [the trends], why not?”

Sophomore Lana Ingerslev
Sophomore Lana Ingerslev

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school? 

“I always like starting off school with a fashionable statement. I was told you should dress nice on the first couple of days and then you can dress however you feel like dressing, but should start off strong so people have a stronger impression of you.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing? 

“I’ve had the belt since I was five, I got the skirt and probably most of the outfit at Target years ago.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for the school year? Will you be following the trends?

“No I won’t, but I would guess [the trends] would get into more PJ pants and crop tops.”

Junior Mira Denney
Junior Mira Denney

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I wanted to be comfortable, but also be able to show my teachers and classmates my style and make a bit of an impression.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing? 

“I think my shirt is from Urban Outfitters, I thrifted the jacket and I have no clue where the skirt is from.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for the school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I think that low-waisted stuff is coming back, and I think it’s already happened this summer. I will not be participating. I’m not a low-waist person, but I fully support it and I think people can really rock it.”

Junior Tanya Clemens
Junior Tanya Clemens

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I wanted to not be too hot, as in temperature-wise, because I get hot very easily. That’s why I wore shorts and a tank top. I also wanted to wear something I hadn’t worn in a while.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“My shirt is from Tilly’s, my shorts are from TJ Maxx and I’m wearing Vans [shoes].”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I feel like knit sweaters are going to be a big thing. They kind of were last year but now it’s going to be a lot more. I don’t know if I’ll be a part of that trend.”

Junior Anna McCarthy
Junior Anna McCarthy

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“I recently got the pants that I’m wearing and I really like them. I thought this top complemented them well.” 

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“My shoes are from Converse, my jeans are from Brandy Melville and my top is from Pacsun.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“I think the trend is going to be the ‘clean girl basic aesthetic’ with not too many colors, kind of monochrome outfits. I probably will follow that because my closet fits with it.”

Junior Jonah Gould
Junior Jonah Gould

Why did you choose to wear this for the first day of school?

“It was the top shirt in my drawer and I have like six of the same shorts.”

Where did you purchase the clothing you’re wearing?

“This [shirt] is from my neighbor, it’s a hand-me-down. I bought my shorts probably from Walmart. My shoes are from Vans, online.”

What are your fashion trend predictions for this school year? Will you be following the trends?

“Baggy clothes probably. I might follow this trend depending on if I have the clothes.”

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