Hampton University fashion: Then and now

Destany Manns | Contributing Writer


Trends have changed over the years, and the clothing has changed, too.

From oversized T-shirts and baggy pants to laced-up tops and skin-tight jeggings, it is obvious that what we wear today differs from what our parents wore back in the day. In the past few years, Hampton students have gained some attention when it comes to their clothing choices. Clothing trends have become more unique than ever, and some even believe these trends are borderline inappropriate.

“As a former Hampton University student, we as Hamptonians held ourselves to a higher standard,” Hampton alumna Kenya Winecoff said. “The way we carry ourselves defines our legacy. It is not that we aren’t accepting of these new trends, [but] we just believe there is a time and a place [for them].  We want that legacy to be one of class and sophistication.”

The ‘90s were all about urban style. Hampton alumni wore styles that we have recreated today. Celebrities inspired trends such as athletic jerseys, velvet sweat suits, Baby Phat tanks and that one oversized white T-shirt every guy had in his closet.

In today’s generation, Hampton students have traded in boot-cut for skinny and leather for leggings, but certain things remain the same. Aaliyah and Total pioneered the Tommy Hilfiger tube top and Calvin Klein bra-styled tops long before they became trends for young teens today. Male styles have transformed from urban to mainstream.

“Compared to the past, rich brands and are more in style now,” said Justin Whitner, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Charlotte, N.C. “If everybody knows you have on something expensive, then you [look cool]. Long T-shirts and skinny jeans are really in now as well. Back then, it was more so baggy clothing that was popular; now everything is tight.”

For women, what’s considered “sexy” comes and goes, but women have been wearing different levels of revealing clothing forever.

“I do believe some styles for women have become more risqué over the years, but it’s all about what you wear and how you wear it,” said Asjah Wallace, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C.

Hampton University has always been known for making fashion statements on campus. With the Homecoming weekend approaching, students have already planned their outfits for this year’s events. As Hamptonians, it’s in our blood to dress for success wherever we go. Dressing with class, style and sophistication is the signature Hamptonian stamp recognized across the country.

Although the styles may have changed, the legacy will always remain the same.


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