Y2K Trends Make a Comeback and Resale Culture Takes Off

Natalie Smithson, LA stylist, FIDM graduate and Brandy Melville manager shows off her styling abilities in a shoot for Jeffery Campbell in July. Smithson had one week to put together eight outfits and sewed three items from scratch, she also styles for musicians. Photo courtesy of Julia Landis

Eyes flutter open. Hit Snooze. Finally, get up. Get dressed. But is it as simple as that? For students and LA locals — fashion is much more than clothes. It’s an understanding of who someone is and how they can adequately portray it.

Trends make their way back around, affecting individual styles in different ways — such as those who handcraft garments, professionally style, work in retail, sell on Depop or simply just have a heart for the art. Either way, crazes and online “thrifting” have changed the current contemporary fashion scene for adolescents.

“It is a projection of what is on the inside,” said Natalie Smithson, LA stylist, FIDM graduate and Brandy Melville manager. “I have found that fashion has helped me make friends. Wearing an outfit that expresses who I am has sparked up conversations with others who also appreciate the same style.”

Smithson said she believes fashion connects people with themselves and others.

The community is embracing the comeback of trends such as “ Trashion ” — model off-duty style emphasizing pattern mixing — Smithson said, and wearing multitudes of rings, hair clips, bootcut jeans and more.

Sophomore Ellie Mezhlumyan began her fashion story her senior year of high school and now regularly sells on Depop, an app where people sell their trendy clothes.

“I started finding fashion influencers on Instagram and just seeing what kinds of trends they would follow and what kind of pieces they would put together,” Mezhlumyan said. “I started to realize it’s so much more creative than you think.”

Mezhlumyan said she defines her style by how comfortable she is. She loves shopping at Aritizia for her favorite fads, such as claw clips and flare bottoms — in both jeans and leggings.

After Mezhlumyan graduated high school, she started selling her clothes on Depop because she loves interacting with customers and finding her old clothes new homes, she said.

As Depop sellers, Smithson and Mezhlumyan said Depop can be hit-or-miss and items usually go un-sold after being up for 48 hours with no interactions. When shopping, figuring out true “Y2k” and vintage designer retail can be tricky and Smithson said to always use discretion.

“To weed out the truthful Depop sellers from the scams, you have to scroll through tags for a long time and find hidden gems,” Smithson said. “Always look at their Depop rating.” A snapshot of sophomore Ellie Mezhlumyan’s Depop includes phone cases, tops and bright red heels. Mezhlumyan said social media influencers Devin and Sydney Carlson have heavily inspired her fashion sense. Photo courtesy of Ellie Mezhlumyan First-year Myers Mentzer started sewing and hand-embroidering at age 5 when her grandmother taught her — she went on to start her own business at 12. Inspired by her mom who owns […]

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