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Athletic wear dominates fashion at NSU

by Danee’ Allred

“Fashion should never be frustrating,” Rihanna said.

Fashion does not just define the latest, or the most popular, or the most famous clothes. In reality, this social phenomenon involves more importance; it’s not just about your clothes, it’s more about expressing yourself.

Fashion trends are often sparked by celebrities such as Kanye West, Rihanna and Zendaya. They all move culture. You might not be wearing the exact same thing as Pharrell, you might take ideas inspired from his look (fedora hat) and piece together your own creation.

Here at Norfolk State, you see a lot of athletic fashion is worn as spirit wear. On campus you can notice who’s an athlete just by how much green and gold they wear. Fashion to an athlete is what’s more comfortable to them. Being a student athlete is something to brag about, so wearing spirit wear more than other clothes is understandable.

Athlete or not, “fashion is about expressing your identity, showing someone who you are through your fashion choices, and using your clothes to tell something about you. Or at least it is for me. I suppose for some people, clothing is just about comfort or utility, but for me it’s about expressing myself,” said sophomore Jahne Holley.

It’s not just the athletes who wear spirit wear. Around campus you would see some students and staff showing their school pride wearing different NSU t-shirts, hoodies or sweatpants. Most spirit wear attire is purchased from the bookstore.