Summer is on its way out, and every style conscious Mastermind knows that can only mean one thing: it’s time to spice up your school attire. There’s never been a better excuse to reinvent your wardrobe, but you might be lacking in the inspiration department. Consider the following sci-fi and fantasy inspired fashion trends as you look forward to the new school year. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be sitting next to the hottest Potterhead, Hobbit Hugger, or Dothraki Dork all semester long.
- Prep School Chic
Tweed, houndstooth, chunky scarves, and plaid are all great choices for Autumn and Winter. But choosing your colors based on the crests of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw gives the look a bit more character. You don’t have to go so far as to wear a cape or bring a wand to school, but there’s nothing wrong with an ensemble that says, “I’m hanging at Hogwarts.”
- Celtic Jewelry
When the first Lord of the Rings films came out, Celtic themed jewelry and accessories were absolutely everywhere. You couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a couple with Elvish love rings or a self-proclaimed Rivendell resident with Arwen’s Evenstar pendent. The fad has died down a little since then, but you can bet it will be back with a vengeance when The Hobbit movie premieres. Incorporating some mystical meaning into your bling is a great way to personalize your look. It’s also a potential conversation starter when you bump into a mysterious Ranger of the North in the hallway.
- Zombie Couture
Hey remember before Steampunk, when Goth was all the rage? Well it’s still sort of “in” to look dead. For some odd reason, there will always be a few teens who think sunken eyes, sickly grins, and pasty skin is totally hot. And then you have Mr. Edward Cullen, who says to hell with traditional dead skin: glitter is sexy! With any trend, there is a risk of taking it too far, but this one seems particularly prone to disaster. If you’re down with the dark, sport a sinister shade of lipstick, sweep some smoky shadow over your lids, or grunge up your jeans with a tear or two. When it comes to death dernier cri, moderation is key. It can be deep and intriguing, or just plain trashy.
- Slim Suiting
With the success of science fiction films like Inception and television dramas like Mad Men, the 1960s are back in a big way. Guys are rocking the slim suits, thick rimmed specs, and cleanly groomed hairstyles. Girls have got sleek sweeping locks, full fringed bangs, and tailored curve-loving frocks. Check out some local vintage stores, or go thrifting if you’re on a budget. You’d be surprised what aged treasures you might stumble upon.
- Platinum Blonde
Thankfully, platinum blonde is no longer reserved for the over-tanned, silicone-stuffed floozies of the 1990s. If done right, this shade can be reminiscent of a doll-like softened Steampunk, the graceful waves of Daenerys Targaryen, the ethereal presence of Luna Lovegood, or the striking edge of the Malfoy family. Whatever your style and cut, keep in mind platinum blonde is a pain to achieve and maintain. Have a professional do it, and always keep it conditioned. If you can’t commit to the upkeep, don’t do it. Healthy, natural hair will always look better than poorly tended colored hair.
Have some fun with these fads. Pick and choose, mix and match for some interesting juxtaposition.
Which sci-fi and fantasy scenes speaks to your style this year?