Trendy from New York to Chucktown: the Styles of 2014

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As we enter a new year and a new semester at the College, it is the perfect time to look back on 2014 and review the most popular and chic styles and trends. From the runways to King Street, these fashions were the highlights of the industry. Will these trends last into 2015, or will new fads take over the style scene?

A warm, cute and cozy fur vest. (Photo courtesy of @StilletointheCloud via Instagram)
A warm, cute and cozy fur vest. (Photo courtesy of @StilletointheCloud via Instagram)

Faux and Fabulous
What could be more vogue than a classic fur vest? Whether faux or real, these vests were the stars of the year. Celebrities like Rihanna, Nicole Richie and Kendall Jenner displayed this animalistic style while Christian Dior and Michael Kors, among other designers, sent these warm and cozy items down the runway. In Charleston’s moderate winter temperatures, these vests were perfect for a little bit of warmth and a whole lot of chic style.

Buns, Buns, Buns!

The perfect man bun. (Photo courtesy of Brock O'Hurn via Instagram)
The perfect man bun. (Photo courtesy of Brock O’Hurn via Instagram)

Putting socks in your hair seems strange, but in 2014, the sock bun trend was all the rage. Though this trick made perfect, sophisticated, ballerina-style buns attainable, it was another bun trend that really made an impact: the man bun. By the end of 2014, men were growing there hair longer and “bunning” it to create a brand new men’s fashion statement. Man buns were so popular they even sparked a new Instagram hashtag trend: Man Bun Monday.

A fresh pair of white converse. (Photo courtesy of @_cute_tumblr_things_ via Instagram).
A fresh pair of white converse. (Photo courtesy of @_cute_tumblr_things_ via Instagram).

Chucks in Chucktown
Converse have been around for ages, but in 2014 the all-white Chucks were particularly popular. Able to match nearly any outfit, this go-to shoe blew up the streets of Charleston, often worn with rolled up jeans and a simple t-shirt. Though these shoes made a larger appearance last year, their place on the fashion totem pole will never be lowered.

 

 

Ducking around in Duck Boots

A popular way to wear Bean Boots (photo courtesy of @thepreppygeek via Instagram)
A popular way to wear Bean Boots. (photo courtesy of @thepreppygeek via Instagram)

Now how can the styles of 2014 be mentioned without talking about the classic look of the Bean Boot? These “duck boots” were at every corner on rainy Charleston days and were infamously worn with a plaid shirt and fleece vest. Bean Boots originally started in Maine as a harsh weather shoe, but this year they made a widespread presence as a fashion statement. Photos of the exact look monopolized Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram. Bean Boots might be everywhere, but their usefulness and charm make them worthy of a place in the 2014 trends.

A summery, Japanese kimono (Photo courtesy of Christine Andrew via Hello Fashion Blog)
A summery, Japanese kimono (Photo courtesy of Christine Andrew via Hello Fashion Blog)

What is a kimono?
Abruptly falling upon the fashion industry last year, Japanese style kimonos were a huge success. Made of various fabrics from chiffon to leather, kimonos were the perfect item to top off any cute look. Miley Cyrus proved to be a huge fan of this trend and was spotted adorning high-waisted shorts, high heels and a fabulous black kimono. Nearly every clothing store on King Street and beyond placed kimonos in their window displays, and students at the College surely absorbed this style craze.

Bohemian Takeover!

A flower-themed bohemian headband. (Photo courtesy of ThreeBirdNest via Etsy)
A flower-themed bohemian headband. (Photo courtesy of ThreeBirdNest via Etsy)

It seems like 2014 was the year of the Bohemian. Everywhere we looked we saw bohemian patterns and styles, but in all the free-spirited fever, the most popular look was surely the headband. Boho headbands, worn across the forehead, were probably the most unique style of the year. Not since the twenties has this style been seen in such popularity. Worn by countless celebrities, CofC students and especially sorority girls on campus, this trend was widespread and could be paired with nearly any outfit.

Stylish shredded jeans (Photo courtesy of @_fashion_luxuries_ via Instagram)
Stylish shredded jeans. (Photo courtesy of @_fashion_luxuries_ via Instagram)

Did you rip those yourself?
When paparazzi snapped pics of Kim Kardashian rocking ripped jeans on Rodeo Drive, the trend tore up the closets of women across the world. Often paired with high heels for a classier look, or sneakers for a little bit of edge, ripped jeans were surely an iconic style choice last year.

 

Beautiful metallic tattoos (photo courtesy of Lulu DK via luludk.com)
Metallic “Flash” tattoos. (photo courtesy of Lulu DK via luludk.com)

Metallic Mania

Who knew temporary tattoos would be cool? Silver and gold metallic tattoos adorned the arms and wrists of the most chic fashionistas last year. Beyonce had a large role in making this trend popular when she was seen boarding her private jet with husband Jay-Z, sparkling with metallic skin. Charleston girls definitely embraced this tattoo trend this year, as King Street was bursting with sales of the metallic accessory.

 

 

Fashionable cat sweater. (photo courtesy of @sayda.jaycee via Instagram)
Fashionable cat sweater. (photo courtesy of @sayda.jaycee via Instagram)

Meowing About Sweaters

Cats were a trend of their own last year, possibly due to Taylor Swift’s flaunting of her feline friends on Instagram, or because of the infamous Grumpy Cat. Cats made their fashion debut last year as the most hipster girls (and guys) wore cat-themed sweaters, leggings, socks, and basically any type of clothing imaginable.

 

 

 

Chacos: Yes or No?

A classic pair of Chacos (photo courtesy of @fotovitamina via Instagram)
A classic pair of Chacos. (photo courtesy of @fotovitamina via Instagram)

Not popular among all fashionistas, but definitely among a select group, these sandals made a surprising appearance last summer. Proving to be a love or hate fashion item, they created a new kind of social division: Chaco wearers versus Chaco haters! The sandals were definitely a convenient, go-to option for College of Charleston students to wear to class, but we’ll leave all style judgements up to you!

Ponytails and their nineties throwback

A messy but sophisticated ponytail. (Photo courtesy of  @tarafashionblog via Instagram)
A messy but sophisticated ponytail. (Photo courtesy of @tarafashionblog via Instagram)

Whether superstar Ariana Grande or bachelorette Andi Dorfman brought back this classic hairstyle is up for debate, but it is clear that the iconic, nineties style high ponytail was back in season last year. From athletes to runway models, the higher the pony- the better the look! Redken’s style book this year even featured this pretty updo, and it has definitely been spotted around campus as it is a quick, easy option to wear to class or even to formal events.

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