Favorite music, the happiness of great shoes and caution about wearing tight, colorful pants are the topics of this new installment of Trending With TX.
Few things in this world are tried and true classics. Blue jeans for instance. Peanut butter and jelly for another.
And you know what else is a classic? Converse sneakers. They go with anything from cutoffs to prom dresses and everything in between. They are so versatile that anyone can wear them; adults, teenagers and even little kids can be seen kickin’ around in Converse.
And why would you want to wear the same shoes you’d wear to climb a tree on your wedding day? For the comfort factor, of course! Converse are very comfortable yet classic. They can be a “fashion statement” when worn with a dress or a fancy outfit, or just as kick-around shoes with a pair of sweats.
Converse sneakers definitely fit the criteria of the three C’s — they’re cool, comfy and classic.
Allison Foster, Fremont High School
New Swift sound
Taylor Swift has once again released a song that may become the anthem of teen girls around the world. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is already topping the charts.
The abnormally long title should clue audiences in to the fact that, yes, it is another song about romance, or in this case, perhaps the lack thereof. It’s the first single from Swift’s upcoming album “Red,” due to hit stores on Oct. 22.
The song is different for Taylor, and has little, if any, country influence. Instead, it is almost entirely pop. However, the content is still very Taylor-esque. It revolves around an on-again-off-again relationship that is, supposedly, off for good this time. The tune is catchy, and the lyrics are relatable and empowering, if not entirely original or profound. The repetition is a little over-the-top, but does make it much easier to get the song stuck in your head.
The middle of the song features Taylor speaking the lyrics of what sounds like a conversation with a friend, teenage colloquialisms and all: “So he calls me up and he’s like ‘I still love you,’ and I’m like… I just… I mean, this is exhausting, you know, like we are never getting back together. Like, ever.”
This segment adds a touch of humor and charm, while still being completely relatable; many teen girls may recognize it from similar conversations they’ve had with their own friends.
Overall, this tune is enjoyable and likely to become the new favorite of many. It’s definitely a departure from Taylor’s old style, and whether that’s an improvement is entirely a matter of opinion. I’m a country fan and personally prefer her earlier music, but still have found myself listening to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on repeat. It’s just that catchy!
Clearfield High School
As anyone who has watched TV, looked at a magazine, or been around teenagers knows there is a new trend in our midst. That’s right people, it’s time to whip out your sunglasses because bright tight pants are back with a vengeance. However with these types of pants come responsibilities and warnings, for your own and others’ safety.
First, skinny jeans come in many colors ranging from neon to flower print. When picking out your desired shade, don’t go too extreme, meaning if you can see them in a pitch black cave or if they come with a seizure warning don’t get them. Also, color adds size. The brighter an object is the bigger it looks and the more people notice it; in other words, if you choose to wear yellow neon pants your badonkadonk will get more attention.
Second, the tightness. Honestly, if you can’t even walk in your pants then something is wrong. If you don’t know what’s too tight ask yourself: Do my pants cut off circulation in my legs or any other important body parts? Will my pants rip if I sit? Is it easier to put my pants on when they are wet? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your pants need to be exchanged for a bigger size.
Finally, there is a difference between skinny jeans and tights.Tights or leggings are well ... tight, meaning they fit closer to the body and its crevasses, if you catch my drift, thus giving others more of a view than they would like. Don’t wear tights with a high-cropped shirt even if the tights are dyed to look like denim.
And men, please never ever wear tights, because as much as girls love to dream about David Bowie in his tights doing the magic dance, he is an anomaly, you are not. Simply put, tights are not pants — don’t wear them as such.
So if you are into this colorful trend go out and strut your stuff. Just remember with great pants comes great responsibility.
Madison Ostberg, Bonneville High School
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