Hypebeasts Hunt for High Fashion
By SEIYU WHANG
Hypebeasts are one of the newest groups of 21st century fashion trend followers popularized by many millennials including those here in Jericho.
According to the Urban Dictionary, a Hypebeast is “a person who follows a trend to be cool or in style.” In other words, if you see a trend that everyone follows and you try your best to look as trendy as possible, you are a Hypebeast. Recently, there has been an uproar of Hypebeasts wearing the most expensive and trendiest clothes their dime could find. Whether its Supreme, Bathing Ape or Palace, your regular Hypebeast has it all.
Being a Hypebeast is not necessarily a bad thing. Freshman Matthew L. said, ”To me, being a Hypebeast can be cool. You can flex on everyone, and that brings a good feeling.” While some students think that being a Hypebeast is a good opportunity to show off one’s fashion sense, others feel it is arrogant and shallow. According to freshman David B., “If you are a Hypebeast, you are not cool.”
In general, the new millennial fashions have changed a lot over the years. From tracksuits to onesies, Supreme to Bape shark hoodies, the difference is not only in style but in price as well. In the past, a trendy jacket might cost around $20 or $30. Now, a trendy jacket might cost you from $100 all the way to $450. These prices can put a pretty big hole in a parent’s wallet. Great Neck parent Janet R. said, “These new things kids are wearing these days are very weird. The price tags attached blow me away. If my son wants to buy a $400 hoodie, it’s coming out of his pocket, not mine.” Most parents are reluctant to pay great amounts of cash to buy expensive clothing for their kids. “I don’t understand how a white shirt that goes for $10 can become a costly $500 just because it says Supreme on it,” said Roslyn parent Brittney S.
With the holiday season upon us, it will be interesting to see just how many parents give in to the power of the hype.
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