Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Are Millennials Trendsetters?

Donte Calarco of the House of Squirrels
This week Celebrity English is thrilled to have the amazing DONTE CALARCO of the HOUSE of SQUIRRELS as a guest feature writer! The House of Squirrels is an American lifestyle brand about sharing recipes, style ideas, beauty secrets, wellness tips, and so much more.  This outstanding, ‘highly-sought-after’ Fashionista also writes for Fashion & Lifestyle Magazines and recently worked the Oscar Red Carpet for OMG Insider!

Are Millennials Trendsetters?
by Donte Calarco of the House of Squirrels

When I was asked to write about the Millennial Generation's fashion sense, I first had to figure out what defines a Millennial and if I were one? As I was doing my research I took this online survey that determines if you are a true Millennial or not. The big reveal is at the end of the post.

Millennials are typically born between 1977-2000, and make up for 25 % of the US population. 105 million Millennials are spending money on consumer products and making up a big portion setting the precedent for one of our biggest industries, Fashion.  Last year, Millennial spent $200 billion, and with their influence over their parents (mostly Boomers) Millennials’ spending reached up to $500 billion a year. (Source: Millennial Marketing)

Rihanna is one of the most powerful Millennials of her generation. At the age of 25 and over 30 million twitter followers, Rihanna has influence on fashion and what Millennials will be wearing. Boyfriend jeans are all the rave and haven’t stopped since they came out on the fashion scene a few years back. Rihanna shown below in London, is rocking a pair of boyfriend jeans with a Stella McCartney top and heels. What would our Boomer parents think of our ripped jeans with a designer top and heels? I can speak to this personally that they think we don’t have enough money to fix our pants. My Dad has no idea why we want to wear ripped jeans. If Rihanna does it that makes it okay, right?

Rihanna_boyfriend jeans_Stella McCartney top

Boyfriend jeans worn a couple different ways by the most influential generation to date.

Boyfriend jeans

Boyfriend jeans_millennial model

Another influential Millennial is our girl next door Country Pop Singer, Taylor Swift.  Taylor is 24 years old and has over 29 million twitter followers. Her style is more preppy/chic with an influence of the 50′s girl. Back when our parents were growing up stripes were considered part of a uniform, now it is a huge fashion trend. Taylor has a powerful platform to influence her fans, and when she wears stripes this equates to girls running to their local Gap or J Crew!

Taylor Swift fashion

Millennial Girls showing us how to wear stripes!

Millennial Girls wearing stripes

Millennial model wearing stripes

Then there is Kristen Stewart. Kristen has single handily brought back the casual look with a touch of grunge and made it look cool. Kristen also has made wearing sneakers with everything a fashion trend. Converse has seen a huge revival and people are wearing them with everything…no matter the occasion! Another fashion statement my Dad would bark at…Ha!

Kristen Stewart in sneakers

Millennial Models making the “casual look", look sexy!

Millennial Models “casual look"

Tennis shoes with a platform? And with a skirt? So good…but Dad would be eye rolling.

Millennial Model casual

Or the combination of all three: Striped blazer, Boyfriend jeans, and Converse. Wait, this sounds like a Squirrel Girl not a Millennial!

Striped blazer, Boyfriend jeans, and Converse_summer

Now my Millennial test reveal: I failed at being a Millennial by three points….so I will sit happily in my Generation X category.  Besides, I am in the company with one of our style Queens…Ms. Paltrow! GP never disappoints us with her red carpet looks or street style ease. Gwyneth is a style icon of all generations and has a twitter account of over 1.5 million followers…not bad for Gen X’er! 

Gwyneth Paltrow_fashion

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Language Learning Section
by Alex Graham of Celebrity English

Natural Language 
 Vocabulary Boost!

Theme: Fashion - Words to know when talking about Fashion!

Instructions:  Write the meaning of the words, expressions, and sentences below.  The answers are below the vocabulary list.

Fashion =

Fashionista =

Millennials =

generation =

consumer products =

influence =

Boyfriend jeans =

all the rave =

fashion scene =

rocking a pair of boyfriend jeans =

Boomer =

a top =

ripped jeans =

a designer top and heels =

preppy/chic =

stripes =

huge fashion trend =

Gap =

J Crew =

casual look =

touch of grunge =

cool =

sneakers =

Converse =

fashion statement =

skirt =

blazer =

Generation X =


Fashion = is a general term for a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion refers to a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style with which a person dresses, as well as to prevailing styles in behavior.

Fashionista = a designer, promoter, or follower of the latest fashions.

Millennials = a person born from 1977-2000, —usually plural.

generation = a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously.

consumer products = Merchandise or other item of common or daily use, ordinarily bought by individuals or households for private consumption. See also consumer goods.

influence = to affect or alter by indirect or intangible means.

Boyfriend jeans = company link http://www.gap.com/products/boyfriend-jeans-for-women.jsp

all the rave = very fashionable or stylish;in current fashion; being a current fad.

fashion scene = scene: A place, with the people, objects, and events in it, regarded as having a particular character or making a particular impression.

rocking a pair of boyfriend jeans = rocking: wearing; wearing well and looking great in the clothes.

Boomer = A baby boomer is a person who was born during the demographic Post–World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

a top = any piece of light clothing worn on the part of the body above the waist.

ripped jeans = see Rihana's picture above.

a designer top and heels = designer or fashion designer: a person who imagines how something could be made and draws plans for it.  heels or high heels: women's shoes in which the heels are raised high off the ground.

preppy/chic = preppy: a young person from a rich family who goes to an expensive school and who wears expensive, tidy clothes. (Clothing & Fashion) characteristic of or denoting a fashion style of neat, understated, and often expensive clothes; young but classic: suggesting that the wearer is well off, upper class, and conservative. chic: Stylishness and elegance, typically of a specified kind.

stripes = see picture of Taylor Swift above wearing a striped top.

huge fashion trend = 'huge' very big; enormous; exceedingly great size, extent, or quantity.

trend: A general tendency or inclination;Current style; vogue (fashion trend).

Gap = company link http://www.gap.com/

J Crew = company link http://www.jcrew.com/index.jsp

casual look = casual: informal clothing suited to everyday use (casual outfits).  look: a style.

touch of grunge = touch: a bit of something. grunge: Clothing commonly worn by grunge musicians in Washington State consisted of thrift store items and the typical outdoor clothing (most notably flannel shirts) of the region, as well as a generally unkempt appearance. This [clothing] is cheap, it's durable, and it's kind of timeless. It also runs against the grain of the whole flashy aesthetic that existed in the 80.

cool = great, awesome, neat,(fashionable). sneakers = a type of light, comfortable shoe that is suitable for playing sports,

Converse = company link http://www.converse.com/

fashion statement = Clothes that draw attention to the person who wears them. A message conveyed by clothes: an item of clothing or set of clothes that expresses something about the attitude, point of view, or lifestyle of the wearer.

skirt = a separate free-hanging outer garment or undergarment usually worn by women and girls covering some or all of the body from the waist down.

blazer = a sports jacket often with notched collar and patch pockets.

Generation X = the generation of Americans born in the 1960s and 1970s.

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