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Hip Hoppin' Vacation
Imagine a hundred hip hop heads congregating in a gym on the
University of California San Diego campus. That is where I
ventured this past weekend to check out the four elements of
hip hop: graffiti art, turntablism, b-boying/girling (breakdancing),
and emceeing. It turned out to be a really dope event (which is totally
uncharacteristic of UCSD!), minus one simply silly factor: I
wasn't allowed to bring my camera indoors, to take tangible
memories of it all to show you girls!! Ugh! So I'm here
merely in text form to tell you about the hottest trends I saw
out there on the gymnasium floor (but I *promise* some pictures!).
To say that the ladies there that night were cute is a grand understatement.
I have never seen so much style oozing out everywhere as I had that
night. The styles ranged from couture savvy to easy riding
street style. I saw a plethora of girls wearing their favorite
track sneakers and barely there bootie socks with baggy cargos
tied at the midcalve with built in drawstring or thick ribbon,
sort of like pseudo pedal pushers, topped with their favorite
fitted logo tees from the likes of University of Hip Hop to
Triple 5 Soul. These hip hop uniforms, if you will,
were expected to be seen delving further into the
crowds. There I found the real fashionistas! While
bopping my head to the DJ's fresh beats I got closer
to the turntables and the girls' styles got more and more
eccentric. I saw ethnic prints wrapped delicately around heads,
huge lensed vintage sunglasses set on tiny faces, and Asian
girls with wavy long honey blonde extensions. Hairstyles went
from flirty high ponytails to bodacious and beautiful Afros,
braids and funky wild curls. There were a couple of girls with
the trendy string-backed shirts, dark denim jeans (cuffed,
baggy, and fitted), and brightly colored inspired silk
scarves seen gracing hips (over jeans and skirts), heads and
necks. Of course there were many colored pedal pushers,
trackshoes, and logo tees seen, but a lot of girls broke free
from the mold. A cute group of girls were seen rocking
bright calf length skirts, midriff tube tops layered over a
combo of fitted short and long-sleeved tees, vintage light
purple lensed sunglasses and velcro Pumas. One girl was even
seen wearing a calf length black trenchcoat with a slightly
shorter A-line black skirt, white button down, and red athletic
bottomed leather loafers.
If anything, this event was quite refreshing for UC San Diego!
The talent was booming and a lot of the girls that attended
proved to me that hip hop fashion is a plethora of variations
on funk, confidence, and creativity.