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The word on the street is... fashion! Our sassy Street Wear Expert Chako is the urban outfitter you need to sport serious threads, G.

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.

Chako S.

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