Milton Magazine: Trends
by Soleil Devonish on Friday, April 8th, 2016
On March 18th, the Milton Academy community received the latest edition of the Milton Magazine– its topic none other than fashion and trends. In early January, Ms. Matson of the communication office, asked Classes I-IV to show off their dress styles in front of a photographer. From colorful scarfs to plain khakis, comfortable flannels to cozy groutfits, Milton Academy students rocked their respective styles.
Freddy Okito (II) graced the magazine’s cover, striking a pose and sporting Milton gear. While the Magazine does not talk exclusively about fashion, all its articles highlight how the components of our identity, like our individual fashion sense, contribute to what makes Milton truly amazing.
The Milton Magazine has been around for over a century, and, while it has taken on many names and forms since its establishment, the goal has remained the same: “to build awareness of the School’s identity through high-quality writing and photography, and the discussion of thought-provoking ideas”. While its main audience is alumni, the Milton Magazine bridges the gap between all community members.
For every edition, the communications office carefully chooses a topic that connects current members of the Milton community and the alumni. The Spring 2016 edition was no different. Mrs. Everett, of the communications department, says “We defined ‘trends’ quite purposefully.” As repeated in this edition’s introduction, the “Milton Magazine looks at alumni who have chosen to integrate their passion and capabilities with contemporary tools and trends to craft their lives.”
So, what are the trends here at Milton? The Milton Academy community is comprised of artists, athletes, musicians, actors, advocates, writers, and overall well-educated students. Everyday we express our identity through our individual sense of style. Since Milton does not have a strict dress code, students are able to wear what best reflects their sense of self, and the Milton Magazine decided to capture this self-expression in the latest issue.
Walking into the student center, you can find students wearing many different types of outfits. As we head into spring, light colors often replace dark clothes, shorts often replace pants, and warm boots are exchanged for a more open shoe. Some students stray away from today’s trends and look to past years for inspiration. By including styles from other decades and using articles of clothing in uncommon ways, students create their own unique design.
Dorsey Glew (III) says she looks for “weird or interesting pieces and tries to incorporate them into [her] everyday style.” Other students integrate athletic wear, street style, and festival attire into their day to day fashion. With the school’s relatively lenient dress code, it’s easy for students to explore and experiment their developing fads.
Milton’s fashion styles never fall into a ‘type’ or ‘category;’ Milton fashion is as diverse as we are. In the same way we bring our unique styles to Milton, we bring aspects of our identity to sports, music, art, and any other activities we do. As recounted in the Milton Magazine, 2016 appears to be the year where we challenge status quoes and fully represent our identities. Since Milton students refuse to be defined by any trend, it is important for us to have a space to safely experiment while we figure out who we are. Adjustments to the dress code and amendments to the S.G.A constitution have started to create a more inclusive environment. With a supportive space for originality to prosper, the entire school benefits from each individual’s uniqueness.
As we head into the final months of the year, I encourage you to look back on this latest edition of the Milton Magazine and think about the trends you would like to set. Just as students showed off their personal styles for the Magazine, look for moments to share who you are with the rest of the community.
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