The Inkblot

Queen Elizabeth I was one of the most notable
fashion influencers in the 1500s. She often posed
for portraits like this one.

The influence of fashion on culture across history

Nolan O'Keefe September 15, 2022

In today’s world, fashion influencers sit on a much more metaphorical throne than those of the past. With the term “fashion influencer” likely comes the thought of social media, but they’ve been...

The clothes a person wears have many effects such as psychological and can even be the way they express themselves.

Psychology of getting dressed

Stella Feinstein September 15, 2022

  When it comes to clothing, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye. Beyond just appearance, clothes can impact the way a person thinks and is perceived, a phenomenon scientists have deemed...

Designer fashion pieces are popular, but
can lead to purchases worth thousands of
dollars and beg the question of how much
they’re really worth.

The real cost of high- end designer fashion

Nolan O'Keefe May 20, 2022

With $36,000, one could choose to buy a two-ton BMW or a two-pound Gucci bag. Designer pieces can go for thousands of dollars, a price that seems reasonable to some and entirely ridiculous to others....

Survey of 50 CHS students from Feb. 18, 2022 to Feb. 25, 2022.

Thrifting presents an ethical dilemma: The solution to fast fashion or stealing from the poor

Yaritza Reyes Contrera and Isabella Ji April 14, 2022

Thrift stores have long been the go-to stop for affordable, trendy items. However, the thrift industry has come under scrutiny for reselling and gentrification. The main appeal of thrift stores for...

Capsule wardrobes are on the rise to combat fast fashion.

Timeless clothing collections open doors for sustainability

Stella Feinstein April 14, 2022

To combat the rampant rise of fast fashion, niche influencers are turning to capsule wardrobes to revive timeless clothing. Capsule wardrobes are minimalist closets made of staple items curated to carry...

Low prices of clothing on sites such as SHEIN promote overconsumption and microtrends.

Accelerating trend cycles create major overconsumption

Madison Demaree and Ava Rubinstein April 14, 2022

The ever-growing presence of social media in society undoubtedly has downsides, with one of the most significant being the influence microtrends have on clothing waste. As the rate at which clothing flows...

Survey of 50 CHS students from Feb. 18, 2022 to Feb. 25,2022.

Online fashion retailer SHEIN sparks moral debate

The global clothing retailer SHEIN has found a way to produce fashion cheaper and faster, taking social media by storm. The Chinese company has grown not only in popularity but in numbers, raking in nearly...

Junior Blu Gaines of Shrewsbury, center, designs and sews their own
clothes, including the dress that they wore to the 2022 Winter Ball.

1 in 300: Blu Gaines finds creativity in every fiber of their being

Ori Rosmarin April 14, 2022

Junior Blu Gaines of Shrewsbury has an unsuspected superpower: a constantly developing wardrobe that can and will never go out of style. With the rise of fast fashion, any trendy blouse, accessory or...

A survey of 67 students from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Students reflect on the importance of self-expression

Katherine Manatos November 24, 2021

While Communications High School only plans two official spirit weeks, student’s diverse sense of fashion is seen all year round. Students go about their day in a variety of diverse outfits, ranging...

Outfits with loose fitting jeans and pops of beachy colors and accessories are fashion staples for this summer.

Social media inspires CHS students to fill their closets with new summer fashion trends

Maddie Lee June 17, 2021

Summer is just around the corner and with the warmer weather comes new fashion trends for the summer of 2021. Many of the current fashion looks such as tennis skirts, oversized hoodies, joggers, chain...

McManus was inspired by her unique sense of style and love of fashion to launch The Zine fashion magazine

McManus dresses to the nines for The Zine fashion magazine

Sarah Rau May 5, 2021

Among the mundane chatter of an elementary school cafeteria, a little fourth-grader walked proudly by the supervising teacher. She was immediately stopped to receive a compliment on her socks. These were...

A survey of 57 students from Feb. 10 to Feb. 24.

Social media influences the fashion industry and inspires consumers

Madeline Holobinko March 9, 2020

Around 162 years ago, the modern fashion industry got its start when designer Charles Frederick Worth decided to sew labels into the garments he created. Worth depended on simple yet distinctive branding...

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