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Minority Trends Go Mainstream

Fashion Influences From Diverse Groups

Fashion trends are a major reflection of the beautiful diversity in our society. Trends in what we wear and how we express beauty externally help us overcome the distance between different groups of people. When a trend from a cultural group goes mainstream, everyone gets to see elements of that group to appreciate and admire.  As trends from diverse groups become embedded in our culture, it’s important to credit the diverse groups who started these trends.

HUES BOA believes that honoring the origins of these trends helps keep the focus on the diverse groups who started the trend in the first place. It’s a way to honor the history and the people who expressed themselves in ways everyone later wanted to copy.  In this article, we’ll look at some of the strongest trendsetting influences in American fashion that started with minorities.

Sneakers: Black Culture Kicks Off A Multi-Billion Dollar Market 

It’s almost impossible to think of a trend that has gone more mainstream than sneakers, and this trend we owe to Black culture. Sneakers can even be seen as a massive driver of the economy, bringing in $70 billion in 2020 alone. This iconic piece represents American fashion worldwide and came straight from minority influencers.

The trend of cool, fashion-forward kicks is connected to hip-hop culture in the 1980s when people like Russell Simmons and Run DMC began bringing sneakers to the forefront of fashion. Michael Jordan then catapulted sneakers to the top of everyone’s cool list with Nike’s Air Jordans. While Black influencers made them cool, sneakers are now part of everyone’s lifestyle.

Hoop Earrings: A Latina Classic 

Large hoop earrings are considered a “classic American” fashion item in every woman’s jewelry wardrobe. But many people might now know that this trend came from Latin minority groups. Large gold hoops have been important to women’s fashion since the 1950s, especially in Puerto Rico and Mexico. In this culture, girls often have their ears pierced at a young age, so earrings are a natural part of their daily look.

Women in Latina culture have always rocked large gold hoops, but these became more prominent and widespread in the 1990s, thanks to influencers like pop sensations Selena Quintanilla and Jennifer Lopez. And who could forget the oversized hoop earrings worn by Black hip-hop stars Mary J. Blige, Jody Watley, and Lauryn Hill? Gold hoop earrings continue to trend, representing the Latin and Black cultural strength in the fashion landscape.

Tattoos: Body Markings with Pacific Islander Origins

Tattoos are now considered a big part of pop culture for anyone who wants to add artistic decoration to the body in a permanent way. While people may associate tattoos with the U.S. military, that’s not entirely where these body markings started. Tattoos have been around for centuries, and we owe this trend to the indigenous Asian and Pacific Islander minority groups.

The word tattoo comes from the Polynesian word “Tatau.” Throughout history, these ink markings were used to communicate social status, rank, maturity, and genealogy in the islands of the Southern Pacific Ocean, like Tonga, New Zealand, Easter Island, and Hawaii. We can look to Asian and Pacific Islander cultures for popularizing tattoos as a method of self-expression.

LOGOMANIA!

 

You’ve probably seen examples of logomania everywhere you look, but you may not have known that term. Logomania is the fashion term for prominently showing a fashion brand’s logo front and center instead of hidden on a clothing tag. Logomania took off when minority Black fashion designer Dapper Dan created knock-off fashion items for hip-hop artists in the 1980s. He emblazoned massive haute couture logos painted on jackets, hats, and shirts for artists to wear, and the trend spread like wildfire. Even the fashion houses began copying the trend, printing logos as a significant feature of their designs, thanks to this Black influencer.

Logos are a way for people to express their taste and align with a brand’s vibe. HUES BOA embraces the logomania trend in many of our pieces, like our logo t-shirt and our logo hat. When you wear a HUES BOA logo, you show solidarity with the brand message that Heaven Utilizes Every Shade: that as a diverse society, we are better when we are united.

Of course, its still fashion, so styling and terms are up for individual interpretation. Anyone can have their perspective on authentic streetwear or what they want to call it. And though there are no real rules in streetwear, staples like oversized tees and sweats, baggy jeans, hoodies, and cool sneakers will always be the hallmarks of the look.

 

 

Nails With Bling 

Who would have thought that fingernail art could be something that builds bridges in culture? Well, it’s true today. Long, acrylic nails decorated with flourishes, crystals, and gems are a big beauty trend, seen in Millennials, Gen Z, and everyone in between. And we have to give credit to a minority group– Black women– for this widespread trend. Long, acrylic nails have been a part of Black women’s culture since the 1950s. In the 1960s, acrylic nails were seen for the first time on the cover of Vogue magazine, worn by Donyale Luna.

And who can forget the historic 1988 image of Florence Griffith-Joyner setting a world record in the US Olympic Track and Field trials while wearing her 4-inch signature acrylic nails? Today, teens and older women alike have adopted wearing nails. Social media influencers, celebrities, artists, and trendsetters carry on the acrylic nail trend. This is a true example of a minority trend adopted by people of all colors, races, and backgrounds.

Trends: Uniting Us All And Honoring Minority Cultures

 

It’s important to recognize and honor the minorities and diverse people who have driven the trends of our current fashion scene. Plus, it’s cool to see how fashion influences don’t just come from the runway or a designer’s team; they come straight from diverse cultures. Think about your group of diverse friends: you’ll likely see some unique fashion expressions from the people around you that begin making their way into mainstream culture.

We think it’s important to honor these trends’ origins and highlight the minority groups who started the sneaker craze, the tattoo fad, the big hoop earrings and decorated nails trends, and logomania. Trends unite us all, and HUES BOA is a fashion line that wants to celebrate the things that unite us. There’s no better example of diversity bringing us together than powerful minority fashion trends adopted and loved by people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures.

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