Sometimes we might not realize it, but fashion is its own world. Those who don’t live and breathe shopping, blogging, runway trends and the latest from our favorite designers are more than likely to be oblivious to our wild and obsessive ways -- after all, we can’t expect everyone to know about the newest H&M collaboration or to swoon with us over Zara’s latest collection. With that in mind, we asked Ricky and Jack, who are both engineers behind-the-scenes at Chictopia, some fun questions about the hottest trends of the season to see what they had to say and to find out: exactly how big of a bubble are we in?
Do you know what #ootd stands for?
Ricky: Yes, I had to google it when I saw it used on Twitter. I'm also now familiar with #wiwt. I'm not sure about the technical difference between the two though.
Jack: No, I don't know. But, since I know what motd (message of the day) refers to in UNIX [an operating system used by engineers], I would guess it's "O-something of the day.” Maybe outfit?
What do you think about the neoprene trend?
R: Seems like it wouldn't be flattering to wear and would bunch up when you move, but at least it's functional and waterproof.
J: It looks pretty cool.
When it comes to platform shoes, how high is too high?
R: If people can still walk in them, then it's not too high. I wouldn't mind looking 6 inches taller, and I've read that Tom Cruise and the late Kim Jung Il wore platform shoes all the time. This can be a good thing, as long as people don't start twisting their ankles.
J: It depends on how many pairs of them my girlfriend wants. I haven't really done any research on the price point, but I guess $300 is kind of too high?
Have you ever gone thrifting? Did you find any cool vintage pieces?
R: I have gone shopping at Crossroads, but I'm terrible at finding good stuff on the racks of clothes. Either didn't fit right on me or didn't look good on me. I don't think I have the patience to shop at thrift stores.
J: I haven't.
What is a fashion trend that you just "don't get?"
R: By far, the most confusing trend is drop-crotch pants. To me, there's nothing more unflattering than pants that make a person's legs look 50% shorter. Wearing drop-crotch pants makes the guy or girl look like MC Hammer or an oompa loompa.
J: I think everyone has a different taste in styles, so I try to be open minded. That said, I personally don't get why some male models dress up like girls.
Have you ever heard of the "heels with the red bottoms?" Do you know which designer invented them?
R: I know that they're Louboutins, and the person wearing them probably has expensive taste. Depending on who is wearing the heels, it could be a "red flag" of sorts for your wallet.
J: I haven't. I don't know.
What do you think about the resurgence of overalls?
R: I've only thought of overalls as worn by painters. I haven't seen the new trend, but I guess it could look good.
J: They remind me of Super Mario. They might look good on boys.
How about leather jogging pants?
R: I hope this isn't becoming a "thing". Wearing these sounds like a good way to stew in your own sweat.
J: Based on the name, I suppose it's good for jogging.
What do you think will be the next big trend of 2014?
R: I've seen a bunch of trends come and go on Chictopia, and some of the more popular stores seem to mix trends in their products. I've seen Zara successfully sell studded leopard print flats or fringe gladiator sandals. For 2014, I think if someone created a mix of more trends into a single piece, it could be a big thing. I'd love to see a single garment combining studs, leopard print, peplum, fringe, galaxy print, and neoprene, with ponies and cats. It will be epic.
J: I have no idea. I don't even know what the big trend of 2013 is =(
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