Students enjoying Mr. Rubinoff's magic show Tuesday at lunch. All the money earned from ticket sales is donated to Horizons for Youth.
Students are enjoying the tail end of Charity Week as they continue to raise money for Horizons for Youth.
By Amelia Wolff
What does the clothing you wear say about you? Not much? Think again. For some, you simply wear what is clean, what fits, what you can afford, what you’ve been given, and possibly what looks good together depending on your thought level in the morning. If asked, ‘what does your clothing say about you,’ the common answer would be to look down upon the unbelievably normal outfit and answer with ‘absolutely nothing.’
Senior Director of Design at Bravado Designs, Tara Hoth, makes it is clear that clothing speaks volumes about the person wearing it. Hoth explained that companies gather facts and research from around the world to create consumer trends called predictives. Predictives are then sold to clothing companies. Afterwards, clothing is designed based on the direction of the reports. Predictives follow all aspects of culture, including political and social changes, which applies to every part of fashion from textiles to colours. For example, a major political event in 2016 was the American election. Due to the political uncertainty, “consumers are looking for clothing that comforts them, such as jersey’s, which is seeing a current rise in use.” For the first time, Pantone chose two colors of the year, baby blue and light pink, “representing a divide between the blue and red parties.” People around the world want to be comforted, an emotion that crosses over into clothing trends
Another example is the social change involving the blur between genders and the unisex trend. Roles between men and women are being challenged, and “their clothing of boyfriend jeans, oversized sweatshirts, and sneakers challenge the role of clothing” between genders as well. When I get dressed in my oversized sweatshirt and sneakers in the morning, breaking the gender barrier is certainly not on my mind.
It is 7am, and it is time to put together an outfit. For many teenagers, this involves a t-shirt and jeans. Despite teenagers having the most amount of freedom out of any age group, (few parents dictating your clothing choices and no work environment dress code) teenagers still choose to dress the same. This comes from sharing similar experiences with your peers. Teenagers naturally choose to dress the same, partly from choice, and partly by the natural instinct to fit in. Even those who choose to stand out, fit a fashion mold, whether that be punk, hippie, or modern; clothing brings people together and represents a person’s group association.
While this sounds gloom and doom, with no chance of individuality in fashion, every garment chosen by the wearer is unique to the individual. People represent themselves in the choices they make in a garment. Colour is an extremely emotional choice, depending on what the consumer prefers. While an outgoing person might wear bright or loud colors, unafraid to stand out, an introvert would tend to choose relaxed, neutral colors.
Clothing is viewed as the vain exterior, but in reality it can display significantly more about our daily emotion than a stranger would dare to share. Every action is a decision, whether it be choosing red or blue sneakers, or whether Urban Outfitters or American Apparel matches your personal aesthetic. Subconscious choices of what to wear occur based on who you are every time you get dressed, and people tend to underestimate the amount our psychology has an effect on our fashion decisions. After learning this information, let’s revisit the question; what does the clothing you wear say about yourself? It might be time to rethink your answer.
By Ashley Keller
As teenagers, we all look for something we’re good at and like to do; be it sports, academics or something else entirely, we all have an interest we gravitate towards. It's a natural instinct. No one is willingly going to do something they don't like and are no good at. It’s annoying, and can be downright embarrassing depending on how it turns out.
I, along with so many others that attend North Toronto, love to read: it is what I gravitate to. I read in my bedroom or on the street; I even open up a book in the middle of the school hallways. I do it whenever and wherever I can.
Young Adult (YA) novels are supposed to be books for readers aged 12-18. This encases so many authors and genres, or at least it’s meant to. Lately, while in the process of various book binges, (think of Netflix binges except it involves a lot more paper cuts) I’ve realized a trend.
I dare you to go to Indigo, BMV, or any other book store and find the YA section. Look through the books and find the genre. I promise you will notice something interesting. Did you notice when YA novels became a genre instead of an age group? Today, YA novels seem to be solely dystopian or sci-fi. They are books about people with magical powers who live in an alternate universe. For example, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Same with Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling or Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.
How often do you read a YA book that contains realistic people in a realistic setting? The thing is, people don't want to read these kinds of books. They don't want to know that they could be in the same situation. Because of this, we read books that are so unrealistic that we don't worry about being put in the same kind of position. Although, the awesome characters in these dystopian novels are great too.