Third-year anthropology student Briana Soltani-Flynn incorporated the trend into her athleisure style. After her morning yoga workout, she threw on a cut-out, striped top from Brandy Melville over a cross-hatched sports bra. She said she has recently noticed many people layering daintier necklaces over more interesting necklines.
Linda Che, a fourth-year economics and statistics student, bought her black, lace-up shirt from Urban Outfitters when it went on sale. She paired it with her Hollister shorts, a Tiffanys necklace, and socks from her friend in Japan. She owns two other lace-up tops in gray and black, and likes the trend because it adds a noticeable embellishment to her outfit without standing out too much. “I like it because it makes a plain shirt look a little bit more exciting,” she said.
Many students adopt a sportier style, such as fourth-year sociology student Ramie Pham, who wore a varsity jacket over her cut-out top. She bought her shirt from Forever 21, but has seen similar ones carried by other fast-fashion brands such as Zara and H&M. Although she does wear choker necklaces, she finds the choker-style top to be a more comfortable and convenient option.
Sophia Luzzi, a second-year molecular, cell, and developmental biology student, sported a monochromatic outfit, donning a purple, knit, lace-up shirt from Tilly’s and purple cutoff shorts. An avid shopper, Luzzi saw the trend popping up in many of the stores she frequents, as well as on people around her. She said she likes the subtle sexiness the detail brings to an outfit, and owns a few shirts that lace-up up along the back as well.
Fourth-year psychobiology student Selam Mulugeta, wore a gray bodycon dress and a pink jacket tied around her waist. Her Adidas sneakers display holographic stripes that bring out the color in her outfit, she said. Mulugeta added she adopted the trend last year and likes how she can tighten or loosen the laces depending on how conservatively she wants to dress. “When I’m around my parents, I tighten it,” she said.