Its all about the pom pom!

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September 8, 2016 by jaqueline16

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By: Jaqueline Ramirez

City Honors High School

Trends come and go all the time. Recently a new one has risen, but what exactly is the fur trend about? Is it worth all the hype?

These fur pom poms have quickly invaded the fashion industry and seem to be on every purse, tote and even school bag. Nearly all stores high end and low end seem to cater them in every color and size. Gucci, Guess, Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe are a few on the list.This new accessory not only seems revolutionary but it is also a throwback to the 80’s when fur coats were hip.

The most popular and demanded colors are dusty rose, black,white and beige. Not only do these come in natural shades but also non ordinary options such as blue, orange and red. When purchasing one the most important factor is self expression. One has the option of choosing a more natural shade to match a purse for example or another color to add an extra pop to your outfit.

Malia Dinkins, a student at city honors shares the same opinion. When asked the reason for her purchasing a pom pom she responded, “It’s the new hot trend. It complements and adds color to my bag. Its also fuzzy which I love.”

Although this may appear to be a normal accessory there is one concern for the factories manufacturing them. It could bring the uprising of an ethical issue. It hasn’t been confirmed whether these pom poms are in fact real fur or simply faux fur, but some people feel it sends a negative message. To some, using any type of animal fur being real or fake is unfair and inhumane.

Dinkins also expressed her feelings on this issue. She said “ I’m against animal cruelty which is why I only purchase faux fur rather than fur but being in high school it’s hard not to follow trends. Although some people may be against me I believe it’s justified because my pom pom isn’t real fur.”

Despite all the controversy there is one question remaining. How long will this trend last until it wears out? The answer doesn’t seem clear yet, but with time we will all soon find out.

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A pom pom on a fashionable senior’s bag.

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