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Can you be Normcore and not know it? No way.
A year in which the man bun and marsala were
Beards. The man bun a little bit sensitive, a little bit manly. Armpit hair. The British paper The Guardian has labelled it the most subversive trend of 2015.
New York magazine called it "fashion for those who realize they are one in 7 billion."
Any of these items worn in combination are normcore: white ankle socks, baggy jeans, chinos, a zip neck Men Canada Goose Hybridge Hoody Red Melbourne fleece jacket, a Nike baseball cap, Birkenstocks, cargo shorts, a T shirt with the name of a sports club on it. An ugly Christmas sweater you pinched from an older family member (but not one you bought because it's ugly) Adidas shower slides with white socks. A tuque, even when it's not cold. Normcore icons: the cast of Seinfeld and Prince William. The look is unisex and aggressively anti fashion.
But here's the next layer: it's really only Normcore if you're wearing it ironically.
Declaring what will be in and out in fashion is both the easiest and the hardest job on earth. The truth is that anything can be in as long as its in even with a small, but devoted insider group. Steampunk, baby Goth, you name it, it has its devotees. So without further ado
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The term "basic bitch" was coined about five years ago to describe the unimaginative materialistic fashion consumer overly fond of specific brands: Ugg boots, Lululemon yoga pants, a Michael Kors handbag and the omnipresent Starbucks cup.
And if you're going to grow it, you might as well dye it. Seattle based stylist Roxie Hunt, who dyed pit hair blue, has been credited with starting a trend she described as "direct action feminism." It even has its own Twitter feed: dyedpit.
"Of course, the very act of not shaving has become a subversive one but, regardless of whether you associate body hair with feminism or are revolted by the sight of it, it's transcended its role as the most powerful weapon in the fight against the patriarchal view on female beauty to become an alternative beauty trend."
Coined by the trend forecasting company K Hole (the name alone tells you these guys are way too cool), this term means not following any trend and "finding liberation in being nothing special."
And Over the top florals. Really, this is just the fashion industry trying to wrest the trend back. Because you can't make any money if people are buying their clothes at Value Village.
Earlier this year, the New York Times questioned whether Normcore was a fashion movement "or a massive in joke." Normcore also has its offshoots: Fauxcore: An expensive designer brand knockoff of a mainstream brand such as Armani sweatpants that pretend to be Walmart sweats.