Self-Expression through Personal Style, a fight against "Normcore" Fashion

A run-of-the-mill look for me: a giant faux-fur jacket, blue velvet leggings and studded fingerless gloves, taken in November of last year.

It’s been all over the internet, in various newspapers and flooding through campuses of some of the country’s most style-savvy universities. It’s “Normcore” fashion, a quickly rising trend that combines elements reminiscent of early 90s Seinfeld-esque casual-wear with an attitude that projects a statement that says something like “I just threw on whatever was on the floor” and “I couldn’t care less about my appearance”.

The NY Post dubs “Normcore” as a fashion statement “for those who realize they’re one in 7 billion”, or in other words, would just rather blend in than stand out from a crowd. Though I understand the appeal of wearing shoes that are actually supremely comfortable over those that may give you blisters and mishapen toes down the line, watering down one’s individuality so much on purpose for the sake of rebellion seems like an odd idea considering that this would cause the person rebelling not to be noticed.

Having had the experience of growing up in a small town where sweatshirts, jeans and flip flops were the unspoken uniform of everyone ages eight to eighty-five, it seemed somehow necessary for survival to break the mold with bright vibrant colors and unique style choices. One of my most memorable fashion moments was finding a pair of pink and white python-printed pleather pants at the age of twelve, falling in love with them wholeheartedly, and insisting on wearing them through the grey and blue flocked hallways of my middle-school. I relished in the attention- a mixture of compliments and odd looks I would receive every time I wore these pants, even when my legs would find themselves sweaty and stuck to the inside of the cheap plastic.

Although I realize that it is not everyone’s goal to be noticed, I wonder that if a widely accepted style based on the idea of sameness might have a deeper effect on the middle-schoolers of the present, who might then apply this principle of beigeness to other aspects of their life in terms of individuality and creativity?

What do you think? When it comes to fashion, do you prefer to be comfy and blend in or stand out and be bold?

I guess I will just always be a flamingo.



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