Normcore Is The New Fashion Trend You're Following But Didn't Even Know It

Normcore Is The New Fashion Trend You're Following But Didn't Even Know It

The anti-trend that's trending.


Normcore: the word-baby of "normal and hardcore."

The trend meaning: when one dresses to look normal and confirmative, yet part of their wardrobe rebels against fashion forecasters and gurus.

Albert Camus once wrote, "some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal," and that statement has never rung truer in today's culture. Spending habits, clothing trends, and social norms are all just ways to act and dress in a response to the "need" to fit in.

Ironically, it's the outcasts and "weirdos" who are the predominant trendsetters. The revolutionizers against fashion, the people against 'the man' who wear and do things that don't fit in with modern society - these are the people the normies steal trends from.

Doctor Martins? First worn by the punk subculture of the 80s. The all-black outfits from head-to-toe? Done by goths. Vintage band tees? Done by hipsters and actual band groupies – yes, way before Urban Outfitters.

So where does the term "normcore" fit in with today's society?

Well, the term was first coined by a group of creatives called K-Hole. They dissected the trend in a satirical way, poking fun at people's need to name a group (i.e. Millennials, Gen. X, etc.).

However, once the actual term caught on, the company turned legit and became an actual forecasting company that's very relevant in today's fashion forecasting atmosphere.

To put words into pictures, a 'normcore' look would be a combination of any subculture, punk, emo, hipster, preppy, etc. and mixing it with mainstream trends. Or, this could also be a mixture of two or more of these subcultures. Outfit examples would be ripped, baggy jeans with a plain white tee and a long blazer. It could be chunky dad sneakers paired with visible high white socks, straight-legged high-waisted jeans, and a t-shirt or turtleneck.

These looks are everywhere, and you don't even know it. Why? Because the normcore followers take pleasure in being unseen, but still on trend. It's an 'anti-trend.' The subtle, yet fashionable looks make the normcore look like regular on-trend people, but with a little bit of fashion flair. It's where they're too cool to care but too cool not to care.

In fact, you already know some people who are considered "normcores." Steve Jobs (minimalistic black turtleneck, light washed jeans and thin-rimmed glasses), Channing Tatum (beanie, jean button-up, cardigan, baggy pants, and Duck boots). Model Cara Deleveigne is one of the best examples of normcore. Check her and her style out if you want to look cool…or are you too cool to care?

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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10 Cute Athleisure Looks For When You Run Out Of Outfit Ideas

Easy styles to get you through a long day on campus.


It's reached that point in the semester when you've run out of new ways to pair pieces of your wardrobe together. Walking across campus from class to class calls for outfits that favor comfort, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. When picking out an outfit turns into throwing on the same old pair of black leggings and a sweatshirt, switch up your look. Incorporate these athleisure pieces into your wardrobe for effortlessly stylish outfit ideas.

1. When in doubt throw a cute coat over a dull outfit.

There's nothing like a good coat to pull together an entire outfit. Investing in a few quality jackets will save you time and energy when planning out what to wear.

2. Stick to one color for the whole outfit.

Keeping an outfit cohesive gives others the idea that you put time into planning it. In reality, a look like this only takes five minutes to throw together.

3. Rock a shirt with a funny saying.

Shirts with witty sayings add a boost of fun to an otherwise boring look.

4. Add pops of color.

Don't be like every other girl who wears the same gray hoodie with leggings and Uggs! Incorporate your favorite pops of color into the outfit to reflect your personal style.

5. Sport a classic all black look.

Black is a timeless color that looks good on everyone. When in doubt, wear a simple and chic all black outfit.

6. Swap out your basic black leggings with joggers.

Not only are joggers cozier than leggings, they can also be styled to upgrade an otherwise basic outfit.

9. Spice up the outfit with a classy purse.

A trendy bag has the power to add so much more style and sophistication to an athleisure outfit.

10. Accessorize a neutral look.

Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are stylish details that can make a laid back outfit appear more put together.

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