What is normcore

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 semicolon 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 into 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 and 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 glyph 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 and the strength we all have inside of us.

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

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Cleaning Out Your Closet? This Is What You Can Do With Old Clothes

Spring cleaning brings May flowers... isn't that the phrase?


Spring cleaning brings May flowers... isn't that the phrase?

Spring is known as a time to refresh as the cold midwest starts to come alive again. That's why it's the best time of year to clean out your closet.

Before summer starts, I always like to go through all my clothes and get rid of anything I haven't worn at least a few times in the past year. Cleaning is great because it gets rid of clutter. But my favorite part about cleaning is that emptying my closet also means I can reward myself with a shopping trip that will update my outfit selection.

However, I always have to ask myself one crucial question: what do I do with all the clothes I'm getting rid of? Luckily for us, there are plenty of options.


Selling your clothes to second-hand clothing stores and thrift shops might be the best option for you if you're getting rid of newer clothes that are in good condition. Selling your clothes allows you to get money back for everything you're getting rid of, making it more worth your while.

My personal choice when selling clothes is to go to Plato's Closet. There are also some great online thrift stores that will buy your used clothes such as ThredUP and Poshmark, so there are plenty of options if you're looking to get some money back for your cute pants that just don't fit anymore.


Donating your clothes won't earn you any money, but it will make a huge difference in the lives of others. There are plenty of people in the world who struggle to afford clothes, so you could be helping them out by donating your clothes to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army. This might be the best option for you if your clothes are too old to sell but are still in good condition.


If you're looking at your old t-shirts and realizing that they aren't really worth anything anymore, think again. While some of your clothes may be too old to sell or donate, you can always recycle them.

You can recycle your own clothes by being crafty and repurposing them, such as turning old t-shirts into bags. You can also recycle clothes by sending them to an organization, such as Planet Aid, that specializes in sustainably recycling old clothes and turning them into new products.

No matter what you plan to do with your old clothes as you start to clean out your closet this spring, just remember that you should never merely throw them in the trash.

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