Now allow me to digress a bit. In today's society where information via the internet practically travels faster than light, it is so much easier to get caught up in the ever changing tides of fashion movements. About a year ago, we had the hipster look, then the Harajuku girl image. Now, soft grunge, norm core, and sea punk are all the rage. These three movements are heavily influenced by media and relies fundamentally on 1990s appropriations. This week, Reinvent shall help you swim flawlessly with the tides of such movements and find your own handy "Lyndsey Weir" jacket by looking into clothing staples you must have in your wardrobe ASAP. Trust us, you will never get sick of these things.
but before anything else,
WHAT IS NORMCORE /SEA PUNK /SOFT GRUNGE ANYWAYS??
1. go-to casual bag - PREFERABLY a really big tote bag
As 21st century hoarders of goodness and delights of our preference, we deserve a bag that can hold all the weight of all these wonders. We need a bag that can hold all our cool school books to all our cool life stuff. If you are willing to invest, Mansur Gavriel is one of the best brands for dressy bags. Even Stylecaster featured this brand as one of the most viewed items of the year. Choose a go-to bag in your favourite colour! But if in doubt, black is usually a safe bet because it doesn't get soiled easily.
2. WHITE BUTTONED DOWN SHIRT
I find this one of my two most favourite wardrobe staples because it allows one to transform herself from this "pls take me seriously" professional to the "i am the most hardcore normal dresser out there". White buttoned shirts have a sharp, angular silhouette which gives you a very polished look without much effort. Buttoned shorts with angular collars also help in balancing out round faces.
3. Rubber shoes
Aside from the fact that rubber shoes are incredibly functional and durable, they also meet the essence of norm core, soft grunge, and sea punk - which is at its core a celebration of liberation through comfort in one's skin. Case in point: heeled jelly shoes in various colours go best with soft grunge colours, and sea punk sassiness. Athletic rubber shoes go in line with normcore aesthetics. New Balance, Nike, Adidas and Puma (Can we please take time to fan over Solange Knowles' collaboration with Puma???) are some of the go-to brands for norm core enthusiasts. High fashion collections such as the Chanel Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 showed off very trendy designs too.
4. A good eyeliner
Clothing does not only refer to the stuff we put over our bodies, but also the stuff we put on our faces. Finding a good eyeliner is a good bridge towards creating a certain beauty look that should enhance the outfit you already have on. Now how does the application of eyeliner apply to each fashion movement?
Normcore: It's all about drawing a line that complements the shape of the eye - meaning, creating a look that puts emphasis on the fact that no eyeliner has been worn, but the truth otherwise.
Sea Punk/Soft Grunge: A little flick/wing naturally works
5. A wildcard
Every genuine wardrobe isn't always made up of rigid inventories of basics like white shirts, blazers, heels, etc . To be frank, basics are boring if they don't come with pieces that are just so unbelievably outrageous. Every girl in the normcore/sea punk/ soft grunge generation has to have at least one item of clothing that's just so ridiculously weird it's brilliant! Example of a brilliant wildcard is finding a dress inspired by your favourite food chain.
At the end of the day, all these fashion movements are merely what you think and make of them. You don't always have to stick to a certain type of dressing just because everyone is. Just cover yourself in clothing that is representative of YOU! Remember: fads are fleeting, but you are not.