Do you like to dress stylish and trendy, but you don’t like to stand out? You’re not a fan of statement pieces, and you rather feel your best when wearing “average” clothes? Normcore might just be the perfect style aesthetic for you!
But what is normcore exactly? Isn’t it just another word for minimalism? While normcore and minimalism look very similar, they are not completely identical. Minimalism focuses on high-quality, timeless essentials, and classic silhouettes. In the meantime, normcore puts more emphasis on comfort and includes more on-trend pieces.
But of course, there’s some overlap between the two aesthetics and it’s very rare that someone dresses in one single, distinctive style all the time.
Check out these outfits below and decide for yourself if normcore is for you or not!
1. White Top + Beige Wide-Leg Pants
You can never go wrong with a white and beige combo. But don’t be afraid to add some interesting accessories either!
Transitional weather can be difficult to dress for, it’s too warm to wear a sweater during the day, but the evenings are already quite chilly. Draping a sweater over your shoulder could easily fix this problem and make you look effortlessly cool at the same time!
The main takeaway of minimalist style is that sometimes less is more. Find the high-quality items that look great on you and you feel comfortable in, and wear them for many years. Dressing up in the morning doesn’t have to be difficult if you love all your clothes!
Now that you’ve looked at all these pretty inspo images and maybe decided that normcore is going to be your new norm, your first instinct probably tells that you NEED TO shop for some new clothes. But do you, really?
Let’s take a step back and explore some alternative ways to recreate these outfits without the impulse purchases you might end up regretting later!
Shop your wardrobe first: the most sustainable (and cheapest!) clothes are the ones you already own. Is there a long-forgotten item in there you could use to recreate these outfits instead of buying something new? Who knows, maybe you’ll fall back in love with that old item again. Fashion is cyclical after all!
Upcycle: could you give a new life to one of your old pieces of clothing? You can easily learn to modernize your new old clothes by watching a few YouTube tutorials!
Borrow or swap: does one of your friends or anyone in your family already own something you’d like to have but they never wear it? Why not just ask to borrow it, or offer to swap for something of yours?
Rent: not sure you want to commit to a specific item or a style for the long term? You can easily figure it out by renting it first! With clothing rental subscriptions at Nuuly or Rent the Runway, you can switch up your style each month without purchasing a single thing! But if you fall in love with something, you can always decide to buy it for keeps.
If you still want to buy something new, we’ve found a few sustainable, ethical, and vegan items we think would help you recreate the outfits from this post! For mindful, and long-lasting purchases, here are a few questions to ask yourself before shopping:
Can I wear this item in at least 3 different ways with my existing clothes?