IN your day there were just chavs and goths but now teenagers are into all sorts of strange shit. Here are some of the weirdest.
If Gen Z can take something utterly mundane and make a pointless statement out of it, they will. Cottagecore is about fetishising an imagined country lifestyle by doing stuff your grandparents supposedly did, like crafting lace doilies and making jam. It’s not very authentic, or they’d be worrying about potato blight and polio.
Want to feel old? Well, young people are treating the year 2000 as if it’s a vintage era from the olden days and adopting its fashions. If you see someone wearing a velour tracksuit or a pleated skirt, you’re the idiot for laughing at them because it’s currently the cutting edge of style.
This style is based around a muted colour palette of brown, burgundy and black, and features clothes like tweed blazers, waistcoats and smart shoes, all mixed with a general air of romanticised misery. It’s essentially dressing like a geography teacher, but if the geography teacher was suicidally depressed and in a weird sex cult.
It’s hard to know if Gen Z is just taking the piss, but normcore is based on ‘reclaiming’ normal clothes, which is the average middle-aged person’s wardrobe. The plainer your outfit is, the more stylish you are. Unless you’re over 25, in which case you’re just boring. You’re right, it makes f**k all sense. And the joke will be on them when they discover they unironically love their all-social-situations blazer and slightly stretchy jeans.
They’re definitely taking the piss with this because they haven’t even bothered renaming it. They’ve just pinched it wholesale, and it’s exactly the same as in the 90s: plaid, boots, choker necklaces, the works. And they don’t give a shit that you were there the first time round, because that means you’re so old that you might as well be dead. Like Kurt, who they may not have heard of.