kristin iversen

The truth is that some people don’t need to worry about their identities because their status is secure. So even if normcore is a response to the overtly fashionable people and homes that are pervasive on Pinterest and Instagram and street-style blogs, and comes from a place of good intentions, it doesn’t really have the desired effect of leveling the playing field. If anything, it makes it perfectly clear who the really privileged are—they’re the ones who can get away with wearing blindingly white Jerry Seinfeld sneakers and Steve Jobs turtlenecks, because they know their place in society is already protected.
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On Normcore: Why Only Beautiful People Can Get Away with Dressing Ugly, by Kristin Iversen

The reason is that we grow up, and many of us figure out that our identity is something to manipulate, it’s a thing we can control, a narrative for us to construct. Even if we could, why would we want to erase all that? So that we can fit in with the masses? The only people for whom that works are the ones that never had to worry about being a part of the masses in the first place, who couldn’t be normal if they tried.
—  On Normcore: Why Only Beautiful People Can Get Away with Dressing Ugly, by Kristin Iversen