Everyone knows a basic gal. Or at least they think they do. If you don’t know one, then let’s face it, you probably are one (sorry).
A few typical signs and symptoms might include, but are not limited to the following:
- You are the proud owner Michael Kors bucket bag.
- Circa 2014, you were an avid wearer of Ugg Boots.
- You can’t decide which Topshop Jeans are your favourite, Jamie or Joni?
- You go to Starbucks, mainly for the coffee cup aesthetic.
- You wear leggings as pants, more than you wear pants as pants.
Urban Dictionary has a variety of definitions for the term ‘Basic,’ the most accurate being: “only interested in things mainstream, popular or trending.” The sheep of society, as opposed to the shepherds.
However, in recent years it seems as though we can rest assured that the population of basics amongst us is slowly dwindling. Very few are notably following a Mean Girls like dress code, and the way we think about fashion and personal style is changing.
As we begin a new year, it seems as though now more than ever people are committed to being themselves, and there is no better way to find your voice than through personal style. Although we’ve grown up in a society of copy-cats, where influencers dictate what we wear, what we eat, and even the music we listen to, personal style is now, more than ever, an important mode of self-expression. Gone are the days where your favourite Hollister hoodie gave you a free pass to being somewhat trendy. Today most of the fashionistas we know and love have thrifted their way to the top, rather than paying for fashion privilege. Scouring through charity and vintage shops for the best fashion finds. Those who showcase a diverse style are inevitably becoming more popular than the fashion elitists and basics amongst us.
So, are the basics an ‘endangered species?’ I’d like to think that 2019 is the year we see an end to an era of followers, and the rise of new leaders. While our favourite magazines, influencers and even television programmes will inevitably always have an impact on our sense of style, the age of the ‘basics’ sitting amongst our favourite fashion faces has well and truly come to an end. There is nothing interesting about dressing the same as everybody else, so in the words of Kelly Osbourne “the only way you’ll really fit in is by being yourself,” and wearing what you like is the perfect way to start.