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New York Magazine recently laid forth the tenants of normcore, or rather "stylized blandness" that urban youth have taken to wearing after accepting their utter and total sameness. Think stonewashed tapered denim, baseball caps—not "hats" or "snapbacks" but "caps."—and white sneakers. You know you have a serious fashion habit if your first thought was "What does Anna Wintour think?" Or "how will Anna Dello Russo handle the news?" Or "will Andre Leon Talley swap his winter Uggs for summer Adidas shower-slides?"
Well, wonder no longer because Vogue discovered normcore and has worked out a way to deal with it: It's sort of a high-low dressing for normal and extraordinary clothes. Once you get over this whole nonsensical penchant for boring, the digital arm of the aspirational mag essentially says, "Keep the sneakers and your ability to walk, wearing them with anything—even couture dresses! (Like on the Chanel and Dior Couture runways, but swap the Adidas track pants for Marc Jacobs's ribbed cashmere leggings. Or, hold on to the track pants, but trade the hoodie for a plush Altuzarra shearling; or ditch your flat-front Dickies for Edun's slouchy alpaca tuxedo pants.)" You've been advised.
· What Comes After Normcore? [Vogue]
· 10 Workout Sneakers You Can Fashion In (And Vice Versa) [Racked]