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Normcore is lot more nuanced than you'd think. Click through for the six major types—and to shop each look for yourself.
Ugly Shoe Normcore

The Essential Pieces: Flat, chunky sandals with thick straps (snaps all around if you incorporate socks!), usually paired with a much fancier outfit. Consider it "normcore lite": getting dressed up is acceptable if you counter it with orthopedic shoes.

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Why It's Not Really Normal: Because effort clearly went into the rest of the outfit! That afterthought footwear isn't fooling anyone.

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Food Court Normcore

The Essential Pieces: Sartorial nods to the quintessionally American fast food chains and minimarts scene. (Note: this variety is more about the idea of "normal" than actually looking it.)

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Why It's Not Really Normal: Because even the least expensive thing from Moschino's McDonald's-inspired line costs more than 50 happy meals.

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Sporty Normcore

The Essential Pieces: Straight-up Dick's Sporting Goods stuff mixed in with street clothes.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Why It's Not Really Normal: Because you'll never, ever see a sporty normcorer in the trademark floor-skimming trouser/trainer combination found on mass transportation commuters. They always hem their pants and skirts ahead of time.

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Nostalgic Normcore

The Essential Pieces: Anything that would feel at home in a Gen Yer's childhood wardrobe.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Why It's Not Really Normal: Because it takes some finesse to wear throwback pieces in a subtle way.

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Mom Normcore

The Essential Pieces: Modest, practical, no-nonsense fare that reminds you of your elementary school bus monitor, lunch lady and dozens of other older women from your youth.

Level Of Difficulty: Advanced

Why It's Not Really Normal: Because the awkward fits feel a little too contrived, like a parody of what people think moms wear. It's all bad on purpose: the jeans have a deliberately cropped leg and high waistband, the sweater motifs are extra generic and the trousers stop short to show off tube socks.

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Secretly Fancy Normcore

The Essential Pieces: Plain, nondescript pieces with designer labels and a Walmart vibe.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced

Why It's Not Really Normal: Because without all the quality fabric and fit that comes with luxury clothing, these outfits would look cheap.

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