Coined by TikTok as “weird girl style”, the aesthetic is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s the one that’s celebrated whether the fashion ecosystem likes it or not. As searches for minimalist designer brands have flourished in recent years and refined basics are more accessible than ever, a new crowd has embraced their inner madness.
Drawing on intentionally contrasting garments, colorful prints and elaborate textures, the weird girl aesthetic is a delightful lesson in personal style. It’s an Icee slime that TikTok can’t help but dig its hands into over and over again, each time making more questionable fashion choices that somehow look decent. You can trace the origins to Harajuku, a student district of Tokyo brimming with counterculture movements and subversive style. Although not then considered a quirky girl style, photographer Shoichi Aoki popularized the community’s quirky sense of self, culminating in Fruits magazine, a one-of-a-kind street style publication featuring cool people and their cool clothes. The result? A living, breathing movement of dressing weirdly just for fun (and possibly Gwen Stefani cultural appropriation vibes).
Weird girl clothes don’t have to follow a list of rules, silhouettes and cuts to be considered weird. High-cut undergarments like pants and double-headed teddy bear bags come under the style umbrella. Like most things, however, one only has to watch Bella Hadid to understand what all the hype is about. The model is known for her liberal street style, often composing it herself. On her list are colorful crochet beanies, hiking sneakers, alien-inspired sunglasses and accessories so ornate they’d duplicate Paris Hilton.
At this point, it is important to recognize the elephant in the room: Is it a ‘fit, or is she just skinny? While the weird girl aesthetic has nothing to do with race, social class, or body type, there’s no denying that some things are heralded as the pinnacle of style on slimmer, scoffed body types. when worn by others. Hadid can definitely wear men’s boxers as pants in the dead of winter, but according to some people on the internet, non-white, non-skinny people can’t.
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