Barbiecore, gorpcore, gothcore, normcore, grungecore, auntiecore, clowncore (seriously); over the past few years the fashion world has been dominated by the arrival of multiple trending aesthetics. But has core culture gone too far? What does it even mean? And, more importantly, which one are you?
In 2022, it feels like we can’t swing a cat without hitting a few new fashion cores on the way round. The (not-so) new way to label up style aesthetics has taken on a life of its own. And these days, fresh micro trends are given core nicknames on an almost weekly basis.
So, what actually is a fashion core? A niche fashion trend. A specific aesthetic. A vibe. A lifestyle. An attitude. A core goes beyond your clothes and ties your persona up in a neat bow - especially your social and virtual persona[s].
While cores may have been part of our diction for over two decades now (kudos goes to cartoonist Ryan Estrada who is credited with coining the most famous of them all, normcore, back in 2008) in ’22 things have gone up a notch.