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What the Heck Is Normcore? Maybe Teen Wolf's Malia Can Explain.

Perhaps the werecoyote can shed some light on this trending topic.
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For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what the deal was with Malia's style on Teen Wolf. It looked like she wore whatever she could find in her friends' closets—which made sense since she was a werecoyote for eight years and is just learning how to live like a human again. Because of her abrupt and involuntary transformation, she found herself checked into a mental institution, where sweaters and pajama bottoms rule. Still makes sense. (And hey, according to fashion people, gray is the new black so she's actually on-trend!)

 

What the Heck Is Normcore? Maybe Teen Wolf's Malia Can Explain.

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It looked like she was adapting well to fictional high school, with her short shorts, leather jackets, and floral skinnies. Then this happened. What is she wearing as a cover-up? A pajama top? Stiles's dad's weekend shirt? IDEK.

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What the Heck Is Normcore? Maybe Teen Wolf's Malia Can Explain.

Then I remembered a trend that recently went viral: normcore. People were talking about it in the Candy HQ ("Normcore? Pambahay. Ish."), people were hashtagging and one-upping each other on social media, but I still couldn't fully grasp the concept.

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What the Heck Is Normcore? Maybe Teen Wolf's Malia Can Explain.
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A quick Google search shows that the term came from the trend forecasting collective K-Hole. NYmag.com explains that it’s more of a general attitude than a sense of style: "embracing sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool, rather than striving for 'difference' or 'authenticity.' In fashion, though, this manifests itself in ardently ordinary clothes. Mall clothes. Blank clothes."

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The Internet is ripe with discussions and debates on normcore. One thread says that what we know as normcore is actually 'acting basic,' another K-Hole concept where you deliberately dress neutral to not stand out. 

What the Heck Is Normcore? Maybe Teen Wolf's Malia Can Explain.

Whatever it's called, I think that's the style Malia is going for—most of the time. (I repeat: most. Of. The. Time.) She tops it off with her signature bed hair and no-makeup makeup look. That's the thing—you have to exert more effort and up your beauty game otherwise it'd look less normcore and more sloppy.

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That said, I have no idea how to describe this particular #OOTD. It's like she woke up and got random clothes from Scott's mom, Lydia, and Allison (may she rest in peace). Whatever, she still looks gorgeous!

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