Let's Hear it for the Boys

Normcore is a trend that is overtaking the fashion blogosphere, with bloggers raving over painfully simple pieces like sweatpants and Nike Free running shoes. On one end, it seems like kind of a crazy concept: is it really that fashion forward to wear clothes that you could very well sleep in? But on the other end, it’s absolutely ingenious, wearing pieces that are so minimalist that your outfit automatically becomes chic.

This trend, while embraced by high-end designers like Marc Jacobs, seems a little bit more daunting for common folk. When in sweats, I personally find it rather difficult to feel as confident as I would in a fitted dress or even a tunic and leggings combination. Breaking into the trend, however, is a little more accessible with articles made from French terry cloth pieces.

This Fashionisto’s outfit features precisely that integration of normcore, with his gray terry cloth zip up. While matching his jacket with a pair of sweats may have been extremely comfortable, it might be a little overwhelming at first to give into foreign fashion territory with complete abandon. Instead, this Fashionisto takes it one step at the time. He combines his jacket with a pair of fitted dark wash jeans and chukka boots, successfully integrating the trend into the garments that he is already comfortable styling.  He finishes off his outfit with a few simple but thoughtful accessories—a pair of wayfarer sunglasses and a crisp silver watch.

Hint: Incorporate the normcore trend into your closet with terry cloth pieces that are both comfortable and forward-thinking.


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