The evolution of the cool kid moves at a pace right around that of the Olympic swimmers. What were once the girls with mom butts in high-waist jeans are now the ones getting compliments for their retro pants. A few years ago wearing clogs meant people would make fun of you and call you 'horse feet” as your shoes made hoof noises down the hallway, not that I have personal experience in that or anything, but they made a rapid return once Channel featured them in their spring 2010 collection. Right now, the fashion hype is all about the quirky girl style that was brought into light when Zooey Deschanel hit the Hollywood scene. While shopping at the Randolf Street Market downtown Chicago this weekend I ran into a Fashionista that embodied the quirky cool style perfectly.
This Fashionista’s look has a certain juxtaposition to it that just works. Her arms are covered in tattoos while the rest of her body is clad in polka-dots. She is wearing gold plated jewelry while carrying a bag with a giant lizard stuck to the side. The quirky style is all about the freedom to pair all of the fun pieces of clothing and accessories you have together. ModCloth is a one-stop shop for quirky/indie style if you’re looking to imitate this Fashionista’s look. A similar style of shoe can be found on the site here and a shorter version of this Fashionista’s dress is available here as well. Since the ModCloth version of this Fashionista’s vintage dress is covered in birds, I couldn’t help but think of this comedy sketch from the show Portlandia. Yes it completely makes fun of the quirky style and obsession with birds, but you need a sense of humor when it come to fashion.
The best clothing and accessories to target this trend will always be vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces. Websites like Etsy feature handcrafted goods that will top-off your look with a standout statement piece. There are high-end designers like Hanna Bernhard that make stunningly beautiful and ridiculously expensive unique animal jewelry as well. Last Christmas I emailed my dad a link to her jewelry half jokingly but half seriously adding it to my wish list. He responded with “How about instead I will go out and kill a bird, roll it in sequins, and put it on a string for a necklace.” Clearly not everyone understands the quirky style; just make sure you are someone that does.