As someone who knows absolutely nothing about fashion and can't spend more than 30 seconds thinking about "an outfit" before expiring, I still found this Sarah Nicole Prickett-moderated roundtable at Adult to be a good, long read. They discuss minimalism for the rich ("sparse luxe = Minimal, while sparse cheap = Plain. Minimalism as it’s commonly known can only exist in airtight upper-class vacuum") and minimalism for the not-rich (normcore, a concept full of holes, still ultimately reaching for a "blank check, white cube, vague, reflective, 'valueless' ideology… Any meaning. No stakes") and tackiness:
Tacky is the most disgusting word in the style vocabulary. It’s fascinating and [...]
Normcore—it was funny, but it also effectively captured the self-aware, stylized blandness I’d been noticing. Brad’s source for the term was the trend forecasting collective (and fellow artists) K-Hole. They had been using it in a slightly different sense, not to describe a particular look but a general attitude: 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. The kind of dad-brand non-style you might have once associated with Jerry Seinfeld, but transposed on a Cooper Union student with William Gibson glasses.
Normcore! What is [...]