First came the normcore and now comes…the gorpcore.
Gorpcore is a revamped version of the trend that popularized “the ugly sneakers”. If you have been noticing an incredible number of celebs wearing windbreakers, climbing clothes, velcro accessories, sports socks, sandals, puffer jackets, raincoats and other garments designed for outdoor activities … then welcome to the age of gorpcore.
The boom of mom jeans left a mark in the world of fashion but now it’s the turn for the “dad on vacation” look that has become the new street style obsession. The gorpcore maintains a simple premise: you have to dress with garments that seem to be the antithesis of the word “style”. In the gorpcore world, it’s all about utility and function.
The name comes from the word “gorp”, a mixture of nuts that mountaineers consume as a snack. Hence, the whole trend is made up of anti-fashion garments and those typical of trekking or hiking.
And this is where the basic concepts of the trend appear: mountain chic, camping glam, and ugly pretty. There will be no better way to describe this look than with these words. Perhaps everything started with the Vetements effect, but little by little it has been extended to major fashion houses such as Prada, Marques Almeida, Givenchy, and Celine. And, of course, let’s not forget the classics that have found a place in the street style world thanks to the resurgence of gorpcore: Birkenstocks, Columbia, North Face, and Patagonia.
The idea is to reimagine these garments out of the context for which they were created. Is Bella Hadid skiing with that amazing puffer jacket of colors? Of course not, but her wearing it has become the look of the season, and she will do so while wearing the most comfortable and least pretentious garment she has ever been seen.
The trend came just in time for 2018, consistent with the season. After all, wearing a puffer jacket during the winter makes sense, but as the months have gone by the message seems to be clear: it will not go anywhere. The gorpcore has been fully adapted to spring and summer with short-sleeved sweatshirts, vests, utility t-shirts, and Birkenstocks.
The trick is to combine this type of garments with other more fashionable items. After all, you do not want it to look like you’re literally about to immerse yourself in a mountain adventure. Think of the mom jeans, with printed short sleeve shirts, Converse and T-shirts as accessories.
If the look does not convince you, we can only say one thing: the era of comfort has come to fashion. And, if this trend is asking us to put comfort ahead of a more traditional sense of style, how can anyone refuse?
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