If you tend to have a sleeker style, it doesn’t mean you can’t let out your inner “indie sleaze.” This fashion era that followed Y2K, is one that can be borderline cringe for people like me that were in middle school at its peak: heavy smudged under eyeliner, choppy bangs, skinny jeans with combat boots…but the late aughts to early 2010s resurfacing in 2023 can be masterclass in my manta: “if I wore then, what I know now.”
If I wore then what I know now, I’d realize that indie sleaze is the hipster’s sage, edgier cousin. Both sub countercultures dawned a plethora of plaid back in the 2010’s. Now, the fall/winter 2023 runways are bringing the tartan back with a vogue-like vengeance. Burberry, which is already known for this pattern, gave it a diagonal flair in countercultural colors like black and purple. Etro had wool plaid scarves draped around models in fringed knit dresses and knee-high boots. Dior incorporated plaid as a neutral, mixing it with other patterns. Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri gave it that indie sleaze edge with combat boots, just like I did in this outfit.
If I wore then, what I know now, I’d have leaned into the fact that my music taste, can be my muse. If I dressed to my favorite tune, Indie Sleaze would be it. My second favorite band is Arcade Fire (I feel like they’ve been singing directly to me with lyrics like “every inch of space in your head, is filled up with the things that you’ve read” and “people say that your dreams are the only things that save you.”). The pinstripes of this jacket are like the strings on a violin or a guitar string. It’s alternative with its jagged collar, yet classic in its peplum (another 2010s reprise this season) and cinched waist.
If I wore then, what I know now, I’d embrace an anything goes mentality. I can wear a baseball cap with a blazer. I can clip on gold and pearl brooch-style earrings that my mom wore in the ‘90s, next to that Ralph Lauren baseball hat. I’d realize that I should’ve bought Dr. Martens back then because the shoes somehow anchor any outfit. I mean, doesn’t the beige stitching in these combat boots pick up the plaid in this pleated rokh skirt with a belt that ties instead of buckles?
Key Takeaway: The reincarnation of fashion trends is a chance to be nostalgic. It’s a chance to wear it better than your past self and have some fun. I might not be able to go back and wear then, what I know now. But I can wear now, what I did then with more finesse, and you can too!
Photos by Anaya Salcedo
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