“Back” to 2020

Lilly Guenther, Copy Editor

Big hair and bright colors from the 80s. Flannels and ripped clothes from the 90s. Low jeans and loads of lip gloss from the early 2000s. Today’s trends reflect many different aspects of years and decades before, often more than we even realize. This is especially true around Halloween, when everyone is looking to be a different person for just one night. We take inspiration from earlier times, and consider it an “aesthetic,” but have you ever wondered what will define the year of 2020? 

Here are some non-controversial costumes that you can expect to see in the future, that will bring you “back” to the good parts of the year 2020. 

E-girl (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

“E-girl”: Everyone has seen the competing aesthetics on TikTok this year, with one of the most popular being, of course, the E-girl. This costume is simple and cheap, and perfect for you if you want to hide in the shadows and roll your eyes the whole time you’re at a party. You’ll need dark clothes and makeup (don’t forget the iconic heart-under-eye look), enough jewelry that you jingle when you walk, and a pair of chunky boots. If you really want to go full E-girl, get a few temporary tattoos, or even cut your bangs. Just make sure you don’t end up looking like Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice. You know what, maybe use a wig… 

Cottagecore nature aesthetic (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

“Cottagecore”: If you’re on the softer side of the internet, you’ve seen the Cottagecore aesthetic, a simple but sweet trend that’s meant for those who want to appreciate nature and traditional skills. This aesthetic is diverse, but may include flowy dresses, flowered patterns, pastel or muted colors, hats, and bandanas. This style is perfect for going to a pumpkin patch, apple picking, or just walking in the fall season. Warning: this costume may make you feel like you can speak to woodland creatures – you still can’t. 

Skater Vans (Photo from PickPik)

“Skater Boy/Girl”: If you’re somewhere in-between the last two styles, the skater aesthetic may be for you. Nowadays you don’t even have to know how to skate to be a part of it! This is also a more casual look that you may already have clothes for in your closet. Rolled-up jeans, Vans, and any baggy clothes fit this style. Beanie hats are also a significant aspect of proper skater attire. If you wear one, wear it right, or you might be chased down by angry people on wheels.

2020 has been an interesting year, and this is definitely reflected by it’s trends. What do you expect to see kids in the future wearing that will make you say, “I remember those days”?