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  • Skorts Are Popular On TikTok. Here’s Why

    Generation TikTok has discovered skorts, and now the skirt-shorts hybrids — ranging from sporty tennis styles to preppy, pleated versions — are everywhere. Meanwhile, the skort-heavy golf-girl aesthetic #BevCartGirls, inspired by the account of the same name and referring to the beverage carts that abound on golf courses, has garnered more than 25 million views on the platform. This extends to fashion off the platform, too. Activewear brands like Outdoor Voices and Girlfriend Collective are offering athletic versions, while vintage stores like Awoke Vintage are selling out of the more fanciful varieties (think: bright colors and ’80s-inspired patterns). According to Mercari, the marketplace saw a 212% search increase for the item, compared to the same time last year, and thousands of new “skort” listings in May alone. @isobellerg every girl knows #viral #fyp #privateschool #skort ♬ use this sound…if you want…or not idc – Frankie Taco @bubbybaee I tried lol don’t attack me😐#foryoupage #fashion #skort #slazengerskort ♬ The Adults Are Talking – The Strokes “The skort comeback is partly the result of a nostalgic yearning for the ’90s and the romanticizing of back-to-school fashion that was unfortunately missed during the pandemic lockdown,” says Maria Coleiro, Senior Youth Strategist at fashion trend forecaster Fashion Snoops. She also credits ‘90s reboots, like Cruel Summer and The Craft, with facilitating the rise of the trend. How the skort went viral on TikTok TikTok-ers are currently posting videos of themselves reimagined as ‘00s pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, wearing skorts with baby tees and cropped halter tops. While the expectation was that fashion would be on hiatus during the Covid-19 outbreak, Coleiro says TikTok has turned out to be an asset for retailers as Gen-Z used the platform to justify dressing up. “This resulted in a virtual space where trends could circulate with a large reach of viewers at an extremely rapid pace,” she explains. For example, during the pandemic, Dark Academia, a bookish fashion aesthetic that is big on tweed and cardigans, emerged at the top of the viral video food chain, helping the skort become an instant hit. “Dark Academia is where we began to see the romanticization of back-to-school uniform dressing,” Coleiro explains. “It introduced the tailored skort as an appealing new item that Gen-Z was quite unfamiliar with. This was the gateway to an entirely new look that cultivated the perfect space for skorts to come into the forefront.” The skort’s origin story “The skort’s popularity can also be connected to the fact that Gen-Z is obsessed with the ’90s and ’00s aesthetics, and has taken the time to explore the archives of those decades and rework them in a way that feels relevant to them,” explains Coleiro. But the skort’s history goes back even further. According to Paige Rubin, a vintage luxury buyer who is pursuing a master’s degree in fashion history at FIT, the skort’s origins trace to the bloomers, flowy pants worn underneath skirts in the 1850s, that allowed women to be free of the cumbersome hems and crinolines that were in fashion at the time. “They were mocked at the time, but by the end of the century women became more active,” says Rubin. The fashion for tennis and bike riding eventually gave rise to the 1930s trend of wearing a tennis skirt with shorts underneath (though nobody was saying “skort” yet). In the 1950s, the skort was introduced as a new and revolutionary product, with its own dedicated spread in Life magazine. The skort enabled women to engage in pursuits like gardening, biking, and sports. “In many ways, the birth of the skort helped women find a place in outdoor activities as it offered a solution to comfort dressing that was both feminine and practical,” says Coleiro. “Women entering the world of competitive sports gave the skort new importance as it became a staple item in tennis, hockey, and golf uniforms.” The garment’s built-in modesty would come to win over school administrations, who selected skorts as part of official school uniforms, the likes of which have a new place in the Dark Academia aesthetic. Why is the skort trending right now? Today, the skort is relevant for several reasons. According to Coleiro, while fashion has “evolved greatly,” the skort hasn’t fallen out of favor when it comes to comfort dressing, a category that exploded in the last year. Then there is the versatility factor. “It can be a really easy, flexible piece; ready for activity at the same time as being comfortable enough for leisure and lounging, and this suits our pandemic-era priorities,” says Emily Gordon-Smith, director of Consumer Product at trends intelligence company Stylus. “However, it’s also quite daring and flirty and taps into our desire to be dressing up a bit more.” One of the other reasons the TikTok generation is drawn to skorts, Rubin says, is that they lend themselves to creative styling. The style also fits under the bigger Y2K fashion trend that’s currently taking off on the platform. “[Users are] really riffing off a ’00s-era vintage vibe and styling the skort with cropped halter tops and baby tees as well as tiny cardigans,” says Gordon-Smith. “Anything that was big in the ’00s is key.” At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Nightgowns Are Trending — Here's WhyVenus Williams Loves The Tennis Fashion TrendThese Leather Pants Went Viral On TikTok

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  • I Tried The World’s First “Zero-Waste” Mascara

    Mascara is an essential, but that doesn’t mean it’s always exciting. Formula aside, it’s almost all the same: a plastic tube with a spiky wand inside. But when there’s a packaging innovation, like a tube that trades plastic for reusable stainless steel, all of a sudden your everyday makeup staple carries a little more weight. Izzy is a new sustainable beauty brand, and the Zero Waste Mascara is its very first product. The skinny metal tube is one part minimalist chic — like the mascara equivalent of a moisturizer wrapped in aluminum — but more functionally, it’s refillable, designed to be used, returned, sterilized, replenished, then shipped right back to you. Izzy even offers a subscription service that makes the whole return-for-refill process easy and cost-effective. You can subscribe, become a “Zero Waste” member, and automatically receive a sterilized and refilled mascara every three months with a prepaid, reusable return mailer to send back your empty one. If you see yourself sticking to it, the subscription option makes a lot of sense, saving you $20 every refill as compared to a single one-time purchase. More than just an eco-friendly shopping concept, the mascara formula itself is really great. It’s clean, vegan, and, in my opinion, ideal for summer when I want that your-lashes-but-better aesthetic — like the most subtle lift and extension that I can swipe on in the morning and forget about all day. I’ve been using my Izzy mascara for a few weeks now and it hasn’t faltered, even on a 90-degree Saturday that had me sweating through my sundress. Better still, the guidance on the amount of time you should use use a single mascara is three months, which means I can use mine for the whole summer — it’ll make a chic addition to my travel makeup bag — and send out for a refresh before Labor Day. I’m wearing the classic black shade at the moment, but brand founder Shannon Goldberg says she’s currently formulating a brown, so I’ll likely opt for that one with my refill… and there will be a refill. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Blue Mascara To Try This SpringThis Magnetic Mascara Made My Lashes Look FalseTikTok Is Obsessed With This Drugstore Mascara

  • How Gia Seo Finds Beauty Inspiration In Color Theory & Roald Dahl

    For some, a lipstick is just a lipstick. But for others, it’s a source of strength, creativity, and expression. In our series Power Faces, we’ll explore the relationship between strong women and the makeup they choose to wear — or not. Our latest subject is Gia Seo, a creative director, stylist, and sometimes-model known for her bold approach to color and self-described “sockfluencer” status. This story was told to Rachel Krause and edited for length and clarity. Growing up, my mom didn’t allow me to wear makeup. I was 18 the first time I tried it, and it was a Christian Dior mascara, the same one I wear to this day. I was just focused on really simple skin care — Cetaphil, Noxzema one time when I had a pimple. I didn’t even know what toner was, had never used an oil or a serum. In my adult life, my beauty routine is still quite minimal. If I do a crazy eye, I’ll go completely bare on my skin; if I do a heavier lip, I’ll be sure to keep my eyes really simple. I like the balance of less extreme and more extreme. I think because makeup wasn’t a part of my life until later in my teen years, it’s more of an accessory to me. There are definitely days where I look to beauty to boost my confidence, but I try not to use it to mask my insecurities — I think that would lead me down a road of constantly running away from my flaws and insecurities. It’s so easy to use beauty to make yourself look beautiful, right? That’s why it’s called beauty. As I get older and I feel a lot more sure of myself and more positive with the person I’m becoming, I use beauty more as an accessory or a mood booster than something to cover up. Communicating In Color When I first moved to New York, I was just a small-town girl from Alaska. I started working for this company that only sold black or white clothing, and I didn’t know what color was for a few years after that. Then one day, I tried a little bit of gray, a little bit of brown, decided the brown looked really cool with the yellow… it started small. I really do love color so much. I struggle with language because my mind works faster than my mouth, and I tend to think faster in Korean, which doesn’t translate to English a lot. So I use my style and the colors that I choose on my face to be the language that I don’t always speak. In the last few years, I’ve become a lot more experimental with the type of beauty that I showcase. Before, the more extreme makeup was when I was on set and talented makeup artists were creating the looks, but at home I was keeping it pretty minimal. A year or two before Euphoria, I discovered this brand called Suva Beauty that does these Hydra Liners, a powder pot you wet with a brush and it turns into liquid. It was the first time I found an eyeliner that was really easy to use. Before that I’d been afraid to use anything extravagant — I couldn’t do an even cat eye, couldn’t get my eyebrows to look even when I filled them in. When I found that eyeliner, it opened the world for me in terms of what I can put on my face. On top of that, now I don’t really care about it matching so much. I think that symmetry is in the eye of the beholder. Finding Inspiration — Or Not With COVID, my beauty has changed in the sense that — I’m almost afraid to admit this, but sometimes I’ll focus very much on my eyes, because that’s really the only part of your face you can see most of the time. But if I were to take off my mask, you would laugh, because it’s just totally bare skin and my eyes are super, super done up. Now that masks are coming off, I wonder if my beauty routine will change. I’ve become so comfortable with literally no makeup. I feel like so many more women have embraced that, and I don’t know if that’s part of being in quarantine or in a pandemic. It’s definitely fun to experiment with makeup and skin care, but I think my mind tells me, like, you know what you’re comfortable with and what works for you. So I kind of stick to that routine. I only look at beauty for inspiration when it comes to my work, if a client is hiring me to build a project for them or I’m creative directing a concept. I don’t really look at a lot of inspiration for beauty for myself personally. When I’m building my own look, I have no real process. I’m not someone who has the mind or creativity to sit down every day and come up with a really beautiful look, so it really happens for me when inspiration strikes. Smells trigger visual imagery for me a lot: If I smell something in particular that reminds me of a certain product or even a type of food or something, I’ll think, Yellow smells like a specific spice I grew up with in Alaska, so maybe I’ll do a full yellow look. I read Roald Dahl a lot during quarantine, and for a while there all my beauty looks were somehow related to Roald Dahl book covers. But I stopped pretty soon after I stopped reading Roald Dahl. I’m a huge believer in color theory. I have a lot of color theory books and I’m constantly looking for inspiration there. For a while I was just doing pairing colors blindly, but one day I just hit a wall. When you’re a creative or a content creator, there are only so many ways you can do the same thing. I started to realize that I was not excited about the creative I was doing at all, then I remembered how much I enjoyed my art classes in school and how little I use them now. One thing that really stuck with me was that my sculpture professor was a huge color theorist; he talked about it every class. I went back to my curriculum and bought a few books he had made us read in school. Sometimes it works; there are definitely times where I’m like, Who let me out of the house looking like this? But learning those lessons is the only way you can grow. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

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