Here’s something I’m not above saying: in high school, I wanted to dress like Avril Lavigne. I wanted to look as cool in Dickies pants, I wanted my skate shoes to be big like hers, and I wanted to wear a tie without anyone saying I was trying to dress like Avril Lavigne. Evidently, it didn’t work out.
But that’s a good thing since Avril — like literally any other artist in the music industry — has evolved from her days as a mall-loitering sk8er girl. Now, she’s a tutu-wearing, hand-clapping Mrs. Kroeger, and it’s a transition to be documented. But we’ll censor the cynicism: after all, only (s)he who is without having owned a pair of Ugg boots, can cast the first stone. Meaning that while I might not understand or financially support a Hot Topic-sponsored aesthetic, we still can’t say it’s inherently wrong.
Chad’s necklaces, on the other hand, are.
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Resident of Napanee. Ontario every-girl. Stars: they were all once just like us. And don't let any of them tell you otherwise.
The thing to remember here is that none of us are above the one-armed sock monster because if you are between the ages of 22 and 29, you wanted to wear one. And why wouldn't you? With it, Avril was surrounded by sk8er bois, she crashed the mall, she wore stars on her tank tops, and she could stand on a skateboard without disaster. The arm-sock gave her powers. (The powers to make anyone else who tried to wear it look ridiculous.) (And the power to make me kind of wish I could still wear one, now.)
He was a boy, she was a girl, can anyone explain what this video had to do with a revenge song? (Hi-oh!) But okay guys calm down and remember this: by summer 2002, Avril trumped her "Complicated" aesthetic by upping the arm-party ante, jumping aboard the trucker hat bandwagon, and proving your dad's ties were her thing (and hers alone), thank you. The amount of fucks given? Zero. Which soon went down to negative digits.
At the 2002 MMVAs, Avril Lavigne performed for the first time, and nearly lost her pants in the process. That's why she commemorated said incident in 2003, bringing "fucks given" count down to a record low (which has yet to be beat, and thank goodness). As for me, I will personally remember this as the MMVAs in which I passed out from heat stroke in a variety store across the street. I did not have "MMVAS" written on my butt at the time.
And so the tutu years began. Breaking from her thrifted skater look, Avril used her sophomore record to embrace her own brand of femininity -- which in this case meant hoodies, tutus, and layered, dyed hair. And you want a harsh truth? It worked. Her video for "My Happy Ending" is just Hot Topic enough without seeming like a billboard for "mall alt" culture. *We* just couldn't wear tutus without looking deranged.
Everything in this photo matters. It matters a lot. Don't take this away from me. Don't tell me what to do. Don't tell me what to say. Let me have this.
American Express "Jam Sessions" at the House of Blues with Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne - Arrivals
Blonde! A skirt! Fishnets! A Harley hoodie! (I had that I SO HAD THAT.) Behold: the typical evolution of any Ontario (former) teenager trying to cultivate an "adult" vibe. She would've been the coolest person at the bar, for sure.
I mean, I think we can all appreciate now, in our grown-ass human years, that the best parts of being a girl are not hair and makeup. Nor that "feminine" needs to be equated with "high fashion" or even "dresses," but sure. For a few short months, Avril tried to break from the wardrobe of her rebellious youth and attended events like Fashion Week, appeared in editorial spreads, and replaced stripes and hoodies with blouses and minimalism. And it worked! For a bit! In a way!
See? All of us -- men included -- would totally wear that now. Maybe even the fishnets. (JK especially the fishnets.)
And look: she tried high fashion, and it didn't work out. (I tried shopping exclusively at the Gap and the same thing happened, so I get it.) That's why a year after Avril and Deryck tied the knot, the singer adopted unique takes on traditionally "girly" pieces, edging them up with combat boots, or pink hair streaks, or heavy eye makeup. (As for Deryck? Excellent shoes, sir.)
See? Regardless of whether you'd wear Avril's clothes now or ever, she did manage to make her transition to mainstream alternative (*that's* a phrase!) relatively painless: she abided by her appreciation for hair and makeup, kept the dresses on lock, but brought back the hoodies. Questionable: the boots and high socks. But hey, it was 2008, and some of us were wearing berets to school every day, thinking we looked like Blair Waldorf.
Also, there was this. And the song "Girlfriend." So . . . two things.
Now here are two very important words to recognize and remember when we talk about Avril Lavigne's 2009 style choices: fashion forward. Girlfriend was wearing turned-down high tops before any of us got back into them this year and last, and that hat could just as easily find itself in a 2014 collection as it could in the 1980s. The minute a brand aligns itself with a public figure, you know that public figure has successfully cultivated and maintained an image that we likely took for granted. In this case, Avril's colour palette (pink, purple, black) and usual fits earned her a fashion campaign. Touche, Lavigne.
The same can be said for her high tops, boyfriend fit jeans, and fitted graphic t-shirt. They fit, it works, she's six years ahead of us. (Give me those shoes.)
Nailed. It. The dress length is perfect, the sequins are everything (always -- sequins are always a good choice), Avril's multi-coloured hair keep the look inherently "Lavigne", and the dress' dark tone creates a grown-up, fancy balance. Hands up if this gallery has given you newfound respect for an artist whose clothing you likely dismissed.
You know, if you're bold enough to shave part of your head, you go right ahead and shave part of your head. In the words of another Canadian artist: YOU DO YOU (girl).
Look. It happened. And the technicalities don't matter because I'm just going to say what everybody's thinking: Avril's hair looks great, and that tank top is happening. Godspeed, crazy kids.
Avril Lavigne - Hello Kitty 2014 Wallpaper
Okay, but I will say what is going on here, and I thought we learned from Love Angel Music Baby, and why are we culturally misappropriating in 2014, and Avril you are better than this I believe in you WHY.