“I like to go for anything that draws attention and is kinda funky and out there,” says 20-year-old Joey Prette, already a senior stylist at Free People and a musical theater student at Roosevelt University. “Usually I’d be wearing my flower earrings, but I forgot them today,” they say while sporting green, their favorite color.
Prette likes to thrift and shop at small boutiques such as Big Bud Press, where they got their wide-legged mushroom pants. “They scream ‘me’ and who I am as a person,” they say, adding that mushrooms are really cool and edgy right now.
True words indeed. An aesthetic being dubbed “weird girl,” or, better yet, “weird person,” is really happening at the moment, and Prette might be channeling it by favoring the trend’s motif du jour.
Prette’s style has an added charm provided by their monochromatic color choices, making their look pleasantly offbeat. “I love color. If I decide to wear blue, I wear all blue, and pair it with some fun patterns and accessories,” they say.
Another indicator that Prette embodies the now: they ignore gender norms when choosing their outfits, and they claim to wear platforms and heels all the time. “I don’t really shop in the men’s section anywhere, and it shouldn’t matter,” they say. True words indeed.