What is avant-basic? Brands like Lisa Says Gah popularize funky patterns

Have you started to notice the same funky patterns all over Instagram and TikTok? Bright colors and bold fabrics have been featured all over the place so often, they’re hardly unique anymore.

Back in December, writer Emma Hope Allwood sagely named this style “avant-basic.”

“It’s algorithm fashion…. quirkiness in the age of mechanical reproduction… vintage without the effort… if summer from 500 days of summer was an insta gal with a mullet,” she said.

“Avant,” of course, comes from the term “avant-garde,” which denotes unusual or experimental ideas, like the funky patterns rampant within this trend cycle. Basic means seemingly the opposite — it’s something unoriginal or mainstream. Pairing these words together in one term describes an unorthodox style that’s been adopted by so many people, it’s no longer radical.

“Avant-garde patterns are paired with not-so-avant-garde styling. The clothes are different, but so many people wear them,

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