The Marie Kondo-coined phrase “spark joy” came up often when discussing how this “eclectic cutie” style (the alternate name Yu Ling aptly gave her) looks at home. While any trend can be usurped into a trend that requires a lot of money, the root of the weird girl aesthetic is a DIY sensibility of mismatched silverware and clashing décor. It’s a world where it’s okay to decorate entire walls with artwork you’ve painted at craft nights with friends.
“I always call my house an organized chaotic mess, and I feel like that’s how my style is even in my clothes, it’s like more is more,” Sara explains. “[There are] a lot of things are happening all the time. I like having different colored walls, I like very childish interior design, just fun things that spark joy.
When it comes to interiors, the Weird Girl aesthetic translates to “objects in your home that make you smile,” as Odd Eye co-founder Taylor Fimbrez describes it. Instead of conflicting patterns or five different fabrics, the home decor version of this trend might look more like elevated Peewee Herman decor — that ’80s humor found in oversized pieces like those giant screws or sham coffee. “All the really wacky, goofy shit sells out immediately whereas the stuff that I think is really cool and very designer sticks around for a while,” he says of his store’s inventory. “After COVID in particular, people are just looking for a good time.”
Taylor describes Odd Eye as ‘high-end Spencer’s Gifts’, a name knocking down the mall landmark where intimidating and cool teenagers flocked for lava lamps, obscene shirts, black-light decor and freebies gag in the 90s and early 2000s. “They had all the cool posters and all that weird bullshit that you had never seen before, obviously before the internet,” he says. The art aspect that you can take home from museum design stores has also been a huge source of inspiration.
The influences behind Odd Eye also seem to resonate with the vibe conjured up by the Weird Girl aesthetic – a funky boutique or Main Street thrift store versus an austere, lifestyle store. “I’ve had an accidental weird girl aesthetic all my life,” says Yu Ling. She cites her own childhood as shaping her penchant for collecting and finding ways to reuse furniture and unlikely objects in decor. Conforming to a specific aesthetic, she argues, means having the money to adhere to that tightly organized realm.
So many fashion and design trends right now boil down to this undeniable truth: we all try to have a good time where we can, whether it’s building our own Barbie Dreamhouse or putting together the most popular outfit. craziest of the locals at your local bodega. have seen. I, for one, hope that the weird girl aesthetic – or whatever its other incarnations are – sticks around for a while. It’s all subjective, of course, but this concept looks suspiciously like the most sane and relevant interpretation of the times we live in. The best version of the weird girl aesthetic is enduring, inventive, unencumbered by the bland curation of social media, not overly nostalgic. , and fun with intention.