Many people call this outfit obnoxious. I call it 100% me.
I’m the type of girl who loves pumpkin spice lattes, burrito bowls, and quoting Legally Blonde. I was a proud member of my sorority (Chi Omega) in college, and stalked the Target website the night they launched their Lilly Pulitzer collection.
In the past few years or so, the things above—along with many other components of my personality—have been reduced to a stereotype of the “Basic Betch.” Basically, the internet collectively decided that people who frequent Chipotle and utilize leggings as full-on-pants are devoid of any real personality.
But you know what? Pumpkin Spice Lattes are delicious and if you say you don’t like them, you’re probably lying. My sorority introduced me to some of the most inspirational women that I’ve ever met and I’m so very proud to call myself a Chi Omega. But still, apparently this angers a large group of random people on the internet. Apparently it makes me a follower, unoriginal, and yet somehow I must think I’m better than anyone else.
“Basic.” It’s yet another term being thrown around to judge women and the way they choose to live their lives. Because, hey, even though my choices don’t affect you in the slightest, why not simplify me down to a stereotype? After all, society always needs more socially acceptable ways to demean women, right?
So call me basic all you want. I’ll keep going to Chipotle, and I’ll probably wear Lilly Pulitzer while I do it. At the end of the day, the real “basic” thing to do would let a few people hiding behind their computer screens dictate what I should or should not wear, eat, or do. I doubt that judging others will bring anyone happiness. Bless their hearts. I’m going to keep on being my colorful, ridiculous self.