It's mid-January, two weeks past the holidays, three weeks into a scary coronavirus surge (in the U.S., at least, and about six weeks into the dreary winter months. It's bleak, and quite frankly, no one is handling it well. The coping mechanism for those of us who are chronically online tends to include some version of frantically scouring social media for any sign of a trend that we can complain about. In the last two weeks, this trend appears to be something known as "twee."
Yes, my Millenials out there, you read that right: according to TikTok, the twee girl is back. For those unfamiliar, twee was the quaint retro-esque style that was huge in the early 2010s. It was popularized by celebrities like Zoey Deschanel and Alexa Chung, who were known for their frilly collared tops paired with cutesy skirts and patterned tights. This resurgence has also been coupled with the return of the 2015 "Tumblr aesthetic," which is much of the same thing, just romanticized with close-up editorials of lace and glitter.