What does twee mean on TikTok? Throwback fashion trend explained


The latest trend to go viral on TikTok is somewhat or a throwback to the past, or perhaps, a throwback to the internet and fashion blogs anywhere around 2010.

Yep, you guessed it, the social media platform’s newest obsession is twee.

You may be wondering what twee actually means, so we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on the style aesthetic. If you’re still confused, all you need to know is that “twee” is anything worn by Jessica Day on New Girl.

What does “twee” mean on TikTok?

If you were on Tumblr in the mid 2010s then you will have been aware of the choke-hold that the twee aesthetic had on teenagers all over the world.

Essentially, twee clothing can be characterised as featuring lots of pastel or bright colours, patterns, and a whole load of polka dots, stripes, and floral patterns.

Aesthetics Wiki describes the trend as involving “out-dated habits that become novel because of how unique it is in comparison to mainstream trends.”

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In summary, twee is vintage-meets-school-librarian-meets-9 year old girl.

a young lady in a flowery dress and a white cardigan was standing on a typical street in the city of Boston. She was saying hello to someone on the higher places.

Zooey Deschanel joins in with “twee” TikTok trend

The undisputed queen of twee Zooey Deschanel decided to join in with the TikTok trend by posting a slideshow of some of her most iconic “twee” looks over the years.

She captioned the video “I’d like to thank TikTok for teaching me what twee means.”

Ironically, the sound being used by creators to discuss the twee aesthetic and show off their own twee outfits is actually sung by Zooey Deschanel. Titled “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” the song is by American musical duo She & Him. It turns out that “She” is actually Zooey!

Features of the twee aesthetic

There are some staples of the twee aesthetic and those include cardigans, belted dresses, prints and patterns, pleated skirts, knitwear, blazers, and raincoats.

Twee footwear mostly consists of brogues, loafers, ankle boots, and ballet pumps.

You can also expect to see cat eye sunglasses, bows, heart patterns, berets, satchels, and tote bags. Also fringes or bangs, as some people call them, though the hairstyle is optional.

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