Updated: Jan 28, 2020
Writer: Sofia Greaves
When I first heard of Billie Eilish, I heard her music before seeing what she physically looked like. After seeing how she composes herself through her oversized streetwear, I thought she was a rapper. The lyrics to most of her new songs are as subversive as her style (cannibal class, killing the son; bury a friend, I wanna end me). Some people love it and some people do not. I happen to love it.
I was never concerned with why she chose to dress herself a certain way, I just knew she was making a big statement. "Judge. Me. Please" was her answer when asked to describe her style in three words, in her 2017 Vanity Fair interview
As she is blowing up, people are experimenting with their style by imitating hers. In fashion, red carpet, and Youtube review shows she is constantly mentioned and referenced As an artist, people expect your style to be on trend or trend setting. Billie decided to follow the street wear trend of over-sized and or monochromatic. The amazing thing about Billie's style is that she looks so comfortable and attainable. Most of the clothes she is seen in is a more embellished and expensive version of what I wear to 9 am classes in the North Texas winter.
As a fan, I should have made the connection between her reasons for dressing baggy and her music (her first E.P. is literally called Don’t Smile at Me), but as a fashion enthusiast it seemed more about personal choice than a social or political statement. There is an intentional “anti-femininity” agenda in her clothing. She says verbatim “that’s why I wear big baggy clothes, nobody can have an opinion because they can’t see what’s underneath”. The reason we are enthralled by her is because she is completely in control of how we perceive her. The style she expresses not only shows no size limit, but also has no specific gender preference. . Billie is not the first female celebrity to take away attention from her body, but she has done it in such a unique way that I felt to emphasize and spotlight her fashion choices.