How to be Basic this Fall

Fall is just arund the corner which means it’s time for all of us basic girls to strut our stuff.

First and foremost, I want you to know that if you consider yourself to be basic, I give you full permission! Be YOU. And if that means being all the cliches about a girl in the autumnal season (examples below) then be that girl and be that girl boldly. I stand in solidarity with you, my pumpkin spice sister.

You may be asking, “what do you mean by ‘basic?'” Urban Dictionary defines “basic” as “only interested in things mainstream, popular, and trending.” While I find that definition a bit mean, it gets the point across.

Let’s talk about what it means to be basic.


Leggings. Preferably with knee-high boots. And bonus points if you take a picture of said leggings and boots standing in a pile of leaves and post it to IG.

Plaid. Everything plaid. Scarves, flannels to wear over your leggings and boots, jackets, hats, hair, everything. It’s all plaid all the time.

Slouchy beanie. It must be able to cover your whole head, but you have to wear it so it only covers half, thus creating the slouchy look in the back. This look is easy for those of us with small heads, not so much for those of you with average to large heads. Colors may vary, but choosing a warm yellow, orange, gray, or burgundy are surefire winners.

Scarves. Even if it’s 90 degrees outside, you must have a neck cocoon on at all times, preferably tied in different ways each day to show off your basic Pinterest skills.


Apple picking. Drive 2 hours out of your way on a cold Saturday to an orchard with three trees and pick you some bruised, battered, possibly worm-filled apples. Take pictures of you picking apples to post to FB and IG. No one knows what to do after you get them home except take more festive pictures.

Visit a pumpkin patch. Take a scratchy hay ride through some mud. Drink watered down apple cider. Wander through piles of pumpkins. Pose with white pumpkin and make sad albino pumpkin joke. Take pumpkin home to join picked apples on kitchen counter where they shall be abandoned until they rot.

Drink a hot beverage by a raging fire. Fuzzy, plaid blanket optional, but, even though you’re sitting by a million-degree inferno, you must still wear your slouchy beanie and scarf.

Food & Drink

Pumpkin Spice Latte. The unofficial drink of the basic fall girl. You’re not allowed to drink anything else until February. Not even water. It’s all PSL, all the time.

Apple Cider. The fall beverage for those basic girls that think they’re too cool to be basic, but we’re all basically the same. Add whipped cream for some pizzazz.

Pie. Apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, etc. Bonus points for making decorative shapes in the crust or going above and beyond with your lattice techniques. This is the only acceptable dessert during this season.

And there you have it. How to be basic this fall. Thank you for coming ot my TED talk.


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