Blokecore and Blokette have similar aesthetic roots in the British bloke culture (American ‘bro’) but differ visually in the choice of garments, footwear, and accessories.
The Blokecore style has a masculine look comprised of soccer jerseys, trainers, and zip-up vintage sports jackets.
At the same time, Blokette blends Blokecore with the feminity of the Coquette style, hence the use of mini skirts, hair ribbons, knee-high socks, leg warmers, and lace tops.
Aesthetic Roots, Colors, and Silhouettes
Blokecore (Bloke Core) style is centered around the fashion of the working-class British man by depicting the ‘bloke’ culture associated with football fans: masculinity, sports enthusiasm, and a no-nonsense, practical approach to dressing.
The Blokette style has similar aesthetic roots to Blokecore but showcases the bloke subculture from a feminine perspective, such as the looks of young working-class British women who support their favorite football club.
Also, compared to Blokecore, the Blokette aesthetic comprises feminine colors such as pastel pinks, and silhouettes such as A-line and layered, reflecting the broader range of fashion typically available to women.
Choice of Garments and Fabrics
Blokecore’s casual style is built around sports-related attire and rugged, functional workwear from durable materials.
The choice of garments, footwear, and accessories depict the everyday, down-to-earth qualities of the British working man.
While staying true to its working-class roots and also grounded in practicality, the Blokette style is centered around chic and sensual athleisure wear and street-style garments, footwear, and accessories (see Wales Bonner collaboration with Adidas or the Balenciaga x Adidas collection)
- Both fashion styles share a common foundation in British working-class culture.
- Unlike most latest fashion trends focusing on “Genderless Fashion“, Blokecore and Blokette incorporate gender-stereotypical fashion designs.
- Blokette has a feminine feel by incorporating sensual garments and accessories such as leg warmers and hair ribbons, allowing a personal expression within the style.
- Blokecore style, on the other hand, stays consistent with traditional British working-class attire, depicting practicality and the vibes of the local bloke subculture comprising pub activities and vintage sportswear such as football shirts, soccer trainers (particularly Adidas sambas), and football jerseys.
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A University of Oxford graduate in Design History, Katherine Saxon is researching arising TikTok cultures from a consumer psychology perspective while covering emerging aesthetics in fashion and beauty for TheVOU, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.