HBO’s Euphoria is back, and with it came a slew of fashion-forward TikToks. Other notable trends this week include drawing your face to a soothing indie song and admitting something to a soft “yeah.”
And why aren’t you in uniform?
Euphoria, the dizzying HBO teen drama starring Zendaya, is known for its edgy make-up and outrageous fashion. These students are walking to AP U.S. History dressed like they’re going to a rave! Scratch that: None of these characters are even in APUSH (except for maybe Lexi). The way the teens in Euphoria dress for class has long been fodder for internet jokes — and now it’s the blueprint for a TikTok trend.
Videos to the trend all start with someone dressed plainly while the sound of squeaky footsteps plays. Then, the audio “and why aren’t you in uniform?!” appears, and the person walks off camera before reappearing in a Euphoria-inspired outfit. These TikToks are all captioned with some variation of “when you’re leaving for the bus but forget you go to euphoria high school.”
The trend is hilarious because it grounds the absurd fashion of Euphoria in the mundanity of the modern high school experience, which only heightens the unrealistic nature of the ‘fits in Euphoria. Not to mention, the idea of “euphoria high school” is funny when you consider it actually has a name. (But don’t expect anyone to remember East Highland High.)
The trend is also an opportunity for TikTok users to show off fun, vibrant outfits that they may not get to wear every day. The trend is the perfect combination of humor and glorious fashion moments.
Take @kaceystarz’s video for example: The creator first walks out in a boring sweatshirt and jeans before re-entering in an iconic all-pink drag look. So far, the video has amassed over 1.5 million views and accumulated over 420,000 likes.
Before and after a Euphoria-ification.
Credit: TikTok / kaceystarz
Credit: TikTok / kaceystarz
This trend is also the most ambitious TV crossover in history — the audio is ripped from an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. It’s from a scene in which Spongebob is serving Squidward lemonade, and Squidward asks, “And why aren’t you in uniform?” So Spongebob walks backwards offscreen before walking back into frame in a maid’s uniform. There have been over 108,000 videos that have used the Spongebob audio, including variations on the Euphoria trend like “Wes Anderson High“ and “Pretty Little Liars High.“
A moment from Kali Uchis’ TikTok New Year’s Eve performance has now gone viral. In the clip, Uchis takes a deep breath and whispers “yeah” into the mic. TikTokkers are using the sound to hesitantly admit or agree to something. The heavy sigh and hushed “yeah” has the capacity to represent a lot of different situations and emotions, making it an ideal viral TikTok sound.
So far, over 74,000 videos have been made to the audio, including @carlyincontro’s video captioned, “when ur a people pleaser and someone asks u to do something u don’t wanna do.” Another example of the trend is @r0ck3t.izac’s video that reads, “do you stalk everyone who likes ur posts?”
It’s giving face.
Picture this: “These Days” by Nico plays softly in the background while a TikTok user stares in concentration and a filter traces over their facial features with simple white lines. When they finish, they turn the camera away so we can see the finished product: a shaky drawing of their face. These mesmerizing videos have taken over TikTok. Over 820,000 users have drawn their faces, including Billie Eilish, and I have yet to see one I haven’t enjoyed.
On TikTok, we’re so used to seeing high-energy dances and fashion trends, so it’s refreshing to see such a popular art challenge. The combination of clean white lines, soothing indie music, and the satisfying reveal of the sketch at the end of each video makes them both relaxing and addictive. It’s the perfect, soothing trend to break up the more chaotic content on your FYP.