The Forecast at TikTok Is Calling for a Hot Sandlercore Summer

The cool teens have found an unlikely style inspiration in...Adam Sandler.

Everyone knows that trends are cyclical. Styles come in—we buy them, get sick of them, and they live in our closets, untouched and mildew-y, until we finally work up the courage to get rid of them. Then they come back in style, ever so slightly different looking, and only once we’ve finally gotten rid of them, of course.

That’s capitalism, baby. And that’s why it’s important to develop your own personal style, one that doesn’t change with the trends. Your own unique way of dressing that speaks to who you are, that makes you feel good. So much so that others might even start to look to you for inspiration. This is a story about that kind of fashion god—so singular and timeless in his style that he has the power to start a movement all on his own. The star in question? Adam Sandler.

This Adam Sandler, you might ask?


Yes, this one.

In the middle of May, teens on TikTok began to consider what their summer style would look like this upcoming season. After months of sitting at home in sweatsuits, they wanted to look good for their return to the outside world. Fine, fair. But I think we can all agree that the transition from sweats to hard pants at the drop of a vaccine feels jarring. So for this summer at least, as we ease back in pre-pandemic life, comfort is king. Luckily, the teens found the perfect celebrity to draw inspiration from. And that is how the Sandlercore fashion movement was born.


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The look? Gigantic baggy basketball shorts and baggy old T-shirts. Mix in a bucket hat for sun protection, if needed—this is about utilitarianism, folks. A oversized polo works, too, if it's a special occasion. Sandler has been doing it for years, probably before Billie Eilish was even born.

It's worth noting that Sandler himself is no stranger to an actual pickup basketball court, but hey, humidity doesn't distinguish between athletes and non-athletes. Your sticky, sweaty body parts deserve to breathe this summer too, even if you're just going to sit at brunch, nowhere near any basketballs. Sandlercore is about simplicity, comfort, and sizing wayyy up no matter the occasion. The guiding principle is to dress as if every occasion in your life is a midnight bodega run.

What about the 5-inch inseam movement, you might ask? What about Milo Ventimiglia's tiny shorts, that went viral only weeks ago?

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To which I, on behalf of Adam Sandler, retort: do your tiny shorts have big ol' pockets? Where do your wallet and phone and keys go? This is, again, a utilitarian movement. Think about that before you ask silly questions, please. The teens of TikTok have spoken, and you don't argue with the teens of TikTok. This year it's sun's out, thighs covered and cool.

Shop the look, and don't forget to size way up:

Jordan Bucket Hat

Oakley Fives Squared Sunglasses


Polo Ralph Lauren The Iconic Mesh Polo Shirt

Nike Basketball Shorts

Nike Benassi Slides


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