They’re mainly seen flaunting front row privileges at Fashion Week, traveling around the world, and basically living the dream. We love to scroll through the Insta-feeds of It Girls like Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne, but hate to admit that we secretly are picturing ourselves in their (probably Gucci) shoes. Picture no more for I bring you your guide to dressing like an It girl for less.
Runways don’t dictate what’s ‘it’ this season, street style does. Great minds think alike so look at what the cool kids in your area are sporting to stay on top of the coolest trends. If you don’t live in a place known for it’s fashion, Instagram is just as good for keeping an eye on what’s in or out.
Where to Shop
Try to stay out of the mall. By the time lots of pieces are reworked for mass production, It Girls have already moved on to the next style trend and so should you. Stores like H&M and Forever21 are great for getting basic items for a wardrobe, but consider online retail for clothing fit for a style icon without the massive designer price tag. Asos is well priced and on top of street styles’ latest obsessions. COS sells the clothing equivalent of minimalist cool à la Danielle Bernstein. Modcloth is a constant staple in the retro inspired girl’s closet. Taylor Swift, eat your heart out.
Thrift stores are another great way to shop like your faves. It’s super cost efficient, and endorsed by It Girl royalty, Alexa Chung. By going to thrift stores in the hip parts of town, you can pick up some really chic items and you can even stumble upon a true vintage gem at a fraction of the price of other boutiques. Plus, you’ll stand out from the crowd in true It Girl fashion.
Styling like an It Girl
Keep your look fresh by modifying your clothes each time you wear them. A simple crop here and a tuck there can change an entire look. Even just rolling up your sleeves can take a look from sleek to relaxed in an instant. It’s so easy, but makes a big impact.
Elevate everything from the classic white tee and skinnies to the preppy dress and button up combos with a well-placed knot at your waist. Juxtapose materials and patterns for unexpectedly gorgeous results like Rihanna’s insane denim-satin ensemble.
The single most important styling tip for anyone chasing the It Girl dream is to experiment with everything–proportions, layers, textures, and unpredictable pieces. Who could have predicted that mom jeans would have a turn in the fashion spotlight, but they’ve somehow found their way into every cool girl’s wardrobe with no sign of moving out anytime soon.
Keep an eye on street style, shop off the beaten path, and experiment with what you already own; and you’ll be living the It Girl dream just in time for Fashion Week.