The VSCO girl — you either hate her, love her, or you are her. Wherever you stand, you can’t get rid of her. This Gen Z stereotype has somehow brought 90s trends back to life, despite these teenagers barely experiencing the 90s (if at all). When it comes to photos, clothing or even attempts to save the environment, a VSCO girl is all about her aesthetic — all while maintaining ~chill vibes~ of course. Whether you think you’re the embodiment of her, you want to be her or you’re still trying to figure out what exactly she is, here are a few things that might help you channel your inner VSCO girl.
1. HYDRO FLASK HYDROFLASK WIDE MOUTH W/FLEX CAP 18OZ, $56.90
What’s a VSCO girl without her hydroflask? There’s no ignoring the distinct tapping of fingernails on these stainless steel bottles, so why not do your part to save the environment and make sure everyone around you knows it.
2. BIMBA Y LOLA L PINK LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG, $725 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at Bimba Y Lola stores and online.
There’s something very pared-down about VSCO girl fashion — it’s at once trendy but also comfy enough to lounge around in all day. This bag is both. Roomy and in a hot pink patent finish, it strikes you as bold and feminine at the same time, while the soft, cushy leather fits right in. You can also wear it slung on your shoulder or as a crossbody. VSCO girl or not, anybody would be thanking you for this.
3. TOHUM LARGE PUKA GOLD-PLATED NECKLACE, $364.37
Available at net-a-porter.com.
The puka shell necklace, but make it luxe. We honestly can’t fathom why it’s such a hit for the VSCO aesthetic — maybe it’s an ironic take on the early aughts? — but hey, we don’t mind some of these The OC vibes. Tohum’s version coats the humble cowrie shell in glossy gold-plating, which you can wear as a choker or layered with other jewellery, so your friend can rock up to formal events too.
4. CASETIFY STICKER FEST GLITTER CASE, USD45
Available at casetify.com.
Love it or hate it, this one divides opinions. We’re talking about the phone case, not the Internet’s new favourite demographic. Sure, it looks a bit childish to still be having stickers on your phone case, but who needs to #adult? They’re cute! Let the young kids be — even if they’re ironically into 70s aesthetics too.
5. FJALLRAVEN KANKEN MINI BACKPACK, $139 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at Zalora.
A basic staple sported by VSCO girls around the world — they’re all over our ‘Gram’s feed and they come from the same brand. Don’t get us confused, they’re both functional and stylish, but with the uprising of our dear “internet darlings”, you’d be seeing it more often on the streets than you would in the past. Heck, we’re not surprised if they actually make it to your younger sister’s wishlist.
6. VANS OLD SKOOL CHECKERBOARD SNEAKERS, $89
Available at Vans stores and Footlocker.
It doesn’t get more old school than a pair of classic Old Skools right? Fads come and go — even the VSCO girl will probably be replaced by the next Internet trend this time next year — we think these have mainstay appeal though, especially in Vans’ iconic checkerboard print. So rest assured, you’re shelling out for a classic.
7. FILA D-FORMATION CHUNKY SNEAKERS, $166
Available at Zalora.
Re-emerging at the peak of the chunky sneaker trend, no VSCO girl would be caught dead without a pair of these in her shoe closet. Rather than the typical Disruptor, we figured the D-Formation would add a little twist to the VSCO girl starter pack. Maybe.
8. BIRKENSTOCK ARIZONA EVA SANDALS, $59
Available at Zalora.
We have to admit, Birkenstocks are pretty comfy, so it’s no surprise they’ve made a comeback. When it comes to their feed, VSCO girls really go the distance — with all the photos they run around taking, there’s no better way to end the day than to simply kick off their sensible sandals.
9. BRANDY MELVILLE MILENA SWEATER, USD32
Available at brandymelvilleusa.com.
It’s a crop sweater from Brandy Melville — need we say more? Unfortunately, our local store is no longer around, but thankfully we can still get our Brandy fix online.
10. URBAN OUTFITTERS PERFECT 10 SCRUNCHIE SET, $27
Available at Urban Outfitters.
Just when you thought we left the godforsaken scrunchie trend back in the ‘80s. Well, they’re back, and this time, it comes as a quintessential piece that defines that popular VSCO girl aesthetic that we’re all pretty fond of by now. Call it basic for all you care, but it’s pretty clear that being basic, especially with the latest subculture that has risen, is not necessarily a bad thing anymore.
11. FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI LIPLAY CAMERA, $249
Available at Lazada and Fujifilm retailers, including Best Denki and Challenger.
For any VSCO girl, instant photos are a must. But to be able to choose only the best photos to print? That’s bound to get any VSCO feed a few extra likes. With the Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Camera, take as many pictures as you need before selecting the perfect shot to be printed in an instant. It’s old-school aesthetic combined with 21st-century convenience.
12. STARBUCKS CARD, FROM $10
Available at Starbucks stores.
A VSCO girl loves and needs her Starbucks fix — if she isn’t sipping from her hydro flask then she is drinking from a usually brightly coloured Starbucks drink. While it might not seem like much, she’d be elated to have you sponsor her next few cups of Starbucks.
13. CRIMSON & CLOVER RIVUS NECKLACE, $65
Available at crimsonandclover.co
We’re big fans of customised necklaces in general but here we’re doubly bowled over by how Crimson & Clover has managed to fill a sweet spot where simple modernity meets soft character. A VSCO girl is always going to appreciate anything personalized, and the gothic lettering brings in just enough to keep her ~edgy~.
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