If you’re already a fan of Josephine Skriver’s style—or are one of her over four million Instagram followers—you’d probably jump at the chance to go shopping with the Victoria’s Secret Angel. But besides the challenge of nailing down some one-on-one time with a model whose career jets her all over the globe, there’s another reason your chance at retail therapy is unlikely. “I usually have to have a friend, my boyfriend, or family drag me out and do my quarterly shopping trip,” Skriver tells us. (She’s currently sitting curled up on a hotel room couch at The Standard, High Line in New York.) “I’m not the girly girl that likes to shop. I’m the online shopper who knows my size, clicks, and it gets sent. It has to be easy.”
On Josephine Skriver: Vetements T-shirt; 3.1 Phillip Lim Smocked Jogger ($395); Manokhi Jace Belt ($575); Versus Versace sandals; Elizabeth and James Trapeze Small Suede Satchel ($495); Linda Farrow x Dries Van Noten sunglasses; Jenny Bird earrings; Eddie Borgo Extra Thin Safety Chain Bracelet ($175).
Still, the Copenhagen native’s hands-off, anti–window shopping approach to filling her closet is clearly working for her. And as we learned even during our brief time together, what she wears very much reflects who she is, what she learns from those around her, and what matters—aka clothes she can move in—a sentiment that’s hardly new for her.
“I just wanted to be comfortable and sporty [as a kid]. I could be muddy, and it didn’t matter,” Skriver recalls, although she readily admits to leaning heavily into the au courant trends of her youth as well. “I was such a ’90s kid. I did the whole Canadian-suit thing, the high-waisted, the low-waisted, the velvet—I think I had every ’90s outfit out there, and I still very much see that in my style now.”
Even today, post–Meatpacking District street style shoot, that daring-meets-laid-back vibe is hard to miss. The 24-year-old’s wearing short shorts and one of her many pairs of Nikes as we speak. In fact, if at any point you don’t see her wearing sneakers, chances are high she’s carrying some with her, particularly to travel in. “I might have a pair of heels with me on the plane to walk off in, but on the plane, I’ll be in my sneakers,” she says. “I love everything from Jordans to Nikes to Adidas. And I like them high-top.”
While it’s not surprising for an It model to love practical shoes—Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are in the same club—Skriver doesn’t just go the expected route with how she dresses. After all, it’s only recently that her whole POV on style has shifted. “Denmark is a small country; there’s only so much we have,” she says of her Scandinavian roots and the region’s signature minimal aesthetic. “It wasn’t until I was living in New York that it really hit me how you could express your own personality through clothes.”
On Josephine Skriver: Mikhael Kale jacket; Alexander Wang Embroidered Pleated Dress ($895, worn as top); Versus Versace pants; Zana Bayne Chris Bag Belt ($295); Christian Louboutin Mad Boots ($1395); Fendi purse; Eddie Borgo cuffs; Jenny Bird bangles; Agmes Large Isa Earrings ($480); Ana Khouri ear cuff; Skriver’s own silver hoop earring.
This newfound appreciation is expressed in the model’s love of balance. She tells us that sneakers are a must for any outfit that feels overly prim. For instance, she often borrows pieces from her good friend and fellow Angel Jasmine Tookes—“I refused to wear dresses for a very, very long time. Jasmine lives right next door to me, so every time we have to go out, she helps me put one on. She has a whole closet full of them.”
On the other hand, Skriver says she’ll likely wear heels if she’s embracing her self-professed inner “tomboy” with the rest of her outfit. In some cases, that means pulling clothes directly from her boyfriend’s closet. “There’s a cool aspect to wearing ‘boy’ clothes as a girl.”
The one place you’re least likely to see “boy” clothes on Skriver? The upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai. This November’s runway marks one year since this Angel officially got her wings, an experience she calls an “emotional roller coaster,” one that signified a totally new step in her career.
As much more as we expect to see from Skriver—i.e., a lot—this Angel seems grounded and determined to keep excelling no matter where her success and of-the-moment fame takes her. “You can’t help but kind of be a little bit of everything when you’re on set,” she says when we inquire about where her career will be 10, 20 years down the line. Skriver instantly recalls all the tips she’s picked up from makeup artists, stylists, and photographers from projects she’s worked on, all of which have opened her eyes to other possibilities. “You can’t help but being this person who picks up on everything, and right now I just try to be a sponge and absorb as much as possible.”