16 Fashion Lessons Every Girl Learns From Her Best Friend

You can read the magazines and study each season’s trends, but every budding fashion-lover knows the real style lessons come from your best friend. Because when it comes to what you wear, there’s truly no one but your closest gal pal who can tell you like it is. Thought that skintight dress was the next best thing? Think again. So in honor of females everywhere (and because we’re always on the hunt for a new style tip), we asked 16 women what sartorial lessons they’ve picked up from their BFFs. We couldn’t have said this advice better ourselves.

Keep scrolling to read the 16 fashion lessons every girl learns from her best friend! Plus, shop our favorite friendship bracelets for you and your bestie.

Lesson 1: Learn to give (and take) the harsh truth when necessary.

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A Love Is Blind

"I’ve learned how to tell someone (and how to take it when someone tells you) the hard-to-hear realities of the little things—like when you have lipstick on your teeth or are too close to having an unwelcome nip-slip. A little humor and subtlety go a long way." — Raleigh, 23

Lesson 2: Document borrowed clothes.

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The Styleograph

"If you share clothes all the time, take a picture of your friend holding up the piece they're borrowing—it's so much easier to keep track of your favorite things." — Aidan, 24

Lesson 3: A well-kept mane is key.

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A Love Is Blind

“My best friend told me that as long as my hair is flawless, I can pull off whatever I want. Sometimes I test her to see if she will say anything.” — Meagan, 24

Lesson 4: A little goes a long way.

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Shot By Gio

"Less is more in regards to both dressing and makeup. My best friend and I have always sworn by that rule!" — Lindsey, 22

Lesson 5: Don’t be afraid to bargain-hunt.

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Shot By Gio

“Don’t be a snob about your sources. The most amazing and unique things that we’ve found have been from street markets, T.J.Maxx, thrift stores, and even Kohl’s. I once got these Altuzarra-esque flats that get compliments from the best dressed women on the streets.” — Karena, 31

Lesson 6: Dress to impress, even for unlikely occasions.

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Shot By Gio

"Always dress the part; you never know who you're going to meet." — Nicole, 22

Lesson 7: Ignore the style “rules.”

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Shot By Gio

“My BFF taught me to forget about the ‘rules’ of fashion when getting dressed in the morning. If you like it, wear it. This could also be the reason she always wears her daily uniform of black on black.” — Jill, 23

Lesson 8: Wear what works for your body.

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A Love Is Blind

"We've both learned that just because some things look good on one person doesn't mean they will look good on us. I dress for myself, not to look like someone else." — Brooke, 22

Lesson 9: Opt for personal pieces.

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The Urban Spotter

“She encouraged me to somehow incorporate a piece that feels like me into my outfit every day. It’s like a mini wardrobe confidence boost.” — Sarah, 23

Lesson 10: Dark colors are here to help.

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The Urban Spotter

“Black is always the answer. Unless the answer is gray.” — Madison, 26

Lesson 11: How to stretch your money.

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The Styleograph

“If you love something but the sticker shock is too severe, ask yourself, Will I wear this as many times as the dollars it’ll cost me? If you’re buying a $200 handbag that you’ll carry every day, go for it. But a $600 pair of shoes that you’ll only wear once? Walk away!” — Nirvana, 25

Lesson 12: Know what your style MO is.

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The Styleograph

“I have a lot of stylish friends and trust their opinions on what works and what doesn't. We have similar styles, and whenever we shop together, we almost always buy the matching things. But even though we're similar, they've helped me find my own personal style.” — Stephanie, 24

Lesson 13: Subtlety is sexy.

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A Love Is Blind

“Dressing alluringly is all in the subtle visual details. Experiment with a peek of lace, a small slit, a surprise in the back, a tiny cutout, or a small pocket of sheer. But really you'll be sexy and confident if you like what you're wearing, no matter what.” — Alina, 29

Lesson 14: The best outfit accessory is confidence.

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Le 21ème

“The number one staple piece is confidence. Whether you're wearing a simple outfit, rocking a trendy hat or a crazy accessory, it's going to look best if you feel comfortable and confident in it.” — Erin, 24

Lesson 15: Style stalking on social media is so necessary.

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Shot By Gio

“Considering my BFF is in the fashion industry, I constantly get updates on which Instagram accounts I should be following. I then steal some new styles from each! Follow Instagram closely, and you can have fabulous style. That's pretty much my motto these days.” — Kate, 30

Lesson 16: When in doubt, trust your best friend.

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The Urban Spotter

“The best stamp of approval is when your BFF tells you, ‘That’s so you.’” — Becca, 22

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