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.
"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
"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
“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
"Less is more in regards to both dressing and makeup. My best friend and I have always sworn by that rule!" — Lindsey, 22
“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
"Always dress the part; you never know who you're going to meet." — Nicole, 22
“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
"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
“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
“Black is always the answer. Unless the answer is gray.” — Madison, 26
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“The best stamp of approval is when your BFF tells you, ‘That’s so you.’” — Becca, 22
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Aurélie Bidermann Copacabana Gold-Plated and Cotton Cuff ($120)
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See a fashion lesson you like? Tag your bestie by sharing the story above! Do you have a fashion lesson to add to the list? We want to hear what you’ve learned from your BFF in the comments below.