If Looking Chic Is Your Goal, Following These 10 Fashion People Is Step #1
Inspiration is in abundance on Instagram, especially when it comes to fashion. But if you don't know where to look, you might never find it, at least not the sort that fits your ideal aesthetic. With over a billion users, there are simply too many accounts to sort through and not enough time in the day. I, however, have spent the last decade or so dedicating an unhealthy amount of time to the app, slowly but surely curating a For You page that fills my feed with the type of outfit inspiration most elite magazines make you pay for—and then some.
Of course, I follow over 3,000 accounts—including editors, brands, designers, stylists, photographers, and so on—and I don't expect you to do the same. That's why I went through every account I follow and handpicked the 10 that most epitomize the word "chic." Copy their looks, sure, but if you ask me, the best way to embody their unique senses of style and sartorial confidence is to let it slowly sink in as you study their feeds. Then, figure out how you can do the same in a way that feels unique to you. Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. These 10 fashion-forward accounts can supply that in spades.
Elly McGaw is a creative consultant and stylist in New York City who's worked with everyone from Vogue to Rimowa to Saks Fifth Avenue. But her eye for accessories and creative outfit combinations doesn't just get utilized in her work life. Her own outfits are just as genius. From elegant Prada ensembles to the unexpected styling of a basic tank, there's hardly an outfit on McGaw's feed that doesn't warrant a save or a screenshot.
You might not know it from her heavily curated yet effortlessly chic Instagram presence (okay, aside from the reference to it in her bio), but Marilyn Nwawulor-Kazemaks is more than an outfit connoisseur. She's also a professional track athlete, something that no doubt contributes to her curated wardrobe and ultra-cool air. Known to her followers as @nlmarilyn, this London-based creator is a must-follow.
Swedish-Moroccan model Isabelle "Bella" Cohen was scouted on Instagram at just 17, a fact that won't be at all surprising once you scroll through her feed of mirror selfies, beach photos, and modeling imagery. Able to style both casual looks and daring cutouts, her account includes every type of sartorial inspiration you'll ever need and then some.
There's an elegance about Toronto-based content creator Sasha Mei that seems to encapsulate everything she does, from her outfits to her writing, which she publishes on a Substack titled Meja. Mei also runs Cohbalt, a mood board Instagram where followers can get an even deeper look at her creative vision.
Tunisian model and content creator Emna Sellimi splits her time between Tunisia and Paris. But her dual living arrangement hasn't hindered her style in the slightest. Instead, it's made her outfits and their backdrops all the more awe-inspiring.
Paris-based stylist and content creator Sylvie Mus has rapidly grown her following on Instagram thanks to her consistently elevated and replicable style choices. Her wardrobe is littered with simple anti-trend items, with pencil skirts, trench coats, and a bevy of '90s-inspired shoes and accessories being among her most worn.
Brooklynn Gallagher trades her time between the East and West coasts but never leaves her signature tailored suits behind when she travels between the two locales. Hit the follow button on her account for wearable yet daring looks that always earn a 10 out of 10.
New York-based Editorialist editor Cortne Bonilla has an eye for the finer things in life, from her Brooklyn apartment to her everyday style. Currently, her Instagram is in full wedding mode, so if you're headed down the aisle, you really need to add her to your inspiration board.
TyLynn Nguyen does a little of everything, and her Instagram page, where she's garnered nearly 180,000 followers, portrays it all. She's a mom of three, a model, a designer, and a damn good dresser, all of which make her the perfect follow for everything relating to style, home décor, beauty, and family life.
As a former InStyle shopping editor and the current founder and editor of Magasin, a digital magazine and newsletter on Substack, Laura Reilly has a knack for finding incredible pieces (hence the successful shopping newsletter). But Reilly does more than merely find fashionable items. Whether it's a velvet Khaite top, a Diesel belt skirt, or MNZ wedges (best worn with socks), she's also known for styling them in unexpected ways.
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