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I don't want to sound like too much of a fangirl, but I have always been a sucker for couple style. After all, who can deny the hold that stylish pairs (think of the Carters or the Clooneys) have had on the cultural zeitgeist. Perhaps our collective idealization of celebrity relationships could be to blame (or rising TikTok trends like "outfits I'd wear if we were dating"), but to be honest, it's hard not to get cuffed to the idea of couple style when duos like Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly exist.
Since the couple became public, their relationship and outfits have been a regular point of conversation within the Who What Wear editors' Slack channel. Individually, they're both stylish (Megan Fox regularly takes styling risks, and MGK aka Colson Baker isn't afraid to layer on the men's jewelry), but collectively, their style is superior because they go where others won't go. As much as runway season after runway season has tried to make grunge a thing, Fox and Baker have revived the pop-punk aesthetic with ease. Maybe it's a little bit out there to wear a vial of your partner's blood as jewelry, but hey, they're the only present-day couple that could make it chic.
Still dubious about why this couple has been living in my mind rent-free? Keep reading, as I've taken the liberty of rounding up their best looks and shopping them out. Fair warning: This story may cause serious fashion or relationship FOMO.
WHAT: MGK's "Bloody Valentine" music video
WEAR: On Megan Fox: Calvin Klein Cotton Classic Boxer Brief ($43); Snake T-shirt; Diesel biker jacket; Wolford Courtney Tights; On Machine Gun Kelly: Dalmata chain necklace
While you may recall that rumors surrounding Fox and MGK's relationship began to swirl when the artist released his music video for the song "Bloody Valentine" back in May 2020, all I can remember is the outfits. The looks in this video are the embodiment of pop-punk style. From MGK's zebra-print blazer to Fox's black minidress, every outfit slayed.
Pink is for everyone.
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WHAT: Album release party, September 24, 2020
WEAR: On Megan Fox: Marc Jacobs Snapshot Camera Bag ($295); Current/Elliott Stiletto Jeans; Stuart Weitzman Mirri Cheetah Print Sandals; On Machine Gun Kelly: Dr. Martens Jadon Smooth Platform Boots ($180)
The key to dressing as a pair isn't always matching. Rather, it's making your looks complementary. Case in point: this vibe from Fox and MGK. Fox's simple black jeans, black leather jacket, and bold accessories are the perfect yin energy to the bold head-to-toe white graffiti denim look on MGK.
Found: the perfect pair of black jeans for date night.
Perfecting the pop-punk aesthetic is all about adding in pops of pink, hence the need for this Marc Jacobs bag.
Let MGK inspire you to embrace a bold head-to-toe denim moment.
I'll admit that I find myself falling into the thirst trap when MGK wears a look sans shirt. But if you're not one to bare it all, invest in an excellent white T-shirt to pair with your punk-inspired outfits.
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WEAR: On Megan Fox: Loren Stewart necklace; Azzi & Osta set; Tyler Ellis Perry Plexi Clutch; Giambattista Valli sandals; On Machine Gun Kelly: Balmain suit
In many ways, the 2020 American Music Awards defined the relationship between Fox and MGK. Sure, they had been photographed numerous times together, but the award ceremony was their first official appearance together, solidifying them as a stylish duo to watch on and off the red carpet.
When the world reopens, you better believe we'll be wearing this dress.
Strappy sandals worthy of date night.
Imagine your partner in this blazer—dreamy, amirite?
MGK would definitely wear this necklace.
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Did looking at this image make you want to sing Avril Lavigne's song "Sk8er Boi"? It doesn't get more punk boyfriend, pop girlfriend than this look from Fox and MGK. Her full-pink trench coat next to his black trench coat is a pairing I didn't know I needed in my life.
MGK or Matrix vibes? Either way, this coat is it.
Jeans can make or break the look—this Citizens of Humanity pair will make the look.
WEAR: On Megan Fox: Nour Hammour Gia Embellished Trench ($2185); Ksubi Chlo Wasted Overkast Khaos Jeans ($195); Saint Laurent Nano Sac De Jour Tote Bag ($2290); Tom Ford Velvet Disco Platform; On Machine Gun Kelly: Rick Owens Bozo Tractor Lace-Up Leather Boots ($1765)
Hear that noise? It's these outfits screaming to be stared at. Everything about these looks is perfection—from MGK's pigtails, sheer tank, and Rick Owens platform boots to Fox's Tom Ford platform sandals and stunning studded trench coat. Basically, they're the poster couple for the punk aesthetic.
The key to re-creating this look is pairing unique black pieces with each other—think leather trenches, studs, and sheer fabrics for a nonconformist take on an all-black look.
Now, these are the type of shoes you should be stepping out in.
Only Rick Owens could make a punk style–adverse person convert to the cause.
MGK is never one to shy away from wearing rising brands, including the punk-inspired label Ashton Michael.
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WEAR: On Megan Fox: Rasario Satin Corset Top; Coperni Trompe-l'œil Belted Coat ($987); Bottega Veneta BV Jodie Mini Intrecciato Leather Bag ($1790); Levi’s jeans; Amina Muaddi Rosie Crystal-Bow Clear-PVC Slingback Pumps
Not to sound like a broken record, but yet again, this couple proves that the best date-night outfits strike the perfect yin and yang balance—quite literally. MGK's all-black look next to Fox's white ensemble is the type of coordination that can make you want to text your partner real quick to ask them why they don't want to get all matchy-matchy with you.
We love a white-coat moment, especially when it's from Staud.
This corset is the perfect piece to re-create this look with a lil' rock ’n’ roll flair.
You can't get the look without an edgy pair of jeans. This one is up for the task.
Leather pants aren't just for the girls.
WEAR: On Megan Fox: Sami Miro Vintage Asymmetric Long Sleeve Dress ($310); Saint Laurent Nano Sac De Jour Tote Bag ($2290); Amina Muaddi Yellow Satin Naima Crystal Heels; On Machine Gun Kelly: Berluti suit
Frankly, we do not have enough conversations about how well MGK dresses—he serves us moment after moment on and off the red carpet. But what he's particularly great at is a bold head-to-toe monochrome look. Think of his all-pink MTV Video Music Awards getup or this date-night outfit. When your man shows up this well-dressed, sometimes, all a girl can do is slip on a little black dress and let him be the star of the show for the evening.
The little black dress may not be a new styling idea, but the right one can always leave you looking fresh.
At this point, we can see why Fox has regularly worn Amina Muaddi's heels for her date nights. They work every time.
MGK loves bold turtlenecks.
Yes, the punk aesthetic can include blazers—it's all about the styling.
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WEAR: On Megan Fox: BY FAR Bougie Tiger-Print Pony Hair Leather ($610)
Courtside looks low-key are out here scoring all the points. (Think of Rihanna's courtside outfits.) In the case of this story, we got these matching neutral looks from Fox and MGK. Who said sports couldn't be stylish?
Is it even a rock ’n’ roll vibe if there's no animal print?
Crop tops are the casual date-night essential.
The best thing about a shacket? You can't tell if it's yours or your partner's.
Consider this our petition for more men to wear boilersuits.
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WEAR: On Megan Fox: Sophodes hoodie and sweatpants; Vans Old Skool Sneakers ($69); Stella McCartney Stella Logo Shoulder Bag ($665); Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Noe; Ray-Ban Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses ($161); On Machine Gun Kelly: Dior Oblique T-Shirt ($790); Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere Bag Monogram See Through Mesh 50 ($4950)
Okay, I'll admit this is not the most aspirational look from the couple, but hear me out. It's the type of subtle drip you'd want to wear with bae on the weekends. From Fox's matching sweatsuit and Stella McCartney bag to MGK's Dior T-shirt, nothing about this look is ordinary. But the true unsung accessories of this look are their matching Louis Vuitton bags, which makes us wonder, If your partner isn't rocking LV with you, is it even love?
Vans are the pop-punk staple shoe.
We love a designer bag moment.
A pink hoodie worth sharing.
This bag is a jawbreaker (because it's just that beautiful).
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WEAR: On Megan Fox: Vetements Oversized Flannel Shirt; Ksubi Playback Skream Trashed Jeans ($240); Christian Louboutin Izamayeah 130 Crocodile-Effect Leather Boots ($1395); BY FAR Baby Amber Black Semi Patent Leather Bag ($495); On Machine Gun Kelly: Rick Owens Bozo Tractor Lace-Up Leather Boots ($1765)
You can't bring back grunge without a bit of flannel action, but before you give up hope on ever embracing the pop-punk aesthetic, please remember (and print out) this date-night look from Fox and MGK. They're proof that matching flannels can be—dare we say—chic.
Fox regularly wears platforms, so why not embrace these beauties?
Hello, Megan Fox—we'd like you to carry this bag.
You can buy this shirt for them and then wear it yourself.
Take a cue from MGK and throw your go-to jacket on top of your fleece set to polish the look.
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WHAT: Saturday Night Live, January 30, 2021
WEAR: On Megan Fox: 3.1 Phillip Lim Zip Paneled Leather Coat; LaQuan Smith jumpsuit; Christian Louboutin Izamayeah 130 Crocodile-Effect Leather Boots ($1395); On Machine Gun Kelly: Balmain cardigan; Converse x Brain Dead Chuck 70 High Black Canvas Sneakers ($310)
While everyone was shook over MGK's performance on Saturday Night Live back in January, I lost it over the couple's after-show looks. If this look still doesn't do it for you, then you may never stan for their couple style. No shirt underneath the Balenciaga cardigan? The snake-print LaQuan Smith jumpsuit? I am unwell.
Yes, you can re-create Fox's look; you just need a great jumpsuit.
Finish off your look with a red lip.
This would look so good on him, and by "him," we mean MGK.
MGK's jeans make this look, so you'll want to invest in a good pair when re-creating this outfit.
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While embracing the pop-punk aesthetic can be the ticket to some people's style downfall, for MGK and Fox, that's far from the case. Of course, there are so many elements that have to align to achieve this level of style synergy—you need great stylists like Maeve Reilly and Morgan Pinney, who help their clients embrace their style and take fashion risks. But most importantly, you need a couple that's unafraid to let their expression of love for fashion (and for each other) show through their clothing. You need a couple that's a divine pairing in every aspect—a twin flame, so to speak. When you do find someone that's both your partner and someone as stylish as you? Well, that's perfect.
Now, this is a date-night top.
Meet your perfect leather pants. They're editor approved.
Meet your go-to date-night mules.
Don't forget to finish off any look with some statement earrings.
MGK has been known to wear a statement sweater on occassion—we think he'd wear this one, too.
He'll love wearing these out for the evening.
It's not a look from MGK without some pearls.
Every man needs a black crewneck T-shirt in their arsenal.
MGK has been seen in combat pants.
These boots are a staple in MGK's date-night style.
Embrace MGK's pink highlights without having to dye your hair pink.
If you can't imagine Fox wearing this top, then you didn't get the point of this story.
The perfect shorts to wear to a MGK concert (in the near future).
Everyone needs a pair of combat boots.
It's not a look without a pop of pink.