Remember the scene in Mean Girls when Janis gives the full rundown on the different social circles in the cafeteria? Well, while New York Fashion Week may not consider pink cardigans the calling card of fashion’s cool girls (not this season, anyway), we can usually identify the various cliques of front-row attendees by their outfits.
Today we’re playing Janis and walking you through our very own sartorial map of the fashion week arena. From the chic fashion girls who travel in brightly colored packs as they hop between shows and lunches at Lalo to the biggest buyers in the business adorned in slick tailoring, here’s what we predict attendees will be wearing. We’ve also added outfit formulas with the perfect Victoria's Secret bras to match that make it easy to re-create their looks, making for one handy guide to mastering fashion week style.
Which fashion circle do you belong to? Keep reading to find out.
The Fashion Pack
While they’re no Plastics, the Fashion Pack is the It group of NYFW. You’ll see them popping up on repeat in your Instagram feed, invariably wearing the shoe du jour—but you won’t get tired of seeing their coordinating cool-girl style. To tap into their vibe, pick recognizable pieces that are trending, then keep the rest of your look to a minimum—think shearling accents, tonal boots and deconstructed check skirt, teamed with a low-key and slightly sheer T-shirt worn over a worthy-of-showing-off bra. The overall effect should be as carefree and effortless they are.
She pops up on every street style blog, and an image of her arriving at Proenza Schouler inevitably becomes the most-pinned shot of fashion week. The Statement Maker likes to take on fashion week solo, making unobstructed grand entrances with ease across cobbled streets in her sky-high sandals. If you have an event coming up and want to be noticed, take your cues from her.
You surprisingly don’t need much to pull this off: It’s all about finding that bold one-piece that does all the work for you. A modern dress in a block color is the perfect starting point—add a pink lace bra you can just see a hint of for added detail at the neckline that gives this cheery look some edge (and support). From there, you’ll require attention-seeking footwear that can hold its own; the higher the better.
Once the fashion week outsider, The Blogger has become a both a fixture in the front row and a bona fide source of fashion inspo on the street style circuit. Known for pairing dramatic runway pieces with denim or sneakers to make them work IRL, we can always count on her to take the biggest trend for fall and make it her own. Go for a bold but wearable sweater, and accessorize to the max—this season, it’ll be bright-red iterations of all our favorite style staples, from slouchy boots and cool belts to statement iPhone cases. As for what to wear underneath? An unlined bra helps an oversize sweater look especially flattering.
You can spot The Fashion Editor from a mile away. This is her rodeo, so she’s got her game face on and the outfit to match. But rather than reaching for show-pony pieces, she gives a more subtle nod to trends by way of unexpected details, like a pair of patent-leather boots with a statement heel.
To emulate the fashion editor’s ensemble, stay true to that old “Don’t look like you’re trying too hard” mantra. Opt for chic silhouettes and modern takes on classic pieces, like cigarette-leg pants and oversize tailored shirts. Look for a bra with a deep V so you can unbutton that button-down just right. Keep accessories minimalistic and chic—we’re favoring boxy bags and statement earrings this time around.
Real talk: For most parties involved, fashion week is a lot more about numbers and Excel sheets than after-parties and Instagram Stories. The Big-Shot Buyer means business—she’s watching every piece come down the runway with a meticulous eye, determining whether that bag is worthy of the revered first floor of a department store. These masters of impeccable tailoring will no doubt be wearing perfectly polished looks: We’re thinking a must-have blazer paired with a trans-seasonal skirt. An olive bra to match your ensemble keeps your white tee looking flawless; top things off with an of-the-moment iteration of a classic It bag that keeps everything feeling fun.