Gigi Hadid recently hit the streets in a cropped knit sweater that stunned fashionistas everywhere. The fashionable garment, a mixture of diverse hues and textures, was matched with loose pants, a brown bucket hat, a little white pocketbook, and black Converse. Needless to say, there was a lot to take in at first. I wasn’t sure how to characterize the appearance or if I thought it was nice at first. However, after some investigation, I discovered a buzz-worthy trend known as the “strange female aesthetic,” and yes, I am a fan.
To begin, don’t be deceived by the term, which appears to have a bad meaning. If you like these types of ‘fits, there’s nothing strange about it. Own it! Major trendsetters like Gigi and Bella Hadid have adopted the odd girl style, inspiring an increasing number of individuals to follow suit.
So, other than an apparently misnamed fashion aesthetic, what exactly is it? The odd female style revolves around your freedom to wear whatever clothes you desire, regardless of what other people are wearing. It’s all about mixing and combining different materials, textures, colors, and patterns to create one striking style that you wouldn’t think would work but does.
The odd girl look is a mash-up of current fashion trends, most notably Y2K and maximalism. It even has Harajuku fashion roots (think: every single color of the rainbow, clashing patterns, texture overload, intricate accessories, and beaded jewelry).
The odd lady aesthetic is so interesting, unusual, and, dare I say, edgy because it combines several unique styles that function both against and in harmony with one another. Although the apparel pieces are not “supposed” to complement each other, they look to be in harmony. Maybe it wants to oppose what’s now popular, or maybe it wants to combine multiple distinct trends into one to see what happens. Who says fashion has to follow rules? Your favorite oddball does not.
Find some style inspiration from the Hadid sisters, as well as clothing and accessories you can buy to get on their level of strange, which I assure is far more accessible than you think.
Bella Hadid is the face of the odd girl look. Take a peek at her clothing! The hat is embellished with random crocheted threads and brilliant jewels—a perfect example of blending mediums in design. Her bright scarf also has a juvenile or DIY feel about it. The black wrap-around spectacles with yellow-tinted frames and black leather gloves with a huge ring on top stand out against her two yellow shirts and eggplant-purple jacket, which honestly reminds me of a winter jacket I may have chosen when I was 12 years old.
The upper half of her outfit is busy, but she keeps the bottom basic with loose black slacks and retro-looking black boots. It seems like piecing together jigsaw pieces from ten different boxes while dissecting this outfit, but that’s kind of the purpose of the crazy girl aesthetic—all it’s over the place and can be anything you want it to be.
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Bella’s next odd girl style is more subtle, and it’s one I’d definitely try myself. The model is dressed in a shrunken, multi-colored, striped bolero sweater, a simple white tank, loose cargo trousers, and rubber-look clogs or boots. She accessorized with sporty sunglasses (surprise), a bright orange shoulder bag, gold and pearl dangling earrings, and a blue snakeskin belt with a silver heart accent. Again, how does all of the stuff come together to form one cohesive, contemporary ‘fit? You, myself, and the fashion gods will never know because that’s how the crazy female style works.