Bella Hadid’s Sheer Set Proves Cardigans Can Be Hot AF

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When you’re a supermodel, you have the opportunity to wear pretty much whatever you want. And if you’re Bella Hadid, that means that you have the option to try literally every trend at least once–and then make a habit of wearing those trends over and over again if they click. Not that that’s hard for Hadid—I mean, she has basically made a name for herself as the only person that can make anything (and I do mean anything) look effortlessly cool. That may be why I and so many others are totally obsessed with Bella Hadid’s street style—it always keeps me on my toes and never feels repetitive, aside from a good vest or two.

The best outfits often require some risk-taking and this is something that Bella Hadid knows all too well. In the supermodel set, the younger Hadid sister reigns supreme as one of fashion’s most daring dressers. Cutouts? She’s tried them. Canadian tuxedos? She’s turned them totally modern. She even made me actually consider investing in a leather menswear-inspired leather vest, so I think that speaks for itself.

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Nailing down exactly what makes Hadid’s street style tick is difficult because she truly loves to experiment. Some days she opts for a sleek all-black look, while other days call for flared pants covered in retro Playboy covers, worn with a varsity-style pullover. See what I mean when I say she’s versatile? Her summer style could consist of a crop top and sweatpants or a sporty tracksuit, while her cold-weather looks can range from a floor-length fur coat to a head-to-toe brown getup. To know Hadid’s style is to expect the unexpected.

Exhibit A? Her most recent daring look in New York City. For a dinner at celebrity hotspot Lucien with a few of her very fashionable friends over the weekend, Hadid donned an ever-so-trendy printed two-button cardi with a coordinating midi skirt and a pair of mid-calf black boots.

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Little black dress? Never heard of her—it’s all about the little black matching set this summer. And Bella clearly knows a thing or two about how to style this trendy number! While she’s definitely not the first celeb to wear this look this season—Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Bieber have both worn similar tops with itty-bitty pin-style closures—the supermodel makes the piece feel certifiably grungy courtesy of her two-tone orange hairdo and all-leather accessories.

Oh—and the fact that her preferred matching set is totally see-through, of course! There’s no denying that any top held together by just a few buttons will look undeniably hot, but this sheer pick is almost too sexy for the ’gram! Fuzzy, sweater-like versions have been everywhere, too, but Hadid’s look is 100 percent made to be worn on a night out.

In the end, it all comes down to the styling: Hadid tends to go for a mix of super-fitted pieces with baggier silhouettes over top for contrast. Her looks always feel thrown together (in a good way!) and she never skimps out on accessories. The result is a slew of laid-back looks that are seriously enviable and work for both day or night. A quick scroll through her Instagram will provide you with all of the inspo you could ever want or need. Or, you could keep reading for just that.

If you’re looking to copy a bit of what makes Bella Hadid’s street style work, I’ve got you. Ahead, I rounded up a bunch of my favorite looks she’s ever worn and broken ‘em all down bit by stylish bit.

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The MEGA Agency.

In Double Denim

Who knew a Canadian Tuxedo could look this hot? A fitted tan crop top adds just enough shape to this massively baggy outfit. If you’re sick of wearing sweatpants all the time, why not try some really loose-fitting denim separates? They’re basically the same thing, only they look way cooler.

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The MEGA Agency.

In A Cut-Out Top

Hadid stunned in this full look from Charlotte Knowles while celebrating her sister Gigi’s birthday back in April 2021. Those orange pants were traffic-stopping! She accessorized with a chunky red and gold ring from La Manso and a vintage-feeling gold Cartier watch. Of course, she finished off her look with a coordinating brown face mask.

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The MEGA Agency.

In A Knit Vest + Pinstripe Trousers

Is this what people mean when they say “business casual?” I really hope so. Hadid wore this pair of cut-out pinstripe pants with a white tank, a black knit vest and (somewhat randomly) a black scarf. She pulls it off, though! A snatched high ponytail and square-frame sunglasses finish off her bossy vibe.

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The MEGA Agency.

In Strappy Trousers + A Crop Top

I love a good going-out look that doesn’t require an itty-bitty mini dress. Hadid wore a pair of very trendy tie-waist trousers with a coordinating high-neck crop top for an easy outfit that still offered major sex appeal. In peak early-aughts fashion, she styled her look with a pair of lightly-tinted sunnies and tons of gold jewelry. Oh—and of course I couldn’t forget the blazer, dollar bill sold separately.

The MEGA Agency.
The MEGA Agency.

In Stripes On Stripes

Proving just how flattering vertical stripes can be, Hadid styled a matching multicolored knit set from The Elder Statesman under a tan Prada puffer-style collared coat. She accessorized with a pair of slender black sunglasses by Vogue Eyewear, pointed-toe black booties and a massive black leather tote.

The MEGA Agency.
The MEGA Agency.

In A Leather Moto Vest

Now, this is how you do menswear and make it look high-fashion! Hadid wore this loose black vest over a white button-down top and a freakin’ necktie to seal the deal. To keep it low-key, though, she wore a pair of brown and black sneakers and skater-boy-inspired trousers. Why do I feel like Avril Lavigne bookmarked this outfit for her comeback mood board?

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The MEGA Agency.

In Brown Baggy Co-ords

Hadid made a strong case for wearing head-to-toe brown while on a trip to Paris back in March 2021. She styled a pair of oversized trousers with a matching jacket from Voo Store over a white long-sleeve tee by Baserange. She subtly showed off her all-access status by rocking a pair of the limited-edition, hella-hard-to-come-by Nike Air Jordan Low 1 Sneakers, made in collaboration with Travis Scott.

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The MEGA Agency.

In A Blue Set + Oversized Coat

Sometimes doing full-glam is the way to go when wearing baggier pieces. Hadid rocked this matching power suit-inspired coordinating set from Louis Vuitton with a play on the classic tan trench coat, only bigger and baggier for added drama. A chunky multicolored chain choker necklace and a sleek updo with some face-framing curtain bangs added a femme touch.

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The MEGA Agency.

In Full-On Neutrals

You can wear white all year round if you’re Bella Hadid. Her fuzzy cropped jacket and white oversized trousers (dare I call them dad pants?) make her look like the ideal ’90s baby, especially when styled with chunky white kicks and a simple brown turtleneck. Don’t forget the jewelry.

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The MEGA Agency.

In Retro Playboy Pants

Ms. Hadid has actually worn these printed pants more than once, so allow me to make a case for buying a similar pair. Hers are from Soulland and they’re pretty out there, but she leaned in and kept the vintage vibes going with a collegiate-inspired sweater bearing the word “Victoria.”

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