32 Trendy Items That Are Giving Me Serious Main Character Energy

Yusra Siddiqui
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Over the past few months, I, like many others, have not had the motivation to dress up. My go-to outfits have consisted mainly of loungewear, pajamas, and on the occasion, a house dress to lift my spirits. While a majority of my fashion purchases as of late have been basics, I’ve had a sudden urge to spice things up, and after a quick scroll through on Instagram (okay, and TikTok) it seems like I’m not the only one. More than ever, I’m seeing girls style funky accessories, loud prints, AND opposing colorways simply for no one else other than themselves (and maybe their Instagram feed.) Instead of waiting for an occasion to pull out my best pieces, I’m deciding that the only right occasion is right now. Plus, it only takes one feel-good outfit to rekindle your love of fashion—something I think we could all benefit from right now.

"Main character energy" is a definition I’m giving to clothing that when worn, causes people to turn to look at you as soon as you walk in the room. When I find a piece that emits that kind of aesthetic, I imagine myself as the new girl in a coming of age movie—the one that moves to a small town from a big city and immediately stands out. (Think Lindsay Lohan in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen—those fits were unmatched.)

I love a good basic, but there’s nothing like a unique fashion item to give you a confidence-booster. If you’re in the market to add a little fun to your wardrobe, then you’ve come to the right place. From tie-dyed sneakers to fuzzy tops, any of the items below are guaranteed to get you out of your style rut and into the role you were always born to play—the main character.

A pop of slime green is always warranted in my opinion.

Urban Outfitters Rosie Ribbed High-Waisted Flare Pant ($50)

A fun top is an easy way to liven up any pair of jeans.

Tach Clothing Raissa Satin Ruffle Top ($169)

Keep cozy with a furry bucket hat.

ASOS Design Faux-Fur Bucket Hat in Stone ($23)

Holiday the Label always makes the best checkered sets.

Holiday the Label Kokomo Pants ($189)

Pink and fur? Sign me up.

Eloquii Faux Shearling Coat ($180)

Shop more items that will give you main character energy:

H&M Eyelet-Lace-Trimmed Collar ($10)

An easy (and affordable) way to make any top cooler.

JW Pei Gabbi Bag ($59)

I haven't stopped looking at this bag since it came out.

Urban Outfitters Printed Sateen Mini Slip Dress ($59)

Something about cow print is so alluring to me.

Ganni Tiered Floral-Print Organza Dress ($295)

No words.

& Other Stories Short Boxy Jacquard Knit Cardigan ($119)

I'm starting to hoard cardigans and this is next on my list.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Tie-Dye Hi-Top Sneakers ($60)

I don't care what anyone says, there's no such thing as too much tie dye.

Staud Benny Boots ($550)

Staud can do no wrong.

Zara Soft Touch Cardigan ($36)

Imagine how cozy this feels.

The Reformation Newsprint High Straight Long Jeans ($148)

These pants will be the talk of the room.

Staud Yin Yang Bag | Black Cream ($350)

Because who needs more boring bags?

Baublebar Blair Hera Genuine Pearl Initial Pendant Necklace ($48)

I'm all about nameplates, but I'm really into this trendier pearl version.

Lisa Says Gah Melinda Trouser ($158)

Lisa Says Gah is my ultimate go-to for when I'm bored with my wardrobe.

Storets Diana Cropped Knit Vest ($72)

Sweater vests are so verstatile, and I promise this pink one is too.

Wilhelmina Garcia Gold-Vermeil Tulip Signet Ring ($130)

All the Scandi girls are sporting this ring lately.

Realisation The Mary Jane ($210)


By Far Kersti Strappy Sandals ($440)

Anything By Far makes, I immediately want.

Farfetch Stand Studio Nino Faux-Fur Check Coat ($564)

I want to be layered up in this coat this winter.

Kai Collective Gaia Mini Dress Orange ($120)

Art on a dress.

Sincerely Tommy Nicki Plaid Slides ($90)

I love Sincerely Tommy's shoes, and this plaid pair is really catching my eye.

Lulu Guinness Ivory Shell Clutch ($245)

The world is your oyster.

& Other Stories Fitted Cut Out Midi Rib Dress ($99)

How good is that peek-a-boo cutout?

House of Sunny Suburban Knit W/ Detachable Sleeves ($107)

I'd be lying if I said this wasn't already in my cart.

Sleeper The Weekend Chic Feather-Trimmed Jersey Pajama Set ($240)

Sleeper makes the ultimate fashion-girl pajamas that you can wear beyond the bedroom.

Ninfa Handmade Cherry Hoops ($45)

Almost cute enough to eat.

Susan Alexandra Papillon Beaded Bag ($350)

This reminds me of the bags I wore in the 4th grade, and that's totally a good thing in my eyes.

Maisie Wilen arty Girl Asymmetric Printed Crepe Mini Dress ($915)

This dress is a party.

Pomellato Iconica 18-Karat Rose Gold Multi-Stone Ring ($5550)

An investment piece you'll admire for years.

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