VSCO Girls. If you're one of the few grown adults who secretly downloaded the TikTok app this year, you've heard the phrase countless times there and eventually saw the teenage archetype become a rapid-fire meme across Twitter and Instagram, too. And, of course, all memes are subject to becoming Halloween costume trends. Chances are, every party you attend this year will be littered in adults dressed like teen girls who just really, really like sandals and Hydro Flasks. If you're looking for a hyper-timely get-up for 2019 (or just want to appear cooler and younger than you actually are), the VSCO Girl is probably one of the easiest to put together.
Luckily, Allure's chief TikTok meme poster (hi, yeah, that's me) can walk you through the concept, including what a VSCO Girl actually is, what you'll need to wear, and what to say to really get into character. All it takes is a few staple wardrobe pieces you'll probably use again, a couple of memorable phrases, and a laid-back beauty approach.
First of all, what the hell is a VSCO Girl?
The "VSCO" in VSCO Girl refers to the photo-editing app of the same name, pronounced "vis-co." The term began as a catchall phrase for teen girls who post pictures on the app's social feed or use its colorful photo filters exclusively on other social media. The VSCO Girl aesthetic, coined in 2017, basically snowballed from there thanks to TikTok and its instant virality.
OK, but how do I dress like a VSCO Girl?
Watch an Actual Youth go shopping and you'll get this aesthetic down pretty quickly. It's part athlete, part hiker, part beach bum.
There are three items you absolutely, 100 percent need if you're going to pull off a recognizable VSCO Girl: An oversized T-shirt, athletic shorts, and sandals. Like other teen stereotypes of years past, VSCO Girls have a documented affinity for certain colors and brand names. The key to finding a VSCO Girl-friendly shirt, like this one, is to stick to pastels or intentionally faded colors and to pick a size that's large enough to hit mid-thigh. Contrary to most high-school dress codes, shorts must be so short, they disappear entirely underneath the shirt — can't go wrong with a pair of black Nike Tempo Shorts, a common VSCO Girl staple.
As far as shoes go, sandals, clogs, and slides are the primary shoe choices of VSCO Girls everywhere. Have a pair of Crocs lying around? Go to town with some cutesy, customizable Jibbitz (that's the hilarious name of those charms you can attach to the holes in the top) and revel in their squishy comfort. How about some Birkenstock slides? Congratulations, you're already most of the way there.
Anyone who wants to take their VSCO Girl costume to the next level certainly can't do so without a Hydro Flask, an arm full of colorful scrunchies, and a puca shell necklace, all main factors of any TikTok meme.
What about VSCO Girl hair and makeup?
The best part of the VSCO Girl Halloween costume is that you can be pretty easygoing when it comes to makeup and hair. These teens are rather laid-back in that regard, so feel free to stick to sheer complexion products and a tinted pink lip balm, like one from E.L.F. Cosmetics'. High messy buns and long, beachy waves are easy to do, too, with the help of a little Not Your Mother's sea salt spray.
How can I act like a VSCO girl?
Study up, y'all, because this is where the fun really comes in. The overall joke about VSCO Girls is that they're overwhelmingly white, inherently wealthy, and more than a little self-absorbed. Ergo, parodied takes on VSCO Girls have spawned a ton of hilarious catchphrases, inspired by a general lack of self-awareness, pseudo-passion for the environment, and obsession with social media.
The most important of them all has to be "and I oop," which originates from a viral video of RuPaul's Drag Race star Jasmine Masters. Use it any time something shocking or unexpected happens, even if that something is as plain as one of your scrunchies falling off your wrist. The second most important is "sksksksksksk," which is pronounced exactly how you'd think and is basically the VSCO Girl equivalent of "lol" and the like. It works as a response to everything. Lastly, just tell everyone you see to "save the turtles" — that's why you carry that Hydro Flask, after all, to save plastic.
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