Don’t Sleep on These Black Fashion Influencers

Alexis Bennett
Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

From Cosmopolitan

I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a mental escape right now. Usually I’m here telling you what to buy, but it feels good to switch things up and give Black fashion influencers some overdue love.

Long before the recent string of protests, these undeniably fly ladies were consistently shining on the ’gram, setting trends and showing off their dope approach to what’s in and what’s out. If you aren’t paying attention to their timelines, you’re definitely missing the wave, from the always-on-point fashionistas in the States to the melanated (yep, that’s a word now, thanks to Bey) style stars overseas. Scroll down for a ton of style inspiration and don’t forget to hit that follow button.


1. @SlipIntoStyle

Stay in the know on the trendiest labels by following Ellie’s chic timeline. You’ll also get a glimpse at some front-row action (if fashion shows will still be a thing next fall).

2. @ClaireSulmers

Claire’s style and work ethic will keep you motivated. Follow her media company Fashion Bomb Daily for an extra dose of magic.

3. @AlealiMay

For effortless cool vibes with a hint of glam, add every look ever worn by Aleali May to your moodboard right freakin’ now.

4. @Marie_Mag_

Candace Marie does not play when it comes to content creation. Her movie-theater-worthy stories are just as inspiring as her impeccable style.

5. @KahlanaBarfield



Wanna stay ahead of the trends? Kahlana sets them. You’ll also find need-to-know beauty recs on her page, and she occasionally treats us to adorable pics of her daughter.

6. @HighLowLuxxe

Not everything has to be name brand. Jenée can go from rocking Forever 21 to Marine Serre effortlessly.

7. @SimplyCyn

All my folks afraid of color need to peep Cynthia’s profile. Her flawless pics from around the world are proof that wearing vibrant shades doesn’t have to be intimidating.

8. @MelissaWardrobe

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On the other side of the spectrum, we have the neutral-wearing queen Melissa, who always finds a way to make even an all-black outfit exciting.

9. @PocketsAndBows

I’m pretty sure Brittany has the best T-shirt collection ever. And she knows how to keep those closet essentials lookin’ fresh.

10. @NYCXClothes

You get a two-for-one deal on style inspo when you follow chic sisters Shelcy and Christy. You’ll also feel like part of the fam after listening to their stories.

11. @FindingPaola

Paola consistently serves up beautiful fashion and beauty moments on her page. Even her selfies look like photos from a glossy magazine shoot.

12. @KarenBritChick

Nobody can make combat boots and sneakers look as elegant as Karen does. Take notes and turn that blue button green.

13. @WaitYouNeedThis




For details on the best new arrivals at your favorite stores, keep Janelle’s page on your radar.

14. @FashionCurious



Watch this mom-and-daughter duo switch back and forth showing off outfits, proving style has no age limit.

15. @SandraLambeck

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From the shoes to the handbags and the sunglasses, Sandra is always decked out in the best accessories.

16. @MonroeSteele

Monroe shows us real-life ways to wear runway trends on the ’gram and on her YouTube channel.

17. @Ren.Gray

Here’s an endlessly sophisticated feed you could spend all day scrolling through.

18. @GlamazonDiaries

Hat lovers are gonna fall in love with Makeda’s enviable collection. And she’s a great go-to for tips on how to mix and match prints.

19. @DevyniStyles

Devyni keeps us up on all the affordable boutiques and consistently shows us how to slay those less pricey outfits.

20. @AStyledMind



You’ll be scrolling through Ashley’s page for days getting outfit ideas and shopping tips.

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