Sophie Turner doesn’t know what VSCO girls are, but she hates them

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British actress Sophie Turner poses during a photocall as part of the 45th Deauville US Film Festival, on September 7, 2019, in Deauville. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Sophie Turner poses during a photocall in September. (Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

The markers of a VSCO girl are confusing to the untrained eye — and even Sophie Turner, in all her internet-savvy glory, is no exception, unable to recognize a VSCO girl dead giveaway — in this case, saying or typing “sksksksksksk” to denote laughter —when it stared her in the face.

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you too might turn a blind eye to VSCO girls. Scrunchies and water bottles aren’t that hard to come by in the wild, after all. But make no mistake, the trend is infiltrating the internet!

Is your sister a VSCO girl? Your Gen Z intern? The 14-year-old you used to babysit with a hyper-curated Instagram feed and questionable outfits? Behold, the VSCO girl:

So we’re with Sophie on this one: they’re annoying by definition. A few of their favorite fashion items are decidedly cool when done properly, though. Here are our favorite VSCO girl-approved items:


If you’re showing forearm skin, you’re doing it wrong. For VSCO girls, the more scrunchies you wear — on your arm, or in your hair — the better.

These are made from recycled fabric — VSCO girls are all about saving the planet (turtles, mainly — hence their reusable water bottles and straws).

Mini Cloud Scrunchie by Room Shop Vintage
Mini Cloud Scrunchie by Room Shop Vintage

Shop It: Room Shop Vintage Mini Cloud Scrunchie. (Photo: Room Shop Vintage) ($12)

Puka shell necklaces

VSCO girls want their love for the ocean to be extremely evident, so puka shells get the job done. But it begs the question, what is the mass production of puka shell necklaces doing to the ocean? VSCO girls didn’t read into this one. If you want to be a responsible VSCO girl, buy your puka shells from somewhere that’s transparent about their sourcing.

Puka shell necklace by Elyse Tsikis
Puka shell necklace by Elyse Tsikis

Shop It: Elise Tsikis Elyes cowrie shell necklace ($152)

Big tees

Oversized graphic tees are a VSCO girl staple that just says “I’m like, so laid back sksksk.” Comfort is key, so we ship this trend. Look for a vintage tee if you want to save the turtles, or something.

Vintage tie-dye tee by Urban Outfitters
Vintage tie-dye tee by Urban Outfitters

Shop It: Urban Outfitters Vintage Tie-Dye Tee ($29)


Kendall Jenner loves them, VSCO girls love them, we love them. These classic slides are comfortable and have never gone out of style.

Birkenstock Arizona sandals
Birkenstock Arizona sandals

Shop It: Birkenstock Arizona sandal ($99)

So please keep your sksksks to yourself (and far, far away from Sophie Turner), but don’t be ashamed of your armful of scrunchies. Oh, you don’t have one?

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