Do you like to wear scrunchies? Can you not leave your house without your reusable water bottle and metal straws? Have you said, "And I oop" more times than you can count? Do you feel the need to take a pic of the sunset whenever it's extra stunning (aka every day)? Last but not least, have you been wanting to buy yourself a pair of Vans slip-ons? If you answered, yes to most of the previous questions, then you're a VSCO girl. Sorry, we don't make the rules. They do. Because the turtle loving, messy bun wearing, lip balm enthusiasts have been taking over your favorite social media platforms. So, now it's time to get with the program.
Because even though the name comes from the photo editing app, called VSCO (previously VSCO Cam), which is used for its filters that create a consistent social media aesthetic, VSCO girls reside on Instagram and TikTok. Simply check the #VSCOgirl hashtag on either of the social media platforms, and you'll find over 1M videos of people either owning up their newfound aesthetic or mocking this trend.
Now, if you still feel like you're living under a rock, no worries. Leave it to Urban Dictionary to share their definition of a VSCO girl, "the Tumblr girls of 2019." Similar to the teens that used to frequent this social media platform and share sad song lyrics, while wearing ripped, denim cutoff shorts, plaid shirts, and always carried their Canon cameras for #content, now the denim cutoff shorts are still a thing but you can't see them because the plaid shirts have been replaced by oversized tees à la Billie Eilish, and the Canon cameras are no more. Instead, Fujifilm Instax cameras or disposable cameras are the preferred methods to capture all the #memories made during sunset. Do you see a pattern?
We sure do: Times change but being basic stays the same. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. As i-D reports, "Despite the stereotype though, and its “basic” connotations, VSCO Girl videos and jokes on TikTok and YouTube feel less accusatory and misogynistic and more celebratory". The girls are changing the narrative of who gets to make fun of what and overall not caring. Which, we don't mind one bit. So, if you want to join the girl gang that's taking over the internet one scrunchie, Hydroflask, lip balm,( and the list goes on) at a time, we suggest you take to heart our ultimate VSCO girl starter pack below:
Hydration, hydration, hydration. VSCO girl beauty is all about keeping your face looking fresh and dewy. However, not all products will do. To achieve your best VSCO look (sans filters), proceed to add these products into your everyday routine.
Sksksk Scrunchies & More
Accessories are crucial for the VSCO girl look. How dare you go out of your house without at least 3 scrunchies at hand? What? You have multiple friendship bracelets and puka shell necklaces instead? And I oop! Well, that changes everything. Of course, if you have both, your VSCO girl game is unmatchable. But if you decide one over the other, it's still ok. Your polaroid pictures will still come out looking great. Just don't forget to take the pic in front of your string lights to get that cottage, beach house effect sksksksk.
Save the Turtles:
Plastic straws are out; metal straws are in. How else would you save the turtles? VSCO girls are very conscious consumers. Why else would they buy the same exact things? Hell, they're pioneers of a new type of capsule wardrobe. But more on that a bit more below. Happy scrolling!
What Are Pants?:
Capsule wardrobes are infamous of only having key items in your closets. However, you haven't seen one like this. Sure, Tumblr girls walked so VSCO girls could run. But now Gen Z has taken the basic tees trope and held it at both sides of the spectrum. Meaning that they don't believe in in-betweens. Your tops can either be so big you don't look like you believe in pants or the complete opposite, small and cropped. However, this #aesthetic also excludes plenty of teens that don't fit in Brandy Melville's miniature sizing or don't look like Emma Chamberlain, as Buzzfeed pointed out. Food for thought!
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue