SZA Makes Stuff You Already Own Look Incredible
09.05.17

LISTEN UP: All people, places and things that have heretofore been considered stylish are officially on notice as a result of SZA and SZA’s Instagram,Β which are single-handedly redefining what it means to have style and/or be cool.

When I showed Amelia the below photo of SZA in cuffed track pants, long sleeves and shearling slippers, she put her head down and silent-cried at the simple green beauty of it all. It’s the highest possible praise for an outfit someone thinks is incredible, which Amelia does, because she has eyes.

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Holy shit. Why are any of us buying new things when we could be wearing this AND walking a dog at the same time? I feel like a colorblind person seeing the rainbow for the first time.

Now. Imagine an oversize ripped pair of jeans, a pointy pair of stilettos and a hooded gray sweatshirt and tell me if this is what you conjured:

Conserving energy, drinking water, buying shoes.

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What. Are. We. All. Doing.

What I find particularly impressive about SZA’s style is it doesn’t lean on special designer-priced pieces — an approach I’m sure is available to her, given her name. It doesn’t even rely on nice materials. It’s literally T-shirts and jeans and sneakers. She wears the stuff sitting in all of our closets with the casualness I reserve for Sunday-morning coffee runs but looks 1,000x more chic. Pls review:

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A brown long-sleeve shirt one might wear to ski? Graphic tee you’ve had since 1998? Vintage Levi’s? Low-top sneakers? Check, check, check, check, bye.

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Baby tees are back. Don’t blame me, but at least you could look like this.^

Moodt

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I’ve tried so hard to approximate this look and, let me tell you, it was about 11,455 miles south of working. How does she do it, is a question I need an answer to.

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I’m speechless. Need to procure green sneakers and get invited to a house party ASAP. DM me please.

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This is just jeans and a blue T-shirt and Adidas. Just thought you should know.

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I wish I could convey what an emotional challenge it is for me to not dump her entire Instagram into this story, but I suppose that would be unethical. Look at these big-ass overalls plus white T and Birkenstocks and tell me you’re not second-guessing your whole closet.

Thankful for women. thankful for love . Today and every day ✨

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Two words: DOUBLE CAMO.

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I’m sorry, but what did you say you work out in???

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Brb, putting my foot on my bathroom counter.

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Let’s unpack this look: BLACK T-SHIRT AND JEANS. That’s all. Damn, she looks so good.

Wish I had some fire French toast rn

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I’m bereft.

Back on my bullshit pt2 🍊

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Bodega lewk. (IT IS A MAROON HOODIE.)

Michigan

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Where my platform Teva’s @?!?!? Need to pair with yellow socks, blue shorts and green sweatshirt and need to do it STAT.

I may be biased towards a wardrobe that can be almost entirely procured by way of thrift store, but I think SZA and her Instagram are revolutionary. She doesn’t make you want to go out and buy stuff, she makes you want to go give your closet a second look and consider whether you’ve already got everything you need. That’s a public service. It’s like she’s accidentally beat capitalism/the patriarchy and in doing so unlocked the key to free retail therapy/self-esteem. Plus, her music’s good. You know, in case you were looking for a new icon.

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  • Alex S

    Her hair is absolutely incredible. Wow <3

  • Jennifer

    she is just effortlessly beautiful, inside and out.

  • Paola

    I guess when you’re that gorgeous you don’t need much to look cool

  • Grace

    This is the content I have been needing thank you blessssssssss

  • NikNak

    only buying oversized clothes from now on…..

  • And her posing!!!! I think that’s at least 40% of the magic. Going to start doing Fashion Stance in my normal clothes and see if it changes my life too.

    • Rosie

      I’ve been *so* into the #SZAsquat recently. I swear to G it elevates any and every selfie

    • Allegra

      check out @sageaflocka who designed her CTRL album cover and is part of her team. that’s someone who has posing down to an art, i can really see their influence in SZA’s more recent posts

  • It’s not the clothes…it’s HER! <3

    • starryhye

      Yup! She’s insanely gorgeous, which helps elevate her style choices. I dig it tho

    • Andreina

      Very much so!!

    • Bailey

      AGREE. I was actually gonna say one must keep in mind her hair is so incredible in every post that it lifts everything else up like 1000 levels

  • Maria Fernandez-Davila

    ugh i saw her this summer and she is so incredible. I love her Instagram and this post!

  • starryhye

    This is totally my kind of aesthetic! Simple, almost nondescript pieces, styled to look fashion-y. Somehow I don’t pull it off *quite* as sexily as SZA does, but it’s my jam nonetheless.

  • Rosie

    YES YES YES
    IT IS SZA’S WORLD
    AND WE ARE #BLESSED TO LIVE IN IT

  • Millie Lammoreaux

    I’m obsessed with SZA! Ctrl is a perfect album and she is such a beautiful, kind, hilarious person. Gah. I want her and Solange to be my parents (I am 32).

    • pterridactyl

      I second all of this.

    • Rosie

      Me too will y’all plz adopt me into your beautiful family

      • Millie Lammoreaux

        Welcome to the family/feminist utopia!!

  • pterridactyl

    She really is so incredibly beautiful.

  • The girl is liquid gold.

  • TinySoprano

    MAGIC WOMAN! (and new insta to follow YAY thanks MR for always finding new instas for me)

  • Tyanna Fox

    She knows that clothes and money aren’t everything πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • rachel

    the answer to “how does she do it?”– she has confidence + beauty. Damn.

  • Andreina

    Cozy levels on a 100000, that is all.

  • Sophie F

    I love this! Maybe part of it is her awesome makeup/nails that contrast with the down-dressing. I want to go buy a million sweatshirts now bye

  • Personally, I find that having big hair/a distinct look that brings attention to my face is a key aspect of this type of confidence. Today I felt amazing in oversized jeans, a big black sweatshirt and vans until the rain forced me to put my hair up. I spent most of the day feeling like a version of myself that 7th grade me would have loved, and then suddenly felt uncomfortably like actual seventh grade me trying to hide in my clothes.

  • stinevincent

    If you like this style, I recommend you go walk around some more black neighborhoods more often. SO many people on the street dress like this. I agree she looks great, but it shouldn’t feel revelatory to someone who already lives in a city with Harlem and Bushwick.

  • Jay

    OMG.

    Living in Berlin, where everyone is just trying so hard to look like not trying at all, …

    I just so wanna go back to the States?!

    Cause really… not trying but just being is so much cooler?!

    (And that counts for any kind of style you pursue… unless you make the “trying” a game of yours… which could be a thing as well… and quite fun… but to all those Berghain people doing some kind of normcore i dont care look – we know you care and we know you’re boring… and just try to be cool…)

    (Excuses for the rant…(