Bella Hadid may be fashion’s latest It girl, but, boy, does she wear some terrible clothes.
Take the outfit she wore to catch the French Open on Sunday afternoon: a microscopic skirt, a matching Nike sports bra and a “shrug” that consisted of two sleeves connected by a sliver of fabric near the neck. The 20-year-old model accessorized this unholy trinity with a pair of square-framed sunnies and a comically large white paper fan.
This was not an aberration. Last week, Hadid was snapped leaving the gym wearing a hair scrunchie. She loves see-through lace bodysuits, which she has paired incongruously with sweatsuits and denim-on-denim ensembles. She once cinched denim overalls with a chain-link belt. She is a one-woman walking reminder of all the bad trends we indulged in the 1990s and early 2000s.
That’s not to say that Hadid — who is 5-foot-9 and gorgeous — looks unflatteringly bad in any of these items. But she doesn’t exactly sell them either. Unlike big sis Gigi, who can make pajamas look fabulous with her confident swagger, or fellow model Kendall Jenner, who somehow infuses even the most innocuous trends with irritating pretension — Bella showcases clothes for what they are.
It’s a great quality for runway or editorial, but “in the real world” Hadid looks like she’s perpetually in costume. (She can’t even wear a pleated skirt without going full-on Cher Horowitz-in-“Clueless” cosplay.)
But maybe that’s why she’s so beloved — and why she has some 13.6 million Instagram followers. She’s beautiful, yes, but she’s also relatable — and prone to the fashion fails that trip up so many of her teenage fans.