It’s the Summer of Sofia Richie Grainge
Here's how to emulate the newlywed's signature neutral style with polished black and white pieces.
To paraphrase the popular TikTok audio, what was more culturally significant: the Renaissance or Sofia Richie Grainge’s style at her wedding? Apologies to Michelangelo, but we would have to say the latter.
It’s been roughly a month since the 24-year-old’s fabulous South of France nuptials and the Internet still hasn’t recovered. Part tenniscore, old money, clean girl and Europecore, Sofia Richie Grainge’s style has captured Gen Z’s attention for her young approach to classic elegance. Think chic Chanel co-ords, modest necklines, floor-length dresses and A LOT of black and white, which might explain why this spring/summer season is off to a monotone start. Also, to blame? The Met Gala, Meredith Blake from The Parent Trap and Sharpay Evans from High School Musical 2.
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Think about it: we started the month with a colourless Met Gala red carpet. To honour Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy, celebs clothed themselves in different variations of white, black and tweed. Fitting for the theme? Definitely. Surprising for the season? Absolutely.
We’re also in the second year of the redemption of Meredith Blake, the villainous yet fabulous girlfriend in 1998’s The Parent Trap, played by Elaine Hendrix. Last year, the character went viral when fans flocked to social media to defend the 20-something for wanting to marry a rich, handsome man. And during this public defence, Meredith’s fashion became her closing argument, with many praising the character for her ’90s sunglasses, boat neck day dresses and athletic monochromatic ensembles.
@sophie_vigue I can’t be the only one… #theparenttrap #theparenttrapmovie #lindseylohan #meredithblake #meredithblakevibes #meredithblakeaesthetic #26 #20something #disney #disneymovies #disneyclassics #disneytiktok #disneytok #disneyadult ♬ This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
And because High School Musical references will never die (nor should they!), Ashley Tisdale’s Sharpay Evans became involved in the conversation for this iconic look she wore for only a matter of minutes in the franchise’s second instalment.
@campbellstudi0 Recreating Sharpays version of a revenge dress, what do you think? (Video on YT) #iconicfashionmoment #revengedress #sharpayevans #highschoolmusical2 #highschoolmusical ♬ original sound – Campbell Studio
So are you team dopamine dressing or black and white whimsy? Why not be both? Alternating between happy hues and graphic ensembles can add some extra flavour to your summer wardrobe. Plus, you can easily wear it to the office, or, say, a wedding, depending on the dress code. After all, it’s Sofia Richie Grainge-approved.
Below, take a look at our top black and white picks to keep you cool all summer.
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