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VSCO girls or VSCO kids (/ˈvɪsk/) are a youth subculture that emerged among teenagers around mid- to late-2019.[1] Named after the VSCO photography app, VSCO girls "dress and act in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from one another",[2] using oversized T-shirts, scrunchies, Hydro Flasks, Crocs, Pura Vida bracelets, instant cameras, Carmex, friendship bracelets, Birkenstocks, shell necklaces, and other beach-related fashion. Environmentalism, especially topics relating to sea turtle conservation, is also regarded as part of VSCO culture.[3][4][5]

Fashion trends[edit]


Crocs with pins

VSCO girls often wear oversized T-shirts, sometimes long enough to cover their shorts. Though VSCO girls are primarily associated with wearing shorts, such as Nike track shorts, some also wear "mom jeans" and include them as part of their style.[6][5]

Shoes popular with VSCO girls include Birkenstocks and Vans. They often decorate crocs with charms. Black and white checkered slip-on Vans are also popular.[7] The "ugly shoe trend" popularized many of these styles.[8][9]


They adorn their wrists with scrunchies and Pura Vida bracelets or similar handmade friendship bracelets. Puka shell chokers are another popular accessory.[10]

Hydro Flask water bottles, often decorated with sea turtle conservation-themed stickers, are popular among VSCO girls. These bottles are often paired with reusable straws.[7]

VSCO girls use instant cameras and Fjällräven backpacks.[11][12]

Makeup and hair[edit]

Makeup and hair are often kept simple for a natural and light look. VSCO girl hairstyles have been described by many as low maintenance. Many VSCO girls often wear a messy bun with a scrunchie[6] or beach waves.[4] Common cosmetics include Burt's Bees and Carmex lip balm,[11][7] blush, such as Glossier Cloud Paint,[13] and skincare products, such as Mario Badescu's Facial Spray.[7]

VSCO girls are sometimes identified as an opposition to the heavy make-up and unnatural perfection commonly associated with Instagram.[13]


Among VSCO girls, use of the same brand-name products is a major component of the subculture. Popular brands include Pura Vida, Hydro Flask, Nike, Brandy Melville, Lululemon Athletica, Fjällräven, and Urban Outfitters.[10][11]

There is controversy about the high cost of products associated with VSCO girls, especially due to the emphasis on brand-name products. Fox Business estimates buying all of the products associated with the subculture would cost $229.89.[14] Some teenagers associate the look with private schools and wealth.[3][13]

Social media[edit]

VSCO subculture emerged on and was named after the photo editing app, and spread to TikTok (notably),[3] as well as Instagram and YouTube.[2] Many parodies of VSCO girls, often by the subculture itself, exist. Roisin Lanigan of I-D believes this points to empowerment rather than mocking. This combination of self-deprecation and celebration is also popular among Generation Z.[10][6] As of August 2019, The New York Times found "more than 422.4 million videos tagged #vscogirl on TikTok, most of them parodies".[7] On August 30, 2019, TikTok added a VSCO girl filter, which included a water bottle decorated with stickers and a side ponytail with scrunchies.[15]

Elle credits YouTuber Emma Chamberlain with popularizing the VSCO girl aesthetic.[15]

Environmental concern[edit]

There are differing opinions on VSCO girls' environmental concerns. While products like Birkenstocks, metal straws, and Hydro Flasks are associated with environmentalism,[16][5] some view VSCO girls as only caring about the environment when convenient, pointing to the popularity of the disposable cameras that inspired the popular filters on VSCO.[4][15]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Where did 'and I oop' and 'sksksk' come from?". The Independent. November 25, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Schwedel, Heather (September 12, 2019). "Teens Explain the VSCO Girl—and Why You Never Want to Be One". Slate Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Minutaglio, Rose (August 16, 2019). "A Guide to the 'VSCO Girl' Aesthetic Taking Over Your Feeds". ELLE. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Aronoff, Kate (September 20, 2019). "Why VSCO Girls are Going on Strike for the Climate". The Intercept. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Lanigan, Roisin (July 26, 2019). "a guide to vsco girls – the tumblr girls of 2019". i-D. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e Hughes, Becky (August 30, 2019). "What Does VSCO Think About the 'VSCO Girls'?". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Bergstein, Rachelle. "Why Ugly Shoes Are Having A Moment In Fashion". Forbes. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Jennings, Rebecca (May 25, 2018). "A Cultural History of Hideous Sandals". Vox. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Jennings, Rebecca (September 24, 2019). "Why you can't stop hearing about VSCO girls". Vox. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Move Over, Insta Baddies — VSCO Girls Are Taking Over Social Media". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Wu, Jasmine (September 9, 2019). "Teen culture shifted to embrace brands, and the VSCO girl was born". CNBC. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Hoffower, Hillary. "I'm a millennial, and I don't hate the VSCO girl — she's just the first new trend that makes me feel old". Business Insider. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Fordham, Evie (September 1, 2019). "VSCO girls: Here's how much it costs to be 'on brand' with the new craze". FOXBusiness. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c Spellings, Sarah (September 5, 2019). "What Does It Mean to Be a 'VSCO Girl'?". The Cut. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Lewis, Rachel Charlene (August 30, 2019). "VSCO girl culture is really just lesbian culture". i-D. Retrieved October 17, 2019.