Shatter societal expectations: Emily Ratajkowski wears a sheer dress to the office and bare abs to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (And more of her best-served fashion so far)
By: Zsófia Benyi
The cool-girl-It-girl of town, Emily Ratajkowski, author, model, mother, entrepreneur, and podcaster, has been shattering societal standards: you can take risks on the red carpet (her Harper’s Bazaar 2016 Icons Party dress stirred up hot drama), speak up about male socialization, ethical non-monogamy, sexuality and more while rocking a sheer naked dress to work on a casual Tuesday in New York City paired with satisfyingly soft Salomon sneakers. Whether she rules a runway or roams the streets of Manhattan with her dog, Colombo, she is a force in contemporary culture, the muse of designers like Donatella and Marc Jacobs, or herself for her swim line, Inamorata Woman. The Cut’s most-read essay of 2021, ‘Buying Myself Back’, discusses sexual assault in the fashion industry and the objectification of her body, which will not stop Emrata from redefining the modern, sexy woman, who refuses to mold into external expectations, and because the patriarchy and the male gaze play a game impossible to win entirely, her fashion screams: ignore everyone else, do what makes you feel at your best! Here are her best looks to print out and analyze whenever you need a boost of courage or inspiration.
Emrata gave us a sublime summer mermaid far before anyone else grasped the trends: her turning thirty in a bejeweled seashell top and navel-baring orange skirt by Versace left us breathless. One of the leading ladies to stun her defined abs not only poolside but for Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party? Of course, it was Emily, living for torso-baring vintage, 90’s sophistication, and figure-hugging ensembles. The classic Emrata look? It is simple: baseball cap, sunnies, gold jewelry, a blazer over breezy bra top and baggy trousers. Somedays, craving an Italian color palette, think pistachio suit sets with the sleeves rolled up, while when in the city vibe: red lipstick, a black leather jacket, a white tee and washed denim screams badass and effortless. Oversized tailoring structured with boxy blazers and cowboy boots straight from the Cali Dessert can work even for the everyday grocery run at your local store. Trench coat and tan boots for the chilly autumn, while a minidress with sneakers leaves you chill in summer. Even if Emily appears as the cool girl with uncrackable codes of fashion, her secret lies in not caring too much: keep the easy flow of High-Low (hence her podcast) with no rules and no guidelines to define and compress who you are!