As a married Mom in my thirties, I am far outside the target demo for the black-ish spin-off on Freefrom, grown-ish. Yet, I find myself delighted by the acting and even more captivated with the clothing on the show. It's not an accident. Grown-ish's wardrobe stylist is a veritable legend. Michelle R. Cole was also the costume designer on In Living Color, and you can see her gift for bringing bold, declarative, yet wearable looks on screen has only become stronger over her many years in the industry. Every time I watch an episode, I sense a master at work.
While all of the characters on grown-ish have covetable wardrobes, Zoey Johnson, played by Yara Shahidi, the show’s star, has a distinctly fashion forward, youthful, and modest approach to fashion that is a joy to watch.
One of the things I appreciate about Zoey's wardrobe is the way high end brands are effortlessly mixed in with pieces from Zara and Target. It’s a realistic approach to fashion that makes her closet a great point of inspiration. If you read my previous post on how to emulate celebrity looks, we’re following a similar process here.
Look #1: Striped Sweater and Ruffle Pants
Image Credit: As Worn on TV
We’ll start with this striped sweater and ruffled pants outfit. One of my favorite sites, Worn on TV, is a great resource if you’ve seen something on screen you’d like to buy. I’ve scoured my favorite sites for similar pieces you can shop below. If you're after a toned down version of this look, a black and white striped tee, tan chinos, and white Chuck Taylors will work perfectly.
Trouve Vertical Stripe Sweater, $79
Urban Originals Vegan Leather Backpack, $88
C/MEO Collective Sweet Step Pants, $150
Karine Sultan Linear Earrings, $45
Adidas Gazelle Sneakers, $89.95
Look #2: Plaid Blazer and Velvet Cami
All Screen-grab Image Credits: As Worn on TV
Most people would see that cami and think of pairing it with dark skinny jeans and stilettos for a night out. That's why I love this show for inspiration. It turns a party top into daywear by adding a plaid jacket and white pants. Genius!
Paige Velvet Camisole, $188
JAG Cropped White Jeans, $74
Treasure & Bond Layered Disc Necklace, $29
Ettika Drop Earrings, $30
Look #3: Unique Pantsuit with a Graphic Tee
I've written about different ways to style a pantsuit before. Here is yet another fun option: wearing a graphic tee under your jacket. Follow Zoey's lead and get a suit in a fun texture and/or unique color.
Bravado Lady Gaga Tee, $38
Madewell Shapes Statement Earrings, $28
Special Edition Fitbit, $149.95
Look #4: Faux Fur Jacket and Miniskirt
This outfit in particular provides a great example of pattern mixing. The bold, geometric stripes of the coat are balanced by the soft, floral pattern of the blouse. If you're timid about pattern mixing, stripes and florals are always a safe option.
Love Token Color-blocked Coat, $150.50
BP Crop Floral Sweatshirt, $45
Siren Denim Pencil Skirt, $149
Aqua Freedom Whisper Hoops, $24
Look #5: Striped Sweater and Floral Button Down
Again, we see the mixing of stripes in florals in one of Zoey's gorgeous outfits. This preppier ensemble is pulled together with prints that share a similar color story.
Joie Striped Sweater (Exact Match), $79.97
Equipment Essential Floral Silk Shirt, $166.80
Topshop Mom Jeans, $70
Argento Vivo Extra Large Hoops, $65
You may have noticed I only linked one pair of shoes. This is because Zoey Johnson is shown primarily wearing sneakers. A pair of classic, neutral sneakers like the Gazelles above, a pair of Supergas or Chuck Taylors will pair wonderfully with any of these outfits. Zoey Johnson may be the Carrie Bradshaw of her generation, and I am beyond thrilled that she's traded her Manolos for a pair of Adidas.
Start with Inspiration
While I don't advocate for copying your entire wardrobe based off a celebrity, television character, or influencer, it can be a fun way to step out of your fashion comfort zone. If you've come across an outfit you'd love to try, save that pic and let's get started. For this post, we'll use the example below--a street wear photo of Jessica Alba at NYFW in Spring of 2017.
Jessica Alba, Attending NYFW. Photo Credit: E! News Online
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From the above photo, we can see she's wearing a pink trench coat, white crew neck top, navy flares, and a small metallic bag. She is also wearing gold earrings. While we can't see the entire shoe, other photos indicate she is wearing some type of brown platform. I've linked both a sandal and boot option below.
To recreate any look, I recommend online research first--even if you plan to visit the stores in person. Do a little retail investigation to ensure the stores you visit have similar items in stock. Sites like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales have great search engines so typing in "pink trench" gets you immediate results.
For this example, I've found similar pieces from Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Shopbop. You can find them at the bottom of this post. Of course, you can use this inspiration and research method at any retailer. Target, Marshalls, and Zara are great options for shopping on a budget.
Stay Realistic and Open
Wearing Jessica Alba's jacket won't suddenly turn you into another Hollywood Actress-turned-CEO. Keep in mind the quality of the garments, your body type, and retail availability mean there will naturally be a variance to the look you create and the one spotted on your favorite blogger or actress. This can be a good thing too--it allows you to customize the look for your body and lifestyle.
For instance, if a client with a large chest wanted to recreate this look, I would put her in a scoop neck tee instead of the crew neck pictured. If styling myself, I would opt for a shorter version of the trench to better suit my petite frame. There are ways to adjust your inspiration for any body type. After all, fashion is supposed to be fun!
Get the Look
Finders Trench, On Sale for $124.95
C by Bloomingdales Cashmere Sweater, On Sale for $82.80
Veronica Beard Flare Pants, $375
Linea Paolo T-Strap Platform Sandal, On Sale for $83.90
Jessica Simpson Platform Bootie, On Sale for $83.37
Tory Burch McGraw Crossbody Bag, $298
Cloverpost Earrings, $75
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.