I have a question: What is a VSCO girl and how do I become one?

If you already own 10 scrunchies you’re half way there


Every few years there’s a new “it girl” phase. We’ve had the rise of the basic bitch and the Fiat 500 girl and Tumblr girls were over a decade ago. There’s a new girl now – enter the VSCO girl.

You might not know it yet, but they’re everywhere. You definitely have a VSCO girl in your life, follow one on Insta, or know of someone who is VSCO through and through. She’s the girl with her hair tied up high in a scrunchie, wearing a tube top and white vans to offset her perfect tan. She’s the American dream girl.

Here’s the full VSCO girl meaning and how you can be one yourself, in case you were wondering how.

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The VSCO girl meaning: What even is one?

The VSCO girl is the Tumblr girl of 2019. She’s chill, has her shit together and an Instagram feed to die for. Despite how she may come across, the VSCO girl definitely stems from the 2010 era of basic bitches. A VSCO girl is basic, sorry.

If you take your basic bitch, added a few zeros to her (or her parents’) bank account and gave her a more vibey Instagram – you’ve created a VSCO girl.

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What are some VSCO girl sayings?

There are loads of in jokes only VSCO girls understand. They’re the girls that say “and I oop-” and “sksksk” in real life, non-ironically.

According to Urban Dictionary, “sksksk” can be defined as: “What dumbass VSCO girls use to express laughter or gratitude.”

Every VSCO girl owns a Hydro Flask and at least 10 scrunchies

The VSCO girl is easily recognisable by her look. She’s always wearing a scrunchie, usually combined with her favourite tube top, shell necklace, and white vans.

She’s also super environmentally conscious. Well at least she likes to look like she is, getting her Hydro Flask and paper straws into as many of her Instagram posts as possible.

But low key everyone knows she’s been on at least three exotic, foreign holidays already this year just to post really nice beach Instas.

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She wouldn’t be seen dead without her Hydro Flask

She’s also super chilled and zen. She knows her star and moon sign and all of her friends’ too. She will send horoscope related memes down your group chat and blame everyone’s mood changes on where the moon is currently.

When you step into a VSCO girl’s bedroom, you know it. It’s like stepping into the homeware section of Urban Outfitters. There’s more house plants than a garden centre, posters up on the wall, her clothes are out on a rail and her polaroid camera is perfectly placed on top of a bestselling feminist book on her bedside table.

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So, how do I become a VSCO girl?

One your VSCO girl checklist there should be: A hydro flask, a cute bandeau, a crop top, an oversize tee, loads of bracelets, a shell necklace, an iPhone (must be carried visibly in your hand at all times), Birkenstocks, a Fjällräven backpack, Carmex lip balm, fake tan, tiny sunglasses and AirPods.

After you’ve collected all those items you need to reflect your new persona on your Instagram. Plandids (very much planned candids) are your new best friend. Think holding up your high ponytail to the side with an open mouth pout as you stare into the distance Ariana Grande style.

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