Inspiration is everywhere on Instagram—so much so that once you go down the rabbit hole, it can sometimes be impossible to put down the phone. In no category is this more true than in fashion. Each day, thousands of style “influencers” post street-style photographs and vacation pics that aim to inspire and connect followers to their feeds (and make a buck selling clothes, of course), but those that stand out have a unique aesthetic that doesn’t come from just posting #partner pics. These fashion influencers make clothes come alive against the backdrop of stunning beaches, deserts, cliff sides, and more. Here, a few of our favorite stylish travel influencers you should follow, too.
The 29-year-old Dutch blogger made this year’s Europe Forbes 30 Under 30, thanks to her social media “influencer” status (she has a 4.5 million Instagram followers and reportedly makes $20,000 for sponsored posts). But don’t think that makes her a sell-out: Mirsalehi self-funds her own hair-care line, Gisou, whose primary ingredient—honey—is sourced from her family's bee garden. She also isn’t just posting high-end labels and free clothes that get sent to her. At home in Amsterdam, Mirsalehi pairs pointed-toe Acne booties with leather pants and cozy Zara sweaters. While traveling the world with brands like Revolve, she shows off an enviable collection of Lisa Marie Fernandez and Marisya swimsuits. (And we’re always jealous of her long brown locks, which are somehow never out of place.)
It’s not the clothes so much as the setting and the girl wearing them that make this Cameroonian blogger’s posts so inspiring. Litumbe is committed to storytelling from the black female perspective, and she makes both known and less-traveled destinations in Africa come alive through her lively Instagram shots. Whether she’s in a brightly hued caftan in the empty Merzouga Desert or a one-piece swimsuit on the white-sand beaches of Zanzibar, Litumbe makes the places she travels to appear both exotic and accessible.
Whether at home in L.A. or jet-setting to Bali, this blogger takes her understated, cool-girl style everywhere she goes. It’s hard to tell if it’s Sariñana's petite frame, mocha skin tone, or sly, close-lipped smile that make an ordinary look—loose-fitting jeans; crisp, white oxfords—seem extraordinary (maybe it’s the combination of all three), but she always has this envious sparkle, whether that's heading the supermarket in cut-offs and a Lovers and Friends bodysuit, on the beach in Thailand in a Marisya high-neck one-piece, or decked out in a floor-length floral gown by Spell in Mexico.
As one of the original style bloggers, Song has amassed a loyal following who are inspired by her effortless daytime wardrobe and high-wattage, glamorous looks worn during fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Although she wears many high-end brands (Acne Studios; Louis Vuitton; Chloé), Song strikes an attainable, high-low balance that keeps her followers coming back for more (think vintage Levis paired with crystal-embellished Manolo Blahnik sandals).
Born and raised in Mexico City, Allier gained her following the true “it” girl way—by being snapped by street-style photographers. She took her fashion status to the next level on Instagram in 2014, and quickly gained fans with her deft daytime casual style (at home in Mexico, that means everything from brunch-appropriate jeans and off-the-shoulder tops to maximalist-layering prints with simple shoes) and signature ear-to-ear grin.
Charrière’s posts are a little quirky and irreverent, which sets her apart from the glamorous, posed shots of many Instagram-based style influencers. On vacation in Tulum, for example, she’ll wear a silk-satin dress by Off White, pulled off with effortless glam as only a Parisian could do. When she’s at home in London, Charrière sports labels you probably haven’t heard of, like E.L.V. denim, but will immediately go buy.
It takes balls to wear what this one-name style-setter does. Case in point: a white sweatshirt paired with a floor-grazing zebra-print skirt, orange JW Anderson handbag, and New Balance running shoes (not the athleisure kind, but rather the type you wear to go hiking in the Adirondacks). However it sounds, Ellie’s mix-and-match, high-low aesthetic—frequently shot in an urban environment—exudes off-the-charts confidence.
If you’re one of those people who likes to look at pictures of far-flung beaches on Instagram, it’s time to join the #AggieTribe. Born in Poland, educated in Australia, and now based in Los Angeles, Lal is truly is a citizen of the world; her wardrobe, on the other hand, is decidedly California beach-chic—perfect when jetting to one gorgeous beach after the next.
Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough - to keep me from getting to you babes! (I’m not gonna lie — internet is a challenge in the middle of the Pacific but I’m trying hard to share this beautiful island with you as much as possible!) :::::: This is just a thank you / celebratory post for the overwhelming love and connection I’ve been getting lately from you, my tribe! I have reached my all times high in stories views this month, have been getting over 11 million impressions on my photos AND my posts reached over 1 million users in the last week alone (like - what the heck!) :::: These are some truly insane numbers for someone with my (reasonably ‘small’) following and the fact I get 48,000 new people here monthly makes me want to try even harder to show you this beautiful planet and give you ideas of what to see around the world! ::::: My favorite kind of DMs are the ones that say ‘you make me fall in love with the world’ or ‘I never knew this place existed and now it’s mt number one bucketlist thanks to you, Aggie!’ 😍😭 ::::: So yeah — I love you, thank you for being here with me. It’s my honor to share my travels and success with you! It’s def not ‘easy’ to be happy for someone else’s success but I consider these numbers OUR success. They only make me realize there are more likeminded people like you and I who love traveling, adventure, self growth and passion fruits! You rock! #punintended (bts of this shot on stories!!!) ::::: #mytribe #yourvibeattractsyourtribe #moorea #tahiti #frenchpolynesia #belvedere #polynesia #southpacific
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