Over the years, people have always looked up to some set of people whenever they have to make fashion-related choices. And as soon as social media became the real deal, we began to see how much of a market the fashion influence industry had.
Fashion influencers are just as important as fashion is to us. And that’s why it’s important to know who to follow, and who to be influenced by. Here, we’ve put together a list of the top fashion influencers that you should be following in 2021, and beyond.
1. Chiara Ferragni
Chiara has made a name for herself in the fashion industry over the last ten years at the very least. Her passion for styling and the popularity she’s gained through the years have led her to launch her clothing line – Chiara Ferragni Collection.
Her fashion influence has gone past the shores of Instagram, that even with her over 20 million followers, she’s collaborated with major fashion houses like LVMH, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, and Dior.
The 34-year-old Italian beauty icon also adds blogging, business, and modeling to her long list of influence outlets. She also owns the famous The Blonde Salad blog. As the years roll by, she intends to keep her title as one of the top fashion influencers and style icons of the decade.
2. Camila Coelho
Originally from Brazil, Camila is widely known as a Los Angeles fashion influencer and designer. She’s walked a number of exclusive red carpets, but top on the list is the MET Gala red carpet in 2019 with DVF. She’s also worked with the powerhouses in fashion, ranging from Dior to Tory Burch.
She recently became an ambassador and patient influencer for END EPILEPSY where she hopes to change the stigma against neurological disorders.
The 33-year-old owns a thriving fashion blog, but she particularly became popular during her time with Dior where she took to YouTube to upload videos showing looks and creating step-by-step tutorials for her Instagram followers.
3. Karen Blanchard
Karen the Brit Chick as she’s popularly called is what comes to our minds when we think of trendy lux fashion. Karen Blanchard is a British influencer that’s based in New York where she continues to make fashion influence on the best of us.
Karen reminds us of why New York City’s style is so iconic. Not only is she a top fashion Instagram influencer, she doubles (or triples) as an entrepreneur and fashion YouTube influencer. Her YouTube channel alone has over 252k subscribers, and her followership is still growing.
She has a flagship series on her channel called “What Everyone is Wearing in New York” — and it gives viewers a glimpse into what’s currently hot.
Karen is known for her luxurious inspirational looks and you can be sure to find her rocking a number of your favorite designers — fromHermès, to Dior and Chanel.
4. Tanesha Awasthi
Influencers who push traffic for plus-size women and fashion were usually wanted, but in recent times, we’ve had influencers who have come up to push trends on that end. One of those top influencers is Tenesha Awasthi.
Tenesha is a plus-size fashion and beauty blogger that shares her fabulous outfit inspirations, style advice, and makeup tutorials.
Having always wanted to be a stylist and designer as a child, Tanesha channeled her love for fashion into the colorful outfits that she styles and promotes on her social channels. She exudes a modern, sophisticated, and chic style that blends with the typical Audrey Hepburn and Olivia Palermo style.
Tanesha praises her looks and says that her looks are inspired by her favorite closet staples, a great pair of dark wash jeans, a tailored blazer, and a classic pointy toe pump.
5. Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung is one of the most popular fashionistas in the world today. She started out as a designer who’s now grown into an American and globally renowned fashion influencer, as she’s acquired fashion industry know-how through her years of experience.
Eventually, she started her own company and allowed her imagination and love for design to lead her choices. Through the years, she’s collaborated with high-flying brands such as L’oréal Pro, Longchamp, and has rocked Miumiu’s runway when she wasn’t too busy growing her company.
A leading style influencer, fashion icon, and socialite, Alexa Chung has worked in different roles, ranging from being a television presenter, a fashion designer, and a model.
In 2017 she launched her eponymous label, now available on Matches and Net-a-Porter. She has also had a longstanding collaboration with AG Jeans since 2015.
6. Aimee Song
Aimee Song is another household name in the fashion industry. Located in Los Angeles, Aimee focuses more on her Instagram fashion influence. Top on her list of outstanding successes was her collaboration with Gentle Monster sunglasses in 2017, where all the sunglasses sold out in under 22 minutes.
Aimee also doubles as an author, as she has the best-seller book, “Capture Your Style” to her name. She also included the famous Revolve collection in her brand’s catalog.
7. Adam Gallagher
Adam Gallagher is an American blogger and fashion influencer best known for the famous blog, “I Am Galla.” He rose to fame quickly for his outstanding fashion sense and amassed a huge crowd of admirers and fans. He is a fashion sensation and lifestyle influencer based in New York City.
He aims to assist the male folks with styling advice, trend forecasts, and third-party style inspiration.
Gallagher has an eye for fashion and apparel, and his fashion blog exerts a major influence on the way that people see fashion and clothing. The combination of his impeccable fashion sense, skillful blogging, and perfect appearance are what make him such a powerful influencer.
8. Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo is an outstanding dresser, model, and stylist, one of the best that have come out of New York City. Her career journey started out when she was a part of MTV’s television show, The City. On that show, she worked with Diane von Fürstenberg and later moved to the accessories department for Elle magazine.
With the kind of influence that her work amassed, The New York Post named her as one of the best dressed New Yorkers of Page Six. Olivia has gone on to grace the covers of some of the most notable fashion magazines. From Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Elle, Flare, Marie Claire, Arcadia, to Lucky, Brides, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, Tatler and Stella, Olivia Palermo has done it all.
9. Afua Rida
Afua is one of the leading fashion influencers from the African continent. However, she hasn’t limited herself to only the African style. Instead, she’s fused intercontinental fashion style, specifically from North America to create her own style story that she shares with the world.
Afua Rida’s scene is a colorful and vibrant style, which not only gives her followers a style example to follow but also a colorful Instagram feed to feast their eyes on.
Afua is all about glamorous dresses, artful staging, and gracious home decor. Beyond being an Instagram-style influencer, she also has a blog where she dishes out content for her followers.
According to her About Page, she’s “adapted elements of my mother’s confident style, my North American and global experiences, and Ghanaian cultural influence, to create my own process, which I would like to share with you.”
10. Rochelle Johnson
Rochelle Johnson is another plus-size fashion influencer who uses her fashion blog, “Beauticurve” to encourage and advise plus-size ladies on how to always have a great outfit on. She uses her platform to catalog her fashion adventures and inspire women to dress with confidence and a sense of fun and break all the so-called rules about dressing a plus-size body.
Rochelle’s fashion brand and influence emanate class, sense of style, a chic signature, and an elegant, feminine (with a bit of edge, of course).
11. Fetima Femina
Fetima is a fashion and food influencer based in the United Arab Emirates. She fuses her love for beauty, fashion, and food together with her beautiful ethnic and modest style. She preaches the gospel of an appealing and cosmopolitan fashion lifestyle to her audience.
She’s referred to as the “classic hijab influencer” because of her modest, yet chic style. She also infuses the use of social media, especially her TikTok and Instagram, as she has over 120k followers on her TikTok.
If what you’re looking for is a conservative, yet beautiful modern style influence, who can also be your window to some of the most beautiful parts of the world, then Fetima Femina should be your choice.
12. Vic Styles
Vic Styles has been referred to as “one of the coolest women on the internet” a lot of times by her followers. And in reality, she truly is. A quick look at Vic’s Instagram will give you an understanding of why she’s so rated. From her excellently tailored style to exquisite jewelry taste, there’s a lot to love and learn from Vic Styles when it comes to fashion.
A very good add-on for Vic Styles followers is that she isn’t restricted only to fashion content. She also gives out skincare and wellness tips, making her the real deal of fashion influence.
It really doesn’t get better than Vic Styles!
13. Kenny Ethan Jones
Yet another major male fashion and style influencer is Kenny Ethan Jones. Kenny isn’t just a style influencer, but also a writer, advocate, and consultant who is widely known for his activism and sleek style.
Kenny is a huge pusher of the LGBTQ+ community agenda, as he was the first trans man to front a period campaign. Kenny’s mission is to show up in the world as himself, and encourage others like him to do the same.
And, he’s doing a great job doing just that.
He’s collaborated with a wide range of brands, from Revolundies and the Sunglass Hut, to Firefox and PrimeVideo UK. He also extends his influence from clothes and shoes to sunglasses and other accessories. Kenny shows us that fashion influence is a lot more than the clothes they style.
14. Naoumie Ekiko
Naoumie Ekiko is another fashion influencer who has fused her African roots with her western experience and influence. Based in Maryland, USA, Naoumie Ekiko is an accomplished Cameroonian model with over 10 years of experience in the modeling industry.
She’s also worked with top brands ranging from Covergirl, Sephora, Steve Madden, and Apple. Not only is she a model and fashion influencer, but she’s also dabbled into acting, singing, and YouTubing. However, she majorly influences fashion, beauty, fitness, and lifestyle. She also mentors young aspiring Cameroonian models like herself, which has made her a people’s favorite on the continent.
When Naoumie isn’t posing for a shoot, you’ll find her creating content for her fast-growing TikTok account and of course showcasing lovable outfit videos on her YouTube channel.
15. Yolanda Macon
Last, but definitely not least on our list is Yolande Macon. Yolanda Macon is known to be able to pull off any kind of look. Not only is her Instagram page exciting to look at, but she also makes her audience want to try out any look she has on because they’re always exciting.
Yolanda has a very wide range, so whether you’re interested in getting inspiration for a street or casual outfit, or inspiration for a formal look, Yolanda has to be your choice.
Fashion influencers do understand how much of a task that they have upon themselves. We understand that too, and that’s why we’ve put together some of the best!