In 2017, she told Harper’s Bazaar that she’s fully aware of how her style may appear, but that’s why she loves it. “I just like dressing out of my comfort zone. I want to dress in a way that if I was in a room full of people wearing regular clothes, I would be like, ‘Oh, I bet everyone’s looking at me.’ I want to feel that way. That’s my casual,” she explained. “I am not comfortable when I’m wearing just some jeans and a shirt. I just feel wrong and I feel like very not me and out of my place and just weird . . . I love being judged. I’m here for it.”
Billie Eilish’s affinity for vastly oversize sweatshirts, rare high-end sneakers, and stacks of shiny jewelry is something I could only dream of pulling off the way the 17-year-old does. To an outsider, Billie’s look is jarring. I mean, at that age, I was wearing the tightest pair of leggings I could find and some ill-fitting graphic tee featuring a band I’d never listened to before. But her out-there style is the ultimate combination of swag and comfort, and she manages to rock these looks without the sloppiness sometimes associated with sweats.
I guess we should backtrack – you don’t know Billie? You haven’t listened to music in the last two or three years? Well, please allow us to introduce you to the powerhouse that she is. The Los Angeles native is young, but you could never tell from her lyrics and the range of vocal skills, plus her style is freaking cool and her 15 million Instagram followers probably agree. She mixes designer prints with no hesitation, brings depth to monochromatic outfits, and doesn’t think twice about it.
There are few people who could pull off a Sailor Moon-inspired outfit on the red carpet for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and even fewer who could rock a custom Louis Vuitton boot to recover from a foot injury. But let it be known that her outfits are not XXXL sweatsuits from the corner store; these are mostly custom designer pieces that she pulls off gracefully. Billie has a sense of style and a level of coolness that at 10 years her senior, I’m genuinely jealous of. Feast your eyes on some of Billie’s most Billie-esque outfits ahead, and get inspired to add a little swag to your sweats.