Ella McFadin Talks Her Most Iconic NYC Outfits


How would you describe your style? 

The first word that comes to mind is carefree. I don’t have a specific type of style. I wake up every morning and dress so differently than the day before. I’ve always been super obsessed with color. I definitely think growing up in Southern California has had a huge influence on my style. I still have a beachy, “West Coast L.A. girl” type of style, but now, I’m living in New York.  I think those have kind of come together and create how I dress now.

What brands are your current favorites?

I just got this top from Orseund Iris that I am obsessed with. I think every piece that they create is so, so good. I have a lot of my classic pieces from them. I love Anine Bing. Their blazers are my go-to. If I ever need to wear a blazer, it’s from them. They fit oversize. It’s so perfect. I also love Ganni. They’re one of my favorite brands for boots. I have a new pair of Ganni boots every season. I wear them until they die. I love them so much. 

What are you most looking forward to wearing in 2023?

I think I’m saying this because it’s winter right now, but wow, I’m missing summer. Looking back at the photos I shared with you … I am missing it. I’m so ready to be back in midi floral skirts with little tops and loafers coming from spring into summer. I love wearing chunkier boots with a minidress in the summer. I definitely like to pair more tomboy things with more girly things. That’s how I’ve really created my style. I would never wear a miniskirt with little heels or something. That’s just not me. I’m really looking forward to styling spring and summer. I’m such a midi-skirt girl. I’m so ready to put that on, on a Friday night and get on to the sweaty subway. 

Where do you pull fashion inspiration from? 

I pull a lot of inspiration from Instagram. I follow all of the Hailey Bieber and Elsa Hosk fan accounts or style accounts that post their outfit details, and I always like to look at those. Whenever I’m going through Instagram and see a photo I like, I immediately save it. Even if I’m not going to pull exact inspiration from the look, just looking at something and feeling inspired from these photos on Instagram will get me to a place where I say to myself, “Okay, I can put something together.” So even if I’m not pulling direct fashion from them, Instagram inspires me. Then I can go and put something together. I also feel like just being in New York you see so much inspiration walking on the streets. I’ll see someone wearing a denim skirt with tights or something. I think to myself, “I literally never would’ve thought to do that, and that girl looks so cute,” and I go home and try it out or try and put my own twist on it or something.

What is one piece of style advice that you would give someone who wants to be chicer in 2023?

When you’re shopping (this is also a good way to be efficient and save money), … think of pieces you can wear multiple times. Shop for pieces that you can see yourself wearing to an event or to a party or to a birthday dinner or something, not something you will only wear once. When I pick something out—if I’m doing gifting, if I’m shopping on my own, if I’m going to a store—I actually think of three outfits that I could wear that piece with that are completely different for different events before actually thinking about keeping it in your closet. Your closet is precious space here in New York. You have to think about maximizing your space and getting versatile pieces.