Euphoria might be the hit show for teens and young people these days but during my time, or rather, in my generation, we had Skins. The iconic British teen show is celebrating 15 years since it aired and remains one of the most influential shows in the genre today. It walked so Euphoria could run.
But one cannot talk about Skins without talking about its most famous character: Effy Stonem. Effy (played by Kaya Scolderio) debuted in the first generation of the show—the only one from that generation to move to the next—as a completely silent character. That added more intrigued and when she became the central lead in the second generation, Effy captured hearts as an alluring femme fatale, her nihilistic nature almost felt like an enigma and she’s just a representation of what many teens feel. It’s her experiences and feelings that allowed many—especially teenage girls—to connect with her. But more than that, her punk/grunge/emo aesthetic also became an inspiration.
In celebration of the show’s 15th anniversary and as a massive fan of Effy Stonem growing up (and until now), I break down some of her most memorable fashion choices that truly defined her character and the generation it influenced. It’s not just millennials like myself but even Gen Z are discovering her now, leading to a resurgence to the undying appeal of Effy Stonem.
1. Stockings and elaborate necklaces
Effy’s go-to look has definitely got to be stockings—fishnets or in patterns—and pairs them with a short one-piece dress. Being Effy though, that’s not enough and she finishes off her look with elaborate accessories, especially these long necklaces.