'Grown-ish': 7 Times Zoey Johnson Proved to Be a Style Icon

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In just a few short years, Zoey Johnson has already solidified her status as a style icon (much like the actress who plays her, Yara Shahidi).

Zoey’s signature style is courtesy of costume designer Michelle Cole (who also works on sister-show black-ish), who takes inspiration from nearly everywhere. She told Teen Vogue,

“We do pay a lot of attention to social media and we do a lot of magazine tears. But I kind of trust my gut, as I’ve been doing this for a while. We don’t have a lot of time as we do a lot of shopping to get all these looks, so we’re trusting our instincts. We also look at street style a lot. I love a socks-and-sandals moment. Fake furs. A bold purse. I love anything that has to do with what New Yorkers are wearing on the street.”

Zoey’s look is a mixture of designer pieces (her dad is, after all, Dre Johnson) and affordable staples. Below we’ve gathered together her 7 best looks, and where you can find affordable lookalikes to match her designer duds.

1. Colorblock Sweater and Purple Paperbag Trousers

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Zoey rocked this cute fall look in season 3, which consisted of this Olivia Rubin Tally Block-Panel Cardigan and Attico Cropped Paperback Trousers. Find cheaper options below.

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2. Metallic Strapless Dress

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Zoey wore this *incredible* Oscar de la Renta strapless dress in season 2 when she first met Joey Bada$$ (no wonder he wanted to work with her!). Find a more affordable option below.

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3. Polka Dot One-Shoulder Dress

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Zoey wore this one-shoulder dress in season 3 and it’s actually one of the more reasonably-priced items in her closet (the Self-Portrait mini dress retails for $217). The dress is sadly, sold out right now. Find a cheaper version below.

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4. Orange Floral Dress

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Zoey rocked this orange dress in season 3 and it’s also one of the “cheaper” items in her wardrobe (you can get the Ganni Tilden Sash Dress for $225). But don’t worry, we found a cheaper option.

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5. Her Gold Metallic Bustier and Leopard Skirt

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This is perhaps one of Zoey’s cutest going-out looks and yet it’s surprisingly easy to recreate. The original look consisted of a Frame Shirred Elbow Sleeve Metallic-Print Top, a Saint Laurent Leopard Skirt (no longer available), and a Moschino Metallic Bustier Top (no longer available). Find some more affordable options below.

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6. Leopard Print Sweater and Lavendar Fringe Earrings

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We’re currently obsessed with this outfit, which is perfect for class or work. The actual sweater Zoey is wearing is by Kenzo and is, sadly, sold-out. Luckily, we found cheaper options below.

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7. Blue Tie-Belt Suit

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Last but definitely not least is the power suit Zoey rocked in the first episode of season 3 after returning from her summer in London. The original look consists of a Maggie Marilyn Just Getting Started Wrap Blazer and the matching Go-Getter Trousers. Find some options below.

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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.