We Talked to The Wilds' Stylist About All Things Fatin, Since Her Outfits Are Literal Lifesavers
If you've seen the trailer for The Wilds but haven't binge-watched the first season yet, you may assume the show couldn't possibly yield fashion inspiration. After all, it follows a group of teenage girls who get stranded on a deserted island for weeks while en route to what they believed was a women's empowerment retreat, forcing them to fight for their lives as part of an elaborate social experiment. And yet, despite the survivalist theme, Fatin Jadmani manages to stand out as the undisputed style star, rocking a multitude of chic outfits while enduring sleepless nights, unexpected storms, and a bout of food poisoning, among other dismal circumstances.
Portrayed by actress Sophia Ali, Fatin doesn't wear comfortable athleisure like many of the other characters on the Amazon Prime Video series; she wears sparkly pants, crop tops, skinny jeans, fuzzy slippers, and a steady rotation of jackets covered in fur, animal print, and camouflage patterns. Oh, and let's not forget the accessories — lots of accessories.
"She puts on the look, the jewelry, the makeup, the fur to armor herself and therefore feel somewhat grounded while stranded in this hellscape."
Why would anyone feel compelled to dress to the nines, only to trudge around a sandy island and hunt for food and water, you ask? Well, practically speaking, it's because Fatin's rose-gold waterproof suitcase is one of the few that washes up on shore, but there's also a deeper reason, as The Wilds's costume designer, Joshua Marsh, shared with POPSUGAR. "She puts on the look, the jewelry, the makeup, the fur to armor herself and therefore feel somewhat grounded while stranded in this hellscape," he explained. Hey, whatever works, right?
Joshua shared that he was inspired by "tons of Instagram influencers, contemporary fashion, and a deep dive on stylish high schoolers across the internet" while piecing together Fatin's bold personal style. The resulting wardrobe we see on screen consists of items he nabbed from well-known stores like ASOS, Maje, Sandro, H&M, and Zara, in addition to local designers and brands from New Zealand (where the show was filmed) like Trelise Cooper and Superette. "Shopping for Fatin was always exciting because we would find an amazing piece in the wild — like her brocade bomber jacket [from the third episode], for example — and build a whole Fatin aesthetic around it," Joshua told POPSUGAR.
Want to know more juicy details about specific outfits Fatin wears on The Wilds? Read ahead for a shoppable breakdown of the cutest ensembles she rocks on the island under the watchful eye of Gretchen Klein and her Dawn of Eve conspirators.
Fatin's Pink and Purple Camo Jacket on The Wilds
When we meet Fatin in the series premiere, she's boarded the plane in a pink, purple, and blue camouflage corduroy jacket, light-wash skinny jeans, and one of her signature graphic tank tops that reads "Bye Girl Bye." Accessory-wise, she's sporting gold hoop earrings, a white watch that looks a whole lot like a Baby-G, and a collection of gold necklaces. Seeing as her Topshop jacket is no longer in stock, we tracked down a few similar styles for you to peruse ahead.
Fatin's Fluffy Pink Jacket on The Wilds
For the group's first night on the island, Fatin cozies up in this furry pink jacket that she whips out of her suitcase, along with sweatshirts for the other girls. Fun fact: Joshua originally scored it from ASOS but wound up hand-painting it bubblegum pink "so it would pop more on the beach." How cool is that? He added, "We loved how she brought fur on a retreat for completely impractical purposes and it became incredibly practical." Shop our favorite two look-alikes ahead.
Fatin's Camo Jacket and Skirt on The Wilds
Fatin sure does love her camo! She wears this jacket and skirt set by denim brand OneTeaspoon with a knit rainbow crop top underneath, accessorizing with a different set of gold necklaces and a leopard-print headband that matches her fuzzy UGG slippers. Score a pair of the comfy-looking slippers for yourself ahead after checking out a few similar camo pieces.
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Fatin's Leopard Jacket and Pants on The Wilds
Double animal print? Why not! Fashion rules don't exist when you're stuck on a seemingly remote island. Fatin pairs this sporty, satiny bomber jacket with wide-leg black and gold pants, and ya know what? It totally works. The jacket is by Adidas, and Joshua purchased it from a discount store in New Zealand. Shop a few inspired looks ahead.
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Fatin's Floral Jacket and Purple Pants on The Wilds
Another day, another killer bomber jacket. This one features pink, orange, and gold flowers, and Fatin gives the look a dressed-down edge with purple track pants. The brocade number is from a brand called Gorman and is (devastatingly) no longer available online, so we rounded up a few similar options to shop ahead.
Fatin's Green Fur Jacket on The Wilds
Fatin looks like the opposite of someone who's been stuck on an island in this green fur jacket, and we love her for it. She ups the luxe factor with a matching headband, resin hoops, and cat-eye sunglasses. It's a one-of-a-kind gem Joshua found in a costume stock in Los Angeles, and you can shop a few similarly chic jackets ahead.
Fatin's Knit Crop Top on The Wilds
One of the few times Fatin's not rocking a jacket on the show, we see her in this knit crop top from ASOS. If you look closely, the cami actually has a bit of a metallic sheen to it — because of course it does. Shop a few items that resemble the must-have basic ahead.