The White Lotus: Shop Olivia and Paula's Thrifted, "Seemingly Nonchalant" BFF Style
The first thing you'll do upon watching HBO's The White Lotus is price out a vacation at the season one resort (which actually exists in Maui, BTW). But then, we wouldn't be surprised if you dove right into researching the cast of the miniseries and their laid-back onscreen style, curated by costume designer Alex Bovaird, who assisted on The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Bovaird wanted to achieve a Gen-Z-friendly wardrobe for Olivia (Sydney Sweeney of Euphoria) and Paula (Brittany O'Grady)."I deliberately styled them similarly, like young friends would — often twinning at the beginning," she explained to POPSUGAR. "Gen-Zers are more inclined to thrift for clothes than past generations, and put things together in a seemingly nonchalant but thoughtful way," she said, confirming that, in general, she shopped vintage with a little mall and high street mixed in for Sweeney and O'Grady, both of whom were really enthusiastic about the looks that helped them transition into character.
"Later in the series, they look more distinct as it becomes apparent that Paula isn't quite included," Alex teased for anyone who hasn't finished all six episodes yet. But regardless of how their vibes begin to shift in different directions, you'll definitely want outfit details on both girls' impeccably coordinated beachwear — even if you're not packing your suitcase for vacation anytime soon. Click through for more style notes about Olivia and Paula straight from Alex, then shop some of the exact designs featured on Sweeney and O'Grady in the show.
"I was thinking about how brands are less important in some ways. [Paula and Olivia] are less concerned with buying high-end brands, and yet they do like a cheeky, large Gucci logo or something. And so Olivia wears Givenchy slides," Alex said.
"Brittany liked her pink Hawaiian print dress she wore to dinner on night one (from the thrift store!) and her baggy, black denim shorts with vintage tees," Alex said.
"Sydney loved this vintage Guatemalan fabric two-piece from episode three — it came with a hooded sleeveless top and shorts — and all her ruffly dinner dresses. She was very excited about her clothes and felt we succeeded in dressing her body type," Alex said.
Olivia wears the funky, one-shoulder one-piece by Frankies Bikinis in episode four, while Paula's in a '90s-style Speedo.
In episode five, when Paula and Olivia hop aboard the scuba boat, Paula wears a jaguar-print bikini top from Monday Swimwear underneath her sky blue tank. Olivia coordinates her colorblock Nike sports bra with her cutoff sweat shorts.
We were all about Paula's blue patchwork bandana-print shirt on the beach.
Paula scrunches down her tie-dye socks to meet her lived-in Nike high-tops upon arrival at the resort, and Olivia hops aboard the golf cart in her Nike Waffle Racers.
Leave it to Olivia to swap sandals for Air Force 1s poolside.
Paula chills in the hotel room in a floral brushstroke sports bra we now want in on.
Olivia's corduroy mushroom bucket hat, originally from Urban Outfitters, is a casual contrast to her blue tee, while Paula, becoming more independent, opts for a swingy tie-dye dress.