In Sunday’s episode of The White Lotus, middle-aged heiress Tanya McQuoid gives her frazzled personal assistant a well-meaning wake-up call: “Get your shit together, Portia.” The remark was directed toward Portia’s poor taste in men and lack of direction in life, but could just as easily have been a nod to her questionable sense of style. 

Fashion Twitter has been dragging and debating Portia’s outfits for weeks. Vogue “chaotic and clearly algorithmically informed” ensembles as “bad but perfect.” Harper’s Bazaar a more generous assessment of her “ambiently tasteless clothes,” declaring them “masterfully textured costumes.” 

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Clinically depressed and chronically online, Portia—played by Haley Lu Richardson—is an amalgamation of Gen Z stereotypes. Stranded in Sicily, where she’s being forced to vacation with her codependent boss, Portia waxes poetic about wanting to escape the trappings of social media. But her beaded phone chain and suitcase filled with influencer-favorite brands like Stussy, Aries, and Brandy Melville suggest otherwise. The chunky Crap Eyewear sunglasses Portia sports in multiple colors over the course of the season feel like an Instagram impulse purchase. 


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