In this article, we’ll be looking at the key elements of Pogue (and some Kook) fashion, and how you can recreate them for yourself.
The aesthetic shifts slightly in each season of OBX, but the regional style of the Outer Banks – the beachy laidback look – remains the same. In season 1, we see pastel colors and soft textures, along with some preppy outfits since Sarah is still part of the Kooks. Season 2 gives us a turn of the seasons and higher stakes in the plot. This leads to more layering, and a more rugged look, but all with the same surfer aesthetic. Season 3 is the most grunge-looking, as the characters are stranded on a deserted island for several episodes. The colors are bolder and more earthy, and the patterns are more striking.
With that in mind, here are some of the essential OBX outfits and how to recreate them.
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Bold Colors and Prints
Bold colors and prints are a hallmark of Pogue fashion. While the Kooks stick to bright pastels and preppy stripes, Kiara embraces her rouge lifestyle through surfer-inspired wardrobe choices like her black and white Hawaiian shirt and her orange cut-offs, as the viral “Jiara” picture demonstrates.
A throwback to season 1, this white dress that Sarah wore to Midsummers is very much a Kook fashion piece. But the simple elegance of the dress makes it a classy and feminine style choice for the occasion and one of my favorite looks in the series. The actual dress they used in the show was from Reformation!
Violet Slip Dress
Whenever the Pogues dress up, or rather, are forced to dress up, a slip dress is the way to go. It’s low maintenance and yet elegant enough to wear to Midsummers, as Kiara did. You can recreate her style by getting a sleek slip dress in a gorgeous shade of purple.
Yellow is one of the most popular colors in the Outer Banks color scheme, and both Kiara and Sarah love wearing the color. One of their most iconic looks is the layered tank top and cardigan in soft yellow and cream shades, the perfect springtime look.
Gap Crochet Cardigan, $80
Charcoal Lounge Sets
In season 3, when the friends are stranded on the island, they only have the clothes they came with to wear, which are sweatpants and tank tops in dark colors. They make these into sweatshorts for the ultimate laidback Pouglandia statement.
Floral prints are another distinguishing feature of both Pogue and Kook fashion, and a favorite of Sarah Cameron especially.
Beachy Graphic Tee
Finally, your Pogue-inspired wardrobe would not be complete without a surfer tee. A soft tee with a beachy graphic is a must-have for any Pogue, or Kook, for that matter. From tie-dye to nautical motifs, the OBX t-shirt is indispensable.
It’s time to invest in your Outer Banks style for this spring. OBX 3 has all the fashion moments we could have asked for. Just like in the previous two seasons, the show keeps the same beachy bohemian aesthetic, yet it also documents and reflects character development through the evolving styles unique to the season.
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