Costume designer Alex Bovaird has revealed why the Gen Z-er sports wonky crochet hats and cropped rugby tops, and what this says about her generation.
Bovaird said she based Portia’s clothes on what people her age are wearing in big cities around the world and online, telling the Financial Times: “People have started dressing very individually and eccentrically, compared with how young people were dressing 10 years ago."
“It wasn’t, ‘let’s try to make her wear ugly clothes’; that wasn’t the point. Yes, she looks good, and yes, she looks bad, but it’s how everyone is dressing, a big hodgepodge of incoherent things and different moods.”
In other words, she dresses how she feels at the time: baggy when she’s feeling down, sexier when she’s looking to flirt.
“She spends too much time on TikTok, she is ruled by the discourse and what she should be thinking,” Bovaird added. “She is following the zeitgeist and the trends, but also she is a bit of a mess, so she doesn’t always quite hit the mark.”
Meanwhile, Raches Tashjian, Harper’s Bazaar’s Fashion News Director has described Portia both as having the “Depop doldrums” and as “TV’s best-dressed character”.
“[Bovaird] tracks through Portia how clothes that seem chaotic and inscrutable to anyone older than 28 are perhaps reflecting a sense of chaos and confusion within,” Tashjian writes.
“Portia does not dress like a character from Euphoria; she dresses like a lost young woman who watches Euphoria.”
Now, if all this analysis is getting a bit too heavy for you, here's a look at some the best Portia tweets:
\u201cPortia\u2026 honey\u2026 you have gone full Lizzie McGuire. #WhiteLotus\u201d
\u201cWhen you tweet that Portia from White Lotus wears ugly clothes, she won\u2019t see it bc she\u2019s a fictional character \u2014 but, me, a person who ALSO has a preferred aesthetic of a toddler picking out their own outfit for the first time mixed with a 90s tween skater, I DO SEE IT \ud83d\ude24\ud83d\ude24\u201d
— Summer Anne Burton (@Summer Anne Burton)
\u201cportia on the white lotus dresses like an urban outfitters clearance section\u201d