As far as breakout fashion stars of 2016 go, Hailey Baldwin is surely up there with the brightest. We've been tracking her style moves for some time—thanks to her place in the four-tiered friendship cake between Kendall, Bella and Gigi—but she has more than established a strong signature look of her own during the past 12 months or so.
Kendall and Gigi, we know, are the reigning queens of athleisure. Bella resides in the dark side of the trends—you're more likely to see her resplendent in jet-black leather than anything else. But Hailey? Well, you could describe her wardrobe as erring on the right side of racy—and we'd be first to admit it was confirmed in person when we saw her owning the Julien Macdonald runway in a Tina Turner–worthy tassel dress with a fully oiled-up body.
Hailey always balances out that sassiness with a good dose of tomboy attitude—think a hoodie as a dress, worn with an expanse of bare leg and sky-high platforms (probably from her new shoe range). Oh, and she's often first on a new trend, which her June velvet dress moment undoubtedly proved. Want to see what we're talking about? Go through the gallery to check out Hailey's best style moments of 2016…
Style Notes: Who'd have thought of wearing baggy boyfriend jeans like this before? A lightness is added to her paint-splattered denim with nude heels and a billowing blouse.
Style Notes: In this flamenco emoji lady–inspired get-up, Hailey introduced us to one of the hottest brands of the summer: Majorelle.
Style Notes: She was also the first girl to tip us off on Kanye's storming sock boot trend.
Style Notes: How to diffuse the sex appeal of a lace-up miniskirt? Wear it with Adidas Stan Smiths, of course.
Style Notes: L.A. nights aren't all about teeny-tiny dresses anymore—Hailey and her crew have made jeans and athleisure pieces a core part of the city's after-dark look.
Style Notes: Giving the naked dress trend a run for its money, Hailey's Georges Chakra jumpsuit choice for the 2016 MTV Awards was an inspired one.
Style Notes: Thigh-high lace-up sandals peeking out from a thigh split? It must be HB on a glam night out wearing her favourite Dsquared2 gladiators.
Style Notes: She can do demure too. White lace could look twee head to toe, but by choosing a peplum top and matching skinny trousers, Hailey makes the idea fresh.
Style Notes: While many of her hemlines are short, Hailey's often seen doing the very '90s trend of small skirt + big coat.
Style Notes: See what we mean? Also, props on reworking those high-shine sandals to lace them at the ankle. Cost per wear, cost per wear.
Style Notes: Okay, so there are few people outside of Hailey's girl gang who would dare to pull this off in the middle of a city, but it's good though, isn't it?
Style Notes: Who wore a patent skirt way before the rest of the fashion world? Hailey "I See Into the Future" Baldwin.
Style Notes: All of the Hailey-approved elements are in check here, from her one-shoulder shrugged coat to yet another pair of gladiator sandals. These ones are from London shoemaker Sophia Webster.
Style Notes: In case you don't know, Haider Ackermann is one of the most exclusive brands in the world—and Miss Baldwin rocked up to Paris Fashion Week in this absolutely stunner of a coat from the designer.
Style Notes: Even off duty, this 19-year-old model can do no wrong—she elevated leather leggings and a hoodie to great heights by ensuring each of her basics showed attention to detail and fit.
Style Notes: If it ain't broke, don't fix it—that's precisely the right attitude when it comes to wearing a gorgeous Dior dress. So simple and so effortless.
Style Notes: Who knew a tea dress could deliver such attitude? Hailey's Tommy Hilfiger frock looks more modern with a pair of peep-toe boots.
Style Notes: Layering is key for Hailey, whether that's pick 'n' mix jewellery or experimenting with sheer layers.
Style Notes: Hailey's bold Baja East dress is statement enough to just warrant some matching shoes and jewellery—no further styling needed.
Style Notes: This artfully composed duo of checks made classic tweeds look up to date, thanks to Hailey's louche styling.
Next up, we decode her dear pal Kendall Jenner's style.