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Skins Fashion – How to Dress Like Cassie Ainsworth


Cassie Ainsworth from Skins

I’m so happy that you guys liked last week’s article on Effy Stonem’s style from the UK television series Skins. With so many requests, it was impossible not to continue with the Skins fashion series with a post on Cassie Ainsworth’s style.

If you’ve never seen the UK drama Skins, here is a quick synopsis:

Skins is an award-winning British teen drama that follows a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through two years of high school. UK Skins prides itself on having relatively unknown actors and a team of young writers to keep the show fresh. The show was also recently adapted by MTV in the US, but met with a lot of protesting due to the controversial nature of the show.

Cassie Ainsworth is a central character on the first two seasons of Skins. The show follows the seventeen-year-old’s struggle through multiple personal and relationship issues, including an eating disorder, drug abuse, and a tumultuous romance. Like Effy, Cassie’s unique personality is always echoed in her wardrobe.

Cassie’s Style

Quirky, feminine and vintage are the three best words to describe Cassie Ainsworth’s style. Her go-to closet staples include long skirts, Mary Janes, and mod-inspired sunglasses and blazers. Her style is the perfect mix of school-girl prep and thrifty vintage.

Elements of Cassie’s Wardrobe

Below, I’ve detailed a few main elements of Cassie’s wardrobe, and will show you how to incorporate Cassie’s pretty style into your own look – all on a college budget! As you guys requested, I’ve put together some sample outfits that you can easily imitate and translate with your own wardrobe.

Classic School-Girl

How to dress like Cassie from Skins - Outfit 1
Product Information: Blazer – Forever 21, Skirt – ModCloth, Flower Pin – Forever 21, Mary Janes – Forever 21, Oxfords – Forever 21, Knee Socks – Target

Knee-socks, Mary-Janes, a shrunken blazer and a floral skirt – does it get any better? This look is all about mixing vintage trends together – while maintaining a perfect balance between masculine and feminine fits. While stores like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters are sure to have some of these pieces in stock, for the most authentic “Cassie” look, why not go thrifting instead?

To recreate this look, seek out long floral skirts, blazers (be sure to check the Boys section for styles that are fitted!) and T-strap flats. Of course, if this look is a little too over-the-top for you, try just adding one or two of the elements to your normal look.

Quirky Vintage

How to dress like Cassie from Skins - Outfit 2
Product Information: Bow Tee – Forever 21, Heart Tee – Delias, Red Plaid Skirt – ModCloth, Plaid Flannel Pencil Skirt – ModCloth, Knee Socks – Free People

While her style is often described as soft and feminine, Cassie wouldn’t be a character on Skins if she didn’t have her own unique quirkiness. For a quirkier aesthetic, Cassie opts for tougher fabrics, as seen on her red plaid skirt, as well as graphic t-shirts (but of course still has her knee socks on).

As with Effy, vintage t-shirts and ironic tops are among Cassie’s wardrobe favorites. If you aren’t a fan of the longer skirts, pair a bold tee with a pair of skinny jeans or tucked into a more basic skirt.

Soft and Feminine

How to dress like Cassie from Skins - Outfit 3
Product Information: Hat – Forever 21, Floral Cardigan – Forever 21, Gray Cardigan – Forever 21, Knee Socks – Free People, Petal Skirt – ModCloth, Floral Skirt – ModCloth, Sunglasses – Forever 21

By far my favorite aspect of Cassie’s style is her collection of ladylike vintage skirts and accessories – which she pairs with soft cardigans and tees. Since I already touched upon her love of longer skirts above, these looks in particular are all about the accessories.

Round white sunglasses, a flat-brimmed straw hat, and printed stockings are the pieces that really set Cassie’s outfits apart from every other vintage-chic fashionista. To capture her style, pile on the vintage accessories, and utilize soft colors like pastels and neutrals. By keeping all of the pieces within the same color spectrum, you’ll have more room to experiment with different prints and fits.

Tying it All Together

Cassie’s style is one part rebellious teen, one part school-girl and a few parts vintage femininity. From flowy skirts to knee socks, Mod white sunglasses to patent leather Mary Janes, her looks are a great fashion inspiration no matter what your personal style.

What do you think of Cassie’s style? Do you prefer her feminine touches or Effy’s rocker edge? What items do you think really shape her ‘signature’ style? You guys had amazing input on last week’s post, and I love to hear your comments and suggestions. Be sure to leave a comment!

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35 Responses to “Skins Fashion – How to Dress Like Cassie Ainsworth”

  1. 1
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love Cassie! My look is kind of similar to hers in some ways and i will definitely be trying out some of these <3

  2. 2
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve never seen this show before but I’m a fan of her style! I personally would probably wear a more toned down version of this since it’s a bit too hispter for me. I think my favourite look of her’s is where she’s sitting at the table – cute skirt!

  3. 3
    June 29th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Wish I was tall enough to wear long skirts :p Nice article, though.

  4. 4
    June 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    oh wow, this is lovely! Mini next please :)

  5. 5
    June 29th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    There should be an article on how to wear knee lenghth, midi, and maxi skirts!

  6. 6
    June 29th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Love Skins and love Cassie’s style. I’ve been trying to emulate it recently because it’s simply gorgeous and you’ve given me some more idea’s on how to do so. Keep up the Skins style posts I love them!

  7. 7
    June 29th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    she was my favorite character on skins! love it!

  8. 8
    June 29th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    LOOOVE Skins. Echoing the above request -please do Mini next!

  9. 9
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Could you do Emily or Naomi ?

  10. 10
    June 29th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Loved Cassie’s style!!! I really hope you guys continue, hopeuflly with a little Naomi action!

  11. 11
    June 29th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I hate Cassie’s character but I do love these Skins How Tos!

  12. 12
    June 30th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Hey… am i the only one who can’t think of cassie without humming the Cat Stevens “Wild World”…. awsome end of a season, and an era in the skins series. I kind of miss some of the party clothes though.

  13. 13
    June 30th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    @ Lisa – you’re definitely not the only one that does that :-)

  14. 14
    June 30th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    wow, i’ve never worn skirts that length but i feel really inspired to try haha. especially the way she wears it sitting at that table. i’d love to try that. i love cassie, don’t understand how people don’t :) my favorite thing about cassie has always been her amazing hair…perfect for summer

  15. 15
    June 30th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Yes! Cassie is my absolute favorite.

  16. 16
    June 30th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    i got SO into skins over christmas break this year when i got my netflix on demand subscription. cassie has such a unique sense of style; it reminds me so much of when i studied abroad, you can tell the brits are super inspired by her fashions!

  17. 17
    July 1st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Cassie/Hannah was on the show 5 years ago, you should do a feature of one of the newer characters, they’re always dressed quite nice.

  18. 18
    July 2nd, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    This is awesome! I started reading CF in 2007 and I was obsessed with watching Skins online (I live in the US). Cassie is my favorite! I kept thinking it’d be cool if you covered her fashion. I was surprised to see this article today. Nice work!

  19. 19
    July 2nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Haha, oh please, the first generation of skins is my favourite generation of Skins, please, go through all the seasons. I loved Cassie so much, I was excited for you to cover her style. And you did not disappoint!

  20. 20
    July 4th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    THANK YOU! I love Cassie’s style!

  21. 21
    July 5th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I <3 Cassie!

  22. 22
    July 6th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    The soft and feminine is so what I would wear out on a date.

  23. 23
    July 13th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    i love her and her style, great job with these!

  24. 24
    July 14th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    the first generation of skins is my favourite generation of Skins, please, go through all the seasons. I loved Cassie so much, I was excited for you to cover her style.

  25. 25
    July 14th, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Wow……..i like her grey cardigan. i’ve never worn skirts that length but i feel really inspired to try . especially the way she wears it sitting at that table.

  26. 26
    July 14th, 2011 at 2:10 am

    wow……..i like her grey cardigan.

  27. 27
    July 14th, 2011 at 2:14 am

    wow……..i like her grey cardigan.Cassie is my absolute favorite.

  28. 28
    July 15th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    <3 <3 love that fashion

  29. 29
    July 18th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Absolutely Loving These skins Series!!!!
    (L) Keep it up!

  30. 30
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    can you do one about michelle’s style?!?! She doesn’t have the best style..but its very distinct to her personality and kind of sporty and bright

  31. 31
    January 26th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Does anyone know wear to find those white sunglasses she wears? I love them.

  32. 32
    April 7th, 2012 at 2:48 am

    i absolutely love cassie from skins. her personality, fashion… C: seriously, the first generation of skins is the only 2 series i enjoyed. the rest suck sadly…

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