Follow along with Cardi's fashion evolution
There’s a reason we’re all rooting for Cardi B to win. There’s a reason that everyone celebrated when “Bodak Yellow” hit number one. And there’s a reason that everyone delighted in Cardi’s Azealia Banks clapback.
It’s not just because Cardi is delightful (though she is), and it’s not because “Bodak” is a banger (though it is). The reason we root for Cardi so hard is because she’s a classic underdog. Watching the “regular, degular schmegular” girl go from stripper to Instagram personality to reality TV star to the top of the Billboard charts is a classic rags to riches story. She’s documented it all like an autobiographical, 21st century Horatio Alger. We celebrate Cardi’s glow-up because it allows us all to think that we can do the same. It’s a bit of “our Bardi, ourselves.”
Cardi’s ascencion isn’t just measured in her chart success, label contracts, Instagram likes or single sales. In the same way that we can see Cardi “got a bag and fixed her teeth,” Cardi’s style is reflective of her climb.
Along the long slow path to “Bodak,” we’ve seen Cardi go from everyday streetwear to designer gowns, and we’d be lying if we said it was anything less than inspirational. The story of Cardi B’s clothes, in many ways, mirrors the story of Cardi B, so it’s worth taking a look.
Let’s revel in her come-up.
The idea of finally being able to afford to look good is central to Cardi’s identity now. After all, “Bodak” points out the cost of her shoes over and over again and immediately mentions that she’s still on a budget in the very next line. Cardi’s very aware of how far a dollar goes, and she’s just now getting to a point where she can care about that a little less.
While this outfit is awesome, it’s more of an indicator of the way Cardi used to present. It’s a great streetwear look, but it in no way signaled the designer-gown Cardi soon to be revealed to her fans.
This is sort of a transitional outfit. While everything on Cardi looks good and pricey — and the white signifies she’s not trying to get into the sort of scraps she was in during her Love & Hip-Hop days — it’s still a step toward the fashion week vibes she puts out in her more recent looks.
Here’s the first look at high-end Cardi. The “Bodak” money is flowing, and you can see it in this gorgeous dress.