Street style during fashion week season is always a good litmus test for in the moment inspiration for what we’ll be wearing IRL. Last season it was all about the wide leg crop, this season the bomber jacket is making a triumphant return. This time around with new fabrics, colors and details, it’s blending seamlessly with everything rather than standing alone as the nod to athleisure in our closet. And the latest hero piece from this longstanding style? The long bomber jacket for a seasonal two in one. We’ve rounded up our favorites to shop, and wear, right now.
No matter how much you love the holidays or get excited about the first snowfall, it’s always a little depressing to reach into the depths of your closet and drawers to pull out your winter hats, scarves, gloves and socks every year. Here we go again, extremities. Brace yourselves. So we asked a few of our resident experts to give us a winter fashion pep talk and the lowdown on a few new ways to style our winter accessories.
GO FOR A WIDE BRIMMED HAT. “Even in winter the sun can hit your skin and bother your eyes, so sometimes a wide brim felt hat is very necessary,” says Portland-based milliner Brookes Boswell. “I love to pair a felt fedora style hat a thick warm scarf. You can bunch and pile it up around your ears and stay just as warm as if you had a beanie.”
TRY WEARING PINS OR BROOCHES. “We’re loving the resurgence of fun, quirky pins,” says Parc boutique owner Thao Bui Nguyen. “Adding enamel pins to an old winter jacket or blazer makes our everyday go-tos feel new again.”
ADD A TON OF TEXTURE. “Adding texture and shape through structured knits is a great way to update a look,” suggests Stephanie Oliver, founder of knitwear label Hendrik Lou. “Lots of texture, natural fibres and soft, sculpted pieces.” And the easiest way to accomplish that is with a great scarf. “We love a good chunky scarf that wraps around the neck a few times and finished off slightly messy,” says Thao.
BRING A LITTLE COLOR TO YOUR OOTD. “Aside from the usual greys and blacks, indigo and camel or natural white are great color options,” Stephanie suggests. Or if you’re more about bold hues, go for pops of crimson red, cobalt blue or emerald green this season.
TRY A DIFFERENT HAIRSTYLE EACH DAY. “If you have long hair, pile it in a top knot,” says Brookes. “Wear a hat with a tall straight crown so that it fits directly over the bun and you’re good to go!” Another option is the hair tuck. “We love to keep it clean and sleek,” says Thao. “Hair tucks into our favorite scarves and turtlenecks. So good!”
And as for the often inevitable hat head? If your hair is on the shorter side, you won’t have to do too much. “Go with a messy look,” Brookes advises. “When you take your hat off, tussle your hair and no one will ever know that you once had hat head.” For us gals with longer hair, we’re taking a note from Stephanie’s book. “Aside from avoiding toques altogether, I think the best way to deal with hat head is just to embrace it,” says Stephanie. “There’s nothing wrong with a little messy hair!”
Fashion week in New York City, for all the recent debate about how it’s becoming purely about entertainment and content, was pretty effin’ entertaining. And fashion should be fun, right? Not only did we get to preview some amazing collections for Spring/Summer 2016 (we’ll break down the trends you can expect to see on Garmentory after the fashion pack heads to London, Milan and Paris), but we caught up with some lovely pals, had some great visits with our favorite designers, ate our way through the city, and spotted a few style stars along the way.
Here’s a quick recap of our fave moments at NYFW.
Brooklyn designer Ilana Kohn on why she loves the oversized look: “It’s so casual and easy. And you never have to suck it in.” Pretty much sums it up to the tee. That and the fact that when it’s a million degrees, out all you want to wear is a sack, and you CAN. The oversized look has been an underdog trend in fashion ever since women rejected the corset in the 1920s. Coco Chanel’s elegant and fluid silhouettes followed, then over the years there was always some kind of champion for things that left everything to the imagination, often led by Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons. “I used to only wear oversized dresses with a really slim pant. Now I wear oversized dresses with oversized pants. My mom thinks I’m crazy, but I really like it,” admits Garmentory co-founder Adele Tetangco, our resident oversized champion.
So how does one wear the oversized look without losing your shape? A few tips from the experts:
- “Balance it out with things that are more form fitting,” says Ilana. “Like skinny jeans and sandals or a ballet flats with an oversized shirt.”
- Adele is a fan of a little DIY. “The trick to not looking too hippy in an oversized dress is to remove the pockets.”
- “Pay extra attention to length,” Ilana warns. “A couple inches too long, an oversized dress can become frumpy. But cropped just above the ankles or mid calf, it can be perfect.”
- It’s all in the bookends of an outfit for Adele. “Adding a heel slims the look (if that’s at all possible), so does putting your hair up in a high bun.”
So there you have it. Clothes you can swim in for the win. Go forth and conquer the look! (A little inspiration below.)
Model, muse and recent fashion grad with an eye for vintage shoes, Mari Giudicelli has the kind of style that takes years to perfect. The New York City-based Brazilian mixes high and low like a pro and her closet is home to an enviable mash-up of vintage. Plus, she’s got that strong brow and It girl shag down to a tee. We’ve had our eye on her since we spotted her scrolling through the vintage site Where I Was From. We suspect that modeling for brands like Maryam Nassier Zadeh and Rodebjer has also helped shape her personal style but that whole effortless thing just can’t be taught. “I kinda dress like a homeless person a lot,” she said recently. Watch your back Mary-Kate. Mari just signed with Ford Models so you’ll be seeing her lovely mug a LOT more. She’s also a talented photographer and having just graduated from fashion design school is about to design her own line of shoes. You know how this works: start watching this beauty NOW.
YOU’RE ONE OF THOSE AMAZING MULTI-TASKERS. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT ALL THE THINGS YOU’RE DOING NOW? I moved here to go to fashion school and when I was in my second semester a photographer found me on the street in the East Village and that’s when I started modeling. Many people started reaching out and I managed to shoot between classes and on weekends. It wasn’t easy, nor planned, but I was lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing designers, and to be able to choose to work only with people whose art I really appreciate. This past month I signed with Ford Paris. They have me on their talent board, which is super awesome.
I just graduated, so now I’ll have time to really focus on my projects. I’m obsessed with vintage shoes. I love fashion history, and it’s something I’ll never stop studying. I also design footwear and I’m coming out with my own line soon.
In my free time, I photograph, write and celebrate life with friends as much as possible.
If there’s one thing fashion agrees on this season, it’s that the ankle is the new it zone. The Spring/Summer 2015 runways showed a ton of variations of pants – from swingy culottes to high waisted flares – all with a crop that hits above the ankle bone. Now before you get flashbacks of capris from the early 2000’s, this new crop is a key part of the new silhouette of pants and is a trend with serious legs. To find out how to get cropped pants just right, we got in touch with the beauty behind the cool UK-based fashion blog Style & Well Being, Brittany Bathgate. She’s a master of the crop so we quizzed her on why she loves them, how to wear them and her DIY tips.
We may never fully let go of our skinny jeans, but as editors call for their demise and we embrace the mom jean, there are way too many rad new ways to wear denim this Spring that we can’t ignore. Plus, wearing a more relaxed silhouette is kind of liberating. This season we love our jeans cropped above the ankle, straight leg, wide leg and flared. Keep rolling the cuffs of your boyfriend jeans and overalls aren’t going anywhere just yet. And the Canadian Tuxedo? Denim on denim just keeps getting better. Head to toe is just how we like it. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite street style inspiration for keeping things fresh in blue jeans.
We want to know: how are you wearing yours this Spring?
All images by George Elder via Four Pins.