Trend We Still Love: Culottes

“They’re the most comfortable pants I own,” Amee Kim muses. “I think style has evolved away from the super tight and form-fitting. We have more options than just skinny jeans, and trousers and culottes are definitely trending.” The Los Angeles-based Instagram star is just one culotte advocate you’ll see scrolling through your feed this season. Originally made to help Victorian-era women ride horses without having to risk their lives side saddling alongside the guys, the pant style comes from a pretty traditional and stuffy sartorial heritage. But when they made their first fashionable return in the ’70s, the idea of showing off your boots and shoes with a crop was immediately appealing to everyone. “They’re so dang easy to wear!” Andi Bakos, owner of West End Select Shop, chimes in. “They can take on many shapes and forms, they can be masculine or feminine, casual or dressy. And depending on the fabric, they can be styled and worn year round.”

 

Fall Editorial: Personal Best

THE ROMANTIC

garmentory_falllooks_5Tia Cibani velvet dress. TARA 4779 choker.

garmentory_falllooks_2Collina Strada sheer top and pants, beige leather bra. Geography 541 Isfjorden Pendant. Alynne Lavigne Deco Ring in silver. TARA 4779 earrings.

THE TOMBOY

garmentory_falllooks_11Collina Strada leather overalls. Hendrick Lou big rib toque

garmentory_falllooks_8Collina Strada jacket. Obakki top. Osei-Duro skirt. 

THE NEW BOHEMIAN

garmentory_falllooks_3Sunja Link turtleneck dress. Gamma Folk necklace.

garmentory_falllooks_13Nikki Chasin Niles Striped Vest. Giu Giu Knit Shorts. The Palatines clogs. LACAR Atria Collar. Erin Templeton Bag.

THE DRAMA QUEEN

garmentory_falllooks_7Eliza Faulkner Lucy dress, foldover clutch. LACAR Atria Collar. Gloves, stylist’s own.

THE MODERNIST

garmentory_falllooks_107115 by Szeki wool vest and culottes. Collina Strada halter. Shoes, stylist’s own. 

garmentory_falllooks_6Ilana Kohn coveralls. 

Men’s style made easy with Sean Santiago

Sean Santiago lives the kind of creative life in Brooklyn where Tumblr dreams are made. The Senior Home Editor at Refinery29 has a beautiful style blog, a new magazine called Cakeboy, a perfectly curated Instagram feed, and the kind of effortless style even a girl can envy. Whether high fashion or emerging trends, normcore or dandy, Sean dabbles with a little bit of everything. With the men’s shows in London, Milan and Paris in full force and the first annual Men’s Fashion Week in New York City kicking off next month, we’re turning our focus to men’s wear. If there ever was a time for guys to get serious about fashion, the industry is offering way more tools than ever to help. So we asked Sean for his top tips to help men step up their style game.

Beauty Trend We (Still) Love: Pastel Hair

Whether it’s bold lilac locks or going gray, this hair color trend has us hooked. Kelly Osborne has been rocking shades of purple for years, Sienna Miller tried it out in 2013 and Helen Mirren confirmed just how rad she is when she stepped out onto the red carpet with a pink pixie cut. Everyone from Nicole Richie to Cara Delevingne has gone technicolor at the salon, but what works for celebrities and fashion runways isn’t always easy to translate into the real world. So we called up a few experts to get the lowdown on pastel hair IRL.

IT CHANGES EVERYTHING. “My natural hair color is a dark brown and I’ve never had this drastic of a change, but I love it,” says Lily Piyasthaisere of Gamma Folk who has been trying out a few colors over the years. We fell in love with her grayish purple when we visited her studio in Greenpoint this year. “I feel like it’s pretty bold so I will wear more solid color clothes. I do have to say wearing black is much more fun now than when I had dark hair.”

IT’S KIND OF LIKE AN ACCESSORY. “I started with lilac, went pink soon after, and I’ve pretty much tried every color available since!” Alyssa Garrison tells us. Her candy colored hair has become synonymous with her style blog Random Acts of Pastel. “My biggest issue will be choosing what colour have it for my wedding!”