First, let’s talk about what it is: Boxy shapes worn in black, white, or black and white. Black and white was big last spring and it’s BACK, again. Which is good because it makes transitioning from winter to spring fairly seamless. It’s also not too hard to pick out two colors in your pre-caffeine-fix-coffee IV-mess-of-yourself state in the morning.
Fashionfrixtion via Instagram & Armani http://www.armani.com
My cute co-worker Devon in said minimalist attire showing us how to work said coffee maker…
Second, here’s how to wear it:
1) Black and white is boring. BUT the reason this look isn’t is because it incorporates wearing cool SHAPES. The boxier/odder/more masculine the cut the better. Now is NOT the time to show off your figure– looking hot is never as intelligent, nor nearly as fun, as looking interesting (in a fashion forward way). Who cares if any of the males in your life understand what you have on. Just ignore them per usual.
2) DON’T approach this like trends past: don’t add a bunch of accessories, in fact, zero is a totally appropriate number.
3) DON’T add pops of color– unless you are a genius and you really know what you’re doing, but even then, I might refrain. It’s been done, and now it’s predictable.
4) Keep make-up to a minimum– no bright red lips with this look. It plays well with others, but not this one. This look works best with nude lips and a tan. If your DNA comes from the North Pole like mine, get a spray tan and be done with it.
$$$$: Tibi http://www.tibi.com
$$: Zara http://www.zara.com
$: Target http://www.target.com
Christopher Lemaire’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection, Images from Vogue Paris
How lingerie was appropriate in public before pajamas I know not– I don’t make the rules– I imagine some male or someone trying to please one probably did– whatever the reason for the delay, pajama dressing was totally worth the wait. How to wear it: Grab a pair of your grandfather’s slippers (that is sarcasm, please don’t do that) or something resembling them, a pair of his pajamas, your grandmother’s robe, and you’re good to go. The last few seasons have presented this look via mix-matched prints. This season’s twist continues the trend by adding more layers– this time with a morning coat.
And on that note… re: general fashion trends, where previous seasons suggested adding more accessories– to the point I often scolded my sister for sporting too much flare– this spring suggests you add more cloth: not the former layered look, but rather, longer hemlines on skirts and dresses (mid-shin), long sleeves, and shirts buttoned to the very top button. Being covered up is oh so chic. I expect headscarves are next.
Photo by Griffith Greer
Soooo I recently found myself ordering a pair of women’s pantyhose ankle socks like my 80 year old babysitter used to wear. I decided I had to have them, like, right now. And when Amazon couldn’t hand them to me through my computer screen (when is Amazon gonna be more like pizza delivery? seriously what is taking them so long), I found myself in the Wal-Mart parking lot asking myself if going in there at midnight was really worth a pair of old lady pantyhose anklets. Of course it was. So here I am– wearing them with just about anything I can find, open-toed sandals included, and here is my fashion icon behind the look, my beloved Lillian Branch.
Photo by Griffith Greer.
Tee: Victoria’s Secret http://www.victoriassecret.com
Sweater/Boots: Forever21 http://www.forever21.com
Pants, vintage: Bluebird Circle, Houston, Texas
Socks: L’eggs for Wal-Mart http://www.leggs.com
So my favorite look of the season (yeah the one that’s almost over so I should probably comment on) is looking like a total square. It’s androgynous: boxy shoulders, flat-chested, no waist, unflattering lengths, minimal jewelry and make-up, and hair that has maybe been brushed but it doesn’t matter because it’s pulled back anyway– 1920’s rectangular shapes and mid-calf lengths (Downton Abbey) meet mod futuristic space clothes (Star Wars). This style can most prominently be seen on the runways of Alexander Wang, Tibi, and Zara (featured below). For the love of God, these are the most comfortable clothes I’ve worn in a while, with the exception of sweatpants and pajamas, which I’ve apparently taken to wearing in public on a regular basis: Unless I get an invitation, I’m not getting dressed.
Maybe the new style will be my saving grace, or maybe it means I have totally let myself go (whoops), or maybe it’s part of the latest surge in the feminist movement, which of course I am a part, so, and regardless, I for one am more than happy to rock my boyish figure. Whatever it is, I CAN’T WAIT to get dressed in the morning. Perhaps because I’m merely changing from one set of pajamas to another. I throw on the most oversized sweater and the most oversized skirt I can find and slip on my shiny patent-leather resembling flat boots because they are SHINY AND RESEMBLE PATENT LEATHER and think how pleased I am with myself that this outfit is totally acceptable, and I walk out the door. But mostly I am just relieved that I no longer have to fret over a before-my-time stroke because my skinny jeans cut off the circulation at my knees again. Suddenly frumpy looks like you actually did something with yourself. More good news: Pulling off this look is very simple. The most important question you should be asking yourself: “Does this make me look fat? Yes? Okay good.”
Photography: Lisa Televista
Skirt, boots, sweater, and dress, all Zara: http://www.zara.com
Jacket: Grey Ant; Shorts: K2 (Hong Kong); Pants: Mossimo at Target, Boots: Zara Boots, Coat: Tibi http://www.tibi.com
Looks from Zara: http://www.zara.com