For about a year now I’ve been putting together roundups for the Sunday Boston Globe spread called “The Enthusiast.” I alternate every other week between fashion and home decor items. This season has been particularly fun. While I’m not a huge fan of spring fashions for myself (much prefer to wear gray and black styles topped off with a beanie, but when it comes to pulling together stories, florals and brights are much more fun.
This week I’ve been working on sourcing digital prints. (It’s not always that easy to find the more interesting looks around here; everything I use must be available in and around Boston.) Getting into the spirit, I pulled a bunch of street style images of digital prints, from landscapes to florals to psychedelic blurriness. If you love them, make sure to check back tomorrow for an online shopping guide for digital print dresses.
For a few years now, bloggers have been writing about how fashion editors don’t exactly wear their coats; rather, these slaves to fashion drape said coat over their shoulders. This may well be the influence of Jenna Lyons (see last Friday’s post: “Jenna Lyons’ Signature Over the Shoulders Look“). I wonder if these ladies find it annoying (though at least not painful like heels). Can one make decent progress on a city street wearing a coat as a cape? Or is the coat constantly sliding off? I may just try it out, but not until (if) the weather gets warmer. I’m thinking a full-length Patagonia puffer isn’t exactly the look we’re trying to achieve.
For a few years now, bloggers have been writing about how fashion editors don’t exactly wear their coats; rather, these slaves to fashion eschew sleeves, draping said coat over their shoulders. Jenna Lyons, style muse, creative director of J.Crew, she of the most blogged brownstone, has certainly embraced the look of late. Wearing her coat over her shoulders is almost as much a signature style as her nerdy black glasses. Let’s see how Lyons does it, 15 times.
When I was in high school, I had to, had to, have a Kelly green overcoat. I went to multiple stores to find the perfect one. I think someone once told me I looked like an old lady. Yes, that was the style. It was the 1980s. That’s all I need to say, right? I’m sure I must have spotted jewel tone overcoats in Vogue. While my friends were being all sporty Connecticut, I was wishing I lived in New York. If you spend the time scrolling through these overcoats in hues that range from cotton candy to robin’s egg blue, you will be treated with a photo I plucked out of a box last night.
These days, I don’t even wear an overcoat. Sure, I have the luscious camel one I purchased in Florence years ago, still pristine, and a black Max Mara oversize cocoon from, hell, I don’t remember. As a work-from-home writer who lives in Boston, I’m way more partial to my ankle length gray Patagonia. But if I did have reason to dress well again, and I lived somewhere a tad less chilly, I might be tempted to dip back into a pastel, neon, or candy colored overcoat. These women wear them well. Here are 22 colorful coats, street style.
Blake Lively, who goes bare under hers.
And, for comedic value, this is me in high school, doing street style, or rather, backyard style, before it was a thing. I loved that green overcoat. Yikes. Let’s not discuss the Angora beret. It was the mid ’80s. That’s all I can say.
If you grew up anytime in the ’80s no doubt Fair Isle sweaters remind you of the whole Preppy Handbook era. (Personally, I was hoping to forget junior high.) Or perhaps you regularly stroll the English countryside, prep school campuses, or Nordic slopes.
Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, and other designers incorporated Fair Isle patterns into runway looks a few years ago, in Fall/Winter 2010, and Nordic knits still keep popping up. Ski styles and chunky knitwear are inevitable for winter, after all. Here’s a roundup of how they’re being worn in real life, on city streets. (Lucky for me, I’m in South Florida for another two days . . . )
Last week we looked at 25 Plaid Shirts street style. Although I’m not the biggest fan of plaid (and especially not tartan), I think most of these women put plaid looks together superbly. I kind of have a soft spot for the Stella McCartney plaid intarsia sweater—it totally reminds me of a baby blanket I had. Which of these plaid looks work for you?
Flannel isn’t just for slackers. Plaid shirts are showing up in outfits of every incarnation. In addition to doing the tie it around your waist thing, street style shots are showing plaid shirts paired with leather minis, over graphic tees, under biker jacket, and tucked into white denim. It’s more stylish than the Seattle “Singles” scene for sure. Are you taking on this plaid shirt trend for fall? I might still have a cute J.Crew plaid shirt somewhere from the last go ’round.
Who are these chic women carrying clutches all day? The same ones subjecting themselves to high heels, I’m guessing. I love a clutch in the evening, if I’m going out to dinner, and will be, um, sitting down. Tucking a clutch, no matter how oversize—and I do adore these slouchy, oversize clutches—is just NOT PRACTICAL. Then again, fashion rarely is. So let’s just admire their looks, and make a pact not to attempt this in real life.
As with leopard print, I’ve never been a big camo print kinda gal. In fact, this post is pretty hypocritical, as I don’t actually let my boys wear camo. It always seemed “not the sort of look we want to project,” if you know what I mean. That said, I think (maybe?) there’s something different stylistically when it comes to stylish ladies sporting a camo piece here and there. (Am I crazy?) There’s nothing middle American about the way these ladies are incorporating camo prints. They are totally rocking the look, with skinny jeans, moto jackets, and fall coats, daring to mix it with plaid, leather, graphic tee, and animal prints. I’m not so sure I’ll be running out to buy a piece, but I love the camo print styles happening on the street.
Model Cara Delvigne rocks plaid AND denim, plus moto boots and a knit cap.
A leopard print clutch punches up this look. How are you feeling about white lug sole boots?
Camo pants with elastic at the ankles get sey with sky high pumps.
Slouchy, oversize bag, long blonde hair, and a camo jacket.
Love camo with all the layers.
Is this Victoria Bekham? She looks perfect in a shrunken camo pullover.
Casual weekend wear—camo tee, cargo pants, and denim jacket.
Another weekend look—throw a camo jacket over a sweatshirt & jeans.
Ah, the graphic tee. It pairs up well with camo skinnies.
Lanvin tee and densely patterned camo coat with light buckled booties.
A camo jacket over a black shift makes this classic look edgy.
Mixng stripes and camo.
The shredded patterning of the sweater works nicely with camo print.
Strips and camo go preppy glam with an orange saddle bag, metallic flats, and statement necklace.
Love the rich textures of denim and animal skin with the camo tee, plus layered jewelry.
Another layered look with animal print clutch.
Nice calf muscles. Are those leather shorts?
Graphic tee once more, under a moto jacket with camo leggings.
A quintessential fashion week street style look. Enough said.
Love her chic messy pony.
A Chanel brooch, oversize watch, and luxury leather mixed with camo.
Rhianna drapes a camo coat over her red bodycon dress.
I love the look of a graphic T-shirt under a fabulous jacket. I spent the spring wearing my favorite J Crew heather gray tee with black sequin penguin (so many years old it’s starting to wear thin), under my Tory Burch blue and ivory striped knit blazer.
Years ago, I wouldn’t have ever put anything so mismatched together. We’re hardly talking florals and plaids (which the models and style bloggers can pull off and I would never dare), but still, I was a fashion purist/minimalist. Not in a Japanese designer, architectural kind of way, but definitely a disciple of Calvin Klein. Clean lines, neutral colors, no pattern beyond a simple stripe. My reasoning was that with red hair and freckles, I had enough going on.
Well, apparently my hair has darkened (everyone asks me where the boys get their hair color), and the freckles have faded (or I’ve gotten better with makeup). Or maybe I’ve become happy-go-lucky, casual, and carefree. Ha. Probably, since I no longer go to an office, my style needs a bit of sprucing up, and throwing together looks that are slightly askew now suit me.
I love the way graphic tees are playing out on the street—under a faux fur coat or sequin blazer, with a statement necklace, paired with leopard skinnies, tucked into denim cutoffs or minis, under a trench or baseball style jacket. It’s all delicious, and the more juxtaposed the style the better. Lace pants and a T-shirt with writing? Sure, why not? Pinterest is especially rich with street style photos with tees full of fashion sass. My favorite: Kate Moss Is the Boss. And I think I need to get a Celine Me Alone T-shirt.
Scroll through. Do you love it or hate it? Do you do it? Or do you only wear your T-shirts with jeans? This weekend, wear a T-shirt with something unexpected.