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Style Right Now: Birkenstocks Revival

Not at all the granola type, I never even considered Birkenstocks. Even during ’90s grunge, which I wholeheartedly embraced (after all, as a fashion editor in New York, I was at those runway shows), Birkenstocks were not on my style radar. They were shoes worn by people in Oregon. To me, Birkenstocks were the shoes of guys with long hair and thick wooly socks. No thank you.

I’ve stuck to that for the last twenty years, even as the social currency for hikers, makers, and locavores has risen. But now . . . Well, looking at these street style shots of indisputably elegant, chic, and just plain cool women, I’m re-thinking the Birkenstock. Maybe.

Birkenstock sandals hail from Germany, though to me they have a Dutch aesthetic. I must admit its minimalist vibe with these equally streamlined outfits. Should I?

 

Kate Moss In Vogue 1993 Wearing Birkenstock Sandals

Kate Moss wearing Birkenstocks with white jeans
Photographed by Corinne Day for Vogue, 1993

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birkenstocks-balenciaga-tee

birkenstocks-black-and-white

birkenstocks-black-colorblock-bag

birkenstocks-black-tote

birkenstocks-gray-coat

birkenstocks-leather-chambray

birkenstocks-neutral-tone

birkenstocks-white-windowpane-print-pant

birkenstocks-white-with-oversize-shirt

birkenstocks-with-red-handbag

birkenstocks-with-trench

birkenstocks-and-khaki-jacket

birkenstocks-floral-skirt-chanel-handbag

birkenstocks-on-a-bench

C E L E B   S T Y L E 

Mary Kate And Ashley Olsen Wear Birkenstocks

Ashley Olsen in black Birkenstock thongs
The Osen twins in Birkenstocks + socks (don’t do it)

R U N W A Y  R E V I E W 

Birkenstock Trends Marc Jacobs Celine SS13 SS14

Céine Spring 2013   |   Marc Jacobs Spring 2014

H I S T O R Y  L E S S O N 

The Birkenstock sandal of today was developed in 1964 by Karl Birkenstock, whose grandfather registered the brand in 1774 in Germany, where they are still made. They’re designed with contoured cork and rubber footbeds that conform somewhat to the shape of one’s feet. It became popular in the U.S. among 1960s hippies. In the early 199s the look was revived. (Wikipedia likens that trend, popular among high-school and college-aged Gen Xers, as comparable to the popularity of flip-flops today.) Birks showed up on European runways for Spring 2013. The Birkenstock sandal has now made its way to street style around the globe.

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Style Right Now: 15 Digital Print Looks

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.

digital-print-dress-harpers-bazaar

digital-print- landscape-outfit-bazaar

digital-print-top-skirt-

digital-print-h-&-m

digital-print-skirt

digital-print-leather-moto

digital-print-gray-flannel-coat

digital-print-Atlantic-Pacific

digital-print-dress-milan-harpers-bazaar

digital-print-birds

digital-print-alexa-chung

digital-print-green-milan-elle

digital-print-leggings

digital-print-blue-green

digital-print-anna-dello-russo

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Style Right Now: 32 Coats Worn As Capes

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.

coat-over-shoulders-cozy-knits

over-shoulders-gray-mohair

coat-over-shoulders-black-leather-over-white

coat-over-shoulders-blue-and-orange-knit

coat-over-shoulders-blue-stripes

coat-over-shoulders-boyfriend-jeans

coat-over-shoulders-stripe-sweater

coat-over-shoulders-camel-with-scarf

coat-over-shoulders-converse

coat-over-shoulders-black-and-white-stripe-shag

coat-cape-camo

coat-over-shoulders-camel-and-black

coat-over-shoulders-geometric

Elina Halimi at Alberta Ferretti

coat-over-shoulders-white-jacket

coat-over-shoulders-white

over-shoulders-mongolian-lambswool

coat-over-shoulders-navy-blazercoat-cape-green

coat-over-shoulders-gray-with-knit

coat-over-shoulders-light-gray

coat-over-shoulders-with-chickens

coat-over-shoulders-pinstripes

coat-cape-faux-fur

coat-over-shoulders-chanel

over-shoulders-navy-and-polka-dots

over-shoulders-stripes

over-shoulders-varsity

over-shoulders-camel

coat-cape-stripey

over-shoulders-leather

over-shoulders-redhead

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Style Muse: Jenna Lyons’ Signature Coat Over the Shoulders Look

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.

coat-over-shoulders-fur-yellow-purse

coat-over-shoulders-jeann-lyons-leopard

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-aztec

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-camel-and-leather

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-camo-fur

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-check

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-gold-pant

jenna-lyons-camel-coat-as-cape

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-denim

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-green

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-print-pant

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-white-blue

jenna-lyons-coat-as-cape-prabal-gurung

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-red-pumps

coat-over-shoulders-jenna-lyons-embellished-sweater

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Style Right Now: 22 Colorful Coats

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.

pink-overcoat-purple-sweater

overcoat-blue

orange-coat-cobalt-trousers

navy-cape-denim

neon-green-coat-blue-clutch

sky-blue-overcoat

blush-coat-leather-skirt-graphic-tee

rust-coat-black-clutch

palest-blue-mohair-coat

colorful-coat-pink

burnt-orange-overcoat

green-cocoon-coat

clutch-blue-faux-fur-overcoat

green-coat-with-sneakers

hanneli-coral-coat

light-blue-coat-black-boots

cobalt-blue-coat-patterned-pant-fur-clutch

marigold-overcoat-jeggings

mint-green-acne-coat

hanelli-in-neon-green-acne-coat

mustard-overcoat-fur-hat

blake-lively-blue-overcoat

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.

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Style Right Now: Fair Isle Street Style

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 . . . )

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fair-isle-gray-tights

fair-isle-long-cardigan

fair-isle-black-overcoat

fair-isle-sunglasses-denim

fair-isle-b&w-portrait

fair-isle-girls

fair-isle-paris-fashion-week-2013

fair-isle-dog

fair-isle-leggings

fair-isle-bedhead

fair-isle-rainbow

fair-isle-yellow-denim

fair-isle-sweater-japan

fair-isle-cardi-gold-oxfords

fair-isle-sweater-greg-kessler-studio

fair-isle-striped-maxi

fair-isle-wiht-high-tops

fair-isle-under-fur

fair-isle-sweater-short-sleeves

fair-isle-tights

fair-isle-princess-di-Balmoral-Castle-May-1981

 

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Style Right Now: 48 Plaid Looks Beyond Flannel Shirts

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?

T O P S

plaid-asymmetric-top

plaid-jumper-quilted-chanel-bag

plaid-scarf-sweater-varsity-jacket

plaid-blanket-sweater

P A N T S

plaid-pant-braid

plaid-pant-chambray-shirt

plaid-pant-in-blue

plaid-pant-leather-moto-vest

plaid-pant-varsity=jacket

plaid-pieces-models

plaid-pant-moss-tee

S K I R T S

plaid skirt-stockholm

plaid-green-and-leather-moto

plaid-maxi-skirt-and-platform-sandals

plaid-maxi-skirt-with-buttongs

plaid-pencil-skirt-gold-heels-celine-tee

plaid-pencil-skirt-leather-jacket

plaid-pleats-with-graphic-tee

plaid-skirt-bulky-scarf

plaid-skirt-spiderman-sweatshirt

plaid-tartan-skirt-flannel

plaid-tartan-skirt-moto-jacket

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B L A Z E R S

plaid-blazer-crop-top

plaid-blazer-leather-mini

J A C K E T S  &  C O A T S

green-plaid-in-paris

plaid-buffalo-check-leather-legging

plaid-coat-with-denim-shirt

plaid-coat-zip-mini

plaid-jacket-in-paris

plaid-jacket-with-faux-fur-collar

plaid-jacket-with-leather-sleeves

plaid-red-black-knits

plaid-red-tartan-overcoat

plaid-over-camo

plaid-scarf-blazer-denim-shirt

plaid-trench-coat

D R E S S E S

plaid-dress-casual

plaid-dress-emma-watson

plaid-dress-moto-jacket

S H O E S

plaid-vans-white-overcoat

H E A D – T O – T O E

plaid-mismatched

plaid-skirt-and-top-london

plaid-suit-camel-coat

Sandra Hagelstam

plaid-suit-stockholm

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Style Right Now: 22 Ways to Wear Wear Plaid Shirts

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.

flannel-and-necklace

plaid-and-florals-with-chanel-bag

plaid-and-leather-wrap-skirt

plaid-blazer-mini-studded-flats

plaid-blue-polo-duck-boots

plaid-bra-tank

plaid-button-down

plaid-moto-orange-lipstick

plaid-button-down-white-jeans

plaid-oversize-shirt-olsen-twin

plaid-quilted-clutch-london

plaid-shirt-alexa-chung

plaid-shirt-gingham-jeans

plaid-shirt-olsen-twin

plaid-statement-necklace-beanie

Viviana Volpicella in Equipment plaid.

plaid-shirt-asymmetric-leather-mini

plaid-shirt-cardi-sunglasses

plaid-shirt-leather-leggings-animal-print-shoes

plaid-shirt-light-denim-skinnies

plaid-shirt-over-polka-dot-top

plaid-shirt-under-leather-jacket

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Style Right Now: 28 Oversize Clutches on the Street

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.

clutch-and-buffalo-plaid-dress

clutch-chambray-colorblock

clutch-clare-vivier-bange

clutch-coconut-green-moto

blush-clutch-rose-shirt

clutch-leopard-clare-vivier

clutch-embellished-stipe-to[

clutch-fringe-yellow-tweed-blazer

clutch

clutch-maxi-pleated-skirt

clutch-sequins-striped-shirt

clutch-with-maxi-skirt

clutch-with-star-wars-tee

clutch-yellow-mohair-sweater

clutch=ivory-wiht-black

cluth-with-tie

oversize-cobalt-clutch

oversize-pale-pink-clutch

clutch-pink-and-furry

clutch-patterned-stripe-top

clutch-miu-miu

clutch-pouch-orange-heels

clutch-striped-sweater

clutch-studded-red-cocktail-dress

clutch-studded-valentino-trench

clutch-studs-blush-blazer

clutch-with-black-and-white

clutch-size-does-matter


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Style Right Now: 22 Camo Street Style Looks

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.

camo-jacket-cara-delvigne

Model Cara Delvigne rocks plaid AND denim, plus moto boots and a knit cap.

camo-jacket-leather-leggings

A leopard print clutch punches up this look.
How are you feeling about white lug sole boots?

camo-moto-beanie

Camo pants with elastic at the ankles get sey with sky high pumps.

camo-oversize-bag

Slouchy, oversize bag, long blonde hair, and a camo jacket.

camo-skinny-beanie

Love camo with all the layers.

camo-sweater-leahter-leggings

Is this Victoria Bekham? She looks perfect in a shrunken camo pullover.

camo-tee-cargo-denim

Casual weekend wear—camo tee, cargo pants, and denim jacket.

camo-coat-wedges

Another weekend look—throw a camo jacket over a sweatshirt & jeans.

camo-graphic-tee-jean-jacket

Ah, the graphic tee. It pairs up well with camo skinnies.

camo-jacket-celine-paris

Lanvin tee and densely patterned camo coat with light buckled booties.

camo-jacket-over-black-shift-dress

A camo jacket over a black shift makes this classic look edgy.

camo-over-striped-maxi-dress

Mixng stripes and camo.

camo-skinnies-and-shredded-sweater

The shredded patterning of the sweater works nicely with camo print.

camo-skinnies-stripe-top-blazer

Strips and camo go preppy glam with an orange saddle bag, metallic flats, and statement necklace.

camo-tee-distressed-jeans-spotted-clutch

Love the rich textures of denim and animal skin with the camo tee, plus layered jewelry.

camo-jacket-animal-print-studded-clutch

Another layered look with animal print clutch.

camo-jacket-leather-shorts

Nice calf muscles. Are those leather shorts?

camo-leggings-with-graphic-tee

Graphic tee once more, under a moto jacket with camo leggings.

camo-coat-spotted-fannypack

A quintessential fashion week street style look. Enough said.

camo-skinnies-moto-jacket-ponytail

Love her chic messy pony.

camo-with-belt-chanel-brooch

A Chanel brooch, oversize watch, and luxury leather mixed with camo.

rhianna-red-strapless-dress-camo-jacket

Rhianna drapes a camo coat over her red bodycon dress.

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