By Laura Iglehart, Student at Georgetown University
Is nothing new? Apparently not. During this year's New York Fashion Week, designers revisited the most iconic and classic color combination: black and white. Marc Jacobs took the award for reworking this color duo into psychedelic silhouettes reminiscent of prison break costumes. Yet, he is infused a modern flare into his low-slung skirts and cropped blazers.
You’re probably wondering how you can possibly translate this runway mania into realistic attire without looking like an inmate. Here is how: Stripes are hard to pull off and a lot of women tend to overdo stripes with bright or printed accessories. Just keep it simple to create a sophisticated, Parisian look. Try a black and white striped dress to begin with. For warmer days, add a pair of marine blue or rose pink flats. For colder weather, wear it under an oversized black sweat and add red lips. Keep accessories to a minimum.
Another trend designers circled back to was the faded, oversized denim look popular during the 90s. In particular, See by Chloé debuted a chic take on this outdated style with loose fit trousers and chambray shirts. To transition this look into your wardrobe, please do not raid your mom’s closet for a pair of the famously unflattering mom jeans synonymous to the 90s. Just don’t do it.
Instead, opt for classic shirt styles and jeans fits that can be worn time and time again. Try a faded chambray shirt tucked into a pair of boyfriend jeans. Add a printed (leopard – my favorite!) belt to tie top bottom together and add wrist full of bangles for a feminine touch.
Finally, designers revisited the utilitarian-meets-safari-chic vest shirts that were trendy just a few seasons ago. Proenza Schouler stole the show when they showed a yellow and python green leather version of this shirt. While this piece is super rad and crazy cool, it’s not likely to receive positive feedback from your peers. It’s one of those pieces better left on the model.
To create your own take on this bizarre trend, try an anorak jacket. Anoraks are perfect for fall and are extremely practical and comfortable. Pair these with your boyfriend jeans, t-shirt and scarf for a trendy autumn look.