This might sound unlikely, but lately I feel that I am in a bit of a style rut–I want to look at what I have in my closet in news ways, and rethink combinations, because frankly it takes thought and I haven’t had the time or energy to deal. Sometimes it’s the smallest tweak that changes the mundane to something more interesting. These images from Phil Oh on Vogue.com caught my eye.
First up, the woman at the top. I do not know who she is (anyone?), but how chic is she?! While she is wearing very classic pieces, I think it is the slightly undone effect of everything and her loose jeans. I am going to try out these trouser style jeans from Nili Lotan. I already have a plaid Diane blazer from a couple of years back which would work and then a striped button down (or my Micky Paris military shirt).
This is something I’ve been thinking about too, cowboy boots. I love how Emmanuelle Alt is wearing hers with a pinstripe suit. Why not?! I bought a stylized pair from Khaite last year, plus my daughter has a classic vintage pair languishing in her closet (stealing them. Shhh!!)
I saw a knit “bib” at COS today, it was paired under a blazer and I wasn’t sure what to make of it until I saw this image. It’s kind of cool. Especially if you want to block out the wind and layer a blazer or jacket over it. It’s a scarf alternative. I wouldn’t buy one that was more expensive than the one at COS, because you could tire of it. But now I’m intrigued.
Double denim. Nothing “new” here, but it just looks good. Nili Lotan also showed some good double denim for next Spring in Paris (more later). It is also an excellent fall layer under sweaters and blazers, with a sheer turtleneck underneath–limitless options. (Is that Gaia Repossi??)
An oversized blazer. Not going away. In fact, they seem to be getting more exaggerated, like Lauren Santo Domingo’s here. I particularly like ones for next Spring from Miu Miu and Stella McCartney.
Unusual color pops and combinations. I hardly ever wear color and at COS they have a hot pink cashmere crewneck, but I think you have to think outside the box to made it work, like this woman. Instead of black or navy she’s paired it with two shades of green and then red shoes. It’s weird, but it works. Was thinking the COS sweater, Frances de Lourdes army satin pants (I bought the black last year, they are worth it), but then you need the outer layer and shoes. Everything has to be right to get there sucessfully.
And finally this young woman. I don’t know who she is but I automatically thought “young Carolyn Bessette.” It’s the simplicity of her pieces. The bare leg and feminine but quirky shoe. I love the soft colors of her coat and dress. This is elegant.
All are good. Love the last neutral one.
Denise Brady says
All of these are really good. I’m not, however, too keen on the bib. Too much like a dickie.
Hah hah, true.
Perfect! Who is designer of outer coating with the Frances de Lourdes army satin pant and cos sweater? Thx
I don’t know. She is not wearing FDL and COS, I was suggesting those two pieces would emulate what she’s wearing, but unfortunately I do not know who she is or what she’s wearing.
Love all these people watching ideas! Emmanuelle kills it for me. The pinstripe suit and cowboy boots is just fabulous and does not look at all try-hard because the boots are fairly understated. On a side note though, I wish EVERY blazer /suit jacket wasn’t DB at the moment!
Totally agree on all fronts!
Thank you for the great post! Pretty sure the shoes the last woman is wearing are by Jil Sander. Thought I saw them while doing a bit of surfing last week. I’ll second the bib thing. It would look fine under a jacket, but on it’s own, not so much.
Good sleuthing on shoes! Get the bib hesitancy.
The ability to layer, and wear a coat or jacket, makes these style hacks so much easier. So hard in overheated Southern California….Example – love the hot pink sweater peeking out of the coat – but would I like it on it’s own? HMMMMM.