One of the greatest circumstances to emerge from fashion week is a clearer sense of what you will want to wear in the upcoming months, which is further punctuated by one’s ability to understand that what she currently wears will likely find itself futile the following season.
This condition is one that only really reveals itself to those who are capable of attending the bi-annual fashion weeks and therefore experience immersion among not just the shows but in the peripheral style of spectators et al that always manage to endure subtle-enough changes to fly over a careless eye as the weeks progress.
Example: starting point green culottes this season in New York turned into late week flare leg, cropped pants and striped socks as well as various sleeveless blouses layered over long sleeve shirts of the same fabric. Ripped jeans turned into sleek, clean jeans and sneakers became loafers. Definitively. So, to save you from the wrath of another pair of pants you will no doubt never want to see again come September, here’s a list of things you will definitely want to wear in their place.
1. Flare leg jeans — both cropped and not.
2. Fitted overalls and jumpsuits.
3. Pussy bow blouses, potentially with the aforementioned overalls.
4. Foot-length, as opposed to ankle length, boot cut pants, either in denim or wool and to stand as the last remaining morsel of 90s paraphernalia on this side of that cyclical river.
5. More fitted jackets — clap at your curves, they’re here for you.
6. Victorian-style blouses that might moonlight as turtlenecks.
7. Suede shearling coats that reveal their curly fur at your cuffs and collar — Etsy will be an optimal source to locate one of these.
8. Gold boots — I think I’m projecting because I just bought these.
9. Other forms of gold! The lamé dresses that once seemed indigenous to the 70s will populate the aughts, possibly under shearling coats and definitely to say FUCK YOU in capital letters the next time an “arctic chill” forces you out on a date.
10. More clogs! In addition to groovy platforms that will fare well with thick knit, charcoal grey socks.
Also of note: high waist, a-line mini skirts.
Of course, though, some people don’t know what they want until they’ve determined exactly what they don’t, so here are some things you will probably not care about at all:
Normcore — that means: ripped jeans, super-skinny jeans, mom-style pants, any pants, really, that are too cropped, Stan Smith sneakers (get a pair of Eytys!) and frankly, looking deliberately disheveled.
But then again, style is the most personal conversation one can have with herself — so maybe I’m completely wrong. Just do you.