The common interpretation of fashion week is that it’s a road map that indicates where you’re headed for the next six months or so, but not as regularly do people treat it like a litmus test that challenges all the stuff you think you know and forces you out of your comfort zone, stylistically speaking, to put the brakes on trends you’re not actually over but trust me, you will be in t-minus [insert time period here]. Like, for example, culottes. Any big-ass cropped pants worn with sneakers, for that matter. Yes, they’re practical — they allow room for your legs to run wild and free without compromising respect for your feet and their level of comfort, but there are better ways. Here are some of them.
1. Try a pair of capri pants. You might not agree with me yet, but trust me, you will! Last week, as a matter of fact, I wore black knee-cap leggings as though they were capris with a pair of lace up sandals and I felt bizarrely awesome. You won’t find these in many places yet, so I’d recommend Lululemon — or crystal ball holder, Isa Arfen.
2. And while we’re talking about fitness-wear, how about a pair of track pants. Ece Sükan, who we street style-stalked in New York, is pretty good at making this work, and so was Lacoste. Chloé is seemingly on the same page, too.
3. We’ve been suggesting that thick wool trousers might usurp the denim kingdom for a while but if fashion week’s street style was an indication of anything, that moment is here. I’m particularly partial toward houndstooth and herringbone — any sort of gray, or pinstripe prints because they feel, I don’t know, less corporate than a solid black or navy and thus actually feel like a denim replacement. Creatures of Comfort has this game on lock.
4. Goodbye sneakers, hello ballet flats! Never mind the “basic” implications — this is a challenge we are up for and it appears as though baggy trousers will do the trick to eliminate those implications.
5. I don’t know if this is the case for you, but I can’t stand the thought of an ankle boot with cropped jeans any longer. Instead, I’m thinking of somewhat loose-fit pants worn with knee-high boots like we’re a bunch of horseback riders on sabbatical or something.
6. Nothing fitted, please. Give me robes and bell shapes and big-ass boxes.
Where shirts are concerned:
7. Are you sick of your button downs? Me too! What is that? I can only stomach the thought of them worn under dresses — preferably tea length.
8. …And have instead submitted myself to a life of half-zips. I’ve now mentioned this like, 5 times and wonder if you’re on board?
No? Not yet? Okay.
9. May I interest you in a Victorian shoulder ruffle?
Meanwhile, in stuff that’s not new, which you probably already own and are wondering what to do with:
10. Jumpsuits are still very much alive.
11. So are unseasonal white jeans.
I feel so much better knowing that you know what I mean.