With the recent advent of stylized rule breaking by way of unexpected foot layers, we got to thinking: if athletic socks (?) worn in tandem with heels (?!) can trip up two fashion no-nos at once and make them cool, what other cast-aside styles are waiting to be recouped? Let’s not forget that kitten heels used to be nauseating yet lately we’re lusting after them, and where clogs were once reserved as overseas souvenirs they’ve now found their way into the very definition of what it means to be a man repeller.
In that sense and framework, could it be that everything and anything is on the verge of return? Are we one power-shoulder-filled Balmain show away from clomping about in two-piece lady suits and sneakers like the professionals dashing through our city’s centers? No one’s co-signing chunky white gym shoes as a kicker to a too-long tweed skirt yet, but it’s hard to quell that tiny voice that creeps into your brain cave when you walk past a businesswoman in transit and admit that she does look kind of comfortable.
Let’s further our quick case study. Now that Birkenstocks have been brought back into the fray by way of leather straps and fur trim — big ups, Céline — we can’t help but ruminate on the other borderline blood curdling trends we wish, hope, even pray would be reborn as stylish.
Which poses the biggest question yet: what on-the-down-low trends are you dying to make happen? This is a safe space so let it out. Swear to blog we won’t judge you even if you do want to make Crocs happen.
— Contributing Writer Carlye Wisel