Subconscious Obsession: Turtlenecks

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tumblr_n6lijiBPbr1rf4nooo1_1280 IMG_8643 Le-Fashion-Blog-Copenhagen-Street-Style-Emma-Elwin-Ray-Ban-Wayfarers-Oversized-Turtleneck-Sweater-Red-Clutch-Via-Malmo-Street-Style.jpg~original tumblr_inline_nnod4binDM1tq0qkl_500 main.original.585x01235 tumblr_m7oikf4jlG1rbeyrao1_500 turtleneck-1-682x1024 turtle3Turtlenecks are a part of my daily wardrobe these days. They’re classic and feminine, and are super warm so they make great substitutes for scarves. Turtlenecks are also a huge trend item at the moment, and have been for a few seasons (part and parcel of the whole 70s trend). I’m still not sure if something this simple and cozy could really be a trend item, but who even cares because it looks great on everybody and goes with everything.

Images via Tumblr


qL1o7h Sji0mG d6hGnY V82ZBx Abn3VJ bmyLcj qCYtEl 4afjOE sU3XsU HkgVAp ehhlt1 VvLN9Q Jk20sGThere are few bloggers who wear simplicity as perfectly as Maria Van Nguyen. Lucky for us, she also designs clothes. Inspired by some of the best minimalist designers—Jil Sander, Céline, The Row, and Margiela—Maria’s been honing her technical and design skills for the past three years at Parsons and collaborating with talented people like Christina Paik. As one of the first bloggers I followed and one of the few bloggers I still follow to this day, Maria’s growth as an artist and curator has been tremendously inspiring. So obviously I was beyond stoked to check out the lookbook for her thesis collection, Contentment. Much like her personal style, the only colours in Maria’s collection are white, black, and grey. She works with primarily natural fabrics like wool, cotton, and silks. Silhouettes are kept casual and unfussy. I love the soft light saturating every photo, so quintessentially Paik. Even the shoe choices—easy mules and classic pumps—are effortless but carefully thought out. What can I say? I’d wear absolutely everything from this collection and would hang every lookbook shot in my apartment.

Images via Christina PaikMaria Van Nguyen

Dress Warm | Look Hot

20-fall-2015-ready-to-wear-street-style-06 28-fall-2015-ready-to-wear-street-style-03 Untitled-2 22-fall-2015-ready-to-wear-street-style-07Fashion industry people must be pleased turtlenecks layered under everything is so trendy right now. Save for the perfectly-styled nut in the first shot, almost every person in these street style photos is sporting a turtleneck. Even with drivers and cabs at their disposal, the weather for the past month has been no joke. Perhaps in London, it’s the same 10 degree weather they have all year round. That would probably explain the open-fur-and-crop-top combo on our bold first showgoer. But in NYC, it was frozen-snot levels of frigid all of last week.

If I’m being totally honest, I’d have to admit that a part of me feels immense satisfaction in seeing some of the most powerful, not to mention wealthy, women of fashion bow down to old man winter. If part of street style’s function is to inspire a love of clothes in its everyday readers who probably take public transit and walk outside like normal people, I can’t say it’d be very realistic to see bare legs and no scarf in the middle of February. Plus, no one wants to be reminded that they don’t have a personal driver, OK?

As nice as it is to think of fashion as fantasy, most of the time we need clothes that actually work. We have jobs and social lives and side hustles—do we gotta worry about being comfortable and warm in our clothes too? I’m gonna go ahead and say “nah” and present to you some of my favourite street style looks—featuring some stellar outerwear—from New York Fashion Week, and a few from London too. Out of respect for our readers, these shots were selected based on both style and functionality. Bonus points for the most brightly coloured because matching your clothes to the weather is a little depressing. So sorry, Olivia Palermo. Your bare legs with the nude pumps didn’t make the cut. Better luck next year!

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Ruby Jean for Dion Lee

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Line II is the diffusion line of beloved Aussie brand, Dion Lee. With garments that are designed for a younger and more casual woman, Line II tapped model Ruby Jean to shoot its Resort lookbook among a few strategically placed milk crates. To be honest, milk crates aren’t objects I immediately think of when I envision fashion campaigns. But stacked in a multitude of shades like how they are here, the colourful props provide a delightfully ramshackle backdrop to the sleek minimalist clothes. I especially love how photographer Jayne Min, of Stop It Right Now, was able to capture the crates’ shadowy reflection on the wall behind them. The overall effect is dreamy, with just the right amount of awkwardness to really charm me.

Images via Jayne Min for Dion Lee

Subconscious Obsession: Wide-Leg Jeans

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I must admit we hopped on the bandwagon early on as well.

What is immediately appealing about this JNCO-revival is the comfort factor. While fashionably-inclined women are accustomed to a certain level of discomfort for style’s sake, I am of the school of thought that I should still feel good when I’m in my clothes or else I probably won’t wear them. Of course, skinny jean manufacturers helped by producing them in stretchy spandex blends. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to wear jeans so loose there’s a draft when I’m walking. Also of interest to me: how long a well-cut pair of wide leg jeans can make your legs look.

Images via Eckhaus Latta, Rachey Comey, Marques’Almeida, Sunnei, Fuyuri’s Diary, Faustine Steinmetz, and Fake Tokyo

Street Scene

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Images via modern legacy, eckhaus latta, tommy ton, emma elwin, soop soopanOther mag, dazed digitaloyster mag, the haute pursuit, maria van nguyen, cos, and tumblr