Fashion 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!
Fashion week officially starts today in Toronto. Look forward to lots of runway and personal style updates here and on our Instagram in the coming days! Lucky for me I also get to spend the next 4 nights pacing frantically in my closet trying to figure out what shade of white goes with which kicks. Oy vey.
In the meantime, I give you some of my favourite street style looks from the last month in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, which also serve as fantastic inspiration for my sartorial game plan for the week. Of course, unlike many of these international editors and socialites, I don’t exactly have at my disposal the latest in designer RTW pieces. But that’s ok. Sometimes all it takes to look good and dress interesting is a closet of rare vintage finds, a badass shoe collection, and heaps of creativity.