Layering Trends According to Street Style of Fashion Capitals
Today my guest writer Claire has a great article about layering trends on streetstyles in Fashion capitals. I love streetstyles, you can see more inspirational streetstyles here.
Out of all the tricks of the style trade, chic layering is possibly one of the most difficult to master. You want to be warm and comfortable, show that you know how to mix and match, not just prints but also different fabrics and textures, sometimes even contrasting styles and cuts. In a time when street style looks are more present and important than ever, the ante has been raised in this department. It’s evident in the looks of fashionistas and influencers posing for street style photos while circling the venues in which fashion shows take place. One could argue that some of the people on the photos are going out of their way to get noticed by wearing the most outrageous and non-real-life applicable outfits, but we’ll attempt to steer clear of the overly busy and virtually unwearable looks and bring you only those that show that there are still fashionistas out there who can walk the fine line between traffic-stopping and relatable.
New York, New York
It’s well-known by now that New Yorkers tend to follow trends more avidly than people from any other fashion capital, and it’s no wonder that they’re the first ones to embrace the looks fresh off the runway. However, there is one look that caught our eye because it’s so incredibly simple that we can’t believe we never thought of it. Traditionally, the suit trend is rocked with a blouse or a regular tee underneath the blazer, but if you want to keep warm and still be able to show your suit off, why not go with a cozy sweater in a contrasting color? The sleeves peeking through are a very nice touch as well as the purse and specs in a matching hue. It’s simple, chic, and it will definitely keep you warm in the transition period.
We often forget that Sydney girls are a fashion force to be reckoned with, especially due to their carefree, unconstructed approach to fashion. Regardless of the number of sunny days, these girls certainly know when to layer up – they’ve learned it from their fellow Melbourne ladies who do wonders with layering. Sydney girls are also known to step it up when it comes to party wear, but if there is a nip in the air, they’ll add a classic trench coat to the much beloved boho maxi dresses in Australia or even spice things up with a whimsical faux fur coat in a pastel hue. The lesson – just because you have to layer doesn’t mean you have to forgo the playfulness and your style persona.
The ever rebellious and slightly more edgy Londoners always take a trend and make it bigger and bolder. The puffer jacket isn’t anything new, but we can’t help but fall in love with the bright orange and almost neon pink combo seen on the streets of London. The dress itself would have been an okay pop of color, but add ostentatious pink into the mix and it’s a whole new ballgame. However, if you’re not really a fan of the over-the-top athleisure, the women of London have a more subdued and chic layering option for you. The culottes are here and everyone is jumping on board, even the edgy London women. This outfit consisting of camel culottes, a navy fitted blazer and a simple white shirt topped off with mid-heel strappy shoes (also in navy) is almost something a Parisian girl would wear, and it goes to show that culottes make everything more interesting, even a blazer/white shirt combo.
We’ll always have Paris
Some may disagree, but Paris is the most important fashion capital of all, and if you’ve seen Devil Wears Prada, you know that it’s the fashion event of the season. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Parisian women are the undeniable queens of nonchalant layering, so let’s see what they have in store for us. First up is the inevitable athleisure; it seems that even the French aren’t immune to it. However, they do have a different and always unique take on it. Case in point – a buttoned-up white tee, a slim-fit tracksuit top (no hoodie) and the ever expensive-looking camel coat. This in theory would be unimaginable, but as the photo proves, it looks amazing, and the glasses with the geeky retro frame are a very nice and quirky touch. And, if you want to mix athleisure with femininity, then by all means, follow in the footsteps of this chic Parisian who isn’t afraid to rock a colorful asymmetrical dress in combination with an oversized winter jacket (logo on the collar and all). This look definitely gets extra points for the unseasonable golden shoes.