New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, so you’re probably already planning what you’re going to wear for the occasion or trying to live out the dream by looking as though you just left Lincoln Center.
However, dressing for NYFW does not mean you should directly mimic the models, unless you want glares from even the most die-hard fashion enthusiasts. There are plenty of runway-inspired looks you can wear by simply browsing through your own closet — all you need to know is how to put them together. To begin, it is always helpful to look to the socialites and the editors.
Socialite and fashion icon Olivia Palermo has a great sense of style, often wearing the art right off the runway while still looking effortless. Menswear is not a new trend, but very few women in the public eye have pulled off the head-to-toe black tuxedo look. Without taking the Menswear concept literally, a chiffon white blouse and colorful accessories prevent Palermo from looking too stiff. If you want to try this style and add your own twist, opt for leather-paneled pants — another trend popping up everywhere — paired with a white flare blouse that gives the illusion of a white dress shirt and tie. Dig out a basic black tuxedo jacket, grab a solid color evening clutch, put on a fun pair of heels and dab on a nude lip before heading out the door.
The Oversized Blazer Coat
If you consider yourself trendy but don’t covet Chanel and Hermes bags in your closet, you may want to emulate quirky it-girl Alexa Chung. In this weather, shorts might not be the best option, so if you want to keep warm but avoid too much bulk, opt for the oversized double-breasted coat trend.
Chung has also worn a slouchy t-shirt and skirt to London Fashion Week before despite being seated front row next to Anna Wintour. Hence, there’s no reason why you couldn’t pair your oversized coat with this Tupac tee from Nylon magazine’s online shop, transforming into your effortlessly chic, Williamsburg-meets-East London alter-ego.
Lastly, don’t forget about Russian beauty Miroslava Duma, former editor of Russian Harper’s Bazaar. Known for wearing bold prints and accessories, Duma lightens the dreary, dark temperament of winter with a pop art-inspired color ensemble. In an outfit by Diane Von Furstenberg, Duma modernizes houndstooth, a popular pattern worn in 2011 and 2012. Currently featured in multiple collections this season, the houndstooth look is sure to be seen on many NYFW attendees in a variety of styles and textures. If houndstooth doesn’t work for you, stay on trend by pairing a brightly-printed shift dress with this season’s most common (and weather-appropriate) shoe, thigh-high boots.