High Fashion, College Wallet: Theory

The looks of Theory Fall/Winter 2014 show that the most simple and understated silhouettes could make the greatest impact this fall. Designer Oliver Theyskens played a lot with contrast in this collection, mixing hard and soft elements to create looks that appeared relaxed and effortless, but still sophisticated and put together. If a look was loose at the bottom, Theyskens was sure to add a belt or a tailored blazer on top to create a single polished look.  The pieces Theyskens used in his collection are so simple and versatile that it is very easy to purchase similar pieces on a college student’s budget.

Via Style.com
Via Style.com

This look allows you to wear something easy, comfortable and laid-back without running the risk of looking unstylish—perfect for arriving to class right after getting out of bed, minus the part of looking like you just got out of bed! You may have some of these pieces in your closet already, but if you do not, there are plenty of retailers that offer less expensive pieces to help you emulate this Theory look.

Ribbet collage

Begin by looking for tailored, cropped, menswear inspired pants like the ASOS Clean Peg Pants ($41.69). They should be loose, but not so baggy that the rest of your outfit drowns in them. For the sweater, try Forever 21’s Classic Tunic Sweater ($22.80) in black. You can also try any oversized crewneck sweatshirt from places like H&M or American Apparel to pull off the same effect. To create the structure necessary for pulling off Theyskens’ hard vs. soft look, wear any white collared shirt, like Forever 21’s Classic Collared Button-Down ($24.90), under your sweater or sweatshirt. Your outfit will look more polished and put together, and the extra layer will be helpful on a chilly autumn day. If you really want to copy this runway look, find a pair of nude pumps, like Urban Outfitters’ Dolce Vita Oaklee Leather Heel ($90), to add one final touch of sophistication to your look. However, if you really did just get out of bed, running to class in heels may sound less than ideal. Therefore, any nude ballet flat, or a more edgy, flat sneaker, like Topshop’s Tika2 High Vamp Skaters ($35), might be a more practical option.


Natalia Barr is a contributing writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com.

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