We all know that models look good when they’re posing in designer clothes for the camera, but what about those folks who just view the world as their runway? Whenever I’m in New York for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) as I am now, I love to take pictures of the people attending the shows as well as those hanging around Lincoln Center, where a vast majority of the shows are held.
What I like the most about the way people dress during the seven days that encompass MBFW, is the total disregard for trends and strict adherence to their own fashion voices. So, this week I thought we’d take a look at a few of the more interesting outfits I saw and break down the components that make them unique. Like I always say, a great ensemble is made up of three things: color, texture, and pattern. These can be incorporated in so many ways, and yes you can dress like the people that attend fashion week too, just by following those very rules.
He’s got on some trendy teal-pleated walking shorts with a printed button-down short-sleeved shirt. His leather oxford shoes are a dark navy blue and set off the funky socks. The narrow black-leather studded belt is a good way to break up the pattern and color a little. This is a fun late-summer look, and he has all the rules covered.
She’s mixing her patterns with the striped, wide-leg pants and charming sleeveless-print top with peplum. The metallic platforms and black-leather clutch with nice detailing balance everything else. This is how to pull off mixing prints, and a little confidence doesn’t hurt either!
The guy here is also wearing pleated walking shorts with lace-up leather oxfords. Notice the trend of the fully buttoned up short-sleeved shirt. He’s also carrying some sort of designer man bag, and is holding some cool dark aviator sunglasses. Classic, but the bag makes it fashion forward.
Middle girl has on short shorts with a buttoned-up Peter Pan collar blouse and brooch. Over that is a two-tone textured cardigan, belted with a wide black- leather belt. I LOVE the classic pumps in aqua!
The girl at the end has on an interesting combo that I like a lot. It’s a white blouse with rolled-up sleeves and man’s bow tie at the neck. Over that she has on a men’s athletic tank top in blue. Peeking out from under the long top is a pair of black-lace shorts. Accessorizing it all nicely are the white platform pumps and shocking pink cross-body bag, which is all the rage these days.
Monochromatic Movie Star
This gal has really pulled the glamour card. This is texture and pattern mixing for a sophisticated tastemaker. A black-knit tank dress topped with a skirt made of black fringe, and a troubadour-sleeved blouse with keyhole accented in white. I love the texture and sheerness of the blouse over everything else.
The accessories include a turban-like headband, black shoulder bag with chain strap, beige suede lace-up ankle boots, and my absolute favorite thing, the round sunglasses with gradient lenses. Take my word for it, round is going to be the way to go for sunglasses for the truly fashion-forward individual.
As you may have noticed, all the outfits here were comprised of all the elements I mentioned. The Goodwill Store & Donation Center in your neighborhood is a wonderful place to start your own quest for a new style. Because you’ll pay a fraction of retail, there is no earthly reason not to take a gamble and make the city you live in your personal runway like these folks at fashion week. You’ll be doing yourself a stylish favor and at the same time support the Goodwill mission in your area. Nothing is more fashionable than that.