When it comes to fashion trends, sometimes the more crazy the looks are, the more the writer tries to reach for ways an average person could possibly pull off the looks. But, in a refreshing contrast to the over-the-top aesthetic, we have the design trio, Orley, who showed a no fuss, vintage-inspired collection that men and women alike could embrace. Sure there’s a few outfits only a brave soul could wear, but then again, I once wore a “leisure suit” in the 1970s. So never say never! They relied heavily on knits and other pieces which could be crafted into wearable winter outfits for almost anybody. Sleek sweaters and skirts figure into this collection (I photographed them at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week) quite prominently, so take a look and see what you can glean from some of their cozy ideas.
What I see:
- Matching polo and sweater sets
- Flared pants instead of skinny pants
- Fitted, not tight silhouettes
- Cardigans with elbow patches
- Texture/pattern mixing
- Cable knits
- Knit skirts
- Zip front shirts and cardigans
Taking a cue from a fashion show is a fun way to spur your own creativity when it comes to dressing up or down, as the case may be. In fashion there are a lot of areas which transcend trends and veer closer to classic pieces, just like the collection here. Separates are always the way to go to when building a professional, or casual wardrobe. Just keep in mind that the fit of the pieces is always important when doing layered looks. Goodwill shopping is a great way to try new ideas and fill in the winter blanks, so to speak! And, when you shop or donate you’re doing something good for your community as well.