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7 Styling Tips from NYFW to Wear (and Shop) Now

No need to wait for fall/winter ’20 styles to hit the stores.

Fashion Week
new york fashion week styling tips
The fashion calendar has an admittedly bizarre structure. The shows that buyers, editors, influencers, and more flock to in February are to exhibit clothes that won’t hit stores until the following season. This lag can obviously hinder the momentum of a trend shown eight months prior, and while this may be necessary for the brands from a buying/production perspective, it’s not as friendly for the shopper. The solve? Look at how designers are styling items that are already in circulation, or, even better, already hanging in your closet. Read on for the tips from NYFW we’re implementing into our wardrobes right now—oh, and also shopping.



new york fashion week styling tipsOscar de la Renta
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A term bathed in social stigma was deemed cool this season by brands like Oscar de la Renta, The Row, and Monse. While some may view the all-grey outfit as dreary, we believe in indulging in its positively skewed cozy connotation instead. The key here is switching up your textures—i.e., cotton with leather or knitwear with wool, and a little metallic embellishment never hurts either.

Short Hemlines with Tall Boots

new york fashion week styling tipsKhaite
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The tall boot cemented itself as the shoe du jour on last week’s runways. While previously we often saw it tucked away under midi skirts, many designers showed us that it’s the perfect solution to counterbalance a short hemline instead—a pair of tights makes this pairing a bit more refined.

Leather on Leather

new york fashion week styling tipsGabriela Hearst
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This is the Canadian tuxedo’s cooler, edgier cousin. When we saw this pairing on the runway at Gabriela Hearst and Brandon Maxwell, it was always done in black. An all-black, all-leather outfit? Pretty sure this is every New Yorker’s dream.

Coats Tugged Off the Shoulder

new york fashion week styling tipsProenza Schouler
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At Proenza Schouler, most of the pieces shown looked as if they had been tugged off at least one of each model’s shoulders. The coats were apparently cut normally but worn oversized and draped off the shoulder to create an asymmetrical illusion. In other words, it would be possible to achieve this style with any old coat (the larger, the better).

Turtlenecks Under Button-Downs

new york fashion week styling tipsThe Row
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We can always count on The Row for utterly simple yet devastatingly chic new ways to pair classic garments. For a few seasons now, they’ve showed form-fitting turtlenecks layered under button-downs left open to around mid-shirt. An added bonus: this combination adds a little extra warmth during a frigid February.

Dresses Worn Open Over Pants

new york fashion week styling tipsChristopher John Rogers
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We’ve seen the dress-over-pants concept for a few seasons now, but this rendition is a slightly fresher take. It involves any dress that buttons or zips up the front worn undone below the waist to create a cape effect—business in the front and party in the back, you know?

A Button-Down Works Under Anything

new york fashion week styling tipsCarolina Herrera
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We love the way a casual masculine shirt contrasts hyperfeminine evening wear, and this was especially the case at Carolina Herrera. Take a note from designer Wes Gordon, and tone down the look with a classic black pant.
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