I’m a creature of comfort, and I’m also from the Pacific Northwest, so, naturally, I love hoodies, polar fleece and rain boots. Yeah, it’s a stereotype, but in my case it’s 100% true! But despite this, I still love fashion. How to reconcile the two?
Well, the fashion stars seem to be aligning in 2014. Deborah Needleman of the NY Times Style Magazine points out a few style trends at NY Fashion week this month. The results are – how shall we say? – super cozy. Which is awesome! Finally my snuggie-loving self and fashion-loving self can live in sweet harmony rather than compete in catty one-upmanship like the Naomi/Tyra feud of the 90s. Those were dark days.
First up, the super cool, super aloof yet super chic oversized sweater. I’ve been rocking the oversized boyfriend look for awhile, and I love how it’s been rethought for 2014, especially by Prabal Gurung. However, The Row’s sweater-skirt combo is kind of confusing. How to feel about it? The texture reminds me of Fozzie Bear. Sidenote: The Row is a luxury brand designed by the Olsen twins, so maybe that somehow explains it.
According to Deborah Needleman, The Row has created an oversized sweater and sweater-skirt “that looks like if you were to lay down, you could just wrap it over yourself like a blanket and go to sleep.”
Chic apparel as blankie? Yes, please. This is the sole reason why I love the poncho. It’s basically an excuse to plop a blanket over your head!
So much of this year’s women’s fashion was inspired by menswear, and it’s no different in the shoe department. Thankfully for us comfort junkies, men’s shoes are FLAT and not perched on towering sticks geared to mutilate your toes *cough* stilettos *cough.* Cannot abide. This season is awash in comfy loafers, brogues, oxfords and sneakers. The sensible shoe lives on!
Lastly, who should pop up in the sweater of the moment but runway coach Miss J Alexander (of ANTM fame) rocking a seriously oversized cable-knit sweater during NY Fashion week. I see you J! You lookin’ good!