When it comes to inspiration for outfits this season, there are a few brands I rely on.
If you know me or at least have been following my column for a while now, you would know that I like keeping things clean and simple. I also like to put a spin on it with an unexpected shoe choice or exciting accessory.
But even my approach to classic isn’t usual. I like interesting cuts to basics. This is why I’m a big fan of The Row.
Its approach to minimalist, well-tailored pieces manages to be fresh. For instance, it plays up jackets with zipper details for that athleisure vibe.
The Row always reminds me of the ease and sophistication of a white shirt: You can put a cream blazer over it for a daytime meeting. For travel, it looks good underneath a long black coat.
Its Spring 2020 is a predominantly white-and-black collection with lavender and pastel blue that I believe is a good way to play up your workwear.
My next peg for the season is Bottega Veneta. I love how Daniel Lee shows off his artistry, talent and experience.
Here’s a designer who doesn’t give in to the celebrity aspect of his job. It’s all about what he’s putting out on the runway. And I feel that hasn’t changed despite the positive reception to Bottega Veneta.
One’s takeaway from this brand is the play with textures. When putting together an outfit, think about texture, too, aside from color. This way, you will add dimension to the look.
Start with woven leather pieces, the brand’s signature. Or maybe, you’re into how Lee adopted the length of basketball shorts for his semi-formal ensembles. It looks classic but you can feel how on-trend it is when you’re wearing it.
When it comes to punchy pieces, I like Tibi’s take. They always manage to be both very girly and edgy. If you’re having difficulty integrating your current style with the trend, borrow from their runway looks: Choose the interesting piece to focus on.
It can be a pair of neon green pants or tie-dye skirt. Make everything else complement that piece, so the look is harmonious.
To go over some on-trend pieces this season:
First is polka dots, thanks to Martin Margiela. The look is nostalgic but also comes in various color schemes, so you’ll surely find one that suits your current mood.
You also need to be aware of how we’re borrowing a lot from the ’70s.
Victoria Beckham’s new collection injected a few details of the disco days with huge lapels and ruffles on dresses that you’re meant to dance in.
If you’ve got archive pieces from the ’70s, now is the time to bust them out.