While New York Fashion Week is meant to be the stuff of Carrie Bradshaw's dreams, it rarely is.
Fashion week is grueling. Even the most seasoned fashionista will want to skin something alive after her seventh show of the day. Despite the craziness, it’s all worth it in the end just to see trends come to life.
In all honesty, most runway looks usually resemble something straight out of our worst fashion nightmares. Totally sheer sweaters are paired with heels even the most prolific street style mavens won’t wear. But these looks are the norm at runway shows, and we eat it right up.
Miranda Priestly's epic speech to Andy Sachs in "The Devil Wears Prada" is the best example of how trends born in avant-garde, seemingly unwearable shows work their way into everyday pieces we find in H&M or ASOS. Or in Andy's case, a "tragic casual corner."
As much as I’d love to believe I would totally wear the feathery white gowns at Marchesa or the giant pastel poncho-y thing at Delpozo, let’s get real. The only way those looks would work in my day-to-day life is if they were toned down and comfortable.
If you've wondered how runway trends could ever work in real life, take a look at some of our suggestions below.
Make belted blazers night-out appropriate.
Personally, I think a blazer when done right is way sexier club attire than the average bandage dress. The trick is ditching the shirt, slapping on some pasties and fashion tape, and Cara Delevingne-ing the sh*t out of your look. Versus Versace had models traipsing down the runway in blazers belted at the waist, which is pretty but let’s face it — no one would actually wear that with a straight face.
If you’re all about the look for a gal’s night out (or a shady Tinder date, you do you) snag a blazer in a thinner, more versatile fabric like satin. Juxtapose the feminine fabric with some badass leather shorts and pair with ankle boots.
Sheer lace isn’t just for call girls.
As much as I’d like to believe I can be an Oscar de la Renta model and walk out with my nips out, that’s just not me. Also, the chafing situation probably blows.
Instead of flashing your coworkers, grandmother or whoever decides to walk past you that day, pair your sheer lace top with an opaque lace bra. Sure, Free the Nipple might be a thing, but no one wants to see that without swiping right first.
Pair with a fitted skirt and mid-rise heels. For the love of all things holy, stay away from the "leather and lace” look, and don’t go too vampy on your beauty bits. Keep your claws a pretty ballerina pink.
Off-the-shoulder doesn’t mean giving the cold shoulder.
Let’s do double-duty and incorporate two trends into one. Look at you, multitasking maven!
Off-the-shoulder tops have a tendency to only look hot on girls of a very particular bra size. If you're too big, it looks out of proportion. If you're too small, you look like boy. This crop is all wrapped up, so it will minimize larger busts and accentuate smaller ones.
Also, get first dibs on the orange trend by pairing a bright blue crop with high-waisted sunset-orange pants. A choker and a pair of metallic sandals are also necessary for a totally Solange-approved look.
Don't be so blue.
Blue eyeshadow might be reserved for '80s night at your local college bar, but this season it made a long-awaited comeback. The models at Marc Jacobs were all rocking a dash of bright blue in the inner corners of their eyes, and it was both modern and mermaid-y all at once.
Offset the cerulean shadow with a deep red sweatshirt styled with a mid-length navy skirt with a slit up to there.
Go all sequin everything.
Sequins, like glitter, kind of get a bad rap. We're always told to keep the sparkles to a minimum, yet this season it was all about going apesh*t and layering all that glistens.
Pair your sequin dress with minimalist favorites. Think strappy sandals or booties and Rihanna-worthy dagger-like earrings.