Climate confusion? Take a hint from high fashion.



5 Ways Fashion Taught Us to Dress for the Changing Weather

The calendar says it’s winter, but in NYC, we like to think of it more as “that time of the year when the weather and the subway system battle it out for who can be more unpredictable.” Because seriously: one day might have us packing our picnic baskets for a trip to Central Park, but the next day we’ll be praising the powers that be for inventing down blankets as weather more depressing than Drake on a down day rages outside. What could be next? Nobody knows. Which is why we’ve taken our cues from high fashion and found five ways to help you deal with the changing climate.

1. Furry slides

An oxymoron in the form of a shoe, furry sandals come endorsed by Ri Ri herself. Earlier this year, she came out with pelt-topped pool slides as part of her Fenty X Puma collab, confirming something we’d known since the moment we first saw Céline’s Birkenstock-esque versions on the SS13 catwalk: here was a trans-seasonal piece of genius. After all, what other accessory or piece of fashion clothing manages to simultaneously keep you cool by exposing your toes to the elements, but also keep you warm by enveloping the rest of your foot in soft, strokable fur? If snow actually does start falling, you can always turn to Gucci’s fur-lined loafers á la A$AP Rocky as an equally fuzzy alternative. Because thousand-dollar shoes are exactly what you need to beat the snow.


2. The ultimate down jacket

Stepping out and need to be prepared for all meteorological situations? Trust that Acne Studios has your back: a modular quilted puffer jacket from their FW16 collection that can be attached, detached and reattached all over the place. Wear it with sleeves, without sleeves, below-the-knee, cropped, or even off the shoulder, or any damned way you want. Designer Jonny Johannson cited ’80s influences and punk as some of the inspiration for this collection, but all we care about is that he delivered the perfect piece of changeling fashion in a bright Floridian shade of orange that gives a big “fuck you” to the current mood of doom and gloom.


3. Socks & sandals

The sartorial equivalent of dad jokes having their moment of ‘cool,’ socks paired with sandals have crawled their way out of the locker room and have since been officially sanctioned by the likes of Marni, Prada, and Tim Coppens. From the classic Teva-and-sport-socks combo to pop art color situations, it’s not hard to see its popularity: it’s a look that’s equal parts comfortable and practical. Hell, it’s even economical, since it can be pulled together from items likely already lounging in your closet. And, if anybody questions you, take a leaf from Brit street designer James Long’s book and just say you’re channeling “sports Jesus on vacation in Ibiza.


4. Zippered skirts

Milk faves Eckhaus Latta are known for their deconstructed take on everything from denim to sexuality, so it stands to reason that they’d deliver the piece to answer all our indecisive weather needs. For their SS17 show, a double slider zip played the starring role in the skirt from their closing look—a zip we like to think could be potentially manipulated because of the temperature outside. Or maybe just because. And thanks to the skirt’s navy corduroy material and half-fitted, half-fluid silhouette, it somehow manages to give off nerdy yet non-conformist vibes at the same time. In other words, zippered skirts are nothing new… but we haven’t wanted this one this badly in a very long time.


5. Sweaters as accessories

Forget jewelry, bags or scarves to add textural intrigue to your outfit; at Thakoon’s FW17 show—confusingly staged at the same time as Eckhaus Latta’s SS17 show—the designer brought back the most pragmatic ’90s trend ever: sweaters tied around the waist. Using an extra layer of cashmere or wool knotted around the body or neck to add color, the models looked cozy AF. And we all know they were definitely prepared in case it got a little chilly later…


Images via Céline, Dazed, David Maestri/Fairchild, Eckhaus Latta, and Thakoon

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