Style is mostly about how you wear something, not what you wear. This spring, after examining our packed closets, we turned to Nordstrom Styling Director Ruth Basloe for tips on how to make the most of what we’ve got. Ruth gave us 10 ways to wear things we already own, incorporating small updates to look fresh this season. So here’s how we’ll be wearing everything—along with some street-style inspo and shopping links (in case you feel inclined to buy)!
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This last month has been a whirl—one filled with designer platforms, reams of fringe, handbags the size of suitcases and crayon-colored eyeshadow. All of these glamorous things have left us in a swivet, and we’re suffering a bout of fashion fatigue from keeping up with the runway shows and street style. It’s a complicated self-diagnosis but, we’re assured, completely curable.
So once again we turned to Kate Bellman, associate fashion director in our Nordstrom Fashion Office, to distill the runway’s biggest trends for fall 2017. Because if someone were to ask us, our response would sound like nonsensical Elton John song lyrics: “blue jeans, baby; rocket ships; crocodile shoes and rhinestone sunglasses.” See what we mean?
Maison Margiela Fall 2017
Thank goodness for Kate! Here’s her professional breakdown of the last four weeks—plus our on-trend shopping picks. Sing along if you want to!
SEE AND SHOP THE TRENDS
After the whirlwind of runways this New York Fashion Week, we looked to our Fashion Office to tell us what exactly happened. When it comes to fall 2017, what will we be wearing? What are the big takeaways for the season? What do we need to know? Um, help.
Associate Fashion Director Kate Bellman sifted through the crazy, beautiful style this season, breaking it down to six need-to-know trends. With our sights newly focused, we then took the liberty of rounding up some styles that you can shop—and wear—now.
Public School, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images
This Fashion Week, one of the biggest looks on the runway involved reworked classic menswear. Prep codes were reinvented with generous proportions and masculine/feminine mash-ups. Tailoring introduced deconstructed layers to make suits look modern and streetwise. Androgynous hats, tweeds, checks and pinstripes all appeared on runways as distinct as Public School, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler.
Shop the trend now:
Public School stripe cotton shirtdress | Tibi removable strap stripe shirtdress | Victoria Beckham asymmetrical cotton shirt
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What to wear when you’re surrounded by stylish ladies and confronted by cold weather? It’s a quandary that we put to our Associate Fashion Director, Kate Bellman. Yes, we want to look great at Fashion Week. We also want to keep all of our toes and fingers. And, true, we want to make the best-dressed lists and street-style blogs, but we don’t want to look like we’re trying too hard.
So, Kate, what should we pack for Fashion Week? Here are her suggestions for our suitcases.
“We’re still falling for deconstructed classics thanks in particular to Demna Gvasalia’s influence at Balenciaga,” Kate says. “Whether a classic trench (like this Burberry coat) with updated sleeves, or plaid shirting worn slightly askew (as done on this top by Public School), this trend will be setting the tone for my wardrobe this season.” Ours too now, thanks to you, Kate.
YOUR PACKING CHECKLIST CONTINUED
Did you read our Senior Fashion Director Shannon Schafer in GQ? She was speaking about bomber jackets among a panel of menswear experts, discussing different brands, shapes and colors. An excerpt:
“The bomber jacket trend started with ’90s throwback colors of black and olive for us. Fashion colors quickly gained momentum and now burgundy is our top-selling color.”
You’ll want to read the rest of her entry here.
And while we’re at it: did you read GQ‘s Raf Simons interview? It’s a riveting Q&A with the legendary Belgian designer—and relatedly, our new Adidas by Raf Simons Stan Smith and Ozweego styles are some of the coolest sneakers on the planet. They go great with bomber jackets, too.
SHOP: bomber jackets
If there is one simple, affordable and endlessly wearable item to add to your wardrobe this winter-into-spring, it’s a logo tee. A throwback to ’90s fashion branding, these graphic statement shirts are popping up in the streets, on the runways and on the infobahns of Instagram. Attribute it to the Vetements influence, the continuation of the athleisure movement, increasingly casual clothing options—whatever it is, this relaxed resurgence cannot be ignored.
Stylist Shiona Turini (@shionat), photo by Kristin Yamada
Our own Fashion Office endorsed the trend thusly: “No longer just for wearing with jean shorts on the weekend, the graphic tee is being seen dressed up on the street and on the runways. Look for everything from vintage rock to kitten silk-screen T-shirts.”
Here are three ways our Fashion Office and the social stars are wearing the tees now. From work to dinner to weekends, this versatile and verbal top speaks for itself in almost any setting.
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This just in from Google: “What to wear booties with” is one of this year’s top searches. As a fashion retailer in a serious long-term relationship with shoes, this is the kind of thing that gets us excited (and feeling slightly remiss for not having said something sooner!). For anyone out there seeking inspiration on how to wear them, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to style booties as seen on the street-style stars of 2015—along with the expert advice of our women’s styling director, Ruth Basloe.
As part of our Fashion Office, Ruth uses her encyclopedic knowledge of fashion trends and women’s style to translate to the rest of us her perspective on styling that’s as enviable as it is spot-on. Case in point: the following tips on putting the best looks together with—and looking your best in—booties. From making your legs look longer to the most flattering ways to wear this style, be bootie-baffled no more.
READ ON FOR TIPS AND PICS, TO BOOT
And so we say au revoir to the spring ’16 season, as it wraps with all the beautiful savoir-faire, femininity, freedom and nonchalance that the Parisian houses deliver best.
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