Chunky Cable Knits

Fashion, Luxury, Reality, Style

When my alarm is going off and I hear the winter wind whistling against my window, the last thing I want to do is get out of my warm, cozy bed and venture into the freezing cold. Rather than sleep in, try layering under warm, chunky cable knits.

Chunky Knits in Luxury

BOY. BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS sweater / ERDEM pants / DKNY coat / MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA booties / PROENZA SCHOULER bag / COACH fur scarf

A simple white collared shirt would be perfect under this Boy. by Band of Outsiders sweater (and yes, tuck it in.) To add some trendy individuality (oxymoron?) you can attach collar tips like these ones from ASOS:

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The modern feel they have works best with the outfit above, mainly because this look is a little bit more relaxed:

Chunky Knits in Reality

ROMWE sweater $80 / RIVER ISLAND jeans $55 / UNTOLD coat $76 / OASAP boots $63 / TOPSHOP bag $68 / WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET faux fur scarf $50

This sweater has much more of a lumberjack vibe, obviously made chic by the surrounding pieces. Nonetheless it would look foolish with a collared shirt layered underneath. It could also potentially make the outfit seem like it’s trying too hard to look good. This look is trendy enough with it’s mixed prints (floral and houndstooth,) yet still understated. Always a good combination.

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Flat is Back

Fashion, Runway

“Flatform” shoes are a hybrid cross between platforms and flats. They have been on and off the high fashion junket since 1750 when the first geisha slipped on her getas. We’ve come far since then:

The more updated version is from Jen Kao‘s Spring 2013 RTW collection. She used a lot of clean lines and athletic shapes drawing from modern Japanese fashion, while the shoes are a nod to the past. These are my favorite looks from the runway:

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Images: Style.com

Kao’s not the only designer to find inspiration in the east. Emilio Pucci’s Spring RTW line also has a clear Asian influence. Though his shoes are more platform than flatform, they are still fabulous and very fitting with his play on Chinese fashion.

Though it was hard to narrow it down, these are my favorite looks from the collection:

Images: Vogue.com

The structure of the white jacket balanced the softness of the sheer organza perfectly. From the dragon sculpted wedges to the intricate embroidery, the details were all spot on. The white jacket is detailed with crystal adding a level of opulence. Several of the looks (like the black jumpsuit above) also had a sporty edge to them: another common theme on the runway this spring.

Stella McCartney is another designer who found inspiration in athletic shapes and flatforms. She used bright, bold colors and simple, no frills shapes to create an incredibly chic line:

Images: Style.com

These are three of my favorite colors right now. I’m obsessed with that shade of orange…so bright it’s slightly cartoonish, but that’s exactly what I love about it. The sheer overlay completely balances the almost overwhelming sleeves to create a gorgeous, fashion forward dress. She gave her flatforms lucite soles for a sporty chic feeling. They remind me of a water shoe crossed with a toeless loafer, and oddly enough…I think I like it:

Image: FashionPooch.com

Prada drew from similar inspiration to create an interesting line for Spring 2013. Some of the prints were less than desirable but I managed to find three favorites:

Images: Style.com

I love these furs. They’re sophisticated yet childish and appear to be inspired by the Japanese cartoon culture. The pink satin dress brilliantly merges the classic 1920s drop waist silhouette with the beautiful technique and fabric work of a kimono. The clean lines and styling give it a modern edge, but there is one thing I could do without. The shoes. I mean, I love a flatform, but come on:

Images: Imaxtree

They’re a little Zenon chic for me.

I always wondered when people would start dressing like the girl of the 21st century, I just didn’t think I’d feel so old when it started happening. Leave it to Prada.

Fall Does Floral

Fashion, Style

Floral is often thought of as more of a spring/summer print. When used in the right colors it can add an element of playfulness to a fall or winter outfit. I love this See by Chloé dress. The orange and purple hue combination works great for the fall.

This outfit might be a little chilly for some, depending on the weather. If this is the case you can easily add a pair of tights and a scarf. Brown, opaque, possibly knit, tights would work great with this look. And you all know I’m a firm believer in the power of scarves.

You can transition the booties out and pair the outfit with some fab riding boots. All in all though, this look has some great pieces that can be worn forever (aka that amazing Givenchy blazer.) Remember that quality clothes are an investment, and it’s best to invest in classic pieces with longevity, as opposed to trendy pieces that will quickly make their way to the back of your closet.

Dress SEE BY CHLOÈ

Blazer GIVENCHY

Clutch YVES SAINT LAURENT

Booties GIVENCHY

Earrings LARKSPUR & HAWK OLIVIA