Amidst a fury of St. Andrews’ fashion events and international intrigue at the renowned New York and London Fashion weeks, our wardrobes seek rejuvenation. With inspiration abound, the task proves easy.
The base of every fabulous outfit starts beneath what meets the eye. With the surge of translucent daywear garments, the selected underpinnings are increasingly ‘on display.’ Aim for comfort and confidence. Runway wears feature matching sets, including full corset and stockings. Bring this to a more practical domain, with a balcony bra or even trendier long-line bralette. St. Andrews fashion shows not only presented a display of proper lingerie, but also for men and women alike, a sampling of ever-popular cotton basics. The two included pictures illustrate less than clothed models at St. Andrews Charity Fashion Show and Catwalk, respectively.
New York Fashion Week introduced blaring trends, including the prevalence of blue-hued articles, the continued reign of the crop top set, retro flare evident in both blouses and trousers, dynamic prints, and the transition into more feminine, floral styles for spring and summer. St. Andrews’ Fashion Shows, especially Catwalk and the St. Andrews Charity Fashion Show, displayed vivid colours and bold prints. Such styles can easily be accommodated into every wardrobe! The included photograph pictures six models across New York Fashion Week, which ran from 9 February until 15 February. The models present an intricate translucent overlay in a high-neck set, a classic ice blue/grey day dress, a collared crisp cotton button-down dress with bell sleeves, a floral lace overlay evening dress, a juxtaposition of denim presented with both flared trousers and flared sleeves, and finally a bright and garish bodycon mini.
Two individual ‘everyday wear’ styles seem particularly attainable. First, keep to the classic and highly popular all black look. Mix leather and lace in this jaw-dropping combination. Bring in some fresh inspiration with a bell blouse; Topshop describes this feature as a “flute crinkle sleeve.” Next, pair the blouse with a fitted leather, or faux leather, skirt. Finally, accessorize with some more mainstream over the knee boots and pair with striking sunglasses. This look presents a new take on the deemed ‘urban standard.’ Incredibly chic and arguably classic, this all black look can go from day to night. Polyvore presents the following mood board.
Second, pull greater inspiration, hot from the runway, with a translucent, silken top. The delicate straps and embellished ruffles give feminine flare. Match this statement piece with trendy denim; go for the ripped, ultra-distressed, cuffed, and even studded variety. Accessorising is key to completing this look. Bring in a vintage floral flare with peony earrings. Aim for blush toned tint, lipstick, and polish. Additionally, utilise a saddlebag in powder blue. For an effortless look, this combination will certainly make a statement but embody a more casual aesthetic. Likewise, Polyvore presents the following mood board, while Topshop inspires the translucent baby blue pullover and denim mini skirt. For real runway fashions at more reasonable prices, check our Topshop’s ‘Top Picks.” Also, explore Topshop’s “Shop the Front Row” for celebrity looks.
Everyday styles to try also include more bohemian crop sets, wide-cut trousers, dynamic prints, Bardot (off the shoulder) dresses, and lots of ruffles and frills. Springtime presents the perfect environment to embrace a more loose and adventurous style. Wide cut trousers offer a welcome alternative to skin tight jeans and leggings. Dynamic prints, frequently sported across the runways, introduce character and colour. From dress hems, to shoulder caps, scarves, and skirts, ruffles and smaller frills are everywhere this season; in stark contrast to the harsh abrasion of street style or minimalist objectives, the frills breathe light and flare into this season’s style. However seemingly antiquated, off the shoulder dresses, known as Bardot dresses, are everywhere and easily accessible through mainstream fashion. The included photography depicts Catwalk models wearing UK manufactured Dazzle & Jolt; “Dazzle & Jolt makes colourful, playful apparel for those not afraid to stand out! Designs feature all over prints with a graphic twist and a kaleidoscope of exotic animals, tropical fruits, geometrics and cosmic wonders.”
Recently, the aforementioned fashion institutions also contributed notions on evening wear leaning toward, again, more translucent materials, vintage inspired floral prints, more classic cuts, backless beauties, and a rich mixture of textures. From cocktail length to full gowns, backless dresses are becoming more elegant despite their present mainstream access. Paired with stellar heels and generally more simple accessories and less gaudy jewellery, the backless dress in increasingly welcome at the numerous formal functions hosted around the university. Seen below is a backless gown, also featuring side cut-outs of slashed material, from the St. Andrews Charity Fashion Show. Another photograph from the recent St. Andrews Charity Fashion Show presents a model in a two-piece set, the shoulder-less top heavy in texture and dramatically embellished, pairs perfectly with a reptile printed skirt, with a noticeably daring slit. The combination was put with a lace choker necklace, a more styled alternative to the pedestrian trend.
Menswear, too, saw a great surge of stylistic activity. Layer, appropriate for seasonal irregularity, proved quite popular across fashion houses. For example, the St. Andrews Charity Fashion Show put together a combination on a male model including a pink button down peeking out beneath an orange sports pullover topped with a light blue jacket. This pairing not only exemplified the importance of layering, but also colour! Colour is a major component. As expected, denim took the stage; however, unexpectedly in an unconventional blend of casual concepts meddling with formal wears. Overall, menswear in high fashion and on student runways proved intriguing and aesthetically insightful.
Revamp your wardrobe from these inspiring runway pieces and bring a little high fashion into your everyday style. No occasion too small, or no style too big! Have some fun exploring your stylistic limits.