Confession: Yes, fashion month is one giant happy onslaught of outfit ideas, but when it comes to the looks we actually find ourselves trying to replicate? More often than not, it’s the off-duty getups we see models wearing down the aisles of Whole Foods than anything down the runway. So while we're saddened that the shows have come to a close, our eyes flick from 100-page show recaps on our screen to the very chic street-style inspo spotted all across our city of New York.
We're looking to those fresh-off-the-plane-from-Paris models for cool-weather looks, and we’re already noticing one trend they’re doing really, really well: adding touches of their favorite activewear to polished looks for that utilitarian-chic vibe we love. Because we’re always game for any trend that makes fashion a little bit more practical, we’re diving in headfirst with the best pantsuits and sneakers, plus essential layers from our go-to athletic apparel brand, lululemon.
Ahead, see the three model-approved looks we’ll be seeing (and copying) all season long.
This season’s pantsuits are so good that it seems like forever since we’ve longed for a casual Friday. And with all the cropped culotte-style trousers and boyish blazers on the scene, we’re currently keen on wearing our polished separates well outside of work hours. Models make their sharp suiting feel low-key by replacing pointy pumps and button-downs with chic sneakers (bonus points for metallic lace-ups) and casual layers like a fitted hoodie. The result? A stylish juxtaposition of sophistication and comfort.
It’s the tonal approach that really makes this particular look so chic, so don’t be afraid to work your casual layers in a bold, monochromatic color palette. To really achieve that super of-the-moment ’70s athleisure vibe, lean into jewel tones (like the deep burgundy of this hoodie), wear the zip low to create a wide faux-collar, and finish the look with vintage-inspired gold hoop earrings.
It’s only natural that an army of models returning from Paris Fashion Week would inject NYC with a new wave of French-girl style. The must-have casual coat of the season? Lightweight down jackets. We’re seeing them worn slightly off the shoulders (a styling trick stolen from the February runways), zipped all the way up to the chin, and every variation in between.
lululemon’s Down For It Jacket slightly tapers at the waist, offering up a more feminine shape that’s super-chic paired with leather-look cigarette pants, statement booties, and French-girl accessories (hello, beret and Brigitte Bardot–esque cat-eye sunnies).
Want to dress up without really dressing up? Models do effortless yet elevated style so often and so well. Start with a midi slip dress in a luxe fabric, but then stop—no heels, no statement earrings, no fuss. Instead, change your style direction by topping off your dress with a slick lightweight bomber and combat boots for a sophisticated look that has a little edge.
The final touch: Tie everything together (literally) with an on-trend leather belt. We’ve had our eyes on models belting their sporty jackets to create polished looks, their take on the belted-blazer trend we started seeing last year. Side note: This reversible bomber does double-duty, giving you both a puffer effect and a smooth side to play with. The options are endless when it comes to smart accessories that make this look feel your own, but one thing is for sure—every model we know will be wearing it, and so will you.
Eager to stock up on chic athletic pieces that you can wear outside of the gym? Shop our picks from lululemon.