In an ideal world, I'd have complimentary unlimited metro swipes, a lifetime supply of Sweetgreen, and a closet full of The Row. By now, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's label has transcended the ranks of celebrity fashion brands, becoming a bona fide player in the industry. When it comes to quiet elegance and understated luxury, quite frankly, no one does it better.
My steadfast love for The Row is pretty obvious, so of course, when Kendall Jenner landed in New York City a few weeks ago wearing a look from its latest spring/summer collection, her entire outfit lived in my brain rent-free. It was quite a deviation from Jenner's usual trendy, Instagram-girl aesthetic, and as my fellow editor pointed out, the model stuck to a strict trouser-only dress code. As it turns out, this wasn't the first time Jenner decided to go the minimalist route and dabble into The Row: She sported a pristine all-black look from its fall 2020 collection late last year.
Jenner's entire New York trip was basically a lesson in sophisticated tailoring that I've already set my mind to replicating. Right now, my wallet isn't capable of fronting a shopping spree entirely comprised of The Row, so I've already figured out how to duplicate its elevated menswear-inspired approach on a budget. Keep reading to see how I re-created each of Jenner's New York outfits in addition to more looks from The Row's S/S 21 collection for less.
Examining all of the individual pieces to the look, everything is quite simple and, well, basic. The secret to this outfit is all in the proportions and styling. The oversize white poplin shirt, white tee, and high-waisted khaki trousers all complement each other in a way that feels like a fresh nod to the '90s. As you'll see with the rest of these looks, the belt and "naked" black sandals are critical styling elements here.
So elegant and simple yet far from boring, this Instagram image marks the first time we bore witness to the unexpected combo of Jenner and The Row we didn't know we needed. I still have yet to decipher the reason behind the model throwing up a casual pic wearing the brand from head to toe (The Row isn't exactly a red carpet darling per se), but my only wish is that I too can casually wear a full runway look like it's nothing. The arm warmers are an interesting styling addition that really makes this otherwise muted look feel special.
While not entirely The Row, this look definitely falls in line with the tailored, "less is more" approach Jenner took all throughout her New York trip. Yes, the belt and Bottega Veneta bag will set you back a pretty penny, but her trousers from Australian brand Style Addict are surprisingly accessible. The good news is you don't have to plop down a ton to score a similar look—Senso's strappy black sandals and Uniqlo's gray trench coat really capture the same sartorial essence.
One of my favorite looks from The Row's current collection, the ribbed button-down is a little more figure hugging than you'd typically expect from the brand. I also love the monochromatic palette along with the simple heeled sandals and shoulder bag.
It's no surprise that this look is a little more tricky to replicate—the cowl-neck top is a really unique piece. You can still nail down a similar vibe with a sleeveless beige sweater or turtleneck and baggy black trousers. Style tip: size up when it comes to your pants. In this case, the baggier the better.
While The Row loves to embrace a simple, neutral palette, the brand also likes to throw in an unusual color story here and there. Take this burnt-orange-and-tan look: The warm hues play well with one another, and the brown clutch fills out the cozy, beigey tones. Finding a similar shirt wasn't easy, but you might also have some luck searching in the men's section.