Runway season is our Christmas here at Who What Wear HQ. We spend countless hours scouring the catwalks for the latest trends and then snapping our favorite iterations on the street. So this past New York Fashion Week, we dreamed up something special to help you stay informed and ahead of the curve: We hosted our first-ever editor-curated fashion show, Who What Wear Runway, created with Secret Deodorant.
From deconstructed cotton shirting to street-smart athleisure to layering bralettes over sheer tops, we created 30 wear-right-now looks for our runway. And because we just can't let them go, we asked two of our models, bloggers Lisa DiCicco Cahue of Mind Body Swag and Rima Vaidila of Fire on the Head, to translate some of their favorite trends from the show into real-life outfits. The best part is that their looks incorporate pieces you likely already own. "You don't have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe to achieve these looks," DiCicco Cahue tells us. Music to our ears.
Ready to see four of our favorite trends to try out this season? Keep reading for can't-miss styling tips for our favorite runway-to-real-life looks, ahead.
For spring, the military influence that took over in the fall takes a more neutral turn, where olives and khakis reign. Here, DiCicco Cahue opted for a trench coat and kept her color palette neutral. So even if you're not one to play into bolder trends, you can still make this feel like you. The fashion blogger agrees: "Wearing neutrals and all-white will refresh your look while still not being overly intricate. Thankfully neutral tones, as well as olive green, camel, and white, are universally flattering and look great with most skin tones."
So, to pull off all of spring's best trends, you need a mix of cotton and silk in your repertoire, which all require some special care. To make sure they last, read the proper care-for labels and use a deodorant that ensures you won't experience sweat stains, like Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant. DiCicco Cahue swears by it, especially when it comes to her crisp button-downs. "In the past, I worried that sweat would break through my shirts, and on more stressful days when I am more prone to sweat stains, I would shy away from brighter colors all together. With Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant, that is no longer a concern; no color or fabric is off limits!"
Deconstructed Cotton Shirting
We predicted rethinking cotton would be huge a few seasons ago, but we know some iterations can be a challenge to pull off IRL. For that reason, we're heeding Vaidila's sage advice: "I like to focus on incorporating one piece from a trend and imagine how I would wear it instead of trying to copy a look verbatim," she tells us. For example, here she layered a mesh long-sleeve top underneath a classic chambray shirt, and hiked up the cuffs of the chambray to make the layering more noticeable.
Call it the Vetements Effect, a.k.a. the emergence of It girls who opt for casual looks over decidedly feminine dressing, but we're so into this new take on athleisure. Here, DiCicco Cahue paired a hoodie with joggers that came in a suiting fabric to elevate the otherwise lax fit.
To re-create the look for yourself, shop for key elements like hoodies in cropped or oversize silhouettes, joggers, bomber jackets, or vintage denim. "You can pair the hoodies or sweatshirts with a structured blazer to elevate the look," DiCicco Cahue notes. "I love pairing slouchy pants with heels or booties to dress up the outfit as well."
Menswear-inspired tailored pieces are a wardrobe must-have this season. Hint: If you don't want your outfit to look too stiff, opt for one tailored piece. Here, Vaidila took a great pair of trousers and dressed them down with sneakers and a camo-print jacket. "A pair of great trousers is key. I've discovered that a slightly cropped, high-waisted style is most flattering on me," she says. When searching for your perfect pair, she advises to "try on TONS of options in multiple sizes. Maybe a wide leg looks great on you, or maybe pleated pants are more your jam; keep trying different styles until you find what works."
With the confidence that Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant has you and your clothing protected from sweat stains, which trend will you be trying this spring? Tell us in the comments below.