New York Fashion Week ended almost a month ago, and I only now find myself coming out of outfit fatigue. After spending a long string of days ripping apart my closet to create some semblance of a "cute outfit," I found myself desperate for a block of time when I could wear nothing but basics, namely jeans, sweaters, and sneakers. Luckily, my fashion brain fry has finally subsided, and I've been busy combing through a month of street style photos, getting excited about the fresh styling tricks I've decided I want to give a go.
While for the most part, the clothes that came down a runway won't appear on the shelves for six months or so, the cool thing about street style is its immediacy. I can easily shop for key trends I feel like I'm missing right now. And as for new styling tricks, once the idea is planted, all it takes is a little time experimenting with how to make it work for my body.
It's hard to admit that I was in need of a breather period to get my creative juices flowing again, but now that I'm finally energized to freshen up my wardrobe, I'm highlighting for you the five trends at the top of my list. The best part: None of my top picks is particularly difficult to add into the rotation. Supplementing your wardrobe with one new piece, or reimagining the way you wear what you already own will do the trick. So, join me in breaking out these trends in the coming months.
The Bucket Tuck
So, tucking a pair of skinny jeans into boots is nothing new, but I was particularly impressed with the way that street style stars managed to style wider-legged pants with the same shoes. I'm not naturally inclined to stuff a billowy calf's length of pant into something tight and leather. But I'm pleasantly surprised by how entirely effortless it looks. One pair of silky trousers and a cool pair of bucket boots will be my fall go-to.
Available in sizes UK 6 to 14.
I was thoroughly convinced that statement tights were something that would be left squarely in my childhood, but color me convinced by the bold-hued styles I spotted on the streets of fashion month. To keep them from looking too gimmicky, I plan to layer them with unfussy pieces like simple sheath dresses and midi skirts in contrasting colors.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
The Tucked Blazer
So, I thought I understood how to wear a blazer, but 2018 has proven me wrong. I've spotted street style stars and Instagrammers alike putting a new twist on the classic by tucking it into their bottoms. The key to pulling off this look is opting for a blazer that's not too long or chunky so it doesn't create extra bulk at the midsection. While I'm still figuring out exactly the best way to pull it off, it's a look I'm going to keep trying all year long.
Available in sizes X to 4X.
The Belt Bag
While a pint-sized bag may not seem entirely practical, I'm convinced that the hands-free aspect of belt bags make them the perfect everyday choice. Whether worn around the waist or slung over one shoulder, the best styles manage to fit the necessities (keys, phone, and wallet only) while allowing you to live your day-to-day life without the hassle of a heavy bag on your arm.
Whether it's print mixing or pairing unexpected colors, I've resolved to be better about leaning into unexpected outfit combinations. When in doubt, it's easy to fall back on jeans or head-to-toe black, but embracing the so-weird-it-works combinations I spotted over the past month is a way to put the fun back in fashion.