Street style works for her and looks great. It’s just not for everyone
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of the street style trend. It works for a comparatively small demographic, yet is pervasive. Isn’t its 15 minutes of fame up yet?!
Ripped jeans, graphic t-shirts, ballcaps… fine for a weekend hanging out but not for virtually any other activity. And yet, designers and retailers are obsessed with this look.
I’m not saying that street style has to disappear altogether; I’m just looking for some range and new ideas.
Some designers have decided that over-the-top is the answer, but again, who’s going to wear this? In Burberry’s spring show, for example, there is nothing wearable about sloppy layers or mashup of multiple prints and colours.
Burberry SS 18 Who’s wearing this?
No, this is not a photo from TLC’s What Not to Wear, although someone wearing this might certainly be nominated for a makeover. I’m not trying to pick on Burberry (I’m actually a fan, normally) but these oversized, shapeless looks are not for everyone.
It seems to me that talented designers can find a way to interpret looks for all ages and body types if they want to – we just need to see them.
With all the talk about Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding, we’re seeing images from other royal weddings and lots of photos of events that Kate, and now Meghan, are attending.
What I love about British society is that people know how to dress for the occasion. You’ll never see someone in jeans at the London Symphony. When the invitation says “black tie” everyone understands – and respects – the dress code.
Yes, it matters.
In the North American “me first” mentality, people feel the right to dress as they please, irrespective of any attire instructions. It’s pitiful.
When you dress down – less than the required attire – you are insulting the hosts and all the other guests. You are saying that your preferences are more important than the event itself. It’s very self-centered and selfish.
So the next time you are invited out, kindly mind the attire restrictions. When in doubt, it’s better to dress up than down. Show due respect for the hosts and the occasion.
What to wear to:
- The ballet, symphony or opera – cocktail attire is most appropriate. This means embellished dresses (short or long), metallic or sparkly shoes, evening bag.
- Live theatre – business or business casual works well. This means blazers with trousers, skirt or a dress; blouse, cardigan and trousers or skirt; summery dress. Heels are always in style.
- Sporting event – here’s where you can dress casually. This means team jersey and jeans.
- Religious services – at church, temple or other house of faith, it’s important to dress up – after all, there’s a reason your nice clothes are called “Sunday best.” It’s really not appropriate to wear a sloppy t-shirt and yoga pants to church. Please.
It’s about respecting the occasion – and most importantly – yourself.