Few of us long for the days of rubbery lunch meat and limp greens, but reminiscing about the simpler days is a near universal pastime. All of you nostalgic, sappy individuals out there, this summer’s trends should make you happier than Rick Owens in a leather warehouse. Think of this as Childhood v.2.0. It’s childhood, sans the popsicle stained shirt. And the muddy cargo pants. And the purple iridescent Bug’s Life light up sneakers. Oh, is that just me? Oops. We shan’t speak of my elementary footwear choices again.
Now, let’s get to it:
The name isn’t false advertising. Overalls are seriously easy to wear, and can work with a smorgasbord of styles. Plus, let’s not deny that there’s something so satisfying about fastening those clasp closures. Denim may be the default for these bad boys, but I double dog dare you to experiment with velvet, tweed, or corduroy at some point this season.
Warm day? A tank, a tee, or, my personal favorite, a crop top (Automatic side “cutouts”, and endless combinations? You can thank me later.) are all great.
Colder out? Collared shirt. Extra points for prints or embellished collars. A crew or scoop neck with a bolder necklace will also do the job. For those of you with giraffe necks (I’m jealous…), you also have the luxury of opting for a slim-fitted turtleneck. This isn’t to say those of us with necks that aren’t quite as modelesque are barred from this option – just be prepared to look a little like a bobblehead. I’m speaking from personal experience.
2) An Ode to Cathy Jean Platforms
White Cathy Jean platform sneakers (here’s a photo , in case you need a refresher) were THE shoes to wear when I was in Middle School. If you were a somebody, these babies were in your closet. Another observation to reinforce the correlation between height and power? Perhaps. All I know is that these shoes have been brought back from the adolescent graveyard where the days of braceface and Juicy sweat suits lie, and this is a revival to rejoice. Platform sneakers = height AND comfort. We got 99 problems, but plantar fasciitis ain’t one. Good call, style deities, good call.
Like overalls, don’t be afraid to deviate from the traditional canvas fabric for this trend. Skip the canvas for a leather pair, to dress things up.
This pattern isn’t just reserved for private school brats and pyjama sets anymore. If you’ve ever had an affinity for grids in funky color pairings, now’s your time to indulge. Whether it be in something more risque, like a bralette, or more refined, like a voluminous pair of culottes, the pattern works on a variety of silhouettes.
Fashion Fun Fact: If we get technical, plaid actually refers to a blanket-like garment, whereas tartan refers to the pattern.
4) All Denim Everything
If you are a diehard denim fan, and were horrified at my suggestions to stray from denim, you’ll be happy to know that you do not need to part with this beloved fabric. The sturdy material that held up through all those hours monkeying around on the jungle gym can still pull its weight in the grown up world of utility bills and 401ks. Denim’s definitely found the fountain of youth.
Yes, head-to-toe denim is conventionally viewed as a faux pas, but it can be done right. As long as there’s variety in the wash of the denim, we’re in the clear. Light wash, dark wash, whisker wash, acid wash, ombre – the combinations are endless. Mix and match to your heart’s desire. I have total faith you can do denim better than Britney and JT did, circa 2001.
While the trials of my day may no longer revolve around vying for the title of Pink Ranger when ‘morphin time calls (aka, when the bell for recess rings), it’s nice to know that I can still sit pretty in a pair of overalls and platform hi-tops while number crunching for an econometrics class. I guess some things never change.
Cheers, to our youth, to the sartorial gods, and to the child in each and every one of us.
By Adrienne Y. Han