It’s February, so why are these clothes still in your wardrobe?
We’re already in the second month of 2023 but most of us are still dressing as though it’s 2022. Let’s be honest, some of us are stuck in millennial pink from 2012.
Promises of a new year, new you faded as we faced summer in last season’s linen shirts, boxy blazers and crop tops. Dry January is over but there’s time to borrow from the ready-to-wear runway and get a garment glow-up in time for mocktails in Dry July.
Goodbye: Grandma chic. Hello: Sheer layering
Sheer delights. Tory Burch, spring/summer 2023, at New York Fashion Week. Abdulla Al Abdulla is seen wearing a see-through blouse over a white tank top and silver pants outside the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan on January 14, 2023.Credit:Getty
Stop fantasising about living in the Hamptons beneath a straw hat in a cream turtleneck and beige pants, like Diane Keaton in a Nancy Meyers movie. Even Keaton has moved on and is busy dancing to Miley Cyrus’s Flowers in her garden on social media, rather than picking peonies.
Think of getting behind the velvet rope at clubs like Revolver, Prohibition and Arq, instead of comfy cashmere at country clubs. Labels such as Dion Lee, Bec & Bridge and Ganni have released sheer pieces to be layered over block coloured bras, solid skirts and T-shirts, that bring a groove to day wear.
Men can explore the trend by layering sheer tops over singlets or wearing embellished sheer tops on their own.
At New York Fashion Week designer Tory Burch took the trend uptown by layering mini-skirts over sheer maxis. Perfect for grandmas with grunt.
Goodbye: Micro handbags. Hello: Hobo styles.
Hobo bags are back. Bella Hadid backstage at the Givenchy ready to wear show in Paris, October 2 and on the streets at Berlin Fashion Week.Credit:Getty
Now that workers are returning to the office, with committed TWaTs (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday office workers) considering Mondays and Fridays, handbags need to accommodate more than a smartphone, face mask and sunscreen.
Micro bags were perfect for decoration but hobo styles offer room for a bento box lunch and more leather or canvas real estate to flaunt designer credentials.
Hobo handbags are slouchy with a crescent shape, taking their increasingly problematic name from itinerant American workers in the late 19th Century and the bindles they carried. The bags enjoyed a resurgence in the seventies and noughties before riding back into fashion as part of the Y2K revival.
Bella Hadid modelled a four-figure denim version on the runway at Givenchy in Paris, while $93 metallic silver versions from Source Unknown were front row at Berlin Fashion Week.
The smart casual silhouette is perfect for carrying into the central business district in the morning and home from the central social district in the evening. You can even fit your micro handbag inside if you’re finding it difficult to let go.
Goodbye: Pink and green. Hello: Lavender haze
Valentino spring 2023 haute couture, Paris and Tom Ford autumn/winter 2023 menswear.Credit:Getty, supplied
We might be stuck with pink, thanks to Margot Robbie’s upcoming Barbie movie but designers are moving on. At last month’s haute couture show Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, who created an entire show dedicated to pink in March, transitioned to lavender with sheer gowns, solid suiting and ruffled dresses.
It’s closer to forecaster Pantone’s 2022 colour of the year Very Peri than their 2023 selection Viva Magenta and calmer on the retina. Rival forecasters WSGN got it right back in 2020 when they predicted the rise of Digital Lavender.
“Digital Lavender is a gender-inclusive colour that is already established in the youth market,” the WGSN report said. “Recuperative rituals will become a top priority for consumers who want to protect and improve their mental health, and Digital Lavender will connect to this focus on wellbeing, offering a sense of stability and balance.”
Balance might be what Barbie needs with her permanently arched feet.
Goodbye: White sneakers. Hello: Black boots
The Alastor boot is part of Deadly Ponies new shoe collection, launching on February 28.
The shock of wearing sneakers with suits and shirts has diminished as they outnumber brogues and court shoes on city streets. New tactics are required from fashion frontliners.
Heavy black boots marched back into the spotlight beneath floaty dresses on the likes of Anne Hathaway and tailored shorts at Thom Browne, offering utilitarian energy with a punk charge.
New Zealand accessories label Deadly Ponies has included stompers in its first complete shoe collection, launching at the end of February.
“A great boot combines functionality with timeless design,” says Deadly Ponies founder Liam Bowden. “We have seen chunky boots driving footwear trends as people embrace practicality within their wardrobes and pieces suited for multiple occasions. They can dress an outfit up and down.”
Even the king of deconstruction, Giorgio Armani, is tied up in the construction boot game with models wearing them down the runway in Milan.
Think of it as your best foot forward for the remaining 11 months of the year.
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