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I look to the Seoul and Tokyo Fashion Weeks around this time of year for fresh style inspo. My focus is not on the runway but the fashionistas on the streets. Although their style might seem flamboyant, I always manage to find a few trends that can be adapted to everyday wear.
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1. Bucket Hat
Berets or bucket hats? That is the question. I personally find bucket hats more street style-friendly and easier to pull off. They’re also less likely to fall off when you need to run! I love the chic patent bucket hat on the girl on the left, but I also can’t resist the cat-ear version from YesStyle on the right.
2. Cap Bag
Caps are no longer just basic headgear, but also inspiration for crossbody bags. This clever design merges three stylish elements – baseball cap, crossbody and circle bag. No wonder it was an instant success!
3. Chest Rig
Yes, the chest rig trend isn’t over yet. When you think about all the zippers, hoops, buckles and chains we use to adorn ourselves, it’s not difficult to understand the staying power of the trend. Pair yours with deconstructed cargo pants for maximum industrial vibes!
4. Mini Crossbody
If you find cap bags and chest rigs too funky, opt for an elegant mini crossbody. In fact, any mini bag will add style points and cuteness to your outfit.
5. Mutton Sleeves
Also known as gigot sleeves, mutton sleeves are a great way to pay homage to the past and add regal flair to your outfit. The trend resonates with draped silhouettes, which are also in vogue now.
Drape a huge lettering blanket over your shoulders, and voila! You’ve got a bold on-trend look. Alternatively, wear a scarf over one shoulder and drape it diagonally across your body, cinching it with a belt. This trend also extends to ornamental drapes over long skirts and the draping of flamboyantly printed silk scarves on your body.
Even though fashion week attendees tend to go for classic red plaid, it doesn’t hurt to try other colors, such as yellow, blue and brown. Toughen up with pleather combat boots to complete a wintry grunge combo.
If you’re looking for a pop of color, try purple! I know Ultra Violet was last year’s Pantone Color of the Year, but hey, winter’s coming, so a little jewel tone might work wonders.