The Spring 2016 Menswear shows begin today in NYC and so I figured this was as good a time as any to put my pants on. Black stretch cigarettes from Forever 21 to be exact. And then I got to thinking as I got to dressing, that my views on men’s fashion are pretty black and white (see where I’m going with this?). I like it when men look polished, yes, but a little rough too. Considered but with enough laissez faire to make them mysterious. Masculine always, but with an intuitive sensitivity. Wait, I may or may not still be talking about clothes. Let’s regroup. Here I’ve paired my high-water trousers with a basic white tee from Gap, a bag from Big Buddha and, the piece de resistance, my Kenneth Cole spectator sneaks. (I couldn’t find mine online for you, but click here for a nice substitute.) The shoes, just like the men who used to wear them in the roaring twenties, bring just the right amount of flourish and intrigue.
The midi skirt can appear to be a baffling sartorial choice. The seemingly awkward mid-calf length risks frumpiness, while the volume can make a girl feel bigger than her actual numbers suggest. So why on Earth should you wear one? Because it’s trendy! No. No. That’s not the right answer. Take two. Because it’s chic! Think Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief or Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. It’s a sophisticated, elegant option that can actually elongate your frame and create a decidedly feminine silhouette. If you’ve got a finely tuned internal chic-o-meter that can gauge with near perfect accuracy the success of an outfit, then you should try the look with flats. Otherwise, a little extra height from a high heel or wedge shoe will go a long way to assuaging any frumpy-fears you might still be harboring. Keep proportion in mind and pair with a nicely tailored top, tucked in, and you’re well on your way to acquiring Olivia Palermo-level style cred.