I’ve gone on and on about the drag that was July 2023, so as a make-up for that, here are no thoughts at all. Just outfit ideas (37 of them) for the end of our humid girl summer recently turned kind of cool.
Actually, can I inject one thought? I got this idea sometime mid-last week when I could feel a palpable excitement pulsate through me for an upcoming fall season of gold coats and red boots and ripped jeans that maybe this season has been kind of meh because the broader style cues maintained status quo. Even to the extent that a wackier trend like wearing mesh shoes (heralded by The Row, Khaite, Alaia et al) earned public interest, the trend wasn’t technically new (The Row’s been selling them since 2018).
Trends are often a reflection of where we’re at in the culture (and there are millions of splintering cultures that define our own life-worlds), and maybe the ease with which one could get dressed this summer exactly as they did last year created this sort of Groundhog Day dynamic, which is like death by a million elastic waistbands for anyone in pursuit of creative movement.
Nothing is more refreshing or reinforcing than getting to know a garment in your closet in this totally new way, you know? Recognizing it for the properties you’ve already overturned and exploited and finding that there is still more to it. That was something thrilling about last summer, and even the winter behind us (red tights!!!), and this is kind of how I feel about the fall that is coming. I have this vision of myself in a burnt red sweater with a camel jacket over it and light wash ripped jeans. All the ingredients are already in there, I just haven’t put them together this way before.
But we still have so many days of warm weather to dress for, so here’s a finale lookbook before a 3-week break from publishing.
There’s a toss-off of garments from one look to the next that connects most of them in the below but I did lose the plot 6 or 7 times. Overall the gist is: wants to have fun, prioritizes being somewhat practical and more than anything else, values keeping the kernel of truth at the center of every creative pursuit (no matter how menial) alive. So that’s:…