The styling tip that launched a million outfits
The shirt sandwiches of Victoria Beckham’s pre-fall 2024 collection collapsed my wardrobe into perfect order
There is a moment at the end of every fall, where after weeks of writhing through my wardrobe — rolling through the motion of a minor identity crisis provoked by looking at all the familiar clothes I used to think I could trust forever but now seem not to recognize at all, the pieces finally start to collapse into place.
This collapse is often triggered by a tiny moment that unfolds in the expanse of open time: the sandals I notice a friend put back on with her socks and jeans as she’s leaving my apartment, the hat I see styled in a store front while out for an unplanned stroll, or the layering techniques I observe while scrolling through Vogue Runway from the freedom of empty time in bed at night.
Because December is kind of a season unto itself with holiday dressing fanfare on at the highest volume from the moment Thanksgiving turns over, Fall Dressing Season (at least as it’s formally known) ends pretty abruptly. No sooner than the rich green cords come in are they escorted out alongside the thick weave knits and lace-up boots and denim accents.
It can be a bit of a slap back and forth. Like you start figuring out how you want to look for the cold, then you stop because !GLITTER TIME!, then want to start again (because it’s cold) but the momentum is gone. So how do you get the momentum going again?
All it takes is one tiny moment. And this time around, it was thanks to the styling in Victoria Beckham’s Pre-Fall 2024 lookbook that the engine began to rev again.
The key reason why was in the shirt sandwiches —
turtlenecks/silk scarves were styled under button down shirts or in between layers of shirt, knit and blazer or jean jacket
this reminded me that jean jackets make an unconventional but exciting winter addition, and create nice texture paired with wool and silk
And also that I could do the same thing with the range of my knits that are crew neck, hoodie, polo, etc
I especially like the one with hoodies
silk bandana tie-ends popping out of the neck of some looks added cool character
the shirt sandwiches styled well with a variety of relatable pants (jeans, flare legs, wool trousers)
and structured a-line skirts (denim, leather)
Overall, it was the right dose of “You can do that too” to help me recover intimacy with my closet. So I set off and made my own combos:
Which gave me enough confidence, or got my mind jogging at a steady enough pace to fall back on my own taste quirks and preferences, to make some of the looks more my own.
A million looks, one tip. That’s how this one ends. Have a great week,