Walk through any high street or mall and you will see almost identical shop windows; there are the must-haves, the A-line denim, be it dress, pant or skirt, wrap cotton shirting top with the poufy sleeves, the floral loose dress matched to a pair of flats and of course the denim jacket.
Some fashion seasons are stronger than others, this spring is super strong in its direction because fashion has finally abandoned boho and has replaced it with an entirely new look. So many new pieces to own, perfectly matched in shop windows but please don’t do the same in real life.
This is where the problem lies. Fashion is visual, we learn from what we see and so we assume it all needs to go together. Maybe if the stylist at boutique X had a choice she would have preferred to match the top to a black skirt from a pass season but that is not an option, she needs to match pieces on the shop floor. Lucky for you, you have a choice and you should exercise it.
If you were to consider store windows as fashion advice, a number of good suggestions put together, but you don’t need to follow them all to be good…
What you do need to follow are the silhouettes, those will keep you current and up-to-date in your fashion choices. No we don’t suggest you match the wrap top from Johanna Ortiz (or any variety of it at Zara or Mango) with skinny jeans from last season. This top is always matched to an A-line bottom, that is the silhouette of the season and what you need to stick to.
Are you obligated to go for the A-line distressed denim skirt? Not at all, you can wear anything A-line from past season, even wide legged pants. Those flats you saw everywhere, they are merely a suggestion, but you need to stick to the shape to stay ‘on-point’. So don’t go for round-toe flats from a few seasons ago, they don’t work, this season they need to be pointy.
So, the next time you go shopping be more aware of the silhouette and less with the actual pieces, this will add variety and attitude to your wardrobe.