Over the years specific styles have come and gone, in and out of fashion; over and over again. How many times have we said to ourselves, wide-leg jeans are back (again), or perhaps even the now iconic poppy red and fuchsia color combination. Well we believe that these items are no longer part of fashion, but have been upgraded to timeless status, aka Neo-timeless, no longer succumbing to the whims and flights of fancy of the fashion world. Read on to see which items we have chosen, and we’d love to see whether or not you agree 🙂
The Balmain Blazer
We can officially put the powerful Balmain blazer, or look-alike in our list of Neo-timeless pieces. Those strong shoulders and trademark metal buttons can been seen a mile away, but the best part about the jacket really is the immaculate cut. Whether you choose the double or single-breasted version, hip length or grazing the derriere, you can guarantee a killer cut that is hard to go out of style. I have always said it’s the sleeve that does it for me.. Those fitted sleeves further exaggerate the shoulders and define and highlight the waist. Add to that the high quality workmanship and fabrics of the original Balmain jackets, and they will always play the hero piece in whichever outfit you choose.
It’s official, wide-legged denim is no longer in or out of fashion. This item of clothing has weathered decades of fashion, from the days of Caroline Kennedy and has earned its place in our neo-timeless wardrobe. The greatest thing about wide-legged denim is that it works for every single body type. You just need to have the patience to try on as many styles as humanly possibly till you have nailed your perfect pair. It’s not easy. I remember taking my daughter shopping for her first pair of ‘grown up jeans’. I think she thought it would take 10 minutes given that her mum is pretty good at this stuff. So when I shuffled her into the nearest dressing room and handed her around 18 pairs to try on, she was stunned….
Nude-Colored Shoes or Single Strap Sandals
When I was growing up in the seventies and eighties, the worst thing ever were beige shoes, especially when worn with light beige pantyhose. Well these shoes have come a long way and now sit, pride of place; in the FROW of your closet because you tend to pull them out a lot. Christian Louboutin is the first shoe designer to give the nude pump the nod of approval. A slew of designers followed suit with their own versions, Jimmy Choo, Gianvito Rossi and Gucci to name a few. Then Stuart Weitzman came in and took it to the next level with the genius idea of shades of nude to suit every skin time (way before Black Lives Matter;). So yeah, make room for the beige pump or sandal!
Poppy and Fuchsia
Till the recent past, red and pink were simply not a color combination option.. Until Roksanda Illinic came and changed things around with her trademark color-blocking. Naturally her brilliant idea didn’t go unnoticed and all of a sudden the combination went viral (in a good way 🙂 Since then this unlikely of combos has gone out of fashion and then has been swiftly ushered back in, again for its flexibility in terms of suiting a number of skin tones. We are firm believers that poppy and fuchsia have served their time in the world of fashion and have now entered the neo-timeless arena.
Designers such as Yoji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake have consistently churned out their very own version of fabulous. Their cult following can be seen the world over in the form of avant-garde fashion dressers. This movement is much more focused on form, cut and design than actual fashion which has made them a constant in the tumultuous world of fashion design. In the early years the focus was on items of art, less so wearable fashion.. In recent years their archive of designs has expanded to include great staples as well, such as ‘anything but basic’ white shirts, and black pants. The fact that they were never ‘fashionable’ in the first place, and their consistency in the field have made them serious contenders for a seat at our neo-timeless table.
Following through from the above point. Sometimes it is a brand that becomes timeless and not an item. I actually wrote about this yesterday in my article titled; Neo-Classics || The New Timeless Pieces to Invest In. Just like Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan were the timeless brands of the early noughties, Erdem, The Row and Etro have become the Neo-timeless brands of the last decade. They are disruptors, creating pieces that never existed before in recent history (I’m sure they were inspired by something historic however). The fact that they have consistently done so, without stumbling like a number of one-hit-wonders has raised their appeal in an industry that lacks true innovation. This has made them heavily copied, simply because the industry is in search of interesting design that hasn’t been seen before. Once you have been imitated you are immediately put on a pedestal, and hence become part of the Neo-classics.
Just like the timeless menswear fabrics of the past 10 decades or so (think Prince de Galles, navy pinstripe and even a dark paisley) that have become staples in our winter wardrobes, there are new ‘prints’ and fabrics that have also become Neo-classics. Missoni’s classical zig-zag weave certainly falls into this category, in addition to beige chino material, best associated with trench-coat material. Regardless of the cut and shape, if you are dressed in a new-classic fabric you are protected from the word ‘fashionable’. A quick look at street style images of the past year and you can see yards and yards of chino fabric cut into every possible variation of dress and trench coat, and they all look great and timeless.
If you own a leather item in a neutral color, timeless style and a fabulous cut then you own a Neo-classic. Think fantastic blazer, pencil or A-line midi skirt, or even a fitted leather shift dress (Victoria Beckham style). The caveat being that it needs to be in a classic color, sorry a leather blazer in fuchsia doesn’t make the cut.. This is by far my favorite point simply because it brings my point across that Neo-classics are cool, trendy and timeless; what’s not to love..