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Any child of the ’90s will be all too familiar with the trend I’m going to cover in this post. A mom-patented essential that has mainly been enlisted to assist in the war against clothing loss for decades, has most recently taken the fashion world by storm. Taking a long sleeved top and knotting it around the waist can provide endless possibilities for an outfit. Hands free activities, clothing security and, above all, style points all come from this retro fad.

Despite the fact that I’ve labeled this as a “mom look,” knotting a top around your waist transcends many different style personalities. While normally spotted in the grunge scene, this style has made its way into boho and progressive fashion a lot in the past few years. Plaid and denim button-downs are seen tied around waists on and off the runway, and most celebrities out for leisure nowadays never leave the house without one.

The popularity of this trend usually increases during the transitional seasons (spring and fall) due to its versatility. Though layering heavily for what most called the ”snowpocalypse” a few ago was essential, now the trick is to layer lightly. A thin turtleneck is the perfect base for this Fashionisto who chose pieces that would keep him warm on the way to his morning class, but wouldn’t leave him sweating as the day progressed. Turtlenecks can be off-putting to some, and it’s usually due to the amount of coverage around the neck and chest area. A great way to break this up, is with the addition of a simple piece of jewelry! Silver looks great on black, and helps this Fashionisto continue his overall cool and collected appeal.

By keeping his color choices on the darker side, this Fashionisto can use the shirt tied around his waist as an accessory. Standing out in an outfit full of dark tones, the red plaid is the perfect break between his black shirt and gray pants. While the button-down looks great around his waist, it’s there ready for action if the temperature drops during class.

Remaining fashionable, while keeping you warm; there’s no denying that a plaid shirt knotted at the waist is the way to go. This style may have originally been pushed by our moms, but hey, sometimes they do know best!

Hint: This look is very easy to accomplish, and is in no way limited to just button-downs. This top can be interchanged with a sweatshirt, long sleeved top or really any other garment constructed by lightweight fabric. Your main objective is comfort throughout the day! The turtleneck can also be swapped for a graphic T-shirt, and the jeans for a pair of shorts as temperatures continue to rise.


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