This spring, Hermès proved that modesty is highly underrated. With maxi skirts, long sleeve blouses and multiple versatile jackets, the spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection channeled elegant simplicity, possibly a jungle adventure and at times, classy grandmother attire. As someone who is greatly looking forward to one day becoming a classy grandmother herself, I admired Christophe Lemaire’s designs that were versatile enough to be worn by a 25 or 75-year-old woman.
With my grandmother’s skirt, a plain white button-down, pink sandals and my go-to jean jacket, I put my own 22-year-old spin on trends I noticed in the collection. Because hot pink is not just reserved for a pre-teen’s comforter, I love incorporating it into my clothes and accessories. When worn in small doses, it can liven up any look or even enhance any slight tan you might have. Wearing sandals instead of heels also made my look more wearable and practical for a day at the office or people watching downtown. Since heels and I will never be on walking terms, I only invest in shoes I can prance all the way down the aisle at DSW in.
Trying to maintain the neutral theme and recurring white blouses I noticed in the collection, I kept things simple with those very two elements. Together, the tan skirt and white top looked sophisticated, even when paired with slightly less classy shoes. Although I am an avid believer in the strength of patterns, taking a more neutral approach can be just as powerful. I completed my ensemble with a popular college staple — a denim jacket. A denim jacket can go from a Canadian tuxedo to being worn with a sundress or over your new Hermès-inspired outfit.
Whether you’re counting down the days until you become a silver fox or simply want to incorporate vintage trends into your everyday college look, the Hermès show is a great one to reference. Take pieces you already own, like a fuller midi or maxi skirt, a looser button-down and any shoes you feel comfortable in and you’re set. Believe me, it is possible to beat the heat in a longer skirt and blouse; just keep your tones neutral and go for lightweight material options.