As the reigning queen of upscale street clothes, DKNY’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection was unsurprisingly clever. Set with a New York backdrop, models strutted down the runway in revamped traditional American styles. Trench coats, blazers, bandana fabric, overalls, trainers and parkas were all given the DKNY streetwear treatment through bright colors, creative layering and innovative fabrics. Although DKNY’s signature creativity was apparent in every look, the revamped overalls were by far the most eye-catching. For my own ensemble, I took inspiration from the overalls in looks one, three and 32. From looks one and three, I became inspired to layer a blue blazer over my overalls. From look 32, I became inspired to expand my fabric horizons—to me, there is nothing better than light twill overalls on a summer day.
As much as I adored DKNY’s collection, the layering in each look posed a problem given the scorching summer weather in my hometown. When putting my look together, I began with a tight tank top layered underneath an overall-style romper in a light twill. Because my closet is limited, I chose my used equestrian show jacket as my blue blazer. Its uncanny similarity to the blazers at DKNY was rather convenient. For accessories, I opted for pieces that were sporty and modern. My mother’s black trainers coordinate perfectly with this look because the trainers in look 32 match the overalls perfectly. The metallic nature of both my vintage earrings and bracelet add to the modern appeal.
If I were to carry this look into early fall, I would layer a beige trench coat on top of my blazer akin to look one. I would also opt for skinny jean overalls in dark denim, which are far more wearable than the baggy variety featured on DKNY’s runway.