Though my “favorite” designer changes weekly, I inevitably always come running back to perfection of The Row. The Olsen twins just get me—beautiful fabrics, lots of neutrals and minimalistic design are the basis of their collections, which incidentally also happens to be the basis of my entire wardrobe. But although this may seem to be a bit boring, Mary-Kate and Ashley always know how to add just the right twist to give even the most basic of basics a new look.
I typically tend to think of black in a sort of Parisian chic, starving artist kind of way, but unfortunately that can easily become cliche and overdone. However, The Row resort 2015 collection proves that the chicness of black is not confined only to the French. With a smattering of kimono-like coats and simple, boxy silhouettes, the clothes could be described as luxury normcore with a slight Asian influence. But that’s not to say that the Olsens are following trends in any way; if anything, the “normcore” look is a part of their brand’s DNA. Their collection is simply a testament to the fact that they are the masters of fashion—they know that no matter the current trends, quality and cut are what truly make an outfit. With the elegant simplicity of the Olsens’ collections, they manage to remain both timeless yet devastatingly trendy season after season.
Because I identify with The Row’s look so well, creating an outfit inspired by this collection was ridiculously easy (not to mention wildly fun). Though I haven’t quite jumped on the normcore bandwagon just yet, it was still easy to model my outfit after the simple, timeless elegance that is The Row. Sticking with my go-to color, I chose an oversized black top as the foundation of my look. The boxiness of my shirt goes hand in hand with the pared down silhouettes of the collection, and the large sleeves give it the kimono-inspired look that the Olsens incorporated throughout the show. Beyond that, I focused on keeping the rest of my outfit perfectly simple. By adding a plain pair of jeans and black heeled sandals, I ensured that my look was unfussy almost to the point of being boring—but that’s the beauty in the look. The Olsens show that fashion doesn’t have to be over-the-top to be fantastic; wearable basics and beautifully-made clothing can be the epitome of chic, and will ensure that you never go out of style.