This week, I found myself searching for an outfit to perfectly bridge the gap between preppy and sporty, edgy and feminine, while also accommodating my need for comfort. Fortuitously, I stumbled across the rag & bone spring 2014 ready-to-wear show: a veritable goldmine of leather and minimalism, featuring slinky 90s slip dresses paired with pieces that embodied a streamlined tomboy flair. I readily decided to take a page out of their book and set out to emulate their 27th look.
One of the most striking tenets of the ensemble is, of course, the white low-slung V-neck cricket sweater, with its alluring black-tipped collar and cuffs. I donned my own favorite cricket jumper: an option with some heft but also breathable open-stitch sleeves, which was befitting for the mercurial weather. Beneath the hem of rag & bone’s cricket sweater, designers Neville and Wainwright featured two silky layers of black and white (whether it’s a slip dress or a skirt can’t be easily ascertained). To add my own subtle boho twist, I snagged my black paisley and floral Free People Voile and Lace Trapeze Slip. This dress was the perfect light, easy layer to add visual interest without bulk beneath my sweater. On rag & bone’s runway, a pair of unexpected lavender snakeskin peep-toe booties served as a supplementary dose of femininity. I elected to translate this structured, feminine aesthetic into a pair of white ruffled socks worn with my favorite adidas adissage Slides. Finally, I accessorized my look with my Brixton panama hat, a slim gold watch, some vintage gold jewelry and my trusty kate spade wallet, confident to face the day while wearing an outfit as richly layered as my own sense of style.
rag & bone’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear show exhibited an aesthetic rich in cohesive juxtaposition, managing to simultaneously evoke vintage vibes and minimalist modernism. I loved curating an outfit that combined elements of the classics with some contemporary drama.