STYLE GURU STYLE: What A Slouch

I love Derek Lam for many reasons, one of which being that his collections are always slouchy. While incredibly tailored and flattering, Lam collections always float. In Lam’s 2015 pre-fall collection, there was always something a bit off (in a good way). The collection which ranged from structured jackets to sleek pant suits and flowy skirts all connected with one similarity; each piece is styled to slouch, creating the look of a woman coming neatly undone. There’s something innately beautiful about Lam’s approach, that flatters women while communicating the subtle beauty of their true complicated and undone nature. Inspired by both London’s style and Derek Lam’s collections I always try to keep an element of my outfit slouchy. There’s a sophistication to be found amongst messiness.

My “day off” outfit, a coagulation of slouchy but simple pieces plays into the overall undone attitude potent throughout Lam’s collections. However, this look is composed of exclusively loose elements for an overall messy, but street-chic vibe. The oversized, V-neck knit sweater is perfect for layering. It’s great to just throw on and go but also looks lovely over more structured elements like a Peter Pan collar shirt or classic LBD. Whether it be an oversized turtleneck or a chunky cropped sweater, I feel that slouchy knits are essential for surviving the rest of this freakishly cold winter. The next element comes in the form of boyfriend jeans. Wear them straight or cuffed, distressed or dark wash, I can’t get enough of these. They’re comfortable and pair perfectly with booties, looking slightly cooler and more casual than regular denim. Pair them with a boyfriend chambray shirt for the raddest way to rock denim-on-denim.

Those who know me know that I have a bit of a hat obsession. I love this American Apparel beanie; it has that cool street style feel and fills me with happy nostalgia for London. American Apparel’s line showcases the beanies in a variety of different colors and cities allowing everyone to show off their love for their favorite city. Chunky bean boots have taken over New England fashion perpetuating the weathered and masculine look that dominates snow fashion for both sexes. I like the “ugly” connotation that is typically associated with these boots. They can add an edge to a feminine outfit or add a worn and grunge element to a casual look. However, the most important element of slouchy looks, whatever your approach, is that you yourself never slouch. Wear your slouchiness proud and confident like the stylish individual you are.

Get My Look: 1. Slouchy sweater. 2. Urban beanie. 3. Bulky boots.