STYLE GURU STYLE: Yeez Louise

Am I the only one that feels like Christmas never happened? I guess I kind of pulled a Christmas with the Kranks and all by skipping it for a trip to California but dang. Aside from watching Elf and eating mass amounts of holiday treats (which I’m now paying for) it feels like it never happened. Maybe that’s because I didn’t have a pair of Yeezy boosts under the tree this year. That’s for sure it. Yo Santa, I get that they’re sold out like 90 percent of the time, but if there ever was a time to NOT pinch pennies it was about a month ago. Whatever, though, I won’t hold it against you.

It’s no secret that anything with Kanye’s name on it costs an arm and a leg. The man could sell toilet paper with his initials on it for a grand. Totally fine for #TreatYoself moments, but for the practical shopper it’s no dice. Unfortunately for me, I have a bit of an obsession with the Yeezy spring ready-to-wear line. Oversized sweatshirts, baseball caps and neutrals? Check, check and check. Sign me up. It’s practically torture to check out the online shop and see that there literally is nothing that doesn’t cost less than two months’ rent. Sweet!

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner but for this round of Style Guru Style, I took it into my own hands to recreate a much more affordable take on Mr. West’s wizardry. First, I set out for a nude colored top and bottom set. Living in northern Iowa makes for a pretty cold January, so I went with a turtleneck from Madewell for the top and some faux suede leggings on the bottom. Yeezy is all about oversized layering so I layered a military style canvas vest over a jacket from Billabong that I normally only bring out in the spring and fall.

Now for the details. First, let’s talk about the hat. I think everyone should own a few plain hats without logos on them. It’s great to rep your school or favorite sports team from time to time, but just because you’ve dubbed the day a hat day doesn’t mean you have to dress like a scrub from top to bottom. It’s easier to make a plain hat look chic. For my kicks, I went back and forth about dressing it up with some nude heels. I ended up taking the practical route and threw on some vintage Sorel boots. I practically dumpster dove for these. By that, I mean that I nabbed them from my mom’s I-wore-these-in-the-’80s throw away pile. Since then, she wants them back. I said no and am currently holding them for ransom.

So there you have it. A totally doable way to fake it till you make it and mark my words Kanye, I will own half your line after I win the lottery.

Get my look: 1. A neutral base. 2. Oversized army jacket. 3. Plain hat.

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