Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw
September 23, 2014 @ 3:33 PM
BY: Andrea Cheng
Attention, all—we've found your fall uniform! Individually, sweaters and skirts are both closet staples, but when combined, the two are unstoppable as the perfect season-to-season transitional pairing. We took the duo to the next level with ideas from the fall/winter 2014 runway.
At Karen Walker, the designer charmed with a chunky turtleneck knit and a ladylike floral midi-length skirt (above). Conversely, designer Alexander Wang hit a futuristic note with a sporty textured sweater and an edgy leather mini. Meanwhile, Andrew Gn injected a dash of whimsy with robot-embroidered knit that he elevated with an elegant jacquard pencil skirt.
From girly-tough combos to white-on-whites, consider all 23 ways to wear sweaters and skirts for the rest of the season (and worn with tights, next season, too).
1. Chunky Knit + Floral Midi
Runway inspiration: Karen Walker
Let the city slickers have their sleek graphic lines. For a charming rustic vibe, seek out a chunky turtleneck sweater (Wilfred, 5; aritzia.com) and a ladylike rose texture midi (Topshop, ; topshop.com).
2. Prints + Prints
Runway inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg
Master print mixology with abstract pieces (O'2nd sweater, 5; otteny.com)-as long as they both find commonality in the same color family. Still too dizzying? Keep one of them subdued for less of an impact (Helmut Lang, 5; helmutlang.com).
3. Fluoro Texture + Leather Accents
Runway inspiration: Alexander Wang
Experiment with different textiles, from a sporty bubble-like textured sweatshirt (HampM, ; hm.com) to an edgy leather-lined mini (Alice + Olivia, 0; aliceandolivia.com).
4. Open-Weave Knit + Full A-Line
Runway inspiration: Delpozo
An all-white look is, admittedly, a hard one to pull off. The key is to gravitate toward off-whites (think: cream, ivory, ecru) and pair them with textured pieces. We did that here with an open Rebecca Taylor sweater (5; rebeccataylor.com) and a full ivory Whistles skirt (5; whistles.com).
5. Sporty Sweats + Asymmetric Mini
Runway inspiration: Isabel Marant
Nothing about this combo screams gym wear. For an edgy-chic take on the material, pair a graphic print (Sandro, 5; sandro-paris.com) with a cool cross-over skirt (Alice + Olivia, 3; saksfifthavenue.com).
6. Boucle Jumper + Marled Pleats
Runway inspiration: Celine
Mix and match cool-weather materials, like a fuzzy knit topper (Topshop, ; topshop.com) with a marled jersey bottom (Dorothy Perkins, ; dorothyperkins.com).
7. Chunky Sweater + Striped A-Line
Runway inspiration: Elizabeth and James
We love this pairing for its laid-back ease and prep-inspired aesthetic. Couple a chunky knit (3.1 Phillip Lim, 0; farfetch.com) with a striped A-line skirt (To Be Adored, 7; bonadrag.com) and tie the two together with complementary colors.
8. Fanciful Print + Leather Patches
Runway inspiration: Coach
We're starry-eyed for this look! Give a whimsical intarsia sweater a grown-up spin with a tough leather mini (Rag & Bone, 0; rag-bone.com). The Milly top (2; revolveclothing.com) we picked out even boasts glow-in-the-dark graphics.
9. Neutral Top + Metallic Bottom
Runway inspiration: Hugo Boss
Ground a high-impact, statement-making bottom, like this gilded crinkled lame Tome design (5; saksfifthavenue.com) with a modest top (Equipment, 8; shoplesnouvelles.com).
10. Soft & Sweet + Tough & Edgy
Runway inspiration: Christopher Kane
Offset a cloyingly sweet knit, like this Tibi pullover (5; tibi.com), with a sharp no-nonsense skirt (T by Alexander Wang, 5; saksfifthavenue.com).
11. Fitted Turtleneck + Leopard Print Pencil
Runway inspiration: Carven
Take a walk on the wild side with an animal print, but err on the side of conservatism with a pencil silhouette runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw (Boden, ; bodenusa.com) and a neutral top (Mango, ; mango.com).
12. Chunky Stripes + Pencil Thin Lines
Runway inspiration: Balmain
Strike a graphic note with directional lines. While Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing added interest with a chevron-like pattern, we chose to layer stripes on stripes for higher wearability. But be sure to diversify-pair chunky stripes (Nicholas, 8; intermixonline.com) with pencil-thin ones (Apt. 9, ; kohls.com).
13. Cozy Knit + Floral Mini
Runway inspiration: Tory Burch
The designer took inspiration from the medieval times for her fall 2014 collection. Follow suit and arm yourself with a tapestry-like floral print mini (Forever 21, ; forever21.com) with a soft relaxed turtleneck (La Garconne Moderne, 0; lagarconne.com).
14. Graphic Top + Sweet Maxi
Runway inspiration: Creatures of the Wind
Counter a too-harsh all-over graphic print (Cos, ; cosstores.com) with a soft, flowing maxi (Oasis, ; oasis.andotherbrands.com), ideally in a pastel color palette.
15. Playful Sweater + Jacquard Pencil
Runway inspiration: Andrew Gn
Inject a dash of whimsy to your look with a fun knit, like this doe deer jumper from French Connection (8; frenchconnection.com). Elevate it with a dressy jacquard pencil (Jonathan Simkhai, 5; net-a-porter.com).
16. Gym Sweatshirt + Textured Skirt
Runway inspiration: Reed Krakoff
Lend some edge to your casual gym-inspired sweatshirt (J. Crew, ; jcrew.com) with a tough-girl skirt with an asymmetric cut and texture-like print (Rebecca Taylor, 5; rebeccataylor.com).
17. Color-block Cable + Draped Skirt
Runway inspiration: Prabal Gurung
A fluid asymmetric piece, like this one by Zara (; zara.com) blends sexiness and comfort. Dial down the drama with a resilient top, like this chunky color-block cable-knit from Vince (5; vince.com).
18. Cowl Neck Sweater + Jacquard Peplum
Runway inspiration: Oscar de la Renta
Make the tried-and-true skirt-and-sweater combo work for an upscale evening event with a cowl neck silhouette (Alice + Olivia, 0; aliceandolivia.com) and jacquard flared pencil (Topshop, ; topshop.com).
19. Waffle Sweater + Fringe
Runway Inspiration: Michael Kors
Unite two unlikely textures with one look: a chunky waffle knit (Hope, 5; lagarconne.com) and a playful fringe skirt (Moschino Jeans Vintage, 5; farfetch.com).
20. Sequins + Feathery Ruffle
Runway inspiration: Jenny Packham
Got an event on the horizon? Upgrade your pairing with sparkle and fancy detailing. Our pick? These two party-ready pieces: Reiss sequin jumper (0; reiss.com) and tiered chiffon Isabel Marant Etoile mini (5; lagarconne.com).
21. Graphic Accent + Graphic Accent
Runway inspiration: Dries Van Noten
Streamline your look by carrying the same color accent from your top to your bottom. In this case, it's the yellow found in the geometric Kenzo pullover (5; otteny.com) and the asymmetric panels from the Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel skirt (5; saksfifthavenue.com).
22. Cozy Knit + Slip Skirt
Runway Inspiration: Chloe
To fashion a substantial look out of a delicate slip skirt (La Garconne Moderne, 5; lagarconne.com), a rich counterpart is needed. Enter this porcelain Joie sweater (8; joie.com).
23. Oversize Pullover + Sheer Skirt
Runway inspiration: Wes Gordon
Break out of your comfort zone with a semi-sheer knit and a semi-sheer skirt. The key to pulling it off? Wearing a slip underneath. We chose an oversize mohair knit by Acne Studios (0; lagarconne.com) and a sweet poplin skirt by Cos (5; cosstores.com).
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