Trends may be born on the runway, but they’re solidified by street-style stars. Off-duty models and Fashion Week attendees are famous for crowning the next cult handbag or winter coat trend, because what looks great on-model may not always transfer to IRL. Hence, why we’re borrowing styling tips and tricks from the fashion pack—specifically, those low-lift, high-reward outfit ideas you can wear for years.
This bout of inspiration comes from New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022 showgoers, all of whom spared no effort on their well-appointed ensembles. Prefer a casual downtown feel? Head straight to the Canadian tuxedo outfit formula. There’s also a lesson in print-mixing for all the ardent maximalists. Without further ado, unlock our top street style outfit ideas from Fashion Week attendees.
If you’re looking for a new perspective on your basic button-down or fitted turtleneck, smart layers are the answer. This age-old fashion hack is ideal for brisk days when bundling up is required, but you’d rather forego your puffer. Still, that’s not to say its charms are purely functional: a well-layered ensemble also looks polished and put together. Take this attendee’s lead with a rollneck-cardigan combo and layer a long-line trench coat on top.
Who said suiting needs to be relegated to the office? With co-ords in playful colors and textures (leather, corduroy, et al), there’s more room for experimentation than ever before. The ultimate casual touches: wide-leg pants, a crisp white T-shirt, and easy flats. Recreate this street style outfit idea with Sergio Hudson’s Bordeaux-hued suit.
Next up is our solution to making the most of every color trend: tonal dressing. All it takes is picking a hue and sticking with it, be it varying blues or shades of gray. In this case, Neiman Marcus' Fashion and Lifestyle Director Lisa Aiken went with the latter, tying in charcoals and pewters from head to toe. The best part? Her baby blue clutch, which adds a dash of optimism.
As evinced by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears in the ’00s and Kanye “Ye” West and Julia Fox today, denim-on-denim is forever. While the trend is polarizing by nature and seemingly tough to nail, all it really takes is a neutral base layer to tone down the blue-jean look. This attendee went the extra mile with accessories, incorporating leather fashion gloves and gold jewelry for added polish. Convert it to summer wear with a basic white tank top and rattan sandals.
Pop of Color
Color is the best way to give your neutral outfits a little bit of punch. Take this tangerine-infused look, for instance: the quilted orange bomber and flap bag play the perfect complement to the sporty ensemble. Other shades that pair nicely with nude tones? Bottega green, lemon (Spring 2022’s must-know color trend), and lavender.
Certain street style stars, such as Anna Wintour, Olivia Palermo, and this fabulous showgoer, have mastered the art of print-mixing without ever looking garish. It’s a trick worth having in your toolbox for days you’re feeling loud and proud. To strategically over-index on patterns, go for a mix of macro and micro motifs, be it polka dots, zebra stripes, or both. You’ll also want to stay in the same color family to keep things uniform—but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a pop of green or pink.
Much like layering a trench coat over trousers, styling a skirt over wide-leg pants also has a polished, elongating effect. It may feel avant-garde at first, but we promise: it’s super flattering in execution. This model bared their midriff to bring balance to the layered look—a styling idea we co-sign. Accent the ensemble with old-school favorites, such as ’70s shades, Converses, and an ’80s-worthy khaki bomber.
Color-blocking is one of our favorite street style outfit ideas to date. All it takes is picking two dissimilar shades and styling them exclusively throughout your look—and yes, that means no denim or printed accents to shake things up. Getting the color pairing right is your first step (try candy pink and red, or cerulean and indigo). Then, start collecting pieces in those colorways ahead of your next big outing. The result? An unforgettable outfit.