Fashion month trends to suit your student budget

From Feb. 8 to March 6, people from all over the world gathered in the most renowned fashion cities to watch their most beloved designers’ shows. Not only is fashion week in New York, London, Milan and Paris a signifier of the turning of seasons, but the collections we see give us insight into trends happening in the world, and not just those fashion related.

Many of those with a limited knowledge of fashion may feel intimidated and therefore belittle the industry, calling it superficial and mundane. This is rather ironic given the fact that these same people may choose to clothe their bodies in a certain style that shows how little they actually care about a system that revolves around this exact idea: telling a story through garments. And isn’t this what fashion week is all about?

Designers portray not just personal stories, but those of societies, politics and world events, and they turn them into wearable art, thus giving us fashion.

This season’s themes included feminism (for both men and women), empowerment, strength and self-confidence. These are exactly the kinds of messages we need to send to today’s youth, especially young women, in order to spark the change that we need to generate worldwide social and environmental change.

Although these shows are inspiring and exciting, many of the young future decision makers watching them might feel like the garments they see worn by models storming down the runway are inaccessible to them. After all, high fashion comes at a price. Here are some shows we took inspiration from and how you can get the look for less:

Inspiration

Tibi F/W 2018

Trends We Noticed

Lots of layering, monochrome, turtlenecks, menswear inspiration, chunky boots, oversized pieces, clean lines, micro bags, pops of primary colours, casual and minimal yet also elegant looks.

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Images courtesy Alessandro Garofalo.

Get The Look For Less

An easy way to copy the Tibi F/W 2018 look is to start with core pieces and layer up from there. Right now, you can easily find affordable, brightly coloured turtlenecks and chunky fisherman’s knits at thrift stores like Black Market, Value Village and Talize. Start from there and build onto the look. You could also likely find a super cute boyfriend blazer at the same spots. Also try looking in the men’s sections of these stores. If the sleeves are a bit too long or the body a bit loose, consider taking the item to a tailor and having it fitted. Since you’re probably not breaking the bank on your newly thrifted gem, a quick $15 to $30 alteration may not be a bad idea to get the piece looking like it’s custom made for you, and it can make all the difference. Add on a colourful mini bag and little wool skirt with chunky ankle boots, and you’ve got yourself a look!

 

Inspiration

Versace F/W 2018

Trends We Noticed

Leather bomber jackets, colour blocking, scarves, belted waistlines, power suits, plaid/tartan patterns, fringe, denim on denim, gold hardware, pencil skirts, mixing tough and delicate fabrics, high waistlines, tucked-in tops, slender silhouettes mixed with boxy outerwear.

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Images courtesy Yannis Vlamos.

Get The Look For Less

If you want to resemble a Versace gal this winter, think high-waisted mom jeans during the day and leather pencil skirt at night mixed with Western style belts, tartan blouses and cropped boxy outerwear. Throw on a scarf for an extra ounce of detail. This look is a mix of preppy and moto chic with a Western flare. It could be all over the place, but when styled correctly the ensemble is effortless and chic. Start off with your high-waisted bottoms, then add a Western belt with a gold buckle and black booties. Next, dress things up with a pop of colour on top, whether it be a bright red knit or an argyle patterned sweater. Lastly throw on an oversized, cropped puffer or bomber jacket and you’re comfy and casual, but also well put together.

 

Inspiration

Alexander Wang F/W 18

Trends We Noticed

Tiny sunglasses, jumpsuits, matching sweatsuits, leggings, slicked back hair, athleisure wear mixed with formal wear, neoprene, silver details, fuzzy purses, black and white, monochrome, fashion backpacks, belted waistlines and turtlenecks.

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Images courtesy Marcus Tondo.

Get The Look For Less

In order to imbue the Alexander Wang archetype consider a high fashion “athleisure” look. Tuck a cotton turtleneck into your matching slim fit cotton sweats and add little black nylon socks to go with your kitten heels. Polish it all off with reflective mini glasses and you’re good to go. We understand this look may be a bit too daring for most students, so if you’re not quite that brave yet try pairing your favourite black leggings with combat boots, a white T-shirt and oversized teddy or puffer jacket. Make sure not to forget your furry handbag.