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The 5 Biggest Takeaways from NYFW SS2020

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Jacqueline Gubiani

New York Fashion Week’s SS 2020 shows wrapped up last week, and with it brought inspiration for our wardrobes. From ready-to-wear looks to unexpected ensembles, here are five style lessons we learned last week.

Polka Dots Never Left

From BLDWN’s smudgy grey polka dots to the Tommy x Zendaya’s buy now collection, polka dots proved itself a versatile pattern despite the current maximalist trend. Dots are neutral and still eye-catching, albeit in a less obstrusive, leopard-print way.

The pattern has the ability to go from day to night, from the office boardroom to office drinks. You can wear dots under denim or on a ruffled blouse, making it the statement piece or melding it with others.

Mens’ Blazers Are Always in Vogue

NYFW’s street style left its mark by women who donned oversized mens’ blazers. Fashion goers dressed up this wardrobe staple by pairing it oversized bags and headbands.

A classic fit blazer, such as this pre-loved Tahari one, pairs well on its own as a matching pant suit or with bike shorts and jeans. Look for one with embellished buckles and big checks for a preppy, masculine vibe. 

Hair Accessories Are the New “It” Accessory

Headbands, barrettes, and ribbon were just a few designer brands accessories spotted on guests in between shows. Classic braids had a thin ribbon or suede string woven down the plait. Top knots became even more elegant with a silk scarf tied in. Others brought a childhood air by snapping big lucite barrettes on either side of a simple centre part. Even the basic headband appeared less preppy and more cool girl messy with a few tendrils hanging in front instead of being completely tucked back. 

Pashminas and Kerchiefs are Perfect for Fall

Philip Lim 3.1’s models reminded us that silk scarves and pashminas are incredibly chic. We’ll have to wear wool scarves soon enough, but they’re aren’t necessary yet for staying warm.

Whether wrapped around your shoulders, tied around your neck, or worn over a blazer, it’ll be sure to stave off the morning chill. The kerchief is good until it’s time to pull out a thicker layer. 

Dresses Over Pants Is Trying to Happen

Remember wearing jean skirts over leggings? Designers, such as Gabriela Hearst and Devreaux, decided to take this look up a notch by placing dresses over pants. While tights are a necessary staple for keeping legs warm on cold days, two full pieces of clothing feels like one too many.

But we digress. Despite our opinions, multiple runways interpretations praised this look. There must be something good about it that works.

What looks did you take away from September’s NYFW? Let us know in the comments!

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