3 Styling Hacks to Try from NYFW 2020

Recently, a friend of our writer asked, “What’s the point of fashion shows honestly? What can we get from it? Nobody but celebrities and fashion bloggers is bold enough to pull off those looks. Aren’t they pointless?” Faced with these questions, we felt the need to quote Miranda Priestly from Devil Wears Prada. When Andy Sachs, the outdated and the “I-don’t-care-about-fashion-industry” assistant commented on Miranda being picky about similar looking belts. Miranda goes, 

“’This stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of… stuff.”

Yeah, Miranda did go off on Andy. 

Anyway, fashion shows (or fashion industry in general) can indeed look vain. Especially for people who are not involved directly with it. But from the fashion shows, if you think there’s no wearable pieces, believe it or not… you can still get something out of it. 

The clothes presented on the runway are the tangible things that come from the designers’ imagination. They’re pieces of art, and sometimes art can be too hard to be understood. That’s why there are magazine editors, public figure, and influencers who come to the show and help to translate or interpret the fashion to the mass audience. 

Do you realize that we don’t really see people wearing the exact same styling presented on the runways? Because everyone has their own personal style. So, the editors, public figures, and influencers will cherry-pick trends or elements that suits their target audience (for editors/buyers) or their personal likings (influencers).

So yeah, we can totally get something from fashion shows. Like these three styling tricks (that can be applied in our daily life, mind you) from Spring/Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week.

1. Dress Over Pants

When the dress is too short, wearing it with tights seems to be a foolproof trick. But how many of us actually comfortable wearing tights especially when it’s hot outside? Not to mention some materials can cause rash and itch on our skin? Ugh. How about switching it to comfortable pants instead?

Trend from: Gabriela Hearst, Deveaux

2. Maximalism but Polkadots

If 2016, 2017, and 2018 revolved around normcore and minimalism, 2020 is about to be about maximalism (Yup, it’s a word. We’re not making this up!). Last season, tie-dye was (sorta) making a comeback, but nobody seemed to pay attention. So, hopefully with the return of the classic polkadots, the maximalism trend can taste a bit of victory.

Trend from: Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera

3. Eyes on Hiking Boots

Hold off every upcoming shoes purchase plans of yours! We’ve got something to tell you directly from the runways. Instead of buying more ankle boots or combat boots, you may want to check this one out. We think hiking boots can be a good addition to your wardrobe. They’re great statement pieces and comfortable to wear!

Trend from: Anna Sui, Paris 99