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WWWD Tips – Kernels of Style

Today, instead of running the same images of the same dresses that everyone else is featuring, we’re going to give you something different—WWWD Tips. We figured that you’ve probably been exposed to enough Oscar dress information already, and, since there were significantly fewer festivities Sunday night (Vanity Fair, we missed you so!), images from the night were underwhelming, to say the least. Having vented our Oscar blahs, we’ll now turn to three looks we love and discuss the kernels of stylistic virtue each one holds.

Pick up a pair of ankle socks to wear with spring shoes:

There aren’t many people who can pull together an inspiring look for the airport, but leave it to Chloe Sevigny to whip up something amazing for the LAX gateways. We are particularly fond of her socks, an accessory that had quite a moment at the spring shows. The ankle-hugging hosiery was on display at Anna Sui, Comme des Garcons, Gareth Pugh and Louise Goldin, as the designers showed these small socks paired with booties, platforms and sandals alike. Of all the slim socks offered, we fell hardest for the ones shown on the Burberry runway, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be (apparently they were only made for that show). We’ll console ourselves with a pair from Topshop, their Supersoft Ankle Socks ($6) might make us feel better.

Mix boho elements with modern shades and silhouettes:

We’ve noticed a bit of bohemian style is starting to creep back into fashion, aided in no small part by a handful of spring collections with a late 60’s/early 70’s vibe. But don’t break out your prairie skirts just yet, because you shouldn’t be channelling Sienna Miller’s style circa 2004. Instead take a cue from Julia Stegner, seen here at a Prada party during New York Fashion Week, and mix a few choice hippie elements (the center part twisted hair, low-slung looped belt) with very of-the-moment lines and hues, like a sleek shift dress in bold color and black tights.

Invest in an oversized blazer:

As Daisy Lowe showed us at the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan last week, the oversized blazer is the perfect piece of outerwear this season. The combination of 80’s style (think bright colours, shoulder pads, Oakley sunglasses, you get the idea…) and menswear-inspired tailoring is thoroughly fresh looking, especially when worn with an otherwise feminine outfit (like the full skirt and body-conscious top Lowe wore). In addition to the blazers we’ve already mentioned, there are still more fantastic options, like the Silk Blazer ($110) from Topshop in silver silk or you can pre-order the Elizabeth and James Boyfriend Blazer from Saks ($395). Don’t forget to hit up your local vintage store too, as they’re amazing resources for finding oversized blazers on the cheap right now.

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