French Trench Style

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The rain from Paris fashion week has shifted to New York, and we have plenty of French trench style to inspire us, thanks to Phil Oh. He captured the glitterati donning their best overcoats and stepping up the layering game. Coats over jackets over shirts over knits, anything goes. From avant-garde to menswear inspired, the outerwear staple of the season has never looked better.

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View more Paris Fashion Week street style at Vogue.com.

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Invest in Timeless Design: DE SMET Shirt Jacket

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When investing in new pieces for your well-edited wardrobe, versatility is key. I always ask myself, can I wear this garment for more than one season, more than one occasion and will it withstand my bi-annual end-of-season purge? This is how I design pieces for DE SMET, including the Shirt Jacket that launched yesterday. Pictured here in white, this is how I like to wear the DE SMET Shirt Jacket for winter: Layered between a light-weight turtleneck and a kimono coat, tucked into high-waist jeans. It adds a fresh pop of white to an otherwise somber ensemble. Come springtime, I will wear this style as a jacket over my favorite t-shirt or on its own as a shirt.

DE SMET Shirt Jacket worn with // Turtleneck // Kimono Coat (similar here and here) // High-waist Jeans // Boots // Sunglasses

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Must Have: Tie Details

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An easy way to update your classic wardrobe is with simple tie details. Whether you add a grosgrain ribbon to your messy pony or invest in a tie back Dries Van Noten shoe, this simple detail makes a statement. While bows at the neck had been worn since at least the 19th century, they evolved into pussy-bows in the 20th century and have taken on many forms since then. The DE SMET tie cuff shirt offers a more streamlined, minimal tie detail top that is not only seasonless but timeless as well.

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Invest in Timeless Design: January Sales

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Building an edited wardrobe takes time, and patience. Trying to find that perfect piece at the right price, in your size and desired color takes time. When the January sales hit (i.e. now) you must strike while the sartorial iron is hot, but try to refrain from impulse purchases. Take time to research the fabric, fit and care for each item before adding to cart, as many of the deeply discounted duds are final sale. I’m a huge fan of uniform dressing, so my January sales picks add longevity to my existing wardrobe. I’ve rounded up some of my must-have sale items that are up to 70% off from Net-a-Porter and Farfetch. 

This collarless Lemaire blazer has just the right amount of monastic meets boyish charm vibe. Opting for an update to the classic blue poplin shirt, this Marni top boasts seasonless potential. A reimagined classic hoop earring feels fresh yet timeless. Schoolgirl nostalgia meets sophisticated comfort in these Mary Jane shoes by The Row. A nod to the 90’s bucket bag, this update from 3.1 Phillip Lim adds structural integrity to any look. Raw edge denim is here to stay, but choosing a silhouette with longevity is key, enter: Rachel Comey jeans.

 

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Best of Basics: Chunky Cropped Sweater

As the temperature drops, the layers of clothes we wear increases. At times, you may feel like an overstuffed sofa. Lately, my uniform has consisted of high-waisted jeans, the Tie Cuff Shirt from DE SMET and this chunky cropped sweater. The joy of the chunky cropped sweater is the warmth it provides without excess bulk. If you get too hot, simply take it off and drape it over your shoulders, granny style. Another favorite look of mine. Made of 100% wool, you won’t miss the length. The neckline of this style is slightly higher than a crew neck, which is ideal.

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