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Style Advice Straight From the Streets of NYFW

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(Original story published on February 13, 2016, on Mode.com.)

Street-style stars are some of the bravest people. Not only are they game to wear the most outrageous (-ly fabulous) pieces in hopes of standing out from the rest, but they also willingly defy inhumane temps. On the coldest weekend NYC has seen since 1935 (according to my Uber driver), the fashion tribe charges through mean, icy winds to check out the Fall ’16 collections—and style-wise, they’re seriously bringing it. So, nice try, Old Man Winter. You can’t frost on their parade.

Fur toppers in all shapes, lengths, and colours are worn by about a third of the showgoers. They’re commonly paired with a basic top (the black turtleneck is clearly the new white tee) and jeans that can be categorized as anything but skinny. Yes, ’90s style is still going strong, and that’s not all—last season we saw the return of the It bag, and we’re happy to say it’s here to stay.

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When it comes to separates, anything goes. Sophie Valkiers, a Fashion Week columnist for Vogue China, layers up with a varsity jacket teamed with an oversize coat that boasts muppet-inspired fur trimmings.

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Currently trending? The beret. The challenge? It’s nearly impossible to sport without looking like a total dork. We’re shown the best way to embrace the awkward spirit is by wearing it with kitschy separates such as a graphic tee and a pair of not-your-standard blues.

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We’ve seen for a while now that trendy boyfriend jeans have taken on a more mom-inspired vibe, and they’ve been dominating most cool-girl looks this season. Venture from the norm of pairing yours with black separates and go for a white sweater, white topcoat, and chunky black accessories.

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Oversize glasses are still trending, but we’re seeing the popular chunky, plastic frames have taken on a new nerdy shape—thin and metal. The coolest way to pull off the look is by pairing them with menswear-inspired pieces and an easy ponytail.

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Not even the icy temps can stop the showgoers from sporting their favourite strappy summer heels. But to prevent themselves from getting frostbite (or, at least, postpone it until after the shows), they’re teaming their sandals with black semi-sheer tights.

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Another way the street style stars rock their warm-weather footwear? With a pair of the chunkiest socks they can find.

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The only way to stay warm is to layer up, but instead of seeing a sea of black sweaters, coats, and accessories flooding the venue, we’re seeing bright, interesting colour combos—like this look, worn by Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine.

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If you can’t wear your neon, down-filled onesie coat from the ’80s in these frigid temps, a floor-length topper is the next (and much chicer) best thing. Try one in a white or neutral hue, and pair it with a wide rim hat.

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When it’s this cold, it’s time to get seriously creative with your layering tactics. Only brought a trench coat to battle the strong winds? Make it more weather-appropriate by adding a chunky wool scarf. Maintain the feminine shape of the coat by cinching the entire look at the waist with the belt.

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A surefire way to stand out from the crowd proves to be by avoiding black anything. Mix neons with jewel tones, and team furry accessories with structured, printed ones—and don’t forget about a bright, juicy swipe of lipstick.

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