Runway Inspired Outfits: Take Inspiration from the Best Looks from Fashion Week for Your Everyday Style!!!
We professional women, who spend our lives running to and from work, barely getting enough sleep or time for breakfast, juggle many roles at once. For many of us, fashion remains part of a last minute hustle. Sometimes it doesn’t even make sense. We do care about looking good. In fact, we want to look great all the time! And we love trend-watching. But sometimes the runway looks can be just too unwearable for our tame everyday outfits!
That’s why I compiled some of the best looks from New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 to show that as a whole, even a ready-to-wear ensemble straight off the runway may be too extreme, but there’s no reason why we can’t alter it and be inspired by it for everyday outfits! Sounds exciting, right? Let’s go!
6 Golden Rules to Create Runway Inspired Outfits
Rule #1: Just One Interesting Element
Pick any element from the runway look that you find most interesting. Then just pair it with everyday wardrobe basics like jeans or pumps. Here, I used graffiti as the main element and instead of harem pants, added boyfriend jeans. For creating similar color palette, I used turquoise moto-jacket over it and blue stacked bracelets with silver-grey eye shadow. The jacket will also help cover up if you feel the graffiti is too colorful for you. Plus it’s good for those early Fall/ Spring evenings!
Rule #2: Convert the Extreme into Everyday Wearable
If you like a runway outfit, but it has too many runway-ish things going on about it, just think of what it’s everyday-version would be. Such as this jacket. It’s suede lavender, but it also has fringes. Plus, it’s a cape jacket. So I guess for everyday wear, we could have a lavender cape jacket without fringes. So I added suede in the shoes. And instead of those grey shorts, I added grey pants. Plus I liked the idea of leather skinny pants because they add an extra oomph! Add some Marni earrings and Marni lavender bag, and you’re good to go!
The original runway look (left) is from Rebecca Minkoff NYFW Spring Summer 2016 collection.
Rule #3: Instead of a Bright Dress, Add Bright Accessories on a Neutral Dress
If you love a dress style and color palette, but it’s too bright for everyday wear, or your personal style, just pick a similar dress in a neutral color. Here, I love how the ensemble uses a shift knee-length dress with a color palette of fuschia pink, emerald green and navy. But fuschia pink dress is perhaps too bright for me. So I picked a similar dress in black. Then I added pink belt with emerald shoes to it. Instead of a red and navy necklace, I added a navy and blue necklace and navy/silver eye shadow!
The original runway look (left) is from Monique Lhuillier NYFW Spring Summer 2016 collection.
Rule #4: Move the Shades of the Color Palette Up and Down to Create Contrast
Some runway outfits have too many colors or prints, or both. If you think it would be tricky to do that for real life, you can use this rule. Pick one major color and use its lighter shade. Then pick another color and use its darker shade. For the prints, you can either pair one print with one solid, or both solids, depending on how you like it. Add neutral accessories and voila!
The original runway look (left) is from Daine von Furstenberg NYFW Spring Summer 2016 collection.
Rule #5: Add Colorful Accessories to Monochromatic Outfits
Some runway outfits have lots of wearable elements, but as a whole they are too extreme for real life! Just use those wearable elements in your basic wardrobe clothes. This sheer dress has a lovely pussybow and I love the white with a teeny bit of peach for embellishments. So I paired a basic white pussybow blouse with white boyfriend trousers. I added similar black strappy heels. For the color, I added lots of peach necklaces and a peach belt. And peach lipstick!
The original runway look (left) is from Prabal Gurung NYFW Spring Summer 2016 collection.
Rule #6: Pick Just Two or Three Colors for Your Outfits
If the runway outfit you love is too colorful, but you love the colors and styles, pick just one or two major colors for the clothing. Then pick the last color for adding contrasting accessories. Here, I picked just navy and green for clothes, and added crimson bracelets and heels. For the top, I used Rule #2 again!
The original runway look (left) is from Tommy Hilfiger NYFW Spring Summer 2016 collection.
— Shilpa Ahuja (@shilpa1ahuja) September 16, 2015
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]