INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
HOW WE DO TEXTURE
By Lakeisha Goedluck, February 17, 2018
Thanks to the likes of Prada and Astrid Andersen, the FW17 runways saw dadcore have its day. From velour tracksuits to corduroy cuts, mismatched '70s-flavored styling was fully on the sartorial agenda. For SS18, the temptation to play around with textures is still present — and here’s how the guys at ASOS HQ are dressing in various fabrics with finesse this season.
Big on borg
As we’re midway through February, the sun’s finally out but it’s still seriously cold outside. To both keep warm and check the tactile threads box, opt for a transitional layer made from borg — a synthetic sheepskin-style material that’s become a cult cover-up over the last few years.
Go for an all-over borg fleece like our culture writer Sam to nail that not-quite-spring aesthetic. Choose one in a moss-green shade and pair it with slate-gray pants for an understated ensemble. Finish with pink kicks to contrast the rest off your ’fit and signal that you’re ready for some real sunshine.
Although rocking velour was ubiquitous during the '70s, nowadays it's considered a bold move. To give your wardrobe a retro edge, try experimenting with the ultra-soft fabric. Here, artworker Nawal masters two trends at once by going for a striped velour half-zip in fluorescent colours.
He channels skater style by pairing his top with a short-sleeved denim shirt. The stitching adds some extra flavor to his already eye-catching top half, so if you’re down to emulate his look, keep your bottom half basic — black pants and matching kicks should do the trick.
When it comes to the most hyped fabrics of the moment, corduroy is way up there. A go-to textile during the '70s, wide-leg pants and jackets made of the stuff have been seen on street stylers everywhere in recent months. To make the FW17 favorite appropriate for spring, go for a transitional jacket.
Senior editor Matt wears a back-print mustard-yellow bomber jacket from skate brand Diamond Supply Co. and pairs it with camel-colored work pants and a graphic-print sweatshirt for a relaxed, vintage feel. To round off a look like this, rep clean white kicks to not detract from your standout outerwear.
After years of viewing sleeveless steez with suspicion, the menswear sphere has finally begun to appreciate the vest as the stellar bit of gear it is. If you’re ready to incorporate the piece into your sartorial arsenal, choose a padded one to get on the texture hype (bonus: it'll also add extra warmth during this crossover period).
Junior Looped editor Nic also jumps on the bright-color trend by opting for one in a vibrant orange hue. Follow in his footsteps and team yours with subdued cuts — a pale-colored long-sleeved top, slim-fit light-washed jeans and minimal kicks are a sensible shout.