Early Style Bubble readers will know that I loves me a sports themed Teen Vogue editorial, so implausibly staged and styled that no outfit is actually suitable for the outdoor activity it is depicting (be it skiing, hiking, surfing, skating….). In the name of fashion though, who cares if a cut-up neoprene body suit paired with neon wedges and latex crop top aren't in fact going to cut in the waves. It all looks so enticingly bonkers that to this day, my devotion to that A5 sized guilty pleasure, still gets me some funny looks on the tube. Especially when I switch between the New Yorker and Teen Vogue in quick succession.
It is with this approach that I took to messing around with these Sorel boots. Disclaimer: Yes, this is in fact a paid for thing-a-ma-jig and no, I don't have to write that in small type. Call it the Christmas shopping bill if you will. I wouldn't have taken this on though if I didn't get to attempt several Teen Vogue-style jumps in the process and ultimately relish a good old fashioned styling challenge of making the most unlikely footwear work with my mish mash of clothing. It's a good thing that I've recently been getting into the the complex layerings of Japanese menswear labels – Facetasm, Discovered, Phenomenon – basically all the brands I saw at the Versus event, which concluded Tokyo Fashion Week. The unexpected layers, oversized proportions and inexplicable influences from sportswear, were on my mind when I put together these outfits, along with the idea of wrapping up warm without bunging on a mahussive coat. Weirdly the chunkiness and the strange clang of colours going on in the boots seem to be appropriate accompaniments to this current Tokyo menswear fixation. I'm sure there's a small card going out to me from Conde Nast right now though saying "Must try harder on the jump."
(Mother of Pearl floral printed leather cap, Mother of Pearl navy leather hooded parka, Perks and Mini print sweater, Joe Fresh orange neoprene skirt, Attachment green and yellow leather jacket around the waist, Sorel 1964 Premium Canvas boot)
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