fashionable reads: the revenge of comfort over style
The brilliant Cathy Horyn wrote this wonderful article about the growing gap between high fashion and how real women want to dress. It’s fitting that a fashion writer and critic of Horyn’s stature chooses this topic for her swan song at the New York Times.
Fitting, yes, because it seems there is a shift in the paradigm happening: women are choosing comfort over style. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we are opting out of being stylish altogether- judging by best-selling items as Isabel Marant’s Dicker boots, Sam Edelman’s Trina sandals or the recent trend of pairing running shoes with everything, women are approximating a sort of chic comfort.
I used to subscribe to the notion that in order to look stylish, one must sacrifice comfort. But in recent years I have found that real, honest comfort is fundamental to inhabiting one’s sense of style. And so this idea of practical luxury, next to a timeless sense of chic, is cementing itself at the core of my own sartorial philosophy. Because let’s be honest, what’s chic about a women hobbling along the street in painful stiletto’s?