I unwittingly re-went over some articles on “Normcore”, when I was working on my final presentation. As one of the latest fashion lexicons in 2014, “Normcore” refers to “a bland anti-style, bandied around everywhere, from the front row to Twitter and New York Magazine” according to vogue.co.uk. It is defined as “the notion of dressing in an utterly conventional, nondescript way struck a collective chord.” Plus, if you go into this theme one step forward, you will be likely to find out its original notion seen “on the desire to fit in rather than stand out.”
Understated and nondescript, that will be the appropriate phrase to encapsulate Normcore as well as the button-down trend that sweeps over the spring/summer 2014 catalogs from runway to the real realway. Yes, I’m talking about one of the most reviled approaches to deal with your shirt —— button-down, spoken highly of as trend. This time, however, since it’s the year 2014, you’ve got more than one way to button (down) your shirt. Besides wearing it dangerous unbuttoned on the top as Altuzarra’s instructions (see Margaret and Charlie in the realway), it’s precisely reasonable to follow Alexander Wang‘s Button-down Faceoff, which is with just the top buttons fastened, leaving the midriff completely bare (see how Vanessa gets her FrontRowShop blouse put together).
Here a pyramid of man’s shirts (or designated blouses) are your best options. Most probably a pair of matching boxing shorts would be a perfect match, while distressed jeans are also suggested(see Margaret and Vanessa). And what matters most in this situation is that this is literally the season to add abs crunches to your daily routine. Good luck and button down!
on the mood board…
Alexander Wang dolman-sleeved shirt | Acne Studios white Oxford shirt | Alexander Wang combined playsuit | T by Alexander Wang white blouse (budget one here) | Altuzarra striped blouse (similar here)| Zara combined blouse in pastel blue | Zara combined blouse in pristine petal
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