80s Style, Collars & Gum Soles

Bomber Jacket (outside): Vintage | Jacket (underneath): Coach Menswear | Trousers: Wilfred Aritzia | Trainers: New Balance X J. Crew | Hat: Palace | Socks: Happy Socks X Opening Ceremony | Hoodie: Aritzia (streetwear collection) | Teeshirt (underneath): The Last Shadow Puppets (Concert Merch).

Photos: Tanya Krotovskaya

Hello friends!

Ever since watching the film Everybody Wants Some (Tyler Hoeclin is enough of a reason to see it — ok?), I’ve been loving 80s varsity-inspired clothes. Basically, I’ve been taking style notes from rather questionable fratty baseball players. For me, this style involves oversized flamboyant coats, teeshirts with coloured borders, gum soles, oversized grey hoodies and varsity lettering.

Since I live in a posh Scottish village, however, my take on their style is more on the side of subtle. Although my stone wash APC jeans would’ve also worked with this look, I like to keep things a little more sophisticated when I’m going to class. Sometimes, it’s easy to go overboard with one trend, so the trousers make it appear (or at least I hope to appear) a little less intentional.

To add dimension to the look (instead of just resembling a sloppy frat boy), I love to play with collars. Since it’s still quite cold in Scotland, I’ve been layering my oversized bomber jacket overtop of my Coach leather jacket — which has a cool aviator collar. Not only does this layering add extra warmth, but it also reinvents a piece (the bomber jacket), that I already owned.

Considering that I am ‘Princess in Trainers’ and all, this look wouldn’t be complete without a crazy pair of trainers. If I’m going for a retro feel, I opt for these colour-block New Balances. To add an extra retro touch, gum soles (refers to the beige rubber) are a must! For a similar vibe, Nike Cortez also do the trick. 

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