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The Crazy Shirt Trend Is Coming for Your Sweaters

Fancy shirting, with its bell sleeves, extra ruffles, and random ties and sashes, captured the imagination of fashion designers and fast-fashion executives with such a fervor in 2017 that you’d be hard-pressed to go anywhere without encountering one of them in the wild. (You might have an even harder time finding just a plain old normal shirt.)

Whether you love the look or hate it — or maybe love and hate it like my co-worker Rebecca, who wrote a rebuttal to her own takedown of The Shirts — it’s here to stay. In fact, it’s spreading to other articles of clothing.

While scoping out new arrivals for our fall shopping guide, I noticed something alarming in the sweater section of many of the stores I surveyed. There were some classic crewneck and turtleneck options, sure, but more often than not, an otherwise ordinary sweater inexplicably featured something a little too extra. And just like it did with The Shirts, it’s starting at the sleeves. There’s a long tie at the wrist, or a little flare, or a big, unabashed, voluminous bell sleeve that definitely wasn’t there last season. When done right, it looks cool — have you seen Uniqlo’s new collab with JW Anderson??! — but when done wrong, it just looks... wrong.

A woman in a brown sweater.
Photo: Doen

Exhibit A: The fancy, ’70s-ish puff-sleeved sweaters at Doen. For me at least, these sweaters walk the line — the ruffles here are pretty minimal, the photos are lovely, and the model looks great, but I’m pretty sure that I would look ridiculous in a sweater with princess sleeves that big. (How do you put a coat on over that? Do I need to get a bell-sleeved coat?) Several of the styles are sold out, so maybe I’m alone in my skepticism.

A woman in a one-sleeve sweater
Photo: Eloquii

Exhibit B: The sweater section at Eloquii turns up the heat a bit. It sees Doen’s puff sleeves and raises them all kinds of bell sleeves, ruffles, cut-outs, and too much other stuff to list. This one has only one sleeve. This one has ruffles, bell sleeves, stripes, and mesh shoulders. Seriously, I dare you to find a normal sweater here. (It can’t be done.)

A woman in a white sweater
Photo: Club Monaco

Exhibit C: Club Monaco is running with this, too. The store can get a little Fashion for a mall brand, so I’m not that surprised that you can find more options with bows and ruffles on the sleeves, cold shoulders, no shoulders, bows up the back, and any combination of the above than you can just a nice, cozy, normal sweater.

A woman in a gray sweater.
Photo: Gap

Exhibit D: Gap! It’s subtle, but it’s happening. Here’s a cardigan with a weird extra sleeve ruffle. Here’s a sweater with bell sleeves and a hood. I don’t even really know how to describe this one. But once it’s infiltrated Gap, you know it’s coming for the rest of the world, too.

While most of these retailers still offer some regular crewnecks and V-necks, and none of these examples (except maybe Club Monaco) are at full-blown shirting level — yet — it’s probably only just a matter of time. My advice? Buy yourself a normal sweater while you still can. Cory Baldwin, shopping editor

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Deal of the Day

Let’s not focus on the fact that COS began advertising its mid-season sale exactly three days into the new season (what is time, anyway?), but rather on the fact that said sale has a bunch of stuff you can wear right now for up to 50% off, like these wide-leg culottes ($81, from $115), these orange suede pumps with a wooden heel (a full 50% off at $95), and this slouchy navy sweater ($50, from $99). Buying all three items together not only makes a great fall outfit, but also qualifies you for free shipping.

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Just Some Cannoli Earrings

Milan Fashion Week is over and Paris is going full-steam ahead. Last February, right after President Trump’s inauguration, Tanisha wrote about the moral discomfort of going to fashion shows and “watching a privileged (and largely white) audience gawk over expensive designer clothes.” This time around, it’s hard to believe that anybody can approach Fashion Week without a great deal of ambivalence. Still, clothes are happening! Here are a few notable and joyful takeaways:

A cannoli-print Dolce & Gabbana dress, worn with cannoli-shaped earrings. Yet again, the Italian designers were inspired by Sicilian culture, a habit Elana described as “so delightfully predictable!!!” I’ve already searched Etsy for more affordable versions of the cannoli earrings, and they do indeed exist.

More feminist slogan shirts at Dior. Despite the backlash against its $700 “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirts — a portion of sales from which later went to spokesmodel Rihanna’s nonprofit — the brand was back at it for spring 2018.

Impossible straw hats. Simon Porte Jacquemus is the upstart getting people’s attention at Paris Fashion Week; more pressingly, his Instagram feed is the only motivation you need to move to the south of France. This week, he presented the natural evolution of his now-signature straw hats, which have appeared in Lorde’s “Perfect Places” video and atop the head of Ann Street Studio’s Jamie Beck, the only influencer Britt has truly loved.

Realistic airport style.” LOL. —Eliza Brooke, senior reporter


by Tansy Breshears

When you visit small cities in America, the kind where the nearest mall is over an hour away and there’s no such thing as a Sephora or Ulta for 75 miles or more, you’ll notice something: the ashy brown cheeks, foreheads, and eyelids of black, multiracial, and deeper-complected indigenous and Latina women all over town. You’ll see black women with necks that, in comparison to their faces, look oddly dark. It’s the tell-tale unblended line — a dead giveaway of foundation that will never truly match.

You’ll notice something else, too, if you go anywhere to shop: the reason we look that way. In Cosmopolitan, Andrea Arterberry wrote about how every eight-foot section of foundation and setting-powder products looks exactly the same: 10 to 12 varying shades of beige, from “light” to what must be a sarcastic labeling of “deep” that usually ends right before the colors get dark enough for even a light-skinned black woman to wear comfortably.

This is if you’re in a Walmart, by the way. Small towns often aren’t ever lucky enough to have a Target, Big Lots, CVS, Walgreens, or any other store that might carry a reasonably large makeup and beauty section — many feel grateful just to have that Walmart and a few different stores with the word “dollar” in the name. Even though there are a few places to shop, including actual small-town mom-and-pop drugstores, they’re all generally the same when it comes to makeup: whites only.

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