Tuesday, September 16, 2014

the sleeveless mockneck

via The Coveteur

Social media is propelling a certain circle of models to elite celebrity status. Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss use Instagram and Twitter to spill behind-the-scenes scoop and personal fun facts that keep them constantly top of mind—and effectively build their brands. A sign of their success? Covering Vogue's September issue as "the Instagirls." Both ends are converging to bring renewed awareness of and interest in models, from what they eat before a big show to street style sensibility. Miranda Kerr is one such catwalk queen gaining quick traction as a fashion influencer for her consistently on-point about-town looks. It was a snap of her wearing baggy boyfriend jeans and a cropped mock that made me start thinking about the turtleneck's shorter and looser sister in a realistic and applicable way. The sleeveless mock is both youthful (in its minimalism) and modest (higher neckline)—a balance to which I'm always attracted. It's super versatile (goes casual with leggings or jeans and dresses up with drapey joggers or a quilted mini) and the unexpected cut brings edge to basic ensembles. With wintry forecasts not far off, this is a style to start rocking right now. I see some Karlie-caliber selfies in your future.

Chelsea28 // Nordstrom // $58
Ribbed // Topshop // $30
Abstract herringbone // New York & Co. // $39.95
Vince Camuto // Nordstrom // $79
Ming Wang // Nordstrom // $115
AQUA // Bloomingdale's // $48
Shaker // Pink Mascara // $34.99

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