Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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WIT MEETS WINSOME
New York: The Band of Outsiders fan is attracted to the charm of menswear basics cut for women; slim fit blazers, relaxed trousers and small collar button downs. Pre-Fall delivered these must-haves with an extra dose of designer Scott Sternberg’s signature humor, a quirky, intellectual approach communicated by pairing striped sweatpants with a cocoon coat punctuated by an oversize contrast button closure, or via a white cotton jumpsuit crawling with ladybugs. In the wrong hands these witty references could become too sweet, but Band of Outsiders knows how to balance every cute touch with serious staples, such as this season’s group of richly hued corduroy suiting, buffalo check outerwear and crewneck intarsia knits.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Boxy / Relaxed / Oversized / Flared / Tapered
Color: Navy / Camel / Black / White / Royal blue / Dusty pink / Grey / Evergreen
Key Items: Relaxed trousers / Boxy jackets / Pencil skirts / Prim button downs / Skirt suits / Cocoon overcoats / Printed jumpsuits / Tapered chinos / Peplum dresses / Intarsia knit crewnecks / Pleated skirts
Materials: Wool / Tweed / Silk / Chambray/ Corduroy / Cotton / Leather / Jersey / Intarsia knits
Print + Pattern: Ladybug print / Stripes / Dots / Checks / Plaid / Trompé l’oeil graphics
Details + Trim: Unfinished hems / Gathering / Contrast collars / Contrast trim / Patch pockets / Asymmetrical hems / Elastic banding / Zippers / Oversize buttons / Leather sleeves / Peplums
Accessories + Footwear: Athletic-inspired lace-up heels
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