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Stockholm Street Style: Life After Loungewear

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Street style—remember that? A playground for unexpected pairings, peacocking as well as a celebration for individuality, the fashion landscape has been dimmer and less creative without the usual calendar of events that bring out fashion’s best.

Stockholm Fashion Week earlier this month, however, delivered a sharp reminder of the joy of street style and revealed what people have been yearning to wear outside the confines of their home. Though digital, the city’s fashion crowd found reasons to stage their best street style looks.

Statement outerwear, namely oversized puffer coats, packed comfort, warmth and drama. Clashing prints, robe belts, balloon-like shawl collars and diagonal and grid-like quilting elevated the winter staple.

Traditional wool coats cut a sharper look. Black, camel and gray spoke to classic European styling, while others took a more experimental approach with wool coats trimmed with fringe, belted with power shoulders or constructed with mixed floral prints.

Coats with teddy bear fabrications continued to trend for both men and women, but this season the look relied on neutral colorways like black and tan, compared to last year’s wild colors. And black leather maintained its ‘It’ factor, seen as basic zip-front jackets, oversized bombers and as an ultra-cool twist on the Western fringe jacket.

Matching sweat suits, boldly printed bottoms, crushed velvet pants and leather trousers, as well as statement knits—spanning Fair Isle, check and chunky cable—provided the warm foundation for most looks.

Denim found its way into their winter wardrobes, too. Bleached-splashed black jeans and jeans worn under a lace skirt were among the boldest denim looks. But it was mostly tried-and-true blue jeans that peeked from beneath their heaps of sweaters and coats.

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