Flexing in the fall and winter is easy. It's all about cool sweatshirts, baller-ass jackets and overcoats on some Kanye West "DO YOU SEE THIS COAT?!" level. But as the weather turns warmer, it gets a little harder to be stylish. Higher temperatures mean wearing less clothes, or opting for super light, breathable fabrics.
During transitional spring weather, it's easy to throw on something like a golf jacket over a graphic tee and still look #snobshots-worthy, but the details matter even more. The right cap, some slick sunglasses and an enviable pair of sneakers can serve up a #look (while terrible ones can detract from it).
In order to do summer style right, it helps to have some of the certified bangers from the Spring/Summer 2017 season in your arsenal. After going through the glut of fresh garms that have finally made it from the runway to the racks, here's a thorough examination of the pieces that'll really be popping off in the streets. After all, you can't put together a fire fit without at a little heat in your closet.
Gosha Rubchinskiy x RETROSUPERFUTURE Sunglasses
Though it may be fledgling, there's an emerging interest in rave aesthetics sweeping through the style set as of late. Brands like Dior, MISBHV and Marc Jacobs all tacked references from the party-loving subculture onto their moodboards with recent collections, but the most prominent piece to come from this #ravewave is none other than Gosha Rubchinskiy's SS17 collaboration with Italian eyewear label RETROSUPERFUTURE.
The yellow-tinted shades tap a mélange of goggle-sporting raver tribes–including cybergoth, gabber and candy ravers–and have been all the rage in outré fashion capitals such as New York, Seoul and Tokyo (no real shocker there). Expect to see a lot more of these statement sunnies in forthcoming fashion weeks and music festivals (rappers love them too, apparently).
Worth copping? I'm an avid sunglass collector and wearer, so I'm a bit biased here. However, I don't see much longevity in this rave-tinged trend, so unless you're willing to shell out $200+ on a pair of shades you'll probably only wear for a few Instagram fit pics, I'd save your stash and either invest in a cheaper iteration, or a pair that'll never go out of style.
Bootleg Gucci T-Shirt
The counterfeit market is a lucrative one, especially when it comes to luxury brands. So what does one do when they've been repeatedly ripped off? Get in on the action, of course. During his Resort 2017 show, Alessandro Michele unveiled a bevy of T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies all emblazoned with an '80s-inspired Gucci logo, evoking those comically fake versions you'd find at a Chinatown street vendor. Given that the fashion is having a laugh at itself lately, the shirts became an instant hit among the steez brigade.
Worth copping? Oh boy. Tricky one, isn't it? On one hand, you could just cop a real bootleg for a mere 1/12th of the price, but that sort of defeats the purpose. Not to mention, it'd be considered an endorsement to the corrupt business of thieving someone else's work. But then again, a high-end bootleg of an authentic bootleg (*mind blown*) all seems like some gimmick exercised in smug defiance, at an insane markup, mind you. This one's your call to make...it'd be hard to spot the difference anyways.
Raf Simons x adidas "Ozweego Bunny"
Raf Simons's ongoing sneaker partnership with adidas has churned out its fair share of bangers, and with bulbous footwear reaching peak popularity, the duo's recent "Ozweego Bunny" model garnered instant grail status when it dropped in February. Currently available in cream and black colorways, the kicks are practically inescapable on the #Gram and blogosphere (especially the former colorway).
Worth copping? Yes, absolutely! OK, the price tag is a bit steep, but the "Ozweego" silhouette has been a vibe for a minute now and doesn't seem to be waning anytime soon. Style-wise, these kicks go a long way, especially if you're a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. Good luck finding your size though...
032c Motocross Long-sleeve
As we predicted last October, motocross fashion is becoming more of a thing within the fashion realm. Though we've seen splashes of it peppered throughout recent collections by Maison Margiela, Louis Vuitton, Supreme and MISBHV, avant style bible 032c really stepped up their moto game with a capsule line inspired by the sport's graphic-heavy racing uniform.
Worth copping? Sure, why not. Motocross gear is sick AF and, while it's not the real deal, the 032c merch is a playful ode to the sport and offers a much-needed flame graphic alternative to those exhausted Thrasher T-shirts.
Motocross Longsleeve Flames
Vetements x Champion Sweatsuit
There are several factors that warrant the sky-high hype rating of this ensemble. For one, it's frays on the throwback era of logo sportswear that dominated the '90s and '00s, both experiencing strong revivals in contemporary fashion. Secondly, the collaboration is at the helm of cult favorite Vetements, a brand that's been en vogue (and rigorously examined) for several seasons now. Merge the two and bada bing, you've got yourself an insta-cop release.
The Champion collaboration's popularity definitely mounts the other 17 partnerships produced in Vetements's SS17 collection, which is (unsurprisingly) ironic given that the radical design collective reworked Champion's iconic logo in previous lines.
Worth copping? A regular Champion sweatsuit costs around $100. The Vetements collaboration comes in at a whopping $1,602. You do the math.
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Supreme x COMME des GARÇONS Bogo
Any shirt emblazoned with a box logo has a place on this list to be honest, but for time's sake, let's just stick to Supreme's latest collaboration with storied Japanese fashion house COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT. This isn't the first drop created in cahoots with COMME, but by God did it wreak utter havoc across the blogosphere (per usual), particularly for its reworked bogo inspired by conceptual artist Stephen J. Shanabrook's contorted ads for COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT’s 2010 collection.
Naturally, everything sold out in the blink of an eye, but the T-shirts and hoodies featuring the elusive bogo are the ones making substantial bank in the resell market.
Worth copping? Does my opinion really matter here?
YEEZY x adidas "Calabasas" Track Pants
Though these trackies have been around for months now it seems, they were actually only made available for purchase recently. First hinted by Kanye and Kim on Snapchat and during a Harper’s Bazaar event, the three-stripe-branded "Calabasas" pants rose in prominence on Instagram following the YEEZY Season 4 show back in September, where they were subsequently gifted to select YEEZY showroom visitors in Paris (they were originally intended to serve as invites).
Anything Kanye touches turns to hype gold, so it's no shock that they sold-out in a matter of minutes when they dropped on March 28.
Worth copping? Nah. Like most YEEZY clothing items (footwear not included), these are going to be old news fast.
Balenciaga Dad Cap
Demna Gvasalia is fashion's most lauded enfant terrible right now, continuously making waves with his high-low creations at Vetements and, most recently, his radical new spell at Balenciaga. Transferring his penchant for exaggerated cuts, striking graphics and ironic quirk to the storied French luxury house, Demna's contemporary vision has made Balenciaga a household name for street-savvy youngsters and millenial fashionistas all over the globe.
Trading in glitz and glam for a more parred-back version of couture, Demna introduced streetwear staples like sneakers and dad caps to the label, much to everyone's liking. The kicks have been finessing in and out of the street style circuit, but fashion victims simply can't get enough of those normcore logo caps.
Worth copping? Dad caps aren't going anywhere, but save yourself a few hundred bucks and get a near identical iteration at a fraction of the price.
Gosha Rubchinskiy SS17 Sportswear Collabs
A leader in this coterie of Eastern European creatives taking over the fashion realm by storm, Gosha Rubchinskiy made every style-forward connoisseur wanting to know Cyrillic after slapping the Russian letters on his coveted logo T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts.
For his SS17 collection, the Muscovite designer debuted a cluster of collaborations with three iconic sportswear labels – FILA, Kappa and Sergio Tacchini – pairing their respective bold logos with his. The result? A '90s throwback-meets-contemporary-sportswear extravaganza.
Worth Copping? Compared to Vetements' excruciatingly-priced sportswear collaborations, these are an absolute bargain. Pricier than the real deal of course, but if you're looking for a trendy designer cosign in your athletic gear, Gosha's retro-tinged options are the way to go.
Gosha Rubchinskiy x FILA
Alyx Studio "Rollercoaster" Belt
Alyx Studio, the brainchild of DONDA affiliate Matthew Williams, is rapidly shifting gears from being a buzzy industry favorite to a bonafide celebrity go-to, gaining cosigns from A-listers such as A$AP Rocky, CL and Edison Chen. Renowned for its fetishistic statement pieces, the label's most in-demand accessory is its trademark "rollercoaster" belt, which is actually produced by the belt manufacturer for Six Flags's iconic rollercoaster, Magic Mountain.
The belt's utilitarian-chic aesthetic, something to do with the emergence of repurposed workwear, have landed it on countless "must-have" item roundups...including this one.
Worth copping? Everyone can use a good belt, and this one is truly one of a kind. Go for it.
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Bonus: Supreme SS17 Sade T-Shirt
Turns out, millenials know more about Sade than you'd think. The legendary R&B artist, and one your parents most likely had playing in the car while driving you to soccer practice, made a cameo in Supreme's SS17 collection, alongside fellow icons Emiliano Zapata and Barack Obama. Like most of the New York label's pop culture-nodding pieces, the "Smooth Operator" singer's T-shirts sold like hot cakes, scooped up by youngsters (most of them too baby-faced to even know who Sade is) and old timers alike.
Worth copping? If you really like Sade, just cop the singer's original merch. If you only just discovered her through Supreme and don't care about her music but just want in on the hype, it's time to reevaluate your interests.
Now find out what SS17 items women are going crazy over.