Before becoming a famed Vogue editor-in-chief, Diana Vreeland showed off her signature style in a column for Harper's Bazaar called "Why Don't You?" In this, sartorial magic was born. So, taking inspiration from Vreeland's pithy franchise, we're enlisting help from our quirky network of friends — including editors, designers, and stylists — to bring you a little lighthearted (but totally useful!) styling advice.
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Childers.
"Change your sartorial POV...every week. Try new and contrasting ways to dress yourself." — Simon Doonan
We experiment with our hair color and our makeup — and don't even get us started on the number of times we've rearranged our living-room furniture. Certainly, our wardrobe isn't immune to change either. In fact, we embrace it! So, per the advice of Barneys New York creative ambassador Simon Doonan, we styled three outfits with totally unique (if not a little extreme) points of view, and we're thrilled with the results. From an all-white ensemble that will bring out your spiritual side to a getup that will have you smelling the roses (quite literally!), the clothes ahead are sure to help you make a splash this spring. The takeaway from these fanciful looks? Fashion doesn't have to be so serious.
"Wear white for an entire week. Your 'white week' will not go unnoticed: 'Has she joined a cult?' 'She certainly looks very spiritual.'"
Zara Top with Appliqué Collar $49.90, available at Zara; Acne Studios Kat Pinstriped Wide-Leg Pants, $460, available at Net-A-Porter; RED Valentino Coated Point d'Esprit Trench Coat $695, available at Farfetch; Loeffler Randall Metallic Jacinta Sandals, $295, available at Madewell; Proenza Schouler PS Courier, $1,575, available at Barneys New York; Wanderluster Selma Stacking Ring, $40, available at Wanderluster.
"The following week, go floral. Do not leave the house unless you are enrobed in begonias and marigolds. People may think you have gone nuts, but at least they'll be talking about you."
Topshop Flower Frill Bralet, $56, available at Topshop; Suno Embroidered Printed Silk Skirt, $485, available at Net-A-Porter; J.Crew Garden Leaf Earrings, $68, available at J.Crew; Alexander Wang Masha Double Band Mule Sandal, $525, available at Barneys New York; Nali Flower Straw Bag, $30.10, available at ASOS.
"And, the week after that? How about dressing like a hired assassin in black leather and bondage? Eventually, you will run out of looks. So what?! At least you had fun."
Wilfred Free Leona Jacket, $225, available at Aritzia; Topshop Sporty Mesh T-Shirt Jumpsuit, $76, available at Topshop; Sarah Magid Double Cone Ring, $198, available at Sarah Magid; 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Ace Case, $475, available at Barneys New York; BCBGMAXAZRIA Lister Ankle Strap Wedges $295, available at Shopbop; Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in Persuasive, $32, available at Sephora.