Everyone can appreciate an expertly put-together outfit, but there's an art to looking cool while being a bit disheveled. It’s a little messed up, a little eclectic, and, alas, a little tricky to pull off on purpose — even a minor misstep can make it look like you got dressed in the dark. Madewell consistently lands on the on-purpose side of effortlessness, and its fall lookbook not only proves it, but teaches us how to master the trend, too.
The J.Crew sister brand appointed itself master of mixing prints a few years ago, and 2015’s lineup takes unexpected combinations to a whole new level. According to creative director Somsack Sikhounmuong, looking intentionally undone is all a matter of contrasting textures and silhouettes.
Ahead, he’s laid out five of his best tips for achieving the looks you’ll want to be wearing when autumn rolls around. Or, right now in this slow to start to spring.