Fashion: Banal Plus

14 May 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Comfort dressing has been given a cool twist this season, says Penny Fray



Normcore? Yawn. It’s soooo last season, darlings. It’s now all about banal plus. Don’t worry; it’s still about embracing ordinary fashion, just with some added oomph.

Think blinged-up jeans, silky sweatshirts and eye-catching trainers. Basically, it’s about curating your basic slumming kit with extra zing. After all, off-duty dressing has become more office appropriate of late.

Dressed-up denim dominated the catwalks thanks to 70s styling, while the boiler suit is destined to become the summer’s hottest shape. Add an instant update to simple outfits with a pair of statement earrings. Chunky necklaces are officially over.

Relaxing at home? I must admit I love lounging and can’t do it properly when trussed up in restrictive tailoring.

So indulge in a little “me time” by slipping into separates in the softest jersey, or my favourite, a cashmere onesie from The White Company. In my view, you can always get away with lowbrow pieces when they scream luxe.

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Make everyday extraordinary with this fun clutch from Accessorize. Supermarket shopping has never been so stylish, from RO17.5

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This isn’t just any old white top; this textured number from Promod has peek-a-boo extras. From RO17

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Vans has updated its signature slip-on sneakers for the new season in slick holographic leather. They’re easy to wear and will make any outfit pop. Flexible elasticated inserts and a springy rubber sole ensure they are as comfortable as they are cool. Wear yours with rolled-up jeans. From RO29

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Inspired by travels and tribal symbols, these gold-plated silver earrings by Ileana Makri feature a motif created from blue and iridescent white cubic zirconia in an oxidised setting. This pair is finished with sleek spiked pendants suspended from a delicate chain. RO163 from Net-a-Porter

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Zara’s bleached cigarette jeans ooze bohemian chic. From RO23


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