With its open weave it’s not quite a summer knit of the ilk that we’ve been writing about. Nor is its hem length on par with some of the crop tops making a seasonal statement. But it is a perfect balance between the two. Somewhat practical, and yet with none of the air of practicality.

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Which is an often overlooked part of style. Look at any street style photos from a fashion week and you’ll note that it’s often the loud and proud looks which are photographed. Incorrectly, to some people, loud outfits have come to equate to style. But it’s not the case. Rather, style is dominated by the ability to carry an outfit, to wear it well, and not by how bright a look is.

Hence a practical interpretation of a season’s trends, one that is far more toned down then you’ll find within the pages of old media, can still be stylish. Because the practicality isn’t obvious. Here, in this look from Somethingnavy, you see the nonchalantly tucked in singlet, the open weave top, the ripped jeans, and the plaits all coming together with a boho vibe. But you miss the fact the shorts aren’t quite short-shorts and that the crop top reveals nothing. It’s a muted interpretation of this season, but it’s a personal one. As Rod Stewart might say, she wears it well. And there in lies a factor that dominates style.

The top in this look is from Topshop, the shorts are Levi’s, the chunky-buckled belt is from Ralph Lauren and the hat is from H&M.

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