Can practicality equate to style?

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.

open weave top

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.

Share some style:

Want to keep up with fashion?

Once a week, we send out an update with the latest fashion trends, styles and collections.
Get yours direct in your inbox and keep ahead of fashion.

Our newsletter is spam free and your email address will never be shared or sold.

Written by .

He was 5 when his teacher wrote on his report card “Daniel can’t sit still.” Taking it as a compliment, he’s been on the go ever since. Having flown over 590,000 kilometres in a single year (2012), he’s done much to push the boundaries of a fashioniser, always looking to fold one extra Tom Ford suit into his set of Samsonite cases and for one extra occasion to tie a tie for. As much an editor-at-large as he is’s Editor-in-chief, when he's not travelling to all the fashion weeks his passports will allow him to, Daniel works on guiding this publication’s editorial and trend views. He is one of’s co-founders.

He can be followed on Facebook and on Instagram.