The loose blazer power move
My last business trip to Copenhagen overlapped with Copenhagen Fashion Week. Naturally, I took the chance to scout fashion trends on the way to work. And there was one clear trend. Or should I say big trend: the oversized blazer. Every other Dane and visiting fashionista sported a loose, boxy, yet structured look.
By midweek, the trend had already bled to my office, where female colleagues came in sporting heavy fabric and lapels, typically paired with loose jeans or flowy pants.
Fashion trends tend to come and go in cycles. There is the skirt length cycle, theorized to move with the economy. According to George Taylor’s Hemline Theory, shorter skirts signal a roaring economy, while women switch back to longer lengths when the economy takes a downturn. Hemline theory has been debunked, but the cycle of shifting lengths marches on.
Jeans are also on a trend cycle. This year, after 10+ years of dominance, skinny jeans were classified as ‘out’. Instead, women are returning to loose, baggy pants and flared jeans.
Fashion reflects culture. To me, the shift towards looser looks and borrowing traditionally masculine looks reflects a shift in feminism, and maybe a bit…