Oversized sweaters have always been one of those “guilty pleasure” trends, since you can maximize your comfort while rocking a chic, or otherwise adorable, sweater. But there is a similar trend, which may not be quite as sophisticated, that has been flying a bit under the radar lately. Seen on the likes of the Kardashian sisters, “lampshading” seems to be the new hot trend among the hip social elite.
Yes, the word might sound pretty funny, but the result can actually be a lot of fun. Lampshading involves wearing an oversized top over unperceivable shorts; so basically, it’s wearing large shirts as dresses, therefore giving the wearer a similar silhouette to that of a lampshade. Unless you’re worried about your legs getting cold, this trend doesn’t stray too much from the more commonly seen large sweaters paired with leggings. That is, if you’re not afraid to show a bit more skin in the process.
Many of the starlets who have dared to rock this trend have paired their oversized sweatshirts with tall boots, but it inexplicably doesn’t cheapen the look like you might think. Rather, it adds a juxtaposed layer of formality to the ultra-comfortable tops. So this whole concept isn’t as casual as it appears to be. There is quite a bit of thought that has to go into making something like this look so good; it’s not exactly easy for someone to just toss on a sweatshirt, forego the pants, and look totally edgy while they strut down the street.
Boot-clad stars like the Kardashians and Kate Moss have been seen traipsing around the streets with these looks, managing to maintain a level of power, while singer Zendaya dressed up her sweaters by donning high heels for her formal events. Other followers of this obscure trend go a different route that keeps everything as casual as the top, by pairing it with sneakers. So there are ways for lampshading to translate to all types of occasions.
Sweatshirts, sweaters, graphic tees, and other abstract tops have been seen in recent years on stars taking part in the intriguing lampshading trend, so there’s room for anyone’s distinct style. This isn’t a tabloid-grabbing trend, nor should it be, but it is definitely not something that should simply fly under the radar. A trend like this is all about individuality. If you find a to-die-for sweater that’s all sold out in your size, you might consider checking a few sizes up; if you’re willing to try out a more radical trend!
The lampshading trend could also turn innovative, with the possibility of taking a chic sweater, and turning it into a still-chic sweater dress. Some looks seen around the fashion scene have fallen on the grungy side, with holes cut out. This could be something to consider as a possible DIY project, even. While many people opt to buy pre-torn clothes, there’s no harm in trying it out on some of your older sweaters that you’re looking to spice up.
Regardless of the way you want to portray yourself, or the type of clothes you like to wear, the lampshading trend might just surprise you. Even if you’re not brave enough to wear it out to run errands, I can assure you it is a very comfy trend to buy into – even if you’re just having some time by yourself in the comfort of your own home.
This may not be the most glamorous trend to come to the streets in recent times, but it’s one of the most versatile ones around. There’s nothing to lose from trying on that big sweatshirt, so for whatever purpose or style, try it out.
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