Shedding a little light on lampshading
Have you been scrolling through celebrity street style photos lately and thought, “Hey, that shirt and boots combo looks strikingly like a lamp!” No? Well, let us elaborate ... Lampshading is the pairing of boots with a large or oversized shirt or sweatshirt — and it has been blowing up our Insta-feeds recently. Although the term is less than attractive, the idea behind it makes sense — the oversized top is meant to make the silhouette of a lampshade in comparison to the wearer’s legs.
The Skimm was one of the first to report on the trend at the end of 2015, originating from the college-chic style of wearing oversized T-shirts over Nike shorts. PopSugar followed in 2016 with a gallery predominantly of the Kardashian-Jenner clan in its evolved form of over-the-knee boots and shirt dresses. Since then, the trend has surged thanks in part to the popularity of thigh and hip-high boots. Here’s a closer look: Kylie Jenner, one of the O.G. lampshaders, wore the look to the PrettyLittleThing Campaign Launch on April 11.
The color-blocked look featured an oversized white shirt with embellished shoulders and purple spandex thigh-high Balenciaga boots.
Ariana Grande went even more casual, pairing her sparkly overthe-knee boots with an extra large sweatshirt by The Sweetest Language in a thank-you post for her birthday June 26.
Rihanna, queen of trends, also has sported the look out on the town. She paired an oversized graphic tee with black lace-up, thigh-high boots by Unravel and showed it off in an Instagram she posted on May 4.
Beyoncé proved the look can work great for maternity fashion.
She paired a loose, flowing tan dress with matching beige boots to attend Kelly Rowland’s Whoa, Baby! book launch.
The oversized shirt dress is embellished with fringe. Vetements was on the trend early, showcasing the look in its Fall/Winter 2016-17 Ready to Wear Collection in Paris.
The look is work-ready.