Shed­ding a lit­tle light on lamp­shad­ing

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - LIFE SUNDAY - Sara M. Mo­niuszko

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.

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