The Sunday Telegraph - Stella

The five tribes of contempo-casual

Spotted at a park near you…

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THE URBAN EXPLORER

There’s blossom on the trees and yet they’re still dressed like Shackleton for a trip to Tesco Metro. What’s cooler than pretending you’re perpetuall­y cold?

The uniform: ankle-length puffer coat, Ganni beanie, suspicious­ly clean ‘hiking’ boots. Slight sheen of sweat on upper lip. Recycled-wool hat, £75, Ganni (ganni.com)

THE LADY OF (ATH)LEISURE

Are they currently exercising ? No. Have they just finished exercising ? No. Are they about to exercise? Possibly, and there’s no way you can prove otherwise.

The uniform: designer yoga pants, vegan trainers, borderline culturalap­propriatin­g sloganswea­tshirt. Vegan-leather trainers, £144, Saye (sayebrand.com)

THE THROWBACK

Remember the good old days, when ‘casual’ meant a shellsuit and a Findus crispy pancake? Think Jill from It’s a Sin meets Kath from Kath & Kim. With an iPhone.

The uniform: mom jeans, fleece, bumbag, fun hairclips, roller skates slung over one shoulder. Eco-resin hair clips, £22, Tort (tortware.com)

THE SCANDI NOIR

They have more fancy Danish in their wardrobe than a bakery, but it’s a strictly monochrome affair. The uniform: perfectly cut black coat, perfectly cut black roll-neck, perfectly cut black trousers, platform Chelsea boots.

Merino roll-neck top, £130, Filippa K ( filippa-k.com)

THE HOBBYIST

‘Utility’ is their favourite fashion prefix, although they’ll be wearing those natural fibres at a Zoom pottery class rather than to put up shelves.

The uniform: dungarees, fleece-lined clogs, handknitte­d socks.

Cotton dungarees, £59, Olive (olivecloth­ing.com)

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