To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s is a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
You know how I feel like I am in a style rut? I wrote about it here. I feel like a big part of the fashion industry is feeling the exact same way. And what to do you when you feel a bit lost? Getting back to basic is a good start. And many of the most-watched brands did. Call it minimalism, norm core, modern luxury or whatever you want. With key pieces like androgyne suits, oversized shirts, chinos, and pullovers, nothing really felt new, but it felt safe. And with everything going on in the world right now (maybe my most written sentence ever 2020?) I have come to appreciate it. I feel as if the fashion industry is agreeing because Instagram could not wait to declare its love for it too.
One of the most shared collections from SS21 was The Row. Fotographed analogously against a white naked background the clothes both felt entirely new and something I have seen many times before. It made me feel inspired and sheltered from yet another thing I have to adjust to. Like meeting an old friend on the street and catching up without promising to get that coffee sometime you never end up getting.
I browsed the lookbook a few times and then I took a look at my own wardrobe only to realize I could recreate at least 8 looks with pieces (most of them being vintage) I already owned.
A suit with the blazer tucked into the trousers styled with a belt. As simple as that.
Vintage pinstripe suit with a vintage belt. Necklace by All Blues. Loafers by Prada.
Beinge dad chinos paired with a beige shirt and a belt to make things a bit more interesting. Sometimes, all you need is a good belt.
Shirt by COS, vintage trousers and belt. Sandals by & Other Stories and bag by Bottega Veneta.
Wool vest by Filippa K, skirt by COS and Prada loafers.
Who knew orange and brown looked this good together?
Vintage shirt and trousers. Bag by Bottega Veneta.
This may not be inventing the wheel but this look might be the sartorial version of warm milk. Soothing and nice.
Shirt by Arket.
Full vintage look.
Turtleneck + wide trousers and a belt.
Always that belt.
Turtleneck from Zara and vintage trousers.
I feel like my grandfather would have loved this look. And most of the collection. He was the king of knitted wool vests and loved his chinos wide and fluttery.
Shirt by Arket, wool vest by Filippa K and vintage trousers.
Fanny Ekstrand is a writer, creative consultant and founder of Hobnob. She says she is the master of vintage shopping and knows all the pasta dishes in the world.
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SO good, Fanny!
You are a genius Fanny !