Here’s the 411 on “lampshading,” a trend that’s going to be huge in 2016
Home decor isn’t exactly known for influencing fashion trends in a positive way. What looks great as a print on a couch doesn’t always translate to a dress, and most people aren’t trying to match their eyeshadow to their kitchen table. However, the thing on everyone’s nightstand, your lamp, or more specifically, your lampshade, is taking over street style in a big way.
I’ll admit, when I first heard the term, I thought it was a new trend in contouring, referencing the way a shadow of a lampshade falls across your face when near said lamp (you get where I’m going, right?). However, it’s actually a way of wearing a top, and just like contouring, the Kardashian/Jenner clan have popularized and perfected the look.
According to the Skimm, lampshading is “what you call wearing an oversized t-shirt that covers up your Nike short (norts), making you look like a lamp shade. It’s how your cousin in college says, ‘I woke up like this.’” That definition is a little glib, since it lampshading is a trend that anyone can wear, regardless of budget or size. Lampshading is a sleek, casual way to style the oversized silhouettes that are popular right now, deriving its name from the A-line shape of a traditional lampshade.
The beauty of the look is that it can be as breezy or as dressy as you want, since you can work it with your favorite cashmere or with a thrown-on shirt dress. The key here is the length and fit of your top: you want it to skim your leg anywhere from mid-thigh to just above your knee, depending on your comfort level, and you want to avoid a figure-hugging bodycon fit.
It’s also perfect for winter and/or for those who are kind of lazy when it comes to getting dressed. If you’re more on the modest side or want to add some warmth to the look, you can pair it with leggings or a pair of fleece tights. You’re basically wrapping yourself in a giant, cozy sweater. That’s a trend we can totally get behind.
(Featured image via Kourtney Kardashian Instagram)