The line between men's and women's fashion is already paper-thin when you consider the evolution of blazers, blue jeans, and dress wear, but Elinor Nystedt is out to blur the line even further. Throughout her career at in-the-know fashion brands like Weekday and, now J.LINDEBERG, she's built her own hybrid style from high-slit boxy skirts, oversized outerwear, and a bold creative license (see her safety pin and rope belts as evidence). We think her style challenges boundaries; she thinks it's obvious. In an interview with afterDRK, Nystedt said, "The shapes of men’s clothing on a woman’s body create a more interesting silhouette." What's clear is her style is the definition of tomboy chic. Here are some of our favorite looks:
Nystedt's strength in pulling off head-to-toe black is in her ability to tailor it to different seasons, with a leather jumper and shorts in summer and dramatic, shoulder-padded textures in winter. We also love how she owns the monotone by pairing feminine elements (billowy pleats, sheer shirts, and chiffon skirts) with masculine (oversized blazers, trousers, and button-down shirts).
We love how Nystedt can pair any solid color shirt with a skirt (mini or midi length) and look effortlessly put together. The way she layers architectural elements (angularly-cut blazers and skirts with slits and funky folds), with softer, slinkier pieces (t-shirts and sweaters) prove that opposites really do make the best friends.
There are typically two reasons people (ourselves included) shy away from buying oversized clothing: it looks sloppy, and makes you look heavier than you actually are. But by pairing a tighter turtleneck with slouchy paints, a fitted pencil skirt with a large sweatshirt, or a tailored skirt with an oversized, boxy blazer, Nystedt shows us that properly pairing oversized and fitted clothes creates outfits with contrast and form (that just plain look cool, too).
In addition to pant standards like skinny silhouettes and vintage denim, Nystedt opts for unique styles and shapes from slouchy drop-crotch to pooling sweatpants and cropped track pants. Pairing a red track pant with a black bootie and mini bag? Probably not something we'd think to do, but looks totally cool on the street style star, proving the sartorial merits of "just doing you."
What do you think of her style? Check out all past Style Breakdowns here.