Ms. Baldwin’s tied-drawstring look.
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Since I love clothes but don’t closely follow fashion news, trends tend to creep up on me in the form of unexpected urges. I want ugly sneakers on my feet, for example. Or, I want all my earthly possessions to be burnt-orange. Or, most recently, I must purchase a tiny hoodie and tie its drawstrings at the neck in a bow. Curious as to who informed this particular desire (we’re not just randomly attracted to cerulean sweaters, after all), I did some research.
“Some research” entailed scanning the internet for instances of tied drawstrings in recent fashion shows or street-style slideshows. And it was successful: Two sweatshirts with knotted drawstrings, I found, went down two separate runways in two separate 2018 shows — one Off-White, the other Céline. Dozens of street-style photos and Instagram snaps further confirmed my theory: The look, which I dubbed the Off-Duty Model Drawstring Thing (ODMDT), was a bona fide trend. I contacted Emilia Petrarca, the Cut’s fashion writer, to help me contextualize it further. “I think the knotted, high-at-the-neck drawstring is a deviation of the very of-the-moment gorpcore-esque head covering, which Raf Simons did in his spring show,” she said. “Basically, it follows a familiar fashion trajectory: Raf does some avant-garde thing, Virgil makes a streetwear version, and then everyone does it.”
Since I am everyone, I hastily set out to find the right hoodie to realize the ODMDT. And was just as hastily thwarted: The ones I liked were mostly men’s, which meant they were too long and bulky to wear with high-waisted pants; the cropped hoodies I found were mostly too girly-looking, slashed at the waist in a way that reminded me of middle-school pep rallies (yes, I grew up in the suburbs). And the really stylish ones — the Moschinos and Helmut Langs and Comme de Garçons — well, I had a hard time justifying spending $300 or more on a cotton pullover whose drawstrings I wanted to tie in a bow. In the end, I went with a white Uniqlo hoodie. It’s under $20, slightly cropped, and its hem is uncinched, which means it hangs flatteringly over my hips. All I have to do to feel stylish now is slip it on, tie its drawstrings tight, and tell everyone who will listen that I’m Raf Simons’s comfiest disciple.
The Hoodie I Bought
Women Long-Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt
Perfect, cheap, plain-white hoodie: I’ve been wearing it in a size small with my wide-legged Rachel Comey pants and sneakers.
Other Tiny Hoodies Whose Drawstrings You Can Tie
Champion Reverse Weave Hooded Sweatshirt
This would look nice with some flared black (fancy) pants.
Champion Reverse Weave Pullover Hoodie
Or this with some white ones.
Adidas Originals Cropped Hoodie
Off-White Red Cross Cropped Hoodie
at Saks Fifth Ave
Just in case you wanted a fashion hoodie.
Baserange Hanifa Hoodie
This cool Baserange guy has a balaclava-ish neck.
Groceries Apparel Mineral Hoodie
This pale-blue pullover would look great with a ribbed turtleneck underneath!
Comme des Garçons Play Grey & Red Heart Patch Hoodie
If I was to spend $300 on a hoodie, it would be this one because the Comme heart is always cute.
The Classic French Terry Square Hoodie
A reasonable, well-made, very soft-looking hoodie from Everlane.
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