Winter doesn’t have to be sodden with dark colors or a depressing spiral of drab outerwear. Instead, it’s the perfect time to let a wild side show, and use your outerwear as an antidote to the frigid dark days of winter. Just look at Irina Shayk. Yesterday, the Russian supermodel wore a cropped, zebra print puffer jacket with a tiny matching zebra shoulder bag during a minor snowstorm in New York City. The rest of the look was her standard all-black basics, including her Bottega Veneta boots. In her hand, she carried her daughter’s blanket.
Shayk’s has been on a the-bolder-the-better outerwear rotation all winter long, from a fire engine red leather Coach jacket to a striped blue jacket from MaxMara. There’s also been a tiger stripe coat by Rowen Rose, and a sold-out Moschino x Palace cloud-print puffer jacket. It’s refreshing! Irina is flexing her style muscles, and why not? Since sweatpants have become very much a standard, it’s nice to experiment. As Shayk told Vogue last week in an interview, “Before, we used to go to big events and parties with makeup and get dressed up,” she says. “Now, I think I miss those fun moments, so I decided that I can have fun with a street style.” In other words, take a page from Ms. Shayk and let that winter freak-chic flag style fly.