brand spotlight: h&m studio aw/2017.

in case you weren't one of us who had our calendars marked well in advance, today was the launch of h&m's studio aw/2017 collection. i got a first look at a few of the pieces a couple of weeks back on my buddy @oh_anthonio and instantly became obsessed. fast forward to earlier this month and, to my very sweet surprise, i got the chance to snag a few pieces before the drop (and just in time for #nyfw)!

check out some of the pieces i copped from the collection below, and keep scrolling for my personal picks from the assortment—including that amazing ribbed turtleneck collar, which i bought this afternoon right after it went live. -j

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wearing: h&m studio aw/2017 shawl-collar bomber jacket.


wearing: h&m studio aw/2017 ribbed turtleneck sweater.


wearing: h&m studio aw/2017 'mountain noir' sweater.

the pieces you need to cop, like right now

look 12: the in-between.

some days you feel like dressing things up. other days you'd rather keep it casual. and then there are those strange days when you're not really sure what you're feeling... when you're stuck in-between. so what's the solution? do both.

wearing: h&m wool-blend casual blazer, ports 1961 #followme tee, asos man distressed jeans and rope belt, dr. martens bandana print brogues.

breaking down the look

in moments like these, the easiest thing is to blend your elements: mix dressier staples with laid-back basics for a fun combo. here, I paired a relaxed blazer with a simple tee for my personal approach to biz-casual. for the bottom half, I matched (very) distressed denim with a statement-making pair of brogues—both of which added some extra cool points, while still working together with the rest of the 'fit for a solid head-to-toe ensemble.

look 3: the casual friday approach.

so, every now and then, i like to break out a slightly more dapper option. i had an early morning event on the upper east side, so i needed to look the part—trust me, when you're in that neck of the woods, you don't want to look out of place.

wearing: topman cropped blazer, h&m polo, river island cropped trousers, adidas zx flux sneakers, asos suedette cap, hypergrand maverick watch.

breaking down the look

here, i basically just added a little bit of my personality to the idea of casual friday style. i gave a simple solid polo and trousers combo a sporty twist by throwing in a baseball cap and white sneakers. the cropped blazer added a few more dapper points to the equation for a cool street-ready look that works from your desk to drinks easy.

look 1: all black + a pop of color.

now that the temperatures are dropping (and dropping fast), i can finally break out all of my favorite outerwear pieces. this neoprene biker from 2014's wang x hm collection will forever be one of my go-to jackets. i couldn't wait to put it on this morning. 🤘

wearing: alexander wang x hm neoprene biker, oaknyc construction pants, nike flyknit racers.

breaking down the look

this one's for my fellow fans of the all-black ensemble. i went monochrome, pairing my biker with these relaxed construction pants for a comfy fall look. as for my feet, i felt like adding a pop of color to wake things up a bit, and these neon flyknit racers were calling my name. oh, and i didn't feel like doing my hair this morning (we all know the feeling), so this beanie came to my rescue.