From the Guardian:

“It’s not the first time that fisherman fashion has been co-opted by those who don’t necessarily spend their leisure time with rods, reels, and sinkers. But forget the Aran jumpers, thick-knit scarfs and rolled-up beanies that hit the catwalk – and subsequently the high street – circa 2016. This time around it is the utilitarian, functional fashion favored by those fishing rivers and lakes that have become an unlikely style muse.

On the catwalk this spring and summer, pocket-heavy fishing gilets came in botanical prints at Anna Sui, as well as more traditional khaki at Sacai – signaling that, unlike deep-sea fishing trends past, the angler look is not weighted towards menswear. Men do have their chance to pick up on the trend though – pocketed gilets (read: fishing vests) also featured heavily at the Louis Vuitton menswear show.”

But it’s not just vests and technical apparel that’s showing up on runways, footwear reminiscent of Simms flats booties are popping up as well.

“…the Christmas Island bootie sold by fly-fishing and game-shooting brand Orvis bares a keen resemblance to Balenciaga’s stretch-knit high-top trainers.

Gemma Hayward, senior fashion editor at large for Grazia magazine (and member of her local angling society) cites practicality as part of the trend’s appeal.

‘Fashion’s current obsession with utility dressing is crossing catwalks and the gender divide,’ she says.

‘It’s only natural that something as useful as the multi-pocket waistcoat has been given a high-fashion spin – just replace hooks and bait for purses and phones.'”

So next time you get invited to a big fashion event or are walking around a big city, maybe bust out those flats boots and look like you know a thing or 2 about high fashion!

Source: The Guardian.

Featured Image: The Guardian, Composite: EPA/Getty/Rex. 

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