A lot of Hollywood’s top fashionistas go about red carpet glamour and off-duty street style in very different ways. Stars that show up to award shows with curled locks, long gowns and sky-high stilettos love dressing down in baggy cargos, cropped tanks and Air Force Ones on the weekends. There are few celebs these days that are always “on,” and Kim K is one of them. When I think of Kim Kardashian’s outfits, even the more casual ones, I can’t remember an instance in which she didn’t look put-together.
That’s partly because of her ex-hubby Kanye West, who always made sure Kim was looking fierce. Together, they basically put biker shorts back on the map, not to mention neutrals, body-con maxi dresses and a plethora of other looks curated to suit Kardashian’s petite-but-curvy figure.
Over the past few months, though, Kardashian has shied away from her ex’s vision for her and leaned into her own personal style. She’s taking cues from her old party girl days (hello, mini skirts, cleavage and leather!) but combining them with a more elevated eye to ensure everything always looks chic. I’m convinced this woman doesn’t put anything on unless it’s been perfectly tailored to her measurements—and I respect the shit out of that.
In fact, pretty much the only time I see Kardashian dressed down is when she’s showing off her latest SKIMS collections. But when she’s not wearing SKIMS (and even sometimes when she is) Kardashian’s somewhat-off-duty looks are always fierce. Exhibit A? A recent ‘fit worn in New York City to an SNL Party. At first glance, I thought her all-black ensemble was topped with a massive gray fur—which stressed me out, because like, let’s not do the whole real fur thing.
But upon further inspection, it seems her coat was made of…sparkly tinsel? Which, like, really caught me off guard.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m fully obsessed with this sparkly ensemble, but not only is it hardly winter coat season here in New York, this material has me more than a little surprised. Consider it the opposite of celeb-loved skin-tight sparkly naked dresses; this ‘fit has all the sparkle and drama, but it’s a thousand times cozier. She honestly looks like a glitzy polar bear, no?
Try competing with this in your basic betch Saks Potts coat, @everyone else! It appears statement outerwear will be a major must this season, so of course Kardashian had to do the most before the temperatures even dropped. In the fashion world, our girl is always a step (and an outfit) ahead of the rest.
Bottom line: Is this look a little strange? TBH, yes. Do I love seeing Kim lean into a funky new style? I sure do! Here’s hoping she received all the praise she deserved in this magnificent coat—it’s giving me Joseph’s Technicolor Dream Coat meets Jojo Siwa guest-starring on Project Runway. Can you see it? If not, I challenge you to find a better explanation.