“Shrobing” – or shoulder robing – is the latest styling technique favored by fashion editors, the street-style set, and celebrity trendsetters like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Rihanna. Exactly a year ago, Balenciaga’s Creative Director Demna Gvasalia introduced us to the concept and instantly revolutionized the way fashion girls style their outerwear.
But be warned; while this effortless look seems incredibly easy to achieve, there is method to the madness. Below, Savoir Flair has put together a few key style guidelines to keep in mind when trying out the trend, as well as a gallery of its best street-style moments.
You can try this with basically any form of outerwear (or even an oversized shirt) that has buttons or zippers so you can adjust it depending on the look you’re aiming for. It can work with your denim jacket, cardigan, parka, bomber jacket, or puffer jacket. The key lies in how (high or low) you button, zip, or shrug.
Can You Handle It?
Prepare to go hands free if you’re opting for full-on “shrobing” as your arm movements will be limited. Filter down what you need to bring with you and carry only the essentials.
Fast-Track Fashion Hack
If you want to achieve the look without having to actually rest the coat on your arms, go for clothes that are already cut in that wide-neckline silhouette. This ensures a snug fit.
Accessorize the look with neck-grazing, dangling statement earrings for added impact.
Meet Me Halfway
If you can’t fully commit to this trend, why not give “semi-shrobing” a go instead? The half-on, half-off look is less impractical and more comfortable and still allows you to make use of both of your hands. Just pick which shoulder you want to show off and give it a go.